12 days Sikkim, Darjeeling and Bhutan Tour
Darjeeling, Sikkim, Gangtok, Kalimpong, Phuntsholing, Thimphu, Punakha valley , Paro
A journey to the Buddhist monastries and eastern Himalyas...
Come and explore Sikkim Darjeeling and Bhutan, two of the most isolated Himalayan regions with us. Centuries-old Buddhist monasteries cling to mountain cliffs and rice paddies stair-step down steep hillsides. Your journey begins with arrival transfer to Darjeeling, where we include a ride on the narrow gauge mountain railway and sunrise over Kangchenjunga from Tiger Hill. Visit the capital of Sikkim, Gangtok and passing on to Rumtek, visit the Karmapa’s Monastery. Travel to Kalimpong, once an important trading post for these parts of the world. From Kalimpong our road then descends into the plains known as duars, filled with lush tea garden. Cross into Phuntsholing, Bhutan. Discover Bhutan's captivating cultural mix, reflected in its beautiful shrines, temples and handicrafts as you travel from south to western Bhutan; in the towns and villages of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha valley. Explore the Dzongs, ancient fortresses that once protected the kingdom of Bhutan.
Day 1: Arrive in Bagdogra - Darjeeling
Arrive by flight or train in Bagdogra airport or in NJP / Siliguri train station. Upon arrival, meet our representative and transfer to Darjeeling, which takes about 3 hours. After high tea in the evening, take a stroll around Chowrastha Mall. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing tour in Darjeeling
After breakfast, visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park & Snow Leopard Breeding Centre. Walk down to Tibetan Self-help center, visit a tea estate and drive back to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon take a joy-ride on a toy train to Ghoom, which makes en-route stop at Batasia loop. On the way back, visit Old Ghoom monastery and the sprawling Dali Monastery complex. Overnight at hotel
Day 3: Darjeeling - Gangtok
Drive through the tea gardens, descend through sub-tropical Teesta valley and enter Sikkim at Rangpo. After permit formalities, continue drive to Gangtok the capital of Sikkim (total 4hr). Visit the institute of Tibetology and Deorali Dodrup Chorten monastery. In the evening at Gangtok, walk through MG Marg and visit Lal Bazaar. Overnight in Gangtok .
Day 4: Gangtok Sightseeing
This morning in Gangtok, visit the Enchey Monastery, drive to View Points such as Tashi view and Ganesh Tok, followed by visit of Flower Exhibition and stroll on the promontory near the White Hall and Palace complex. Before lunch, visit the Cot- tage Industries showroom and workshop. Afternoon is free to rest or pursue your own interests. Overnight in Gangtok at Norkhil or Netuk House.
Day 5: Rumtek & Kalimpong
Drive for about 1 hr to Rumtek monastery on the opposite ridge of Gangtok. After visiting the Rumtek, continue drive to Kalimpong (3hr). Visit Durpin Dara view point with a brief look at the monastery nearby. Visit other Monasteries, Orchid /Flower nursery, Churches and homes of the colonial era, Dr Grahams Homes campus, Deolo Hill view points, and the local bazaar. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 6: Kalimpong - Phuntsholing, Bhutan
Descend Darjeeling hills and cross the Duars Plains with Tea Gardens into Phuntsholing, Bhutan, located at the bottom of foothills. Meet our Bhutanese Guide and stroll around the town. Overnight in hotel.
Day 7: Phuntsholing-Thimphu
Drive uphill to Thimphu after completing immigration formalities. En-route stop and visit Rinchending Monastery, other villages and towns along the way. In Thimphu we will visit Tashicho Dzong and tour the town area in the evening. Overnight in Hotel
Day 8: Thimphu
Full day tour in the capital to cover all the major landmarks and interesting sights including local markets. Overnight hotel.
Day 9: Thimphu - Punakha
Early drive across Dochula pass to Wangdiphodrang. Visit the town and view the fortress of Wangdue. Drive to Punakha valley and visit impressive Punakha Dzong at the confluence of two rivers. Overnight in Resort .
Day 10: Punakha - Thimphu - Paro
Return drive across Dochula pass to Thimphu and continue drive to Paro (total 4 ½ hr drive). In Paro visit National Museum, Rinphung Dzong and stroll around the township. Overnight in hotel .
Day 11: Paro (Takstang trek / hike )
Today, we hike upto Takstang monastry or continue with the further sightseeing of the valley. Even after Taktsang, we have time to visit the ruined Drugyal Dzong, Kichu temple and a local farm house. Saty in Paro
Day 12: Departure
Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight. Depending on the Druk Air schedule, you can fly to Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata or Kathmandu.
The Darjeeling Sikkim and Bhutan tour can be combined with Rajesthan region tour of India like Taj Mahal, Jaipur, Delhi. Can also be combined with Nepal trek or Tibet (Lhasa) tour. Please write us for the details.
Visit India and Bhutan in one visit. Both Buddhist area of India Sikkim darjeeling and Bhutan by overland drive.
Single Suppliment USD 347
Greetings from Australia! After arriving home last Tuesday and then our son arriving from London on Friday, we are now starting to settle down after our fantastic tour of Nepal and Bhutan.
I would like on behalf of Peter and Robyn and Brian and myself to offer you our sincere appreciation for the arrangements you made for our trip to Bhutan and Nepal.
Departure Dates for Darjeeling, Sikkim, Bhutan tour :
You can choose any departure dates, you can join this trip even you are single or 2 person or more in the team.
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