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Journey to Nepal, Bhutan & India

17 Day Fly & Tour Holiday from Himalayan Kingdom to Taj Mahal

  • Low Deposit $499* pp
  • Bonus Savings | $2100
  • Tour | Nov 24 - Apr 25

Book By 31 July 2024

Select dates Nov 24 - Apr 25

Product Code: FCE-10029

Journey to Nepal, Bhutan & India

17 Day Fly & Tour Holiday from Himalayan Kingdom to Taj Mahal

  • Low Deposit $499* pp
  • Bonus Savings | $2100
  • Tour | Nov 24 - Apr 25

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Flights to Kathmandu, returning from Delhi
All Internal flights

Embark on your journey through Nepal’s lively capital and ancient temples before venturing into Bhutan, celebrated as one of the world’s most beautiful and happiest places on earth. Explore enchanting temples and serene monasteries set against pristine landscapes and discover the distinctive blend of culture, spirituality, and the breathtaking vistas that define the Himalayas. This adventure concludes in the iconic Golden Triangle of India, where a visit to the majestic Taj Mahal awaits—a timeless symbol of love and architectural splendor.

Highlights

  • See icon stupas & bustling markets on a guided tour in Kathmanda
  • Boat ride across the serene Phewa Lake in Pokhara
  • Wildlife encounters with rhinos on a jeep safari in Chitwan National Park
  • Take in spectacular Himalayan scenery and walk in pristine valleys
  • Explore Bhutan’s ancient fortress monasteries (dzongs)
  • Visit ancient temples and learn about Buddhist traditions
  • Observe students mastering the 13 traditional arts of Bhutan
  • Hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world.
  • Wander through historic palaces of Jaipur
  • Admire the architectural brillance of the Taj Mahal at sunset
  • Taste the flavours of Rajasthan with a local Rajput family

Inclusions

  • Flights to Kathmandu, returning from Delhi
  • All Internal flights included
  • Return airport transfers
  • 2 nights in jungle lodge in Chitwan National Park
  • 14 Nights hand-selected accommodation
  • Breakfast daily, 8 lunches and 11 dinners
  • Private coach & English-speaking guides for Nepal, Bhutan & India
  • Sightseeing and admissions as specified
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Arrive Kathmandu, Nepal

Welcome to the Himalayas!
Arrive in Kathmandu, where you will meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel with the remainder of day at leisure. Standard check in time is after 2pm

 
Kathmandu (B,D)

We start with a full day of sightseeing in the incredible Kathmandu Valley.
This morning walk around the old Kathmandu city with its stone paved lanes & colourful bazaars. Visit Durbar square, surrounded by palaces, courtyards and temples. Take in the spiritual ambiance of Swayambhunath Stupa, and the ancient artistry of Patan, as you learn about the vibrant heritage of Nepal’s capital.

 
Kathmandu - Pokhara (B)

After breakfast, we fly to Pokhara. This is a stunning half hour flight along the Himalayan Range, seeing four of the world’s fourteen giant mountains over 8000m. Today we take a boat ride on Phewa Lake with the splendid view of the Annapurna Range. Continue to Devi’s Fall and the intricate caves nearby with limestone formations.  Finish the day at the Tibet settlement camp were they sell their beautiful handmade jewellery, trinkets, carvings and carpets.

 
Pokhara (B)

Early morning start for a stunning sunrise view above the snow-capped mountains and valleys from the Sarangkot highlands. Return to the hotel for breakfast and continue to the World Peace stupa with its beautiful gardens. monastery and amazing views. The remainder of the day is at leisure. There are many restaurants, cafes and bars to explore around the lake.

 
Pokhara - Chitwan (B,L,D)

Approx 175Kms/6 hours

Today drive the scenic mountain highway to Chitwan.   On arrival check in to the jungle lodge where will stay for two nights.

In the afternoon enjoy a nature walk and relax before our next full day of outdoor activities.

 
Chitwan, Nepal (B,L,D)

Early start for a full day of adventure and wildlife viewing in Chitwan National Park. This includes a thrilling jungle jeep safari and relaxing on traditional canoes. Today we have the opportunity to see the one-horned rhinoceros, a variety of deer and a plethora bird species. With a touch of luck, the elusive royal Bengal tiger may make a special appearance. In the evening, watch a local dance performance by the Tharu villagers.

 
Kathmandu (B,D)

Approx 180km / 7 hours
Drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu with stops on the way for our last night in Nepal.

 
Fly Kathmandu to Paro, Bhutan (B,L,D)

This morning we fly over the Himalayas from Kathmandu to Paro in Bhutan.
Drive alongside mountains, rivers, and fields of red rice to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city. Remainder of the day is free to wander the streets, markets and take in the daily life on this Himalayan city.

