South Asia Culture Cradle, India Nepal Bhutan Tour

 
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Duration: 22 Days

Country: Nepal

South Asia Culture Cradle, India Nepal Bhutan Tour

This is a long tour covering some of the Himalayan countries like India, Nepal, and Bhutan. It is designed for those travelers having at least a month vacation to tour to these three main destinations. We will steadily cover India, Nepal and then Bhutan. Here, we will discover several landmarks of this three Himalayan country. In India, we will be heading to hustle and bustle city like Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Orchha, Khajuraho, and Varanasi and sightsee copious cultural charismas as well as the extensively adored Taj Mahal.

In Nepal, we tour Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha, and then drive to Chitwan, Pokhara and finally to Kathmandu. After exploring Kathmandu, we fly to the land of thunder dragon - Bhutan where we will be visiting several landmarks of Paro, Thimpu, and Punakha. Also, we will be hiking to the most famous - Taktsang monastery.

As we reach Delhi, we head to Jaipur and before reaching Jaipur, we will be stopping to visit the Lord Shiva sculpture on the way. After reaching Jaipur (also known as a pink city), we will be sightseeing Jaipur via visiting Hawa Mahal (the palace of winds). It is constructed in such a way that the royal household women could observe the festival from the small window whereas outsiders wouldn’t be able to see them.

Next, we will be heading to Jaigargh Fort and wander around the market to shop beautiful local stuff and exclusive souvenirs. After visiting several landmarks of the pink city, we head towards Agra to visit the lovely Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal was built by the Muslim emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz. After sightseeing Agra city, we board a train to reach Jhansi. From here, we drive to Orchha to visit Orchha Fort, Raj Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, Rai Praveen Mahal, Laxmi Narayan Temple and Anand Mahal. Then we will head to explore the Varanasi - the perfect place to wander around this Hindu pilgrimage site and from here, we head to Lumbini of Nepal.

At Lumbini, we will explore this pilgrimage site - the birthplace of Buddha and then drive to Chitwan. In Chitwan, we will be enjoying the elephant safari or jungle safari and other adventurous activities and explore many spots. Next, we drive to Pokhara and visit spots like Davis fall and head to Sarangkot. From this hilltop, you get the spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. We wrap up our tour and head back to Kathmandu.

Next, we take a scenic flight to Paro (Bhutan) and visit several landmarks and unique cultural sites of Thimpu, Paro, Punakha and hike to the most popular- Tiger Nest monastery. If you want to inquire more regarding this Cradle tour of South Asia, please feel free to email or contact us. We are here 24/7 in your service.

Here we list our detailed itinerary for this tour:

 

 

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Delhi, India (236m/777ft)

South Asian Tour of India, Nepal and Bhutan

Day 01: Arrival in Delhi, India (236m/777ft)

As you arrive at the Delhi airport our representative from the Accent Himalaya will greet you and take you to the respective hotel and at the hotel you can take rest or freshen up or you can even wander around the bustling Delhi market. We will be spending our night at Delhi.

 

Day 02: Drive from Delhi to Jaipur (431m/1,414 ft.): 265 km, 5 hours

Today we will be heading to Jaipur and on the way we will stop to visit the huge statue of Lord Shiva.  Then we will check in into the hotel as jaipur is also known as pink city after that we will wander around the city and in tis city you will get familiar with the local people and their lifestyles.  After that we will be touring some of the landmarks of jaipur which are hawa mahal, city palace, jaigargh and Amber forts. As if you want to buy souvenir stuff then we will be taking you there where there are lots of souvenir shops and here you will also get camel leather slippers and other stuff like carpets and all. We will spend our night at Jaipur.

Day 03: Sightseeing in Jaipur

Today we will be sightseeing the jaipur where we will be visiting some of the landmarks of jaipur which are Birla temple, Nahar garh fort, Ram bagh palace and Jal Mahal. In the afternoon we will enjoy an elephant ride and visit the handicraft market at here you get unique hand made products and crafts. We will spend our night at Jaipur.

Day 04: Jaipur to Agra (171m/561 ft.): 251km, 4 hours

Today after the breakfast we will leave the Jaipur and head to the Agra city which is known as the elegant Taj Mahal palace- the fort which was built by the emperor Shah Jahan to his beloved wife Mumtaz. Along with the exploring the Taj Mahal we will be also visits the Agra marble and the carpet factory. We will spend our night at Agra.

Day 05: Take a train from Agra to Jhansi, drive to Orchha (552m/1,811 ft.): 3 hours on train

After having our breakfast we will drive to Rly station and board on a train to Jhansi. Reaching at Jhansi we will drive to orchha and here we will be visiting some of the landmarks of Orchha which are Orchha fort, Raj mahal, Rai Praveen mahal, Anand mahal, Jahangir mahal and laxmi Naryan temple. We will spend our night at orchha.

Day 06: Drive to Khajuraho (282m/928ft): 195km, 4-5 hours

Today we will take a light breakfast and enjoy preparing the local cuisine with the local family of Orchha after that we will drive to Khajuraho and here we will be visiting several temples. we will spend our night at Khajuraho.

