Himalayan Kingdoms – Sikkim & Bhutan

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    Take an incredible journey through India, Sikkim and Bhutan. High amongst lofty mountains, embark on an incredible journey through the breathtaking Indian state of Sikkim and the magical kingdom of Bhutan, a lesser known but truly spectacular section of the Himalayas.


    Day 1-2: New Zealand to Kolkata
    Fly to Kolkata for a two night stay.

    Day 3: Kolkata
    Enjoy the morning at leisure. This afternoon visit the Victoria Memorial, drive past Fort William and visit Kalighat Temple. (B,L,D)

    Day 4: Kolkata to Siliguri\
    Rise early for a tour of east India’s largest flower market, Howrah Bridge, Kumartuli and a Jain temple. Later, transfer to the railway station to board your train to New Jalpaiguri and upon arrival stay overnight in nearby Siliguri. (B,L,D)

    Day 5: Siliguri to Darjeeling
    Leave Siliguri and continue by road through the hills and tea plantations to Darjeeling. (B,L,D)

    Day 6: Discover Darjeeling
    Rise early this morning for a jeep ride to Tiger Hill and visit Ghoom Monastery, constructed in 1875. Later, head to the railway station to board the UNESCO World Heritage listed Toy Train for a ride around the hillside. This afternoon, tour a tea plantation in the area and visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. (B,L,D)

    Day 7: Travel to Sikkim
    Drive north to Pelling and cross into the state of Sikkim. En route, explore the Pemayangtse Monastery. Perched at an altitude of 2,084 metres, it is one Sikkim’s oldest monasteries. (B,L,D)

    Day 8: Explore Pelling
    Visit Khecheopalri Lake, one of the most sacred lakes in Sikkim for both Buddhists and Hindus, and Kanchenjunga Falls. (B,L,D)

    Day 9-10: Around Gangtok
    Drive to Gangtok, visiting the sacred Tashiding Monastery route. (B,L,D) Tomorrow, visit the Enchey Monastery, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and Do Drul Chorten. (B,L,D)

    Day 11: Gangtok to Kalimpong
    Visit the Old Rumtek Monastery and Dharma Chakra Centre before continuing to Kalimpong, located deep in the Himalaya. (B,L,D)

    Day 12: Kalimpong at leisure
    Enjoy the day at leisure to explore the quaint town of Kalimpong. You may wish to visit the local monastery to hear the monks chanting or stroll through the local markets. (B,L,D)

    Day 13: Jeep Safari at Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary
    This morning travel to the Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary where you might be lucky enough to spot a one horned rhino on your afternoon jeep safari. (B,L,D)

    Day 14: Journey to Mystical Bhutan
    Drive to the Bhutan border. After clearing customs and immigration, you will meet your Bhutanese guide and continue to Phuentsholing, the gateway to Bhutan for overland travellers. Visit the Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang, a small temple built in the centre of the town. (B,L,D)

    Day 15: Phuentsholing to Thimphu
    Take in the scenic drive from Phuentsholing to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital. Visit Kharbandi Gompa, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery built in 1967 en route. (B,L,D)

    Day 16: Thimphu
    Enjoy a tour of Thimphu; visit the National Library and the Institute for Zorig Chusum (painting school). You will also visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Folk Heritage Museum and National Textile Museum. Tour Thimphu Zoo, the National Memorial Chorten, Trashi Chhoe Dzong and drive to Buddha Point. (B,L,D)

    Day 17: Thimphu to Gangtey
    Drive over the dramatic Dochu La mountain pass admiring the views en route to the Phobjikha Valley. Visit Gangtey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in the region and explore Gangtey village and the surrounding valley. (B,L,D)

    Day 18: Discover Gangtey
    Enjoy a day of leisure with the option of a hike through the valley for exceptional views across the stunning landscape. (B,L,D)

    Day 19: Gangtey to Punakha
    After breakfast, visit the Black-necked Crane Information Centre to find out more about these rare creatures. Later depart Gangtey and begin the 3 hour drive to Punakha. After checking into your hotel, visit Punakha Dzong and hike to Chimi Lhakhang. (B,L,D)

    Day 20: Bumthang to Punakha
    This morning visit the magnificent temple complex at Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery. Later appreciate the incredible views from Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten which is said to have been built to promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world. (B,L,D)

    Day 21: Punakha to Paro
    Drive to Paro, stopping en route at the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom. Paro is surrounded by some of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, visit Ta Dzong and Rinpung Dzong. (B,L,D)

    Day 22: Paro
    This morning experience what is sure to be a highlight of your time in Bhutan – hike to the Taktsang Monastery (Tigers Nest)! The moderate hike takes all morning, after which a vegetarian lunch is served at the cafeteria located inside the Monastery, which is run by monks. Return to Paro in the afternoon, visiting Kyichu Lhakhang, (if time permits) one of the oldest and most sacred temples of the Kingdom. (B,L,D)

    Day 23: Paro to Kolkata
    Fly back to Kolkata. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L,D)

    Day 24: Depart Kolkata
    You will be transferred to the airport according to the departure time of your flight today. Any time before your flight will be at leisure. (B)

    Day 25: Arrive New Zealand

    • Inclusions
    • International flights and current taxes
    • Domestic transportation in India and Bhutan
    • Accommodation
    • All meals – 22 breakfasts, 21 lunches & 21 dinners
    • Bhutan Permit
    • Visa fees for New Zealand passport holders

    Single Hotel room Option from $2,340


    Images courtesy of WendyWu