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Sikkim & Bhutan

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Highlight of Tour

North-East with Bhutan India, a tour package of 11 nights and 12 days has been designed in such a manner that along with visiting the famous places of northeast India, you will also visit the attractions of the Kingdom of Bhutan. The destinations that you will explore include Darjeeling, Gangtok, Pelling, Phuentsholing, Thimpu and Paro. During the tour, you will get a chance to visit several tourist attractions, explore the forts and various monasteries, and admire the natural beauty and much more.

Cities We Cover

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Highlights

  • View spectacular sunrise from Tiger Hill in Darjeeling.
  • Enjoy a toy train ride up to Ghoom from Darjeeling.
  • Short-trip to Pemanyangste Monastery, the oldest Buddhist monastery in Sikkim.
  • Visit the world famous Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok.
  • A day-trip to the beautiful Yumthang Valley.
  • Guided tour of the National Library of Thimphu.
  • Drive to Dochula to view snow-capped mountain peaks.
  • Explore the magnificent structures of Drukgyal Dzong and Rinpung Dzong in Paro.

Price Includes

  • 11 Night's accommodation at listed hotels.
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Air Condition transportation for all Private Transfers & Sightseeing.
  • English speaking guide for sightseeing excursions in each city.
  • Assistance on arrival at each city.
  • Packed drinking water during the rides, tours & excursion.
  • All kind of taxes related to package.
  • 24/7 on-tour assistance in India.

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare & Domestic air fare and entrance fee to monuments.
  • Any kind of personal Expenses such as like tips, Porter, Laundry & phone calls & Video/Still.
  • Camera charges.
  • Travel insurance & Visa.
Itinerary

Day 1Bagdogra Airport – Gangtok

On arrival at Bagdogra Airpor(500Ft / 152 Mts), you will be met by our local representative who will assist you to board your vehicle to Gangtok (5500 Ft / 1677 Mts 130 kms / 04-05 hrs). Evening free to explore the town.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 2Gangtok

After breakfast go out for sightseeing covering Rumtek Monastery, Droul Chorthen, Research Institute of Tibetology, Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom (Closed on Sunday), Flower Show & Enchey Monastery. Evening free to explore Gangtok.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 3Gangtok – Pelling

Transfer to Pelling (6100 Ft / 1890 Mts, 116 kms / 5 hrs).

Overnight at hotel

Day 4Pelling

After breakfast we proceed for Pelling sightseeing covering Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabdentse ruins, Chenrezig Statue & Skywalk. After early Lunch proceed for sightseeing of Khecheopalri Lake (6000 Ft / 1829 Mts).

Overnight at hotel.

Day 5Pelling – Darjeeling

Transfer to Darjeeling (7380 Ft / 2250 Mts, 125 kms / 5 hrs.). Evening free to explore the town.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 6Darjeeling

Early morning tour to Tiger Hills (8364Ft / 2550Mts at around 4AM) to view sunrise over Kanchenjunga Peak (subject to clear weather). On way back visit Ghoom Monastery. After breakfast visit to Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (Closed on Thursday), Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tibetan Refugee self-help (Closed on Sunday) Center & Tea Estate.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 7Darjeeling – Phuentsholing

After early breakfast at hotel, transfer to Phuentsholing ( 190 kms/6 hour’s drive).

On arrival in Phuenthsoling you shall be received by your guide, then check into hotel.

In the evening, walk around the Phuentsholing town, visit the Zangtopelri Lhakhang in the town Centre or simply relax in the Hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 8Phuentsholing to Thimphu

Driving Distance – 176 Km. | Driving time – 5 to 6 Hr | Altitude of Thimphu – 2350 m.

After breakfast, process your permits (if not done on the previous day) and the drive to Thimphu. On the way visit the Kharbandi Goemba just as you leave Phuentsholing town and then drive further to Thimphu. The travel from Phuentsholing to Thimphu shall bring you across diverse flora and fauna, beautiful landscapes and other elements of nature such as water falls.

You shall also see hoe the plains become small foothills and then the big Himalayan slopes.

On arrival in Thimphu, explore the Thimphu town. The only capital city in the world without traffic lights.

