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Himalayan Sanctuaries
Duration :- 15 Days Tour
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Victoria Memorial CalcuttaA cultural tour of Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and Tibet
The Himalayas, for their beauty, majesty and the friendly people who reside there, are considered to be a land of pilgrimage, spirituality, serenity and beauty. Ours is a journey that attempts to elevate us to experience this spirituality with an opportunity to also enjoy the rich culture of the four mountaindoms that make up the region. We will wonder forever at Mother Nature's majesty.


Day 01: (Sat) Arrive Kathmandu - Nepal
Though the Himalayas stretch over several countries, Kathmandu holds the crown as the undisputed capital of the Himalayan region. Upon arrival in Kathmandu we are warmly received and subsequently transferred to our hotel. This evening we experience the life and warmth of the people.
Overnight: (1 night) (D)

Day 02: (Sun) Kathmandu / Kalimpong - India (flight)
A 45-minute flight conveys us to Bhadrapur where we will embark on a drive through the Teesta Valley to Kalimpong. This small mountain town sits at an elevation of 1250 m / 4101 ft and consists of beautiful countryside dotted with charming European styled cottages, definitely an extraordinary site to behold. Bhadrapur has become an important centre for floriculture with over 200 flower nurseries.
Overnight: (1 night) (B,D)

Day 03: (Mon) Kalimpong / Gangtok (drive 100 kms / 60 mi)
In Kalimpong, we visit some of the famous flower nurseries specialised in growing Orchids, Cacti, Anthuriums, and Gladioli etc. Later we enjoy the highlight of the day, a leisurely walk through the bustling market.
Overnight: (3 nights) (B,D)

Days 04 - 06: (Tue-Thu) Gangtok
Three interesting and unforgettable days in Gangtok. We start the sightseeing of Gangtok with Tashi to experience the breathtaking view of Mt. Khangchendzonga, and then it is off to see the local artisans at work. These artisans have been a part of this cottage industry. During the flower festival we take a tour of the nurseries and then continue with our touring of Gangtok. To end our stay in Gangtok we take a day trip to Tsomgo Lake located east of Gangtok at an altitude of 3650 m / 11975 yds. The journey to this spectacular mountain lake offers a magnificent view of Mt. Khangchendzonga and other peaks of Sikkim Himalayas. (B,D)

Victoria Memorial CalcuttaDay 07: (Fri) Gangtok / Darjeeling (drive 150 kms / 90 mi)
We take off for delightful Darjeeling where we visit the Ghoom Monastery, built in1875, to see one of the largest statues of the Maitreya Buddha. Next stop is the Himalayan Zoo, Home to Himalayan fauna such as: the Red Panda, Black Bear, Yaks and Tigers in their natural habitat. We end the day with a visit to the Natural History Museum, which has a fine collection of preserved butterflies, birds, reptiles and insects of the Himalayas.
Overnight: (1 night) (B,D)

Day 08: (Sat) Darjeeling / Phuentsholing - Bhutan (drive 85 kms)
We bid farewell to enchanting Darjeeling and take a scenic drive to Phuentsholing. As we drive to Phuentsholing, we stop at various villages along the way and meet the local folks and experience the local culture.
Overnight: (1 night) (B,L,D)

Day 09: (Sun) Phuentsholng / Thimphu (drive 174 kms)
After an early breakfast, we drive to Thimphu. We arrive in time for lunch after which we with a visit of the Memorial Chorten (a huge Stupa) followed by the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved and the Handicrafts Emporium where traditional textiles, Arts and crafts are displayed and can be bought.
Overnight: (2 nights) (B,L,D)

Day 10: (Mon) Thimphu
We enjoy a full Day tour of Thimphu visiting the Institute for Traditional Medicine, the School of Traditional Arts and Crafts where young Bhutanese students are taught the art of traditional method of painting Thankhas, the gold and silver bazaar, the Simtokha Dzong. (B,L,D)

Day 11: (Tue) Thimphu / Paro (drive 65 kms)
Early morning we drive to Paro to Satasam Chorten and hike to Taktsang Monastery. The round trip hike takes about 4 hours with picnic lunch at the Taktsang Cafeteria overlooking beautiful scenery. Evening we stroll through the narrow lanes of Paro town meeting local folks and chatting over tea.
Overnight: (2 nights) (B,L,D)

Victoria Memorial CalcuttaDay 12: (Wed) Paro
Our Paro experience starts with a visit to the National Museum, the flagstone of Paro Rinpung Dzong, the Tower (Utse), built in 1645, of the Dzong with its superb wood work, the vista of Mount Chomulhari, " The mountain of Goddess (altitude 7329 m / 24045 ft) and a typical Bhutanese farm house. Evening we take a leisurely stroll in Paro, a great opportunity to meet the people. (B,L,D)

Day 13: (Thu) Paro / Kathmandu (flight)
A scenic mountain flights gets us from Paro to Nepal and into Kathmandu where we are met and transferred to our hotel. We enjoy the Nepali hospitality and take time to walk through the town that is so well known, visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.
Overnight: (2 nights) (B,D)

