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Introduction of India, Bhutan & Nepal

Discover India's mystical and historical legacy, Bhutan's quaint and tranquil charm, Nepal's history on its edifices.

19

Days

CULTURE

Introduction of India, Bhutan & Nepal Trip Map, Route Map
Trip highlights
The most popular sights of India, Bhutan and Nepal

This journey starts with the tour of renowned Golden Triangle: Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, where we visit some of the greatest sights of India, including the Taj Mahal.
Fly northeast to Bagdogra and climb up the hills through tea gardens to Darjeeling. Take a joy ride on the famous toy train with astounding views of the Kangchenjunga Himalaya. Travel overland and cross the border into Bhutan, a kingdom of stunning natural beauty with its friendly, colorfully dressed people. Spend a week in Bhutan visiting ancient monasteries, villages, farms and meeting with locals.
A breathtaking flight over mountain vistas brings you to Medieval Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, admire magnificent royal residences, cobbled streets, ancient squares and buildings sprinkled with intricately hand-carved windows set against a backdrop of the majestic Himalaya. In the narrow lanes and alleys, jostle with Nepalese people in a happy and lively atmosphere. Visit artists markets, temples, pagodas, a hill resort and a local home.

Outline Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi:
Meet upon arrival and transfer to a hotel. Overnight hotel.

Day 2: Delhi Tour  
Full day sightseeing tour of New and Old Delhi. Visit Lal Kila (Red Fort), Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk market in Old Delhi. Later visit Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, India Gate and other attractions. Overnight in Hotel

Day 3: Drive to Agra  
Drive to Agra visiting Sikandra tomb en-route. Upon arrival in Agra, visit Agra Fort and Taj Mahal at the sunset.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 4: Agra – Jaipur
En-route to Jaipur, visit the ancient Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri. Evening in Jaipur is for stroll and walk into the old city.Overnight in hotel.

Day 5: Jaipur
Start with the visit of Amer fort at the outskirts of Jaipur. Later visit City Palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory followed by Hawa Mahal and the walk through the colorful bazaars. Overnight in hotel.

Day 6: Return to Delhi
Drive back to Delhi and pursue your own interests in the evening.Overnight in City Park.

Day 7: Fly to Bagdogra – Gangtok, Sikkim  
Transfer to the airport and fly to Bagdogra airport. Upon arrival, meet and drive for about 3-4 hours to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, once an independent country. In the evening, stroll around MG Marg, a promende or Avenue, where vehicles are not allowed. Overnight in hotel.

Day 8: In Gangtok  
Full day tour of Gangtok, Sikkim, where we visit Enchey Gompa, Tashi viewpoint, Flower Expo, Tsuk Lhakhang temple inside the former Palace complex, cottage industry, Institue of Tibetlogy, Dodrul Monastery and local farmer’s market. Overnight in hotel.

Day 9: Gangtok – Phuntsholing, Bhutan  
Descend from the hills to the plains and cross Duars area with Tea Gardens of west Bengal into Phuntsholing at the foothills of Bhutan. Meet our Bhutanese Guide and stroll around the town.
Overnight in hotel Druk or best available.

Day 10: Phuntsholing – Thimphu
Drive uphill to Thimphu after completing immigration formalities. En-route make a stop and visit Rinchending Monastery, other villages and towns along the way. Once in Thimphu, visit Tashicho Dzong and tour around town.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 11: Thimphu
We have a full day in the capital to cover all the major landmarks and interesting attractions. Overnight in hotel.

Day 12: Thimphu – Punakha  
After further sightseeing of Thimphu in the morning, then drive across Dochula Pass to Wangdiphodrang. Visit the town and fortress in Wangdue. Spend the night near Punakha. Overnight in hotel.

Day 13: Khamsum and Punakha Dzong  
In the morning drive and walk to Khamsum Chorten and visit local homes. Later visit Punakha Dzong and Chimi lhakhang temple. In the evening stroll around the new township of Punakha. Overnight in hotel.

