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5 Star Luxury with Kathmandu, Nepal & Mt. Everest
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This is the year to put India at the top of your list!!!!!

Our special designed 5-star luxury tour visits the best places in India and Nepal. We have even included a flight from Kathmandu around Mt. Everest. We have picked the best time of year to tour India.  In the summer it is so hot it almost melts the cement.  The winter is often cool and foggy.   We have picked early November for our 2016 tour.  It is not only the best time of year weather-wise, it is also the time of the Pushkar Festival.

You will experience true 5-star Luxury!  The quality of hotels and the location of hotels can make or break your tour in India.  Travel and Leisure Magazine make a list of the top 100 hotels in the world. This last year’s list does not have any Marriott hotels, Sheraton hotels, Hyatt hotels or Hilton hotels. One of the chains that have hotels listed in the top 100 hotels is Taj.

Optional Bhutan Extension

This is the rare opportunity to visit Bhutan, a country that has hardly changed in hundreds of years. Bhutan is a small picturesque country located high in the Himalayas with a border to India and Tibet. It has been completely cut off for centuries with no roads in or out. The first road into Bhutan was not completed until the 1960’s. As far as we understand it is still the only road into Bhutan. Bhutan has very limited access from those in the outside world. It fiercely guards its ancient traditions and customs. Even the way they dress in everyday life dates back hundreds of years. It is against the law to go to school or work of any kind dressed in modern clothing styles. Bhutan “Land of the Thunder Dragon”, only began to open up to outsiders in the 1970’s. They strictly control the number of visitors by limiting the number of visas. Visitors must be part of an organized tour, to receive permission to tour the country, they do not allow individual travel. We have that permission to enter with our group before our tour to India in 2016. This chance may not come again.

The owners of Fun For Less Tours, with special permission, visited Bhutan a couple of years ago. They were so impressed they have been working ever since, on getting permission to bring our passengers to Bhutan. The King of Bhutan, a few years ago, gave its citizens the vote and opportunity to rule themselves. But to the people, the King and Queen are still the rulers. The owners of Fun For Less Tours happened to be in a hotel when the Queen walked by, on her way to lunch with some India delegates. Every Bhutan close to where the Queen was walking prostrated themselves completely flat on the floor with the hands out straight and the faces looking down, not willing to look upon their queen out of respect.

With only a very few tourists allowed each year, the cost of visiting Bhutan is not inexpensive. We have to buy a package that includes hotel, meals, guides, buses, entrance fees, the expensive visa and pay a Royalty fee (King fee). Hotels can make a big difference as their only a few newer 5-star hotels in the country. Our package includes a 5-star luxury hotel. Bhutan also only allows its Royal Airline to fly into and out of the country, so there is no competition to lower prices. Is it rather expensive to add Bhutan onto your India Tour – yes! Is it worth it – yes, Yes and YES! Don’t miss out on this opportunity! You are in the area and will likely never get another chance!!!

Package Price Includes:

Important Note: Many travel companies show a low price, but by the time you add everything in, they become expensive.  Our pricing is a package that will actually give you more for less!  Below we have listed what is included in our discounted package price.
  • Luxury Hotels and Palaces.
  • Five Internal Flights costing $1,019.  Includes all taxes and fees.
    • Delhi, India to Kathmandu, Nepal.
    • Kathmandu, Nepal to Delhi, India.
    • Delhi, India to Varanasi, India
    • Varanasi, India to Agra, India.
    • Jodhpur, India to Delhi, India.
  • Mt. Everest Flight costing $180.
  • Includes over $300 in hotel and land taxes.
  • The Famous Pushkar FestivalLess than 2% of those that visit India will ever experience the Famous Pushkar Festival.  National Geographic listed it as one of the 10 things you should do before you die!  There are only 5 days a year you can really experience this festival and there is only one quality hotel – the 5 star Ananta Spa & Resort (which is your hotel).  90% of the tourists that attend the festival have to stay in tents!
  • All transfers to and from airports and hotels.
  • All entrance fees, tours, deluxe buses & guides.
  • Special Guest Educator:
  • Fun For Less Tours Staff throughout the tour– “We don’t send you, We take you!”
  • “Whisper Perfect” headset receivers.  You will hear every word from your guides and educator, even when you step away from the group to take that important picture. 
  • All booking fees.
  • Boat ride on the River Ganges.
  • Elephant Ride to Amber Fort in Jaipur.
  • Special Kalbelia dance show on sand dunes at Pushkar.
  • Rickshaw Ride.
  • Does not includes optional Bhutan Extension.
  • Does not include airfare to and from India.

