The fertile soil of Nepal at the foot of the highest mountain of the world has a wide range of art and cultural monuments to offer making this part of the tour exciting and
fascinating. The Team of Indo Vacations welcome you to visit India, Bhutan and
Nepal. You can be assured that your holidays in India, Bhutan and Nepal will be an unforgettable experience for lifetime.
Day 01. Flight to
Around midnight arrival in
Delhi. The cosmopolitan City and capital Delhi is the main gateway for
travelers. You are met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to your Hotel.
Day 02. Delhi
- Bagdogra (by air) - Darjeeling (about 100 km)
Late morning flight from Delhi to
Bagdogra. After the arrival in
Bagdogra we proceed north of the state through the coniferous
forests and terraced tea gardens and arrive in
Darjeeling (place of the thunderbolt) have spectacular scenery. Due
to its altitude of 2134 m and soothing temperature in Summer
Darjeeling has become a famous hill resort in India. By clear
weather we can enjoy the impressive and unforgettable views of
Day 03. Darjeeling
Excursion: Tiger Hill
Very early in the morning we drive to Tiger Hill (around 11 km.,1 hour) to enjoy the sunrise at the Tiger hill. Tiger hill (2590 m.) is the highest point in this area. There is a breathtaking view of the sunrise on Kangchendzonga.
Mount Everest (8842) is also visible on a clear day. The moments of sunrise from Tiger Hill are described by most of the visitors as unforgettable. In the afternoon we explore Darjeeling and its surroundings. We visit the village Lablong and the institute of mountaineering where we get the detailed information about the natural surrounding and its habitants of this area.
- Pemayangtse (about 260 km)
Today we leave the state
West Bengal and enter into
Sikkim. Sikkim is the
second smallest state in India. Sikkim, in the East Himalayas is sandwiched between Nepal to its West and Bhutan to the
East. In the North is Tibet/China. Sikkim has so rich of flora, fauna and a diverse ethnic and cultural population as no other state in
India. We drive through the forests and tea gardens and proceed to our today's destination
Pemayangtse (The perfect Sublime Lotus). We visit the headquarter of the Nyingama sect in
Day 05. Pemayangtse (Pelling) - Tashiding - Pemayangtse
We shall have an excursion today to the monastery belonging to the Nyingmapa order which is known as
Tashiding. The monastery of Tashiding lies nestled on the top of a hill that looms up between the Rathong river and the Rangit river and is surrounded by a profusion of Prayer flags that flutter in the air. There are also many chortans dedicated to some Chogyals and some religious personalities of
Sikkim. Carved skillfully on stone plates surrounding the monastery are holly Buddhist mantras like
"Om Mane Padme Hum" by the master crafts man Yanchong Lodil. Overnight stay in
Pemayangtse (Pelling) - Gangtok (about 200 km)
Today we drive through wonderful landscaping to
Gangtok, the capital city of the former Royal state of
Sikkim. Rest of the day is free to relax though it is advised not to miss to have walks in the local markets.
Day 07. Gangtok Excursion: Enchey monastery
Today we drive to the
monastery. This monastery is believed to be 200 years old. The monks of this monastery belong to the
Mahayana Buddhism. After the visit of
Enchain monastery we proceed to Martha Village-Resort, where we have afternoon at leisure. Here one can have nice walks or have a ride on the local horses of this area.
Day 08. Gangtok Excursion: Rumtek monastery
Today we visit the unique
Research Institute of Tibetology on a hilltop which was established in 1958 to promote research on
Tibet and Mahayana
Buddhism. Here we will see the biggest collection of Tibetan scripts and an excellent collection of rare
Tank has, bronze and cult objects. We also visit
orchid Sanctuary which is laying south of the institute. This Sanctuary contains over 450 indigenous species. Sikkim is considered paradise for orchid lovers. After the visit of sanctuary we walk through the bazaar of
Bangkok through the area of old palace and visit the monastery Gylwa. The main attraction of our excursion remains today the monastery of
Rumtek monastery was built as a true copy of a tibetan monastery in recent years.
Armtek is the headquarter of Red hat sect of tibetan lamaistic Buddhism.
- Phuntsholing (about 150 km)
Today we have a long way ahead (around 8 hours) as we will be leaving India and crossing the border between India and
Bhutan. After your immigration formalities are cleared by the help of Indo Vacations representative we shall proceed to the hotel on the Bhutanese territory. The rest of the day at leisure at the hotel.
- Thimphu (about 231 km)
We have a drive today through the hilly area of Bhutan to
Thimphu, today's capital city of Bhutan. In the evening there will be a welcome festival by the team of Indo Vacations in the hotel.
At 7,710 ft in the fertile valley of the
Wang chu river, the capital Thimphu is an engaging blend of the old and the new. The capital's most striking visual landmark is the magnificent Taschichho-Dzong, which is the seat of the Royal Government and Central Monastic Body. We visit today the national library to see the collection of rare and precious collection of
Buddhism. Today we also visit a painting school and the
center of the traditional medicines. In the evening we visit the Taschichho-Dzong
and Memorial Chorten. The postage stamps of Bhutan are very famous. Therefore we shall drive to the main post office to see and buy the stamps for our postcards.
