The Land of the Thunder Dragon
1: ARRIVE KOLKATA
International flights from London to Delhi on arrival transfer
to Kolkata and stay at The Oberoi Grand Hotel
DAY 2: KOLKATA -
Morning transfer to the airport to board Druk Air
flight to Paro. On arrival transfer to the luxurious Uma Paro.
DAY 3: PARO
Day to walk to Rinpung Dzong, Zurig Dzong and Ta
Dzong, traverse over rivers, through the pine forests and picnic at
picturesque monasteries. Easy to moderate walk.
DAY 4: PARO
Drive to Drukgyul Dzong, close to the Tibetan border.
The route is inspiring, and the site of the Dzong is magnificent.
Return to a peaceful orchard for a picnic lunch directly opposite
Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger's Nest). After lunch climb to the
viewpoint, descend steeply, then climb up to the monastery, passing
waterfalls along the way. Visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest
and most sacred temples of the Kingdom, where one can see the
beginnings of Buddhism in Bhutan. Duration: 7 - 8 hours moderate to
DAY 5: PARO
After breakfast, drive to Punakha across Dochula Pass
(10,500 feet) to witness the most enchanting views of Bhutan. Tour
Punakha and visit the local market. Overnight at Amankora.
DAY 6: PUNAKHA - WANGDUEPHO - DRANG -
After breakfast, transfer to the pretty Bhutanese
town of Wangduephodrang. After lunch drive to the charming
colourful city of Thimphu and check in at the Taj Tashi Hotel.
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DAY 7: THIMPHU
Explore this colourful city on a full day tour, visiting the
various museums, textiles and arts centers. Evening visit
Tashichhodzong situated on the banks of Wang Chu home of the
National Assembly and popular summerretreat.
DAY 8: THIMPHU - PHUNTSHOLING
After breakfast take a scenic drive to Phuntsholing, en route
visiting Simtokha Dzong the oldest fortress of the Kingod 1627.
Just before arriving at Phuntsholing, visit the temple Kharbandi
Gompa. Overnight at Lhaki Hotel.
DAY 9: PHUNTSHOLING - DARJEELING
Morning drive to Darjeeling crossing the Coronation Bridge,
where the Teesta Riveris at its confluence with the Rangeet River.
It was built to commemorate the coronation of Queen Victoria. On
arrival in Darjeeling, check in at Glenburn Tea Estate.
DAY 10: DARJEELING
Witness the sunrise on the mighty peaks of Mount Everest and
Kanchenjunga. Morning half-day city tourof the sparkling hill
resort of Eastern India.
DAY 11: DARJEELING
Spend the day learning all about tea, visiting tea plantations, a
private tour of a tea factor yand enjoy a tea tasting. The
afternoon is at leisure.
DAY 12: DARJEELING - BAGDOGRA
Morning transfer to Bagdogra Airport to board a flight to Delhi.
On arrival transfer and check into The Leela Kempinski Gurgaon
DAY 13: DEPART DELHI
Early morning transfer for onward destination.