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19-Day South Asia Panorama

Tour route: Nepal : Kathmandu, Bhutan : Thimphu - Punakha - Paro, India : Delhi - Agra - Jaipur, Sri Lanka : Negombo - Pinnawala - Dambulla - Kandy - Galle - Colombo

  • Tour code: INOT-SA-008
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date
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Day 1: International Arrival, Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal! Upon arrival you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is for your to relax and recover from jet lag in the afternoon. 

Overnight: Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu - Patan (Lalitpur) - Kathmandu

After breakfast, firstly drive you to the city for an exploration in the medieval city of Kathmandu to discover the rich culture of the Newari people with bustling narrow streets. You will visit the vegetable & spice market in Ason and many courtyards there that forms the base of living in Kathmandu. And continue to jammed bazaars and Kumari Temple which houses the living Goddess. After that, move to have an external view of Taleju Temple and then visit Kal Bhairab. 

Afternoon, step into the temple of Swayambhunath - a stupa on the top of hill - for an overlook the scenery of Kathmandu Valley. Later proceed to Patan city (about 15min driving) to visit the Panta Durbar Square - one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley.

Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu

Begin your today’s exploration from Pashpatinath Temple - one of the most sacred Hindu temples in the world. After, move to visit Boudhanath Stupa - the largest Buddhist Stupa in the world.

Afternoon you are escorted to Bhaktapur city (about 40min driving) where you will discover Bhaktapur Durbar Square, one of the seven UNESCO's World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley. Later continue to the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley, Changu Narayan Temple which boasts a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside.

Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Kathmandu - Paro(By Air)/Paro - Thimphu(By Car)

Transfer via: International flight arranged by Odyssey Tours 

Morning flight to Bhutan. Upon arrival at the airport of Paro, be greeted and transferred to the capital Thimphu. Pass by Tamchog Lhakhang iron bridge on the way. 

After hotel check-in, have lunch at a local restaurant and visit the National Memorial Chorten, which was built in honor of 3rd king and Buddha Dordenma Statue where Asia's biggest bronze Bhudda statue sits. Next go to Takin Sanctuary to see Bhutan's unique National animal Takin, before visiting Thimphu Dzong (Trashichho Dzong), the largest religious building in Thimphu and the central administrative centre (open after 5 pm from Monday to Friday).

Overnight: Thimphu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Thimphu Valley Sightseeing/Thimpu - Punakha

Set off to Punakha this morning, en route stop at Dochula Pass to have a coffee break and admire the grand 108 stupas. If in good weather, take in the enchanting views of Mt. Himalaya. Proceed to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman and a sacred place where people pray for children. Next embrace the highlight - Punakha Dzong, a very beautiful Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, with rich Buddhist collections. You will also visit Suspension Bridge nearby (the longest bridge in Bhutan).

Overnight: Punakha
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Punakha - Paro(By Car, 3 Hrs), Paro Sightseeing

Drive back to Paro and start today's tour with Paro Dzong, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture as well as a local religious administrative centre. Later visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant culture relics. Next go to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan and ends at a local farm house, where you can chat with local people, see how they live and may taste some homemade wine.

Overnight: Paro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Paro, Sightseeing

This morning, hike to visit Taktsang (Tiger's Nest), be amazed by the view of this sacred temple hanging on the rocky cliff, and take in the beauty of Paro valley. After that, move to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong built to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invaders. If in good weather, you'll see a great distant view of Mt. Chomolhari.

Overnight: Paro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Paro - Delhi (By Air)

Transfer via: International flight arranged by Odyssey Tours 

Say goodbye to Bhutan. After breakfast we will escort you to the airport for your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival at India Gandhi International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel where our representative helps you check in and briefs you about the following tours. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Delhi
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Delhi Sightseeing

Breakfast at hotel, then your tour guide will escort you to Old Delhi for the magnificent Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque; then a unique glance at local life by an exploration to the bustling local bazaar of Chandni Chowk on rickshaw. 

Pass by Red Fort before drive to New Delhi for the tallest stone tower in India, 800-year-old Qutub Minar surrounded by ancient Hindu and Muslim complex. Continue to Raj Ghat - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi. Drive along the city landmark of India Gate, President's House, Parliament House & Government Secretariat Buildings. Finish today with an insight into the local religion at a colorful Hindu Temple - Laxmi Narayan Temple (closed on Monday).

Tips: Female tourists are asked to wear robes before entering Jama Masjid. If you don’t have one, rent from the temple, which costs 50 rupees.

Overnight: Delhi
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Delhi - Agra (By Car, Approx. 4.5 Hrs, 220 Km)

After breakfast, head to Agra by private A/C car, stopover for coffee break or photo opportunities are at your request any time en-route. Hotel check-in upon your arrival in Agra. The afternoon is free for you to rest.

