15N / 16D :: PHUENTSHOLING 01N - THIMPU 02N - PUNAKHA 01N - PARO 02N - JALDAPARA 01N - GANGTOK 03N - PELLING 02N - DARJEELING 02N - KALIMPONG 01N
( PKG-00081 )
Day 1 : Arrival & Transfer To Phuentsholling From Airport /IXB - NJP - Overnight stay at Phuentsholing or Jaigaon .
Our representative will be there to receive the Guest at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Stand (Junction) – He will be assisting to reach Phuentsholling /Jaigaon - Phuentsholling is 170 kilometers and 4 to 4 ½ hour’s drive from Siliguri - Phuentsholling is in India and Bhutan border-The Indian side is called Jaigaon and the Bhutanese side is called Phuentsholling , Situated at an altitude of nearly 980 feet is a small settlement-Foreigners need to have Bhutan Visa clearance documents if they want to visit the rest of Bhutan -They should carry passport size photos and passport along with visa clearance documents-Foreigners without proper documents won`t be allowed in Bhutan-Indian Nationals don’t require visa or passport to visit rest of Bhutan but any identity document like election commission I.D card is required-Permit is not required for visiting Phuentsholling only but other parts of Bhutan-Check into the hotel- In the evening one can go about in auto rickshaw exploring the place -Overnight stay in Phuentsholling or Jaigaon .
Day 2 : Transfer to Thimpu after Permit & formalities -From Pheontsheoling - Overnight stay at Thimpu -
Permit to be obtained and Transfer to Thimpu (2350 meters / 7710 feet) - The drive is 179 kilometers and is 6 ½ - 7 hours drive – Early morning breakfast – Obtain permit with assistance from our representative - Proceed for Thimpu – The drive is beautiful, and one can see some waterfalls along the way – Thimpu is a charming city, probably the smallest capital in the world, resting in the heart of the Himalayas - The skyline hardly changes as new buildings are all constructed in traditional Bhutanese style - It is situated in the western central part of Bhutan – It is a lively place, interesting combination of tradition and modernity - Thimpu is situated at an elevation of 2350 meters / 7710 feet - Reach Thimpu - Check into your hotel on arrival - Overnight stay at hotel in Thimphu
Day 3 : Thimpu sightseeing - Full Day - Overnight stay at Thimpu -
– Early morning breakfast – Drive and visit the Memorial Chorten (Stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who was called the Father of modern Bhutan - Next the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved, Wood Craft and Painting School - The handicrafts Emporium which has beautiful and creative collection of textile arts, and indigenous fibres-Future plans of becoming a center of textile learning - Trashichhoedzong is also called fortress of the glorious religion-The dzong houses main secretariat building and is the throne of His Majesty, King Of Bhutan-During the summer months His Holiness,Je Khenpo visits the dzong.-The car will be at your disposal – Other places to visit are National Zoo, National Institute of Traditional medicine, Traditional Paper Factory(made from Daphne Plant)-Please note it is not possible to cover all the sites mentioned above in a single day-Back to Hotel-In the evening local markets like handicraft shops, weekend market(Saturdays and Sundays),Craft Bazaar(Tuesday and Wednesday) can be visited-Overnight stay in Thimphu
Major Sightseeing Covering 1) Buddha Point, 2) BBS Tower, 3) Tashicchhoe Dzong, 4)The Memorial Chorten, 5) National Library, 6) The Institute of Traditional Medicine, 7) Centenary Farmer Market, 8) Changlimithang Stadium, 9) School of Arts & Crafts, 10) Handicraft Institute, 11) Zangthopelri Lhakhang, 12) Motithang Takin Reserve (Takin Zoo), 13) Semtokha Dzong
Day 4 : Thimphu – Wangduephodrang - Punakha , Transfer via Dochu La Pass - Over Night stay at Punakha
– Early morning breakfast - After breakfast, drive to Wangduephodrang, with a stop en route Visit Dochu La (3,100 meters),by the two main rivers of Bhutan, the Pho Chu and Mo Chu -. Dochu La (30 KM, 1 hour driving time) where on a clear day you can get a spectacular view of the Himalayas , A mountain pass, offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges comes on the way to Punakha. - After lunch, will continue drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan and visit Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1637 –Damaged four times by fire and an earthquake, it has been fully restored by present King- Check into Hotel – Evening free to stroll around the region - Night stay at Punakha
Day 5 : Transfer From Punakha/Wangdue To Paro
After breakfast drive to Punakha/Wangdue. After lunch visit Chimi Lakhang Temples lies in the fertile Lobesa villge of Punakha Valley. The temple is dedicated to the divine madman-Saint Drukpa Kuenley and the temple is also known as the Temple of Fertility. The temple is accessible by 20-25 minutes from the village near the junction of the road that branches out to Wangdue and Punakha. We first walk through the village of Sosokha and then gradually hike through the paddy fields to Lobesa Village and arrive at the temple. The temple is associated with Lama Drukpa Kuenley lived in Bhutan around the 1500s. He was a highly accomplished Buddhist master but he was called Divine Madman for his humorous approach and sexual overtones in his teachings. As per the legend, Lama Drukpa Kuenley subdued a demoness here who was terrorizing the residents of the valley and marked the site for the temple to be built later by his cousin. It’s a general belief that if a childless couple visits the temple and wishes for fertility, they will be blessed by Lama Drukpa Kuenley and will be able to bear children. Nobody knows exactly how and when the tradition of seeking fertility blessing started in Chimi Lhakhang but today, the temple is famous as the Temple of Fertility. Overnight stay in Paro.
