The Himalayan Kingdoms

  • Duration
    20 Days
  • Region
  • Category
  • Best Time
    • February - April
    • November


Destinations Covered

Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu


    After clearing immigration and customs, we will meet our Nepalese guide on arrival and transfer to the hotel (Hotel Standard check-in time is 2 pm and early check-in is subject to availability).

    Overnight at the Hotel (No Meals)

  2. Day 2 Kathmandu - Optional Mountain Flight (subject to weather conditions)


    An awe-stricken silence comes close to matching the experience of a mountain flight. For one hour, you will fly over the Eastern Himalayan Ranges of Nepal where some of the highest peaks in the world including Mt. Everest lie for a surreal feeling as you come face to face with the world's tallest and most enigmatic of Mountains.

    Even those visitors who like the rigors of a trek won’t miss the opportunity to “conquer” the mountains in one stunning swoop.

    After having breakfast at the hotel, we will begin the sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur city and Patan city.

    Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Located 12 km east of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon, holds the significant title of 'the City of Devotees' and is the smallest city within the Kathmandu valley. Its Main Square, locally referred to as 'Layaku,' is a renowned attraction, featuring the impressive 15th-century Palace of 55 Carved Windows, which includes the famous Golden Gate serving as the royal entrance. The square is adorned with numerous temples and architectural wonders, such as the Lion Gate, a statue of King Bhupatindra Malla positioned on a grand stone pillar, and the stone temple of Vatsala Devi, showcasing exquisite Shikhara-style architecture. One notable feature of Bhaktapur is the bronze bell located on the temple's terrace, commonly known as the "Bell of Barking Dogs." It was erected in 1737 by King Ranjit Malla and was utilized to announce the commencement and conclusion of the daily curfew during his reign.

    Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

    Patan Durbar Square: Located 5 km southeast of Kathmandu, Patan city, widely recognized as 'the city of artisans,' embraces a grand square that showcases the palace buildings once occupied by the royal family, along with artistic courtyards and elegant pagoda temples. This magnificent square exemplifies the pinnacle of Newari architecture, reaching its zenith during the reign of the Malla kings. Patrons of art and architecture will find Patan to be an awe-inspiring destination, as it is replete with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, and intricate architectural designs. The city's cultural wealth is evident through the presence of dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, each contributing to the spiritual and artistic grandeur of the area. In total, Patan city boasts over 1200 monuments, making it a living testament to Nepal's rich heritage and historical significance.

    In the later part of the day, we visit the remarkable Boudhanath stupa, one of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal; Boudhanath is a spherical stupa structure imposing at a height of 36 meters with three massive Mandala style platforms. Located 08 kilometers east of Kathmandu, the stupa with four pairs of eyes at the four cardinal directions is believed to be keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity.

    Built on an octagonal base inset with 108 prayer wheels, the shrine is ringed by the settlement, especially of the Tibetan refugees who entered Nepal in the 1950s. They have developed the place into a ‘Mini-Tibet’ ever since.

    Welcome dinner at the hotel.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  3. Day 3 Fly, Kathmandu – Bharatpur (Chitwan) (U4 351 at 0945/1010 Hrs)


    After early breakfast at the hotel, we will proceed to the domestic airport for a flight to Chitwan, where our next adventure awaits. The flight will offer us a scenic aerial view of the landscape below as we head towards our destination.

    Upon reaching Chitwan, we will then embark on a roughly 1-hour drive to the designated lodge. Chitwan is situated in the Terai region, a vast and flat area that extends across the southern part of Nepal. This region provides a stark contrast to the mountainous terrain for which Nepal is renowned. The Terai offers a unique and diverse experience that complements the country's overall beauty.

    The Royal Chitwan National Park is a renowned and cherished national park situated in the Terai region of Nepal. Covering an area of approximately 932 square kilometers, it was established as Nepal's first national park in 1973 and later designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

    The park is celebrated for its exceptional biodiversity and is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including various species of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Among its notable inhabitants are the elusive Bengal tiger, the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, Asian elephants, leopards, sloth bears, gharials (a species of crocodile), and numerous species of deer and primates.

