Bhutan - Land of the peaceful dragon

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• Enjoy the colorful dance and music of Paro or Thimpu festivals
• In India, visit Darjeeling Hill Stations & see Mount Kanchenjunga, world's 3rd highest
• In Bhutan, visit Thimpu, Paro, Bumtang and Trongsa Punakha and their impressive Dzongs (administrative and religious fortress)
• Visit the Kingdom of Sikkim & Rumtek Monastery
• Climb to spectacular Taktsang monastery

Fact File

• 21 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Starts and finish in Calcutta
• All meals included
• Includes 2 internal flights
• **Includes Bhutan tourism tax surcharge**
• 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 Bagdogra, India. 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 factory 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 mingle 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. Our spring departure includes the colorful Paro festival with parades, dances and ceremonies.

FROM: $9995 USD


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Comfortable hotels with private bathrooms.

Comfort notes

Elevation: 3 times we drive over mountain passes just over 3000m/10000ft. Some rough/winding roads and long drives. Temperatures can be cold at night at high altitude so warm clothing is necessary.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Calcutta, India
Day 2: Calcutta - Kalighat Kali Temple
Day 3: Fly to Bagdogra, India - Tea Factory
Day 4: Darjeeling - Mt. Kanchenjunga
Day 5: Darjeeling - Mountaineering Institute
Day 6: Gangtok, Sikkim
Day 7: Gangtok - Institute of Tibetology
Day 8: Rumtek Monastery - Kalimpong, India
Day 9: Phuntsholing, Bhutan
Day 10: Spectacular Drive to Thimphu
Day 11: Sites of Thimphu
Day 12: To Wangdi via Dochula Pass, Punakha Dzong
Day 13: To Bumthang
Day 14: Bumthang - Jakar Dzong, Jambey Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang
Day 15: Trongsa
Day 16: Thimpu via Dochula Pass
Day 17: To Paro
Day 18: Paro Festival
Day 19: Hike to Taktsang Monastery
Day 20: Fly to Calcutta, Farewell Dinner
Day 21: Depart Calcutta
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