Cultural Excursion

Mountain Kingdoms and the Taj

Delhi, India

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Traveling through India is about the sights and sounds. It is about taking in the smells and experiencing the emotions. India is about the people, the warmth of Indian hospitality and the genuine friendliness to guests. A journey is about completely immersing your senses in the surroundings and letting the uniqueness of the country through India take over. A journey through India is a life altering experience and a trip of a lifetime.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Delhi Arrival

Arrive in Delhi and check in at your preferred hotel.

Overnight: Justa The Residence Greater Kailash

Day 2 - Delhi

Discover the capital of India, a city of contrasts. Where the remains of seven ancient cities coexist with modern day lifestyle and amenities. Visit the Red Fort and the Qutub Minar, the Jama Masjid and Humayun’s Tomb, the Parliament House, India Gate and the National Museum. Delhi’s sights could keep you busy for much more than just a day.

Overnight: Justa The Residence Greater Kailash

Day 3 - Delhi: Agra Day Trip

Experience the magic of the Indian Railways as you board the morning express train to Agra. Spend the day visiting Fatehpur Sikri, wandering around the Agra Fort and then, finally, getting to see the most extravagant monument built for love, the one and only Taj Mahal. Take the evening train back to Delhi.

Overnight: Justa The Residence Greater Kailash

Day 4 - Delhi - Kathmandu

Fly to the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu.

Overnight: Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Day 5 - Kathmandu

Discover Nepal, a mystical country nestling in the folds of the magnificent Himalayan mountain ranges. While in Kathmandu, visit the colorful Durbar Square with its many temples, palaces, and colorful bazaars. Drive through the Nepalese countryside and visit the ancient city of Patan where you will see amazing art and architecture. Journey to the ancient city of Bhadgaon en-route visiting Bodhnath, a colossal stupa, one of the largest in the world. And see one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world, the Pashupatinath Temple (but sorry, only Hindus are allowed inside).

Overnight: Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Day 6 - Kathmandu - Paro

Fly out to Paro, in the land of the thunder dragon, the magical mountain kingdom of Bhutan.

Overnight: Janka Resort

Day 7 - Paro - Thimphu

Start the day by venturing out to the legendary Taktsang Lhakhang Monastery, the Tigers’ Nest, built atop a cliff overlooking the charming Paro valley. Taktsang marks the holy place where Rinpoche, the founding father of Mahayana Buddhism arrived more than a millennium ago, riding a legendary tigress. Paro is also home to one of the oldest dzongs in Bhutan, Rinpung Dzong, the Fortress of the Heap of Jewels and Ta Dzong, now the National Museum which prides itself on its collection of Bhutanese art, artifacts, weapons, stamps, birds and animals. End your day with a visit to the Drukgyel Dzong. In the afternoon, drive through the verdant Bhutanese countryside to the capital city of Thimphu, a bustling town on the banks of the Wangchhu River.

Overnight: Hotel Jumolhari

Day 8 - Thimphu

Your first stop in Thimphu will be at the stately and impressive Tashichhodzong, the summer residence of the venerated monastic community and the seat of His Majesty the King of Bhutan. Other places of interest in Thimphu include the King’s memorial chorten, the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts and the Traditional Medicine Center where centuries’ old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practiced. Another fascinating visit to make is to the Traditional Painting School in Thimphu where age-old styles of painting, including the thangkha, are still taught and learned. And of course, you must wander through the colorful local bazaars.

Overnight: Hotel Jumolhari

Day 9 - Thimpu - Phuentsholing

From Thimphu drive to the border town of Phuentsholing where you will stay overnight before you journey back into India.

Overnight: Hotel Druk

Day 10 - Phuentsholing - Gangtok

After breakfast, drive to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, a tiny little hill state tucked between Nepal and Bhutan, at the foot of the mountain Kanchenjunga. A state where you will be astounded by the beauty of the scenery around you. Lush green forests, lofty snow capped peaks, tumbling streams, villages tucked on hilly slopes and monasteries that seem to balance on mountain crests. Views that you will see from almost anywhere in the quaint town of Gangtok, also known for its many old British buildings and Buddhist monasteries.

Overnight: The Royal Plaza Gangtok

Day 11 - Gangtok

Enjoy an excursion to the Rumtek Monastery, the seat of the Gyalwa Kamapa order of Tibetan Buddhism. With its traditional architecture, carved and painted woodwork, magnificent mural, icons and treasure manuscripts, Rumtek stands as the foremost example of Tibetan monastic art outside Tibet.

