Arrive Kolkata & transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour. Visit the Jain Temple, Zoological Gardens, Victoria Memorial & drive past Howrah Bridge, Dalhousie Square, Fort Williams, Secretariat Building and Old Court House Street. Overnight Kolkata.
Transfer to airport for Bagdogra flight. Arrive & drive to Darjeeling. Darjeeling is one of the most beautiful Hill Stations in Eastern India & has the highest Race Course in the World. Overnight Darjeeling.
Darjeeling is one of the most beautiful Hill Stations in Eastern India & has the highest Race Course in the World. Early morning visit the Tiger Hill. At the Tiger Hill, the early morning Sun rise displays a panorama of colours and sunsets are purple and gold. Beyond in the distance are the Himalayan Peaks. Return via the famous Ghoom Monastery. Later, visit the Lablong village, the Mountaineering Institute & Tenzing Norgay House - The first Everest Hero. Overnight Darjeeling.
Drive to Pelling. Pelling is famous for magnificent view of the snow-capped mountains of Kanchenjunga. Pelling is Situated at an altitude of 6,800 fee and offers good view of mountain ranges including the Koktang, Kumbhakarna, Rathong, Kabru, Dom, Kanchenjunga, Pandim, Zopuno, Shimbho, Narsing, Siniyalchu and others. Overnight Pelling.
Drive to Gangtok. Gangtok - The capital of Sikkim and a city of great scenic beauty, is surrounded by green forests. There are a number of monasteries in and around Sikkim, each a symbol of Himalayan Buddhism. Overnight Gangtok.
Morning city tour - visit the Enchey Monastery, Institute of Tibetology and Deer Park. Continue to visit the famous Rumtek Monastery belonging to the RED HAT sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight Gangtok.
Drive to Kalimpong, nestling in the lush green mid ranges of the Himalayas. This exotic town of beautiful people, mystical and enchanting, with a rare ethnic blend of hill people. Gumpas, unusual churches, temples, monks and missionaries coexist in a jovial society. The quaint bustling bazar, is a wanderers delight, and a Pandora's box of surprises containing Buddhist thankas, hand beaten silver, Bhutanese weaves, Chinese lamps, Lepcha daggers, masks and a lot more. Kalimpong offers Buddhist Monasteries, Hindu Temples, Christian Churches, Flowers, Orchids and exotic flora, old colonial bungalows, scenic view points. Overnight Kalimpong.
Drive to Phuntsoling - the gateway into Bhutan from the sweltering plains of Indian West Bengal. The small town is spread at the foothills of the mountains that lead into the interiors. Given its border status and linkage to India, Phuntsholing also forms the hub of most industry and business in Bhutan. Overnight Phuntsholing.
Drive on to the beautiful valley of Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. After a dramatic one hour drive, the zigzag course of the road brings you to Dochula, a beautiful mountain pass (alt 3,140 m) with its fluttering prayer flags and a spectacular set of 108 miniature chortens. On a clear fine day, you will also get awe-inspiring glimpses of the towering Himalayan peaks around. The remaining part of the drive is mostly a gradual descent into Punakha valley. Check in to your hotel in Punakha and begin the sightseeing. Start with the Punakha Dzong, strategically built between the two rivers, the Phochu (male river) and the Mochu (female river), the winter residence of the Je-Khenpo (the religious leader of Bhutan). This is followed by an evening hike to Khamsum Yule Namgyel Chorten, a three- storey shrine built by the Queen of Bhutan. It's a brief 30-40 min walk uphill through terraces of paddy fields, chilly plantations etc. Drive to the small town of Wangduephodrang. Right before arriving Wangduephodrang you will catch a glimpse of the very distinctive Rinchengang village whose inhabitants are all celebrated stonemasons. Visit the impressive Wangduephodrang Dzong built in 1638 A.D. On the way back stop at the bride and take a short hike(45 min walk) to the Rinchengang village.This is a very unique and interesting village with all the houses clustered together like a Tibetan village. Here you can visit some village houses to see how the people live here. Return back to Punakha. Overnight: Hotel in Punakha
Visit Chimi Lhakhang in the village of Lobesa (20 mins from Punakha), the auspicious fertility temple built by the famous divine madman. It's a beautiful 30 min walk amidst paddy fields and typical Bhutanese houses. Stop at some of the local village homes here to get a feel of the traditional Bhutanese way of living. The temple is beautifully perched on a small hill top overlooking the entire village. On the way back, stop for picnic lunch. In Paro, check in to the hotel and some last minute shopping. Evening: Enjoy a relaxing traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath at the hotel. Overnight: Hotel in Paro
Morning city tour. Visit Ta-dzong, the national Museum of Bhutan and visit the Museum, Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong and then drive to Drugyal dzong and visit the ruined Fortress. On the way back, visit the Kichu Temple, built in the early 7th century, this temple is one of the oldest in Bhutan built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gempo. Afternoon free. Overnight Paro.