India, Nepal and Bhutan - 19 Days - Ace the Himalaya
India, Nepal and Bhutan – 19 Days

India, Nepal and Bhutan – 19 Days

This multi country itinerary gives the opportunity to make a visit to the three beautiful countries rich in culture, heritage, traditions and many more
  • Trip Code: ATH20794
  • Country: India, Nepal, Bhutan
  • Duration: 19 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Moderate
    Paths can be rough, steep and have many ups and downs with some exposure to altitude. Early in the season expect snow patches at higher altitudes. Good health conditions and level of fitness are essential. Generally we attain the altitude between 900m to 3,800m.
  • Activity: Sightseeing and Cultural Tour
  • Starts at: New Delhi
  • Ends at: Paro
  • Trip Route:

    New Delhi – Jaipur – Agra – New Delhi - Kathmandu – Pokhara – Chitwan – Kathmandu – Paro - Thimpu - Paro

  • Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December

Trip Highlights

  • Crown of Palaces the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world
  • Bustling bazaars like Chandni Chowk that give you an unforgettable taste of India
  • Lotus Temple, a flower-shaped Bahá’í temple made of pure white marble
  • The Pink City Jaipur with its magnificent forts and palaces like Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, etc.
  • Jeep ride in Amer Fort
  • Explore the ancient cities of Kathmandu
  • Panoramic sunrise with mountain views from Sarankot
  • Discover the secrets of Lake Side Pokhara with ancient city tour
  • Guided wildlife tour of Chitwan National Park
  • Taktsang Monastery in Bhutan (The Tiger’s Nest)
  • Drugyel Dzong victory fortress in Bhutan
  • Handicrafts emporium
  • Visit Punakha Dzong

Trip Information

This multi country itinerary gives the opportunity to make a visit to the three beautiful countries rich in culture, heritage, traditions and many more. While on the trip, the first stop is to three major Indian cities Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.

The tour starts in Delhi where you will explore both Old and New Delhi. Then is the journey to the Pink City Jaipur in Rajasthan by road. It is said that there is more history in Rajasthan than the rest of India put together. Enjoy a jeep ride in Amer Fort. Then travel to Agra to marvel at the Taj Mahal, a true wonder of the world. The majesty, beauty and touching story of this white marble mausoleum will fill you with awe. Return to Delhi for your flight departure to Kathmandu.

Discover the magic and mystery as soon as you land in Kathmandu – immerse yourself in the fascination throughout the colorful array of bustling streets, rich historic heritage, exquisite temples and religious sites. Take an early morning meandering drive to delightful lakeside town of Pokhara and enjoy the most popular sites here. Our journey then continues to the wild and mysterious Chitwan National Park, a popular destination for visitors wanting to have a good experience of the region’s wildlife, tranquility and remoteness. Explore the jungle on a jeep and dugout canoe while observing the abundance of wildlife from the one horned rhinoceros to the Bengal tiger along with many species of birds, fish and butterflies.

Last but certainly not least we come to explore the unique and untouched wonders of Bhutan, which is cradled within the deep folds of the Himalayas, presenting a vibrant culture captivating many, snow-capped mountains, emerald green landscapes, fascinating wildlife and gentle hospitality of the Bhutanese people all await you. Bhutan is a unique and rare destination that few people have the privilege to visit. After the trip in Bhutan, for the final international flight or departure, you can fly from Paro to Kathmandu, Paro to Bangkok or Paro to New Delhi first and catch an international flight back home from either one of these three places.

Throughout the trip in Nepal and India, your stay will be at a 4 star hotel. Whereas, in Bhutan, your stay will either be at a 3 to 4 star government approved hotel.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 – Arrival in Delhi. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 02 – Guided Sightseeing in Delhi. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 03 – Guided Sightseeing and Drive to Jaipur from Delhi – 5 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 04 – Guided Sightseeing in Jaipur. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 05 – Drive to Agra via Fatehpur-Sikri – 4.5 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 06 – Agra Sightseeing (Taj Mahal and Agra Fort). Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 07 – Drive to Delhi – 4.5 hrs. Arrival at the Tribuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m). Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 08 – Guided sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 09 – Drive to Pokhara (900m) on a tourist vehicle – 7 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 10 – Guided sightseeing tour in and around Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 11 – Drive to Sarankot for sunrise and mountain views, then continue onto Chitwan National Park by tourist vehicle -7 hrs. Overnight at a Resort.
  • Days 12 – Activities in Chitwan National Park. Overnight at a Resort.
  • Day 13 – More Activities in Chitwan and drive back to Kathmandu by tourist vehicle- 7 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 14 – Fly from Kathmandu to Paro – 1 hr. 20 minutes. Drive to Thimphu – 90 minutes. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 15 – Sightseeing in and around Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 16 – Drive from Thimphu to Punakha for a day’s sightseeing. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 17 – Head back to Paro with sightseeing along the way. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 18 – Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 19 – Transfer to the international airport in Paro for your final departure.
Day 01 – Arrival in Delhi.

