India, Bhutan & Nepal: Journey through the Himalayas

3-Week Himalaya Tour Itinerary - India, Bhutan & Nepal

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Duration23 days / 22 nights (flexible)

DepartureDaily

ItineraryDelhi - Jaipur - Agra - Varanasi - Lumbini - Chitwan - Pokhara - Kathmandu - Thimphu - Punakha - Chimi Lhakhang - Phobijkha Valley - Paro - Neydo Monastery

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Overview

Discover a mixture of bustling cities, gleaming white Dzongs, devout monks, elephants and rhinos during this suggested itinerary through India, Nepal and Bhutan. You’ll begin your trip with a visit to the Taj and listening to pilgrims singing softly as you drift along the Ganges at sunrise. You’ll then cross overland into Nepal, crossing small villages and stupas. Wander between temples draped with prayer flags fluttering in the wind, before flying to Bhutan. Here you’ll cross high passes, be the guest of a Bhutanese family, visit Buddhist monastery fortresses and of course the famous Tiger’s Nest monastery.

What's included

India:

  • Accommodation with breakfast – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Transport and excursions as described

Nepal:

  • Accommodation with breakfast – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Transport and excursions as described

Bhutan:

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • All meals and local drinks (e.g. tea and coffee)
  • Transport with private driver
  • English-speaking guide at your disposal
  • Entrance fees as applicable

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India: Authentic Starter Pack

Settle gently into colourful and chaotic India, a riot on the senses. Touching down amidst the commotion of Delhi can be something of a culture shock, so this trip is designed to give you a softer landing. You’ll spend one night in Central Delhi before driving on to the Pink City of Jaipur, crammed with fairy-tale palaces, historic splendour and heaving bazaars stuffed with beautiful textiles.

view of delhi

India: Sunrise at the Taj Mahal

Visit mystical monkey temples and ghost cities en route to sunrise at the Taj Mahal. A real wonder of the world, it’s a building that will take your breath away. India’s Golden Triangle is the stuff of legend, with the ethereal Taj Mahal at its pinnacle. This trip will take you from the Pink City of Jaipur to Agra, where you’ll watch dawn break over the Taj Mahal.

 

view of the taj mahal

India: Sacred City on the Ganges

Explore Varanasi, a spiritual city of constant chaos, colour and wandering cows. Watch kids play cricket next to funeral pyres, set flower candles afloat in twilight ceremonies and stumble upon a surprise at every turn. Varanasi is one of the oldest and holiest cities in India. It’s an overwhelming yet beautiful jumble that can be a shock to the senses. Get ready to be knocked off your feet.

local man rowing boat on ganges river

India: In the Footsteps of Buddha

Take a spiritual overland trip from the holy city Varanasi to the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal. Pass small villages and stupas before crossing into peaceful Nepal. Drive across remote countryside, watch daily life unfold from your window and wave to goodbye to your stint in beautiful India. During this trip, you’ll journey from the ghats of the Ganges to the Nepalese border by private car. Along the way, you’ll see the landscape grow increasingly greener. After crossing the border, you’ll continue into Nepal, a country nestled in the Himalayas, spending a night in Lumbini before continuing onto Chitwan National Park.

lumbini

Nepal: Chitwan Jungle and Rhinos

Set off on an adventure in search of the one-horned rhino. Glide along twisting rivers in a canoe at dawn, watching golden light flood the plains, and watch elephants gather at the shores in the early morning haze. The lush subtropical lowlands of Chitwan National Park are bursting with wildlife and adventure, so get your binoculars at the ready. Take a walking safari, sleep in a scenic bungalow and sail past crocodiles sunning themselves on the riverbank. It’s a rustic outdoor experience that will bolt your eyes wide open.

