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Duration: 15 Days 14 Nights
Description : Places: Kolkata, Darjeeling, Pelling, Gangtok. Bhutan: Phuntsholing, Paro, Punakha and Thimpu

DAY 01: KOLKATA
Upon Arrival at Airport, You will be met by our Representative and Transferred to Hotel
Rooms will be reserved from today to ensure immediate occupancy.
Check-in at the Hotel.

(KOLKATA: The City was founded 300 years ago out of 3 villages namely Sutanati, Gobindapur and Kolikata. Once the capital of British India, the capital of undevided Bengal and now the capital of West Bengal since Independence. Kolkata, on the east bank of river Hooghly, retains the aura of days long gone, weaving the past and the present, the intense and the fun loving.)

Afternoon: City sightseeing includes Jain Temples – these temples are the true picture of magnificient art & architecture of India. Victoria Memorial – a splendid monument in white Makrana marble. Built in Italian Renaissance cum Saracenic style, Victoria Memorial was planned by Lord Curzon and opened by the Prince of Wales in 1921 is dedicated to Queen Victoria and houses a fantastic collection of rare memorabilia from Colonial days. Drive past Howrah Bridge, Dalhousie Square, Fort Willams, Secretariat Building and Old Court House Street.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kolkata

DAY 02: Kolkata – Bagdogra (By Flight) – Darjeeling (90 Km. by Car)
Breakfast at the Hotel
Transfer to Airport
Leave by Flight for Bagdogra Airport
Upon arrival at Bagdogra Airport, you will be met by our local representative & transferred to Darjeeling.

(DARJEELING: In the early 1840s it was noticed that the climate of Darjeeling was very conducive to the growth of tea. Tea plantations were established and have expanded all over the area today because of growing demand. The services of Chinese experts were then requisitioned to teach the art of tea making.. Darjeeling tea, which had a premium value in the international market, began to be called the ‘Champagne of the East’ and for years formed the mainstay of the economy of this area. To this day, the name ‘Darjeeling’ continues to be synonymous with tea.)

After Arrival in Darjeeling, Check-in at the Hotel
Rest of the Day Free
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Darjeeling

DAY 03:DARJEELING
Early morning, you will visit Tiger Hill before the break of dawn, to see the sun rise over Mount Everest, the highest mountain peak in the world (subject to clear weather).
A steep ride, five kilometers from Ghoom, or an invigorating walk up a steep incline, leads sun worshippers to Tiger Hill. The air is chilly with darkness and damp. To the east, a dull orange sun emerged painting the sky with brilliant strokes of magenta, gold, orange and fuchsia. View the snow capped Everest, Kabru, Kanchenjunga and other peaks.

On your way back, stop at the Ghoom Monastery, the holiest monastery in Darjeeling.
Breakfast at the Hotel

After breakfast, you will be driven to the Darjeeling Railway station to board train – Darjeeling Himalayan Railway that is the first, and still the most spectacular instance of a hill passenger railway. UNESCO World Heritage Committee has inscribed the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway on the list of World Heritage sites. Only two railways have this status, the Semmering Railway in Austria being the other.

Passing through the Darjeeling roads and market area, you will reach the Ghoom railway station in about 45 minutes. Ghoom situated at 7410 Feet above sea level is the second highest railway station to be reached by a steam engine. Your vehicle will pick you up from the Ghoom railway station to take you to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (closed on Thursdays) and the Himalayan Zoo (closed on Thursdays) with Red panda as the main attraction of the visit. Also Visit Tibetan refugee help centre where you would see how this refugee camp supports the homeless.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Darjeeling

DAY 04: DARJEELING – PEMYANGTSE [90 KMS / 04. HRS]
Breakfast at the Hotel.
Today drive from Darjeeling to Pemyangtse. It’s a journey through the beautiful countryside, visiting a tea plantations en-route. During this drive you will cross the Sikkim border.

(PEMYANGTSE: {Pelling} the laid back, scenic, but rapidly swelling hamlet is situated at 2,085 m above sea level about 2 km beyond Pemayangtse.  Pelling is famous for the magnificent view of the snow-capped mountains of Khangchendzonga. High above the forest covered hills, in an amphitheatre of cloud, snow and rock, the entire route from Yuksam over Dzongri La to the Rathong Glacier can be seen.)

After Arrival, Check-in at the Hotel
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Pelling/Pemyangtse

DAY 05: PEMYANGTSE – GANGTOK [177 KMS / 5.5 HRS.]
Breakfast at the Hotel.
Visit the Pemayangtse Monastery the second oldest of its kind in Sikkim. The walls and ceiling of the large prayer hall have numerous thangkas and wall paintings, and there is an exceptional collection of religious artworks including an exquisite wooden sculpture on the top floor depicting the heavenly palace of Guru Rimoche. Visit the Kheopalry Lake nearby.
Proceed onwards to Gangtok

(GANGTOK: Gangtok is Sikkim’s largest city. It served as the royal administrative seat of the Kingdom of Sikkim from 1894 to 1975. The Chogyal’s durbar (king’s palace) crowns the ridge, naturally facing Kanchenjunga, and the yellow roof of the Tsuklakhang or Royal Chapel gleams from far across the valley.)

