Days One to Three - Delhi, India
You'll fly overnight from Heathrow to Delhi, arriving in the morning of day two. In the afternoon, you'll take in the sights of Old Delhi, including an exhilarating cycle rickshaw ride to one of India's largest mosques, the Jama Masjid, passing through the bustling market, Chandni Chowk, and its back streets which in Mughal times were the centre of the city Shah Jenanabad. You'll visit the poignant Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi's cremation site, before returning to the hotel for your overnight stay. In the morning of day three, you'll explore New Delhi, visiting such famous sites as Qutab Minar, the iconic India Gate and the imposing Humayun's Tomb, which was the first garden-tomb built on the Indian sub-continent and dates back to 1569-70. In the afternoon, you'll depart for an afternoon drive to Agra, where you'll spend two nights at Hotel Mansigh Palace.
Day Four - Agra, India
Awake early to catch a breath-taking sunrise at the iconic Taj Mahal, watching as the sun slowly caresses the white marble. After breakfast you'll explore another of Agra's gems, Agra Fort, built by successive Mughal rulers and a monument to their power and might, with each Emperor bringing different architectural styles to the complex, reflecting their different tastes. You'll also visit the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, often regarded as a draft of the more famous Taj Mahal, it's sometimes called 'Baby Taj', and described as a jewel box.
Days Five and Six - Jaipur, India
Driving this morning to Jaipur, you'll make a visit to the fascinating 'ghost city' of Fatehpur Sikri en route. Built by the remarkable Mughal Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri was soon abandoned in favour of the strategically advantageous Lahore. Here you'll visit the graceful marble Tomb of Salim Chisti, where generations of women have paid pilgrimage to pray for a male heir. As you continue your journey to Jaipur, you'll make another stop at the Abhaneri Stepwell built in 800 AD. In Jaipur, you'll stay for nights at the Diggi Palace, and you'll make a morning excursion to the famous Amber Fort on day six, travelling along the winding road on a caparisoned elephant. Despite the fort's austere exterior, you'll find a colourful and ornate interior, complete with murals, frescoes, paintings, complex mirror work, and wonderful intricate carvings. You'll then have lunch at the historic 1135 AD restaurant, the opulent Maharajah's dining room within the Fort. Afterwards, you'll visit the extraordinary Astronomical Observatory, as well as the famous Palace of Winds and City Palace Complex and its fascinating museum.
Days Seven and Eight - Kathmandu, Nepal
You'll make your way to Nepal today, taking an early morning flight to Delhi to connect onwards to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. In the evening, you'll take a walking tour of Pashupatinath, a revered Hindu temple, followed by a tour of Boudhanath. You'll stay at the Kathmandu Guest House for two nights. On day eight, you'll spend the morning sightseeing, including Durbar Square and the hillside Swayambhunath, before enjoying an afternoon at leisure to spend as you please.
Days Nine and Ten - Chitwan National Park, Nepal
In the morning, you'll take a flight to Bharatpur to transfer to Chitwan National Park, Nepal's first National Park, established in the 1970s. It's since been listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its forests, marshland and grasslands are home to an abundance of diverse wildlife. Its name translates to 'Heart of the Jungle', and it boasts a reputation as one of the best wildlife-viewing national parks in Asia, where opportunities to spot one-horned rhinos, deer, monkeys, and up to 544 species of bird are plenty, and there's even chances to spot leopards, sloth bears and wild elephants and, if you're really, really lucky, possibly a majestic royal Bengal tiger. You'll spend two nights at the Jungle Villa Resort, looking out for local wildlife on an afternoon jungle safari on day nine, and a full day of jungle activities on day ten for more chances to spot elusive tigers and more.
Days Eleven and Twelve - Pokhara, Nepal
Drive to Pokhara this morning, where you'll stay two nights at Temple Tree Resort. In the evening, you'll enjoy a boat ride on Lake Phewa, with stunning mountain backdrops. Catch a stunning sunrise at Sarangkot on day twelve, before returning to Pokhara for breakfast and sightseeing.
Day Thirteen - To Kathmandu, Nepal
Drive through the stunning countryside back to Kathmandu, for an overnight stay at Kathmandu Guest House.
Days Fourteen and Fifteen - Thimphu, Bhutan
This morning you'll fly to Paro, to be met and transferred to the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu, for a two-night stay. On day fifteen, you'll have a full day of sightseeing - including the beautiful medieval fortress and monastery, Tashichhodzong, the National Memorial Chorten, the government-run Handicrafts Emporium, the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums, as well as discovering an extensive collection of Buddhist literature at the National Library,
Days Sixteen and Seventeen - Paro, Bhutan
You'll drive to Paro this morning, visiting the Ta Dzong, a former Watch Tower which today houses the National Museum in the afternoon. You'll then follow the trail down to Rinpung Dzong. On day seventeen, you'll enjoy breakfast at your hotel before driving to the Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress from where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. En route, you'll have a chance to see the seventh-century Kyichu Lhakhangone one of Bhutan's most sacred shrines. Today you will also visit the famous mountain-side Tiger's Nest, or Taktsang Monastery (a steep four-hour walk).
Day Eighteen - Delhi, India
In the morning, fly back to Delhi, where you'll have the afternoon at leisure and stay overnight at Colonel's Retreat
Day Nineteen - To UK
You'll fly back to the UK today
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