Also visit the Tashichhodzong. The Dzong is the seat of the National Government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) at present.

Overnight in hotel.

Day 9Thimphu Sightseeing

After a leisure breakfast, your sightseeing for the day includes-

Sangaygang view point (2685 meters): You can have a very good view of whole Thimphu valley from this place. Walking through the hundreds of colorful prayer flags that dot the hill could be another good experience.

Takin Preserve Centre: Takin, the national animal of Bhutan can be seen here. This particular animal is found only in the Himalayan region.

Changangkha Monastery: This monastery is built on a hill overlooking the Thimphu valley. It was built in 15th Century by Lama Phajo Drugom Zhipo. Many parents of Thimphu take their new born babies to this monastery to be blessed by a high lama.

Folk Heritage Museum: Founded by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck the museum is one of a kind that portrays the lifestyle of a family in the Thimphu valley in the olden days. This is a three storied, 19th century traditional house giving an insight to the Bhutanese lifestyle, and artifacts from the rural households. The museum contains typical Bhutanese household objects, tools and equipment.

A typical Bhutanese Lunch at the Folk Heritage Restaurant shall be a good experience.

The Institute for Zorig Chusum: Zorig Chusum means the thirteen traditional arts and crafts. Students are taught the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan in this institute.  (Closed on Govt Holidays and during institute breaks)

The Institute of Traditional medicine: Medicines are prepared according to the Tradition practices in this institute. People are also treated here in traditional ways. (Closed on Govt Holidays)

Kuenselphodrang: A place for refreshing with a huge statue of Buddha. The area also gives a very good view of the Thimphu Valley from the west. The place also consists for biking trail and has a picnic spot.

National Memorial Chhorten: This Chhorten was built in the honor of the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, also known as “The Father of Modern Bhutan”. This Chhorten was built in 1974 in a typical Tibetan style. This Chhorten is also a center of worship for the people living in Thimphu and contains many religious paintings and tantric statues. Lighting Butter lamps and circumambulating the chhorten can be a great experience and a good way to earn merits as per Buddhist beliefs.

Overnight in hotel

Day 10Thimphu – Paro

(Distance: 65 km / Driving Time: 1.5 hr / Altitude of Paro: 2280 m)

After breakfast drive to Paro. On the way, you may opt for a short hike to visit the Tamchog Lhakhang dedicated to the 13th century saint Thangthong Gyalpo, the iron chain bridge builder. The old iron Chain bridge on the way with its swaying and undulating movements can be quite an experience. The place also give a very good photography options.

Further on the way to Paro, stop at the Paro Airport View Point. Enjoy the view and the soothing breeze for a while. Check in at the hotel.

Afternoon, visit the Ta Dzong which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan with an excellent collection of arts, relics, religious thangka, etc.

Then visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong which literally means the “fortress of the heap of jewels”. The Dzong now serves as the administrative and judicial seat of Paro Dzongkhag. In the evening, explore the Paro Town.

Overnight in Paro.

Day 11Paro

After breakfast, hike to the Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The primary lhakhang was built surrounding Guru Rinpoche’s Meditation cave in the 1684 by Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer Rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below.

After lunch, visit the Kyichhu Lhakhang. This temple is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Bhutan. The Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo miraculously built 108 temples to consecrate the entire region of Himalaya in the 7th century. Kyichhu Lhakhang is considered to be one of them.

Overnight in hotel.

Day 12Departure

After breakfast, drive to Airport and farewell.

Notes:

The comfort, convenience and interest of the travelers is very important to us. We are flexible with the itinerary. Sightseeing can be done as per the convenience and interests of the guests. If it is of interest to the guest, they may choose to visit places that may not be in the itinerary, except for the change of overnight destination.

Please note that some of the sites may be closed on government holidays and certain occasions. In such cases you shall be given options for other sightseeing or experience options.

The itinerary can be customized as per the requirements of the travelers for any duration or within any destination and can be combined with any kind of activities such as trekking, rafting, walking tour, cycling, etc. Extra Cost may be applicable for some of the activities.

If any such interests are not included in the itinerary it will have to be confirmed beforehand at the time of confirmation of the tour.

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