Nepal – Bhutan & Sikkim Tour

13 Nights 14 Days

KATHMANDU – PARO – THIMPU – PUNKHA – KALIMPONG – GANGTOK – DARJEELING

The tour gives you a unique chance to experience mystical Himalayan Kingdoms of Nepal and Bhutan besides Sikkim and Darjeeling in north East India. Start your tour with Capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, so rich in architecture and culture that the entire valley has earned the status of World Heritage Site. Next, fly to the hidden dragon kingdom of Bhutan. The ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ will allure you with ancient cultures, architecture, exotic festivals and the timeless practice of Buddhism. We then drive to an old kingdom of Sikkim located between Nepal and Bhutan which is now part of India. Encompassed by pure natural beauty, this small but captivating state offers a spectacular view of mighty Kanchenjunga. Towards the end, visit Darjeeling popularly known as the “Queen of the Hills” and also famous for Darjeeling Tea and home to Himalayan Railway that is also now a world heritage site.

The landlocked country, Nepal is a Birthplace of the Buddha, home of Gurkhas, roof of the world, land of legend and beauty. Within its intricate lanes, Nepal contains an absolutely remarkable diversity of cultures and landscapes. The mystics ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ has an allure of ancient cultures, architecture, exotic festivals and the timeless practice of Buddhism. A trip to the unparalleled destination of North East India, Sikkim discloses some of the amazing tourist destinations. Encompassed by pure natural beauty, this small but captivating state offers a spectacular view of mighty Kanchenjunga.

1

Day:

Kathmandu

Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. Located in Kathmandu Valley, city is the cultural center. The city boasts of several tourist attractions that are worth exploring.
Overnight stay in hotel.
2

Day:

Kathmandu

In the morning city tour of Kathmandu.
We will start our Kathmandu sightseeing tour with a visit to Durbar Square, which was a royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century. The palace is also known as the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square. The square is surrounded by wonderful architecture displaying the skills of Newar craftsman. It is a UNSECO World Heritage Site.
Then we will move ahead to visit one of most beautiful attractions in the city, Kumari Chowk. It is a house of the living goddess. The Kumari is a young girl who is the reincarnation of Taleju. She was discovered when she was about four years old after passing many tests. She did not show fear from the severed head of a water buffalo; she had to select items that belonged to the last incarnation of the Kumari from many objects to prove that she was the reincarnation of the Goddess.
Then we will move forward to see Swayambhunath. It is an ancient religious complex that is perched high in the Kathmandu valley. It is also known as the monkey temple and is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. The complex encompasses a stupa, temples and shrines and provides a spectacular view of Kathmandu valley.
Afternoon, we shall visit Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath.
Pashupatinath Temple, the oldest Hindu shrine in Nepal and also the most sacred place of worship for Hindus. The temple is dedicated to Lord Pashupatinath. It is a UNSECO World Heritage Site.
Then we shall go to visit Boudhnath Stupa which is the largest stupa in Asia. The stupa is located on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu, built in 14th century after Mughal invaded the city. Being the holiest Buddhist Temple outside Tibet, it is a center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu.
Overnight stay at hotel.
3

Day:

Kathmandu

In the morning visit Bhadgaon or Bhaktapur as it is now called.
Bhaktapur is the best preserved city of the country. Till date, the former name of the city- Bhadgaon meaning the City of Devotees -is used by locals. Bhaktapur houses three major squares full of lofty temples that comprise some of the finest sacred architecture in the entire country.
In the afternoon we shall visit once a ferociously self-governing city-state, Patan is located in the suburb of Kathmandu, detached only by the misty Baghmati River. A visit to Patan is remarkable because of Durbar Square as it has best collection of temples and palaces. It comprises of the Royal Palace, which encompasses an opulently ornamented bathtub, and the two-tiered brick Jagannarayan Temple.
Overnight stay at hotel.
4

Day:

Kathmandu – Paro

Transfer to Kathmandu airport to board a flight to Paro to visit Bhutan.
Arrive at Paro airport and transfer to hotel.
The beautiful valley of Paro is situated on the confluence of two rivers and is one of the widest valleys in the kingdom. Fertile rice fields and crystalline rivers gushing down the valley, traditional style houses are make it a picturesque valley.
Rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight stay at hotel.

