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Sikkim and Bhutan Tour

After a discovery of the Sikkim whose traditions oscillate between Tibetan and Indian cultures, the road joins the south of Bhutan for an unforgettable visit of this mythical kingdom and its many riches: seductive landscapes, typical architecture, untouched culture and living traditions. A true immersion in the heart of another world.

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Delhi

Day dedicated to the visit of Delhi.

 

Day 2: Delhi - Bagdogra - Darjeeling (about 4 hours drive)

Transfer to the national airport and flight to Bagdogra. Drive to Darjeeling passing through exuberant jungle and tea plantations.

 

Day 3: Darjeeling

Early departure to view the sunrise on the Himalayan range from Tiger Hill. Day dedicated for the discovery of Darjeeling also nicknamed "Queen of the Hills". Visit a tea plantation and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.

 

Day 4: Darjeeling - Pemayangtse (4 to 6 hours according to the state of the road).

Climb along the Rangit River and arrive at Pemayang. Visit the beautiful monastery, beautifully located, belonging to the nyingmapa school.

 

Day 5: Pemayangtse - Gangtok (about 7 hours drive)

Passage to Tashiding, visit of the monastery and the village. Stop at the monastery of Rumtek (seat of the Karmapa).Discover beautiful architecture of Tibetan origin.

 

Day 6: Gangtok

Day tour of the small capital of Sikkim. Institute of Tibetology (renowned worldwide for studies on Buddhist philosophy), Chorten de Do-Drul, Sikkim Crafts Development Institute, Orchid Garden, Enchey Monastery.

 

Day 7: Gangtok - Kalimpong (3 hours drive)

Drive to the picturesque town of Kalimpong, perched on a hill and famous for its colleges where the children of the best families of Calcutta, Tibet, Sikkim and Bhutan studied. Colorful market frequented by many Tibetans.

 

Day 8: Kalimpong - Jaïgon (5 hours drive)

Descend along the river to Jayon, an Indian city sharing the border with Bhutan. A 5 hours of driving through beautiful forests and immense plantations of tea or rice in the Indian plains.

 

Day 9: Jaïgon - Thimphu (6 hours drive)

Entry to Bhutan in Phuntsoling. From there, the road goes up, turn after turn, towards Chhuka, Simtokha then Thimphu (2300 m, 6h of road). Very beautiful landscapes and architecture typical of the villages crossed.

 

Day 10: Thimphu

Visit of the Bhutanese capital: Tashichhodzong, School of painting, Folk Heritage Museum, monasteries. Walk through the colorful and narrow streets of the city.

 

Day 11: Thimphu - Punakha (3 hours drive)

Road to the Dochu La (3050 m); View of the Himalayas of Bhutan and its peaks over 7000 meters. Descend through the forest to Lobesa then Punakha. Discover the village and the dzong.

 

Day 12: Punakha - Tongsa (5 hours drive)

Continue to Tongsa by Pele La (3400 m). Stop at Gantey, an important nyingmapa monastery built on top of a hill. Arrival at Tongsa. 

 

Day 13: Tongsa - Bumthang (2 hours drive)

Tongsa; Visit the ancient Ta dzong guard tower to the very ancient chapels. Drive to Bumthang (2h). Stop at Zugne, a village famous for its wool weavings called yathras with particularly lively colors. Arrival in Bumthang.

 

Day 14: Bumthang

Visit to the main monasteries of the Bumthang Valley: Jampa Lhakhang, Kurje. Walk towards Tangbi (2h) temple raised by the fourth Shamarpa in a beautiful valley. Visit of Tamshing founded in 1501 by Pemalingpa. Stop on the Swiss farm. Return at the end of the day.

 

Day 15: Bumthang - Tongsa

Last stroll in the beautiful Bumthang valley. Return to Tongsa.

 

Day 16: Tongsa - Wangdiphodrang (4 hours drive)

Back to the west. Stop near the great chorten of Chendebji, built in Nepalese style. Crossing of Pele La and arrival in Wangdiphodrang in the afternoon. Visit the village and the market.

 

Day 17: Wangdiphodrang - Paro (5 hours drive)

Return to Thimphu. En route, stop at Simtokha, the first dzong built in Bhutan (1627). School of young monks. Lunch in Thimphu. Free afternoon in Bhutanese capital for visit or shopping. Transfer to Paro.

 

Day 18: Paro

Visit of the valley: Drukyel dzong which offers a superb view on the Jomolhari (7320 m); Optional walking to Taksang (3h) temple suspended on a cliff of more than 1000 meters. Visit the village; Dzong of Paro and Ta dzong, national museum very interesting at the archaeological and iconographic level (numerous thangkas, books, fabrics and ancient weapons ...).

 

Day 19: Paro - Kathmandu.

Road to Paro airport and flight to Kathmandu. Beginning of the city tour.

 

Day 20: Kathmandu and its valley

Visit the city and its valley.

 

Day 21: Kathmandu

Depending on the time of your flight, transfer to the airport and end of our services.

 

Starting from 3400 euros per person

 

Included in the price :

Welcome and assistance at the airport,

Transfers / surface transportation by private car (car and jeep)

Accommodation in hotels or lodges, base double room with full board in Bhutan

Accommodation in hotels or lodges, double room basis & breakfast in India & Nepal

Taxes and hotel services,

Bhutanese visa fees only by us

All trekking permits.

The insurance

Assistance to local guides in Bhutan 

 

Not included in the price:

Indian visa fees with mention Sikkim

Visa Fees in Nepal

Other meals

Tours and excursions are all optional,

Tips for guides and drivers

The insurance cancellation and assistance repatriation

Personal expenses.

Domestic and international flights