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India Bhutan tour from Delhi is a good introduction to the history and culture of these two South Asian Countries. The 7 day itinerary comprises sightseeing in UNESCO world heritage sites of two cities in India; Delhi and Agra. The tour package from Delhi then advances to Bhutan- the land of the thunder dragon. The tour includes the visit to famous fortresses of Bhutan in two cities; Paro and Thimphu. Also, have an insight into the Bhutanese way of life in the excursions to other religious and cultural sites.

Highlights

  • India and Bhutan Tour starts from Delhi, India and ends in Paro, Bhutan
  • Discover the Mughal architectures Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and other famous sites in Delhi
  • Go for sightseeing of UNESCO world heritage sites in Agra; namely Agra Fort and Taj Mahal-the epitome of love
  • Observe a splendid view of Bhutan’s snowcapped mountains from the plane window and also savor a scenic sight from Paro Airport Bird’s Eye Viewpoint
  • Sightsee in the historical and cultural possessions of two major cities of Bhutan; Paro and Thimphu
  • Explore Bhutan’s famous historical Dzongs (Fortresses); specifically, Drukgyel Dzong and Paro Rinpung Dzong and Tashichho Dzong 
  • Learn about Bhutanese lifestyle and culture with a visit to the National Library, Folk Heritage Museum, Traditional Handmade Paper Factory and School of Arts and Crafts
  • Discover Memorial Chorten-a unique monument with intricate designs and decorations
  • Hike to a prominent historical site of Bhutan, Taktsang Monastery that resides in a granite cliff 

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrive in Delhi, India
Day 2 Delhi Sightseeing and drive to Agra
Day 3 Agra sightseeing and drive back to Delhi (233 Km / 4- 5hrs)
Day 4 Fly from Delhi to Paro, Paro sightseeing and drive to Thimphu (55km/1hr 30mins)
Day 5 Thimphu sightseeing
Day 6 Drive from Thimphu to Paro (55km/1hr 30mins), Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) (3180m/10433ft/5-6hrs)
Day 7 Departure from Paro

Trip Overview

India and Bhutan Tour Package from Delhi is the most suitable ones for those who are short on time. Within a week, it provides you an understanding of Indian and Bhutanese history, culture and daily life. With a drastic contrast in the ambiance, from India’s bustling city Delhi to Bhutan’s serene Paro town, the tour is a profound experience. Moreover, the itinerary also incorporates a day hike to Taktsang Monastery in Bhutan.

On your arrival day, if time permits, Delhi has so much to offer for self-exploration. Begin your guided tour in Delhi with a visit to Jama Masjid- one of the largest Islamic mosques in India. Then, proceed for sightseeing in UNESCO world heritage sites, namely Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb. All these architectural masterpieces from the Mughal Empire period in India are an influence of designs from various corners of the world. Also, stopover at the India Gate and visit Lotus Temple- the holy place for Bahai’ Faith. In the evening, enjoy a comfortable ride to Agra- one of the historical cities of India.

In Agra, visit Agra Fort- also known as the walled city as it is almost like a city enclosed by tall walls. Agra Fort, although belonged to Islamic Rajput rulers, the fort welcomed Hindus with the utmost respect. Later, take a stroll at the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The popularity of the Taj Mahal is such that some people even travel to India just for the sake of one glance at it.

Your India tour ends as you drive back to Delhi from Agra and then fly to Bhutan the next day. In Bhutan, you will tour around two major cities; Paro and Thimphu. The historical Bhutanese Dzongs (fortresses) and religious sites with immense cultural importance welcome you with their pure elegance. The hospitality of Bhutanese is no less that does not fail to impress their guests.

After landing at Paro airport and completing the necessary procedures, your Paro sightseeing begins with a visit to Airport Bird’s Eye Viewpoint. Later, the tour proceeds to visit two beautiful fortresses; Paro Rinpung Dzong and Drukgyel Dzong. These forts have served as a spot for defending the enemy attacks many times in history. In the evening, you will be driven to Thimphu, the capital city.

In Thimphu, you visit several places like the National Library and Heritage Museum that provide a clear picture of Bhutan’s culture and tradition. Another site you get to visit in Thimphu is Memorial Chorten, a temple made in the memory of Bhutan’s third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The architectural design of this monument is such that it becomes the most visible structure of Thimphu. At last, visit the 12th-century Tashichho Dzong, a strategic fort with thirty temples, chapels and shrines enclosed inside it.

On the 6th day, drive to Paro from Thimphu and start your exciting hike to Taktsang Monastery. Also known as Tiger’s Nest, Taktsang is an important Himalayan Buddhist sacred temple situated in the cliff of the upper Paro valley. As you reach the top, you get to see the magnificent view of Paro Valley and surrounding hills.