Package Price: $4,395*

*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
INCLUDES $1,019 in 4 different INTERNAL FLIGHTS!
Does not include International airfare, visa and tips.

Airfare prices to be announced soon.
You may also purchase your own airfare.

Day 1:  October 19:  Fly
Fly from the US to Delhi India.
Day 2:  October 20: Delhi
You arrive into Delhi this evening. You will transfer directly to your 5-star luxury hotel.
Day 3: October 21: Delhi – Kathmandu
This morning we transfer to the airport where we will fly to Kathmandu in Nepal where we will meet up with the pre-tour group. Today sightseeing will include Patan, a medieval Malla principality near to Kathmandu. Here, you will visit the main courtyard of Malla palace, which is adorned with intricate woodcarvings. In front of the palace stands famous Krishna Temple of 17th century, replica of Viswanath Temple, Jagan Narayan Temple etc. You will also visit Hiranyavarna Mahavihar (Golden Temple), a 14th century Buddhist Monastery that is the center of rites and rituals of Newari Buddhist of Patan. We will end at your hotel: Hyatt Regency Kathmandu.
Day 4: October 22: Kathmandu – Mt. Everest Flight
This morning early, you will experience the once in a lifetime, breathtaking, flight around Mt. Everest. After returning we will continue with our tour of the Kathmandu area visiting Swayambhunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, dedicated to Buddhism is situated in a hillock 80 m above the ground level and is claimed to be 2000 years old. There are numerous Buddhist monasteries (Gumba) around. The view of the valley is spectacular from here. Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the seven World Heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley is worth visiting. It was the center of ancient and medieval Kathmandu. You will visit the Hanumandhoka Palace of Malla Kings. You would also like to have an audience of Kumari, the living goddess of Nepal, Kasthmandap Temple that is said to have been built of a single tree trunk. Later visit Pashupati Nath Temple, the holiest Hindu Temple that draws devotees from all over Nepal and India. This temple is situated on the bank of Bagmati River, which is considered as holy as Ganges. Cremation goes throughout the days and nights on the bank of Bagmati River. Then, you will drive to Boudha Nath Stupa, the biggest stupa in the world. This is one of the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley. From here, you will drive to Bhaktapur, one of the three principalities of medieval Kathmandu. Bhaktapur, the youngest city in the valley has preserved its ancient look and originality. You would love to see the “Golden Gate” of the “Palace of 55 Windows”. There are temples with intricate woodcarving, houses with different kinds of windows and balconies, stone sculptured water tanks, monastic complexes etc. Overnight Hyatt Regency.
Day 5: October 23: Kathmandu
Today we will fly from Kathmandu Nepal to Delhi, India. Overnight Delhi.
Day 6: October 24: Delhi – Varanasi (River Ganges)
This morning we will fly from Delhi to Varanasi India and the most sacred spot on earth for the Hindu’s the River Ganges. Here we will experience a boat ride.
Day 7: October 25: Varanasi (River Ganges) – Agra
Today we will take a flight from Varanasi to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal.  You are staying in the 5 star Jaypee Palace.
Day 8: October 26: Taj Mahal – Agra
This morning we will visit the world famous Taj Mahal, regarded as one of the wonders of the world. For people the world over – the Taj Mahal mausoleum of the Maghal Empress Mumtaz Mahal, is synonymous with India. We will also do a city tour of Agra, visit Itimad Ud-Daulah tomb, and visit Agra Fort which has been the seat of Mughal rulers for hundreds of years. Overnight Agra.
Day 9: October 27:  Agra – Ghost City – Jaipur
Today we will travel from Agra to Jaipur, an approximate 4-hour drive. On our way, we will stop at the Ghost City: Fatehpur Sikri. The old deserted town of Jughal Dynasty built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after only 15 years due to the scarcity of water.   We will then head to Jaipur and transfer to your 5-star luxury palace.  Set amidst 18 acres of beautifully landscaped Moghul gardens (in the middle of Jaipur) is your incomparable palace that dates back to 1745.  The palace blends spotlight-grabbing opulence with tantalizing comforts.  You will spend two nights in the 5-star luxury Taj  Jai Mahal Palace.
Day 10:  October 28: Jaipur
We will start the day by climbing up to the Amber Fort by elephant. Our tour of the wonderful Amber Fort includes Sheesh Mahal, Ganesh Pol, Shila Devi Temple, Kesar Kyari Bagh. In the afternoon we continue our tour of the Pink City that will include Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, Jantar Mantar, the observatory of stone and the city palace.  We will return in late afternoon in time to enjoy your wonderful palace which is also located in the perfect spot for shopping.
Day 11: October 29: Jaipur – Pushkar
We will leave this morning for our 3-hour drive to Pushkar & Pushkar Lake, the most sacred city in India. Today will be a special day as you will spend the day enjoying one of the last great festivals on earth, the Pushkar Festival.  We will take camel carts throughout the many festivities.  This will be a day to remember!!!  You will overnight in the fantastic 5-star luxury Ananta Spa & Resort Hotel.  95% of tourists that attend the Pushkar Festival have to stay in tents, you will just have to pass up the luxury of roughing it!
Day 12: October 30: Pushkar – Jodhpur
This morning we head to Jodhpur.  It is about a 4-hour drive.  The best fort is located in Jodhpur!  We discovered this special place in India when we were doing a one-month exploration of India. The fort on top of the hill overlooking Jodhpur will be one of your highlight days, right up there with flying around Mt. Everest, the Taj Mahal, Lake Palace Hotel and the Pushkar Festival. We will spend the day touring and exploring this fantastic fort that very few tourists ever visitWe will overnight in the Taj Hari Mahal Palace in Jodhpur.
Day 13:  October 31: Pushkar – Delhi
Today we will fly back to Delhi.
Day 14: November 1: Delhi
This morning you will pack for your flight home. We will leave early afternoon to finish site seeing in Delhi. This evening you will transfer to the airport for your late night flight back to the US.
Day 15: November 2: US & Home
Early this morning you will arrive into the US, change planes and fly home.

