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India Nepal & Bhutan Odyssey - 17 Days Cultural Odyssey of North India,Nepal & Bhutan

Only few trips in the world can combine such diversities in a single trip as our 17 days odyssey of India, Nepal & Bhutan. Crafted and marked with such a pace that it carefully examines myriad aspects such as culture, tradition, natural and religious landscapes that defines these countries. Be it India’s captivating diversities, Nepal’s astounding mountains and Bhutan’s pristine environments and quaintness.
Structurally, these countries may offer fascinating contrast in essence and perception but one common yet distinctive feature that bring forth the nuanced and palpable essence of the trip, as a whole is the warmth and congeniality of PEOPLE. In this trip, we centered on this theme (people) by greater interaction with them


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi, meet our representative and transfer to hotel. You can arrive at any time as no activities are planned for today. The rest of the day is for you to relax and adjust to the time change.
Overnight hotel in Delhi.

Day 2:  Agra  -Taj Mahal
After early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Railway Station to board fast train to Agra.  Visit Agra Fort & Taj Mahal. Optional activities available.
Overnight hotel in Agra.

Day 3: Train to Jhansi – Orchha
Train to Jhansi. Transfer to Orcha. Tour in Orcha
Overnight in Orchha in a former Palace.

Day 4: Drive to Khajuraho
After breakfast, drive around 4hrs. In the afternoon, tour Eastern & Western Group of temple complex that the Chandelas constructed. In the evening, stroll the small market and township of Khajuraho and free to do many other optional activities available. Overnight hotel in Khajuraho.

Day 5: Fly to Varanasi – India’s Religious Capital
Towards the evening, we’ll walk through the old city to the bathing ghats located alongside the sacred River Ganges. Feel the timelessness of Varanasi as the sun sets and as the temple priests perform aarti, the sacred light ceremony, on the river bank for Mother Ganga. Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 6: In Varanasi. (Sunrise Cruise, Heritage Walk & Silk Weaving Community)
At sunrise, when the temples are bathed in soft light, board small boat for a cruise on the Ganges. Witness the everyday life in this holy city, as the people arrive at the ghats at dawn to take a ritual dip, perform yoga asanas, wash clothes and offer flowers and incense to the river.
Return to hotel for breakfast. Later head for a heritage walk in old part of Varanasi. Stroll in the narrow lanes with local expert who will weave the charming story of this ancient city, as you pass Ashrams, temples, flower shops, eateries and so forth.
After lunch at a local restaurant, we will pay a visit to Silk weaving community, who still adhere to an age old practice to make famous “Varanasi Sari”. Watch the weaver in action.  Taking a closer look, we can find social fabric interwoven with thread of silk that help to make their living. Return to hotel in Varanasi.

Day 7:   Varanasi to Kathmandu
Some days, you can fly to Kathmandu from Varanasi directly in the afternoon. However, in general we need to plan a morning flight from Varanasi to Delhi and connect with a noon flight from there to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, meet and transfer to hotel. This evening, as per available time, we’ll explore the Kathmandu Durbar (royal) Square area. Dinner with cultural show at a typical cultural performance.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 8: Kathmandu Tour & fly to Pokhara
After breakfast begin a half day tour in Kathmandu valley. Then fly to Pokhara and wander around the market.
Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 9:  Full Day in Pokhara
Before dawn, travel to Sarangkot hill top to watch the color of changing hues catch the peaks of the Annapurna range. On the way back, visit Bindesbani temple. After breakfast at the hotel, take a short rest before beginning the tour of Pokhara including short boat ride and walk to the Peace Pagoda for sunset views.
Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 10:  Fly Kathmandu (Bhaktapur)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in time for your 20-minutes flight to Kathmandu.
Upon arrival, drive short distance in the suburbs to visit Nepal’s medieval capital city of Bhaktapur, a spectacular World Heritage Site founded in the ninth century. Much of the city is pedestrianized, so we’ll explore this open-air living museum on foot, walking from square to square and pagoda to pagoda.
Overnight in hotel in Kathmandu

Day 11:  Fly to Paro, Bhutan
Transfer to the airport in time for flight to Paro. (Generally, the flights tend to be in the morning but some days the flights could be in early afternoon if the flight is in the afternoon, you have a free morning to yourself in Kathmandu.)
A spectacular 40-minutes mountain flight (with views of many of the highest peaks of world including Everest) brings us to emerald-green Paro Valley at 7,500 feet.
Visit Paro Rinphung Dzong, an imposing fortress originally built in 17th century, which is the administrative seat of the Paro district, and also houses a state monastic community.  Walk across the ancient cantilevered bridge and stroll in small and charming Paro township. As per available time, we will tour other sights in Paro.
Overnight in Paro.