After Arrival, Check-in at the Hotel
Rest of the Day Free
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Gangtok

DAY 06: GANGTOK
Early Morning: Visit Tashi View Point to view the panoramic view of Mount Kangchenjunga.
Breakfast at the Hotel

After breakfast, Visit Rumtek Monastery, the seat of the Karmapa Rinpoche, head of the Karmapa sub-sect of the Kargyudpa order of Tibetan Buddhism. The new four-level gompa was designed as a replica of the Kargyudpa’s head monastery of Tolung in Tibet. Rumtek’s monks come from all over Sikkim, India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. Thangkas and frescoes decorate the walls of this ancient monastery, renovated in 1960’s. Built on the flank of a ridge, Gangtok is at 5500 feet above sea level. The town’s unique ambience derives from the happy blend of tradition and modernity. Proceed onwards Enchey Monastery – an important seat of the Nyingmapa order, the Enchey Monastery is built on the site blessed by Lama Druptok Karpo, a tantrik master known for his power of flying. Your visits of the day ends with the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (closed on Sundays). The most prestigious of its kind in India, this Buddhist institute is a treasure of vast collection of rare Lepcha, Tibetan & Sanskrit manuscripts, statues and rare thanks (tapestries used in Buddhist liturgy). It is over 200 Buddhist icons and other prized objects of art. Today it is a renowned worldwide centre for Buddhist philosophy and religion.

Afternoon: FREE
Overnight stay at Hotel in Gangtok

DAY 07: GANGTOK – PHUNTSOLING [230 KMS / 06 HRS,]
Breakfast at the Hotel.
T0-day, we will begin our journey to Phuntshilong (Bhutan Border).
Our Bhutan Representative, will meet you at the Border and Transfer to Thimpu.
After Arrival, check-in at the Hotel
Rest of the Day Free
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Phuntsholing

DAY 08: PHUNTSOLING – THIMPHU [260 KMS / 07 HRS.]
Breakfast at the Hotel
Drive to Thimpu – modern capital town of Bhutan
Evening: visit National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the Father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Thimpu.

DAY 09: THIMPHU
Breakfast at the Hotel
City sightseeing of Thimphu: visit of National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion;
Textile and Folk Heritage Museum.
Afternoon: visit Trashichhodzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body.
Evening: visit Handicrafts Emporium: This government-run enterprise displays a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. It also carries a small collection of books on Bhutan, Buddhism and Himalayan culture.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Thimphu

DAY 10: THIMPHU / PUNAKHA (75 Kms, 3 Hrs Drive)
Breakfast at the Hotel
Drive to Punakha passing through the Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies you can see from this pass Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m. You can also see
Wangduephodrang Dzong, the majestic fort sitting on top of the hill at the confluence of Punakha Chhu and Tang Chhu rivers, the Dzong is town’s most visible features.

After Arrival, Check-in at the Hotel
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Punakha

DAY 11: PUNAKHA
Breakfast at the Hotel
Morning visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body. The first King, Ugyen Wangchuck was crowned here in 1907. The fortress has withstood several damages from fire, earthquake and flood. The latest flood of Oct’ 1994 caused great damages to the fortress but miraculously spared the statue of Buddha Jojampa.

Also visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chhorten: A beautiful hike takes one to the regal Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Chorten, which was built to remove negative forces and promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Punakha

DAY 12: PUNAKHA/ PARO (125 km, 4.1/2 hours drive)
Breakfast at the Hotel
Drive to Paro. After Arrival, Check-in at the Hotel

Afternoon: visit Ta Dzong: once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum in 1968. It holds fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. The museum circular shape augments its varied collection displayed over several floors

Afterwards, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which has a long and fascinating history. Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in the spring.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Paro

DAY 13: PARO
Breakfast at the Hotel
Excursion to Taktshang Monastery (5hrs hike) :It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime.

Afternoon: Visit Drukgyel Dzong:  This Dzong, with a delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. Historically and strategically this Dzong withstood all its glory and was featured in 1914 vide National Geographic magazine.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Paro

DAY 14: PARO – KOLKATA [FLIGHT]
Breakfast at the Hotel
Transfer to Airport
Leave for Kolkata/Delhi
Upon arrival at Kolkata/Delhi. Check-In at Hotel.
Overnight stat at the hotel

DAY 15: DEPARTURE KOLKATA/Delhi [BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT]
Breakfast at the Hotel
Transfer to International Airport
Leave for Sweet Home