Day 07: Fly to Varanasi (90m/295ft): 1 hour

Today we will be heading to the Khajuraho airport and take a flight to Varanasi one of the old city of India well-known for the Hindu pilgrimage and the practices of Hinduism. Here we will be visiting the Sarnath temple which is believed that the lord Buddha has given his first sermon. We will spend our night at Varanasi.

Day 08: Sightseeing in Varanasi

After the breakfast we will be sightseeing the city and also visiting the Bishwanath temple, Ram Garh fort, Bharat matha and the Hindu university.  In the evening hours we will be visiting the Ghats –river bank and observe the candle- flower ceremony. We will spend our night at Varanasi.

Day 09: Varanasi to Lumbini (150m/490 ft.): 332km, 7 hours

Today we will drive to India – Nepal border and take another transportation which will take us to Lumbini- the birth place of Lord Buddha. It is situated on the south western part of Nepal. From sunauli it will take an hour to reach at Lumbini. We will spend our night at Lumbini.

Day 10: Drive to Chitwan (815 m/2,674 ft.): 5 hours

Lumbini is also listed in the UNESCO world heritage site which holds immense archeological and religious importance. At this heritage sites you will be visiting the ancient monasteries, sacred bathing pond and Bodhi tree and also we will be visiting the most known Ashoka Pillar and the Maya Devi temple. This temple is the place where the queen Maya Devi gave birth to Gautama Buddha. After exploring all this sites we will drive to chitwan. Then we will check in into the hotel and freshen up and in the evening we will take walk alongside the bank of Rapti River and enjoy the sunset view through sub- tropical forests of Chitwan. In the evening we will be enjoying the dinner with cultural dance. We will spend our night at Chitwan.

Day 11: Chitwan National Park

Today early morning we will ride on a elephants back and enjoy the safari to dense forests and you will get to witness various wildlife animals. Then we will have our breakfast and head to the elephants stables and here we will be enjoying taking bath of an elephants. In the afternoon we will enjoy a canoe ride down to the Rapti River and here you will witness crocodiles, mugger, gharial, dolphins and aquatic birds. We can either go for a nature walk and enjoy the bird watching and observe different kinds of flora and fauna of national park. We will spend our night at Chitwan.

Day 12: Chitwan to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft): 134km, 4-5 hours

Today after the breakfast we will drive to the astonishing lake city named Pokara city. As you reach at Pokhara we will be rewarded with the stunning view of Dhaulagiri, machapuchre, manaslu, Annapurna range including with the Himalayas. Then we will check in to the hotel and take some rest and freshen up an after that we will wander the pokhara street. We will spend our night at Pokhara.

Day 13: Sightseeing in Pokhara

Today we will wake up early and head to the sarangkot hills and enjoy the sunrise view with the magnificence Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri ranges. We will spend some time relishing the view and capturing the best picture. Then we will retrace down to Pokhara and then we will visiting some of the landmarks which are Davis fall, lord Shiva temple and the tranquil phewa lake where we will be doing boating and at the center of the lake there is small Hindu temple called Bindyabaseni temple. After that we will be visiting the well known international mountain museum and visit s the Tibetan refugee camp. We will spend our night at Pokhara.

Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft): 213km, 5-6 hours

Today we will be leaving the Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu and our team will take you to the hotel and then you can take some rest and after that you can wander around the Thamel area and visit the souvenir shops and do some shopping and for the bargaining our guide will be helping you. In the evening we will be enjoying a farewell dinner as tomorrow we will be heading to Bhutan so, we will celebrate itself in the Kathmandu. We will spend our night at Kathmandu.

Day 15: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro (2,250m/7,382ft), city sightseeing

During your flight to Bhutan we will be enjoying the marvelous view of the Himalayas as well as the sacred peak of Bhutan- chomolhari and the jichu drake peaks. Reaching at the airport our representative of Accent Himalaya will welcome us and take us to the hotel. After having a lunch we will be visiting the Ringung Dzong, kichu Lhangkhang, drugyal dzong. If the weather is clear we will be witnessing the second highest mountain of Bhutan- mount Chomolhari which is at 7314 meter. We will spend our night at Paro.

Day 16: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour drive: Hike to Taktsang Monastery

Today after having our breakfast we will be hiking at least 4- 5 hours to Taktsang monastery also called as Tiger nest monastery which is located at 3180 meter. It is saying that the Buddhism spiritual guru Rimpoche had flown on the back of the tiger back to meditate into this cave which now stands as Taktsang –which in English called it as tiger nest. We will have our lunch at the restaurant which is situated mid way up to the mountain. After that we will retrace back down to the valley and drive to thimpu. We will spend our night at Thimpu.

Day 17: Sightseeing in Thimphu

Early morning we will be visiting the memorial chorten which was constructed in the memory of the late king who control from1952- 1972. Then we will be visiting the nunnery temple, mini zoo where we will be witnessing the national animal of Bhutan Takin, traditional medicine center, traditional painting institute, museum, Tashi dzong and the paper factory. As most of the landmarks are closed during the weekends however if reach during the weekends nonetheless we will be exploring weekend markets. We will spend our night at Thimpu.