Day 12: Paro – Punakha
Following a short tour in Paro, drive through the countryside for about an hour to Thimphu, then continue drve uphill for another forty-five minutes to spectacular Dochula pass (10,200ft), which offers astounding panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayan range.  After lunch, the roads descend through ever changing vegetation with good views into relatively low altitude of Punakha & Wangdue valley located at about 1350m (4500ft) with semi tropical climate, where oranges, mangoes, bananas and even cactuses can be seen. Upon arrival, enjoy a half-hour walk through fields and villages to Chimi Lhakhang monastery and fertility temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint known popularly as “the divine madman” Overnight hotel in Punakha/Wangdue valley.

Day 13: In Punakha & Wangdue valley
Punakha was a winter capital of Bhutan until 1950s, the tradition that is still upheld by the state monastic body who move here from Thimphu in the winter months.
Drive north through the idyllic countryside and take a 40min uphill hike (optional) to visit Khamsum Yuelley Chorten. Upon return, visit the impressive Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 at the confluence of the
Mo Chu and Po Chu (the male & female rivers). Punakha Dzong is an architectural wonder and seat of the head abbot of Bhutan. Later, visit the Nunnery built in 2009  for young nuns to train and study Buddhist text and meditation. Towards the south east corner of valley is located Wangdue Phodrang with larger township. Visit the town, then view the ruins of Wangdue Dzong, which is undergoing reconstruction, after being destroyed by the fire in 2012. As per available time, we will also visit Richengang village, unique for cluster of houses connected together.
Overnight hotel in Punakha/Wangdue valley.

Day 14: Punakha – Thimphu
Retrace our drive back across Dochula pass, offering one more opportunity to see the peaks of  Bhutanese Himalayas (3+hrs) drive.
We offer opportunity to take 3hr gradual walk to Lungchuzekha & Trashigang hill-tops starting from Dochula pass. You will see some remote temples, monasteries and walk through high altitude forests filled with rhododendrons, spruce, firs and giant cedars, all with good views in pristine nature.
Upon arrival in capital Thimphu, visit the courtyard of great Tashicho Dzong, seat of government, the stroll in farmer’s market, which is more vibrant during the weekends (from Fridays). As per available time and interest, you will be taken around see other sights. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 15: Thimphu  & Paro Valley
As a capital of Bhutan, Thimphu has many attractions to see or shop around. Based on your interests, we will take you to places of your interests first and cover others as per available time. Among others, visit the Giant Buddha statue located atop a Kuensel Phodrang ridge, circumambulate around the memorial Chorten in clockwise direction with local as they say the prayers. See the weird looking Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Take photographs from the ridge top, visit School of traditional Arts (also called Painting school) and more as per your interest. Towards evening, drive 1hr to Paro, where we visit local farm house and tour a local village.
Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 16: Paro (Hike to Takstang)
Hike to legendary Takstang (Tiger’s nest) monastery and visit other sights in Paro as per available time Horse (mountain ponies) are available for hire at the start of the hike that can take you till the view-point. Your guide can arrange this and if you are not able to make it or decide to opt out, an interesting alternative will be arranged while you here. In the evening, gather for farewell dinner.
Overnight in Paro.

Day 17: Departure
Departure transfer to the airport in time for your flight out of Bhutan. End of Services!
You can choose to fly to Delhi, Kathmandu, Bangkok or other cities covered by Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines (Tashi Air).
The cost of this flight is listed separately. One should be able to connect from these cities on the same day.


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Trip highlights

  • Taj Mahal
  • Forts, Palaces, Temples & Monasteries
  • Walking in Colorful Markets
  • Local Home visit
  • Try Local cuisines
  • Off-beaten Path
  • Indian rail journey experience
  • Rural village Tour
  • Boat rides on Ganges & Pokhara
  • Weaving & textile
  • Walking tour(option)
  • Staying in a palace hotels

Trip Overview

Trip Price From US$ 3370 | See Details

Trip Accommodation4-5 star hotels and heritage hotels in India and Nepal. 3-4 star mix in Bhutan.

Trip SeasonsThis trip is best from October through March but it is also good in April and May.

Group Size9 Max. 1 minimum

MealsAll breakfasts & dinners in both India and Nepal. All meals with evening tea while in Bhutan.

