Magical Himalayan Kingdom
Magical Himalayan Kingdom
Magical Himalayan Kingdom 15 day tour of India, Nepal and Bhutan covers Kolkata - Bagdogra - Darjeeling - Thimphu - Gangtok - Kalimpong - Phuentsholing - Thimphu - Punakha - Paro and Kathmandu.Get best holiday deals on Himalayan India, Bhutan and Nepal tour.
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Day 01: Arrive – Kolkata Meet and greet at the airport by Carmel representatives and transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Kolkata – Bagdogra – Darjeeling (By Flight / 90Kms/03 hrs) Morning transfer to the airport to board the flight to Bagdogra. On arrival meet and straight drive to Darjeeling. On arrival check into the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Darjeeling This morning start your Darjeeling Darjeeling tour of this fascinating town by driving out to Tiger Hill which at 2,590m is the highest viewing point in the area and is famous for its magnificent dawn views. Later visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute which displays equipment used on the famous Tenzing-Hillary Everest climb, the Himalayan Zoo, Tibetan Self-help Centre set up to safeguard the culture of China’s Tibetan refugees and the Happy Valley Tea Estate. In the afternoon take a ride on the Darjeeling Mountain Railway to visit the Yiga-Choling Monastery near Ghoom, built in 1875, houses famous Buddhist scriptures and enshrines an image of the Maitreya Buddha which has precious stones, diamonds and gold kept in its base. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Darjeeling – Gangtok ( 115 Kms/03 hrs) After breakfast drive through the hills, paddy fields and small villages before arriving in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. The town profits from a spectacular setting with fine views of the Kangchenzenga Range. On arrival check into the hotel. Evening stroll in the market to see the local life. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Gangtok Today it is a scenic 75kms drive to Tsomgo Lake which is located on the Nathu La Highway, the original trade route to Lhasa. This holy lake is completely frozen in winter and there are excellent views of the Kangchendzonga Range from the nearby ridge. After a leisurely walk around the lake return to Gangtok to further explore the town. Places of interest include the unique Research Institute of Tibetology established in 1958 to promote research on Tibet and Mahayana Buddhism as well as the Enchey Monastery and the Tsuklakhang, or Royal Chapel, which is the major place of worship and is lavishly decorated. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Gangtok – Kalimpong ( 65 Kms/02 hrs) This morning leave Gangtok and drive to Kalimpong A remote hill station set in beautiful wooded mountain scenery, Kalimpong occupies a strategic position of past historical significance and was the main meeting point on the trade route to the old three ‘Closed Lands’ of Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal. Visit Kalimpong Kalimpong a few of the interesting monasteries in the town, the Ringkinpong Monastery has fantastic views and the Thongsa Gompa Bhutanese Monastery was built in 1692, as well as Doctor Graham’s Homes which was started by a missionary in 1900 when he admitted six needy children into his care. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Kalimpong – Phuentsholing ( 175 Kms/05 hrs) The main overland entrance to Bhutan, Phuentsholing is a fast developing town at the base of the Himalayan foothills. On your arrival in Jaigaon, the India border settlement, leave your driver and continue through the immigration procedures of both India and Bhutan. Once in Phuentsholing you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Phuentsholing – Thimphu (170 Kms/06 hrs) This morning meet your guide and begin the six hour journey to the Bhutanese capital Thimphu – a drive that will introduce you not only to the country but also to its vastly differing vegetation. As you pass the mountains you will cross through dense tropical teak and bamboo forest, characteristic of these lower altitudes, before ascending higher towards Thimphu and its more Spartan alpine vegetation. On arrival check into the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09: Thimphu This morning it is an early start to visit the bustling Thimphu market which attracts people from all over the region. Later this morning return to the town and begin your day of sightseeing at the Tibetan inspired National Memorial Chorten. Built in 1974 in honour of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck the third King of Bhutan. After lunch make a brief visit to the National Institute of Traditional Medicine where traditional medicines are researched, prepared and dispensed to the local Bhutanese before continuing onto the Trashi Chhoe Dzong. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Thimphu – Punakha ( 77kms/03 hrs) This morning leave Thimphu and continue east climbing steeply through oak, pine and rhododendron forests to the Dochu-La Pass, which, at 3,140 meters is the highest point of the journey. Crowned with prayer flags and a Chorten, on a clear day the panoramic view of the Bhutan Himalayas is spectacular. Afterwards, continue down to the semi-tropical Punakha. Later visit to the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu Rivers where you will have the opportunity to explore the Punakha Dzong. Completed in 1638 AD the Dzong has had numerous additions to its original structure – partly due to fires in the 1750s, mid-19th Century and, more recently in 1986 – and there are numerous chapels and temples within its walls. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Punakha – Paro ( 130Kms/03 hrs) This morning leave Punakha and drive to Paro the gateway of Bhutan. Later this afternoon visit to Drukgyel Dzong. Built in 1649 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, Drukgyel Dzong was originally constructed to reaffirm Bhutanese control over the important land route into Tibet and also to commemorate the defeat, in battle, of Tibetan invaders five years before. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Paro This morning drive through the Paro Valley to the base of the climb that leads to the famous Taktsang Monastery. A major pilgrimage site for the Bhutanese since Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal visited the monastery in 1646, Taktsang – or ‘Tiger’s Nest’ – is spectacularly located 900 meters above the valley floor perched on the edge of a cliff. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: Paro – Kathmandu (By flight) After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight to Kathmandu. On arrival meet and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy evening walk at the Durbar Square area. overnight at the hotel.
Day 14: Kathmandu Proceed for the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, is the historic seat of Shah Dynasty. The Durbar Square, with its old temples and places, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. Enjoy the tour to Swoyambhunath Stupa, atop the hillock is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal enlisted in the World Heritage Site. Also visit Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15: Kathmandu/Delhi Departure transfer to airport for flight back home