Note: Driving time in the program is approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.

Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Agra Sightseeing

Today you start from an early morning visit to Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) which frees you from the crowds and heat in daytime. This white-marble world wonder was built by a great emperor in memory of his beloved. 

After breakfast, visit the palatial Royal Pavilions at the red sandstone Agra Fort for a glimpse of the royal Mughal lifestyle and proceed to the Tomb of Itmad-ud-dualah, also called Baby Taj for its resemblance of the Taj Mahal. The rest of the day is at leisure, vehicle with driver is at your disposal. You can explore the city in your style or explore some local markets.

Tips: Strict security check is needed before entering Taj Mahal. Foods, plastic bags, chargers,etc are all prohibited things. We suggest you catch the sunrise view in the early morning for the temperature is relatively cool and avoid the peak time.

Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Agra - Jaipur (By Car, Approx. 5 Hrs, 289 Km)

Breakfast then head east to Jaipur, en-route stop to explore the former royal city of Fatehpur Sikri (about 1.5 hrs), one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendor at its height, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Lunch time after that and then proceed to Jaipur. Hotel check-in on arrival and rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Jaipur Sightseeing

After breakfast, visit hillside Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the state; inside you'll also experience the kingly palaces incl. the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors).

Drive back to the 'pink city' of Jaipur, followed by a visit to the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Your tour guide will show you the best angle for a perfect picture. Continue to the City Palace Museum for its superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury; do check the local time yourself at Jantar Mantar - the largest stone observatory in world that still in service today. Drive through the pink rose residential and business areas before you are escorted back to the hotel. 

Tips: There are a lot of venders hard sell around Amber Fort, if you have no interested in their goods, then don't show any. Even "no thanks" is dispensable. 

Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14: Jaipur - Delhi - Colombo - Negombo

Enjoy some leisure time in Jaipur this morning. Vehicle with the driver is at your disposal. You can go to a local market for a last minute shopping or rest in the hotel. 

In the afternoon, be met and escorted to the airport in Delhi for your international flight to Colombo. Upon your arrival in Colombo, you will be welcomed by your chauffeur guide of India Odyssey Tours and escorted to your hotel in Negombo for check-in. The rest of the day is yours to relax. 

Note: Buddhism is extremely respected in Sri Lanka, any disrespectful words or acts may cause deportation or denial of entry, e.g. Buddha tattoos, kissing/climbing/riding Buddha statue, drinking inside a temple, etc. 

Overnight: Negombo
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15: Negombo - Pinnawala - Dambulla (By Car, 4 Hrs, 132 Km)

After breakfast, check out and head for to Pinnawala where you can visit the Elephant Orphanage and get in close proximity with semi-wild elephants during their morning feeding and river bathing. After lunch, proceed to Sigiriya for its 5th-century legendary sky citadel of “Lion Rock” – arguably the most impressive site in Sri Lanka; although a steep climb is requested, the views and frescoes are definitely worth the effort. In the late afternoon, transfer to your hotel in Dambulla and have a good relax

Note: Driving time in the program is approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.

Overnight: Dambulla
Meals: Breakfast

Day 16: Dambulla - Kandy (By Car)

This morning head for Ceylon's old capital of Kandy, en route with time to visit the famous Dambulla Cave Temple and appreciate some magnificent Buddha images and rock paintings dating back to 2nd century B.C. 

Once in Kandy, you will pay a visit to the Temple of the Tooth - Sri Lanka’s most sacred Buddhist shrine. The evening Puja Ritual held in the temple will offer you a chance to discover the special atmosphere and ultimate spiritual importance of this famous temple.

Overnight: Kandy
Meals: Breakfast

Day 17: Kandy - Galle (By Car, 5.5 Hrs, 227 Km)

Head for Galle after breakfast. En route stop for an interesting visit to 300+ varieties of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees at Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya. Upon your arrival in Galle, check in to hotel and the rest of the day is free at leisure. 

Overnight: Galle
Meals: Breakfast

Day 18: Galle Sightseeing, Galle - Colombo (By Car, 2-2.5 Hrs, 119 Km)

This morning visit Asia's best preserved colonial sea fortress of Galle Fort, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later take a stopover at a turtle hatchery on the beach; set up for conserving the endangered turtle population, the hatchery will introduce you more about this creature when letting you to stay close to with them. 

Upon arrival in Colombo, your chauffeur guide will show you around the city including the Gangarama Temple of Colombo, mile-long promenade of Galle Face Green and Colombo's National Museum, etc.

