Day 1: Arrival in Calcutta
Transfer to hotel near airport.
Day 2-3: Darjeeling
One hour flight departing at noon for Bagdogra and a pleasant drive to Dajeeling where we spend two glorious days in Darjeeling, perhaps the most beautiful city in the Himalayas. Cherish a sunrise visit to Tiger Hill, a ride on the toy train to Ghoom and visits to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the Rail Museum. Enjoy lovely walks at your leisure.
Day 4: Darjeeling-Pemayangtse
We depart to Pemayangtse on a stunning drive through forests of aok, pine a nd orchids with the Kangchendzonga range in the background. Visit Pemayangtse Monastery and Sangacheoling Monastery.
Day 5-6: Gangtok & Rumtek
Drive to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Visit monasteries, dharma centers, cottage industries and enjoy the impressive view of Mt. Kanchendzonga.Excursion to Rumtek Monastery
Day 7: Gangtok-Phuntsholing
Drive to the Bhutanese border.
Day 8-9: Paro
Attend the Paro Festival. Visit the Dzong and other sites around Paro.
Day 10-11: Thimphu
Thimphu is an enchanting blend of the old and new. We visit the Memorial Chorten, National Library, Institute of Traditional Medicine and the bustling bazaar. A special treat here is a visit to the School of Arts and Crafts.
Explore Punakha Dzong, located in the middle of the river, where many women go to pray for progeny, and then visit nearby villages.
Day 13-14:Gangtey (Phobjikha Valley)
Visit the ancient Gangtey Gompa and stroll around the beautiful Phobjikha Valley.Optional walks.
Day 15: Trongsa
Enjoy a picnic at the site of the Chendibji Stupa. Visit Trongsa Dzong, a magnificent example of Bhutanese architecture.
Day 16-18: Bumthang
In Bumthang tour Tamshing Lhakhang, a treasure house of religious Buddhist paintings, Tamshing Monastery, one of the most sacred Nyingmapa monasteries, and Mebartso, the burning lake. A day excursion to the remote village Ura.
Day 19: Fly to Paro
Arrival and lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon independent.
Day 20: Paro
We start out early on our hike of Taktsang Monastery (aka Tiger's Nest Monastery). Everyone at your own pace; go as far as you like. Return to Paro and continue visits.
Day 21: Depart
Fly to Bangkok or Kathmandu for your flight home.