Nepal Bhutan, Darjeeling Sikkim tour offers unique travel opportunity in the Himalaya kingdom Bhutan. Geographical contrasts abound with a rich mixture of ecosystems ranging from sub tropical to the high mountain ranges, which hold a wide variety of endangered species, a wealth of flora and fauna, and the unique cultures and traditions of the people.
As one of the rarest and most unique of travel destinations, Bhutan offers the experience of the Buddhist tradition in a setting of unique architecture, and breathtaking Himalayan landscape. The friendly people of Bhutan share with you their traditional lifestyle untouched by outside influence. A trip to Bhutan is a unique opportunity to experience Himalayan Buddhist culture uninfluenced by the outside world.
Sikkim, a former Himalayan kingdom, now a state in India, is richly endowed with a prominently Buddhist culture dating back to the 7th century AD. Its unique location in the Himalayas and elevation ranging from 600 m to 8000m spread over an area of 7000 sq. km offers diverse flora and fauna ranging from sub-tropical to the alpine. Mt Khangchendzonga (8345m), the third highest mountain in the world and the guardian deity of Sikkim looms majestically throughout the trip. Darjeeling-“The Queen of the Himalayas” is a bustling tourist town renowned for its tea gardens, the Himalayan mountaineering Institute, the sunrise over the Himalayas from the Tiger Hill and imprints of the British Raj.
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Day 1: Fly to Paro - Thimpu
Fly to Paro in Kingdom of Bhutan. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Great Himalayas from the flight. Upon arrival at Paro Airport, you will be welcomed to Bhutan by your guide and drive to Thimpu through the Paro Valley. The drive from Paro to Thimphu is spectacularly scenic. If time permits, sightseeing tour is held.
Day 2: Thimpu - Punakha
Thimphu is the only in the world without traffic lights. Magnificent monasteries and Stupas in the valleys and mountain tops. Experience the Last Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom on Earth. Visit to the Memorial Chorten built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, Dupthop Lhakhang ( Monastery for the nuns), National Library and the painting school where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkhas ( sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). Visit the traditional Medicine institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices.
Day 3: Punakha - Wangdi - Paro
Drive to Wangdi Phodrang valley for sightseeing. Visit the only Dzong with wooden roof maintained in its ancient style. Walk around Wangdi town and have lunch. After lunch, drive to Thimphu. En-route, visit Simtokha Dzong, the first Dzong built in Bhutan by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel in 1629. Since 1961, it has been the institute for religious and classical studies. Drive back to Paro.
Day 4: Excursion to Taktsang Monastery
After breakfast, visit Drugyel Dzong, although mostly now in ruins. It was built in 1647 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel to commemorate the victory over Tibetan Invaders, which indicates by the name of the Dzong meaning Victorious Bhutanese Fort. Visit Drugyel High School and Kychu Lhakhang, the oldest monastery in the valley built in 7th. From this point we see the spectacular views of Mt. Jhomolhari which is considered sacred.
Then the guide will take you to the starting point of the hike to view the spectacular Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s lair). The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags.
Stop at the cafeteria for a rest and refreshments and continue the hike for short while until you see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the remains of Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. The history states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. Looking at the monastery flying tigers doesn’t seem so impossible after all.
Day 5: Paro -Phuntsholing
After breakfast, start your journey down south to Phuntsholing. It is about 180 kilometers of scenic drive that takes you from the alpine forest of pines and junipers to lianas, orchid and bananas. Within 6 hours of drive, the altitude will drop approximately 6,500 feet. Phuntsholing town is a bustling trading frontier for Indians, Bangladeshis and other business people who visit here to trade commodities with their Bhutanese counterparts. On your way you will have several stops for great photograph opportunities and will also visit Kharbandi Temple.
Check into your hotel and walk around the Bazaar and visit Zangto Pelri Temple located in the middle of the town. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 6: Phunsholing - Darjeeling
This morning you will be met by your guide from Sikkim. He will drive you through the Indian plains and gradually climbing uphill towards Darjeeling (2134 m). Evening- free to explore the markets.
Day 7: Sightseeing in Darjeeling
Today you have full day tour of Darjeeling, which includes Tibetan self help center, a center for training young people in the intricate art of Tibetan handicrafts and handloom. The sales emporium is open to visitors to pick up souvenirs. A joy rides on Darjeeling which is now recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO houses the rare and endangered Himalayan Fauna like the Red Panda, Black Bear Snow Leopard etc. in their semi natural habitat.