    In the afternoon indulge in some wildlife activities as guided by the naturalist. Below is the list of the activities and some will be conducted the next morning before breakfast.

    Dug-Out Canoe Ride Let your mind wander and relax as you float on a serene trip down the Rapti River in a traditional dugout canoe. You will be able to spot crocodiles and other reptiles sunning themselves on the riverbanks or admire the graceful lines of Ibises and other waterfowl as you travel silently and peacefully down the river. This activity is available from October to mid-March only, when the water level in the Rapti is neither too low nor too high.

    Gharial Breeding Center Visit Gharial Hatchery Farm where you will learn about how they collect crocodile eggs and hatch them and send them to the river. So there are chances to see many animals. We also can organize a whole day jeep drive with a packed lunch as per your interest, which you can explore most of the park.

    Tharu Cultural Show Later in the evening, there will be entertainment through Tharu Stick Dance. You are more than welcome to join the village girls and boys as they move their hips in a local rhythm.

    Slideshow Presentation on flora and fauna

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  4. Day 4 Chitwan National Park – Pokhara (160 kms/ 99 miles / approx. 5 hours’ drive)


    In the morning, before breakfast, you will have the exciting opportunity to indulge in a jungle jeep safari at the Royal Chitwan National Park. The jeep safari is a thrilling adventure that allows you to explore the diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes of the park.

    After breakfast at the hotel, we will begin our journey to the picturesque city of Pokhara. The drive to Pokhara promises to be a scenic and enjoyable experience as we traverse through the beautiful landscapes of Nepal.

    During our drive, we will stop at a local restaurant for lunch en route.

    Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty. At an elevation lower than that of Kathmandu, it has a much more tropical feel to it; a fact well appreciated by the beautiful diverse flowers that prosper in this environment. The enchanting city with a population above 250000 has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks. The valleys surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forest, gushing rivers, emerald lakes, and of course, the views of the world-famous Himalayas. The serenity of the lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambiance of peace and magic.

    Upon our arrival in Pokhara, we will be transferred to the hotel to check in and freshen up. The rest of the day will be at your leisure, allowing you to unwind and relax after the journey, or taking a walk in the interesting local market is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the culture and daily life of Pokhara. The city's bustling markets offer a vibrant and colorful atmosphere, showcasing a wide array of goods and products that reflect the unique heritage and traditions of Nepal.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  5. Day 5 Pokhara


    In the morning, we will embark on a hike to the World Peace Pagoda, also known as Shanti Stupa, to witness the breathtaking mountain scenery that surrounds Pokhara. The Peace Pagoda is situated atop a hill on the southern shore of Phewa Lake and offers panoramic views of the Annapurna mountain range, including the iconic Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) peak.

    Pokhara is renowned for offering a wide range of thrilling adventure activities, providing the perfect opportunity for adrenaline junkies and adventure enthusiasts. These activities are optional and can be arranged on direct payment basis, allowing you to choose the ones that best suit your interests and preferences.

    Paragliding: Experience the exhilaration of soaring like a bird over the scenic Pokhara Valley. Paragliding offers breathtaking aerial views of the mountains, lakes, and lush landscapes below.

    Ultralight Flight: If you are looking for a unique and thrilling experience, an ultralight flight is an excellent choice. Fly in a small aircraft with unobstructed views of the Annapurna range and Phewa Lake.

    Hang Gliding: For the more adventurous souls, hang gliding provides an extraordinary way to glide through the skies and feel the rush of the wind against your face.

    Zip Flyer: Experience an adrenaline-pumping ride on the zip flyer, where you can zip through the air at high speeds while enjoying stunning views of the Himalayas and the surrounding landscapes.

    Bungee Jumping: For the ultimate adrenaline rush, bungee jumping is an option that will surely get your heart racing. Leap from a height and experience the thrill of free-falling before rebounding back up.

    After lunch at the local restaurant, we will embark on a fascinating journey to explore some of the key attractions in Pokhara.

