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Home » Bhutan Tour Packages » Splendor of Bhutan & Darjeeling

Splendor of Bhutan & Darjeeling
Duration : 15 Days / 14 Nights
Destinations : Delhi - Paro - Taktsang - Paro - Thimphu - Tangu - Cheri hike - Thimphu - Punakha - Gangtey - Wangdue - Thimphu - Phuentsholing - Kalimpong - Gangtok - Sikkim - Darjeeling - Bagdogra

Day 01: Delhi - Paro Altitude: 2250 M)
Fly in to the Kingdom of Bhutan. On the flight, you can see breathtaking views of the Great Himalayan Mountains. Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be welcomed to the Kingdom by your guide from the Travel Agent and lunch at hotel.

Visit Paro-Rinpung Dzong. The flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roof and abutted by two guardhouses to the Dzong. Today, this massive fortress built in 1645 AD is the seat of the district administration as well as home for the monastic school. The central watchtower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the country. Overnight hotel

Day 02: Excursion to Taktsang
Hike or take a horse ride to Taktsang Monastery viewpoint. Taktsang meaning “Tiger’s Nest” is built around a cave in which Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated clings seemingly impossible to a cliff at 3000 feet above the valley floor. For the local people it is a place of pilgrimage, but for a tourist, a hike up to the viewpoint opposite the monastery can be exhausting, thrilling and mystical. The legend has it that Guru Rinpoche is had flown to the site of monastery on the back of tigress from Tibet and meditated in the cave there for three months. Although the main building of the temple was destroyed by fire on 19 April 1998, the hike up to the viewpoint is still worth the effort as the temple has been restored to its original form.

On way back we will visit one of the oldest monasteries that we have in Bhutan. It is called Kichu Lhakhang and built in the 7th century by the first King of Tibet, Songtsen Gampo to spread Buddhist Dharma throughout Bhutan. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03: Paro – Thimphu. 55 KM. 1 Hours Drive. Altitude: 2350 M
Start the day by visiting the National Museum (Ta- Dzong). Once it was watchtower for Rinpung Dzong (Fortress) was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley in all its glory. After noon a two-hour drive will take you to Thimphu (7,700 feet), the only Capital City in the world without traffic lights. Visit the General Post Office and purchase the world’s most beautiful postage stamps, collector’s items,  Arts and Crafts school, Traditional Medicine Institute where the ancient healing arts are still practiced and the Memorial Chorten built in 1974 to honour the memory of the Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk,

Later visit the mini zoo/sanctuary where one can see the Takin, the National Animal of Bhutan. Drive up to the viewpoint and take a hike for about an hour to see clear views of Thimphu valley. Explore Thimphu on foot, visiting the Handicrafts Emporium and other Arts & Crafts stores. Buy stunning Kiras that can be used as bed covers or wall hangings, jewellery and much more. Overnight hotel

Day 04: Thimphu – Tangu & Cheri hike
In the morning we will drive towards North West of Thimphu to make our mini hike to the most two sacred Monasteries in Thimphu valley. We will cross through the Decholing palace built in 19th century ( pass from generation to generation on different period of Kings in Bhutan) and bit further is the Royal body guard’s quarters and passing through at other side we will see the kabasa village the starting point for winter Sinchula trek. Then we will reach to Dodana 2600 meters and it is starting point to Cheri Gonpa which it will take half an hour walk to reach monastery.

It has got meditation centre at top beside the monasteries. One of the most important is cave where the Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal meditated to gain the power to fight back the invasion of Tibet. It was in 1620 he has ruled from here before he built many Dzongs in different location in Bhutan.

Picnic Lunch near by the Thimphu Chu and a kilometre is Tango. It will take an hour walk through the mix of broad leaves and pines. It also holds any histories in Bhutan although now it served as Buddhist College and many monks from different institution come here to pursue their higher studies in Buddhist philosophy. It was here in the early 13th century that Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo entered into a long retreat focusing on the horse-necked meditation deity Hayagriva and that is why called Tango ( On the Horse head) and at the left side your will see the rock looks like horse Head. This monastery has gone through many renovations in different period. 1638 – 94, Gylse Tenzin Rabgye, the fourth temporal ruler of Bhutan who restored Tangu in 1668 and incarnated and lives here.

Day 05: Thimphu – Punakha– 77 km 3 hours, altitude: 1350 m
The drive begins with the ascent to the Dochula pass at an altitude of 3150 meters. On a clear day, you can see the whole range of the Bhutanese Himalayas from here. The pass has 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens. Then descend to Punakha. It was the winter capital for over 300 years until the time of the second King. Punakha Dzong that dominates the whole area was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, and established the central monastic body with 600 monks.