BHUTAN EXTENSION

Price includes:
  • Airfare Delhi to Paro Bhutan.
  • Airfare Paro to Kathmandu in Nepal.
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and fees.
  • Bhutan 5 day 4 nights 5 star package.
  • All of Bhutan’s taxes and fees.
  • 5 star luxury hotel in Bhutan.
  • Breakfast and dinner each day at your luxury hotel.
  • Visa to enter Bhutan.
  • Royalty (King) Fee’s.
  • Horses most of the way to “Tiger’s Nest” Himalayan Buddhist temple.
  • Transfers to and from airports and hotel.
  • All tours, buses, guides and entrance fees.
  • Fun For Less Tours Staff throughout.
  • Use of our “Whisper Perfect” headset receivers.
Bhutan Extension Package Pricing: $2,987
*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy. Includes $892 in airfare.
*Does not include tips.
Day 1: October 14: Fly to Delhi India
We will be flying from the U.S. to Delhi, India.
Day 2: October 15: Delhi
Late this evening we will arrive into Delhi. We will transfer to our hotel to overnight.
Day 3: October 16: 
This morning we will do a half day tour of Old Delhi that includes Jama Masjid Mosque, Raj Ghat (where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated). We will also visit the India Gate, the President’s House, the red fort from the outside, Emperor Humayun’s tomb and the Qutab Minar.
Day 4: October 17: Bhutan
This afternoon we will fly through breathtaking mountains before we land in Paro, Bhutan. Upon arrival we will transfer to our hotel in Thimpu.
Day 5: October 18: Thimpu Valley
Today morning you will drive to Thimphu, perhaps the most unusual capital city in the world and is Bhutan’s seat of government. This bustling town is home to Bhutan’s royal family. In Thimpu we will visit the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School), the National Memorial Chorten, the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums, and the Tashichho Dzong, this impressive fortress/monastery houses the secretariat building, the throne room of his majesty, the king and various government offices. We will overnight at our hotel.
Day 6: October 19: Paro Valley 
Today we will visit Ta Dzong which was built as a watch tower to Rinpung Dzong. It is now a national museum. After the museum, we will visit Rinpung Dzong, which was built in 1646 and is also called the “fortress of the heap of jewels”. We will then Visit Kyichu Lhakhang, which was built in the 7th century and is one of the two oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan.
Day 7: October 20: Tiger’s Nest
Today will be the best highlight day of all of India, Nepal and Bhutan. We will visit the Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest, which is nestled up on a cliff of the mountain. We will ride horses 3/4 of the way up and then we will have to hike and climb many stairs the rest of the way. We will have to hike down to the bottom. We will the drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought off Tibetan invaders centuries ago.  End back at our hotel.
Day 8: October 21: Kathmandu
This morning we will be leaving beautiful Bhutan and flying to Kathmandu to meet up with the regular group.