    Our first stop will be the Bindabasini Temple, a significant religious site for Hindus in the Pokhara region. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga, who is revered as Pokhara's guardian deity. Within the temple, Durga is worshipped in her form as Bhagwati, a fierce aspect of the goddess. The temple is believed to have been established in 1845, following a divine order from the goddess to King Khadag Bum Malla. Devotees visit the temple daily for worship, and animal sacrifices are offered on Saturdays and Tuesdays. During the Hindu festival of Dashain, the temple sees a large influx of believers coming to offer sacrifices, making it a significant and busy spiritual hub during this festive time.

    After visiting the temple, we will take some quiet time to enjoy a peaceful boat ride on the beautiful Phewa Lake. The lake offers enchanting reflections of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre mountain ranges. While boating, you may also spot various fish swimming in the lake's crystal-clear waters. In the middle of the lake, an island temple stands, adding to the serene atmosphere. The lake is surrounded by lush forests on its southern slopes, making the boating experience even more magical. The picturesque views of the reflected mountains in the lake create a breathtaking sight that is not to be missed.

    Our final destination will be the Gupteshwar Cave, located in the northwestern part of the Pokhara district. This cave is one of the longest and most captivating caves in South Asia. In the past, it was known as "desolate Khatri Tara," where water streams used to flow, and adventurous young people would catch fish from inside the cave. The cave gained international attention when the British Expedition Organization named British Cave Research Expedition explored it in 1970, 1980, and 1982, publishing about it in The Atlas of the Great Caves of the World. Today, the cave is not only a tourist attraction but also a religious destination for Hindus, who visit to worship Lord Shiva, the supreme god in Hindu mythology.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  6. Day 6 Fly, Pokhara – Kathmandu (YT 674 at 0900/0930 hrs)


    After an early morning flight back to Kathmandu, we will transfer to the hotel for check-in and some rest. Later in the day, we will embark on a fascinating sightseeing tour, starting with a walk from Asan to Kathmandu Durbar Square.

    Asan, once the center of old Kathmandu, is a vibrant and bustling area located midway between Durbar Square and Durbar Marg. The Annapurna Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of Grains, presides over the lively bazaar. Asan remains an important shopping center and one of the busiest marketplaces, offering a variety of goods from spices to kitchenware, fresh vegetables, Chinese goods, hardware, and clothing. The area captures the essence of Kathmandu's lifestyle, representing the diversity and cultural blend of the nation. Notably, the Jana Bahal (Machhendra Bahal) houses the Seto Machhindranath (White Machindra Nath) temple, guarded by mythical lions and built by Yaksha Malla in 1500 AD.

    Kathmandu Durbar Square: The main Durbar Square is located in Basantapur, at the heart of Kathmandu city. It is home to a collection of temples, courtyards, monuments, and the ancient palaces of the former Nepali Royals. Major attractions include the Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, the towering Taleju Temple, Kumari Ghar (residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari of Patan), the temple of Ashok Vinayak dedicated to Lord Ganesh, and Kal Bhairav, the God of Wrath. The square also featured the giant pagoda of 'Kasthamandap,' from which the name 'Kathmandu' is said to be derived. Some temples, including Kasthamandap, were affected by the recent earthquake.

    Thamel: After the Durbar Square visit, we will take a rickshaw (tricycle) ride for about 20 minutes to Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu. Thamel is famous for its narrow streets lined with budget hotels, shops offering a wide range of products, and various restaurants. It is an ideal place for souvenir shopping and a great spot to find anything from clothes and handicrafts to music CDs and walking gears. We will have lunch at a local restaurant in Thamel.

    Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple): Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, is believed to be around 2000 years old and sits atop a hill 2 kilometers west of Kathmandu, offering a captivating view of the valley. Its origins are legendary, and it is surrounded by a large number of monkeys.

    Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath Temple, dating back to 400 A.D., is one of the oldest and most revered temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu, on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple boasts a two-story Pagoda design with a gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. It houses the sacred linga (phallic symbol) of Lord Shiva.

