Awe-instilling Himalayan journey around India & Bhutan with tours

Kolkata, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Phuentsholing, Thimphu & Paro

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Paro Taktshang

Kolkata

Hotel Hindusthan International, Kolkata

Hotel Hindusthan International, Kolkata

Imperial room, Hotel Hindusthan International

Japanese temple, Darjeeling

Darjeeling

Ghoom Monastery, Darjeeling

Cedar Inn, Darjeeling

Cedar Inn, Darjeeling

Deluxe room, Cedar Inn

Gangtok

Lemon Tree Hotel Gangtok

Superior room, Lemon Tree Hotel Gangtok

Phuentsholing

Tashi Namgay Grand Resort, Phuentsholing

Tashi Namgay Grand Resort, Phuentsholing

Standard room, Tashi Namgay Grand Resort

Tashi Namgay Grand Resort, Phuentsholing

Buddha Point, Thimphu

Buddha Point, Thimphu

Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu

Namgay Heritage Hotel

Namgay Heritage Hotel

Standard room, Namgay Heritage Hotel

Thimphu

Rinpung Dzong, Paro

Tashi Namgay Resort, Paro

Tashi Namgay Resort, Paro

Deluxe room, Tashi Namgay Resort

Paro

Paro Valley

A once-in-a-lifetime tour of India and Bhutan’s Himalayan landscapes and cities, with fascinating excursions

Day 1: Kolkata

Your trip begins in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). A mishmash of future-facing industry and old-world colonial grandeur, this onetime capital of British India is a fascinating starting point. Home to a vast array of long-established restaurants, it’s also considered to be one of India’s best destinations for foodies.

Day 2: Kolkata - Darjeeling

Fly from Kolkata to Bagdogra, where you’ll travel overland to Darjeeling. Evocative of romance and soaring scenery, this is a destination that truly ignites the imagination. This legendary hill station is surrounded by lush tea plantations and Himalayan vistas, the most extraordinary of which is Kanchenjunga - the world’s third-highest mountain.

Distance from Bagdogra to Darjeeling: 65km

Day 3: Darjeeling

Set off before dawn to watch the sunrise at Tiger Hill and Ghoom Monastery, with the light dancing over Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga. After breakfast, take a tour of Darjeeling, visiting the racecourse, Lablong village, the Mountaineering Institute and house of Tenzing Norgay - the first Sherpa to summit Everest. Afterwards, discover the town’s famous tea, then make your way around the Zoological Park, Rope Way, Ava Art Gallery, Tenzing Rock and Japanese Temple.

Day 4: Darjeeling - Gangtok

Travel to Gangtok, a hill station and the capital of Sikkim - India’s second smallest state. Peppered with important Buddhist monasteries, this spectacularly scenic spot is a blend of old and new.

Distance from Darjeeling: 110km

Day 5: Gangtok

Take a city tour, visiting the Do-drul Chorten stupa, Enchey Monastery and the Deer Park, where animals like the red panda and Himalayan bear are resident. Spend some time at The Namgyal Institute of Research and the Tsuk la Khang, a place of worship where a sizeable collection of Buddhist scriptures are kept.

Day 6: Gangtok - Phuentsoling

Today, make the journey to bustling Phuentsoling - the ‘Gateway to Bhutan’, where a warm, tropical climate contrasts with that of the country’s higher land.

Distance from Gangtok: 220km

Day 7: Phuentsoling - Thimphu

After breakfast, continue overland to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital.

Distance from Phuentsoling: 165km

Day 8: Thimphu

Head out on a tour of Thimphu valley, stopping at the National Library and the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, where students undertake lengthy training in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. Later, visit Simply Bhutan, a living museum and studio, and Changangkha Lhakhang, a 12th-century temple and monastic school perched on a ridge above the city. In the afternoon, take a drive to Pangri Zampa, one of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries, and Buddha Point, a sacred site with impressive views. Finish the day at King’s Memorial Chorten monument and Trashichhoedzong monastery and fortress.

Day 9: Thimphu - Paro

Venture west to Paro, a must for any visitor to Bhutan. Once you’ve checked in to your hotel, begin a tour of this beautiful valley town, taking in Ta Dzong, a watchtower-turned-national-museum, and Rinpung Dzong fortress.

Distance from Thimphu: 50km

Day 10: Paro

Fuel up for a walking excursion to Taktshang Monastery, or ‘Tiger’s Nest’, perched on a cliffside high above the Paro valley. Probably Bhutan’s most recognisable landmark, this awe-instilling complex of temples is a major pilgrimage site that few travellers will get the chance to explore. On your way down, stop at Drukgyel Dzong fortress and Kyichu Lhakhang temple, and come evening, enjoy a stroll around Paro’s Main Street and market area.

Days 11-12: Paro - Kolkata

On your last day in Paro, transfer to the airport for a flight to Kolkata, where you’ll stay overnight before boarding your return flight to the UK.

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