 
Thimpu, Bhutan (B,L,D)

After breakfast delve deeper into Bhutanese culture embracing simplicity and spirituality in Thimphu. Today we discover museums, convents & monasteries. Drive to the giant golden Great Buddha Dordenma statue then continue to a 16th century riverside monastery, an important college for traditional astrology. We then head to a nunnery for its beautiful architecture and you may interact here with some of the nuns who have devoted their life to Buddhism. In the afternoon visit a traditional arts and crafts school where students become masters of Bhutan’s 13 national arts and craft . Our final stop for the day is the Tashichho Dzong, “the fortress of the glorious religion”

 
Thimpu - Punaka (B,L,D)

Approx 75kms/2 Hours
Travel to the town of Punakha, and drive through a dense forest as the road climbs gently up to the Dochu La Pass at an elevation of 10,000 feet (3,050 meters). Take in the spectacular mountain vistas continuing down to the sub-tropical Punakha Valley. Here you’ll visit the impressive Punakha Dzong, an architectural masterpiece located at the intersection of two rivers and Chimi Lhakhang a fertiltiy temple.

 
Punaka - Paro (B,L,D)

Approx 15kms/4 Hours
Following breakfast, our morning begins with a visit to the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, strategically selected for its panoramic views over the valley. Continue on a scenic drive to Paro along the highway, making a stop at the National Museum to admire its exquisite collection of ancient Bhutanese art. We then take a short stroll down the trail to explore Paro Dzong, also known as the “fortress of the heap of jewels.” This historically rich structure encompasses a vast complex of temples, shrines, and administrative offices still in use today.

 
Paro - Tigers Nest Monastery (B,L,D)

Constructed in 1692, Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest, stands as the iconic landmark of Bhutan, clinging dramatically to the side of a cliff high in the mountains above the Paro valley. It is one of the most visited attractions in Bhutan and a sacred religious site for Bhutanese to pilgrimage at least once in a lifetime. Choose between an easier short round trip hike to the monastery viewpoint or a longer 5 hour hike to the Monastery itself.

 
Fly Paro - Delhi, India (B,D)

This morning leave Bhutan and fly Paro to Delhi, India. Spend a full day exploring the bustling old town with a rickashaw ride in Chandi Chowk and seeing the grand architecture of New Delhi in the afternoon. Drive by parliament buidlings and India Gate memorial. This includes a visit to the stunning medieval Qutb Minar and Humayun’s Tomb one of first and beautiful garden tombs.

 
Delhi - Agra (B,D)

Approx 220 kms/3 Hours
Begin your day with a drive through the countryside and villages en route to Agra. Following lunch, explore the red sandstone Agra Fort, gracefully standing like a crescent on the banks of the Yamuna River. Continue your journey to the magnificent Taj Mahal, admire the changing hues of its white marble against the backdrop of a stunning sunset.

 
Agra, Jaipur (B)

Approx 245kms / 5 Hours
After breakfast leave Agra and travel to Jaipur . Stop en route at the one-time capital of the Mughal empire, Fatehpur Sikri . Its stunning mosque displays both Persian and Hindu design. Arrive in time for lunch and in the afternoon pass by the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), then head over to Jaipur’s Royal City Palace and explore its extravagant rooms and apartments. Later visit the remarkable astronomical observatory

 
Jaipur (B,L)

Start the day with a visit to the Amber Fort. Set on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake, the fort is an authentic example of Rajput architecture and the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) is one of its more spectacular buildings. Today we have a special farewell lunch with a local Rajput family and learn about their culture and special dishes. The remainder of the day is free to explore this friendly, busy city and visit the local bazaars with jewellery, textiles and folk arts.

 
Jaipur - Delhi Airport

Approx 255kms / 5 hours
After an epic journey we head back to Delhi airport for your flight home

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Price based on tour starting 1 April 2025

Extra charges apply for:

  • 5 November 2024 ($300pp)
  • 4 March 2025 ($300pp)

Price based on departing from Perth, Sydney

Extra charges apply for:

  • Melbourne ($200pp)
  • Adelaide ($300pp)
  • Brisbane ($400pp)

WHAT TO EXPECT ON TOUR

Road travel in Nepal and Bhutan usually always take longer than you expect. Some roads will be bumpy & dusty, and this exciting adventure requires patience and is part of the experience. We fly the farthest distances to make the most of our time on tour. Bhutan is a high-altitude destination, for a comfortable trip, drinking lots of tea and water will help you acclimatise after arriving.  The full trek to Tiger’s Nest is quite vigorous but well worth the climb. Please ensure you bring sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes. To make the most of this hike, it’s best if you have at least a moderate level of fitness.  We do have easy options to see the monastery without the steep hiking. Hotels in some destinations may vary in standard and facilities.  We finish the tour in India visiting the Golden Triangle on sealed roads, and stay in a higher standard of hotels than Bhutan.

