Upon arrival in Delhi you shall be transferred to your hotel. You shall then have a Tour of Delhi. In Old Delhi, you shall visit Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, the Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. In New Delhi visit the Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch), Lakshminarayan Temple - a modern Hindu Temple. Also drive past President's House, Parliament House & Government Secretariat Buildings. Overnight Delhi.
Morning drive from Delhi to Jaipur (240kms/6Hrs). Upon arrival check in at hotel. Evening at leisure. Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan was given a colour coat of pink a century ago in honour of a visiting Prince and ever since, it has retained this colour. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years old. Overnight Jaipur.
Morning sightseeing including visits to Amber Fort, the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors. Post Lunch, afternoon tour of Jaipur. You shall then visit the Maharaja's City Palace, & the Observatory and drive past Hawa Mahal & through the pink rose residential & business areas. Overnight Jaipur
Drive from Jaipur to Agra (240kms / 6hrs) enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and as the Mughal Capital and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. The graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces are a great sight. Drive further 40 kms / 1 hour to Agra and check in to hotel. Overnight Agra.
Agra Early Morning visit world famous Taj Mahal built by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Later, visit the Agra Fort containing the Halls of Public and Private Audience and the place where Shahjahanl, was imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb. Afternoon drive from Agra to Delhi airport (200 kms / 5hrs). Overnight Delhi
In time for onward departure flight. Flights are usually fly at 11am. On your arrival at the Paro Airport, you will be received by your Tour guide from Sakten Tours and Treks and escorted to your hotel. After a brief rest and some refreshments at the hotel visit the Ta-Dzong, the National Museum (closed on Sundays and Mondays), which was originally the watch tower of the Paro Dzong and stands imposingly on a hillock overlooking the Paro valley. A short visit here will give you an idea of the cultural and ecological richness of Bhutan. Next, visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong, the 'fortress of the heap of jewels' and on to Dungtse Lhakhang by crossing Namai zampa (a traditional cantilever bridge). This Lhakhang is conceived as a 'mandala' with the different storeys corresponding to different levels of initiation and has a remarkable collection of some of Bhutan's most interesting paintings. O/n: Hotel Gangtey Palace/Olathang, Paro.
Drive up to Drugyal Dzong to see the ruins of the Dzong, the Dzong played an important role in defending the Paro valley from Bhutanan invasion. On the way back to the town, stop at Satsam chorten and hike up to the Taktsang Monastery. The Taktsang Monastery is situated perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of about 900 m. It is said that during the second half of the eight century, Guru Padma Sambhava, known as the second Buddha in Bhutan arrived here flying on the back of a flying Tigress and meditated on the same spot where the monastery is situated today for over 3 months to subdue the demons in this region. The round trip hike with picnic lunch at the cafeteria takes about 4-5 hours. On the way back, visit a traditional Bhutanese farm house to experience the Bhutanese hospitality. O/n: Hotel Gangtey Palace/Olathang, Paro
Early morning, drive to Punakha. On the way, stop at the Dochula pass with its fluttering prayer flags and 108 beautiful miniature chortens built by the eldest Queen of Bhutan. On a clear fine day, you will also get breathtakingly beautiful glimpses of the towering Himalayan peaks around. Lunch at the Dochula cafeteria. In Punakha, check into the hotel and visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong strategically situated between two rivers known as Phochu ( Male river) and Mochu (Female river).. Evening: A leisure stroll in the small town of Punakha. O/n: Hotel Zangdopelrig/Meripunsum, Punakha
Morning, hike up to Khamsum Yule Chorten - a three storey shrine with beautiful and complex paintings built by the Queen of Bhutan. It's a mild walk of about 20 minutes uphill. Visit Chimi Lhakhang in the village of Lobesa (20 mins from Punakha), the auspicious fertility temple built by the famous divine madman. It's a beautiful 30 min walk amidst terraces of paddy fields, chilly plantations and typical Bhutanese houses. Picnic lunch on the way back. Drive on to the small town of Wangduephodrang. It's a scenic 45 min drive. Visit the Dzong here which is one of the most beautiful Dzongs in Bhutan. Check out the small unique town of wangduephodrang and drive back to Punakha. O/n: Hotel Zangdopelrig/Meripunsum, Punakha
Drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. On the way, at the Dochula pass (2 hrs from Punakha), stop for some tea and snacks. On arrival at Thimphu, check into the hotel. After lunch at the hotel, visit the National Library which has a vast collection of ancient manuscripts and the Zorig Chusum (Institute of traditional arts and crafts) where young students are taught the art of making mud/wooden statues, painting of Thankhas and various traditional arts and crafts Also visit the Handicrafts emporium where a vast collection of Bhutanese textile/fabrics and arts/crafts are displayed and can be purchased. O/n: Hotel Phuntshopelrig/Jumolhari, Thimphu.
Visit the Changankha Lhakhang and then drive on to Sangaygang view point. The entire view of the Thimphu valley can be seen beautifully from here. On the way visit the Mini Takin Zoo (Bhutan's National animal). Drive past Zilukha nunnery to see the most amazing view of Tashichhodzong. Visit the Dzong in all its grandeur which serves as the seat of Bhutan's government. After lunch, visit the traditional hospital, the traditional gold and silver smith unit and the Bhutanese paper making unit. Evening: At leisure or shopping. O/n: Hotel Phuntshopelrig/Jumolhari, Thimphu.
Early morning, drive to Paro for Departure. END OF OUR SERVICES