Day 6 : Paro Sightseeing -Full Day - Overnight stay at Paro -
Early morning breakfast-Morning excursion to Taktsang Monastery, also called the Tiger’s Nest-Guru Rinpoche/Padmasambhava is believed to have meditated here for three years, three months and three days in 8th Century-The monastery clings to a cliff which is 800 metres above the ground-Walk of 2 hours-Back to hotel for Lunch-After Lunch visit to Drukgyel Dzongs, was a fortress built to commemorate victory over the invading Tibetan forces-Destroyed by fire in 1950-KyichuLhakhang is one of those 108 monasteries constructed miraculously by King Songten Gampo in one night,-Other places to visit are Jangsarbu Lhakhang,Druk Choeding,Dungtse Lhakhang-Adventure sports like trekking, hiking and bird watching is also available in Paro-Please note it is not possible to cover all the places mentioned in a single day-In the evening free to visit local markets-Overnight stay in Paro
Day 7 : Transfer From Paro To Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctury - Overnight stay at Jaldapara / Madarihat / Dooars
After early breakfast Transfer to Jaldapara wildlife sanctuary - Drive Will be around 190 kilometers and is a 6 to 6 ½ hours Journey , will bring you to Jaldapara National Park-The vegetation of Jaldapara National Park mainly consists of tall elephant grass where animals can be seen grazing and passing frequently-Jaldapara National Park is known for its large population of Indian one-horned rhino-Other animals in the park are Royal Bengal Tiger,elephants,sambhar,barking deer, spotted deer, hog deer, wild pigs, turtles and bison-Jaldapara is a paradise for bird watchers, one can find variety of birds – On arrival check into hotel- overnight stay at Madarihat, / Jaldapara wildlife area in Dooars in the Indian Eastern part of State of West Bengal .
Day 8 : Transfer to Gangtok From Jaldapara / Madarihat / Dooard - Overnight stay at Gangtok
Early morning drive to Hollong for thrilling elephant safari is organized in the early morning from Hollong - It offers the exquisite beauty of the vast grassland of Jaldapara - One can sight Indian rhinos, bison, deer, and Asiatic elephants – Back to resort for breakfast - Next , Transfer to Gangtok – 216 kilometers 6 – 6 ½ Hours drive – Gangtok is The capital of the 22nd State of India, Sikkim is one of the most beautiful hill station with varied options for tourist - It is known for the monastery, Orchids, High altitude Lake and butterflies – Check into Hotel – Over Night stay at Gangtok
Day 9 : Excursion To Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir (Full Day) - Overnight stay at Gangtok -
Morning breakfast at hotel – Excursion to Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir ( New ) nearly 40 kilometers - The Lake is oval shaped lake nearly 50 feet deep - Generally covered in snow for most of the year – This lake is home to the Brahmini ducks & many migratory birds – Nearby is the sacred Baba Mandir known to be a very holy site for all - Nathu La Pass to the Republic of China is nearly 20 kilometers and is optional tour - Back to Gangtok - Evening free to roam around M G Road (Mall) or local Shopping center - Over Night stay at Gangtok (In case of Landslide or due to any other reasons if Tsomgo Lake is closed then an alternate sightseeing will be provided)
SUPPLEMENTARY COST FOR NATHULA PASS: Rs 5500/- PER VEHICLE
**ISSUANCE OF PERMIT FOR NATHULA PASS DEPENDS UPON THE AVAILABILITY. IT IS CLOSED ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY. IF THE GUEST WANTS TO AVAIL OF THE NATHULA PASS THEN THEY WILL HAVE TO INFORM US A MINIMUM OF 3 DAYS BEFORE THE TRIP. ONCE THE PERMIT IS ISSUED AND DUE TO ANY WEATHER CONDITION IF THE ROADS ARE CLOSED THEN THE CHARGES WOULD BE NON REFUNDABLE**
Day 10 : Gangtok Local Sight Seen – 10 Point - Overnight stay at Gangtok .