Day 14: (Fri) Kathmandu
Morning we visit the major temple towns in the Kathmandu Valley including the famous Gilded Copper Gate in Bhadgeon, the Hindu Temple of Shiva and the Buddhist shrine of Bodhnath. Later we drive through the countryside to the "City of Artists" - Patan - and see beautiful art and architecture. We also stop at the fascinating Tibetan Refugee Craft Centre and visit the temples, pagodas and palaces in Durbar. Afternoon is free to enjoy Kathmandu the proper way, on your own and with no plan in advance. For those not continuing with us to Tibet, this will be our night to say farewell. (B,D)

Day 15: (Sat) Kathmandu / Lhasa - Tibet (optional) (flight) or Home bound
Morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Lhasa. (For those ending their tour, they will be also be provided with a transfer to the airport to suit their flight times).































































Cultural Tours : Aromas of East || Taj at Full moon || The Grand Palace Tour || Glimpses of South India || A Study Tours of the Indian Cuisines || Spirit of India || Historical Gujarat || Northern Raj || Southern Raj || Golden Triangle || Himalayan Sancturies || Treasures of South India || India Southern Spices ||
Classical India Tour || India from North to West || India from North to East || Best of Kerala || Exotic India & Nepal || Forts & Palaces of Rajasthan ||
Heart & Soul of India || Daily Departures Tours ||

Guaranteed Departure Tours : Best of North India || Best of South India || Discover India || Gems of Kerala || Incredible South India || Royal Rajasthan Tour || Splendors of North India Tour || Golden Triangle with Ranthambore Tour

Luxury Tour India : Royal India Tour || Exotic India Tour || Golden Triangle || Golden Triangle with Ranthambore || Glimpses of India || The Maharaja Tour || Himalayan Romance with Taj, Pink City & Lake City

Fixed Departure Tours : New Year at Taj Mahal || Pushkar Fair

Himalayan Panorama : Golden Temple & Kashmir || Bestway Himalayan Adventure || Drive through Buddhist Kingdom || The Holy Mount, Kailash Mansarover Yatra || Mountain Bike Tour

Beach Holidays : Majestic India with Goa || Sun & Sand of East India || Andamans - A Dream Destination || Goa Beach Tours India

Ayurveda,Spa & Yoga Holidays : Ayurveda at its best || Rejuvination India || Yoga in Rishikesh || South India Temples Tours

India by Rail : Palace on Wheels || Royal Rajasthan on Wheels || The Indian Maharaja || The Golden Chariot || Splendours of The South

Kerala Tours: Best of Kerala || Glimpses of South India || Indian Southern Spices

Special Interest Tours : Made for Each Other || The Culinary Art of India || The Best of Tandoori Delights || Dances of India || Project Tiger

Pushkar Mela : Jewels of India & Nepal with Pushkar

Spiritual Tours : Sai Baba of Puttaparthy || Sai Baba of Shirdi || Sri Aurbindo Ashram || The Great Temple Tour || Buddha Tour

Sikkim & Bhutan Tours :
Bestway Himalayan Adventure Tour || Best of Sikkim & Bhutan Tour

North East India Tour : Best of Arunachal Pradesh || Enchanting Nagaland

Trekking in Himalayas : Gangtey Gagona Trek || Bhumtang Cultural Trek || Sources of Ganges Trek || Outer Nanda Devi Sanctuary || Delhi - Delhi Tour || Everest Area || Annapurana Sanctuary || Manang Muktinath Jomsom

Asian Panorama : The Trails of Moghuls || Fascinating Myanmar || Highlights Vietnam || Tour to Mauritius || Tour to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia || Overland Singapore || Splendors of China

Hotels in India : Agra Hotels || Bangalore Hotels || Bikaner Hotels || Chennai Hotels || Cochin Hotels || Delhi Hotels || Goa Hotels || Jaipur Hotels || Jaisalmer Hotels || Jodhpur Hotels || Kathmandu Hotels|| Kolkata Hotels || Kovalam Hotels || Lumbini Hotels|| Mumbai Hotels || Munnar Hotels || Pokhara Hotels || Thekkady Hotels || Udaipur Hotels || Varanasi Hotels ||

Short Tours : Bestway Golden Triangle|| Delhi-Agra-Jaipur-Udaipur-Bombay || Delh-Agra-Khajuraho-Varanasi-Kathmandu || Delhi-Darjeeling-Gangtok-Kalimpong-Darjeeling-Delhi || Bombay-Mysore-Hassan-Banglore-Madurai-Trichy- Madras || Colombo-Annuradhapur-Polonnaruwa-Sigirya Kandy-Trivandrum-Bombay|| Kathmandu-Chitwan Wild life National park || Ladakh - The Little Tibet || Bombay-Goa || Bhubaneshwar-Puri|| Tibet - Overland || The Great Moghuls || Classical South India Tour


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