Best of India & Bhutan
India and Bhutan tour is a great option if you are touring India’s North-Eastern states like Sikkim. But with direct flights to Paro, Bhutan from Delhi and Bangkok, you can combine Bhutan tour with either India or Thailand holiday. India is a vast country that requires more than one holiday with each trip focussed on just one region, like Rajasthan in the west, Kerala in the south, the Himalayan states in the north or the northeast.
Bhutan is the destination for those who truly want to travel off the beaten track. Paro, a valley town in western Bhutan, has an international airport and known for Taktsang Palphug (Tiger’s Nest) monastery. To its east is Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, with a massive Tashichho Dzong, a fortified monastery and government palace with gold-leaf roofs. Tsechu festivals, with costumed, masked dances are common feature during summer and autumn months.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 16-DAY TOUR OF BHUTAN & INDIA…
And, visit ancient monasteries in Bhutan and Taj Mahal in India.
This private, ultra-luxury tour covers the highlights of India and Bhutan; two fascinating cultural destinations of the Indian sub-continent. Take a comprehensive tour of Bhutan to include Paro, Thimphu and Punakha visiting ancient monasteries and remote valleys. In India, explore the Golden Triangle with Udaipur, India’s most romantic city and serene city. Stay at the best hotels in each destination.
Begin in Delhi, the bustling capital of India. During private touring, experience highlights such as Jama Masjid, the Red Fort and a rickshaw ride through the bazaars of Old Delhi. Later in the day visit Himayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar with Indo-Islamic architecture and Lutyen’s most imposing features such as the President's House, Parliament House and India Gate.
Fly to Bhutan and transfer to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Enjoy comprehensive touring of Thimphu’s many cultural attractions and important Buddhist highlights. Meet local people, learn about local traditions, explore a bustling market, and visit various small museums specialising in textiles, folk heritage, and traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts.
Next, drive through the mountains, passing the 108 stupas of Dochu La, to Punakha, the ancient winter capital located in a sub-tropical valley where rhododendron and magnolia bloom and orange and banana trees flourish. Relax at your luxurious farmhouse-style lodge, set among rice terraces, chili and cabbage fields and traditional Bhutanese farmhouses.
Return to Paro, a resort town nestled among the Himalayas. Visit the National Museum, browse shops for Himalayan crafts and Buddhist items, and hike to Tiger's Nest, a breathtaking monastery clinging to a cliff that is one of the most important icons of Bhutan. Other activities can be incorporated based on your interests, such as a private archery lesson, yoga, a biking excursion, or traditional Bhutanese spa treatments.
Fly back to India for an overnight stay in Delhi before transferring to Agra for a spellbinding sunset or sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument to love. Also visit Agra Fort and local markets. Stay in the lavish Oberoi Amarvilas in a room with an uninterrupted view of the Taj.
Continue to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s great “Pink City,” visiting the centuries-old ruins at Fatehpur Sikri en route. See the rich architectural legacy of Jaipur’s merchants and maharajas hill forts, palaces, an observatory, temples and havelis (courtyard mansions), surrounded by stark desert. Take an elephant ride to the 16th century Amber Fort. Browse bazaars selling textiles, leatherwork, perfume, jewellery and Jaipur’s traditional blue pottery. Explore medieval backstreets and marvel at the luminous saris of indigenous tribal women.
Spend three nights in Udaipur, India’s most romantic city and serene city. Set in the scenic valley of Aravalli hills and surrounded by three lakes, it has its share of palaces including the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in Rajasthan. Cruise Lake Pichola and walk through picturesque backstreets, taking in views of local villages and the surrounding hills and lakes. One day, enjoy an excursion to the gorgeous, fresco-covered Juna Mahal palace, or to the spectacular Jain temples of Ranakpur.
Return to Delhi with time for last-minute shopping and sightseeing before your flight.
Best Bhutan & India Visit ancient monasteries and remote valleys in Bhutan. Golden Triangle with Udaipur in India.
(16 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Delhi, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur
Day 1 – Arrive
Delhi, India Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Delhi Full-day private touring in Old & New Delhi.
Day 3 – Fly to Paro
Thimphu, Bhutan Private transfer and business class flight to Paro.
Arrival private transfer to Thimphu for 2 nights.
Begin private touring.
Day 4 – Tour
Thimphu Private full-day cultural touring.
Day 5 – Transfer
Punakha Private transfer to Punakha for 2 nights with touring en route.
Day 6 – Explore
Punakha Private full-day gentle hikes and cultural touring.
Day 7 – Transfer
Paro Private transfer to Paro for 2 nights with touring en route.
Day 8 – Explore
Paro Private tour of Paro including hike to Tiger’s Nest.
Day 9 – Transfer
Delhi, India Private transfer and business class flight to Delhi.
Arrival private transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Afternoon private guide and driver at disposal for flexible shopping and touring.
Day 10 – Transfer & Tour
Agra Transfer to Agra for overnight.
Afternoon private tour of Agra and Taj Mahal.
Day 11 – Transfer & Tour
Jaipur Private transfer to Jaipur for 2 nights.
Tour Fatehpur Sikri en route, if desired.
Afternoon private tour of Jaipur.
Day 12 – Tour
Jaipur Private tour of Jaipur, including local markets, elephant ride and shopping.
Day 13 – Transfer & Tour
Udaipur Private transfer to Udaipur for 3 nights, with touring en route.
Day 14 – Tour
Udaipur Private city tour, including boat ride on Lake Pichola.
Day 15 – Tour
Udaipur Private excursion to Jain Temples at Ranakpur or visit local temples and gourmet lunch at a palace.
Day 16 – Depart
Delhi Morning private transfer and business class flight to Delhi.
Private car and driver at disposal for flexible shopping and sightseeing.
Private airport transfer.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.
Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.
Make this your holiday
When to go The best time to travel to India is between September and March. This is a high season and it is advisable to book your holiday well in advance. Summer starts in April and by June, it becomes very hot. By July there is the south-west monsoon, which brings heavy rains to the west coast. Although the word "monsoon" often brings to mind images of torrential floods and landslides, the monsoon season is not a bad time to travel to India. Although it rains nearly every day, the downpour tends to come and go quickly, leaving behind a clean, glistening landscape.
Winter in Bhutan is from mid-November till mid-March, and at this time of the year the climate is dry and sunny for the most part, temperatures peaking at around 15c. in the daytime and falling below zero at night. During the spring months of March, April and May, Bhutan offers warm days and cool nights. It is a great time for treks and to watch the flora and the many birds of Bhutan.
By the middle of June, clouds begin to build up for the monsoon that arrives in July. By mid-September the monsoon clouds have all but dried and the skies begin to clear. The two-month window between October and November offers clear skies but it can be cold in the night. It is also a good time for trekking deep into the Himalayas, sitting around a camp fire and seeing the high Himalayas in the morning and evening golden light.
Getting There Most major airlines fly to India’s main airports. Delhi is the best point of arrival for Rajasthan and north India, Kolkata (Calcutta) for east India, Mumbai for Goa and Kerala for South India. Fares are dependent on the season, with the highest being roughly November to March. A number of domestic airlines connect most cities including more remote regions. Airports tend to be on the outskirts of cities.
Passport/Visa: Visas are required to enter, exit or transit through Indian territories. The most common is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple entry, 60-day and 90-day visas are also available. Passports must have a minimum of six months validity. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Indian High Commission, embassy or consulate. All visa applications in UK should be filled online at http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk. Cost of six months tourist visa for UK nationals including handling charges is £92.20.
Visas for Bhutan are arranged through tour operators and issued with your ticket.