Today we drive to
Punakha. On the way to Punakha we will cross the pass Dachu-La Pass (3100 m). At 4,300 ft Punakha with its sub-tropical climate is Bhutan's ancient capital and winter seat of the Central Monastic Body. Punakha has its own festive, the
Panache Douche that concludes with the Sera, a colourful re-enactment of an episode of the war against the invading Tibetans in the 17th century. The body of the
Shabdrung, who died in 1651 while in meditation at Punakha, is preserved at the
Dzong. After our arrival in Punakha we shall visit the unique Pungthang
Decent Hording Dozing, built in 1637 by the Shabdrung. The Dzong is situated on a triangular spit of land at the confluence of the Mo chu and Pho chu river.
- Bumthang (about 200 km)
Today we will drive to
Bumthang. The valleys of Bumthang are known for their beauty, temples and palaces of historical significance. Bumthang offers some of the best treks in Bhutan, ranging from easy walks in the idyllic countryside to extended treks to explore hidden alpine valleys, where the warm, unquestioning hospitality of the people and the pristine beauty of the land belong to another age. Overnight stay in
Today we have enough time to discover the town of
Bumthang. As distances are not very long we will walk to some of the monasteries
Gompa, the Lashings of Jape, Keri, Tasting Lashing). In the afternoon we leave the tropical jungle area and drive through the
Auto-La pass (3400 m) to Tongsa. Overnight stay in Tongsa.
- Punakha (about 70 km)
Ancestral home of Bhutan's ruling dynasty and site of Bhutan's most impressive fortress,
Tongs is a strategically located town on the east-west route. The sprawling Dozing
is built on a spur and the view of the Mangle river valley extends for many kilometers. We
will visit the Doing of Tongs which is one of the most famous impressive one in the country. In the afternoon we will drive again to
Punakha. Overnight stay also in Punakha.
Day 16. Punakha
- Paro (about 180 km)
At 7,382 ft
Paro is the site of Bhutan's only airport and is the most beautiful western valley. Besides the colourful spring tsechu (festival), Paro has a number of sights and monuments to enthrall the visitor. The pastoral beauty of Paro valley, magnificent views of Mount
Jhwmolhari, the incredible monastery of Tartan which clings to a sheer rock cliff, the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong (fortress of the victorious
Drupas) and the National Museum, housed in an ancient watchtower, are a few of the attractions that make Paro one of the high-points of any holiday in Bhutan. If we happen to be during the festival time in Paro the sightseeing of Paro will start in the early morning so that we enjoy the most of the festival.
Day 17. Paro
Today we start our day by visiting the National Museum. After the visit of the National museum we go for an excursion to Takstang
monastery. In April 1998 a fire destroyed the main structure of
Tatiana Monastery, perhaps Bhutan's most photographed and famous site, perched on the side of a cliff 900m (2952ft) above the valley floor. It is also known as 'tiger's nest' because
Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site on the back of a tigress in the eighth century. It has been one of the kingdom's most sacred sites ever since, and will be rebuilt in its original style once an auspicious date has been
- Kathmandu (by air)
Today we leave the country of dragons and drive early morning to the airport. We fly with Bhutan Air from Paro to
Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free to relax at Kathmandu.
- Pashupatinath - Bodnath
In the morning we start our sightseeing by visiting Durbar Square. Durbar Square is the spiritual heart of
Kathmandu. The old royal palace at the centre of the city was surrounded by temples and other important buildings. This is the most important point in Kathmandu to observe the culture and religion of Nepal. We also visit the temple of living goddess
Kumari. After Durbar Square we will visit Swayambhunath. The Stupa at Swayambhunath is the most important and oldest site of Buddhist worship in Nepal. Swayambhunath Stupa is famous for the eyes of Buddha which seem to observing the world from all 4 directions. After Swayambhunath we visit
Beneath. Beneath is the largest Stupa of Nepal. Around the octagonal base of Stupa there are 108 images of Buddha where prayer ceremonies of Buddhist Lamas are taking place since over 2000
years. Now we proceed to the temple city of Pashupatinath which is Nepal's most important Hindu pilgrim site on the banks of the Bagmati river. The temple of Pashupatinath is dedicated to god
Today we drive to
Patan. Patan was the second largest town in the valley but it has been absorbed into
Kathmandu. Patan was previously known as Lalitpur (the beautiful city). The famous King Ashoka built the Stupas at four corners in the 250 BC. The temple architecture here gave this city fame to be unique and most beautiful. After Patan we proceed to
Bhaktapur, the third biggest city of the valley.
Bhaktapur has preserved it's medieval character better than
Patan. We visit the golden door, the Palace of 55 windows (15th century) and Pagoda Nyatapola (18th century).
- Delhi (by air) Excursion: Dakshin Kali
Today we drive to
Dakshinkali. On the way we pass through the villages and small localities. Today we see the rural area where most of the people make their living by cultivating their fields. The temple of
Dakshinkali is a place of pilgrimage for
Hindus where animals sacrifices for the goddess Kali are still performed. In the Afternoon Flight to Delhi.
22. Delhi - Flight
Around Midnight flight
back to home destination.
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