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Bhutan and India Travel Package

Bhutan and India Travel Package
Mumbai

Varanasi

Kolkata

Paro

Punakha

Tour overview

This tour package is a great contrast of visiting spots, altitudes and livelihood of people visiting the multiple places included in the trip. This trip is a 13 nights and 14 days Bhutan Holiday Package from India That covers the extremes starting from Mumbai and covering Varanasi and Kolkata to ultimately reach Bhutan.

Mumbai is the city where you start your tour from. Visits to Bollywood studios and houses of film stars, exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites, visiting Dharavi slum, and checking out some of the major attractions within the city – these are a few of the major to-do’s while you are in Mumbai. The beaches and the drives along them are certainly among the most mesmerizing things of the city.

Varanasi is your next destination – the oldest known living city embellished with its own charm, ghats and religious and spiritual beliefs. The evening aarti at the Ghat of Dashashwamedh, the early morning boat ride by two of the most renowned banks, Manikarnika and Harishchandra and the visit to the ruined city of Sarnath are some of the experiences while you are exploring Varanasi, the city.

Kolkata is the cultural and commercial hub of the Eastern India.Get welcomed by the heritage building tour of places like Writer's Building, General Post Office, High Court, Raj Bhawan (Governor's House), Town Hall, Council House, Treasury Building, Reserve Bank of India and Dalhousie Square.

The last wing of the tour is in Bhutan exploring places like Paro, Punakhaand WangdueValley, and the capital city Thimphu.


Tour highlights

  • Elephanta Caves - UNESCO World Heritage Site about 10 km from Mumbai harbor

  • Asia’s largest slum - Dharavi slum area in Mumbai

  • Bollywood Tour – studios, houses of movie stars and studios

  • Varanasi – early morning boat rides in the River Ganges

  • Evening aarti at Varanasi – a mesmerizing sight

  • Writer's Building, General Post Office, High Court, Raj Bhawan (Governor's House), Town Hall, Council House, Treasury Building, Reserve Bank of India and Dalhousie Square in Kolkata

  • Paro and the spectacular sceneries in the town

  • Catch a glimpse of the beautiful city of Thimphu


Itinerary

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Day 01 Arrival in Mumbai

Arrival in Mumbai and transferred to hotel. Hotel Check in time 1400hrs Mumbai earlier called “Bombay” is the finance capital of India and consists of seven archipelago islands such as Colaba, Old Women’s Island, Madgaon, Parel, Matunga-Sion and Mahim. Mumbai influences a huge number of tourists from across the world throughout the year for the purpose of pilgrimage, sightseeing or simply for an employment opportunity. It gets described as the city of peopling shrouded in wealth as well as people rolling in extremely poverty, where one can say highly posh areas like Juhu and Cuffe Parade along with Asia’s biggest slum area like Dharavi

Overnight at Hotel in the business city of India, Mumbai

Day 02 City tour of Mumbai

Breakfast at the hotel and proceed for a tour of this busy city. Start with the tour of Gateway of India. Here you will embark a Common boat ( Ordinary ferry) on sharing basis for a half day excursion to Elephanta Caves. The Caves on Elephanta Island located in the Arabian Sea; about 10 km from the Mumbai Harbor are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The caves dating back to the 5th to the 8th century AD are divided into five Hindu caves dedicated to Shiva and two Buddhist caves.

The Elephanta caves remains closed on Monday.

Afternoon city tour of Mumbai will take you to the Hanging Gardens located on the beautiful slopes of Malabar Hills as well as Kamla Nehru Park offering a marvelous and panoramic view of the Chowpatty Beach as well as the Marine Drive. You will continue your tour and taken to Mani Bhawan, Prince of Wales Museum, Gate of India and Dhobi-Ghat and will drive through Marine Drive, Flora Fountain and Crawford market.

Overnight at Hotel in the business city of India, Mumbai

Day 03 Mumbai – Dharavi Slum tour & Bollywood Studio Tour

Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to visit Daharavi Slum area - Asia's largest slum, Dharavi, lies on prime property right in the middle of India's financial capital, Mumbai (Bombay). It is home to more than a million people. Many are second-generation residents, whose parents moved in years ago. Today's Dharavi bears no resemblance to the fishing village it once was. A city within a city, it is one unending stretch of narrow dirty lanes, open sewers and cramped huts. In a city where house rents are among the highest in the world, Dharavi provides a cheap and affordable option to those who move to Mumbai to earn their living.

Later proceed for Bollywood Studio Tour - View of Film Star House from Outside. (An interesting combination of actors of yester years to our current Bollywood favorites dashed with tid-bits on their lives and Bollywood gossip.)Sound post production (Learn about dubbing, editing, sound effects and other post production techniques involved in the making of a film or a serial) OR Visual Post Production.

