14 Days/ 13 Nights
Destination Coverd :
Delhi- Bagdogra - Darjeeling - Pemayangtse -
Gangtok - Rumtek - Phuntsholing - Thimpu - Punakha - Gangtey - Paro .
Day 1. Delhi - Bagdogra - Darjeeling
Departure transfer to airport for flight to Bagdogra. On arrival,
assistance & transfer to Darjeeling
by road. Check in at hotel on arrival & in the evening walk around the
Day 2. Darjeeling
Early morning at about 4 am, drive to Tiger Hill to witness the beauty of
the sun rise. On the way back visit Ghoom, Samten, Chholing monastery &
Darli monastery. After late breakfast, leave for a guided tour of Darjeeling
town visiting the Mountaineering Institute, Zoo, Rope Ways, Tenzin Rock,
Tibet Handicraft Centre and the Tea gardens. In the evening visit the
Observatory Hill and the Mall. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3. Darjeeling
Morning at 07h45, reach railway station for Toy train ride from Darjeeling
to Sonada or Kurseon. One can enjoy Badhash Loop & full view of
Kunchanjunga Range. Lunch at Kurseon & then drive back to Darjeeling. In
the evening, walk to Observatory Hill & around the Mall. Overnight
hotel. Day 4. Darjeeling - Pemayangtse
Early morning depart for Pema Yangtse. Check in at tourist lodge on
arrival.. In the afternoon, visit Pema Yangtse monastery, a premier
monastery in Sikkim built in the 17th century. The unique feature of this
monastery is the wooden structure depicting Sanglokpahi, the Heavenly Abode
of Guru Padma Sambhava. Overnight at Tourist Lodge or similar.
Day 5. Pemayangtse - Gangtok
After an early breakfast, depart for Gangtok via Ravangla, where one will
visit the Tibetean Settlements. Enroute also visit Rumtek monastery, the
premier monastery in Sikkim & headquarter of Kyagyupa sect of Tibetean
Budhhism. Continue for Gangtok by coach & check in at hotel for
Day 6. Gangtok - Rumtek
After breakfast, visit Tibeteology Chorten & Nyingpa monastery at
Deorali & Cottage Industry. After lunch, visit around MG Marg & then
depart for Rumtek, which is the seat of the Kagyu Order. The largest
monastery in Sikkim, traditional in design, it is a close replica of the
original in Tibet with beautiful murals & religious artefacts. The
monastery has 200 centres around the world. A must for all visitors.
Overnight in Rumtek.
Day 7. Rumtek - Phuntsholing
After breakfast, depart for Phuntsokling by coach (about 220 kms - almost 6
hours). Check in at Hotel Sinclairs. In the afternoon, walk around
Phuntsokling town & market. Overnight hotel.
Day 8. Phuntsholing - Thimpu (175 kms, takes about 6 hours)
After breakfast, depart for Thimpu through winding and gentle uphills till
we reach Chapchhal Pass. The road desecends from the pass till Chuzomsa
(meeting point of two rivers) and enroute we can see Chhuka Hydel Project
which is the biggest hydro power plant in Bhutan. Packed lunch will be
served half the way to Thimpu, just above Chhuka Hydel colony. Enroute also
visit Kharbandi Gompa. Nearby Thimpu visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest
fortress of the kingdom. On arrivel at Thimpu, check in at hotel for
Day 9. Thimpu
Full day sight seeing in Thimpu including visits to Memorial Chorten,
Tashichhodzong, National Library, Painting School & the Traditional
Medicine Institute. Evening visit the local market and Handicrafts Emporium.
Day 10. Thimpu - Punakha (77 kms - 3 hours)
After breakfast, depart for Punakha, across Dochula Pass (3,100 m). From
this point the major peaks of Bhutan can be seen, on a clear day. Punakha
served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and still is the winter seat of
the chief abbot. On arrival, check into hotel. Afternoon visit Punakha
Dzong. Later take a stroll through Punakha market & town. After that
take excursion to Wangdi Phodrang, the interesting town towards the south of
Punakha. Also visit the local market at Wangdi. Evening return to Punakha
for overnight at hotel.
Day 11. Punakha - Gangtey (90 kms - 3 hours)
In the morning, leave for Gangtey. On arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon
explore Gangtey Gompa & Phobjikha valley. Spotting black necked cranes
in the meadows next to Gangtey is an ornithologists delight. The cranes
migrate here from the high plains of the Tibetean plateau in winter to
milder climate of Phobjikha valley. Also visit Gangtey Gompa Monastery, the
only Nyingmapa monastery in this region. Overnight hotel.
Day 12. Gangtey - Paro (200 kms - 7 hours)
After breakfast in the hotel, proceed to Paro, arriving by lunch time. On
arrival check into hotel. Evening visit Paro market and twon. Overnight
Day 13. Paro
Full day sight seeing of Paro including visits to Drukgyel Dzong (on a
clear day one can see the commanding view of Mt. Chomolhari from the village
nestled below the dzong). Then visit a traditional farm house. The beauty of
Paro valley is embellished by the cluster of farm houses. Stop enroute for a
glimpse of Takstang monastery. Also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest
monasteries of the kingdom. After lunch visit Ta Dzong & Rinpung Dzong.
Day 14. Paro - Delhi
Transfer to airport for flight to Delhi. On arrival, check in at hotel.
Afternoon leave for a combined sight seeing tour of Old & New Delhi.
Overnight at hotel .