India to Bhutan Tour

10 Days: Kolkata l Darjeeling l Gangtok l Phuentsholing l Thimphu l Punakha l Paro

On this incredible tour, travel through the fascinating and unspoiled northeast region of India - from Sikkim to the Land of the Thunder Dragon - Bhutan. Witness the contrasts between India’s vibrant capital of culture Kalkota and unspoilt natural beauty and laidback lifestyle of Gangkok. Explore wonderful Buddhist culture, architecture and colourful heritage, dramatic landscapes and unspoiled natural beauty in Bhutan.

Day 1 - 2 Kolkata

Arrive in Kolkata and transfer to your hotel. Kolkata was the former capital of British India. stroll between the faded colonial buildings and assorted religious monuments around Dalhousie Square. Visit the magnificent colonial Victoria Memorial. Experience contrasts the vibrant modern life with the traditional culture of Kolkata. Take an afternoon flight to Bagdogra for a scenic drive to Gangtok - the capital city of Sikkim state. The city is surrounded by mountains and forests filled with a wide variety of flora such maples, birches, magnolias, ferns and orchids. (1B/1L/1D)

Day 3 Gangtok

Visit the awe-inspiring Rumtek Monastery to see impressive displays of unique artifacts, ancient manuscripts and icons. Then see other cultural landmarks such as the Enchey Monastery, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Do Drul Chorten and witness more than 500 varieties of orchids at The Orchid Sanctuary. (B/D)

Day 4 Gangtok / Phuntsholing

In the morning transfer to border town - Phuentsholing - the gateway to Bhutan from India. After completing the visa formalities, cross the border to meet your Bhutanese guide. (B/D)

Day 5 Phuntsholing / Thimphu

Enjoy a scenic drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, through lush forested valleys, stop at Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the kingdom. (B/L/D)

Day 6 Thimphu

Visit the city’s landmark of Chorten (a huge Stupa) and the spectacular fortress Tashi Cho Dzong. See the world’s largest book at the Bhutan’s National Library, where a vast collection of ancient manuscripts are well preserved. Visit the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums, before seeing the unique animal Bhutanese Takin at Thimphu Zoo. (B)

Day 7 Thimphu / Punakha

Take a stunning drive to Punakha crossing the Dochula Pass (3,050m), which offers great views of the Himalayan peaks, stop at some of traditional villages on the way. Upon arrival, visit the imposing 17th century fort of Punakha Dzong, which lies between two rivers, meaning ‘Male River and Female River’. Last stop is Chimi Lhakhang Temple of ‘Divine Madman’. (B/L/D)

Day 8 Punakha / Paro

Visit the busy market town of Wangdu and Wangdiphodran Dzong before arriving Paro, Enjoy the afternoon with free time to explore on your own. (B/L/D)

Day 9 - 10 Paro

Visit Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now housing the National Museum. Stroll through the colourful market and enjoy a walk along the Paro River. Trek to the celebrated Tiger’s Nest Taktshang, the Cliffside monastery perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of over 800 meters. The tour ends with a hotel/airport transfer on Day 10. (2B/1L/1D)
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Inclusions

9 nights selected hotel accommodation
Professional English speaking guide
1 internal flight
Arrival/departure meeting and assistance
All transfers in A/C vehicle
Listed meals: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner
Sightseeing and associated entrance fees

Exclusions

International airfare
Travel insurance
Personal expenses
Gratuity & tips
India and Bhutan visas
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