Two Of The Most Isolated Himalayan Regions

Sikkim Darjeeling & Bhutan Tour - 12 Days


In our Sikkim Darjeeling and Bhutan tour: Witness century old Buddhist monasteries, walk the mountain cliffs and hike the rice paddies stair-steps down the steep hillsides. Your journey begins with the arrival and transfer to Darjeeling where we include a ride on the narrow gauge mountain railways and witness the sunrise over Kanchenjunga from Tiger Hill.

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Visit the capital of Sikkim, Gangtok and passing on to Rumtek visit the Karmapa’s Monastery. Travel to Kalimpong which was once an important trading post for these parts of the land. From Kalimpong our road then descends into the plains known as duars which is filled with lush tea garden.

Eventually we will cross into Phuntsholing, Bhutan and discover Bhutan’s captivating cultural mix, reflected in its beautiful shrines, temples and handicrafts as you travel from south to western Bhutan; within the towns and villages of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha valley. Explore the Dzongs, ancient fortresses that once protected the kingdom of Bhutan.

Trip Details & Facts

  • Explore India and Bhutan in one visit.
  • Visit both Buddhist areas of India: Sikkim, Darjeeling and also Bhutan by overland drive.

12 Days

  • Sikkim, Darjeeling and Bhutan Tour.
  • Darjeeling, Sikkim, Gangtok, Kalimpong, Phuntsholing, Thimphu, Punakha valley and Paro
  • You can choose any departure dates for our Bhutan and Nepal tour.
  • We just have to make sure that it matches with Bhutan flight schedules.
  • The trip can also be combined with India Taj Mahal or Sikkim Darjeeling or Tibet tour.

The Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrive in Bagdogra - Darjeeling, India
  • Day 02 : Sightseeing tour in Darjeeling
  • Day 03 : Darjeeling - Gangtok
  • Day 04 : Gangtok Sightseeing
  • Day 05 : Rumtek & Kalimpong
  • Day 06 : Kalimpong - Phuntsholing, Bhutan
  • Day 07 : Phuntsholing-Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Day 08 : Thimphu
  • Day 09 : Thimphu - Punakha
  • Day 10 : Punakha - Thimphu - Paro
  • Day 11 : Paro - Takstang Trek / Hike
  • Day 12 : Departure

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  • Day 01 : Arrive in Bagdogra - Darjeeling, India

    • Arrive by flight or train in Bagdogra airport or at NJP / Siliguri train station.
    • Darjeeling - (3) three hours drive.
    After high tea in the evening you can take a stroll around Chowrastha Mall and stay the night in a hotel.

  • Day 02 : Sightseeing tour in Darjeeling

    • Visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park and Snow Leopard Breeding Centre.
    • Walk down to Tibetan Self-help center.
    • Visit a tea estate.
    • Drive back to the hotel for lunch.
    Take a joy-ride on a toy train to Ghoom.
    En-route stops at Batasia loop.
    • Visit Old Ghoom monastery.
    • Visit the sprawling Dali Monastery complex.

  • Day 03 : Darjeeling - Gangtok

    • Drive through the tea gardens.
    • Descend through sub-tropical Teesta valley.
    • Enter Sikkim at Rangpo.
    After permit formalities -
    • Continue towards Gangtok the capital of Sikkim which is a (4) four hours drive.
    Visit the institute of Tibetology and Deorali Dodrup Chorten monastery.
    Walk around MG Marg
    • Visit Lal Bazaar.

  • Day 04 : Gangtok Sightseeing

    • Visit the Enchey Monastery.
    • Drive to View Points such as Tashi view and Ganesh Tok followed by a visit to a Flower Exhibition.
    Take a stroll on the promontory near the White Hall and Palace complex.
    • Visit the Cottage Industries showrooms and workshops.

  • Day 05 : Rumtek & Kalimpong

    • Drive for about (1) one hour to Rumtek monastery on the opposite ridge of Gangtok.
    • Visit Rumtek.
    • Continue to drive to Kalimpong for (3) three hours.
    • Visit Durpin Dara - view point with a brief look at the monastery nearby and also visit other Monasteries, Orchid /Flower nursery, Churches and homes of the colonial era, Dr. Grahams Home’s campus, Deolo Hill view points and the local bazaar.

  • Day 06 : Kalimpong - Phuntsholing, Bhutan

    • Descend the Darjeeling hills and cross the Duars Plains with Tea Gardens into Phuntsholing, Bhutan which is located at the bottom of the foothills.
    • Meet with our Bhutanese Guide and stroll around the town.

  • Day 07 : Phuntsholing-Thimphu, Bhutan

    • Drive uphill to Thimphu after completing immigration formalities.
    • Make en-route stops.
    • Visit the Rinchending Monastery, other villages and towns along the way.
    • In Thimphu - visit Tashicho Dzong and tour the town area in the evening

  • Day 08 : Thimphu

    • Entire day tour in the capital to cover all the major landmarks and interesting sights including local markets

  • Day 09 : Thimphu - Punakha

    • Early drives across Dochula pass to Wangdiphodrang.
    • Visit the town and view the fortress of Wangdue.
    • Drive to Punakha valley.
    • Visit impressive Punakha Dzong at the confluence of two rivers.

  • Day 10 : Punakha - Thimphu - Paro

    • Drive across Dochula pass to Thimphu.
    • Continue to drive to Paro which is a total of 4 ½ hour’s drive.
    Visit the National Museum, Rinphung Dzong and stroll around the town.

  • Day 11 : Paro - Takstang Trek / Hike

    • Hike upto Takstang monastery.
    • Continue further for sightseeing of the stunning valley located around the region.
    • Visit the ruined Drugyal Dzong, Kichu temple and a local farm house.
    • Stay in Paro for the night.

  • Day 12 : Departure

Can combine trip with few days in Nepal or in India the Golden triangle like Taj Mahal area 

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What is included

  • All accommodations included within Nepal and Bhutan.
  • Full broad meals included.
  • Private transfers.
  • Sightseeing
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guides.
  • All airports pick up and transfers.
  • Farewell dinner including a Nepali cultural show.
  • Round trip airfare to Kathmandu – Bhutan – Kathmandu.
  • Travel permits.
  • Bhutan visa fees.
  • Major monuments’ entrance fee in Bhutan.

What is not included

  • Personal travel insurance.
  • All personal items.
  • A few lunches and dinners are not included.
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Mountain and road rescue.
  • Other emergency evacuations will be charged if necessary.
  • Expenses incurred as a result of illness, landslides, political disturbances, re-routing, flight cancellations and any other unforeseen situations and events which is not under our control.
  • Any kind of Table drinks, telephone bills, laundry, postage etc.
  • Nepal Visa cost -USD 25 ( if you travel via Nepal)
  • City monument entrance fee USD 35 (approx) which is payable upon arrival in Nepal 

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