INDIA, NEPAL AND BHUTAN - $3999 - 16 DAYS

Bhutan is the last great Himalayan kingdom - an intriguing destination shrouded in mystery and legend. When combined with a journey through India and Nepal, taking in the wondrous Taj Mahal and Tiger’s Nest Monastery, you have all the makings of a life-changing adventure.  This package is typically $7599, save up to $3600 per person with this incredible TripADeal package.

Journey through the past and present of India, Bhutan and Nepal on this incredible 16 day cultural tour. Experience the wonders of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra - known as the Golden Triangle - and visit icons including the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Jama Masjid Mosque, and the Royal Amber Fort. In Nepal, come face-to-face with the cheeky residents of Swayambhunath ‘Monkey Temple’, explore the UNESCO listed Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and witness a dazzling mountain sunrise in Nagarkot. When you think the trip can’t get any better, it then shifts gear with a journey into the spiritual heart of Bhutan. See the highlights of Thimphu and Paro, plus hike to the incredible Taktsang Buddhist monastery - also known as Tiger’s Nest. With return flights, 14 nights accommodation, English-speaking guides, 21 meals and much more, this is an opportunity not to be missed! 

HIGHLIGHTS

• Visit 3 amazing countries - India, Nepal and Bhutan
• Discover the highlights of India’s Golden Triangle - Delhi, Jaipur and Agra
• See Red Fort, Raj Ghat and Jama Masjid Mosque on a full day Delhi tour
• Explore the colourful Chandni Chowk Market by rickshaw
• Visit the beautiful Lotus Temple in New Delhi
• Tour Jaipur, the picturesque capital of Rajasthan
• Visit the Royal Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, City Palace and more
• See Hawa Mahal also known as Palace of Winds
• Enjoy an Indian costume tying demonstration
• Visit Chand Baori, one of the world’s deepest step wells
• Experience Fatehpur Sikri - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Witness the majestic Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
• Enjoy an evening at leisure in Delhi
• Visit Swayambhunath ‘Monkey Temple’ in Kathmandu
• Explore Thimphu on a full day sightseeing tour
• Trek to the sacred Tiger’s Nest Buddhist Monastery
• Witness an incredible mountain sunrise in Nagarkot
• Visit the ancient Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Departures: (2018)

November: 29
December: *5, ^11

Departures: (2019)

January: ^5, *17, 30
February: 5, 11
March: 5, 30
April: 11, 29

Booking terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Additional optional tours available but not included. For full information about this amazing package, email us at info@stonestreets.com.au or phone 07 4687 5555 and speak to our friendly Travel Team.

Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with a * or a ^ incur a flight high season surcharge:

Departing
29/11/2018
Duration
16 Days
Physical Rating
Average Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground

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Day 1 Australia - Delhi, India
Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Delhi, India! Fly with either Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines or Thai Airlines to name a few (subject to availability). Upon arrival, meet the tour  representative and receive a welcome garland at the airport. Then, travel to the first hotel. While check-in is organised, a representative will also hand over the “Welcome Folder” documents and brief you on the tour programme. Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the night before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation
which you will receive prior to departure. Overnight: Delhi (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: In-Flight