Our airport representative will receive you at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi. You will be then transferred to the hotel in a tourist vehicle.

Overnight at a four star hotel. No meals included.

Day 02 – Guided Sightseeing in Delhi.

Have breakfast. And then your sightseeing tour will begin. Your guide will take you to explore both Old and New Delhi.

Start with a rickshaw ride in the bustling alleys of Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest markets of Old Delhi. This is where you will have an unforgettable and mad taste of India. It’s also a great place for shopping. After a wild and enjoyable experience in Chandni Chowk, visit Jama Masjid. One of the largest mosques in India, it can hold 25,000 people. It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. When you are done exploring Old Delhi, it’s time for New Delhi. The sites you will tour are: India Gate, a war memorial built for the 82,000 Indian soldiers who died in World War I; Rastrapati Bhavan (Presidential Residence), the official home of the President of India; Lotus Temple, a flower-shaped Bahá’í temple made of pure white marble; and Qutub Minar (Minaret), the second tallest minar in India towering 240 feet.

Overnight at a four star hotel. Breakfast Included.

Day 03 – Guided Sightseeing and Drive to Jaipur from Delhi - 5 hrs.

On this day, take a drive to Jaipur, the Pink City of India. But before the journey, in the morning, visit Laxminarayan Temple. It’s a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Vishnu, one of the three supreme gods of Hinduism. And also visit a giant statue of Lord Shiva, another supreme god.

The drive covers 265 km and takes about 5 hours. Travel from Delhi to another Indian state of Rajasthan. Rajasthan literally means the Land of Kings and is known for its magnificent forts and extravagant palaces.

Once you reach Jaipur, explore its bazaars. You are in for a spectacular shopping treat. And also visit Hawa Mahal, which means Palace of Winds. Made of red and pink sandstone and like something out of a fairy tale, this palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh so that the women of the royal household could observe the life in the streets.

Overnight at a four star hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 04 – Guided Sightseeing in Jaipur.

After breakfast, take a short tour outside Jaipur to a town of Amer. Explore Amer Fort, which is also known as Amer Palace, on a jeep. A major tourist attraction in Jaipur area, Raja Man Singh the Rajput commander of Akbar’s army constructed this fort. It has influences of both Muslim and Hindu architecture. Then return to Jaipur and explore and do shopping. Two other major attractions you will visit are: City Palace and Jantar Mantar. City Palace is an impressive complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings situated in the heart of Jaipur. It was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Jantar Mantar is a collection of 19 astronomical instruments. It includes the largest stone sundial in the world.

Overnight at a four star hotel. Breakfast included

Day 05 – Drive to Agra via Fatehpur-Sikri - 4.5 hrs.

Early in the morning, take a four-and-a-half hour drive to the city of Agra. On the way, stop at Fatehpur-Sikri. The magnificent red sandstone fort was established by the Emperor Akbar of the Mughal Dynasty in commemoration of the Sufi saint Salim Chishti who predicted the birth of his three sons. It was the capital of Akbar’s empire but it was dramatically abandoned mainly due to lack of water.

Overnight at a four star hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 06 – Agra Sightseeing (Taj Mahal and Agra Fort).

At first, visit the Taj Mahal. Described as “a teardrop on the face of eternity” by the Nobel-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore, it is the best example of the Mughal architecture. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal. The white marble mausoleum houses the tombs of both the emperor and his wife. Then, visit Agra Fort. It is one of the finest Mughal forts in India. Primarily it was used for military purposes, then Shah Jahan turned it into a palace and later his son Aurangzeb imprisoned him here. Started in 1565 AD, it took eight years to complete its construction.

Overnight at a four star hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 07 – Drive to Delhi - 4.5 hrs. Arrival in the afternoon at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m).