Day 14: Thimphu and Paro  
Drive back to Paro via Thimphu. At Paro, visit National Museum and Rinphung Dzong. Overnight in hotel.

Day 15: Taktsang and Drugyal Dzong  
Hike to Taktsang (optional) and visit ruins of Drugyal Dzong, Kichu temple and a typical farm house.Overnight in hotel.

Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu
Upon arrival, meet Nepalese Guide and drive to Bhaktapur city to visit Durbur Squares and temples. Continue to drive toward famous Nagarkot hill resort for panoramic views of the Himalayas. Overnight in one of the Hill Resorts.

Day 17: Nagakot – Kathmandu
Drive back to Kathmandu. Visit Syambhunath and Kathmandu Durbur Square. Have dinner with a live entertainment at a local restaurant. Overnight in hotel.

Day 18: Kathmandu
Visit Boudanath, Pashupatinath temple in the morning. Later visit Patan city.Overnight in hotel.

Day 19: Departure
Transfer to the airport in time for a flight to your next destination. You can fly back to Delhi, Varanasi, Bangkok from Kathmandu.

  • Group SizePrivate with your own group

  • MealsBreakfast & Dinner in India & Nepal. All meals including evening tea in Bhutan.

  • Trip AccommodationIn Delhi, Agra & Jaipur, among many, you may choose hotel as per your liking. Cost will reflect accordingly. In other places we try to use best in the area. In Bhutan hotel are tourist standard and in places where avail, we use upgraded accommodations. For instance, 4* Hotel Druk & Tashi Namgay Resort in Thimphu and Paro respectively. Note, recommended hotels are based on amenities, ambience and location.

  • RouteAgra, Jaipur, Delhi, Bagdogra, Darjeeling, Phuntsholing, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Nagarkot, Kathmandu.

  • Trip Type Cultural Tour

  • Trip SeasonsPeak season March-April-May-September-October-November

  • Best MonthsJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Prices & Dates

Cost is based on number of participants and travel dates.
Contact us for details.

Included

  • Accommodations of your choice
  • Breakfast and Dinner in India and Nepal, and all meals including evening Tea in Bhutan.
  • All private land transfers and transportation by good quality vehicle.
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees
  • English speaking guide.
  • Bhutan visa fees and all other tourist fees in Bhutan

Not included

  • All flights .
  • India Visa and Nepal Visa.
  • Nepal visa is free upon arrival for the duration of this tour.

Accommodations

In Delhi, Agra & Jaipur, among many, you may choose hotel as per your liking. Cost will reflect accordingly. In other places we try to use best in the area. In Bhutan hotel are tourist standard and in places where avail, we use upgraded accommodations. For instance, 4* Hotel Druk & Tashi Namgay Resort in Thimphu and Paro respectively. Note, recommended hotels are based on amenities, ambience and location.


Hotels in Thimphu

Hotels in Paro

Hotels in Punakha

Hotels in Phuentsholing

Hotels in Kathmandu

  • Hotel Yak & Yeti

    It is a premier five-star deluxe oasis in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal. Modern day sophistication greets cultural heritage in the ample grounds of the 100-year-old palace and newly designed structure of the hotel. Find refuge among antique fountains...

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  • 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 Nagarkot

Hotels in New Delhi

Hotels in Gangtok

Hotels in Jaipur

Hotels in Agra

Trip Guide/Leader


  • Gaurav Goyal

    Gaurav Goyal

  • Nima Dhondup Bhutia

    Nima Dhondup Bhutia

  • Yonten Phuntsho

    Yonten Phuntsho

  • Sonam Pelden

    Sonam Pelden

  • Hem Raj Bastola

    Hem Raj Bastola

  • Min Singh

    Min Singh

Reviews / Testimonials

  • Kathleen W
    USA
    Oct 2018
    I have never been in such a nationally reverent and devout country ( I have never been in such a nationally reverent and devout country)
    5 " " TID 8575 India, Bhutan & Nepal Tour( Bhutan Portion) Dear Mr Kinga Dechen and Mr Rinzin Jamtsho, Bhutan is amazing. We were so far removed from our reality while we were there that I couldn't stop being excited for one minute of my stay. I have never been in such a