Nepal: Chitwan Jungle and Rhinos

Nepal: Peaceful Pokhara

Relax in peaceful Pokhara, where snowy peaks reflect in the calm waters of the Phewa Lake, prayer flags flutter and Buddhist chants seep from every doorway. It’s a laid-back place with a fairytale feeling, dozens of ramshackle, arty cafes and an endless list of adventures in store. Take a white knuckle rafting trip, paraglide over the rippling lake or rent a boat and paddle through the tranquil waters, surrounded by the Himalayas on all sides. After a day spent exploring, stretch out in the sunshine on the shoreline and let it all sink in. Pokhara feels tinged with magic, making it very hard to leave.

pokhara boat man

Nepal: Old and New in Kathmandu

Wander between temples draped with prayer flags fluttering in the wind, explore ancient cobbled backstreets and soak up the spiritual atmosphere of Kathmandu. Eye-opening and sometimes overwhelming, you’ll find something fascinating on every corner, with the snow-tipped Himalayas towering over all. You’ll spend two nights getting to know Kathmandu, where children play amidst the curling smoke of funeral pyres and monkeys run riot over hilltop temples. From sacred stupas to steaming momos and scenic rooftop bars, it’s a city full of surprises.

local holy men seated in Kathmandu in Nepal

Bhutan: A Taste of Thimphu

Today you’ll travel to your comfortable hotel in Thimphu, reputedly the only capital city without traffic lights. Home to an impressive Trashi Chhoe Dzong which hosts one of the most memorable festivals (tsechus) in the country, Thimphu is a wonderful introduction to the country. With numerous temples, unusual museums and a busy weekend market this town will win you over and keep you busy. Don’t forget to check out the world’s largest sitting Buddha perched atop a hill overlooking the capital – you wouldn’t want to miss the views!

Thimphu Dzong courtyard, Bhutan

Bhutan: Warm Welcomes & the Mighty Dzong

It’s time for a glimpse of life in the countryside. After crossing the prayer-flag laden pass of Dochula you’ll arrive amongst the lush greenery of the Punakha Valley where you’ll stay in a small hotel just outside the town. The next day you’ll walk through rice fields and visit one of the most beautiful monasteries in Bhutan, the Punakha Dzong, before spending the night at a local homestay.

Dzong by the river

The colourful towers and white walls of this characteristic building form a striking contrast to the emerald green scenery and turquoise rivers. Next you’ll travel by car into Bhutan’s countryside, arriving at a local bed & breakfast late in the afternoon. This is where you’ll spend the night. The accommodation is simple and functional and you’ll have your own private room. This is a real opportunity to get a glimpse of Bhutanese village life.

Bhutan: Swooping Cranes in Sweeping Valleys

Visit one of the most beautiful valleys in the whole of the Himalayas, home to the black-necked crane. These celestial birds settle here between November to February. You’ll stay in a charming mid-range hotel on the edge of the valley. As the morning mist slowly rolls away and the rising sun sparkles off the morning droplets of dew, you’ll get the feeling of being somewhere truly special.

Black-necked cranes in colourful Phobjika Valley in Central Bhutan

Bhutan: Winding Trails to Tiger's Nest

On arrival in the charming town of Paro you’ll be taken to your typical Bhutanese hotel. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the town with your guide, visit the famous (and most impressive) Paro Dzong and try your hand at a spot of archery, Bhutanese national sport. After your first night, you’ll hike up to the spectacular Tiger’s Nest Monastery perched on the side of a 3000m cliff overlooking Paro Valley. In the afternoon, treat yourself to a hot stone bath made with fresh herbs, an authentic Bhutanese spa experience you won’t try anywhere else on earth!

three people in bhutan smiling with tigers nest in the background

Nepal: Monks of Neydo Monastery

This is a truly unique experience and opportunity to witness everyday life in a Tibetan monastery in Nepal. You’ll be staying in a guesthouse at the Neydo Monastery, nestled in the Kathmandu Valley. Watch the monks praying, chanting and offering sacrifices. You’ll have an early start as the bells ring to wake the monks at 5am and you’ll witness them having debates, praying for world peace and learning to write and read Tibetan.

Nepal: Monks of Neydo Monastery
Travel specialist Kate at Taj Mahal, India

Speak to our India specialist, Kate

“After three unforgettable trips, I can’t wait to plan my next India holiday- there’s always somewhere new and exciting to explore! For me, nothing beats the delicious food and the colourful festivals.”


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