• Enjoy the colorful dance and music of Paro or Thimpu festivals
• In India, visit Darjeeling Hill Stations & see Mount Kanchenjunga, world's 3rd highest
• In Bhutan, visit Thimpu, Paro, Bumtang and Trongsa Punakha and their impressive Dzongs (administrative and religious fortress)
• Visit the Kingdom of Sikkim & Rumtek Monastery
• Climb to spectacular Taktsang monastery
• 21 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Starts and finish in Calcutta
• All meals included
• Includes 2 internal flights
• Activity Level: 2
Land of the Peaceful Dragon - if ever there was an intriguing description of a country, this must be it. A land of friendly, devout Buddhists, mountain monasteries and snow-capped 22,000-foot peaks, Bhutan and its neighbors, Darjeeling and Sikkim, are the cultural explorer's Philosopher's Stone.
Our trip begins with a short flight to Bagdogra, India. From here, we drive to the former hill station of Darjeeling, famous for its tea plantations, temperate climate and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Views of Kanchenjunga (the world's third highest mountain) and a visit to a tea factory feature prominently during our days in Darjeeling.
In Sikkim, a kingdom formerly closed to tourists, be awe-inspired by spectacular views of mountain peaks. Experience a rare opportunity to mingle with a traditional Himalayan community, considered by many to be the last Shangri-La.
We travel to Bhutan along winding mountain roads. We visit Thimphu, the nation's capital, and wander through markets, Buddhist temples and monasteries. We journey to Wangdi and visit the famous Punakha Dzong via the Duchola Pass, with its stunning views of the Himalayas.
Add a visit to Paro, where one can hike to Taktsang Monastery and encounter Bhutan's gentle and gracious people. It's the perfect recipe for a magical itinerary set against the mystical backdrop of the majestic Himalayas. Our spring departure includes the colorful Paro festival with parades, dances and ceremonies.
FROM: $6995 USD
has guaranteed departures
Comfortable hotels with private bathrooms.
Elevation: 3 times we drive over mountain passes just over 3000m/10000ft. Some rough/windy roads and long drives. Temperatures can be cold at night at high altitude so warm clothing is necessary.
Arrive in Calcutta, India
Calcutta - Kalighat Kali Temple
Fly to Bagdogra, India - Tea Factory
Darjeeling - Mt. Kanchenjunga
Darjeeling - Mountaineering Institute
Gangtok - Institute of Tibetology
Rumtek Monastery - Kalimpong, India
Spectacular Drive to Thimphu
To Wangdi via Dochula Pass, Punakha Dzong
Bumthang - Jakar Dzong, Jambey Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang
Thimpu via Dochula Pass
Hike to Taktsang Monastery
Fly to Calcutta, Farewell Dinner