    I have never been in such a nationally reverent and devout country TID 8575 India, Bhutan & Nepal Tour( Bhutan Portion) Dear Mr Kinga Dechen and Mr Rinzin Jamtsho, Bhutan is amazing. We

  • Fred Ames
    8360 Greensboro Drive #1012, McLean, VA 22102
    Nov 2012
    This included photographing Mount Everest from the air, climbing Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan, and spending time at Chitwan National Park in Nepal. ( This included photographing Mount Everest from the air, climbing Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan, and spending time at Chitwan National Park in Nepal.)
    5 " " Over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2012, my wife and I packed in a Nepal/Bhutan trip where we maximized our time to experience both countries.  After contacting a number of travel agencies, we settled on Wind Horse (www.windhorsetours.com) based on testimonials and price. We were not disappointed.  Everything that we wanted to

    This included photographing Mount Everest from the air, climbing Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan, and spending time at Chitwan National Park in Nepal. Over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2012, my wife and I packed in a Nepal/Bhutan trip where we maximized our time

  • Marie P
    West Chicago,Illinois, 60185, United States
    Jan 1970
    This trip was truly remarkable, and my mother-in-law and I had the experience of a lifetime. ( This trip was truly remarkable, and my mother-in-law and I had the experience of a lifetime.)
    5 " " Petrie's India,Nepal & Bhutan Private Tour. TID -753 (Sep 13 - Oct 03, 2014) Dear Anand and team, Namaste! Thank you for your follow up message! My apologies for the delay in response. It would be my pleasure to provide feedback and any endorsements that would be useful to you in

    This trip was truly remarkable, and my mother-in-law and I had the experience of a lifetime. Petrie's India,Nepal & Bhutan Private Tour. TID -753 (Sep 13 - Oct 03, 2014) Dear Anand and team, Namaste! Thank you

  • Andrea G P
    Toronto, Ontario,Canada
    Dec 2014
    In short, I had a terrific time!!!! ( In short, I had a terrific time!!!!)
    5 " " Dear Anand, I have nothing but the highest praise for Windhorse; the recent tour I did of Bhutan and Nepal were first-rate and, in my opinion, could not have been better. Regarding Bhutan, Sonam, my guide was just the best. Informative, helpful, solicitous, friendly incredibly good at getting me "into" the inside

    In short, I had a terrific time!!!! Dear Anand, I have nothing but the highest praise for Windhorse; the recent tour I did of Bhutan and Nepal were

  • Jeremy S & Katalin T
    Purley, Surrey U.K
    Nov 2012
    A magical vacation, extremely well planned and organised by Wind horse. ( A magical vacation, extremely well planned and organised by Wind horse.)
    5 " " A magical vacation, extremely well planned and organised by Windhorse, with perfect logistics, excellent guides/drivers and a wonderful caring atmosphere - our guide Leki Dorji was delightful, knowldgeable, kind and extremely hospitable. Thank you Katalin & Jeremy - Kolkata-Darjeeling-Bhutan & Nepal

    A magical vacation, extremely well planned and organised by Wind horse. A magical vacation, extremely well planned and organised by Windhorse, with perfect logistics, excellent guides/drivers and a wonderful caring atmosphere

  • Sara C
    Jan 1970
    It was a real privilege to visit your country. ( It was a real privilege to visit your country.)
    5 " " Sara & Tom Pvt Tour Nepal Bhutan 28 May-6 June 2011. Hi Ugen, I have posted already on your facebook page and will do the other 2 later today or tomorrow. First of all thank you so much for making all the arrangements. Our trip was so spectacular and we really loved

    It was a real privilege to visit your country. Sara & Tom Pvt Tour Nepal Bhutan 28 May-6 June 2011. Hi Ugen, I have posted already on your facebook page and

