Duration: 22 Days
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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Day 01: Arrival in Delhi, India (236m/777ft)
Day 02: Drive from Delhi to Jaipur (431m/1,414 ft.): 265 km, 5 hours
Day 03: Sightseeing in Jaipur
Day 04: Jaipur to Agra (171m/561 ft.): 251km, 4 hours
Day 05: Take a train from Agra to Jhansi, drive to Orchha (552m/1,811 ft.): 3 hours on train
Day 06: Drive to Khajuraho (282m/928ft): 195km, 4-5 hours
Day 07: Fly to Varanasi (90m/295ft): 1 hour
Day 08: Sightseeing in Varanasi
Day 09: Varanasi to Lumbini (150m/490 ft.): 332km, 7 hours
Day 10: Drive to Chitwan (815 m/2,674 ft.): 5 hours
Day 11: Chitwan National Park
Day 12: Chitwan to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft): 134km, 4-5 hours
Day 13: Sightseeing in Pokhara
Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft): 213km, 5-6 hours
Day 15: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro (2,250m/7,382ft), city sightseeing
Day 16: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour drive: Hike to Taktsang Monastery
Day 17: Sightseeing in Thimphu
Day 18: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours
Day 19: Punaka to Gangtey (2900m/9280ft) and back to Punakha: 85Km, 3-4 hours
Day 20: Punakha to Paro: 130 km, 4 hours
Day 21: Departure from Bhutan, arrival in Delhi
Day 22: Final departure
Includes and Excludes
- 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
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:
- 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).
- Warm jackets (if the trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
- 1 sweater or lightweight jacket
- 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
- 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.
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.