Sikkim & Bhutan (14n/15d)

Tiger Hill, Darjeeling

Tiger Hill, Darjeeling

Day 1 Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi in the early morning. Assistance upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 Delhi – Paro
Morning transfer to airport to board flight to Paro. Afternoon stroll around Paro town. Briefings on Bhutan over dinner. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 3 Paro
Morning sightseeing of Paro which includes The National Museum with a fascinating collection of art, relics, religious Thangka paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps; Rinpung Dzong (fortress of the heap of jewels) and Kichu Monastery dating back to 7th century. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 4 Paro – Tongsa
Morning drive to Tongsa via Dochula pass at 3050m to get a superb view of Himalayan Mountains and reach Punakha valley. Later visit Wangdi Phodrang Dzong founded by Shabdrung in 1638. Later drive across Pelela pass at 3300m to see Chomolhari and other peaks. Also visit Chendebji Chorten. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 5 Tongsa – Punakha
Today drive back to Punakha via Phobjikha valley a home of black necked cranes in winter. Visit Gangtoe Goemba, seat of the Peling tradition of Buddhism built in 1613. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 6 Punakha – Thimpu
Morning visit in Punakha includes the The Great 17th century Punakha Dzong; and Chime lhakhang, built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley. After lunch drive to Thimphu. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 – Thimpu
Visit the National Memorial Chorten. The school of arts and crafts; The National Library and its collection of ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 8 Thimpu – Phuntsholing
Morning drive to Phuntsholing, the gateway to Bhutan and the commercial hub bordering the Indian town of Jaigoan. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9 Phuntsholing – Kalimpong
Morning leave by surface to Kalimpong (approx 180 kms/6 hrs) the gateway of India. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Kalimpong city. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 Kalimpong – Gangtok
Morning drive to Gangtok en route visiting Rumtek Monastery. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Emchey Monastery, Tashiling and the Cottage Industries Institute. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 Gangtok – Pemyangtse
Early morning visit Tashi View Point. After breakfast drive to Pemyangtse enroute visiting Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, the Chorten (Memorial for the dead). Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 12 Pemyangtse – Darjeeling
Moring visit to Pamyangtse Monastery. Later leave by surface for Darjeeling (97 kms/4 hrs approx). On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13 Darjeeling
Early morning excursion to Tiger Hill to view sunrise. Take a toy train ride (subject to operations) to the Tibetan Monastery at Ghoom. Afternoon visit Darjeeling city. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14 Darjeeling – Bagdogra – Delhi
Morning transfer to Bagdogra (approx 90 kms/3 hrs) airport to board flight to Delhi. Assistance on arrival and transfer to the International airport to board flight back home.

Day 15 Depart Delhi
Departure transfer to the airport to board your flight back home.

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