Nov 23 - Dec 06, 2014 Rating:
TID 8682 Darjeeling, Sikkim and Bhutan Tour - Extension to West Sikkim. (Nov 23 - Dec 06, 2014) Dear Anand, We arrived 3 hours ago in Vienna, because after finishing your tour we travelled 13 days across West Bengal. Your guides and drivers were very professional. We can recommend these gentlemen for further tours. That we had problems with hiking and didn't see all major monuments is not their mistake. Nevertheless we are satisfied. Our rooms in the hotels in Pelling, Yokson and Thimphu were top, the rooms in Phuentsholing and Kalimpong were OK, the room in Paro had a little
Sept. 19-30, 2012 Rating:
TID 571: Darjeeling Sikkim & Bhutan (Sept. 19-Sept. 30, 2012) We just returned from our trip and are going through our mail. I want to let you know that Bhutan was the highlight of our 14 week trip. We thought it would be good but it was actually great/fascinating. Thanks for organizing it.
March 09-April1,2011 Rating:
Stephen Freeman x 03 - 09 Mar/01 Apr, 2011 Dear Sonam, Now that we have returned home after our trip to Bhutan and India following our memorable week touring in Sikhim and Darjeeling with you, I would like to thank you and your team at Windhorse Travel for putting it together to meet our needs, and for the wonderful tour that you executed for us. From the greeting at Badgdora upon our arrival to our departure across the border into Bhutan, you went out of your way to find out our personal interests and then tailored the tour to ensure we
March 9 -April1,2011 Rating:
Stephen Freeman Family 09 March - 01 April, 2011 Dear Ugen, Now that we have returned home after a memorable 3 weeks in Sikhim, Bhutan and India I would like to thank you and your entire team at Windhorse Tours for putting it together to meet our needs, and for the wonderful tour that you executed for us. From the greeting upon our arrival to our departure, your staff went out of their way to find out our personal interests and then customized the tours to ensure we got the very most out the vacation. In particular I want to thank the
March,25 2010 Rating:
Sikkim Bhutan Custom Trip Mar 21- April 03, 2010 Our guide in Sikkim and Darjeeling was also very good. We gained a lot of information about the country. The driver was very adept at handling the car in a difficult driving situation. He was very patient and a safe driver. The only problem we had was on arrival from Dubai into Delhi. There was no one to meet us at the airport. I was able to reach the agent on his cell and he apologized and had us take a taxi to the Ashok Country Resort. The hotel was fair. He
Sep 25-17Oct, 2008 Rating:
TID 155 India and Bhutan Tour (25 Sep -17Oct. 2008) Hi Ugen, Thank you for everything you have done to organise our trip, it truly was a trip of a life time in every aspects and was of top quality, and i am missing bhutan already. I will be traveling with windhorse in the future. i have already started saving to hopfully do a trek in bhutan. Thank you again for everything you have done.
We would like to thank you for organizing a very interesting and trouble-free trip. All the guides and drivers were excellent - we submitted a report on those in Bhutan but the others were excellent as well. There were were two occasions when problems could have occured that I would draw to your attention, not as criticisms, but to avoid problems in future tours. Apparently one needs a visa-type document to enter Sikkim. Fortunately we had brought a spare set of passport pictures with us so, with them, our guide was able to obtain this document when we entered Sikkim in about
August,17, 2004 Rating:
August 2004 Ku zu zangpo la ! I am not sure if you received my earlier email, therefore I am re-sending. In business, too often people are quick to criticize and omit to give credit when due. I would like to extend my sincere appreciation and thanks to you and everyone involved in making my recent visit to Darjeeling and Bhutan a wonderful one. All arrangements were seamless, leaving us to fully enjoy it's beauty and it's people. I am eager to develop all the photos taken to cherish my memories. I've told everyone here at home that my pictures or stories will
Darjeeling Sikkim & Bhutan Tour 12 Days
Cultural Tour of Darjeeling, Sikkim & Bhutan
Trip Price From US$ 2340 | See Details
Trip AccommodationBest tourist standard hotels through-out the trip. Hotels can compared to 3-4star standards. See Details
Group SizeAny number of participants.
RouteDarjeeling, Gangtok, Kalimpong, Phuntsholing, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro
Trip TypeOverland cultural and sightseeing tour
Trip SeasonsBest from late Feb-April, Oct-Nov. Next good times are in May, Dec, Jan and February.
