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ASSAM-MEGHALAYA 10 NIGHTS
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February 6, 2017 9:36 am
Guwahati - Kaziranga -Pobitora - Shillong - Cherrapunjee - Mwallynong

Day 1: Arrive Guwahati by Flight: (ASSAM)

 Today on arrival at Guwahati airport or railway station, check into the hotel.  Evening river cruise on Brahmaputra River on direct payment basis. Overnight in Guwahati.

 

Day-2 Guwahati - Kaziranga by Surface (220 Kms / 5 Hrs) (ASSAM)

After breakfast check-out from hotel, later proceed to Kamakhya temple. The temple door opens for the devotees at 8.00 A.M and and drive to kaziranga.  Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel.  Evening enjoy “Rang Sandhya” cultural show on direct payment basis. Overnight at hotel

 

Note: This is for your information that elephant ride and jeep safari and forest entry are regulated and controlled by the forest dept. Govt. of Assam. As such we do not have any control for booking of elephant seats and entry by jeeps

 

Day 3: Kaziranga (ASSAM)

After breakfast take a jeep safari to Central range. Afternoon take a jeep safari to Western range. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 04: Kaziranga- Pobitora Wildlife sanctuary (ASSAM)

After breakfast check-out and drive to Pobitora (250 kms/ 05 hours drive approx). Reach Pobitora. Check-in hotel. Afternoon enjoy a jeep safari. Evening walk around the places. Overnight stay at Pobitora.

 

Day 05: Pobitora - Shillong by Surface (130 Kms / 3 ½  Hrs) (ASSAM- MEGHALAYA)

After breakfast check-out and go to an exclusive Dolphin trip by country Bota at Pobitora. Later straight drive straight to Shillong.  On arrival check into the hotel, evening at lisure & Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 06: Shillong (MEGHALAYA)

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel at 9.00 AM for your full day city tour which will cover Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Cathedral of Mary Help of Christian, Lady Hydari Park, Wards Lake (Close on Tuseday), Donbosco museum (Close on Sunday) etc. Evening visit to the local bazaars which includes shopping option at local handicraft shops (Closed on Sundays)

Overnight at hotel

 

DAY 07: Shillong – Cherrapunjee (70 kms/ 2 hours drive approx  (MEGHALAYA)

You will be traveling to Cherrapunjee – the wettest place on the earth. En route visit the famous Elephant Falls. At Cherrapunjee visit – Mawsmai Cave, Seven Sisters Falls and Nohkalikai Falls. After lunch at Cherrapunjee, visit Thankarang Park, Koh Ramhah. Overnight at Cherrapunjee. Note- Most waterfalls dry in winter.

 

DAY 08: Cherrapunjee– Mwallynong - Dawki- Shillong (MEGHAYALA)

After breakfast excursion to Mwallynong (100 kms / 3 hrs drive approx). After village visit drive to Dawki and visit ungut river. Drive back to Shillong for overnight stay.

 

Note: It is advisable to carry packed lunch to Mwallynong.

 

DAY 09: Shillong- Guwahati (MEGHALAYA- ASSAM)

After breakfast check-out and drive to Guwahati (130 kms/ 3 ½ hours drive approx). Reach Guwahati Check-in hotel, later visitKamakhya Temple(Timing 08:00 A.M till 01:00 P.M & 3:00 P.M till its gets dark). Overnight at Hotel.

 

DAY 10: Guwahati (ASSAM)

After breakfast and drive to Sualkuchi village (Manchester of North East India) which is 35 km from Guwahati and Hajo Temple, later return to Guwahati visit Balaji Temple, Emporium. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Guwahati.

 

Day 11: Hotel – Guwahati airport (ASSAM)

After breakfast check-out drive to Guwahati airport . (3 hours before your departure time)

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LEH – LADHAK 08 DAYS
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February 6, 2017 9:40 am
LEH - NUBRA VALLEY - PANGONG TSO

DAY 01: ARRIVE LEH

Arrival Leh Kushok Bakula Airport (This must be one of the Most Sensational Flights in the World. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif.) Upon arrival you will met by our representative and transfer to Hotel for Check in. Complete day for rest and leisure to acclimatize followed by Welcome tea or Coffee at the Hotel. Evening Visit to Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa & Leh Market. Overnight at Hotel.