ACCOMIDATION 

Nepal
Kathmandu 4*- Hyatt Place or similar
Pokhara 4* – Atithi Resort or similar
Chitwan 4* – Jungle Villa or similar

Bhutan
Thimpu 3*- City Hotel or similar
Punaka 3*- Hotel Lobesa or similar
Paro – 3*- Olothang Hotel or similar

India
Delhi 4*- The Park or similar
Agra 4*- Taj View Hotel or similar
Jaipur 4*- Ramada by Wyndham Hotel or similar

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Exclusions

Flights, meals not stated, drinks on meals, optional programs, visas (if required), travel insurance (strongly recommended), tipping, personal expenses and anything not explicitly specified are at your own expense.

Payment

A first deposit from $499 per person is required to secure your booking. A second deposit (partial payment) is due 10 months before departure – the amount to be advised at the time of booking. The final balance will be due 5 months before departure. Full payment is due at the time of booking for departures within 5 months.

Fitness

A moderate level of fitness is required. You are required to move about unassisted, walk up and down flights of stairs, and navigate occasional uneven or steep terrain. In Bhutan we have several walks and optional hike in the mountains. You will be required to carry your own bags in airport, hotels and to the coaches. This trip is not suitable for travellers requiring wheelchair, mobility scooters or facilities for disabled guests.  For advice on whether this trip is suitable for you, you are required to disclose physical ailments at the time of booking.

Pace to

The pace of this tour is lively. The on-the-go nature of this trip rewards you with maximum sightseeing opportunities but involves early starts and several long travel days – see the itinerary for distances travelled. One to two nights at each destination is standard.

Solo Occupancy

A single supplement from $1500 per person is payable in addition to the twin share price for solo occupancy.

Triple Share

Triple share is not available.

Extra Accommodation

Pre or post tour accommodation for one or two people in a room with breakfast, in Kathmandu or New Delhi , can be added to your tour.

Transfers are not included.

Rates in Hyatt Place, Kathmandu from $160 per room

Rates in Vivanta Dwaka, New Delhi from $260 per room

Child

This tour is best enjoyed by adult travellers and is not suitable for children under 12 years of age. Children 12 years and above are subject to the adult price and must be accompanied by an adult.

Price

Surcharges may apply for select travel periods and departure cities. Prices are correct at time of publication and are subject to availability, change, cancellation or withdrawal without notice. All prices are in Australian dollars per person twin share unless stated otherwise.

Amendment

Each amendment is subject to a non-refundable fee from $75 per person. Additional fees and fare differences from third-party suppliers including air, tour, cruise and accommodation providers may apply.

Cancellation

Cancellation at any time is subject to a non-refundable fee from $550 per person. Additional fees and fare differences from third-party suppliers including air, tour, cruise and accommodation providers may apply.

Deviation

Any request to deviate from the original dates or routing, including early arrival and stay behind, is subject to a flight deviation fee from $150 per person plus applicable airfare and tax difference. Packaged tour extensions are not subject to the deviation fee (applicable airfare and tax difference may still apply) if booked according to the original advertised dates and routing.

Passport

For international travel, each customer must provide a copy of the passport photo page at the time of booking. It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure all names are full names exactly matched to the passport with six months validity beyond trip completion. The customer is liable for all fees due to incorrect names, invalid passport information and expired passports.

Visas

It is the responsibility of the passenger to check all appropriate visas to the countries you are visiting. Please check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you’re entering. Passengers who are not Australian citizens must also check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. The customer is liable for all visa application costs and fees due to the failure to obtain the required travel documents.

Nepal:
A tourist visa for Nepal is required if travelling on an Australian Passport. This can be arranged on arrival at Kathmandu International Airport (TIA) – Visitors should arrive with US currency (currently USD$30) and 2 passport-sized photos. A Visa Pre-arrival form can be completed through https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np/ before departure from Australia.

Bhutan

All visitors require a visa before travelling to Bhutan. This can be applied for online at https://immi.gov.bt/home/. The application must be submitted at least 15 days prior to the intended date of arrival in Bhutan. To apply you require a digital copy of passport, and a recent digital passport size photograph. Please Note : The original passport against which the e-Visa was obtained must be produced in original at the Port of Entry. The visa application will also collect the Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) a daily levy paid by visitors to support Bhutan’s development.