5

Day:

Paro

In the morning visit Drukgyel Dzong, also known as Fortress of the victorious Bhutanese. It was erected by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in year 1696 to commemorate victory over the Tibetan armies. Though the fortress has been destroyed in a fire, site of ruins still remains very impressive.
Proceed through the valley to visit Ta Dzong, the national museum. Housed in 17th century watch tower, it offers picturesque views over the valley. The national museum houses a unique collection of fine arts, textiles, jewelry, handicrafts and the most popular section of the museum is stamp hall. The hall has a unique collection of 3 D stamps, record stamps, silken stamps, embosses stamps and very famous around the world triangular yeti stamp.

Take a short tour down to Rinpung Dzong was built in 1646 AD by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. A stroll to Dzong through the bridge offers a panoramic view of the Dzong. It is one of the finest examples of Bhutanese monastery.

Walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro town.
Stroll around the market and return to hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel.
6

Day:

Paro – Thimpu

(65 KM, 2 Hours )

After breakfast leave for Thimpu.
Arrive and check in at hotel.
Thimpu is the capital city of fascinating country, Bhutan. A large gate and a stupa welcome visitor to the city. Thimpu’s charm is still prevalent in the juxtaposition of old and new. Thimpu is not only famous for traditional Buddhist monasteries, but it also offers cafes, bars and restaurants for you to enjoy. If you are looking for the balance between the old and the new then this city is the key to that treasure.

Visit Memorial Chorten
. Established in 1974 as a memorial to the third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, this large Tibetan style chorten is one of the most visible religious sites of the city. The overwhelmed chorten, with its lofty golden dome, is ornamented with opulently painted extensions facing the basic four directions, and features intricate mandalas, figurines and a temple devoted to the popular king.
Changgangkha Temple is one of the oldest temples in Thimpu valley. It was Built in 15th century by the founder of Drukpa sect. The temple was renovated at the end of 20th century and resembles a fortress. This sacred site is mostly visited to seek blessing from the deity. One should not miss an excellent view of Back Bora from here.
Built by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa in 1641, Tashicho Dzong is one of the most impressive structures of Bhutan. The structure is the seat of Bhutanese government. The northern part of the dzong is still a summer residence of the royal family.
Also visit National Library and the school of arts and crafts.
The national library is the main spiritual repository and research facility dedicated to preservation and promotion of the rich literary, cultural and religious heritage of our country. if you are interested in Bhutanese religion, history, traditions and lifestyle, then a visit to this library is a must as it a treasure trove of documents related to Bhutan.
Overnight stay
7

Day:

Thimpu – Punakah -Thimpu

Day excursion to Punakha, the road winds up to from Simtokha Dzong into Pine forest and through villages for 20 km. Punakha is regarded as the winter capital of the country. The Punakha valley offers the first glimpse of the Himalayan Range. It is breathtaking to watch the sun setting and the distant mountains changing its hues.
Visit Punakha Dzong which is strategically located at the confluence of two rivers. It served as Bhutan’s winter capital for over 300 years. Built in 1637 by Ngawang Namgyel, it is the most glorious structure that dominates the valley.
Drive back to Thimpu for overnight stay.
8

Day:

Thimpu – Phuntsholing

(180 KM, 6 Hours )

Breakfast at the hotel and then leave for Phuntsholing.
En-route stop and visit Chukha Hydel Project.
Chukha Hydel Project is one of the largest investments undertaken in Bhutan in the history. It offers a scenic view to the tourist of the surroundings. The lush green mountains and gushing water streams have made it a great stopover for the tourist.
Arrive at Phuntsholing and check in at hotel.
Phuntsholing is a gateway to Bhutan. It shows a fascinating mix of cultures, people, languages and costumes. The town offers a scenic view of the Himalayan slopes covered with orchids.
Overnight stay at hotel.
9

Day:

Phuntsholing – Gangtok

(170 KM, 7 Hours )

In the morning leave for Kalimpong and after arrival check in at hotel.

Perched on a Himalayan crest enclosed with lush green forests and overlooking the meandering Teesta River, Kalimpong is a captivating hill station near Darjeeling. Kalimpong is a tranquil town situated in the lap of Nature from where the skyline of mountains resembles a green ocean and Kanchenjunga offers a imposing view when one gazes at it from Deolo Hill.
Drive to old Bhutanese Ruins where old Bhutanese monastery stood.
Go for shopping of interesting souvenirs at Haat Bazaar.
Haat Bazaar in Kalimpong is a local village market that is set up on every Wednesday and Saturday. It is a scenic market as you can experience the lifestyle and culture of local people. You can savor the taste of local food such as momos, alu thukpa, and phambis. Rishi Road offers you to buy wonderful items such as Dallay Khorsani, Kalimpong cheese and lollypops, fing, handmade paper products, Tibetan art and crafts.