    Dinner at a Nepali restaurant with a cultural program.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  7. Day 7 Fly Kathmandu – Thimphu (KB 401 at 0940/1105 Hrs Tentative time) | Drive to Thimphu (60 kms/ 37 miles / approx. 1.5 hours’ drive)


    After breakfast, transfer to Kathmandu airport to board your flight to Paro.

    Upon arrival in Paro, we meet our Bhutanese tour director and drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

    Thimphu wasn't the capital or a large city since the beginning. Initially, it used to be a small hamlet which consisted of very few houses. Gradually, this city grew alongside the river as well as on the mountain cliffs. Over the years this city has seen rapid development and you would find it to have the most modernized facilities as compared to any other city present in Bhutan.

    Interestingly, this is also the only city in the world that has no traffic lights. The city has very well retained its old-world culture and charm as the modern development here is very intricately monitored. A unique law, which retains the forms and motifs of Bhutan’s traditional architecture even for new buildings give Thimphu a delightful structural harmony, the new buildings here can be built only in the Bhutanese style and only up to a certain height. Thimphu is an engaging blend of the old and the new.

    On arrival in Thimphu check in to the hotel.

    Post lunch in the hotel, embark on a sightseeing tour in Thimphu.

    Sangaygang Viewpoint (Bhutan Broadcasting Service Tower): Sangaygang, also known as Bhutan Broadcasting Service Tower or BBS Tower, is situated at an elevation of 2,865 meters and offers a stunning view of the entire town of Thimphu. As Sangaygang Viewpoint, it is a popular destination among visitors due to the breathtaking panorama of the lush valleys it provides. The route leading to Wangditse Goemba, which starts from this point, is a favorite trail among hikers and mountain bikers. The tower is just a 10-minute drive from Motithang Takin Preserve. While there, take in the scenic beauty, but remember not to photograph the telecommunication installations.

    Motithang Takin Preserve: The Motithang Takin Preserve is the pride of Thimphu, where the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin, is preserved. This protected area offers visitors a chance to see many exotic birds and animals roaming freely in their natural habitat. The wildlife here is remarkable, and a leisurely half-hour walk would allow you to observe these creatures up close. The preserve, originally a mini-zoo, was later transformed into a wildlife reserve by the king to grant the national animals the freedom to roam without boundaries.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  8. Day 8 Thimphu


    Start your day with a breakfast at your hotel to energize yourself for the day's adventures.

    Begin your sightseeing by visiting the Memorial Chorten in Thimphu. This beautiful stupa is continuously frequented by locals, who offer prayers and circumambulate the monument, spinning prayer wheels. It was built in memory of the third king of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, and serves as a place of prayer and contemplation for people of all ages.

    Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang): Located at a short drive from Thimphu city Centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country, and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.

    Then, hike from Buddha Point to Changangkha Lhakhang. The hike takes us through populated blue pine forests, with the perfect view of Thimphu Valley. It was initially intended to be a cycling trail, but it is excellent for hiking as well. You can do the hike either way. The hike will take about 2 hours. The hike is through the pine forest. This trail is part of the 60th birth anniversary celebration of the fourth king of Bhutan.

    After Lunch, visit Simply Bhutan Museum: The newly commissioned museum depicts the ancient Bhutanese architecture which is being lost to modernization. The uniqueness of the structure is in the composition of the materials used. The structure is built reusing old timber, window, and door frames, and other items from traditional and old demolished houses. The best part is the portrayal of the age-old lifestyles of the Bhutanese people.

    Continue our journey with a visit to Trashichhoedzong, also known as the "fortress of the glorious religion." This impressive edifice serves as the hub of both governance and spirituality, housing the monarch's throne room and hosting the revered Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Originally built in 1641 by Bhutan's unifying figure, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the dzong underwent reconstruction in the 1960s, adhering to traditional Bhutanese architectural techniques without the use of nails or formal blueprints.

    Immerse ourselves in local culture by exploring the vibrant Kaja Throm, the bustling farmer's market. Engage with locals and soak in the lively atmosphere while witnessing the diverse array of fresh produce and regional products.