Day 18: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours

Today we will drive to Punakha and then we will stop for a tea at the Dochu La pass which is at 3100 meter, if the weather is clear we will get the splendor view of the Himalayas. Then from the pass we will drive to dense fir, hemlock and rhododendron forests. We will then pass the rice fields and head along the river bank and reach at Punakha. Then we will have our lunch and after that we will be visiting the Punakha Dzong. We will spend our night at Punakha.

Day 19: Punaka to Gangtey (2900m/9280ft) and back to Punakha: 85Km, 3-4 hours

Early morning we will be exploring the impressive town named Wangduephodrang. After exploring the town we will drive down through lush rhododendron and oak forests and then we will reach at the gantey village- it is one of the beautiful village of Bhutan where you will get the stunning view of the snowcapped peaks and even the black mountain ranges can be spot as well as the Phobjikha valley. After that we will be exploring the gangtey monastery which is located at the top of the hill. Before diving to punakha we will be exploring the Phobjikha village and drive to Punakha. We will spend our night at Punakha.

Day 20: Punakha to Paro: 130 km, 4 hours

Today after the breakfast we will drive to paro and on the way we will stop to visit chimi lhankhang and after exploring the temple we will drive to paro and in the evening we will be wandering the market. We will spend our night at paro.

Day 21: Departure from Bhutan, arrival in Delhi

Early morning we will be heading to the airport and take a flight to Delhi and reaching at Delhi airport our representative will take you to the hotel. We will spend our night at Delhi.

Day 22: Final departure

Your journey south Asian tour to India, Nepal and Bhutan finally comes to an end. The representative of the Accent Himalaya will be dropping you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule.

Includes and Excludes

 

What's Included

  • Visa fees for Bhutan
  • All accommodations on twin-shared basis
  • Breakfast only in India and Nepal (except Chitwan) and all meals in Bhutan
  • Ground transportation on comfortable private vehicle(s) with AC
  • ACC class train tickets for all sectors in day trains
  • All sightseeing activities fee and national park fees as per the itinerary
  • English-speaking trained and experienced guide(s) and local staff
  • All required permits and government taxes
  • Company services

Not Included in the Cost

  • All airfares (Khajuraho to Varanasi, Kathmandu to Paro, Paro to Delhi)
  • Lunch and dinner in India and Nepal (except Chitwan)
  • Personal items (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, Internet, laundry, etc.)
  • Visa fees for India (should be arranged from one's home country) and Nepal (upon arrival)
  • Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
  • Tips for staff (guide and driver)
  • Travel insurance

Trip Note

 

Accommodation

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide comfortable accommodation.

For Nepal: 3-Star Hotel on major cities

For Tibet: 3-Star Hotel

For India: 3-Star Hotel 

For Bhutan: Bhutanese hotels are approved and classified by the Government of Bhutan as grade A, B, and C which is equivalent to 3 or 4 - star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time booking, Grade ‘A' hotels will be provided in cities like Thimpu, Paro and so. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis.

A single supplement can be served on request with an additional charge.

Meals and Drinks

All the meals and breakfast required for you are included as in our package. A variety of meals are available in most hotels - the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common Continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan such as pork, chicken, and fish. Also for the best is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend for seasonal and fresh food.

Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same hotel where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. But if you wish to drink bottled water, they are also available. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.

Best Time to Travel

Best Seasons to visit Bhutan are in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-October). The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms although Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring. Bhutan can also be visited during summer and winter if one wishes to avoid the crowd. However, summers are wet and winters are pretty cold which might not suit everyone.

Luggage or Backpack for tour

You will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently on the trip. The clothes and gears that you don't need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

Druk Air has a 44 pound (20 kg) weight limit for checked luggage and another 11 - pound weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. Your carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17" x 13" x 8". You have to remember following things before packing:

Official Papers

  • Passport with minimum validity of 6 months
  • Copy of the first page of your passport
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa approval for Bhutan (should be brought with you)

 

Packing List for Cultural or City Tours

  • 2 pairs of lightweight long pants
  • 2 pairs of dress pants/dresses for evening
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting Dzongs, temples and monasteries).
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sleepers
  • Warm jackets (if the trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
  • 1 sweater or lightweight jacket
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes

 

Personal toiletries

  • Insect repellent
  • Spare nylon duffel bag for purchase
  • Sunscreen rated 20 SPF or higher
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses, prescription glasses
  • 1 visor/sun hat
  • Daypack/Hip pack for day trips
  • Prescription medications
  • Essential drugs such as for diarrhea, headache pills, pills for cold and cough
  • Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands
  • Prescription medications 
  • Over the counter drugs for diarrhea, headaches and cold

 

Personal Expenses on Trek

Your personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places), tips to the guide and porters. Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we suggest you give tip and allocate 10-15 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.

Our Greetings at Airport

We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm you tour with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it

Our normal Itinerary includes 22 days for your tour which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.

Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it's necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are in Tour (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Please ensure that you've insured yourself before doing the trip and visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and Payment

You are required to make 20% (nonrefundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book your tour along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment. We also accept Pay Pal transactions. 

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