 

DAY 02: LEH - EXCURSION TO SHAM VALLEY

After breakfast you drive downstream along the River Indus on Leh – Kargil Highway. And start our sightseeing with Hall of Fame (Museum Constructed by India Army) near Leh is worth a visit for every Indian, and proceed further to Gurudwara Patthar Sahib Nestled deep in the Himalayas, A drive of another 4 km took us to Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity & further Driving through a picturesque landscape we reached the Confluence Of The Indus And Zanskar River. After visiting above places we drive back to Leh enroute visiting Spituk Monastery, Built in 15th century during the reign of Grags ‘bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Evening at Leisure and Overnight at Hotel in Leh

 

DAY 03: LEH–NUBRA VALLEY VIA KHARDUNG LA 18,390 FT. (120 KMS / 4 – 5 HRS)

Post breakfast we drive to Nubra Valley. The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passes over Khardung La (The Highest Motorable Road In The World) at 5,602 Mtrs / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers. It is situated in the north of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 Ft. above sea level. Upon arrival in Nubra we check in at our Camp / Hotel in Hunder for Overnight stay. In the evening you can walk around the tiny villages to see how the locals live in this part of the world. A visit to a Ladakhi home can be arranged. Overnight Stay at the Camp or Hotel.

 

DAY 04: NUBRA VALLEY – LEH (120 KMS / 4 – 5 HRS)

After an early breakfast we check out from the Camp and drive to Hunder where you have opportunity to ride on a bacterian camel (double humped) amidst the sand dunes of this high altitude desert with snow capped mountains on the horizon. Between Hunder and Diskit you come across sand dunes besides the road. It is indeed a strange sight since immediately on the left of the road are rockymountains that characterize the Ladakhi landscape and in the distance can be seen snow-capped mountains. On the return stop at Diskit which is the headquarter town of Nubra Valley. Stroll around the bazaar observing the shops and local people going about their daily chores. Diskit is famous for 515 years old Buddhist Monastery, lying magnificently situated on a hilltop, facing the entire Valley. Later we drive back to Leh in the late afternoon via Khardungla Top. On arrival at Leh you will check in to your Hotel. In the afternoon you can rest and relax.

 

DAY 05: LEH TO PANGONG LAKE (140 KMS / 4 - 5 HRS – ONE WAY)

After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake enroute visiting Shey Palace, The ancient capital of Ladakh & 3 Idiots Rancho School & further 5 Kms Driving through a picturesque landscape we reach Thiksey an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. After visiting above two monasteries we drive further towards Changla Pass 5486 Mtrs. The long easy ascent takes you to Changla pass through its winding roads passing through Sakti Village. Stop at the Changla Pass for a quick photograph session and drive down to the village of Tangtse, where you can relax for a cup of tea. Leaving Tangtse for Pangong you pass through few small villages of Changthang and finally you can have a sudden view of the Pangong lake situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). This famous blue brackish Lake of Pangong is 5/6 Kms wide and over 133 Kms long with half of its running the other side of the "Indo China Border". One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. After the success of 3 Idiots, this beautiful natural location has attracted more tourists from all over the world. Upon arrival we check in at our Camp Near Pangong lake. Dinner & Overnight at the Camp.

 

DAY 06: PANGONG LAKE TO LEH (140 KMS / 6 HRS)

Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of lake and later we drive back to leh enroute visiting Hemis Gompa, the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Drive further to Leh and check in at our hotel for Overnight

 

DAY 07: IN LEH

Complete day at leisure to explore the destination on your own and In the evening you can stroll around the market place for some last minute souvenir shopping.

 

DAY 08:  DEPART LEH (FLY OUT)

Tour concludes. thanks you for your patronage and ensures a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination

 

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ODISHA GOLDEN TRIANGLE 4 NIGHTS
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February 6, 2017 9:59 am
Bhubaneswar-Konark-Puri

DAY-1     : Arrival Bhubaneswar

Meet and Greet on arrival at Bhubaneswar airport/railway station  and transfer to Hotel. After noon visit to the ancient temples like Lingaraj-the biggest in Bhubaneswar (non-hindus are not allowed), Mukteswar, Rajarani & 64 Yogini temple (Yogini sculpture having 64 different hair style & one of the four yogini temple in India). Evening free for independent activities. O/N- Bhubaneswar.