    Conclude our day by venturing into the Craft Market and indulging in a leisurely stroll through downtown Thimphu. Immerse yourself in the artistic expressions of local artisans and soak in the charm of the city's core.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  9. Day 9 Thimphu – Punakha (73 kms/ 45 miles / approx. 2.5 hours’ drive)


    After breakfast, embark on our sightseeing adventure by visiting the Institute for Zorig Chusum, colloquially known as the Arts & Crafts School or Painting School. This institution offers a comprehensive six-year course in the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. During our visit, we will have the opportunity to witness dedicated students honing their skills in various traditional disciplines.

    Head to the National Library of Bhutan, where you will find an impressive collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. The library holds a significant cultural and historical value for Bhutan, and it is an essential place for researchers and scholars interested in Bhutanese literature and religious texts.

    Then visit Textile Museum, is worth a visit to get to know the living national art of weaving. Exhibitions introduce the major weaving techniques, styles of local dress, and textiles made by women and men.

    Thereafter, Later drive up to, Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.

    Continue further to Punakha, which served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and is still the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot). Blessed with a temperate climate and fed by the Pho Chhu (male) and Mo Chhu (female) Rivers, Punakha is the most fertile valley in the country.

    En route take a short hike to the Fertility Temple or Chimmi Lhakhang, ‘Chimmi’ literally means ‘No Dog’. The 15th-century Buddhist Master Drukpa Kinley (Divine Madman) reached the place chasing the demon from Do Chula who took the form of a dog. It is here on this spectacular hill the Divine madman caught the demon, killed her, buried her, and built a black stupa marking as the seal on the evil.

    The trail to Chemi Lhakang takes about 30 minutes and passes through the farmlands of Lobesa Village. As you walk along you will get the opportunity to see farmers at work.

    Arrive Punakha and check-in to the hotel.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  10. Day 10 Punakha


    After breakfast drive for around 10 minutes to the parking for Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten, starts hike up through fields of chilies, and cabbages to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, which was built to remove negative forces and promote peace, stability, and harmony in the changing world. The Chorten dominates the upper Punakha Valley with commanding views across the Mo Chhu and up towards the mountainous peaks of Gasa and beyond. A stunning monument recently built by the Queens and consecrated in 1999.

    After the hike drive back to your hotel and get refreshed followed by Lunch at the hotel.

    After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong, built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637, by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative center of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan's history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King. The Dzong is open for visitors during the Punakha festival and in the summer months when the monk's body moves to Thimphu.

    Later visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery: Perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang, gleams the magnificent structures of Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang (Temple). The temple houses a 14-foot main bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara (Chenrigzig chagtongchentong). Other statues include those of Guru Padmasambawa, Gautama Buddha, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, TselaNamsum, the 21 Taras, and Tsepamay (Buddha of longevity). The Avalokiteshvara statue, one of the biggest in the country, was the handiwork of entirely local Bhutanese artisans.

    The temple complex also houses a permanent higher learning and meditation center for nuns where, apart from religious training, it provides life skill training such as tailoring, embroidery, statue making, and thangka painting.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  11. Day 11 Punakha - Paro (approx. 3.5 hour drive)


    After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive from Punakha to Paro. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Bhutan's landscapes as you make your way to this charming town.

    On arrival in Paro Check-in to the hotel followed by lunch.

    Later visit to Ta Dzong. It is a watchtower that has been converted into the National Museum of Bhutan. Explore the museum's exhibits to learn about Bhutan's history, art, and cultural heritage.

    This afternoon, you have the fantastic opportunity to attend the Paro Festival. This religious festival is a vibrant and colorful celebration of Bhutanese culture and traditions. Witness masked dances, and traditional music performances, and immerse yourself in the festive ambiance. The Paro Festival provides an unforgettable experience, offering insights into Bhutan's religious and cultural practices. Enjoy the festivities, interact with locals, and capture the essence of this unique celebration.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  12. Day 12 Paro


    Begin your day with an early breakfast at your hotel in Paro to prepare for the hike to Taktsang Monastery.