After the hike, you can probably spend the evening leisure time by taking a refreshing hot stone bath. Or you may also utilize the spare time to do some shopping in the Paro town market. The tour finally ends as you depart back to your destination on the 7th day.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi, India

A representative from Third Rock Adventures will welcome your arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport. Then, you will be driven to the hotel. Today is a free day for self-exploration. Depending upon the time availability as per your arrival schedule, you can stroll around the hotel street or visit some nearby places from the hotel.

Delhi has an abundance of history, culture, street commerce and cuisine, with many places to visit and activities to do. Probably you may take a rickshaw ride around the Delhi streets. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing and drive to Agra

Humayun Tomb Humayun’s Tomb-was built in the 1560’s, with the patronage of Humayun’s son, the great Emperor Akbar

Firstly, you visit one of the largest Islamic mosques; Jama Masjid built in the 17th century that has two towering minarets and some small domes. The upper floor is such large that it can adjust 25,000 people. Visit 42m tall India Gate that is a memorial monument of soldiers who demised in the First World War. Then drive through Parliament and President House to visit Akshardham Temple that has a mind-blowing interior.

Again, you head to other historical sites like Qutub Minar that looks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and a red sandstone Mughal fortress Red Fort (Lal Qila) built in the 16th century. Also, go to Raj Ghat, a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and located in his cremation area.

Go for sightseeing to a UNESCO world heritage site, Humayun’s Tomb, a Persian design monument where the Mughal emperor stayed. Then, observe a Bahai faith monument, Lotus Temple whose design looks like a lotus flower. The temple structure has 27 flower petals made of marble.

Overnight in Agra.

Day 3: Agra sightseeing and drive back to Delhi (233 Km / 4- 5hrs)

Taj Mahal India Taj Mahal - One of the seven wonders of the world, build by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan

At first, you visit Agra Fort- a UNESCO world heritage site, popularly known as a walled city. The fort served as the residence of the Mughal Dynasty emperors until 1638. It replicates Islamic architectural design, but King Akbar allotted a separate space for Hindu temples as well. As Akbar's wife, Jodha Bai was a Hindu, he made the fort accessible to Hindus with due respect. You can also get a glimpse of the Taj Mahal from Agra Fort.

Later, you visit the Taj Mahal- the epitome of love. Taj Mahal falling under one of the Seven Wonders of the World also is enlisted in UNESCO world heritage sites. In 1630, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan ordered its construction in remembrance of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The impressive carvings decorate the white marble mausoleum. The architecture of this heritage combines designs from various countries; India, Persia, Otto and Turkey. 

Enjoy a smooth road ride back to Delhi again in the afternoon. You may spend your evening thereby tasting some Delhi delicacies or doing some exciting street shopping. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 4: Fly from Delhi to Paro, Paro sightseeing and drive to Thimphu (55km/1hr 30mins)

Today is your departure from Delhi to Paro, Bhutan. You will be dropped at Indira Gandhi International Airport by our Delhi representative. Soak in the stunning sight as you land at tiny Paro airport. Upon exiting the Paro airport, visit Airport Bird’s Eye Viewpoint, one of the famous locations for Paro sightseeing. The viewpoint offers a lovely view of the vistas making you excited for your Bhutan tour.

Firstly, visit Paro Rinpung Dzong, also called Fortress of the Heap of Jewels, located in the neighborhood of Paro City. Rinpung is a fortress built to defend Bhutan from foreign invasions back in the 17th century. As it is situated at the height of 2200 m (7218 ft), it allows you to view the Paro valley’s panoramic view.

Besides, your guided tour also involves another fortress, Drukgyel Dzong that translates to 'Fortress of Victory' in English. The fort with immense historical and archaeological importance is on a tentative list for enlisting as a UNESCO world heritage site. The beautiful fort has served as a defense place many times in history. Bhutanese soldiers used the secret tunnels under the hill as a way to fetch river water during wars.

Then drive to Thimphu, where you may probably spend the evening wandering around the Thimphu markets and also tasting the Bhutanese cuisines. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 5: Thimphu sightseeing

Tashichho Dzong Thimphu Tashichho Dzong - one of the prime places to visit in Thimphu

Thimphu is Bhutan's capital town, so it is busier than Paro. Firstly, you visit the National Library that displays a significant set of Buddhist manuscripts. Also, observe Folk Heritage Museum with a showcase of day-to-day typical Bhutanese farmers' lifestyle and their ornaments during the medieval period.

Memorial Chorten is another site to visit in Thimphu this day. The temple is a memorial monument built in 1974 in the remembrance of the late King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. What makes this stupa a unique one from others is because it is not dome-shaped like stupas generally are. The round outer part is in a pyramid shape.