Today, Punakha is still the home for Je Khenpo (chief Abbot) and the central monastic body. It was built at the confluence of two rivers called the PO-CHU and MO- CHU. This means, Male & Female. After lunch continue driving to the town of Wangdue. Another Dzong built 1 year after that of Punakha Dzong. It is the District Head Quarters of Wangdue, Overnight hotel

Day 06. Gangtey excursion
Gangtey Gomba was built in small hillock surrounded by the blue pine trees and it was found by the descended of Pema Lingpa. The great Bhutanese saint from Bumthang in 16th century and Nyimpa Monastery. At the end of 17th century it was enlarge once and at present it is headed by the 9th reincarnation called Gangtey Trulku. At present it is under renovation and it is ring with family house of Gomchens (Lay man) who work and worship at monastery.

Further down you will reach to Phobjikha valley. This place is reserved for the migration of black Neck Crane. The people out here has become friendly with the endanger species and every consecutive year starting from 2nd week of November to 1st week of April. The fields and marshes of this undisturbed valley is truly sight as you watch the cranes. After having a picnic lunch at Phobjikha valley drive back to Wangdue. Overnight hotel

Day 07: Wangdue – Thimphu
After breakfast make village hike to Divine Madman Monastery, a man from Tibet who came to Bhutan in 15th Century to diffuse Drukpa Kagyupa set of Buddhism to our country built the monetary and he is known as the Lama Drukpa Kuenly known as the divine mad man. His sexual in nature and joke to were a very principle the followed to diffuse the religion into local communities. Visit Wangdue Dzong and drive to Thimphu. Overnight hotel

Day 08: Thimphu – Phuentsholing 170 km, 6 hours, altitude: 330m
Morning proceed for a short sightseeing tour of Thimphu. Later you will drive to Phuentsholing. During the drive you will pass through many winding roads of Bhutan and see lot of changes in vegetation and climate from tropical to sub-tropical to alpines forests. The sceneries are very beautiful dropping down from valley to gorge, ravens and rocks. Stay overnight at hotel in Phuentsholing.

Day 09: Phuentsholing – Kalimpong
After completion of immigration formalities at the Indian Check post from Jaigoan and drive to Kalimpong (180 kms, 6 hrs drive). Today you will be driving through the sub-Himalayan parts in the Eastern India, which presents a large range of foothill forests, famous tea gardens, transparent rivers interspersed with quiet villages and small townships of vibrant culture before arriving Kalimpong and once a gateway to the old Tibet trade route, Kalimpong still offers the charm of old British Raj. The sightseeing tour of Kalimpong includes visiting Zangdok Pelri Phobrang Monastery, View Points, a private flower nursery to enjoy the wide varieties of orchids and thousands of other flowers. Later explore the inner town especially the Haat Bazar (local market). O/N Hotel

Day 10: Kalimpong – Gangkok
Transfer to Gangtok (76 kms, 4 hrs drive) via Rumtek Monastery, the seat of HH Karmapa of Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Kalimpong (76 kms, 4 hrs drive). To-day one will immensely enjoy the driving alongside the Teesta River with its blue green water rushing over boulders which is another image not to be forgotten and an evening walk around the local market. Stay overnight at hotel in Gangtok.

Day 11: Gangtok Sightseeing
Rumtek Monastery the seat of HH Karmapa of Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, Institute of Tibetology, Directorate of Handicrafts, Enchey Monastery, Flower Festival and view Points. Evening will at leisure. Overnight hotel.

Day 12: Sikkim – Sightseeing
Am. Sightseeing tour of Peling visiting Pemayangtse Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, Rabdentse the second palace of Sikkim which lies in ruins, Kechipalri Lake or wish fulfilling lake which is located at the midst of verdant forest. PM. Transfer to Gangtok, Overnight hotel

Day 13: Sikkim – Darjeeling
After breakfast transfer to Darjeeling (110 Kms, 05 hrs drive). En route visit a tea garden to witness the manufacturing process of Darjeeling tea and Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center. Later sightseeing tour of Darjeeling includes, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoological Park, Panda Breeding Center and an evening walk around the town and The Mall. O/N Hotel

Day 14: Darjeeling Sightseeing
Early morning excursion to Tiger Hill (11 km) to view the sunrise over Mt. Kunchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. En route visit Yigacholing Ghoom Monastery and afternoon take a joy ride on Toy Train (Darjeeling Himalayan Railway) from Darjeeling to Ghoom and return to hotel and an evening at leisure. O/N Hotel

Day 15: Darjeeling – Bagdogra
After an early breakfast drive to Bagdogra for Delhi departure, a Hansa Vacations represent from India counterpart will bid you farewell.