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Darjeeling & Last Kingdom of Himalayan

Kolkata – Darjeeling – Bhutan – Punakha – Thimpu – Kolkata – Onward Destination

Overview

On this incredible memorable tour with ancient traditions and treasures, we explore colorful Kolkata, before travelling in to the Himalayan foothills and onwards to Bhutan - the sole surviving Himalayan kingdom, shrouded in mystique, and steeped in history.

Tour Highlights

  • Tradition Indian welcome ceremony
  • Dalhousie Square and the Victoria Memorial
  • Visit to Parasnath Jain Temple
  • Enjoy the lively flower market
  • Visit to Heritage Rail Museum
  • Heritage Rail Museum
  • Enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage Toy Train
  • Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
  • Tiger Hill and the Mountaineering Institute
  • Visit to Darjeeling tea plantation
  • Visit to Tiger Hill to see the panoramic view of Sunrise
  • Paro and the Tiger’s Nest
  • Visit to Thimpu, Bhutan’s capital
  • Visit to Punakha Dzong

Tour Schedules
Duration 13 Nights / 14 Days
Fare Starting From $ 0
Season Apr - Sep 2017 and Oct 2017 - Mar 2018
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Day 01

Hotels Used

Destination Hotel Name Category Room Type
Kolkata The Oberoi Grand 5 star Deluxe
Siliguri Sinclairs 4 star Premium
Darjeeling Windermere Heritage standard
Phuentsholing Lhaki  4 star Standard
Paro Tigers Nest Resort 4 star Deluxe
Punakha RKPO Green Resort 4 star Standard
Thimpu DRUK Hotel 5 star Deluxe

Inclusions

Accommodation

  • 02 Night stay in Kolkata
  • 01 Night stay in Siliguri
  • 03 Night stay in Darjeeling
  • 01 Nights stay in Phuentsholing
  • 01 Nights stay in Paro
  • 02 Nights stay in Punakha
  • 02 Nights stay in Thimpu
  • 01 Night stay in Kolkata

Meal

  • 13 Breakfast at hotel
  • 06 Lunches at hotel
  • 13 Dinner at hotel

Transportation

  • All transfers & sightseeing by air conditioned vehicle
  • First class air condition fare from Kolkata to Siliguri
  • Toy train fare
  • Local trams fare in Kolkata
  • Monument entry fees wherever applicable as per the itinerary
  • English speaking local guided tour at all places
  • Porter Service at Railway Stations in Kolkata and Siliguri
  • All applicable taxes

Exclusions

Laundry, Insurance, Tips, hard drink, meal not specify in tour, Telephone Calls, Hard Drinks Still & Video Camera fees in Monuments and Expenses like Personal Nature

Abbreviations Used

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch & D = Dinner

Arrive Kolkata

Arrive meet and greet by our representative and transfer to Oberoi Grand hotel.Your home for 2 nights. Calcutta (Kolkata) – one of India's largest and most captivating cities. More than 300 years ago, Job Charnock, an English tradesman set up a trading post on the banks of the Ganga along the three-village nucleus. Gradually Europeans started setting up business and trade establishments, the moneyed class taking interest in banking and usury. The east India Company steadily encroached into matters of state. Overnight at stay at hotel.[D]

Day 02

In Kolkata

After a leisurely breakfast we begin exploring this magnificent metropolis. We see the city's Jain temple, brightly painted with pastel colors and adorned with intricate carvings. We continue through the surrounding maze of backstreets, where locals can be seen painstakingly sculpting statues to sacrifice at the nearby temples. The Parasnath Jain Temple is actually a complex of 4 temples. The interiors of the temple are lavishly decorated with high quality mirrors and glasses. The quintessential Jain temple chandeliers (JharBattis) decorate the ceilings adding beauty to the top.