Overnight: Colombo
Meals: Breakfast

Day 19: Colombo, Departure

Today is free at your leisure until your chauffeur guide pick you up from the hotel and escort you to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

Good accommodation choice will in no doubt enhance your tour experience. Our well-established partnership network with key hotel chains in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri-Lanka will bring you the benefits of competitive hotel rate and guaranteed room availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: geographically convenience values for your precious holiday time. So properties we use are either in downtown area close to main city attractions and amenities, or convenient for sightseeing or transportation.
Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Diversity for Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

Hotel Criteria for Each Tour Class

Note: Bhutan is less developed with fewer hotels criteria for choice, and most of the hotels there aren't as high standard as those in Western society.

Hotel Arrangement for Standard Tour Class

Usually conveniently located and meet the basic requirements of a comfortable stay: decorative lobbies and nice guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants may be average in size but offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. In most cases, staffs have basic command of English. Usually 3 star hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class

Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in some cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience.
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Hotel Arrangement for Superior Tour Class

Usually properties are conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby and offer a better service and hotel facility than that in hotels of Comfortable Tour Class. Usually 4-4.5 star hotels or boutique hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for First Tour Class

Deluxe hotels with high-end service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Usually 5 star hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class

The most luxury hotels are used and only available in some particular cities. These properties have top-notch service and unique location, such as a lake or a historic site, and usually incorporate some of the country’s most exquisite architecture traditions. Usually top 5 star or the best available hotels are adopted.

Meals

Normally, India Odyssey Tours put breakfast in your itinerary except for in Bhutan (all meals included). Lunch won’t be included for the sake of tour convenience, while dinner is also excluded as some travelers might want a little culinary adventure themselves. But surely your tour guide/driver is always glad to offer their advice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.

Lunch

Usually lunch won’t be included considering the fact that sometimes travelers may want to stay somewhere longer/shorter or need other minor changes during daily sightseeing, and it’s better to decide the lunch site then rather than pre-arranging it. For sure our tour guides/drivers will be happy to advice good places to you, and we strongly suggest qualified local restaurant or hotels around the scenic spots for the sake of your health.

Dinner

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in the incredible India & South Asia. This is why we offer you this flexibility of food choice, and you can always get advice from your tour guides/drivers.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across South Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

All tour guides of India Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across South Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

Reviews on: South Asia Panorama

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Clients: Tom O'Neill

Travel Consultant:
John Hu
A big shout-out to John Hu. For a three-week custom trip to Sri Lanka, he was totally efficient, responsive, and friendly. Rarely did a day go by when he did not get back with suggestions, changes, and arrangements. The price was right, below other big-name agencies for the same kind of itinerary. The trip begins next January. If it all works out, six stars.
Rating: May 29th, 2017

Clients: Antonella Martoglio

From: Italy

Travel Consultant:
Mavis Jiang
We have just booked our holiday in India with Mavis. She was very responsive and her help in arranging our tailor-made tour was great! Surely it will be an amazing experience! �
Rating: May 27th, 2017

Clients: Maureen Muldaur

Travel Consultant:
Eric Kong
We haven't taken our trip yet, but the service we've received from Eric Kong has been superb. He put together an India itinerary that is fabulous and has been such an excellent communicator, helping us all the way along. Eric, you're the best!
Rating: May 19th, 2017

Clients: David Walker

Travel Consultant:
Don Li
Summary:We had a great time and we would take another tour with Odyssey Tours. I definitely would (and have) recommended this company to my friends and family.Before the tour:The planning process could not be easier. We initially were interested in a Delhi, Agra, Jaipur tour. Later, we decided to add Ranthambore, and there were absolutely no issues. Don prepared us well for the trip, making sure we had all of the necessary documents and with advice for what we would need once we were there.The tour itself:The tour itself exceeded all expectations. We had a great driver who picked me up from the airport at the beginning of the tour and dropped us off at the airport at the end. Part of the experience of going to India is the food, and it didn't disappoint. The tour guides and our driver were excellent resources to suggest restaurants and, having a driver, it was very easy to get around. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and the tours of the sights were extremely interesting. Because it was a private tour, we could really make the most of our limited time there because the guides always knew where to go (we didn't have to figure it out) and we weren't waiting for a bunch of other people.
Rating: May 16th, 2017

Clients: Liz Goldsworthy

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Don Li
We have just completed 9 days touring in Sri Lanka. Our 2 adult daughters were with us. We found organising the tour very easy with Don accommodating all our wishes and changes. We travelled in a very comfortable 6 seater vehicle and our guide/driver Upel was great. Nothing was too much trouble. He was always willing to stop when we wanted to take photos, get a coffee etc. He explained the customs etc of the Sri Lankan people and the Buddist customs. He accompanied us to the many tourist attractions and explained the history etc. of the places we saw. Our accommodation was first class - very clean, comfortable with great restaurants. Breakfast at each hotel was amazing. Such a large choice of food. I would not hesitate to recommend Odyssey Tours to anyone travelling to Sri Lanka. We would certainly book tours to other countries with Odyssey. Thanks for a great holiday.
Rating: May 14th, 2017
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