Workshop (Visual effects (commonly shortened to Visual F/X or VFX) are the various processes by which imagery is created and/or manipulated outside the context of a live action shoot. These effects are often integral to a movie's story and appeal. Get a firsthand view of how this is done in Bollywood Films.

Visit to Studios. Visit our Bollywood studios and also watch a live shoot. Sets which are built to resemble reality enthrall the audience with its minute detailing to showcase different cultures in India. Guests are shown sets chosen according to the schedule of shootings taking place.

No guarantee of Bollywood movie making and meeting Bollywood star.

Overnight at Hotel in the business city of India, Mumbai

Day 04 Mumbai to Varanasi (by flight)

Breakfast at Hotel. Check out and transfer to Mumbai airport in time to connect the flight to Varanasi On your arrival in Varanasi you will be transferred to your hotel. Varanasi also called Benaras or Banaras or Kashi is said to be the oldest living city in the world, dating back to 5000 years. It has been the cultural and spiritual capital of North India for years. The belief of Hindus is that death in Varanasi leads to salvation. Varanasi is also known as the holy city of India or the city of temples, or the city of learning and also as the oldest living city on earth.

Overnight in the holy city of India, Varanasi.

Day 05 City tour of Varanasi

This early morning you will be taken to the River Ganges for a boat ride. Two of the most renowned ghats Manikarnika and Harishchandra are frequented by hundreds of devotees. These two ghats are quite famous not only for taking a holy dip, but also for cremation purposes. It is strongly believed by Hindus that whoever dies in Varanasi and gets cremated on the bank of river Ganga achieves salvation, thereby releasing him from this birth cycle. You may witness numerous funeral pyres burning around in these ghats.

Return back to the hotel for breakfast.

Later follow the city tour of Varanasi - Hindus holiest city and one of the oldest living cities in the world. Varanasi was already old when Rome was founded, a flourishing trade Centre when the Buddha came to Sarnath to preach his first sermon. It was a city of great wealth and religious importance when the Chinese traveler Hiuen Tsang visited in the 7th century. Visit the Bharat Mata Temple with a big relief map of India in marble, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Banaras Hindu University which has an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Moghul Emperor Aurangazeb built on the site of an ancient Hindu Temple.

In the evening you will visit the ceremony of Aarti to the river Ganges, The great 'Aarti' to the Ghat of Dasaashwamedh is held every sunset by five priests dressed in white. These five young people choreographed movements apparently worship the river goddess with incense, camphor, flowers and mud lamps. Thousands of lighting lamps are immersed in the water of the sacred Ganges and the floating lamps add a divine aspect to the river.

Overnight in the holy city of India, Varanasi

Day 06 Varanasi – Excursion to Sarnath & cooking Demo with Dinner

Breakfast at the Hotel and proceed to visit for the half day tour to Sarnath – the buried Buddhist city. Visit the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist temple and the Museum to cover the first day of the day.

Sarnath Museum Remains closed on Fridays.

In the evening, attend a cooking demo with an Indian family and have dinner-

The bylines of Varanasi are just as famous as its temples. Celebrated in mainstream songs, Varanasi is a city of winding alleys with bustling markets, each specializing in something. Fabrics, metal ware, milk products, snacks, sweetmeats, Vegetable market

Experience local Varanasi food and a cooking class with a local family as one of the best hosts in Varanasi .Listen to the stories around the food and local culture, as it would be about the meal itself and taste the delicious meal which you have prepared with our cook.

Overnight in the holy city of India, Varanasi

Day 07 Varanasi to Kolkata (by flight)

Breakfast at Hotel and transfer to Varanasi airport in time to connect the flight for Kolkata

Kolkata is an important commercial and cultural point in East India. In the 17th century, the Nawab of Bengal granted the East India Company a trading license. Kolkata was the Capital of India till 1911, under the British rule after which the Capital was shifted to Delhi. Kolkata is also called as the City of Joy and also the Cultural Capital of India. The Bengalis of Kolkata are known to be educated, cultured and soft spoken. Kolkata also came into prominence due to Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.

Overnight at hotel in Kolkata.

Day 08 City tour of Kolkata

Breakfast at the Hotel and proceed for full day city tour of Kolkata. Visit the most important Jain Temple dedicated to Parasvanath, the 23rd Jain Tirthankara. Devout Jains from all parts of India flock to the Temple precincts all-round the year. The complex consists of four temples inside of it. The deity of Lord Sitalnathji is seated in the sanctum sanctorum, and his diamond-studded forehead is a major attraction. You will continue with your tour visiting the Victoria Memorial, which is one of India's most beautiful monuments built between 1906 and 1921 in white marble. The memorial was the inspiration of Lord Curzon, who in 1901, felt that his lately departed Queen Empress, required a suitable monument to her memory. It houses paintings, manuscripts, and other objects of historic value in its Museum and Art Gallery

(Museum Remains Closed on Mondays & National Holidays).