Take a drive to Delhi. It takes about four and a half hours. You will be dropped off at Indira Gandhi International Airport for your flight departure from Delhi. The flight will be scheduled at the afternoon. The flight from Delhi to Kathmandu will be of 1 hour 40 minutes. Upon reaching the airport at Kathmandu, you will be fetched upon and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight at a four star hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 08 – Guided sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley.

After the breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal.

The sightseeing places we visit will include the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of,

Kathmandu Durbar Square

This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building.

Swoyambhunath Stupa – The Monkey Temple

Watches over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises.

Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world and lies 5 kms east of the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple.

Bouddhanath Stupa (World Heritage Site)

Lies about 6 kms to the east of downtown Kathmandu and is the largest stupa in the valley. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design. Buddhanath is also known as Khasti, or dew drops, after an account that builders had to use dew to mix the mortar as Kathmandu was suffering from a severe drought during the construction of Bouddhanath.

Overnight at a four star hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 09 – Drive to Pokhara (900m) on a private tourist vehicle – 7 hrs.

Our tour staff will arrive at your hotel at 6:30am in the morning to pick you up. The drive to Pokhara will leave at around 7.30am. Pokhara is a beautiful valley, with panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. The town of Pokhara is set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu providing the perfect getaway for our tour.

Overnight at a four star hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 10 – Guided sightseeing tour in and around Pokhara.

After the breakfast, we will have the full-day guided sightseeing in Pokhara. A private vehicle and a professional tour guide will be provided. The places we visit are as follows:

Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple

Situated at an altitude of 800 m above sea level, it is the second largest lake in the kingdom. With the Barahi Island Temple in the middle of the lake it is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the female force Shakti. The reflection of Mt. Machhapuchhare and Annapurna can be seen in its serene water. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake.

Seti River Gorge

Seti-Gandaki is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool & Prithivi highway Bridge near bus park, provides a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water. 

Davis Falls

Locally known as Patale Chhango this is where the stream flowing from Fewa lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike. 

Gupteswar Cave

The revered Gupteswar Cave is situated 2 kms from Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Davis Falls and the cave is almost 3 kms long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.

Tibetan Refugee Camp

The Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s.

Museums

During the tour, we will visit two different museums: one museum displays the lifestyles and history of the Gurungs, Thakalis and Tharu while the other, Gurkha Memorial Museum, is dedicated to the famous Gurkha Warriors who earned their name in many fierce battles fought during the World Wars and numerous operations around the world since 1815. The soldiers of the Gurkha regiment won 13 Victoria Cross medals awarded for exceptional bravery shown in the field.

Overnight at a four star hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 11 – Drive to Sarangkot, then onto the Chitwan National Park.

Early in the morning about 45 minutes’ drive with 25 minutes hike take us to the top of Sarangkot to see the best sunrise and close views of many mountains like Annapurna range, Dhauligiri, Fishtail including views of the beautiful the Pokhara Valley and Phewa lake. After we have some breakfast at Sarangkotit’s a 15-minute walk down and 45 minutes’ drive take to the hotel in Pokhara. From there we continue our drive to Chitwan National Park.

On reaching resort, you would be briefed by our Guest Relations Officer. After the lunch you would be going for Village tour. Meanwhile the dinner would be ready by the time you return to the resort.

Overnight at a Four Star Resort. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 12 – Activities in the Chitwan National Park.

An early morning wakeup call followed by tea/coffee and then the activities in the national park. The early morning tour provides you one of the best times to see the wildlife at its best with bird watching, jeep safari and jungle walk.

After breakfast a 45-minute walk through the grassland and forest upstream of the Narayani River. Climb aboard the local boats to observe crocodiles along the banks while floating back to the camp to enjoy lunch. Late afternoon a guide will take you for a jeep safari and jungle walk, visit the observation tower, nature walk with boat ride, back to the camp and have dinner. 

Overnight at a Four Star Resort. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 13 – More activities in Chitwan, and drive back to Kathmandu by Tourist Vehicle- 7 hrs.

An early morning wakeup call followed by tea/coffee. Your guide will take you for bird watching followed by breakfast with your departure back to Kathmandu.

Overnight at a four star hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 14 – Fly from Kathmandu to Paro – 1 hr. 20 minutes. Drive to Thimphu – 90 minutes.

