The Himalayas, the most fragile ecosystem in the world, land of myths and legends, the cradle of ancient kingdoms that survived thanks to their bravery and their isolation. Darjeeling, Sikkim and Bhutan are closely related both culturally and spiritually, but each has retained its originality, its lifestyle and its own culture.
Name of Program : Sikkim-Darjeeling-Bhutan Tour.
Place to Visit : Arrival Delhi / Kolkata or Kathmandu- Bagdogra – Darjeeling (2123 m)-Pelling – Gangtok – Kalimpong- Phuentsholing-Thimphu-Dochula-Punakha-Paro & Dep.
Duration : 13 Nights
Best Time : Oct – Sept. (Except Monsoon).
Highest Point: 3080m
Trek Grade: Easy (Cultural Program)
Price: On Request
Day 1: Arrival Delhi or Kolkata:
Upon arrival at New Delhi or Kolkata International airport, meet and greet by our staff later transfer to hotel. Hotel
Day 2: Delhi or Kolkata Flight to Bagdogra – Darjeeling (4h-90km).
After an early breakfast transfer to domestic airport. Flight to Bagdogra and transfer by Innova Car to Darjeeling, charming colonial town perched along a steep hill of the Himalayas amidst tea plantations. The population of Tibetan and Nepalese party gives the city a unique character. City has many temples and craft markets.
Day 3: Darjeeling.
Early morning (around 4 am) excursion to Tiger Hill to watch the sunrise and its reflection on the great chain of Kanchenjunga. After breakfast, climb aboard the legendary train Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, World Heritage of Unesco to reach the Tibetan Ghoom monastery, dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha belonging to the sect of the Yellow Hats. Afternoon, visit to the city of Darjeeling situated on one of the most beautiful hills of eastern India, visiting a tea plantation, the racecourse, the village of Lablong, the HMI & Zoo the first heroes of Everest Mr Tenzing Norgey. Rest of the time visit Chowrasta. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Darjeeling-Pemayangtse-Pelling (6hrs-110km).
After breakfast drive to Pelling (Sikkim), Pelling the town with a magnificent view of the Kangchenjunga. Visit the beautiful monastery Pemayangste (the sublime Lotus) founded in 1705, one of the oldest monasteries and most important of Sikkim. The afternoon ruins Rabtense located at 2805m in the Snowy Mountains. Rest of the time leisure for individual activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Pelling-Gangtok (7am-116km).
Early morning drive through beautiful landscapes (teak, magnolia, etc.), to Gangtok, via Ravang la capital of modern Sikkim, a small kingdom annexed to India in 1975 whose name means “top of my hill.” The landscape is impressive and one can admire the panorama on the Khangchendzonga from the city. On arrival check in hotel rest of the time leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Gangtok.
After breakfast excursion to Rumtek Monastery, the return visit to the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, which contains one of the largest libraries in the Buddhist world and Chorten (monument to the memory of the dead), the sanctuary of Orchids (seasonal ) and after lunch, visit the charming monastery Enchey offering magnificent views over the town, its bazaar on the road to Nathula and craft center.
Day 7: Gangtok-Kalimpong (3h-60km)
route (4h) to Kalimpong in Bengal, although welcoming city bazaar, nestled among rolling foothills and deep valleys of the Himalayas. Check into your hotel and visit the afternoon of the monastery Zang Do Phelri of Phobrang and the market town bustling bazaar. Overnight hotel. (if you reach on Sunday there are a HAAT of local market)
Day 8: Kalimpong-Phuentsholing (7am-220km).
After an early breakfast departure for the Kingdom of Bhutan by road along the Tista river to the “Coronation bridge” and transfer to hotel. En route visit tea plantation and villages. On arrival at Jaigaon formalities immigration etc. Afternoon visit to Phuentsholing, a thriving market town situated on the hills of the Himalayas, a perfect example of mixing and coexistence of cultures between India and Bhutan. Visit Zangtho Petri Lhakhang, a small temple built in the center of town, and stroll around the bustling market town.
Day 9: Phuentsholing-Thimpu (8h-180km).
After an early breakfast & proceed to to Thimphu. En route visit Kharbandi Gompa, a monastery located in a beautiful tropical garden with a beautiful panoramic view over the plains of West Bengal. Continue drive to Thimpu via Gedu, en route lunch. On arrival at the hotel late afternoon check in, free time for personal discovery of the town and its market.
Day 10: Thimpu Sightseeing:
After breakfast commence full day local sightseeing of Thimphu as National Library and its large collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts, The National Institute of Traditional Tibetan Medicine, a School of Painting Tangka, a Traditional Workshop, the Memorial Chorten stupa which without interruption the faithful are murmuring incantations turning their prayer wheels and the oldest monastery Chang Gang Kha Lakhang. Later afternoon visit Tashichho Dzong. Overnight at Thimphu.
Day 11: Thimphu-Punakha (3h-70km) Over Dochula Pass
Route for Punakaha (3h) by Dochula Pass the 108 stupas, you’ll have a spectacular view of the highest Himalayan peaks (up to 3088m). Arrival former capital Punakha, the winter residence of the Je Khenpo. Visit Punakha Dzong, the former political center of Bhutan.
Day 12: Punakha-Paro (4hrs-110km)
Early morning departure to Paro (5h). Visit Ta Dzong, which was once the “Watchtower”, which is now the national museum (rich collection of ancient paintings Tangkha, textiles, armor, etc..). Walk to Rinpung Dzong, “the fortress of jewels.”
Day 13: Paro (Taktsang Monastery 3 H Trek).
After an early breakfast or pick nick commence drive to base of Taktsang Monastery (Tiger Nest). If you start early it will be worth full for good view and avoid the crowd. Taktsang Monastery (one of the most famous monasteries in Bhutan, meditation place of Guru Rinpoche) and ruins of ancient fortress Drukgyel Dzong. Later free time to explore the local market etc.
Day 14: Paro – Delhi or Kolkata or Kathmandu (Flight).
Breakfast at hotel, later transfer to Paro airport, board onward flight to Delhi / Kolkata or Kathmandu. Our services will be terminate at Paro airport.