Overnight stay at hotel.
10

Day:

Kalimpong – Gangtok

In the morning drive to Gangtok.
Gangtok, capital city of Sikkim State, is a perfectly landscaped town which is nestled amidst some spectacular sceneries and glorious snowcapped hills. Gangtok became a popular tourist pilgrimage because of the magnificent and extraordinary Buddhist monasteries. Due to these beautiful monasteries, Gangtok has earned the title of “Land of Monasteries”. Gangtok is also a land of bright sunrise and lush greens, which inspires, impresses and enchants all.

Arrive and check in at hotel.
In the afternoon leave for sightseeing of Gangtok. We will first visit Directorate of handicrafts and handlooms is a major center for learning in Sikkim. The center preserves languishing tradition of culture through its vibrant art and craft. Established in the year 1957, the center is a hub of activity, development and progress. Some of the items that can be found in center are Thangka paintings, wooden carved, carpets, handlooms, cane and bamboo works.

Then visit Enchey Monastery. Established in 1909, Enchey monastery belongs to Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism. The monastery is located over a stunning ridge of a hill. The monastery provides a wonderful view of Mount Kanchenjunga. The monastery houses number of images of gods, Goddesses, and religious objects, topped with shining golden cupola. Buddha, Loki Sharia and Guru Padmasambhava are worshipped in the monastery.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
11

Day:

Gangtok

In the morning visit Do Drul Chorten Stupa. Situated on a hillock, Do Drul Chorten Stupa is one of the most important Chortens of Sikkim. The place is marked by its golden dome, which is visible from various places of the city. It is believed that the place was haunted by evil spirits and in order to remove those evil spirits, Trulshig Rinpoche built a stupa.
Hanuman Tok temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is perched beautifully over a hill. The temple offers a magnificent view of the capital city Gangtok.
Research Institute of Tibetology founded in 1958 to promote the religion, culture, history, art and craft of the Tibetan culture. It houses a library which is a trove of largest collection of Tibetan works. The museum holds a huge collection of statues, ritual objects, traditional art objects, Thangkas and ancient manuscripts in Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese and Lepcha.
The Ganesh tok temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The path leading to the temple is decorated with colorful flags and each flag has a sacred inscription written. It is the most famous temple in Sikkim.

Tashi view point offers a delightful view of Mount Kanchenjunga. It offers an unforgettable view of sunrise where you witness the mountains changing various hues.

Overnight stay at hotel.
12

Day:

Gangtok – Dargeeling

In the morning transfer to Darjeeling.
Darjeeling is a beautiful hill resort located in the eastern Himalayas and has earned the title of Queen of Hills. This small hill resort is cuddled up modestly on the lap of Eastern Himalayan ranges and boasts of burbling rivers, lush green meadows, flowering valleys, gushing waterfalls, majestic mountains and the main magnetism – gleaming peak of Mount Kanchenjunga. During the British Raj, the hill resort was the popular summer resort.
Arrive and check in at hotel for overnight stay.
13

Day:

Dargeeling

Early morning, drive to tiger hill by jeep to get a wonderful view of the sunrise on the Himalayas. Tiger Hill is located at the distance of 11 km from Darjeeling and provides a spectacular view of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga.

Later enjoy Toy train joy ride between Darjeeling and Ghum Monastery. The Toy Train built between 1879 and 1881, is so special that it has been given the UNESCO World Heritage status. It is a romantic journey and a unique ride with picturesque mountain views. The train passes by many village and you can have a glimpse of children waving at you while you take this relaxes and charming ride through the hills.
Later go for city tour of Darjeeling, we will first visit Mountaineering Institute. Established in 1954, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling was set up to encourage mountaineering as a sport. The institute was built to commemorate the success of Tenzing so that he could impart his skills to all those who were interested in mountaineering. The complex comprises of a Swiss stylized house for Sherpa trainers, residential school for mountaineering students, and a well-equipped museum which displays mountaineering artifacts and many expedition displays.
Then we shall visit Lebong Race Course, highest racecourse in Asia. It is beautifully nestled in the lap of the Himalayas and aromatic tea gardens.