  • Dr. Anilbhai P
    Seattle, WA
    Oct 2018
    We had a great trip to Bhutan thanks to you. ( We had a great trip to Bhutan thanks to you.)
    5 " " Nepal, Bhutan Tour 17-26 Oct, 2010 Dear Ugen, We had a great trip to Bhutan thanks to you. We enjoyed South Korea, Nepal & India too, all totaling 2 months tour. With best regards, Anil & Asha Patel in Seattle

    We had a great trip to Bhutan thanks to you. Nepal, Bhutan Tour 17-26 Oct, 2010 Dear Ugen, We had a great trip to Bhutan thanks to you. We enjoyed South Korea,

  • Mimi V & Brad P
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Nov 2010
    I have been to Bhutan twice and have used Wind horse ( I have been to Bhutan twice and have used Wind horse)
    5 " " Windhorse Tours is a wonderful company to use for trips to Bhutan, Nepal and India. I have been to Bhutan twice and have used Windhorse on both occasions. The first time was in 2006 with my parents; we did a regular tour during the Thimpu festival. I admired the pristine

    I have been to Bhutan twice and have used Wind horse Windhorse Tours is a wonderful company to use for trips to Bhutan, Nepal and India. I have been to Bhutan

  • Dr. (Ms) Valdecanas & Dr. Priddy
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Jan 1970
    We just wanted to thank you for the wonderful trip we had in Bhutan. Sonam and Sherab were excellent. ( We just wanted to thank you for the wonderful trip we had in Bhutan. Sonam and Sherab were excellent.)
    5 " " Gaya, Bhutan and Nepal Tour 25 Oct -12 Nov, 2009 Hi, Ugen, We just wanted to thank you for the wonderful trip we had in Bhutan. Sonam and Sherab were excellent. The service and rooms at the Uma resort were the best we have ever been in anywhere in the world. There

    We just wanted to thank you for the wonderful trip we had in Bhutan. Sonam and Sherab were excellent. Gaya, Bhutan and Nepal Tour 25 Oct -12 Nov, 2009 Hi, Ugen, We just wanted to thank you for the wonderful trip

  • Pamela G
    Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Jan 1970
    Our trip was wonderful. I want to commend you especially for the guides in India (Delhi), Nepal and Bhutan. ( Our trip was wonderful. I want to commend you especially for the guides in India (Delhi), Nepal and Bhutan.)
    5 " " TID 153: Introduction of India, Bhutan and Nepal (Sept 30- Oct 20, 2008) Ugen- Our trip was wonderful. I want to commend you especially for the guides in India (Delhi), Nepal and Bhutan. The insight that each one gave to us on the culture and the country was very personal and very

    Our trip was wonderful. I want to commend you especially for the guides in India (Delhi), Nepal and Bhutan. TID 153: Introduction of India, Bhutan and Nepal (Sept 30- Oct 20, 2008) Ugen- Our trip was wonderful. I want to commend

  • Joanne Foxford
    Cuesta Del Cerro, Alcobendas, Madrid, SPAIN
    Oct 2018
    The trip to Bhutan was fantastic. It is quite different from anywhere else that I have ever been and was well worth the money. ( The trip to Bhutan was fantastic. It is quite different from anywhere else that I have ever been and was well worth the money.)
    5 " " TID 153/187: India, Bhutan & Nepal (Oct 5-20, 2008) I got back yesterday morning. The trip to Bhutan was fantastic. It is quite different from anywhere else that I have ever been and was well worth the money. Everything in Bhutan ran very smoothly and I would particularly like to mention

    The trip to Bhutan was fantastic. It is quite different from anywhere else that I have ever been and was well worth the money. TID 153/187: India, Bhutan & Nepal (Oct 5-20, 2008) I got back yesterday morning. The trip to Bhutan was fantastic. It

  • Karen C
    Downers Grove, Illinois USA
    Sep 2008
    What a wonderful trip! Everything was so well coordinated by Wind horse! ( What a wonderful trip! Everything was so well coordinated by Wind horse!)
    5 " " TID 153:Introduction of India, Bhutan and Nepal (Sep30 till 20 Oct, 2008) What a wonderful trip! Everything was so well coordinated by Windhorse! The guides and drivers were great. We were unhappy with Hotel Manaslu, but our guide and the Windhorse representative, Dave, did a great job of addressing our concerns.

