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The Himalayas – the youngest, but the highest mountains in the world hold a promise for seekers of spiritual and earthly visions of paradise.

 

A region of images and unforgettable sensations: a misty dawn on the mountains, a bronze sunset, the clang of prayer bells and prayer flags at a monastery, the saffron and crimson robes rustling, soft voices droning age old mantras in the dim light of ancient temples, stupas, nomadic tents woven of yak hair, the pervasive aroma of yak butter.

 

The salubrious climate, country drives through pristine alpine meadows populated with brilliant birds and endless species of flowers, the fascinating world at a diverse array of wildlife, unique customs, beautiful handicrafts and the warm welcome of its gentle people. All these conjure up a wonder, neatly packaged for you.

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HIMALAYAN KINGDOMS

 

TOUR PROGRAM


Day 01: Arrival Delhi
You begin the Himalayan journey with your arrival in New Delhi. Our Executive will be there to Welcome and transfer you to the hotel (rooms on immediate occupancy).

Day 02: Delhi
Delhi the capital of India is one of the greenest capital cities in the world and home to more than 11.5 million people. It is an interesting blend of the past dating back to 1500 BC and the medieval time of the great Mughals extending up to the modern colonial times into independent India of Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru.

After a relaxed morning your can have a feel of these blending cultures by vesting Government buildings and India Gate – a memorial to Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives for independent India. Later visit Humayun’s tomb – a forerunner to the Taj Mahal. The last stop will be Qutub Minar - a transition form Hindu to Islamic architecture. The complex also houses the famous iron pillar which has withstood the vagaries of weather for the past 1500 years without rusting.

Overnight stay at the hotel.
 

Day 03: Delhi
After breakfast, a sightseeing tour in the morning will take you through Old Delhi visiting Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation was cremated, Red fort (1639 – 1648 AD) - built by the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and Jama Masjid (1650 AD) – the largest mosque in India. Afternoon is free to relax or go shopping.

Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 04: Delhi – Bagdogra – Darjeeling (By Flight + Drive)
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Bagdora. On arrival in Bagdora transfer to Darjeeling (90 kms – 04 hrs).

Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 05: Darjeeling
Before breakfast drive to Tiger Hill to watch the sunrise over the Kanchenjunga (8597 mts) if good weather conditions prevail! On your way back visit Ghoom monastery, one of the most important Tibetan monasteries in the area with a 4 m high status of Buddha.

After breakfast visit a Tibetan Refugee Centre and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Sherpa tensing Norgay, who died in 1988, lived here for some time. He along with Sir Edmund Hillary was the first to scale Mt. Everest. The afternoon is tat leisure. Stroll among the mall to flavor the local bazaars.

Day-06: Darjeeling - Gangtok
Drive to Gangtok (94 kms – 4 hrs). On the way visit some very interesting Tibetan monasteries. Take a detour to Kalimpong – a small colonial township nestled in the Himalayas. Later evening arrive in Gangtok.

Day-07: Gangtok
After breakfast enjoy a full day sightseeing in the charming capital of Sikkim, surrounded by Snow Mountains.

Visit Rumtek Monastery (24 kms), seat of the Gyalwa Karmapa, the head of the kagyupa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

A must in Gangtok is the Namgyal Institute of Tibetoloty, established in 1958, which has one of the world’s largest collection of books on Buddhism, rare manuscripts and incredibly finely executed silk-embroidered thangkas of Mahayana sect.

Walk through the colorful bazaar and visit the Institute of Cottage industries and Enchey Monastery on a Forest hill with excellent wall paintings (1840). From the terrace enjoy a breathtaking view of Gangtok and Tsuklakhang, the temple of the former king of Sikkim.

Overnight stay at the hotel

Day-08: Gangtok - Pemayangtse
After breakfast drive to Pemayangtse (150 kms – 05 hrs). The winding roads will take you to the beauty of this once upon a time Himalyan kingdom. The accommodation is fairly simple yet comfortable.

Overnight stay at the hotel

Day-09: Pemayangtse - Phuntsholing
En-route to the Bhutanese border town of Phuntsholing, enjoy a picnic lunch in hilly environs. Take a walk around this beautiful trading town.

Overnight stay at the hotel

Day-10: Phuntsholing - Thimpu
In the morning drive to Thimpu, the capital town on the kingdom of Bhutan, built by the late king Jugme Dorje Wangchuk. On the way, visit the Kharbandi Monastery.

Overnight stay at Thimpu

Day-11: Thimpu
In the morning visit Memorial Chorten, a stupa built, a stupa built in the memory of a Bhutanese king Return to hotel for lunch. Afternoon is free to stroll through the local bazaar.

overnight stay at the hotel

Day-12: Thimpu - Punakha
Drive to Punakha (70 kms – 03 hrs). the old capital of Bhutan via Dochula pass. An hour’s drive from Thimpu will take you to this pass (3050 mts). Treat yourself to the enchanting view of the mountain rangesLater drive on to Punakha also the winter residence of the central monk body. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong, the 17th century fortress which played an important role in building up modern Bhutan. Evening visit Punakha town and local market.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day-13: Punakha - Paro
After breakfast proceed to Paro, en-route visiting village houses. Lunch at the hotel.
Afternoon is free to stroll in the fascinating valley of Paro or take an excursion to Kila Goemba, the serene home of Buddhist nuns.

Overnight stay at the hotel

Day-14: Paro
Morning take an excursion to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, from where one can have a marvelous view of the Holy Chomlhari Mountains, the highest mountains in Bhutan. Also visit Kyichu Monastery. After lunch visit Ta Dzong along with National museum and also the Paro Dzong.

Day-15: Paro – Kathmandu (By flight)
Transfer to the airport and fly to Kathmandu (flights operate only on Wednesdays and Sundays). Evening is yours to reflect upon the mountain experience.

Overnight at the hotel

Day-16: Kathmandu
In the morning visit the Old City and its spiritual heart – the Durbar Square surrounded by temples and other important buildings like Hanuman Dhooka, the famous temple of Goddess Kumari and the stupa of Swayambhunath. View the Kathmandu Valley from top of the hill.

Evening take an excursion to Patan or Lalitpur – “the City of Beauty” an important Buddhist center which prospered under Malla Kings. Till today the remarkable vivacity of its temple architecture gives Patan a unique charm. Amongst the 55 major temples and 136 monasteries you will see Bhumsen temple, Krishna Mandir, jagannarya temple etc. Return to the hotel for overnight.

Day-17: Kathmandu
In the morning excursion to Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon), the third largest city in valley with its medieval character, said to have been designed in the 9th century, in the shape of Vishnu’s conch.

Visit the Durbar Square, statue of Bhupatindra malla, Taleju Chowk, Dattatreya temple etc. On your way back stop at Pashupatinath on the banks of the holy river Bagmati, Nepal’s most important Hindu pilgrim centre, 300 years old.

Day-18: Kathmandu – Onward Flight
Transfer to the international airport and fly back home.


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Delhi - Bagdogra - Darjeeling - Gangtok
Pemayangtse - Phuntsholing - Thimpu
Punakha - Paro - Kathmandu



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