Starting in Bagdogra, West Bengal, travel through the tea plantations and hill stations of this mystical area of India. Meet friendly villagers, visit awe-inspiring monasteries and explore beautiful countryside along the way.
Then head into the mysterious lands of Bhutan and gaze in wonder at the mountainous horizons that lie before you. See ancient sites, including the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery, and experience what makes the 'Land of the Thunder Dragon' so special. End your journey in Paro.
This is just a suggested Itinerary. Please speak to our experienced consultants who can tailor make this trip to your needs.
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• Visit the sacred Khechepori Lake, considered by locals as resembling the holy footprints of the goddess Tara
• Visit the impressive Rinpung Dzong, one of the finest examples of Bhutan architecture
• Enjoy a day walk to the 'Tiger’s Nest', the sacred Taktshang monastery which clings to the rock face 900 metres above the valley floor
These are just suggested inclusions. Please speak to our experienced consultants who can tailor make this trip to your needs.
11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners in India, full board in Bhutan
17 nights hotel
Private car with driver
Arrive in Bagdogra and enjoy wonderful mountain scenery during your transfer to Kurseong, a quiet picturesque hill station surrounded by tea gardens and Buddhist monasteries. Kurseong is a popular stopover on the way to Darjeeling and is perfect for nature and birding enthusiasts seeking authentic culture and off the beaten track experiences.
Cochrane Palace or similar
Enjoy a morning tour of a nearby tea plantation followed by an afternoon ride on the UNESCO toy train from Kurseong to Darjeeling, crossing spectacular scenery of forested hills and terraced tea gardens.
Villa Everest or similar
Drive to Tiger Hill, the highest point in Darjeeling hills, and watch the sunrise over the third highest mountain in the world - the mighty Kanchenjunga. Then, visit Ghoom monastery, also known as Yiga Choeling Monastery.
Villa Everest or similar
Feast your eyes upon unbeatable panoramic views of the Mount Kanchendzonga range and be greeted by cheerful and friendly villagers. Enjoy delicious local organic food and drinks before enjoying a walk through the beautiful valley of terraced paddy fields.
Ghondey Village Resort or similar
Drive to Pelling where you will visit the awe-inspiring ancient monastery of Pemayangtse, one of the most important monasteries in Sikkim at over 300 years old.
Norbugang Resort of similar
Drive to the sacred Khechepori Lake, considered by locals as resembling the holy footprints of the goddess Tara. It is said that the water is so clear due to birds keeping it clear from leaves and debris to preserve its sacredness. Later, trek to the tiny hill town of Yuksom for some relaxation amidst beautiful surroundings.
Tashigang Hotel or similar
Visit the gold-topped monastery in Tashiding, high on a conical hill with panoramic views over the Rathong Chu and Rangeet rivers. End the day in the small village of Kewzing, known as the 'land of wheat fields', situated in a beautiful setting of rice terraces.
Visit the Rumtek monastery, brightly painted with beautiful murals. Continue to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, perched high on a ridge and inhabited predominantly by Buddhists.
Tintaley Eco Resort or similar
Drive to Kalimpong, a hill station with superb mountain views and famous flower nurseries. Your guesthouse, an orchid farm situated in a botanical park, provides a great base to explore the surrounding area – by foot or bike.
Cinderella Hotel or similar
Transfer to Bagdogra airport for your flight to Paro - the gateway to Bhutan. Upon arrival at Paro airport you will be driveb along the Paro and Thimphu river valleys to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital at 2320 metres. On the way visit Tamchhog Lhakhang monastery with its famous iron suspension bridge.
Jumolhari Hotel or similar
Visit the weekly market, the revered Memorial Stupa (Thimphu Chorten), the National library and the school of Traditional Arts. In the afternoon you can visit Simtokha Dzong, one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan, or visit the Takin Reserve, showcasing the unique national animal, the Takin. Alternatively, visit the local handicraft market - just let your guide know what you would like to do.
Jumolhari Hotel or similar
Drive to the old capital Punakha, via the 3030 metre high Dochu La pass, where we will stop to enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the Eastern Himalaya ranges. Walk across terraced fields to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility) and in the afternoon visit the Punakha Dzong, the Palace of Great Happiness.
Meri Puensum or similar
Walk up to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten where you will enjoy beautiful views of the Punakha Valley. Drive up to the Chele La pass at 3800 metres to catch a tremendous view of Moutn Jomolhari to the north as well as down to the Haa valley.
Ugumwara Resort or similar
Visit the impressive Rinpung Dzong, one of the finest examples of Bhutan architecture. Watch a demonstration of traditional wood turning skills by local artisans and have a go yourself as well. Later, visit the 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, a temple of historical significance.
Udumwara Resort or similar
Enjoy a day walk to the 'Tiger’s Nest', the sacred Taktshang monastery which clings to the rock face 900 metres above the valley floor. Accessible only by mountain paths, the Tiger's Nest is so-called due to the legend of Guru Padmasambhava who flew to the mountains on the back of a tigress from Khenpajong, Tibet.
Udumwara Hotel or similar
Transfer to Paro airport. Flight to New Delhi for onward journey.
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