India

A tourist visa is required before arrival into India for Australian passport holders.  Apply for an e visa online  https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/  Applications are accepted 4 – 30 days before travel.

Health

It is the responsibility of the customer to check and comply with the health, vaccination, COVID-19 and immigration requirements of each origin and destination country, and health requirements imposed by air, tour, cruise and accommodation providers. Vaccinations, testing and quarantine costs are the expense of the customer. Comprehensive travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage is strongly recommended.

Baggage

Each person is entitled to a strict maximum of one bag not exceeding 20kg on the coach tour, superseding any other baggage allowance. Excess baggage is not permitted. You are strongly encouraged to pack lightly. A light day bag or backpack is permitted on the coach.

The flight in Nepal from Kathmandu to Pokhara has a luggage limit of 15kg and 7kg carry on.  Excess luggage can go on the coach to Chitwan.

Porterage is not included and you are required to carry your own bags. Luggage and personal effects are your own risk and we hold no liability for lost or damaged belongings.

Meals

Please notify us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements and allergies. We will pass on your requirements but cannot guarantee that they can be met as certain choices may be limited or not catered for. You are encouraged to reconfirm requirements with your tour leader whilst on tour.

Accommodation

A range of accommodation styles including hotels, resorts and lodges are carefully selected to suit the size of the group. .Accommodation names referenced are to be used as an indicative guide for the standard of accommodation to expect. Actual accommodation names may differ and will be confirmed on your final documentation.  All rooms are lead-in category or run of house unless otherwise specified. The standard check-in time is after 3pm and check-out is before 10am – actual times may vary.

Tipping

Tipping for guides and drivers is discretionary and recommended as a gesture of appreciation for the service provided. It is customary to tip the tour leader and driver at the end of the tour from XX currency per person per day.

Flights

The outbound flight may depart one day prior to day 1 shown on the itinerary. The inbound flight may arrive one day after the final day shown on the itinerary. Flights are booked approximately 8 to 10 months prior to departure. The flights included in your package are based on a specific predetermined airfare allowance. Should there be a significant increase in airfares, fuel levies, taxes or government fees at the time of booking flights, then an airfare supplement may be imposed. The flights team will discuss options with you prior to ticketing, should this situation arise. Flights may not operate daily or directly to your destination. No show of any flight sectors will result in the automatic cancellation of all onward flights by the airline.

Fuel

In the unlikely event of a significant increase in fuel costs levied by third-party air, land and cruise transportation operators before travel, a fuel supplement may be passed on to the customer.

Transfers

Airport Transfers are included on the first and last day of the tour. Any additional nights at the beginning or end of the tour, does not include transfers. Transfers may operate at designated times and may be group or independent services using private transportation.

Group Size

This holiday will proceed with a minimum group size of approximately 10  passengers and a maximum group size of approximately 20 passengers. If the trip does not operate, you will be offered a credit. Optional programs may require minimum numbers to operate.

Optional Programs

Optional programs must be booked directly with the guide and paid in the local currency.

Itinerary

The operating schedule and itinerary may be impacted without notice by adverse weather, seasonal factors, closures, local conditions, COVID-19 or other factors beyond our control including force majeure. If attractions are not available due to reasons beyond our control such as closures or adverse weather, alternatives will be provided where possible. The itinerary and its order, sightseeing and transportation may be adjusted as deemed appropriate by the operator for optimum safety, enjoyment and operation. Any reference to ‘optional’, ‘not included’ or ‘exclusions/excluded’ means at your own expense.

Breakaway

Customers must remain with the tour group at all times and must not leave the tour unless written approval is provided before departure.

Documentation

Final documentation will be emailed within two weeks of departure. For packages consisting of multiple tours or countries, documentation will be emailed individually within two weeks of departure of each respective tour.

Travel Insurance

It is mandatory for all visitors to Bhutan to hold a travel insurance policy that includes cancellation, emergency evacuation & COVID cover in order to be granted an entry visa. Make sure your policy covers Bhutan, Nepal & India.

Force Majeure

Force majeure means any natural disaster, accident, fire, act of God, act of war, terrorism, legally binding judgment, injunction, action of a court or other relevant authority, emergency, unplanned repairs, maintenance, strike, industrial dispute, work ban, blockade or picketing, travel ban, pandemic, epidemic or outbreak of infectious disease, or other event beyond our reasonable direct or indirect control. In case of force majeure or other extraordinary event that prevents safe travel, the supplier reserves the right to adjust, postpone or cancel the trip.

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