India, Sikkim, & Bhutan Itinerary  -


The Last Shangri-la

 
Itinerary
 
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Kolkata (Calcutta) arriving early the following morning.

Day 2 Transfer to the 5-star Taj Bengal Hotel where rooms will be available for immediate occupancy. After a late breakfast depart for visits to the Victoria Memorial, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mother Teresa’s House and the Kalighat Kali Temple.

Day 3 Morning flight to Bagdogra. Continue by road to Darjeeling for a two-night stay at the Mayfair Hotel.

Day 4 View the sunrise over the Himalayas from Tiger Hill and continue to the Yellow Hat Monastery at Ghoom. Afternoon tour of Darjeeling, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Zoo.

Day 5 Drive from Darjeeling to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, for a two-night stay at the Nor-khill Hotel.

Day 6 Full-day sightseeing of Gangtok including a drive through emerald green rice terraces to the Rumtek Monastery, head of the Kagyud (Black Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

Day 7 East to Kalimpong arriving after lunch at the Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa. Consecrated by the Dalai Lama this monastery is famed for its wall paintings, rare three dimensional mandala and amazing mountain views. Overnight at the Silver Oak Hotel.

Day 8 Continue to Phuntsholing, the gateway to the legendary kingdom of Bhutan and an overnight stay at the Druk Hotel.

Day 9 Depart along a steep, winding road to an altitude of 2500 metres before beginning the descent through light mountain jungle, sprinkled with lianas and orchids, to Paro.  A two-night stay at the Gangtay Palace Hotel.

Day 10 This area is home to some of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries including Rinpung Dzong, the wonderfully named ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’ commanding spectacular views over the valley. Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the most sacred shrines of Bhutan dating back to the 7th century when Buddhism was first introduced to the country, and finally Drukgyel Dzong which commemorates the triumph over Tibetan invaders in 1646.

Day 11 Full day to visit Thimpu including the 400-year-old Tashichhodzong, the fortress of the glorious religion and the monastery of the Simtokha Dzong. Visit the National Library with its extensive collection of Buddhist manuscripts before departing for Paro and visiting a typical Bhutanese village home en-route. Overnight in the Druk Hotel.

Day 12 Return to Paro by road. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 13
Early morning flight from Paro to Calcutta. Transfer to Hotel Taj Bengal. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 14
Early morning flight to London reaching Heathrow later the same day.

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