RouteDelhi-Agra-Jhansi-Khahuraho-Varansi-Kathmandu-Pokhara-Khaktapur-Paro-Punakha-Thimphu

Trip TypeCultural with optional short walk

Best MonthsMarch, October, November

Good MonthsJanuary, February, April, May, December

Lean MonthsJune, July, August, September

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi, meet our representative and transfer to hotel. You can arrive at any time as no activities are planned for today. The rest of the day is for you to relax and adjust to the time change.
Overnight hotel in Delhi.

Day 2:  Agra  -Taj Mahal
After early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Railway Station to board fast train to Agra.  Visit Agra Fort & Taj Mahal. Optional activities available.
Overnight hotel in Agra.

Day 3: Train to Jhansi – Orchha
Train to Jhansi. Transfer to Orcha. Tour in Orcha
Overnight in Orchha in a former Palace.

Day 4: Drive to Khajuraho
After breakfast, drive around 4hrs. In the afternoon, tour Eastern & Western Group of temple complex that the Chandelas constructed. In the evening, stroll the small market and township of Khajuraho and free to do many other optional activities available. Overnight hotel in Khajuraho.

Day 5: Fly to Varanasi – India’s Religious Capital
Towards the evening, we’ll walk through the old city to the bathing ghats located alongside the sacred River Ganges. Feel the timelessness of Varanasi as the sun sets and as the temple priests perform aarti, the sacred light ceremony, on the river bank for Mother Ganga. Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 6: In Varanasi. (Sunrise Cruise, Heritage Walk & Silk Weaving Community)
At sunrise, when the temples are bathed in soft light, board small boat for a cruise on the Ganges. Witness the everyday life in this holy city, as the people arrive at the ghats at dawn to take a ritual dip, perform yoga asanas, wash clothes and offer flowers and incense to the river.
Return to hotel for breakfast. Later head for a heritage walk in old part of Varanasi. Stroll in the narrow lanes with local expert who will weave the charming story of this ancient city, as you pass Ashrams, temples, flower shops, eateries and so forth.
After lunch at a local restaurant, we will pay a visit to Silk weaving community, who still adhere to an age old practice to make famous “Varanasi Sari”. Watch the weaver in action.  Taking a closer look, we can find social fabric interwoven with thread of silk that help to make their living. Return to hotel in Varanasi.

Day 7:   Varanasi to Kathmandu
Some days, you can fly to Kathmandu from Varanasi directly in the afternoon. However, in general we need to plan a morning flight from Varanasi to Delhi and connect with a noon flight from there to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, meet and transfer to hotel. This evening, as per available time, we’ll explore the Kathmandu Durbar (royal) Square area. Dinner with cultural show at a typical cultural performance.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 8: Kathmandu Tour & fly to Pokhara
After breakfast begin a half day tour in Kathmandu valley. Then fly to Pokhara and wander around the market.
Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 9:  Full Day in Pokhara
Before dawn, travel to Sarangkot hill top to watch the color of changing hues catch the peaks of the Annapurna range. On the way back, visit Bindesbani temple. After breakfast at the hotel, take a short rest before beginning the tour of Pokhara including short boat ride and walk to the Peace Pagoda for sunset views.
Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 10:  Fly Kathmandu (Bhaktapur)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in time for your 20-minutes flight to Kathmandu.
Upon arrival, drive short distance in the suburbs to visit Nepal’s medieval capital city of Bhaktapur, a spectacular World Heritage Site founded in the ninth century. Much of the city is pedestrianized, so we’ll explore this open-air living museum on foot, walking from square to square and pagoda to pagoda.
Overnight in hotel in Kathmandu

Day 11:  Fly to Paro, Bhutan
Transfer to the airport in time for flight to Paro. (Generally, the flights tend to be in the morning but some days the flights could be in early afternoon if the flight is in the afternoon, you have a free morning to yourself in Kathmandu.)
A spectacular 40-minutes mountain flight (with views of many of the highest peaks of world including Everest) brings us to emerald-green Paro Valley at 7,500 feet.
Visit Paro Rinphung Dzong, an imposing fortress originally built in 17th century, which is the administrative seat of the Paro district, and also houses a state monastic community.  Walk across the ancient cantilevered bridge and stroll in small and charming Paro township. As per available time, we will tour other sights in Paro.
Overnight in Paro.