You will be met by our Bhutanese airport representative on arrival after all the formalities we take a 90 minute drive to the Bhutan’s capital Thimphu and transfer to your hotel for you to settle in.

Overnight at a three to four star government approved hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 15 – Sightseeing in and around Thimphu

We visit the National Library, which holds a collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, as well as the institute for Zorig Chusum commonly known as Painting School, textile and Folk Heritage Museum which provides an insight into Bhutanese material culture and everyday way of life. Also visiting the National Memorial Chorten, Trashichho dzong an impressive monastery, Bhutanese Handicrafts displaying a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. In the evening we explore the vibrant Thimphu Bazaar.

Overnight at a three or four star government approved hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 16 - Drive from Thimphu to Punakha for a day’s sightseeing

Leaving Thimphu we drive about 3 hours, with the road climbing steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near the Dochula Pass (3,050m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges on a clear day. You will see rhododendrons, magnolias, junipers and pine forests with chirping sounds of the many rare species of birds found in Bhutan. We drive onto Lobesa to take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang Temple, it is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. Driving North to the majestic Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 which strategically occupies the land between the two rivers Phochu and Mochu. After our day of sightseeing we head back to Thimphu.

Overnight at a three or four star government approved hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 17 - Head back to Paro with sightseeing along the way.

An early morning drive towards Paro we stop to visit the Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum and visit Paro’s Rimpung Dzong, along the way down we cross the 16th century cantilever bridge. Also visiting the Drugyel Dzong victory fortress, built in 1647 which is 18 kms from Paro. Explore the magnificent ramparts of the erstwhile fortress which defended the country against several incursions. On a clear day one can also view the sacred Mount Jomolhari, from the northern battlements. We take a visit to a farm house and observe the traditional Bhutanese way of life and living.

Overnight at a three or four star government approved hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 18 - Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)

The trail to the Tiger’s Nest climbs through beautiful Pine and rhododendron forests. You stop at the cafeteria which offers magnificent up close views of the tigers nest for refreshments. Then we continue the hike for short while until you see Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. History states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger and meditated here for three months.

Overnight at a three or four star government approved hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 19 - Transfer to the international airport in Paro for your final departure

After breakfast our airport representative will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan to your respective destination. You can also opt to fly from Paro to Bangkok or Paro to New Delhi to catch your international flight to the next destination.

Breakfast Included.

  • We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
    • 12 + 3 =
  • You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
    • seven + seven =

Price Includes

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle.

  • Twin sharing accommodation in a four star hotel in India (New Delhi, Jaipur, Agra) and in Nepal (Kathmandu, Pokhara). Breakfast included.

  • All ground transportation by private tourist vehicle for sightseeing and transferring you between cities.

  • Jeep ride in Amer Fort, Jaipur (You can opt for Elephant ride also. Since our company is against the policy of using animals for entertainment, the ride is not available. However, if interested, please book yourself with local provider).

  • Two night’s three days wildlife activities inside the Chitwan national park.

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and drinks such as tea, coffee and water while in Chitwan.

  • New Delhi - Kathmandu - airfare with airport departure tax.

  • Standard government-approved three to four star accommodation (in twin sharing rooms) in Bhutan.

  • Full-board meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea & snacks - for the duration of your stay in Bhutan.

  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour in Bhutan.

  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance (Please e-mail us your color scan copy of passport).

  • Government royalty of Bhutan (35% of $200), which goes to the country's health and education projects.

  • All guided city tours in India, Nepal and Bhutan as mentioned on day-by-day itinerary.

  • Ace the Himalaya’s licensed English-speaking local guide in India, Nepal and Bhutan (local guide in each country), driver and all support staffs.

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our field staff.

  • Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites for entire trip.

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sunhat (which you get once you are in Kathmandu only which is yours to keep).

  • All government taxes, vat and Tourist service charges

  • All official expenses.

  • All applicable hotel and transport taxes.

Price Does not Include

  • International flights (The flight to New Delhi and Druk air flight airfare and airport departure tax.)

  • Indian Visa and processing.

  • Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Internet and telephone calls.

  • Lunch and dinner in Nepal (Kathmandu, Pokhara) and India (New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra) – about USD 15 to 20 per person per day (full board meals provided during your stay at Chitwan and Bhutan).

  • Item of Personal nature like alcohol, hot & cold drinks and laundry.