 DAY-2    : Bhubaneswar-Konark-Puri (110 kms/2.5 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Puri. En-route visit through Dhauli-the Buddhist center, Pipili-the appliqué work village & market, Sun temple at Konark (the UNESCO World heritage monument), Chandrabhaga beach, Ramchandi-temple. On arrival at Puri check-in to the Hotel. After fresh-up visit to the temple of Universal God Lord Jagannath (One of the four Dham). Evening leisure at golden beach Puri/visit to the beach market. O/N-Puri.

DAY-3   : Puri-Chilika-Puri (55 kms/ 1.5 hrs one way)

You may go for the morning Aarti. After breakfast drive to Satapada (One end of Chilika Lagoon). Cruise in the largest brakish water lagoon of Asia and explore Sea mouth, Rajhans Island, rare Irrawady dolphins, local birds etc. Back to Puri. Rest of the day leisure at golden beach/free for independent activities. O/N-Puri.

DAY-4    : Puri-Bhubaneswar (60 kms/1.5 hrs)

Witness the sun rise at golden beach, Puri. After breakfast proceed to Bhubaneswar (60 kms/1.5 hrs), en-route visit through Raghurajpur-the artisan village, Sakhigopal temple. On arrival at Bhubaneswar, visit Khandagiri & Udayagiri Jain Caves, Tribal museum. Evening free for independent activities.  O/N-Bhubaneswar.

DAY-5     : Bhubaneswar Departure

After breakfast visit to Nandankanan Zoological Park-popular for white tiger. If time permits you may visit some emporium. In time transfer to Airport/Railway station for onwards journey. Tour End.

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TURKEY 10 DAYS
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February 6, 2017 10:11 am
Istanbul -Izmir - Kusadasi - Antalya - Cappadocia

Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day

Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.

There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk Airport is 20 km away from city center and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates.

Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour 

Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city.

Visit to TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break at 13:00pm after the lunch Murtis Tour will then take you to the Bosphorus Cruise tour. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including: SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar). BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia.l. Overnight in Istanbul.

Please Note: Hagia Sophia is closed on mondays, Topkapi Palace closed on tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on sundays. If your tour is on one of these days we would offer you to visit Underground Cistern instead of Hagia Sophia and Topkapi palace museum, instead of Grand Baazar you will visit Spice Bazaar.

Day 3 - Istanbul to Izmir and Kusadasi 

After breakfast visit to ST. SOPHIA This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. Lunch break at the Turkish restaurant. After the lunch depart for Istanbul Ataturk Airport for domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 4 - Kusadasi - Ephesus Tour 

08:30 Departure from hotel fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en-route, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, Grand theatre and House of the Virgin Mary. Lunch break around 13:00pm. After the lunch, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre. After Lunch we will do a Turkish Village Tour. Sirince`s construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all Original with their white paints. Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey - especially fruit wines. We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 5 - Kusadasi - Pamukkale Tour 

At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. We will check at the hotel around 12.00 and we have a lunch break until 13.30. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. Overnight in Pamukkale.

Day 6 - Pamukkale and Antalya Old City Tour 

After breakfast, we depart for Antalya. After 2 hour we will have coffee break, After coffee break then continue to Antalya. Upon arrival in Antalya we have lunch break around 13:30pm. After lunch visit to Old city Kaleici, Clock Tower and Alexander the Great gate. After the tour, drive to your hotel for checking. Overnight in Antalya

Day 7 - Antalya Perge Aspendos Tour 

After breakfast we will depart for Perge and Aspendos.

PERGE: According to the geographer Strabon. Perge has been founded by Akhas who came down here after the Trojan wars. Perge was first mentioned in 334 BC when Alexander the Great passed through here. In the following years, Perge went under the control of Pergamon when the Kingdom of Pergamon became a part of the Roman city. In the first and the second centuries BC, Perge became one of the richest towns in Pamphylia. Therefore it is not a surprise that St. Paul started his campaign in Anatolia from Perge in 46 AD. After Perge, we will depart for Aspendos. Lunch break on the way.