    After breakfast, start your adventurous hike to the Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger's Nest. This iconic monastery is perched on the edge of a cliff, offering breathtaking views of the Paro Valley. The hike is approximately 2-3 hours uphill, passing through lush forests and scenic landscapes. Upon reaching the Taktsang Monastery, take your time to explore this sacred site, which holds immense spiritual significance for Bhutanese people. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated here in the 8th century, making it one of the most revered monasteries in Bhutan. Capture the beauty of the monastery and the stunning vistas from this high vantage point. After your hike and visit to Taktsang Monastery, return to the hotel for a well-deserved lunch. Recharge your energy with a delicious meal.

    In the afternoon, you have another chance to witness the Paro Festival.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  13. Day 13 Fly Paro – Bagdogra (KB 130 at 1150/1205 Tentative time) | Drive to Darjeeling (93 kms/ 58 miles / approx. 3.5 hours’ drive)


    After breakfast, we will be transferred to Paro Airport to catch our flight to Bagdogra. On arrival at Bagdogra airport, we will continue our scenic drive to Darjeeling. During the journey to Darjeeling, we will stop at a local restaurant for lunch.

    Darjeeling: Originally just a cluster of villages that was administered intermittently by Nepal and Sikkim, Darjeeling grew in prominence during the mid-19th century when, because of its climate, the British established a hill station there. Later it was discovered that the area was particularly well suited for tea plantations and Darjeeling tea is still exported worldwide. In 1849, the British annexed the area and Darjeeling became a part of British India. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was opened in 1881 (it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the town became the de-facto summer capital of India during the days when the Raj was governed from Calcutta.

    In the evening, start your exploration of Darjeeling by taking a walk along the Mall, the main street of the town. The Mall offers a glimpse of Darjeeling's quixotic charms as it clings precariously to the ridges of the Himalayan foothills. Enjoy the pleasant weather and immerse yourself in the serene surroundings. The town is colonial architecture and panoramic views add to the allure of this magical hill station. Take your time to stroll along the Mall, soak in the atmosphere, and appreciate the unique charm of Darjeeling.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  14. Day 14 Darjeeling


    Starting your day early with a visit to Tiger Hill for sunrise is a wonderful way to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas. Tiger Hill offers a serene and tranquil atmosphere, making it a perfect place to enjoy the beauty of nature and reflect on the awe-inspiring views. (Tiger Hill in Darjeeling cannot be guaranteed at the time of sunrise as there is a limitation on the total number of vehicles permitted to visit every day, in case the visit cannot be done early in the morning, the point will be visited anytime during the day).

    After breakfast at your hotel in Darjeeling, get ready to embark on a memorable journey on the World Heritage Toy Train (Subject to operation & availability of the seats). The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the Toy Train, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a beloved attraction in Darjeeling. Enjoy a joyful ride on this charming narrow-gauge steam train as it chugs through the picturesque landscapes, offering mesmerizing views of the rolling hills and tea gardens.

    Visit the Ghoom Monastery - Built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso, this ancient monastery is said to have been blessed by the renowned Tomo Geshe Rimpoche of Tibet. The specialty of this monastery is that it contains the statue of the 'Future Coming Buddha' known as Maitreya Buddha. The Monastery has also preserved some of the rare handwritten Buddhist manuscripts.

    After your visit to Ghoom Monastery, return to the hotel.

    After lunch at the hotel, exploration of Darjeeling with a visit to the Himalayan Zoological Park and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Both Closed on Thursday).

    Himalayan Zoological Park: Located near Darjeeling, the Himalayan Zoological Park is a popular attraction known for its efforts in conservation and housing several endangered species. The park is natural setting allows visitors to observe animals in spacious enclosures, resembling their natural habitats.

    Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI): Founded in 1954, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is one of the leading mountaineering institutes in India. It offers various mountaineering and adventure courses and has trained numerous climbers and mountaineers over the years. The institute also houses a fascinating mountaineering museum that showcases the history and achievements of mountaineering in the Himalayas.