Day 8: Darjeeling - Pemayagtse
An early morning drive to view a spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas. On return from Tiger Hill visit the GHOOM MONASTERY, built in 1875 the Monastery which follow the Gelugpa sect, houses one of the largest statues of the Maitreya Buddha. After breakfast drive to Pelling crossing into Sikkim at Jorethang across the Rangit River.
After lunch in the hotel at Pelling, visit the 18th century Pemayangtse Monastery which follows the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Pemayangtse – he Sublime Lotus, also houses the famed Zangdopalri, a fascinating model of the celestial abode of Guru Padma Sambhava, crafted single-handedly out of wood by the late Dungzim Rimpoche.
Day 9: Pemmagtse - Yuksom- Ravangla.
The drive to Yuksom has a detour to Khecheodparli is also known as the wish fulfilling lake. This unusually calm lake, located in the midst of a dense forest is considered very sacred and no water sport or other activities besides prayers and worship are allowed around it.
Yuksom, which means the meeting place of three wise men, is a quaint little village where the history of present day Sikkim started with the coronation first king of Sikkim by three Buddhist monks in 1641 AD. A visit to Norbugang chorten and the Coronation throne, which have stood mute witness to this historic event. Enroute to Ravangla is the Tashiding a 30 minute walk from the road. The monastery is the most sacred and was considered the heart of Sikkim by the Buddhist saint Guru Padmasambhava.
The drive across the Rangit valley, one of the two major rivers of, through semi-tropical forests, cardamom plantations and quaint villages takes you to Ravangla. A stay at the Mt. Narsing Village Resort gives an experience of typical sikkimese countryside with a slow pace of life, great open spaces for walks and hikes, and fabulous mountain views, all with the warmth of the traditional Sikkimese hospitality.
Day 10: Ravangla – Gantok.
Drive to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, enroute visit observes the processing of one of the finest tea in the world. Under the majestic Mt. Khangchendzonga, the guardian deity of Sikkim, Gangtok is a happy blend of the traditional and the modern.
Day 11: Gantok Tour
Full day tour of Gantok, which includes Tashi view point, located 8 km beyond the town, this spot offers an absolutely breathtaking view of Mt. Khangchendzonga and its attendant peaks. Enchey Monastery: This 90 year old monastery on a hillock 2 km above the town follows the Nyingmapa sect and is the main monastery in Gangtok. Government Institute of cottage industry-this centre offers you the opportunity to observe the local artisans at work and the traditional skills being imparted to young boys and girls. If you want to take back souvenirs, the institute’s salesroom is well stocked with local handicraft and handloom products. Dodrul Chorten - one of the most important Stupas of Sikkim built by the late Venerable Trulsi Rimpoche in 1945-46, it contains a mandala of Dorji-Phurpa, holy texts, mantras and is encircled by 108 prayer wheels. Research Institute of Tibetology -situated close to the Chorten this institute is a repository of the largest collection of Tibetan artifacts outside Tibet. Also renowned worldwide for the study of Buddhist philosophy and religion, it is a treasure house of rare Thankas, Buddhist icon and objects of art. Rumtek Monastery -24 km drive to the opposite hill takes you to this magnificent monastery built by the late Gyalwa Karmapa, the head of the Kagyupa sect. This monastery has been built as an exact replica of the original Kagyu monastery in Tibet. It is also the international headquarters of the Karma Kagyu centres.
Day 12: Day trip to Tsomgo Lake.
Located east of Gangtok close to the Indo-Tibet border, Tsomgo Lake is a typically beautiful mountain lake at an altitude of 11980 ft. The journey to the lake offers a magnificent view of Mt.Khangchendzonga and other peaks of the Sikkim Himalayas. Return to Gantok.
Day 13: Gantok –Bagdora Airport.
After breakfast you will be driven to Bagdogra airport for your onward flight. Thanks for joining on Nepal Bhutan Darjeeling Sikkim tour; we hope you enjoy this very much.
Note:The daily tarrif per night for both the high season and the low season is set by the government of Bhutan. In addition; there is a government surcharge per night for individual travelers and for groups of two. For group of three or more there is no government surcharge.
Tourist low season rate: December to February and June to August.
1 pax group: USD 250 per night per person + surcharge of USD 40/night/person.
2 pax group: USD 250 per night per person + surcharge of USD 30/night/person
3 pax group and above: USD 250 per night per person, no surcharge.
Tourist high season rate: March to May and Sep to Nov.
1 pax group: USD 200 per night per person + surcharge of USD 40/night/person.
2 pax group: USD 200 per night per person + surcharge of USD 30/night/person
3 pax group and above: USD 200 per night per person, no surcharge.