|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 :
Places Visit : Delhi or
or Delhi Dep.
Duration : 14 Nights
Best Time : Except June-July-Aug.
Day 1: Arrival Delhi or Kolkata, and
transfer to hotel.
Installation and overnight stay.
Day 2 : Kolkata : Visit this city of vivid contrasts, a
curious mixture of old and new, east and west, giving Kolkata charm in
a breathtaking excitement and confusion. Lunch specialties Bengali. You
will find the memorial of Queen Victoria, one of the finest museums in
Asia, St. Paul's Cathedral and the "Indian Museum, one of the best
collections of Indian art and temple of Kali (Kalighat), who gave his
name in Calcutta and the memorial of Mother Teresa.
Delhi : Visit Old and New Delhi combined sightseeing, Red Fort, Raj
Ghat (Gandhi Memorial) Akshardham Swainarayan Temple, Government
Buildings, Humayuns Tomb, Qutab Minar, & Lotus temple.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Kolkata OR Delhi -Bagdogra (Flight) - Darjeeling (4h-95km).
Flight to Bagdogra and transfer by bus t or jeeps 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
Day 4: Darjeeling.
Early morning 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. Dinner with the
Day 5 : Darjeeling-Pemayangtse-Pelling
After breakfast drive to Pelling (Sikkim), Pelling the town with a
magnificent view of the Khangchendzonga. 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 6: 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 7: Gangtok.
The morning 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 8: 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
Day 9: Kalimpong-Phuentsholing (7am-220km).
Departure for the Kingdom of Bhutan by road along the Tista river to
the "Coronation bridge" and transfer to hotel. The 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
Day 10: Phuentsholing-Thimpu (8h-180km).
Road to Thimphu. Visit Kharbanda Gompa, a monastery located in a
beautiful tropical garden with a beautiful panoramic view over the
plains of West Bengal. Arrival at the hotel late afternoon, free time
for personal discovery of the town and its market.
Day 11: Thimpu. Sightseeing: 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
Day 12: Thimpu-Punakha (3h-90km)
Route for Punakaha (3h) by Dochula Pass the 108 stupas, you'll have a
spectacular view of the highest Himalayan peaks (up to 3088m). Arrive
former capital Punakha, the winter residence of the Je Khenpo. Visit
Punakha Dzong, the former political center of Bhutan.
Day 13: 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 14: Paro.
Walking (6am) until Taktsang Monastery (one of the most famous
monasteries in Bhutan, meditation place of Guru Rinpoche) and ruins of
ancient fortress Drukgyel Dzong.
Day 15: Paro-Calcutta-Paris (flight).
Free until transfer to airport for your return flight to Calcutta or
Delhi, rest of the time leisure for individual activities, later in
time dep. transfer to airport return flight home.