    What a wonderful trip! Everything was so well coordinated by Wind horse! TID 153:Introduction of India, Bhutan and Nepal (Sep30 till 20 Oct, 2008) What a wonderful trip! Everything was so well coordinated

  • Lincoln Munro & Valmai D
    Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
    Sep 2008
    An excellent guide. Went out of his way to be helpful considering he was ill with flu ( An excellent guide. Went out of his way to be helpful considering he was ill with flu)
    5 " " TID 153: Introduction of India, Bhutan and Nepal (Sep. 30 till Oct 20 2008) Bhutan portion of the trip: Guide: Tharpa Tashi, Driver: Dorji Needup 1) Were you provided adequate information about your trip prior to coming here ? What did you need to know more? Should have been informed that we could

    An excellent guide. Went out of his way to be helpful considering he was ill with flu TID 153: Introduction of India, Bhutan and Nepal (Sep. 30 till Oct 20 2008) Bhutan portion of the trip: Guide: Tharpa

  • Stephanie Sales
    1722 Holland Drive, Walnut Creek, California, USA 94597
    Mar 2008
    I came home with lasting and oh so vivid memories of this fabulous trip. ( I came home with lasting and oh so vivid memories of this fabulous trip.)
    5 " " Greetings Ugen, Postak (WindHorse Minnesota), Santosh (WindHorse India), and Chimi (WindHorse Bhutan)! I want to thank all of you for all your efforts in arranging a most spectacular trip to India, Nepal, and Bhutan for me and my travel buddy, Mary-Anna! Ugen and Postak did an excellent job in managing all of

    I came home with lasting and oh so vivid memories of this fabulous trip. Greetings Ugen, Postak (WindHorse Minnesota), Santosh (WindHorse India), and Chimi (WindHorse Bhutan)! I want to thank all of you for all

  • Juan C. and Cynthia A.
    Renton, Washington
    Oct 2006
    I want to thank you for your service, you did a great job planning the trip and taking care of the problems that arose. ( I want to thank you for your service, you did a great job planning the trip and taking care of the problems that arose.)
    5 " " Postak, I met your nephew in Nepal, he did an excellent job. Our guide and driver in Bhutan were awesome, too. Dawa, our guide in north India was wonderful, it was great to have a tibetan/buddhist guide for us. I want to thank you for your service, you did a geat job

    I want to thank you for your service, you did a great job planning the trip and taking care of the problems that arose. Postak, I met your nephew in Nepal, he did an excellent job. Our guide and driver in Bhutan were awesome, too.

  • Ann Baeyens
    Knokke-Heist, Belgium
    Oct 1999
    Bhutan en “Wind Horse” vormen een ideale combinatie om dit uniek en fascinerend land te ontdekken .. ( Bhutan en “Wind Horse” vormen een ideale combinatie om dit uniek en fascinerend land te ontdekken ..)
    1 " " In India (December 1997) ontmoeten we Ugen voor de eerste keer. Hij werkt voor een Nederlandse tour operator en organiseert onze Rajasthan-rondreis. In 1998 de oprichting van het reisbureau “Plan holidays” in Kathmandu (Nepal) door Ugen samen met zijn beste vrienden. In het zelfde jaar regelen ze onze Nepal-rondreis op

    Bhutan en “Wind Horse” vormen een ideale combinatie om dit uniek en fascinerend land te ontdekken .. In India (December 1997) ontmoeten we Ugen voor de eerste keer. Hij werkt voor een Nederlandse tour operator en organiseert