Day 12: Paro – Punakha
Following a short tour in Paro, drive through the countryside for about an hour to Thimphu, then continue drve uphill for another forty-five minutes to spectacular Dochula pass (10,200ft), which offers astounding panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayan range.  After lunch, the roads descend through ever changing vegetation with good views into relatively low altitude of Punakha & Wangdue valley located at about 1350m (4500ft) with semi tropical climate, where oranges, mangoes, bananas and even cactuses can be seen. Upon arrival, enjoy a half-hour walk through fields and villages to Chimi Lhakhang monastery and fertility temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint known popularly as “the divine madman” Overnight hotel in Punakha/Wangdue valley.

Day 13: In Punakha & Wangdue valley
Punakha was a winter capital of Bhutan until 1950s, the tradition that is still upheld by the state monastic body who move here from Thimphu in the winter months.
Drive north through the idyllic countryside and take a 40min uphill hike (optional) to visit Khamsum Yuelley Chorten. Upon return, visit the impressive Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 at the confluence of the
Mo Chu and Po Chu (the male & female rivers). Punakha Dzong is an architectural wonder and seat of the head abbot of Bhutan. Later, visit the Nunnery built in 2009  for young nuns to train and study Buddhist text and meditation. Towards the south east corner of valley is located Wangdue Phodrang with larger township. Visit the town, then view the ruins of Wangdue Dzong, which is undergoing reconstruction, after being destroyed by the fire in 2012. As per available time, we will also visit Richengang village, unique for cluster of houses connected together.
Overnight hotel in Punakha/Wangdue valley.

Day 14: Punakha – Thimphu
Retrace our drive back across Dochula pass, offering one more opportunity to see the peaks of  Bhutanese Himalayas (3+hrs) drive.
We offer opportunity to take 3hr gradual walk to Lungchuzekha & Trashigang hill-tops starting from Dochula pass. You will see some remote temples, monasteries and walk through high altitude forests filled with rhododendrons, spruce, firs and giant cedars, all with good views in pristine nature.
Upon arrival in capital Thimphu, visit the courtyard of great Tashicho Dzong, seat of government, the stroll in farmer’s market, which is more vibrant during the weekends (from Fridays). As per available time and interest, you will be taken around see other sights. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 15: Thimphu  & Paro Valley
As a capital of Bhutan, Thimphu has many attractions to see or shop around. Based on your interests, we will take you to places of your interests first and cover others as per available time. Among others, visit the Giant Buddha statue located atop a Kuensel Phodrang ridge, circumambulate around the memorial Chorten in clockwise direction with local as they say the prayers. See the weird looking Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Take photographs from the ridge top, visit School of traditional Arts (also called Painting school) and more as per your interest. Towards evening, drive 1hr to Paro, where we visit local farm house and tour a local village.
Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 16: Paro (Hike to Takstang)
Hike to legendary Takstang (Tiger’s nest) monastery and visit other sights in Paro as per available time Horse (mountain ponies) are available for hire at the start of the hike that can take you till the view-point. Your guide can arrange this and if you are not able to make it or decide to opt out, an interesting alternative will be arranged while you here. In the evening, gather for farewell dinner.
Overnight in Paro.

Day 17: Departure
Departure transfer to the airport in time for your flight out of Bhutan. End of Services!
You can choose to fly to Delhi, Kathmandu, Bangkok or other cities covered by Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines (Tashi Air).
The cost of this flight is listed separately. One should be able to connect from these cities on the same day.


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Dates & Prices

In order to offer the lowest possible price,this trip is priced according to number of participants.As more joins the cost will be reduced. Trips can be taken privately with your own dates as well.

From US $ 3370 per person
Plus air fare:-Estimated airfare US 800 per person for Varanasi-Kathmandu-Paro-Delhi or best available fare. You can also choose to book these flights yourself after consulting with us.

Full details of the tour and costs available upon request.

 

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Accommodations


Hotels in Thimphu

  • Hotel Druk

    The Druk hotel is a part of Druk group of hotels with hotel in Thimphu, Phuntsholing and few more coming up in Bhutan. Druk Hotels are among the pioneers of hotels industry in Bhutan. Thimphu Druk Hotel is located at the center of town, overlooking ...

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Hotels in New Delhi

Hotels in Orchha

Hotels in Paro

Hotels in Khajuraho

Hotels in Pokhara

Hotels in Kathmandu

  • Hotel Shambala

    Hotel Shambala, a contemporary Tibetan themed boutique hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal offers unparalleled comfort and luxury with the best in Tibetan and Nepalese hospitality. Inspired by Tibetan art and architecture, all 65 rooms feature beautiful handma...

