Delhi • Darjeeling • Gangtok • Kalimpong • Phuntsoling • Thimphu • Punakha • Paro • Delhi
Depart for Delhi, India.
Arrive Delhi. A representative from Exotic Journeys International Group will meet you in the arrival lounge and escort you to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
Enjoy a day of leisure or travel around Delhi, a city of immense past. It is dotted with hundreds of landmarks and has accumulated a tremendous heritage of art, architecture and culture.
Fly to Darjeeling, a sparkling hill resort perched at an altitude of 7,400 feet. The town is a maze of steps, terraces and exotic little bazaars, lovely villas, gardens and waterfalls.
For a spectacular view of sunrise behind the Mt Everest and Kanchenjunga, you will visit Tiger Hills followed by afternoon visit to Ghoom Monastery, Himalayan Zoo, Tibetan Center and Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.
Morning city tour visiting the Victoria Falls, Tenzing's House, Tea Estate, Tibetan Center, Gumbu Rock Garden.
Drive to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim ,driving along the side of the famous Teesta River. Sikkim has drifted through time and the life here is still quite and undisturbed. In a sense this is a vertical country with villages tucked on the slopes of high ridges. Visit Do Drul Chorten-the most sacred stupa that is surround by 108 prayer wheels, Deer Park and Orchid Sanctuary.
Today you will visit the sacred Rumtek and Enchey Monasteries, Cottage Industry and the city. Evening free for shopping at the Gangtok market.
Kalimpong is a medley of diverse mountain people – Nepalese, Tibetans, Bhutanese and Lepchas. Sightseeing tour includes Tharpa Choling, Buddhist Monastery, Lepcha Museum and Durpin Dara
Afternoon excursion to the famous Zang Do Palri monastery, Fo-Brang Gompa, Flower Nurseries and Sericulture Research institute.
Drive to Phuntsoling - the gateway to Bhutan. After city tour and lunch we will drive to Thimphu, Bhutan
The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten built in memory of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. Then visit the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices. After lunch, visit the National Library stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of Tanka painting. (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls) and the Folk Heritage Museum Finally visit the Trashichho dzong, the beautiful medieval fortress / monastery which houses most of the Government's office and the King's Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot
After breakfast, drive to Punakha, the former of Bhutan. Take a short walk to Chime Lhakhang through the village of Mestina, the Lhakhang is known for childless women to go and receive a magic wang (Blessing from the temple). Built in the 15th century by the Divine man Lama Drukpa Kunlay. Then visit the Punakha Dzong / fortress, an architectural masterpiece and situated strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. The dzong was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative center of the region.
After breakfast, drive to Paro. The beautiful terraced valley has many of Bhutan’s oldest temples. Drive through the valley and visit Paro Dzong with its traditional cantilever bridge over the Pa-chu (Paro River).
The Taktsang monastery is the most famous Bhutanese monastery in Bhutan. Perched on a cliff 900 meters above the valley, it is also known as "Tiger's Nest" because Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. He then meditated in a cave here for three months where the monastery was later built. The cave is said to be the origin of Buddhism in Bhutan
Fly to Delhi. Change planes.
(From Paro, you can also fly to Bangkok, Kathmandu or Kolkata depending on Druk Air / Bhutanese Airline flight schedules.)
|Departure Dates - 2018|
|Departure Dates - 2019|
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|Bhutan & Sikkim - 16 Days||Per Person|
|Double Occupancy||$ 3395.00|
|Single Room Supp.||$ 995.00|
|Airfare - Tour Itinerary||$ 631.00|
(Lunch and Dinner in Bhutan and Sikkim)
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