Day 2 Delhi City Tour
After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit Raj Ghat (where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated);  Red Fort (made famous by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan); and Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India) which  has three great gateways, four angle towers and two minarets constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. Chandni Chowk is the main street of Old Delhi in the colourful shopping bazaar, enjoy a rickshaw ride through the colourful market! Next up is Laxminarayan Temple, a site dedicated to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and good fortune. India Gate is a 42m high stone of triumph and is a war memorial. The tour continues with a visit to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the palace-like building home to the President of India. afterwards visit the beautiful Lotus Temple, also known as the Bahai Temple. Adherents of any faith can visit,
pray or meditate. Overnight: Delhi (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Delhi - Jaipur ‘The Pink City’ (approx. 265km day)
After breakfast, travel to Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur check-in to your hotel for the evening, where dinner will be provided. The picturesque capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is instantly recognisable for its pinkwashed buildings - a colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This beautiful city, along with Agra and Delhi, form what
is known as the Golden Triangle of India’s tourist circuit. Jaipur is a city where royalty still live in the grandeur of its palaces, where fighting for the honour of the clan has never been a need but a way of life, and where treating guests as gods has been a tradition from time immemorial. There is a timeless appeal to Jaipur’s colourful
bazaars, where you can shop for distinct Rajasthani textiles and colourful trinkets. The beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and heritage hotels, once the residence of Maharajas, are all worth a look.
Overnight: Jaipur (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option) 
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Day 4 Jaipur City Tour & Amber Fort
Today enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Jaipur. Begin with a morning excursion to Amber Fort. Located 11km from Jaipur, it was the old fort of the Kachwaha clan of Amber. The fort is built with white marble and red sandstone and looks even more attractive because of the Maota Lake in the foreground. The fort itself is a beautiful sight to behold, but its clear reflection on the lake is so beautiful, it seems like an illusion. This afternoon take part in a city tour visiting the City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. Jantar Mantar, is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch royal processions without being seen. Enjoy an Indian costume tying demonstration and also visit Lakshmi Narayan Temple. Overnight: Jaipur (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Jaipur - Chandi Baori Step Well - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (approx. 245km day)
After breakfast, depart for Agra. On the way, visit Chand Baori step well, located opposite a temple known as Harshat Mata Temple. Continue onto Fatehpur Sikri, which was made a UNESCO world heritage site due to its stunning imperial complex of pavilions and palaces spread across a large abandoned ‘city’ (37kms from Agra). 
On arrival to Agra, check-in to your hotel. Agra is the quintessential Mughal City, where the world marvels at the epitome of love, beauty and sacrifice, the Taj Mahal one of the wonders of the world. So awe-inspiring is the monument that Agra has been immortalised as the ‘City of the Taj’. As visitors walk down the narrow bustling
streets, they cannot help but wonder, if the man contentedly smoking a hookah, is a direct descendent of some bygone Mughal. Overnight: Agra (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
After breakfast enjoy a city tour visiting the Taj Mahal, built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Besides the Taj, the Agra Fort (also known as the Red Fort) is a fascinating site. Overnight: Agra (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option) 
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Agra - Delhi (approx. 205km day)
After breakfast depart by surface back to Delhi, On arrival check-in at your hotel. Overnight: Delhi (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option) 
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Delhi, India - Kathmandu, Nepal
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Nepal. Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before. Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport you will be met by a representative and transferred to the hotel. Overnight: Kathmandu (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Kathmandu Sightseeing
Following breakfast, set off for a sightseeing tour. Kathmandu is home to a wonderful mix of the ancient and the new. See the old temples and palaces of Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, which epitomises the religious and cultural life of the people. Here, the Kings of Nepal are crowned and solemnised. Also visit Swayambhunath - commonly known as ‘Monkey Temple’ - a glorious Buddhist Stupa which stands atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley. This afternoon you will also visit Boudhanath Stupa. Today there is also an opportunity to take an optional one hour Everest Scenic Flight (not included).Overnight: Kathmandu (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Kathmandu, Nepal - Paro, Bhutan - Thimphu (approx. 55km day)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bhutan. Upon arrival in Paro, you will clear customs and immigration. Please keep your copy of the visa clearance letter handy as your visa has been paid. Meet your guide and driver outside the terminal building and transfer to the hotel in Thimphu. Overnight: Thimphu (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 11 Thimphu Sightseeing - Paro (approx. 55km day)
Today you will enjoy a sightseeing tour in Thimphu. Take in the highlights including National Memorial Chorten, Zilukha Nunnery, Takin Sanctuary, an Indigenous Hospital, a Textile Museum, a Heritage Museum, a Traditional School of Arts & Crafts and Tashicho Dzong. Afterwards travel to Paro and check in at the hotel.
Overnight: Paro (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 12 Paro - Tiger’s Nest Monastery Hike
After breakfast visit the Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Paro Taktsang). You can hike up (or you can ride a horse for approx. $40 USD) to the Tiger’s Nest. The hike to the cafeteria will take around 2 hours, while the horse ride will take around 1.5 hours. At the viewpoint enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava
landed on the back of a tigeress in the 8th century. After the walk back down (no horse option) you will visit the Farm House, the National Museum and a local market. Overnight: Paro (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 13 Paro, Bhutan - Kathmandu, Nepal - Nagarkot (approx.30km day)
Today after breakfast you will transfer to the airport for your flight back to Kathmandu, Nepal. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel in Nagarkot to hopefully enjoy a spectacular sunset view (weather permitting). Overnight: Nagarkot (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14 Nagarkot - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu (approx. 40km day)
Enjoy an early morning sunrise, then after breakfast travel to Bhaktapur to embark on a sightseeing tour of the ancient Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Known for its immense and tragic historical features, which include heritage monuments that still echo the memories of ancient kingdoms. Afterwards continue onto Kathmandu and check into the hotel. Overnight: Kathmandu (Standard Or Premium Hotel Option) 
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15 Kathmandu, Nepal - Australia
After breakfast this morning, transfer to Kathmandu Airport for your return flight back to Australia.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16 Arrive in Australia

FLIGHTS:

• Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
• 1 way international flight (economy class) from Delhi, India to Kathmandu, Nepal
• Return international flights (economy class) from Kathmandu, Nepal to Paro, Bhutan

ACCOMMODATION:

• 14 nights hotel accommodation (Standard Or Premium Option)

DINING:
• Enjoy 21 meals (Standard Option)
• Enjoy 26 meals (Premium Option)

TOUR ESSENTIALS:
• Bhutanese visa fee and tourist tax
• English-speaking local guides
• Small group touring (max 12 per departure)
• Welcome garland on arrival
• Complimentary gift on departure from India
• Sightseeing and monument entry fees
• Airlines taxes and surchargess

TRANSPORT: 

• Transportation by A/C vehicles TRANSFERS:

• Return airport transfers with meet and assist

Departing
29/11/2018
Duration
16 Days
Physical Rating
Average Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground
Price
AUD $3,999
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