Overnight at Hotel in Kolkata.

Day 09 Kolkata to Paro (by flight) Paro – Thimphu (Driving time approx.. 01hrs.)

Breakfast at Hotel. Check out and transfer to airport in time to connect your flight to Paro.

Arrive Paro airport and straight proceed to Thimphu,

Arrive Thimphu and transfer to Hotel.

This afternoon visit attraction of Thimphu. This may include Tashicho Dzong, which is the main Govt. center with kings’ throne room. Visit Farmer’s market, which is more vibrant during the weekends.

Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu.

Day 10 In Thimphu

Breakfast at the Hotel and proceed for city tour of Thimphu.

The capital of Bhutan also has most things to see for visitors. A full day tour of Thimphu’s cultural sites and monuments may include Memorial Chorten, traditional Art school or Painting school, Indigenous Hospital, Nunnery at Zilukha, a short drive up to a view point for aerial view of the capital and its suburbs. Along the way, visit Takin Sanctuary, the national animal of Bhutan. Also visit giant Buddha statue. There are others like Zangdopelri temple, Changangkha monastery, Simtokha Dzong, Crafts workshop, Textile museum which can be visited as per available time or based on your interests.

Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu.

Day 11 Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdue (Driving time approx.. 03 hrs.)

Breakfast at hotel. Check out and drive from Thimphu to Punakha across spectacular Dochula takes about 3hrs. From Thimphu, road climbs up to Dochula pass (3,050m), where the opportunity to view the peaks of the eastern Himalayas. Descend into Wangdue/Punakha valley. Punakha-Wangdue valley is lower (about 1450m above sea level) and it enjoys sub-tropical climate. Later drive short distances north through the idyllic countryside and walk short distances uphill to Khamsum Chorten on Nyenzangang hill. The views from here of the terraced rice fields, dotted with traditional houses, the river and the valley surrounded by mountains is amazing! On the way to the hotel, stop to visit the township of Punakha at Khuruthang.

Overnight at Hotel in Punakha.

Day 12 Punakha to Paro (Driving time approx.. 04hrs.)

Breakfast at Hotel. Check out and proceed to visit the impressive Punakha Dzong at the confluence of Pho and Mochu rivers. visit Richengang village, unique for cluster of houses connected with each other, followed by a short walk to visit Chimi Lhakhang temple, dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley (1455 – 1529), popularly known as ‘the divine madman, a folk hero and a cultural icon around whom countless yarns of facts and fiction, stories and legends have been spun. On the return drive to Thimphu, explore the botanical park and nearby surroundings for birds for diverse flora. Lunch could be planned on the way.

After descending into Thimphu, continue short drive to Paro. The popular attractions within Paro include visiting Rinphung Dzong, National Museum, temples of Kichu and Dungtse, visiting local homes and the stroll around the township.

Overnight at Hotel in Paro.

Day 13 Paro Valley (Taktsang Hike)

Breakfast at the Hotel and drive to the trailhead and hike to famous Taktsang (tiger’s nest) monastery (3120m/10,200ft). Visible from afar, this magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 1,000 feet above the valley floor. It is one of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan. If for some reason, someone not able to hike, your Guide can arrange other interesting alternatives. Can also hire pony for the uphill part, till the first view point & cafeteria but must be able to walk back downhill. While someone will probably not make it all the way to the monastery, however it is worth to even try getting till the first viewpoint. Return to Paro, Stroll around the town if time permits.

Overnight at Hotel in Paro

Day 14 Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Paro airport in time to connect for your flight for onward destination. We hope you enjoyed your tour with Services International Pvt. Ltd and we wish to see you again soon.


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Mumbai

Temple Tour

Duration :6 hours

Varanasi

Sarnath tour

Duration :3 hours

Varanasi Photographic tour

Duration :3 hours

Walking tour in Varanasi

Duration :3 hours

Varanasi Morning Sunrise Boat tour

Duration :3 hours

Dasawamedh Ghat tour

Duration :4 hours

Yoga and Meditation in Varanasi

Duration :1 hours

Heritage walk in Varanasi

Duration :3-4 hours

Spritual Varanasi Tour

Duration :3 hours

Witness Varanasi Evening Prayer ceremony with private boat

Duration :3-4 hours

Varanasi Tuk Tuk Tour

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