  • Personal clothing and equipment. (See the equipment tab for detail information)

  • Tips for tour staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)

  • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

Please note: Druk air flight cost are not included in the trip price. Druk air flights cost are different as per the flights sectors that you are taking. Druk air offers flights from following location. We recommend you to fly from Kathmandu – Paro – Bangkok as they have every day flight from Paro to Bangkok.

· Kathmandu – Paro – Bangkok
· Kathmandu – Paro- New Delhi
· Kathmandu- Paro- Calcutta
· Kathmandu – Paro- Kathmandu

All you need to bring for this Tour is simply some comfortable clothes; there is no any requirement of special equipment on the tour. However for your ease, the following gives you the general idea about the personal items you need to manage for the trip. The personal items referred here are optional and depends upon your choice. The most important factor to be considered while choosing the equipment’s and your Bag-pack, is the time of the year you are travelling.

In a tour, the vehicle transfers all the heavy items and equipment’s. But the Personal belongings of the clients which is required at any moment like money, water bottle, camera, suns cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. It is therefore advisable that you pack the personal belongings into your daypack.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag, which you can use on the tour for your shopping purpose. The duffel bag is yours to keep.

List of Recommended Equipment for the Tour

  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep which will be provided once you will reach Kathmandu.)
  • Daypack
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears (only if you are travelling in the cold season i.e January, February and December)
  • Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season i.e January, February and December.(optional)
  • 1 pair warm gloves (This is required if you are travelling in cold season i.e January, February and December).
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket (preferable if you are travelling in rainy season from June to September.)
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis), 1 pair shorts.
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear/thermals (if you are traveling in winter January, February and December).
  • 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 1 pair light camping shoes or sneakers.
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the tour. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important!

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer
  • 2 bandanas.

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

This trip is suitable for any kind of people. No previous experience is required. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical condition must seek medical advice before considering the trip.

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

We use twin sharing standard rooms starting from four star hotels in India (New Delhi, Japiur and Agra) and in Nepal (Kathmandu and Pokhara) with breakfast included.

In Chitwan we provide the most popular resort on full board meals including all the activities inside the national park.

We provide government-approved three to four star hotel accommodation in Bhutan including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Most of the restaurants serve local Nepali, Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine always plenty to choose from.

All breakfasts are included during your stay in Kathmandu, Pokhara and India while in Chitwan and Bhutan all your meals are included in the trip price.

Your guide will help you find good restaurants in Kathmandu, Pokhara and India. You can try ethnic Nepali and Indian cuisine. Meals will either be in the hotel or at a restaurant of your choice (where available). Expect to spend around USD 15 to 20 per day per person for meals in Kathmandu, Pokhara and in India.

Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Using a variety of private transport is an integral part of our Himalayan tours, enhancing the experience!

We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. These vehicles are of international standard and brand offering full AC and heating to ensure and make the journey as comfortable as possible.

The best time for India, Nepal and Bhutan Tour is between February to May and September to December.

While travelling to Bhutan and Nepal, the temperature are quite similar. The weather depends upon the season you’re travelling. During winter (December to February), it is colder at night and relatively warmer during the day, with the temperature ranging from 4°C at night to 22°C. Between March and May, the weather stays prefect as the temperature averages 25°C during the day. From September to December, following the monsoon, the temperature gets cooler and allows for a great time to travel. The average temperature during this season is 20°C. The vehicles and the hotels during the trip will be air-conditioned making your travel very comfortable.

In case of India, monsoon or rainy season lasts from June to September. The season is dominated by the humid southwest summer monsoon, which slowly sweeps across the country beginning in late May or early June. Monsoon rains begin to recede from North India at the beginning of October. South India typically receives more rainfall.

As such, the seasons of the year observed in India as follows: Winter – November to March with the temperature ranging from 6 to 30°C; Summer – April to July with temperature ranging from 30 to 44°C; Monsoon – June to September with temperature ranging from 25 to 40°C.

Yes, our company is the active member of Nepal Tour and Travel Agencies Association.

Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training.

During the tour in Nepal, you will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Nepali guide. Throughout your time in India you will be accompanied by an experienced Indian guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide valuable insights into the Indian way of life.

In Bhutan, the local Bhutanese guide speaks very good English so you will be easily able to communicate with him.

Yes, the minimum number of people we cater is 2, maximum 20 and 8 in average. We maintain the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience while travelling with us. Private and solo departure can also be provided (1 person solo/private departure can be arranged at an additional cost).

