Located in the north-east part of India in the Eastern Himalayan Region, Sikkim is fortified state of India. It shares its international boundary with three countries i.e. Bhutan in the east, Tibet (an autonomous region in China) in the north and Nepal in the west. However, it shares its state boundary with West Bengal in the south. The state is entirely located in the great Himalayan region hence it has wonderful landscapes. In terms of population, Sikkim is the least populated state of India and in terms of area; it is second smallest state of India. Since, the state is located at different altitudes hence its climate varies from subtropical to alpine. Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak of the world is located on the border of Sikkim and Nepal. Teesta is the Major River of the state.
The colour and romance of India greets you as you disembark from your Jet in Delhi - India's splendid capital. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Full day sightseeing tour of Delhi city. An aura of history is everywhere in Old Delhi. Red Fort with its majestic ramparts and Jama Masjid one of the Asia's Largest mosques from the hub. You will also make a stop at Rajghat - Mahatma Gandhi's cremation point. New Delhi is well planned with wide tree lined avenues, fountains and parks. Colonial architecture dominates his part of the city, you will drive along the ceremonial avenues of Rajpath and view the splendid Presidential Palace, the circular Parliament House and impressive diplomatic enclave. Emperor Hummayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar complex, dating back to the 12th century. Overnight at Hotel.
Morning transfer to International airport to board flight for Paro. Depart Delhi by KB 108 at 1140 hrs Arrive Paro at 1545 hrs The flight into Himalayas from Kathmandu onwards reveals the breathtaking views of the great peaks, taking you right Dragon Kingdom, Cloud scrapping air strip at Paro altitude (7000 ft.). Our Bhutanese escort will greet you on arrival and will escort you to the hotel in Paro.
Paro city tour - The day begins with a drive through the Paro valley to see Drukgyel Dzong. enroute you see 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in the Kingdom. from nearby, you can also get a view of one of the most reverend pilgrimage site of Buddhist world, the Taktsang (tiger's Nest) Lhakhang perched precariously on a sheer rock face. (visit closed to tourist) The Drukgyel Dzong is a historical ruin from where Bhutanese replied the Tibetan invaders. You will visit afternoon, you will take the unique two hour drive to Thimpu - the capital of Bhutan.
Thimpu Sightseeing tour - Breakfast at hotel. This morning you visit the National library, the school of Thang paintings and traditional Medicine institute. Then visit handicrafts emporium to see the exquisite artistry on traditional crafts and textile and take a little stroll through the streets for shopping. After lunch visit the memorial Chorten to his late majesty Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. A three hour drive over spectacular Dochula Pass (3100mts) will bring you to Punakha Dzong, once seat of old capital of Bhutan and winter residence of Je Khenpo (head Abbot). After lunch a short journey (40 minutes) brings you to Wangdiphordrang Dzong on a hill over the junction of Puna Tsangchu and the Drangchu. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight hotel
Breakfast at hotel. 5-6 hrs drive to Phuntsholing the border town, drive through some of the most beautiful terraced fields of Bhutan. The journey cuts across terrace climbing from 500 mts to 2400 mts in the middle Himalayas. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Today you will be transferred to Kalimpong which is a small Buddhist town in the state of West Bengal. It is 6-7 hours between Phuntsholing and Kalimpong. Afternoon visit Kalimpong town and monastery nearby. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast mountain drive through Teesta Valley to Gangtok (5000 ft above sea level) the capital city of erstwhile princely state of Sikkim. This tiny town at first glimpse, looks like something out of a fairy tale with houses which seem precariously balanced on the slopes of the step mountain hills. On arrival check in at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Morning city sightseeing visiting the Enchey Monastery, The Residency for an excellent view of the mountains, the white Memorial hall, Tibetology Institute and Deer park. Afternoon take a trip across the valley to visit the famous RUMTEK monastery built by the 4th Chogyal -was damaged in a earthquake and was rebuilt. The 16th Gyalwa H.H. Karmapa after he escaped from Tibet, settled and lived in this monastery till completion of the Dharma Chakra centre nearby. Return to Gangtok for overnight stay.
6-7 hours drive to Pemayangtse with a stop at Singtam - a small town where you have a chance to look for orchids. On the last leg of the journey a steep drive brings you to Pemayangtse. You can have fantastic views of the surrounding valleys. On arrival check in at hotel. Later Pemanyangste monastery tour. Overnight at hotel
After breakfast leave for another breathtaking journey to Darjeeling the famous hill station (5700 ft.) The population of Darjeeling mainly comprise of Nepali, Lepcha, Tibetan and Bhutia. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Darjeeling city tour - Early morning drive to Tiger Hill to see Sunrise over Mount Kanchenjunga. On return visit Ghoom Monastery built in 1875 housing a huge statue of Lord Buddha. Morning free. Afternoon city tour visiting the most beautiful Hill station in the Eastern India, which has the highest race course in the world, the Lablong village, the mountaineering institute and house of Tenzin Norgay the first Everest Hero. Overnight at hotel.
In time transfer to airport, a lovely 3-4 hrs drive to board flight for Delhi. Depart Bagdogra & arrive Delhi
Your Bhutan/India experience comes to an end as you are transferred to International airport to board your homeward bound flight.
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