Morning breakfast - After breakfast drive for the city tour of Gangtok – Sightseeing will be for half-day hence the drive will be easy and comfortable – It is not possible to cover all the spots in a single day hence we make the program with points covering minimum distance traveled - Visit Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom, Research Institute of Tibetology, Do Drul Chorten (Stupa), Enchey Monastery, White Hall, Flower Show, Botanical Garden Ganesh Tok, Tashi View Point, Bakthang Water Falls, one of the finest falls close to Gangtok, etc – Back to hotel – Evening free to roam around M G Road (Mall) or local Shopping center – There are few discotheques in Gangtok to spend time - Over Night stay at Gangtok
Day 11 : Transfer To Pelling From Gangtok – Over Night stay at Pelling -
Transfer to Pelling via Peshok road – This is a drive of 140 kilometers 3 ½ - 4 hours through scenic road – Check in to the hotel – Pelling is situated at an altitude of 2072 meters / 6800 feet - On a clear day guest can get a clear view of Himalayan range with snow capped mount Pandim, Kumbhakarna, Rathong, Khangchendzonga, Zopuno, Shimbho, Narsing, Sinolchu etc - It is one of the exotic settlement with varieties of Rhododendron, Orchids, historical sites, short trek routes and wildlife – Check into hotel - Evening free to roam around the small settlement - Over Night stay at Pelling
Day 12 : Pelling Local Sight Seeing (Full Day) – Overnight stay at Pelling
After breakfast at the hotel – Drive for Full Day Sight Seeing. The routes are forested and the botanical and zoological richness is inspiring. Places to visit are Rimbi water Falls, Rimbi Rock Garden, Kechopalri Lake, it is one of the holy Buddhist lakes and it is believed that any wish in front of the lake comes true - The myth is that when a leaf falls on the placid clear water surface, it is picked by a bird and thus the water surface is always free of leaves, Kechopalri Monastery, Kanchenjunga water Falls, Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabdantse ruins, the scenic view from the top of the ruin to the mystic heights of Kanchendzonga ranges is something to be cherished – Back to hotel – Evening free to roam around the helipad or Shopping center - Over Night stay at Pelling
Please Note: Sky Walk is Not Included here it is additionally Chargeable. Guests can pay the amount directly to the driver If They want to Visit.
Day 13 : Pelling to Kalimpong Transfer & Sight Seeing At Kalimpong - Over Night stay at Kalimpong
After breakfast Transfer to Kalimpong - a drive of 93 kilometers nearly 3 ½ hours to 4 hours - Kalimpong situated on the foothills of the Himalayas is a green destination at an altitude of 1243 meters / 4078 feet - It is a historical destinations with bustling market, colorful people and offers spectacular views of the Himalayan range - The scenic beauty on the way are beautiful and there are lot of shops selling antics and local handicraft worth buying – Check into hotel – Drive for sight seeing tour of Kalimpong through scenic road to Forest Museum (Closed On Thursday), Deolo Hill, Hanuman Mandir, Dr Graham Homes, Durbin Monastery, Mangaldham, Pine View Nurseries (Cactus Only) - Back to Kalimpong Hotel – Evening free to roam around the any of the hundred nurseries or the Local market area - Overnight stay at Kalimpong
Day 14 : Kalimpong to Darjeeling Transfer – Over night Stay at Darjeeling
After breakfast at hotel Transfer to Darjeeling - 65 kilometers 2 ½ - 3 hours - At an height of 2123 meters / 7000 feet lies the land of breathtaking beauty, sloping tea gardens with spectacular views of the Mount Everest is the Queen of the hills – It is also home to the famous World Heritage train – The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) - Check into hotel – Evening free to roam around Mall or local Shopping center - Over Night stay at Darjeeling
Day 15 : Darjeeling Local sight seeing 7+3 Point - Overnight stay at Darjeeling -
Early morning at around 3:45 AM drive to ( 8400 feet ) Tiger Hill to view sunrise over Kanchendzonga Peak (subject to clear weather) – On the way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Peace memorial & Batasia loop – Back to hotel for breakfast - After breakfast rest for half an hour and start for next round of sightseeing - Half Day city tour includes Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Ropeway, Tensing Gumpo Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center (Closed on Sunday), Tea Estate ( Outer View ), Natural History Museum (Sunday Closed), Peace Pagoda – Back to hotel – Evening free to stroll around the area - Overnight stay at Darjeeling
1) Visiting Tiger Hill subject to availability of Entry Ticket.
2) Joy Ride is not included in the Itinerary, For Joy Ride, Additional Half Day is Required. and Train Ticket Cost will be charged extra. (Train Ticket is Subject to availability )
Day 16 : Departure - Darjeeling to Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri Raliway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airpot (IXB) –
Morning breakfast - After breakfast transfer to Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Stand (Junction) - Nearly 105 kilometers 3 ½ - 4 hours drive – Forwarding Journey
Duration: 15 Nights 16 Days
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