Tourist Visa for Nepal (not included in the package price)
You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 50 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 125. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos

Tourist Visa for India (not included in the package price)

We do not handle the visa procedures for India. To obtain the visa for your stay in India, please visit the nearest Indian Embassy. For e-Visa, please check the following link

Tourist Visa and permit for Bhutan (Included in the package price)
We handle the visa procedures of Bhutan. The Govt. will sanction the VISA only after the receipt of full payment of the trip in advance. The visa fee is included with our tour price. Actual Bhutan VISA will be stamped in your passport on arrival on Paro airport. Without visa clearance number, tourists cannot board the flight or enter the country.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwards a copy of this visa clearance to the concerned Druk Air stations and other entry points; we also e-mail a copy of the visa clearance document to our clients for their reference.

All you need is to carry 2 copies of original passport-sized photographs, which are required on arrival in the country. Please e-mail us the clear color copy of the passport for the visa procedures for Bhutan.

Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

Please refer to our India International Flight page for further information.

You will have to book the flight from your home country to New Delhi yourself. There are many local agents and travel agencies that can offer a cheaper flight every day. The flight from New Delhi to Kathmandu is included in the package.

Whereas while travelling to Bhutan, Druk air is the only one airline to enter and exit the country. We will book the Druk air flight to and from Bhutan and e-mail you the e-ticket.

Druk air flight cost is not included in the trip price. Druk air flights cost are different as per the flights sectors that you are taking. Druk air offer flights from following location. We recommend you to fly from Kathmandu – Paro – Bangkok as they have every day flight from Paro to Bangkok. From Bangkok you can easily take another flight back home.

Please let us know which route is more convenient to you.

  • Kathmandu – Paro – Bangkok
  • Kathmandu – Paro- New Delhi
  • Kathmandu- Paro- Calcutta
  • Kathmandu – Paro- Kathmandu

You will also need to book your flight to your home country/next destination at the end of the trip.

Laundry service is easily available at your hotel by paying additional charge. Please note that laundry service is not included in the package price.

These facilities will be available in your hotel. Remember to bring travel adapters!

There are Phone and internet service at your hotel in Nepal, India and Bhutan. Check with your guide if you need to find the internet cafe because some time communication facilities at the hotel may not be working.

You can also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone as mobile phones work fine in Nepal, Bhutan and India. If you buy a local SIM card, you could stay in touch with your family and friends most of the time. Please ask us for the latest facilities and schemes on Nepali, Bhutanese and Indian mobile phones.

In India (New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra) and in Nepal (Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara) you can use ATMs or change your money into local currency.

There are just a few ATM’s in Bhutan for credit card (Master card / Maestro) & only few establishments in Bhutan accept credit card payments hence US Dollars (cash) or Euros Cash is suggested and convenient to cover any personal expenses (eg. beverages , laundry ,phone bills , tipping , shopping etc.) that the Pax may make in the Kingdom.

It depends on your spending habits. USD 15 to 20 a day will be enough to buy lunch, dinner (in Kathmandu, Pokhara and in India) bottles of water, chocolates and a few drinks during the tour.

All meals are included during your stay in Bhutan and Chitwan tour in Nepal. While in Kathmandu, Pokhara and India only the breakfast included in the trip price.

There are many shops in Kathmandu, Pokhara, India and Bhutan that sell traditional handicrafts. We recommend you to bring extra money to spend on souvenirs.

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide.

You will have many photo opportunities during the tours. Please ask for permission before taking a person’s photo. Photography in, monasteries, shrine rooms of Dzongs and religious institutions is generally not permitted, but outdoor photography is. To be sure when visiting such places, you may consult with your guide just to make sure. Carry plenty of films and batteries. Photo shops in Bhutan do not sell equipment or accessories.

Druk Air allows only up to 30 kgs of luggage per person, after which the excess baggage charge is USD 5 per kg. (Check Druk air website from the link for up to date information: Druk Air Website )

Our company insures all our staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters.

Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you:
· Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy.
· Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy
· Cash, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately
· Flight tickets
· Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

No vaccinations are compulsory for travelling in Nepal, Bhutan and India, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:

· A dental check-up prior to travelling.
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.

 

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The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

What makes this trip different ?

Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

Donation
Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

Sponsorship
One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org

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