Traditional Handmade Paper Factory and the School of Arts and Crafts are other places where you gain some knowledge about Bhutanese history and the traditional handicraft production methods. Lastly, visit the majestic Tashichho Dzong (Thimphu Dzong), a fortress that houses the Bhutan government offices and National Handicraft Emporium at present. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 6: Drive from Thimphu to Paro (55km/1hr 30mins), Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) (3180m/10433ft/5-6hrs)

Taktsang Monastery Bhutan Tashichho Dzong - one of the prime places to visit in Thimphu

Your hike to the Taktsang Monastery starts in the morning. The 7th-century monastery is also known as Paro Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest. Being one of the sacred sites of Bhutan, Taktsang monastery falls under the top 20 places to visit in the world.

Taktsang stands on a granite cliff at an altitude of about 900 meters (2953 ft) above the Paro valley. From the beginning point, the monastery is about 6 km uphill. Taktsang, the most iconic heritage of Bhutan, offers stunning views of the nearby mountains and Paro valley from the peak point. The monastery has intricate architecture and paintings. According to the history records, Buddhist Guru Rinpoche had flown to Paro on a tigress’s back to mediate there. 

After you get back from the hike, you can get rid of the tiredness with a therapeutic hot stone bath. The bath is a combination of water heated with hot stones, stone minerals and medicinal herbs. Bhutanese consider this traditional hot stone bath to promote overall well being. Overnight in Paro.

Day 7: Departure from Paro

Our Bhutanese guide will transfer you to Paro airport from the hotel as per the departure flight schedule. Then, you return to your destination with all the memories engraved in your heart.

If you want, Third Rock Adventures is always ready for tour extension in Bhutan and also in other neighboring countries; Nepal, Tibet and India.

If you are interested, it is also possible to follow this itinerary in reverse, starting the tour from Bhutan and ending in India. Besides, if the given itinerary doesn’t suit your need, please go through our other longer Bhutan Tour packages from Delhi.





Trip Reviews

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Connor Dimick
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Nov 21, 2019
Loved India and Bhutan tour
Me and my daughter had a wonderful trip of India and Bhutan at a time. Our tour guide and driver were amazing. Their knowledge is impeccable and they took good care of us. Our flight tickets, e-permits, accommodations, foods, guides, transportation were all taken care of by the Third Rock Adventures. We didn’t had to deal with the hassle of researching and booking the things at every place. We just had to enjoy. That’s pretty much what everyone wants without dealing with all the trivial stuff. We can’t stress enough how much we enjoyed our trip to India and Bhutan and it wouldn’t have happened with all the proper planning done and executed by the Third Rock Adventures. We enjoyed exploring Delhi, Agra, Paro and Thimpu. Thanks a lot to all who were involved.
Nick Dube
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Oct 21, 2019
India and Bhutan tour for 7 days
I felt like India and Bhutan are differently beautiful than rest of the world. The cultural ambience of India and the peaceful majesty of the deeply Buddhist country Bhutan bring you back to life, while the people will inspire you with their kindness and warmth.Third Rock Adventures and their team have tremendous knowledge of the country's history, culture, religion and politics, all of which adds to the depth and meaning of experiencing India and Bhutan. They made sure to learn about what we wanted to experience in both the country and incorporated those things into the tours. We would definitely come back to these country for other tour in near future and use this service. Thank you.
Joshua Imler
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Sep 15, 2019
Amazing trip to India and Bhutan
I took a 7 day trip,which began from Delhi in India and ended at Paro Bhutan. My guides, were very experienced and generous. They were is extremely knowledgeable about the area, and fantastic at translating conversations from local for me with people we'd meet and was particularly great about pointing out photography spots. Every aspect of the trip from the accommodations to the meals, transportation and sightseeing was perfectly planned and executed. Huge thanks to Third Rock Adventures and the team. I will visit other place with this company in future too.
Adonis Gonzalez
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Sep 10, 2019
Wonderful visit to India and Bhutan
We travelled to India and Bhutan with the guides and staffs of Third Rock Adventures for 7 days and every day was filled with the most beautiful sights and interesting information to help us better understand and appreciate India at first and then Bhutan. Our guides were wonderful storyteller and they shared much about the history and traditions of tradition, culture, life in India and Bhutan . Because we were not with a group, there was flexibility each day to take pictures or hike or take time rather than hurrying to the next destination. We loved everything we visited in Delhi, Agra, Paro and Thimphu road trips through the mountains, and Paro. We appreciate the efforts of Third Rock Adventures team to make our trip a meaningful experience. Thank you, everyone.
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