Sikkim And Bhutan Tour Package
Day 1: Arrive in Bagdogra – Darjeeling
Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport/NJP station meet our representative and transfer to Darjeeling, it takes about 3+ hours, the journey passes through small towns, villages and tea estates. After high tea in the evening take a stroll around Chowrastha Mall and into Bazaar area.
Overnight in Darjeeling.
Day 2: Sightseeing tour in Darjeeling
Before dawn, you have an option to hire/share a cab to visit Tiger hill for sunrise view (extra). After breakfast begin our sightseeing tour. Visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. Snow Leopard Breeding Centre, Tibetan Self-Help Center which boast of high quality Tibetan handicrafts and on the way back we will visit a tea estate. In the afternoon, visit Dali Gompa monastery and rest of the time is free to stroll around the town or take a toy train joy ride until Ghoom(Optional).
Overnight in Darjeeling.
Day 3: Darjeeling – Gangtok
Drive through the tea gardens and descend through sub-tropical Teesta valley and enter Sikkim at Rangpo. After permit formalities, continue drive to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. (Total 4-5hr). In Gangtok visit Namgyal Institute of Tibetology a repository of Tibetan works, iconography and religious arts and the nearby Deorali Dodrul Chorten surrounded by 108 prayer wheels. In the evening walk through the iconic MG Marg, a Pedestrian Boulevard lined on both sides with interesting neon lit shops and also visit the Lal Bazaar vegetable and food market. .
Day 4: Gangtok Sightseeing
After breakfast, begin with a short walk to Flower Exhibition Center – wide arrays of orchids, some indigenous plants and flowers on display. Drive to Enchey monastery affiliated to Nyingmapa order of Tibetan Buddhism and continue further uphill to reach view Points such as Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok and Tashi view point which overlooks gorgeous view below. On the way back visit the Directorate of Handloom and Handicraft which houses workshops for carpet weaving, Black strap loom, Bamboo craft, Painting school followed by a museum and handicraft sale emporium. Afternoon is free to rest or pursue your own interests.
Overnight in Gangtok.
Day 5: Rumtek & Kalimpong
Drive for about an hour to Rumtek monastery on the opposite hilltop. This was the main seat of Karma Kagyu lineage in exile. The architecture itself is the replica of original monastery in Tsurphu Tibet. After visiting this famous monastery, drive to Kalimpong (3hr), another hill town with good views, bursting bazaar, and rich history. There are quite a lot to see so we begin with visit to Durpin Dara viewpoint, commanding panoramic view of the whole town, Teesta river below and the backdrop peaks. Favorable climate and conducive soil contributes in growth of horticulture extensively, so we’ll visit some of the Flower nurseries. Remnants of colonial era are still conspicuous in form of medieval Churches, homes and schools such as over century old Dr Grahams Homes campus. After the visit drive to Deolo hill, the highest point in Kalimpong with panoramic view of Kalimpong town and neighboring hills. On the way back stroll through the charming bazaar.
Overnight in Kalimpong.
Day 6: Kalimpong – Chalsa(Dooars)
Descend from the hills into Dooars, flanked by lush green sub-tropical vegetation, and tea gardens – originally planted by British. These lush green areas constitute the floodplains and foothills bordering Bhutan, Darjeeling and plains of Assam. It takes about 3hrs to reach Chalsa, on arrival check in to a resort. In the afternoon, explore the nearby tea gardens, local villages and the small bazaar area. Option is available to visit the nearby National Park and Wild Life Sanctuary. (Entrance fees and safari fee extra).
Overnight in Chalsa.
Day 7: Chalsa-Phuntsholing-Thimphu
After early breakfast, drive for about 2hrs through the plains and cross the border and enter into Phuentsholing, Bhutan. After completing immigration formalities, drive up the hills to the capital Thimphu, which takes another 5+hrs. En-route stop and visit Rinchending monastery and other villages and towns along the way. Thimphu being the capital has a lot of monuments and attractions – some contemporary and some medieval. Upon arrival, you can choose to rest or relax after long hours of drive or instantly get a feel of pulses of Thimphu by visiting Tashicho Dzong – the main government seat. Evening free to take a stroll around the town.
Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 8: Thimphu-Punakha
Early morning drive across spectacular Dochula pass (3100m) to Punakha valley. The pass separate Thimphu from Punakha valley. Take a brief stop at Dochula to experience the spell binding view of snow clad peaks of the Himalayas. Descend into sub-tropical and agrarian Punakha valley. Once there, visit astounding Punakha Dzong, one of most beautiful Dzong, located at the confluence of the two rivers. Late in afternoon embark on a short hike of 45 mins to visit Khamsum Chorten. The hike is the mixture of paddy field and village trail walk. The view of meandering Punakha River, terraced rice field and village below is simply spectacular.
Overnight in Punakha.
Day 9: Punakha – Thimphu
Visit Chhimi Lhakhang temple dedicated to saint Drukpa Kinley (15c) popularly known for his offbeat antics and jokes, and as protagonist in most of the local folklores. Drive further to Wangdue and visit the remains of its Dzong and continue to Thimphu. Upon arrival in Thimphu, we can begin with a visit to Memorial Chorten, Buddha Statue, Takin Reserve, Zilukha Nunnery, Textile musuem and the weekend market as per your interest and time.
Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 10: Thimphu – Paro
After breakfast visit the remaining sites of attractions if you have missed the previous day and drive to Paro. The drive to Paro takes a little more than an hour. Paro is one of serene and loveliest valley in Bhutan. Upon arrival, cross the archaic wooden cantilever bridge to visit Rinpung Dzong erstwhile fortress converted into office of district administration and monastic body now. Also visit nearby National Museum that houses some of finest specimen of Bhutanese arts. Then we drive short distance to visit some monasteries that define Paro such as Kichu & Dungtse Lhakang. Subsequently, walk into the village and visit a local farmhouse strike in conversation with locales to gain insights into their daily life.
Overnight in Paro
Day 11: Paro (Takstang trek)
Transfer to the trail head and hike to iconic Taktsang Monastery(Tiger’s Nest Monastery) one of the most sacred and pilgrimage sites for Himalayan Buddhist. One can marvel at its architecture and gravity defying location precariously clinging to a vertical granite cliff. There is an option to hire a mule or pony for the uphill part but you should be able to walk downhill. If for some reason, you are unable to visit Takstang, our Guide can arrange other suitable alternatives. Even after Taktsang, we may have time to visit some sights in Paro and to wander around charming township of Paro.
Overnight in Paro.
Day 12: Departure
Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight. Depending on the Druk Air schedule, you can fly to Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata or Kathmandu.