Later we take the circular railway train to Prinsep Ghats is a Ghat built in 1841 during the British Raj, along the Kolkata bank of the Hooghly River in India providing a colorful insight into local life.The presence of the Hooghly River right next to it adds uniqueness and immense beauty. By far, the most iconic feature of this place is the Palladian porch that was built in the memory of James Princep - the renowned Anglo-Indian scholar and antiquary. The intricate Greek and Gothic inlays on this structure give off a brilliant look. [B,D]

Day 03

Kolkata – Siliguri

Early morning we enjoy a real treat as we visit Kolkata's lively flower market, where the streets are transformed in an explosion of bright colors. The market offers all varieties of flowers used for various purposes like weddings, festivals, pujas, birthdays, house warming parties, funerals, regular household needs etc. Later we return to the hotel for breakfast. We then transfer to the station, where we visit the Heritage Rail Museum before joining our train for the journey to New Jalpaiguri. On arrival we transfer by car to Siliguri in the foothills of the Himalayas, where we overnight stay in Siliguri [B,D]

Day 04

Siliguri – Darjeeling

Today we climb by Toy Trains of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) run along narrow gauge track passing through some of the most scenic mountain routes in the world. It has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since December 1999. The Journey start at 08.35 hrsfrom New Jalpaiguri and passes through SILIGURI JN – SUKNA – RANGTONG – TINDHARIA – GAYABARI – MAHANADI – KURSEONG – TUNG – SONADA – GHUM –Reach Darjeeling at 15.35 hrs. The journey offers breathtaking views of the mountains, valleys, forests, tea gardens and local villages on the way. As we climb higher, there is a noticeable change not only in the climate, but also the culture as colorful Buddhist prayer flags hang across the streets like bunting; Pastel-painted houses are stacked almost on top of each other as we approach the town.

Ghoom is the highest point on the route at an altitude of 7,404 ft. This is the highest railway station in Asia and second highest in the world. As the train has to ascend to such a height in about 80kms distance, there are sharp gradients, bends & curves on the way. The sharpest curve has a radius of 69 feet.Your home for 03 nights.[B,D]

Day 05

In Darjeeling

Early morning an excursion to Tiger Hill where early morning Sunrise displays a panorama of colors, beyond in the distance is the Himalayan Peaks India's highest mountain. The peak changes color with the sunlight, casting orange, red and pink hues on their surroundings. Later visit the famous Ghoom Monastery - The monastery is said to be built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso. It is considered to be one of the holiest monasteries as this was personally blessed by the renowned Tomo Geshe Rimpoche of Tibet. It is also said that the monastery keeps rare books on Buddhism. The monastery has a statue of the ‘Coming Buddha’ known as Maitreya Buddha.

Later we travel on the steam-hauled Toy Train to Ghum - the highest hill station in the area - and visit the town's Buddhist monastery. It's a 2-hour round trip from Darjeeling up to Ghum and back covering a total distance of 14 kms. Ghum is the highest altitude station on the Darjeeling Himalayan Rail track. Altitude of Ghum is 2225.7 meters (7407 ft). In the afternoon we visit Darjeeling's Mountaineering Institute, which is the final resting place of Tensing Norgay. We will also have the opportunity to see the Red Panda at Darjeeling Zoo. [B,D]

Day 06

Darjeeling Tea Plantation

For centuries Darjeeling has been famed as a tea-growing centre, and today we visit one of the town's authentic tea plantations for a guided tour. We see the lush, sloping hillsides where the tea is grown, before enjoying a tasting in the town's charming bazaar.

Tea Gardens & Majestic Snow Clade Mountains of the Himalayan Range, Darjeeling is famous for Tea. Tea drinkers all over the world must be constantly blessing the memory of the person who dedicated around 1840 that the climate of the Darjeeling region was very conducive to the growth of tea. [B,D]

Day 07

Darjeeling – Bhutan

Today marks our crossing into Bhutan. Perhaps best known for its 'Happiness Index', Bhutan is largely undiscovered by the outside world. Set deep in the Himalaya, Bhutan is free from pollution; more than half the country is protected as a nature reserve and the fresh mountain air is apparent the moment we cross the border. We enjoy lunch in the town of Phuentsholing before visiting the Grassmore village this afternoon . [B, L, D]