Overnight: The Royal Plaza Gangtok

Day 12 - Gangtok - Darjeeling

Drive through the spectacular landscape to the beautiful hill station of Darjeeling, surrounded on all sides by rolling hills covered with tea plantations. Home of the Gurkhas, Darjeeling became a popular hill station since the British established it as an R&R center for their troops in the mid 1800s. Straddling a ridge at 2134 m, it offers spectacular views of the snowy peaks of the Kanchenjunga on one side, and gushing rivers in the valley on the other.

Overnight: New Elgin

Day 13 - Darjeeling

This is your day to explore Darjeeling. Start early with a morning visit to Tiger Hill, the highest spot in the area, for a view of the mountains by sunrise. Then, visit Darjeeling’s famous Ghoom Monastery, with its image of the Maitreya (the coming) of the Buddha. Wander around town visiting Observatory Hill, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Everest Museum and the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center, even as you meet people from all over the eastern Himalayas in the streets. And of course, make a refreshing stop at a tea garden for the famed Darjeeling cuppa.

Overnight: New Elgin

Day 14 - Darjeeling - Bagdogra - Delhi Departure

Drive to Bagdogra where you will board your flight to Delhi, and in the evening transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Accommodation Information

Justa The Residence Greater Kailash

This hotel is located in the posh GK I neighborhood of South Delhi. The domestic airport sits 16km away and the international airport is not much farther. The property offers an area of peace and tranquility amidst the chaos of Delhi, offering a sense of home, with all the comforts that come with it. Soft, warm textures and tones fill the hotel's facilities and rooms.

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is a luxury 5 star resort hotel, set on 37 acres of landscaped grounds in the traditional Newari style of Nepalese architecture. The hotel is located in the metropolitan city of Kathmandu at Taragaon, Boudha on the road to the Boudhanath Stupa - the most holy of Tibetan Buddhist shrines outside Tibet and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel is just 4 km from the Tribhuvan International Airport and 6 km from the city center of Kathmandu. The Boudhanath Stupa is within five minutes walking distance from the hotel. The hotel offers panoramic views of the Boudhanath Stupa and the surrounding mountain ranges.

Janka Resort

Blending the comforts of modern amenities with village life-style, Janka Resort offers its guests the best of both worlds. Set amidst paddy fields and an old village house, visitors enjoy glimpses of rural life in Bhutan. In a serene and calm setting, the resort is located a few minutes drive from all tourist attractions in Paro. The location is suitable for those who wish to enjoy fresh air and tranquility.

Hotel Jumolhari

The newly renovated Hotel Jumolhari has firmly established herself as the leading hotel in Thimphu. The charm of her traditional Bhutanese hospitability combined with a distinctive boutique style décor makes Hotel Jumolhari one of the most distinguished addresses in Thimphu.

Hotel Druk

One of the oldest and best known hotels in Phuentsholing, the Hotel Druk is located in a convenient location and provides a pleasant stay for travelers. All rooms feature en-suite bathrooms, and the hotel's restaurant offers Continental, Chinese, Indian and Bhutanese menus.

The Royal Plaza Gangtok

This luxury hotel is ideally located above a river valley with a view of paddy fields, forested slopes and snow capped mountain peaks. From the welcome drinks upon arrival, to the clean, comfortable rooms, this hotel will prepare you for exploring Gangtok as it is meant to be explored. The hotel also features a small in-house casino if you would like to scratch that gambling itch!

New Elgin

Darjeeling- from ‘ Dorji Ling' means the ‘God of Thunder'. Small wonder then that in the quaint little hill station, the weather varies from the pleasant, to cold to very cold. As you enter The Elgin - warmth hugs you and makes you feel at home with a glass of sparkling cherry liquor and a silken Khada draped around your neck. Snug and cozy in an interior decked with etchings of G.Douglas, lithographs of Daniell, period Burma teak furniture, oak floor boards and paneling, crackling fireplaces, candle-lit tables and strains of music from the grand piano, you realize the meaning of palpable ‘old world charm' which has played host to dignitaries like the US Ambassador and the Crown Prince of Sikkim to Dominique Lapierre and Mark Tully. The hotel has stories to tell from the time of its first owner the Maharaja of Cooch Behar to Nancy Oakley in the 1950s.

Location

Region: Asia - South

Address:
Delhi
India

Amenities/Activities

Breakfast Breakfast

Day Tours Day Tours

Hiking Trekking Hiking Trekking

Archeology Indigenous Archeology Indigenous

Family Friendly Family Friendly

General Information

Price Includes

  • All accommodations in locallyowned, boutique and heritage hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • Domestic flights
  • Tours through Delhi, Agra (including the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort), Kathmandu, Thimphu (including a hike to the Tiger's Nest), Paro, Gangtok, and Darjeeling
  • Professional Englishspeaking guide during tours
  • All transport as mentioned
  • Full support before, during & after your trip

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes/fees
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature
  • Taxes and Fees