    Thereafter, visit the Tibetan Self Help Centre (Closed on Sunday) is a significant institution in Darjeeling, established to support Tibetan refugees. It serves as a center for vocational training and handicraft production, helping the Tibetan community become self-sufficient. Here, you can observe artisans crafting various Tibetan handicrafts, including woolen carpets, thangkas (traditional Tibetan paintings), and other beautiful products. Then a Tea Estate. (At Factory there will be no processing on Monday, Sunday is the weekly closure, Factory will remain closed during winter i.e. middle of Nov till Mar, also closed on Government holiday, National holiday and State holiday). During your visit to the tea estate, you can learn about the tea-making process, witness the tea plucking, and get insights into the art of producing Darjeeling tea. The estates also offer beautiful landscapes with lush green tea gardens, making it a perfect spot for photography and leisurely walks.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  15. Day 15 Darjeeling – Pelling (75 kms/ 47 miles / approx. 4 hours’ drive)


    After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Pelling. The journey promises to be filled with breathtaking views of the snow-capped Eastern Himalayas and the surrounding natural beauty.

    Pelling is located in the state of Sikkim at an average elevation of 2,150 meters above sea level. The town lies amidst the foothill of the snow-capped Eastern Himalayas and provide the panoramic views of the surroundings and mountain peaks like Kanchenjunga which is the 3rd highest peak on Earth. Most of the terrain is rocky with montane forest and few hill slopes which have been converted into terrace farms. The culture in Pelling is highly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism with several Buddhist monasteries located across the town. Pelling has incredible natural and cultural treasure embedded in itself for one to explore.

    Upon arrival in Pelling, you will check-in to your hotel and lunch at the hotel before starting your sightseeing.

    Later, you will visit Pemayangtse Monastery, one of the oldest and most significant Gompas in the state. The name "Pemayangtse" translates to "Perfect Sublime Lotus." The monastery was constructed soon after the Dubdi Monastery in Yuksom and is among the three oldest monasteries in Sikkim. It was founded by Lhatsun Chempo, a revered Lama who performed the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal (Monarch) of Sikkim. As a Nyingma Sect monastery, Pemayangtse holds great importance in the region and is responsible for performing various religious functions for the erstwhile monarchy.

    After exploring Pemayangtse Monastery, you will visit the historic Rabdentse ruins. Rabdentse was once the second capital of the kingdom of Sikkim, succeeding Yuksom. Until the year 1814 A.D., the kings of Sikkim ruled from this place. Today, the ruins of Rabdentse are hidden from the main road and can be reached by following a footpath that branches off from the main road near Pelling. As you climb to the top of the ruins, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the deep valley and the majestic Kangchenjunga ranges.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  16. Day 16 Pelling - Gangtok (127 kms/ 79miles / approx. 6 hours’ drive)


    After breakfast, drive to Gangtok. During the journey to Gangtok, we will stop at a local restaurant for lunch.

    The beauty of city can be can be imagined by the simple fact that it is filled with dense forest, pleasing climate and majestic locations, one can easily get lost in the serene beauty of North-eastern India. This corner is also one of the offbeat locations of India which is away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan cities. One of the most beautiful corners of India is the North East especially for nature and adventure lovers. As it have some of the most beautiful hill stations, lush greenery and exotic and rare flowers and animal species. It plays a great role in making Incredible India even more Incredible!

    Upon reaching Gangtok, check-in to the hotel.

    Afternoon is free to have a leisurely walk in the hill town.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  17. Day 17 Gangtok


    Begin your day by visiting Rumtek Monastery, one of the most significant and traditional monasteries in Sikkim. Marvel at its magnificent wall paintings and archetypal Tibetan religious paintings called thangkas. As the largest and most powerful monastery in Sikkim, it holds immense religious and historical importance. It is also the residence of the Karmapa, the head of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. Take your time to soak in the serene atmosphere and learn about the rich Buddhist heritage of the region.

    Next, head to Do Drul Chorten, a beautiful stupa that is an important religious site for Buddhists. The stupa is adorned with prayer wheels and sacred mantras, and its peaceful ambiance invites visitors to meditate and reflect.