Day 08

Kharbandi Gompa

Today, we visit Kharbandi Gompa, a monastery surrounded by peaceful gardens of tropical plants. On a clear day, we are able to see the stunning mountains that surround this idyllic monastery. We then continue to Paro, where we stay for two nights at the tranquil Tigers Nest Resort. [B, L, D]

Day 09

Punakha

Today we take in one of Bhutan's most iconic landmarks by enjoying an optional climb to a viewpoint that looks over to the stunning Tiger's Nest monastery. We descend and enjoy lunch at a local farmhouse. Tonight we are treated to traditional Bhutanese entertainment. [B, L, D]

Day 10

In Punakha

We visit the mesmerizing Rinpung Dzong, a fortress monastery and a fantastic example of Bhutanese architecture. We also visit the National Museum, housed in a former watchtower of Rinpung Dzong, before taking the drive through the alluring mountain route to Punakha, where we spend tonight. Our journey takes us over the winding Dochula Pass. At 10,000ft, the pass offers unrivalled panoramas of the Himalayas, as well as 108 temples scattered across the hillsides. Here we see the memorial to those who lost their lives in the Chinese conflicts.[B, L, D]

Day 11-12

Punakha Dzong & Thimpu

Today we visit Chimi Lhakhang, a temple and monastery dedicated to the fertility rites of the tantric tradition. Later we enjoy a visit to the exceptional Punakha Dzong en-route to Thimpu, where we take an exploratory walk this evening.

We enjoy a tour of Thimpu. Among the highlights we see are the majestic Memorial Stupa, built for the monarchy. We visit the Folk Heritage Museum. We then proceed to Buddha Point, where an enormous Golden Buddha stands proudly on a hillside. Our final visit is to Thimphu's mighty 17th century Dzong, a striking fortress, and the seat of the government of Bhutan since the 1960's.[B, L, D]

Day 13

Paro – Kolkata Fly

Today we transfer to Paro for our flight to Kolkata, where we take a tour on arrival, exploring the city's highlights further. Here, we see the beautiful Dalhousie Square, an area created as the centre of the British East India Company's trading post. We also take in the Jain Temple and South Park Street Cemetery. [B, L, D]

Day 14

Fly Home Town

Today transfer to the airport at Kolkata for our scheduled flight to Home Town [B]

Hotels Used

Destination Hotel Name Category Room Type
Kolkata The Oberoi Grand 5 star Deluxe
Siliguri Sinclairs 4 star Premium
Darjeeling Windermere Heritage standard
Phuentsholing Lhaki  4 star Standard
Paro Tigers Nest Resort 4 star Deluxe
Punakha RKPO Green Resort 4 star Standard
Thimpu DRUK Hotel 5 star Deluxe

Inclusions

Accommodation

  • 02 Night stay in Kolkata
  • 01 Night stay in Siliguri
  • 03 Night stay in Darjeeling
  • 01 Nights stay in Phuentsholing
  • 01 Nights stay in Paro
  • 02 Nights stay in Punakha
  • 02 Nights stay in Thimpu
  • 01 Night stay in Kolkata

Meal

  • 13 Breakfast at hotel
  • 06 Lunches at hotel
  • 13 Dinner at hotel

Transportation

  • All transfers & sightseeing by air conditioned vehicle
  • First class air condition fare from Kolkata to Siliguri
  • Toy train fare
  • Local trams fare in Kolkata
  • Monument entry fees wherever applicable as per the itinerary
  • English speaking local guided tour at all places
  • Porter Service at Railway Stations in Kolkata and Siliguri
  • All applicable taxes

Exclusions

Laundry, Insurance, Tips, hard drink, meal not specify in tour, Telephone Calls, Hard Drinks Still & Video Camera fees in Monuments and Expenses like Personal Nature

Abbreviations Used

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch & D = Dinner

Official Partners
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