ASPENDOS: The eastern land of Antalya was called Pamphylia in ancient times. Aspendos (Belkis) lies 47 km east of Antalya in the Pamphylian plain. In 486 BC, Greeks and Persians had a great battle here (Greeks won, they didn`t stay for long). During the reign of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-80 AD) Aspendos got its theatre, which is the best preserved of all. It was built by Romans and maintained by Byzantines and Seljuks. The ruins of the ancient city are extensive and include a stadium, an agora, and a basilica. Overnight in Antalya.

Day 8 - Antalya - Konya – Cappadocia 

After breakfast early in the morning at 08:00 drive to Konya. 2.5 hour later we have break for coffee and after some rest drive to Konya for lunch at 13:00pm and after the lunch visit the imposing green-tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana, the mystic founder of the Sufi sect (Whirling Dervishes). After the Konya Mevlana tour drive to Cappadocia. Arrival to Cappadocia around 18:30pm and check into your hotel. If you wish to join our optional activity of Ballooning for tomorrow, please contact with your guide and register because it will take place early the next morning .Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 9 - Cappadocia Tour 

Today we will get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the geological formation started 10 million years ago. As a result of these formations phallic like pillars have come to life. The beautiful horse country Katpatuka, (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land, enchanting and mysterious. Cappadocia region is also famous for its arts, including ceramic and carpets. You will be picked up approximately 09:30 from your hotel to join our regular tour. Tour starts with Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, you visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin you go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. After lunch, you visit a pottery work shop, to see how to make potteries. Then you go Pasabagi where you can see three-headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi you visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then you head to a wineshop in Urgup for wine tasting. Last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end approximately 18:00 and you will be returned back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 10 - Cappadocia to Istanbul 

After breakfast you will have free time shopping in Cappadocia. Today we depart for Kayseri Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing us for Turkey.

Istanbul, İstanbul, Turkey, Turkey
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BHUTAN – 6 NIGHTS
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February 6, 2017 12:13 pm
THIMPHU (02 NTS) – WANGDI (02 NTS) – PARO (02 NTS)

DAY 01                        ARRIVAL AT PARO AIRPORT – THIMPHU

On arrival at Paro Airport and after completing your Visa / Permit formalities you will be received by our Bhutan representative who will assist you in boarding your vehicle for transfer to Thimphu (2320Mts / 7656Fts, 65 Kms / 01½ to 02 Hrs), Thimphu is the capital town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Although not what one expects from a capital city, Thimphu is still a fitting and lively place. Home to civil servants, expatriates and monk body, Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style. On arrival in Thimphu, Check in to the hotel. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.

 

DAY 02                        THIMPHU

After breakfasts go for Thimphu sightseeing covering Memorial Chorten,  Tashichho Dzong, Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodong),Changangkha Lhakhang (Monastery), Motithang Takin Preservation Centre, Drupthob Goemba / Zilukha Nunnery, National Library (Closed on Saturday , Sunday & National Holiday), Institute for Zorig Chusum (Traditional Art & Craft School-Closed on Saturday , Sunday, National Holiday & During Summer & Winter Vacations), Textiles Museum (Handicrafts Shops - Closed on Saturday, Sunday & National Holiday), Zangthopelri Lhakhang (Monastery). Overnight at Hotel.

 

DAY 03                        THIMPHU – PUNAKHA / WANGDI

After breakfast drive to Punakha (1200Mts / 3936Fts, 77 Kms / 03 to 3½ Hrs)  / Wangdi (Wangdiphodrang) (1350Mts / 4430Fts, 70 Kms / 03 to 3½ Hrs). Punakha / Wangdi is the last town on the highway before entering Central Bhutan. The drive is over Dochu La pass (3080Mts / 10102Fts) which is very scenic with fascinating view of mountains of Bhutan. Stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the Chorten, Mani wall, and Prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this Pass (Left to Right): Mt. Masagang (7,158Mts / 23478Fts), Mt. Tsendagang (6,960Mts / 22829Fts), Mt. Terigang (7,060Mts / 23157Fts), Mt. Jejegangphugang (7,158Mts / 23478Fts), Mt. Kangphugang (7,170Mts / 23518Fts), Mt. Zongphugang (7,060Mts / 23157Fts), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - Finally Mt.Gangkar Puensum (7,497Mts / 24590Fts), the highest peak in Bhutan. Visit Punakha Dzong, If time permit visit the  Suspension Bridge and then proceed to  Chimi Lhakhang (Monastery). Overnight at the Hotel in Wangdi.

