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Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour 17 Days

Bhutan, Sikkim, Darjeeling & Delhi

Trip Grading

Trip Price From US$ 3250 | See Details

Trip Accommodation3-4 star type hotels in Bhutan, 4 star type hotels through-out Sikkim/Darjeeling and Delhi.

Group Size Max. 8 (Min 2) (Guaranteed)

MealsAll meals in Bhutan, Sikkim & Darjeeling. Only breakfast when in Delhi. As specified in the itinerary Breakfast(B), Lunch(L), Dinner(D)

RouteBhutan, Phuntsholing, Gangtok, Darjeeling & Delhi

Trip TypeCultural Tour

Best MonthsMarch, April, October, November

Good MonthsJanuary, February, May, September, December

Lean MonthsJune, July, August

Trip highlights

  • One or more of the Bhutan’s colorful festival.
  • Bhutan attractions in capital Thimphu, Punakha valley, Trongsa, Bumthang and Paro valley.
  • Visits to villages in Bhutan
  • Visits to local markets
  • Hike to Famous Taktsang
  • Exciting overland journey from Bhutan to Sikkim through Dooars
  • Sikkim, Darjeeling tour

On this specially designed trip, you will visit at least one of the colorful festivals in Bhutan, tour it’s serene countryside, visit its ancient Dzong’s (fortresses), monasteries, colorful markets, villages, and meet with its friendly people. At the end of our 10-day Bhutan tour in temperate central valleys, descend through area of rain forests – waterfalls and mountainscapes, into warm sub-tropical frontier town of Phuentsholing.

Cross into India, through vast stretches of lush tea gardens, deep jungles and climb up hills to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. We tour this what was once an independent Buddhist Kingdom until 1974. Our final stop in this region is at the quintessential hill resort of Darjeeling, once a British sanatorium and retreat for the officer of Raj. Finally we fly to Delhi, the capital of India, from where you can extend your tour or return home. We have done this tour for over 6 consecutive years and so we can say that we have turned every stone and know every bit of what can be best done on this trip.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 & 2: Arrive by flight to Paro, Thimphu (L/D) Upon arrival in Paro by flight, meet and transfer to capital Thimphu, where we spend two nights. Thimphu the capital city with about 80,000 people has a youthful exuberance that constantly challenges the country’s conservatism and proud tradition.A full day tour to cover its many intresting attractions, including visit to colorful farmer’s market.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 3:Thimphu – Gangtey, Phobjikha  (B/L/D) Drive east across spectacular Dochu La, a 10,000-foot to beautiful Phobjikha valley. The valley is one of the protected areas within Jigme Singye W National Park.
Overnight in Phobjikha

Day 4: Gangtey – Trongsa -Jakar (Bumthang Valley)(B/L/D)Traverse 11,300-foot Pele La pass, and descend to Trongsa, After visiting Trongsa, continues toward Jakar in Bumthang district, across Yotong La pass. En-route visit the weavers in Chumey valley. Overnight in a hotel in Jakar.

Day 5: Full day tour of Jakar (Bumthang) (B/L/D) Full day tour of Bumthang, the cultural heartland of Bhutan.
Overnight in the hotel, in Jakar.

Day 6 & 7: Bumthang – Wangdue/Punakha (B/L/D)  Retrace your long drive back across Yutongla pass to Trongsa and then across Pele la pass to descend into semi-tropical Punakha – Wangdue valley. Along the way, stop in some of the villages and sights missed earlier. Next day, we have a full day tour of Punakha and Wangdue valley.
Overnights in the hotel.

Day 8: Punakha – Thimphu – Paro (B/L/D)  Head back to Thimphu, re-crossing the magnificent Dochu La Pass. Then continue to Paro, where we spend the rest of the afternoon touring beautiful Paro valley.
Overnight in Paro.

Day 9: Paro Valley (B/L/D)  Paro valley is one of the loveliest in Bhutan. We’ll tour to see its many attractions such the Ta Dzong watchtower Museum, Rinphung Dzong, beautiful 7th century Kichu Lhakhang and also cover Dumtse Lhakhang temple, known hold some of the finest murals in the kingdom. Visit local village.
Overnight in Paro.

Day 10: Paro (Hike to Takstang)(B/L/D)  Hike to the most famous pilgrimage site in Bhutan: Taktsang Goempa (tiger’s nest) monastery. It is one of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan. If for some reason, some of the members wish to skip hike to Taktsang, our Guide and driver can arrange other interesting alternatives for them. You can also hire pony for the uphill part, till the view point but you must be able to walk back downhill. While some will probably not make it all the way to the monastery, but even to get to the first view point is really worth a try to experience the magic of the place. Return to Paro, where we may have more time for stroll around the town.
Overnight in Paro.
On the April trip, you will be provided an option to wake up early (at dawn) to see the unfurling of giant Thongdrol Thangka

Day 11: Phuntsholing (B/L/D) Six-hour drive makes twists and turns, and descends down to the warm frontier town with India. Along the way, you will pass small towns, and see great views of mountains, gorges and waterfalls. Stroll around the town.
Overnight Druk hotel or similar.

Day 12 : Drive to Gangtok (Sikkim) (B/L/D) Cross the border into India (visa required). Drive through the Duar Plain, passing vast tea estates. Approximately one quarter of India’s tea is grown in West Bengal state. On arrival there will be time for a wander in the town, MG Marg and Lal Bazaar market.
Overnight in Gangtok.

Day 13: In Gangtok (B/L/D)  Gangtok is a bustling, friendly hill station, and the capital of the state of Sikkim. The name Gangtok is derived from the Tibetan word for ‘hillside,’ and the city currently has a population of around 100,000 – a mixture of indigenous Sikkimese and people of Nepalese and Tibetan ancestry. Full day for touring local monasteries, view points, hindu temple, flower Expo, Musuem, Cottage industry workshop, showroom, orchid nursery etc.
Overnight in Gangtok.

Day 14: Gangtok – Rumtek -Darjeeling (B/L/D)  In the morning, visit large Karmapa monastery in Rumtek, located on ridge top, opposite of Gangtok. Continue our scenic hill drive, through tea plantations to Darjeeling. We may be able to stop and visit local tea estate along the way. After enjoying high tea with views of Mt Kanchenjunga massif (weather permitting) in your British Raj style hotel, head out for stroll on Chowrasta Mall and lower market.
Overnight in Darjeeling.

Day 15: In Darjeeling (B/L/D)   Early this morning (before dawn), you can take an optional drive to the visit Tiger Hill, for sunrise view over the Himalayan peaks. After breakfast in the hotel, we have a full day to explore Darjeeling. Visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and along the same way you can visit Zoological park too. Walk downhill or transfer to the Tibetan Self Help Center. Later visit Dali Gompa and others as per available time. You will also take a short joy ride on the famous ‘toy train’ till Ghoom. Visit old Ghoom monastery and return to your hotel. Your guide will improvise itinerary as per your interests. If you have not seen tea-estate (factory), you can visit today! Overnight in Darjeeling.

Day 16: Delhi  2-3hrs drive takes us to Bagdogra airport, from where we fly you to Delhi.(B) You may choose stay longer in Darjeeling, depart for Nepal, Kolkata or other destinations after Darjeeling. Upon arrival in Delhi airport, meet and transfer to your hotel, which is located in the heart of New Delhi in Connought Place area. You may also choose to connect with your international flight back home. If are doing this, remember to keep flight after late evening – say after 8pm.

Day 17: Delhi -Departure (B) Departure transfer to the airport in time for your flight.