Darjeeling is known as the Mecca of Tea as it boasts of sprawling tea estates. There are 80 Odd Tea Gardens in Darjeeling. You can spend some time in Tea gardens, visit the tea factory, glare the role of a tea taster, and talk to the tea pickers, taste fresh brewed tea.
Overnight stay.
14

Day:

Kalimpong – Bagdogra Airport

(95 KM, 3 Hours )

In the Morning transfer to Bagdogra airport to board a flight to onward destination.

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Is this a group tour?

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Is this trip possible for single traveler?

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Is it possible to make extension or modify tours?

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What’s included in the cost?

Our cost normally includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, private air-conditioned car with driver which includes fuel, parking and all taxes, entrance fee to monuments, train tickets if any, guided city tours in English or in other foreign languages, viz French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or other foreign languages subject to availability which we can notify at the time of reservation request. Our cost also includes some other services viz Elephant ride at Amer fort in Jaipur, camel safari in Jaisalmer and boat tour in Varanasi. We shall send you all details at the time of sending you quotation.
We may also include other services viz lunches, dinners or other services if you wish. We may also exclude guide service and entrance fee to monuments if you so wish.

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Established in 1980, State Express has been providing most reliable services to travelers all over the world for last 35 years. We are renowned for our customer first approach and unobtrusive efficiency which ensures the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We have been awarded several times by State Government for being best Tour Operator. All aspects of our tours have been carefully researched and then designed to give ultimate experience to travelers. Let our travel knowledge help you to create a wonderful experience, whether on one of our tour itineraries or a tailor made tour itinerary made exclusively for you to give you an unforgettable holiday.

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Our success has been possible because of our people who are our biggest asset. We have a team of highly dedicated, sincere, hardworking who work with integrity that has made State Express one of the leading and most reliable tour companies in India. They not only have expertise and experience to meet any requirement, they also speak foreign languages and trained to offer only the best and leave nothing to chance. We know that travel to Indian sub-continent is a dream of many of our guests and our team does everything possible to make their dream true and give them an experience of their lifetime.

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We have complete infrastructure to provide you best rate and services to you. We are an IATA approved and authorized agents for all domestic airlines and Indian Railways. We have our own cars vans and coaches with experienced drivers. We have multi lingual staff to ensure that our guests do not face any language problem. We also have associate offices in all major tourist centers to provide assistance in shortest possible time.

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We undoubtedly have one of the best and most modern fleet of cars, vans, 4X4s and large coaches. Surface travel is a very important aspect in India as you spend lot of your time while travelling on the road and therefore given us an edge over other tour companies who have to rely on other transport companies to provide this service to their clients. We have our own garage and all our vehicles are well maintained to give you hassle free journey.
Besides having the best fleet, it is our drivers who truly make the difference as they play a crucial role in making a tour successful. Even if you stay in best of the hotels and travel in most comfortable and luxurious vehicles, if you do not have a good driver, it may spoil your experience. We have our team of drivers who are part of State Express and have been working with us for years and they are trained, dedicated and motivated to take care of our guests and make them comfortable. That is the reason that more than 90% of our guests thank us and appreciate them after returning to their home.

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We take utmost care in selection of hotels that we recommend to our clients and include in our list of suggested hotels. We inspect these hotels regularly to be sure of their quality of product and services. We give lot of emphasis on the location and the people who run those hotels. We want to give you clients an experience of heritage and palace hotels which are unique and not available in other part of the world.

Our tour itineraries

All our tour itineraries are designed by experts to give you an opportunity to see most wonderful sites in number of days at your disposal at the same time giving you time to explore the places in your own way. We have a number of itineraries to choose from which covers all India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. We also include mode of travel and approximate time taken between places to ensure that you do not have any surprises during the tour. Our specialists will also work with you to create an itinerary of your choice either by modifying our readymade tour itineraries or prepare an exclusive tailor made tour for you based on your interest and liking keeping in mind local conditions.

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We provide you clients real 24X7 assistance during the tour. This is not a marketing gimmick but we have someone in our office always to assist you in case of any emergency anytime. We also provide cell phone numbers of our executive who you may contact even during odd hours when you need them for anything urgent. We have associate offices in all major cities of India to provide you assistance in minimum possible time.

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