• In Nepal, visit Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur
• In India, explore Darjeeling Hill Stations
• In Bhutan, visit Thimpu, Paro and Wangdi
• Travel to Taktsang and Rumtek Monastery and Punakha Dzong
• See Mount Kanchenjunga, the world's 3rd highest mountain
• Visit the Kingdom of Sikkim
• 18 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start and finish in Kathmandu
• All meals included
• Includes 2 internal flights
• Activity Level: 2
Land of the Peaceful Dragon - if ever there was an intriguing description of a country, this must be it. A land of friendly, devout Buddhists, mountain monasteries and snow-capped 22,000-foot peaks, Bhutan and its neighbors, Darjeeling and Sikkim, are the cultural explorer's Philosopher's Stone.
Our trip begins with a short flight to the Nepal/India border. From here, we drive to the former hill station of Darjeeling, famous for its tea plantations, temperate climate and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Views of Kanchenjunga (the world's third highest mountain) and a visit to a tea plantation feature prominently during our days in Darjeeling.
In Sikkim, a kingdom formerly closed to tourists, be awe-inspired by spectacular views of mountain peaks. Experience a rare opportunity to mix with a traditional Himalayan community, considered by many to be the last Shangri-La.
We travel to Bhutan along winding mountain roads. We visit Thimphu, the nation's capital, and wander through markets, Buddhist temples and monasteries. We journey to Wangdi and visit the famous Punakha Dzong via the Duchola Pass, with its stunning views of the Himalayas.
Add a visit to Paro, where one can hike to Taktsang Monastery, and encounter Bhutan's gentle and gracious people. It's the perfect recipe for a magical itinerary set against the mystical backdrop of the majestic Himalayas.
has guaranteed departures
Comfortable hotels with private bathrooms.
2 travel days at approximately 3150meters/10335feet when we drive over the Dochula Pass from Thimphu to Punahka and back to Paro. Some rough/windy roads and long drives. Temperatures can be cold at night at high altitude so warm clothing is necessary.
Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu - Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath
Fly to Bhadrapur and Mirik, India
Darjeeling - Mt. Kanchenjunga
Darjeeling - Mountaineering Institute
Gangtok - Rumtek Monastery
Duchola Pass 10,170 ft/3100 m, Wangdi
Punakha Dzong, Wangdi
To Paro via Duchola Pass
Hike to Taktsang Monastery
Fly to Kathmandu, To Bhaktapur
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