 

DAY 04                        PUNAKHA / WANGDI - GANGTEY EXCURSION – PUNAKHA / WANGDI

Today the day start early for full day excursion to Gangtey & Phobjikha Valley (3000Mts / 9845fts , 85Kms / 3 to 3½ Hrs One way ) The valley of Gangtey is one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan. The surprise of finding such a wide, flat valley without any trees after the hard climb through dense forests is augmented by an impression of vast space, and extremely rare experience in Bhutan where most of the valley’s are tightly enclosed. A few kilometers beyond the Gangtey Monastery, on the valley floor lie’s the village of Phobjikha. This place is the winter home of black necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climate. Phobjikha, at an altitude of 2900 m, falls under the district of Wangdiphodrang and lies on the periphery of the Black Mountain National Park. The valley boasts two beautiful meandering rivers, Nakay Chhu (Chhu Naap-black water) and Gay Chhu (Chhu Karp-white water). According to a local legend, the two rivers actually represent a snake and a boar. The two animals once raced each other with an agreement that if the snake (Nakay Chhu) won, Phobjikha valley would be able to grow rice, but if the boar won, then rice could never be cultivated in the area. The snake lost since it had to meander all the way during its journey. Rice cannot be cultivated in the valley even today. Black Necked Crane Information Centre , Gangtey Goempa (Monastery),Back to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

 

DAY 05                        PUNAKHA / WANGDI – PARO

After breakfast transfer to Paro (2134Mts / 7000Fts, 135 Kms / 05 Hrs). Enroute Stop at Lamperi to visit Royal Botanical GardenOn arrival Paro, check in to the hotel. Afternoon free at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.

 

DAY 06                        PARO               

After breakfast go for Paro Sightseeing covering Ta Dzong (National Museum-Closed on Saturday, Sunday & National Holiday), Rinpung Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang (Monastery), Back to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

 

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PARO - FULL DAY HIKE TO TAKTSANG LHAKHANG (TIGER`S NEST)

Start the day early for a day hike to Taktsang Lhakhang (Tiger's Nest Monastery)(Tuesday Closed) - The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through pine forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley. It is one of the most famous of Bhutan's monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called "Tiger's Nest". This site has been recognized as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April, 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendour. Afternoon at leisure for go for shopping in the market. Overnight at Hotel.

 

DAY 07                        PARO - ONWARD CONNECTION

After breakfast transfer to Paro Airport for taking onward connection.

 

We trust you will find the above in order and look forward to your doing & reply. In case of any further assistant required, please feel free to be in touch with us.

 

Paro, Bhutan, Bhutan
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GREECE 6 NIGHTS
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February 6, 2017 12:16 pm
Athens - Mykonos - Santorini

Day 1: Athens & the Archaeological Parkway

Settle into your hotel, then go for a walk along the Archaeological Park, which runs from Syntagma Square around the Acropolis; the new Acropolis Museum; past ancient Athens's shopping and civic center, the Agora; and into the Plaka, the heart of old -- and touristy -- Athens. Do what the Athenians do and stop for cappuccino, pastries, cheese, or yogurt at Oraia Ellada, a Plaka shop with a restaurant that offers a drop-dead-gorgeous Acropolis view. Browse through the old and new Greek folk art on view before continuing your walk past, endless shops selling T-shirts, olive oil soap, and refrigerator magnets and night lights in the shape of the Parthenon. For lunch, sit under the plane tree as you enjoy roast lamb at Platanos Taverna, or grab a souvlaki at Thanasis. Feeling revived? Stop at the little Museum of Popular Greek Musical Instruments, just a few feet away. Listen to recordings of Greek music and enjoy the peaceful garden. The slumbering tortoises there may remind you it's siesta time. Go to your hotel for a nap before you head out again for a nighttime stroll back to the Acropolis (even if it's closed, it's great at night when it's usually illuminated). For dinner, if you had a big lunch, you could just have a bite at one of the many fast-food cafeterias on Syntagma Square. Point to what you want and leave your phrase book in your pocket. If you're feeling energetic and missed it at lunch, head into the Plaka to eat at one of our suggestions for old-time "authentic" tavernas above.

