Enchanting Voyages in the Himalayas
Tucked in one enchanting corner of the world, the mythical Shangri-la Bhutan is about Scenic Mountain paths, pristine nature treasures, vibrant Buddhist art and welcoming civilization, all served in hypnotic hues of the Himalayas. Catch the best of it as you not only spread your exploits in the last surviving Himalayan kingdom, but at the foothills of northeast India – blessed by the serenity of these young fold mountains.
Itinerary idea in details
Day 01 and 02
Your spectacular Bhutan tour commences with the highly noble, cultured and decidedly futuristic city of Kolkata. You will be gorging first on the culinary delights of this vibrant city, flavors of which are still reminiscent of the city’s colonial taste. Enjoy a private, home-cooked meal in a local Calcutta home with your welcoming host Iti. Experience traditional Indian taste and catch a glimpse of the local Bengali culture, while relishing Iti’s favorite recipes.
Learn how the architecture of Belur Math celebrates the diversity of Indian religions Enjoy a boat cruise along the Hooghly River to the Dakshineswar Kali Temple. Pay homage to the charitable works of Mother Teresa by visiting Mother Teresa's Mission and Mother House. Visit impressive structures including the Kalighat Kali Temple, Dakshineswar Kali Temple and Jain Temple. Also, hear about Europe's widespread influence in India as you tour the Victoria Memorial, St John’s Church and St Paul's Cathedral.
Day 03 and 04
Fly to Bagdogra / Phuentsholing to Thimphu
You will be driving to the border town of Phuentsholing through sprawling tea estates. Located at the foothills of the enchanting Himalayas, the town sports a fascinating blend of Indian and Bhutanese culture. Once here, spend your evening interacting with the locals – getting an insight of their traditions and rituals, as you walk through the market.
Following day, fly to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, which is also the centre of government, religion and commerce. Unique in its outlook, the city has an unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Feel free to explore the surroundings in the evening. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 05 - 08
Sight-seeing of Thimphu and the enchanting Punakha
Thimphu in all its blissful explorations, offers a splendid tour of the traditional and modern Bhutan that has ancient monasteries, historical spots, glitzy cafes and vibrant markets. As you ride through the alpine valley towards Punakha, you will be driving along serpentine roads. The area is sparsely populated and there is very little traffic on the roads, but one has to be cautious on the bends.
The beautiful Punakaha valley, which encapsulates within itself rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends, is home to many of Bhutan's oldest temples and monasteries, the country's only airport and the National Museum. There are splendid view of the distant Himalayas at Dochula pass ( alt. 3,088 m ) on Thimphu - Punakha road.
Day 09 – 10
Phuentsholing – Jaldaprara - Kalimpong
After Phuentsholing, we are on to the National highway & ride North West to reach Jaldapara Wild life sanctuary. If time permits, visit the Jaldapara National Park for game viewing. Then ride to Kalimpong, initially in the foothills and then uphill and downhill on serpentine roads.
Transfer to Bagdogra airport to take flight to Kolkata for your journey back home.