    Proceed to the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, a prestigious research institute dedicated to the study of Tibetan culture, history, and religion. Marvel at its vast collection of rare Lepcha, Tibetan, and Sanskrit manuscripts, statues, and colorful Thankas. Learn about the rich cultural heritage of Tibet and its impact on the region. (closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and government holidays). Then visit Cottage Industry (Closed on Saturdays / Sundays & Govt. Holiday). The Cottage Industry in Gangtok is a place where local artisans and craftsmen produce a variety of handmade products, showcasing the rich traditional art and culture of the region.

    Finally, conclude your day by visiting the Enchey Monastery, which stands as a testimony to the rich religious and cultural history of Sikkim. The monastery is Tibetan architectural style and colourful frescoes add to its charm. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings and take in the spiritual vibes of this ancient place.

    Lunch and Dinner at the Hotel.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  18. Day 18 Gangtok – Bagdogra (125 kms/ 78 miles / approx. 5 hours’ drive) and fly to Kolkata 6E 6444 at 1420/1520


    After breakfast, we will proceed to Bagdogra airport to catch our flight to Kolkata. En route to the airport, we will make a stop at a local restaurant for lunch.

    Upon arrival in Kolkata, our representative will be present at the airport to greet you and accompany you to the hotel.

    Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the capital of West Bengal and the second largest city in India (after Mumbai). Kolkata is an 'in your face' city that shocks and charms the unsuspecting visitor. Long known as the cultural capital of India and home to the Bengal Renaissance, Kolkata continues to spawn generations of poets, writers and film directors. As the former capital of British India, Kolkata retains a feast of dramatic colonial architecture, with more than a few fine buildings in photogenic states of semi-collapse. Love it or hate it, you definitely won't forget the city on the Hooghly river bank!

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  19. Day 19 Kolkata


    After breakfast, we will commence our journey with a full day guided tour of Kolkata, which will kick off with a Tram ride (subject to operational – Non-AC Tram) through the city. This approximately 2 hour tram ride allows us to experience one of Kolkata's enduring traditions. As the only Indian city to preserve this rich heritage, Kolkata's trams hold a significant historical value. The roots of Kolkata's tram system date back to 1873 when the first tram made its way along the tracks. Remarkably, the oldest operating electric tram in Asia also originated in Kolkata in 1902 and continues to run to this day, showcasing the city's commitment to preserving its tramway legacy.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, our next stop will be the Victoria Memorial (closed on Mondays). This magnificent marble-white monument stands as one of Kolkata's most captivating landmarks. Upon visiting, you will have the opportunity to behold a splendid collection of miniature paintings and images featuring Queen Mary, King George V, and Queen Victoria. The Victoria Memorial holds several items of special significance, such as the Queen's dresses, the renowned Rosewood piano, and the intriguing Whispering Gallery situated within the dome. Additionally, the museum showcases numerous artillery weapons that were utilized in the historic Battle of Plassey.

    Thereafter visit the St. Paul's Cathedral. This impressive cathedral, constructed in the Indo-Gothic style of architecture, was completed in the year 1847 under the supervision of Major W.N. Forbes of the East India Company. The cathedral stands tall at a height of 201 feet, showcasing its magnificent grandeur. St. Paul's Cathedral holds a unique distinction as being the first Episcopal Church to be built in this part of the world. Its historical significance adds to the charm and allure of the site. One striking feature of the cathedral is its peak, which has been meticulously designed as a replica of the famous Henry Tower of Canterbury Cathedral, further adding to its architectural splendor.

    Conclude the city tour with a visit to Mother Teresa's House. This humble abode served as the residence of Mother Teresa during her time in Kolkata, and it is also the resting place of her tomb. The house is a serene and tranquil oasis amidst the bustling city, providing a stark contrast to the busy surroundings. Here, you will have the opportunity to experience the simplicity and peace that defined Mother Teresa's life and mission. The place holds a special aura, evoking a sense of inspiration and reflection as we pay tribute to the remarkable life and humanitarian work of this beloved figure.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  20. Day 20 Kolkata – Departure (Room booked till 12:00 Noon)


    After breakfast, transfer to the Kolkata airport, ensuring that you reach the airport in ample time for your flight back home.


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