 Day 2: Museums & Mount Likavitos

Visit the National Archaeological Museum to see sculptures, gold, and other impressive artifacts and -- if you get there just as the doors open -- as few tour groups as possible. Then head to the Acropolis, but first grab a snack at one of the kiosks on the slopes (fresh orange juice and a cheese pie anyone?). Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sprawling National Gardens and watching elderly women feeding stray cats, courting couples, and children chasing each other along shady paths. Then have dinner at Aegli. Or ride the cable car up Mount Likavitos before walking back down for drinks in Kolonaki Square. Try dinner a short walk away at To Kafeneio, a great place to enjoy the bustle of Athens's most fashionable neighborhood.

 Day 3: Mykonos & Paradise

By plane or ship, go to Mykonos. Settle into your hotel, then take a bus to one of the beaches outside town. Paradise attracts partiers who love loud music with their sun and sand, while Ornos is a quieter beach preferred by families. There are plenty of cafes on either beach for lunch. Back in town, get lost along winding streets and ogle the window displays of jewelry, cutting-edge clothes, and sling-back shoes. Perhaps end up at Caprice in Little Venice for a dry martini and good people-watching. Before dinner, walk to Mykonos's three waterside windmills. You won't be alone, but even with a crowd, this is a great spot to take in the view back across the harbor. You'll see Little Venice's chic, chicer, and chicest bars, perched vertiginously over the sea. If you want to alternate chic with casual, try the fish at Kounelas on the harbor, where you'll vie for a table with locals -- and longtime Mykonos visitors.

 Day 4: Mykonos & Delos

Take an early boat from Mykonos to Delos. Remember to bring sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat so you can spend several hours admiring the acres of marble ruins in this ancient religious site and market. There's a snack bar by the museum, but you'll do better bringing your own food and picnicking in a patch of shade cast by the ancient monuments. When you get back to Mykonos, enjoy some shopping. Don't miss the fabulous jeweler's LALAoUNIS shop here. For dinner, sample the mezedes and grilled fish (or meat) at the Sea Satin Market, past the windmills at Kato Myli, overlooking the sea. If you want to see the sun come up, there are lots -- and lots -- of bars, cafes, and hangouts where you can spend the hours until dawn.

 Day 5: Santorini & Akrotiri

Head to Santorini next, by plane or ship. If you go by ship, you'll sail into the deep harbor with its high cliffs streaked with lava from the volcanic eruption that tore the island in half around 1450 B.C. -- this is one of the world's great travel experiences. Check into your hotel and rent a car, or sign up for a tour of the ancient site of Akrotiri, often called the "Pompeii of Greece," if it has reopened. If not, go to ancient Thira, perched on a mountaintop . Then take in the Boutari Winery, where the tour usually includes enough snacks and samples of local wines for a light lunch. In the evening, do what everyone does in Fira: Wander along the narrow streets before having drinks and dinner. For an inventive, memorable meal in a beautiful setting, make reservations at one of the best restaurants in all of Greece: Selene.

 Day 6: Ancient Thira & Kamari

Explore the island by car, tour, or the extensive local bus system. See the cliff-top site of ancient Thira before heading down to the famous black-sand beach at Kamari for a swim and lunch at Camille Stefani taverna. Back in Fira, see the reproductions of the beautiful Minoan wall paintings of Akrotiri in the Thira Foundation. In the evening, while tour buses take hordes of tourists to see the sunset at Oia, head to the village of Imerovigli and watch the sunset over a medieval fortress. Then, head on to Oia and try Katina's an excellent fish place in Ammoudi, Oia's minuscule port.

 Day 7: Athens.

Return early by plane or hydrofoil to Athens.

Athens, Kentrikos Tomeas Athinon, Greece, Greece
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