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Hotels in Punakha

Hotels in Agra

Trip Leader


  • Rajat Gupta

    Rajat Gupta is the gun young at Wind Horse Tours, New Delhi. With his advent there is  infusion of fresh ideas, exuberance and passion , that changing travel scenario demands. He completed his degree course in Tourism Management in 2014.
    At Wind Horse Tour, India, he is  setting pace for innovations and fresh perspectives to thrive and to meet new demands. With opening of window for Visa on Arrival for many countries by Indian Government, this has thrown door wide open for travel industries to redesign structural patterns in term of infrastructures and itineraries.

    He inherited the passion for the travel business from his father Santosh Gupta. While growing up or still now the travel talks  hogs the limelight at the  dinner table. He alway knew what he wanted or how he wants to shape up his career. Choosing travel management course was a conscious choice to  hone his passion.

  • Laxman Bhattarai

    Tourism is the key driver for economy in Nepal and its so difficult to keep a person away from glitz of tourism especially in Kathmandu. Largely, people are connected in one way or other. Laxman Bhattarai is no exception to the rule. Though a computer web programmer/developer by orientation but tourism has always captured his imaginations.

    Love for tourism was imbibed during his early days in Palpa, which still retain its medieval feel and its Newari charms. He says it was a tough choice to choose between tourism and computer.During those days, though pursuing the intricate of computer but he harboured an idea of romancing being part of tourism fraternity.

    Working as senior web developer took him to roads much loved, designing and developing the travel website. He is man behind the Wind Horse Tours dyanmic website.

    And with inception of Sixth Sense Travel Pvt Ltd in 2014, dedicated to Nepal trip solely gave a concrete shape to his childhood dream. Perseverance and diligence marks his traits and set a very standard when he frames an itineraries.

  • Mahendra Raj Bhusal

    After completing college from Kathmandu University, Mahindra pursued Post Graduate In Community Welfare and MBA from Australia, where he also worked as Social and Community Care Coordinator in Royal Darwin Hospital for 1 and half years and as a Community Service Worker and Disability Service Coordinator in Somerville Community Services. He returned to Nepal and has been Consultant/Manager of Health Care International for 2 years and finally left to join the exciting career in promotion of Tourism in Nepal.

     

  • Sonam Loday

    A good sense of humour is the currency that prevail everywhere regardless of the time or circumstances. An asset that that has potential to make  even the ordinary trip into extraordinary. Sonam Loday has this traits in abundance. This is intrinsic and come as naturally as bees to the flower. He wears it in his sleeve in every tours that he conducts and this is one aspects that steal the limelight when we receive the feedbacks from the guests.

    He finished his higher secondary school in 2005. Subsequently, he was at loose end trying to find meaning to his life and career, a chance meeting with a group of tourists resurrected his passion for the trade. He did his cultural guide course in 2005 and trekking in 2007. He burn the midnight oils to complete his senior guide course in 2008. He joined Wind Horse Tours in 2009 and has led countless tours with flair and his brand of humour.

    Along with great sense of humour, he is well versed on both aspects cultural as well as trek. The Horse riding course refuelled his passion for horses to a new height in 2010. He is the coordinator and manager of Wind Horse Ranch and Riding Club – a low carbon footprint product.

    When it comes to giving air to his interests and passion, he has varied propensities, it ranges from being cultural and trek guide to horse manager to his new found passion – mountain biking, his new best friend. On weekend, perhaps he will be one among the many  guys to come across in Thimphu biking zone. And also among the few to volunteer first for audacious  Haa to Phuentsholing Trip.

  • Yonten Phuntsho

    Yonten Phuntsho may give way to being  shy guy bordering with man of a few words. But he is man who loves to be in thick of action . He leads from the front whilst on the tour. Behind  his facade lies the guide whose knowledge and passion runs deep for the love of his works. His aptly quote Barbara Kingsolver “I do my best work if I think about what it is I have to offer”.

    From the outset, he knew what he wants to do in his life. Right after finishing his Class 12, he enrolled for guide course for culture initially then extended few more month to complete course on Trekking as well in 2008. After doing free lancing for a while, he joined Wind Horse Tours in 2010.

    For most Bhutanese, appeals that mountainous terrains throw in for an out door adventures are native. In the case of Yonten, it was no exception. He easily gave in to the temptation of Mountain biking with its advent. He explored and lead tours in his bike but his allegiance is more inclined to off road biking trips that leads to quaint villages. To explore the unknown and love for nature, these attributes  that he cultivated while trekking the alpine highlands and wilderness in remote corner of country was what prompt him to readily agree to embark on audacious Haa to Phuentsholing on mountain bike, overcoming challenges of carrying bike in tough terrains, untamed vegetations and unexplored areas.

     

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