Best MonthsJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Explore Sikkim and Bhutan, two of the most isolated Himalayan regions. Centuries-old Buddhist monasteries cling to mountain cliffs and rice paddies stair-step down steep hillsides. Your journey begins with arrival transfer to Darjeeling, where we include a ride on the narrow gauge mountain railway and sunrise over Kangchenjunga from Tiger Hill. Visit the capital of Sikkim, Gangtok and passing on to Rumtek, visit the Karmapa’s Monastery. Travel to Kalimpong, once an important trading post for these parts of the world.
From Kalimpong our road then descends into the plains known as Duars, filled with lush tea garden. Cross into Phuntsholing, Bhutan. Discover Bhutan’s captivating cultural mix, reflected in its beautiful shrines, temples and handicrafts as you travel from south to western Bhutan; in the towns and villages of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha valley. Explore the Dzongs, ancient fortresses that once protected the kingdom.
Day 1: Arrive in Bagdogra – Darjeeling (D) Arrive by flight in Bagdogra airport or in NJP/Siliguri train station. Upon arrival, you are met by our Guide and driver, and transfered to Darjeeling, which takes about 3 hours. After high tea in the evening, take a stroll around Chowrastha Mall.
Overnight in hotel New Elgin or similar.
Day 2: Sightseeing tour in Darjeeling (B/L/D) Early this morning- optional: (before dawn) drive to Tiger hill for sunrise view of the Himalayas. After breakfast, visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park & Snow Leopard Breeding Centre. Walk down to Tibetan Self-help center, visit a tea estate and drive back to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon take a joy-ride on a toy train to Ghoom, which makes en-route stop at Batasia loop. On the way back, visit Old Ghoom monastery and the sprawling Dali Monastery complex.
Overnight at hotel Elgin or similar.
Day 3: Darjeeling – Gangtok (B/L/D) Drive through the tea gardens, descend through sub-tropical Teesta valley and enter Sikkim at Rangpo. After permit formalities, continue drive to Gangtok the capital of Sikkim (total 4hr). Visit the institute of Tibetology and Deorali Dodrup Chorten monastery. In the evening at Gangtok, walk through MG Marg and visit Lal Bazaar.
Overnight in Gangtok at Norkhil or Netuk House.
Day 4: Gangtok Sightseeing (B/L/D) This morning in Gangtok, visit the Enchey Monastery, drive to View Points such as Tashi view and Ganesh Tok, followed by visit of Flower Exhibition and stroll on the promontory near the White Hall and Palace complex. Before lunch, visit the Cot tage Industries showroom and workshop. Afternoon is free to rest or pursue your own interests.
Overnight in Gangtok at Norkhil or Netuk House.
Day 5: Rumtek & Kalimpong (B/L/D) Drive for about 1 hr to Rumtek monastery on the opposite ridge of Gangtok. After visiting the Rumtek, continue drive to Kalimpong (3hr). Visit Durpin Dara view point with a brief look at the monastery nearby. Visit other Monasteries, Orchid /Flower nursery, Churches and homes of the colonial era, Dr Grahams Homes campus, Deolo Hill view points, and the local bazaar.
Overnight in Himalayan Hotel.
Day 6: Kalimpong – Phuntsholing, Bhutan (B/L/D) Descend Darjeeling hills and cross the Duars Plains with Tea Gardens into Phuntsholing, Bhutan, located at the bottom of foothills. Meet our Bhutanese Guide and stroll around the town.
Overnight in hotel Druk.
Day 7: Phuntsholing-Thimphu (B/L/D) Drive uphill to Thimphu after completing immigration formalities. En-route stop and visit Rinchending Monastery, other villages and towns along the way. In Thimphu we will visit Tashicho Dzong and tour the town area in the evening.
Overnight in Jumolhari Hotel/River View.
Day 8: Thimphu (B/L/D) Full day tour in the capital to cover all the major landmarks and interesting sights including local markets. You can visit any sights or attractions based on your interest.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 9: Thimphu – Punakha (B/L/D) Early drive across Dochula pass to Wangdiphodrang. Visit the town and view the fortress of Wangdue. Drive to Punakha and visit impressive Punakha Dzong at the confluence of two rivers.
Overnight in Meri Phuensum Resort or Punatsangchu Resort.
Day 10: Punakha – Thimphu – Paro (B/L/D) Return drive across Dochula pass to Thimphu and continue drive to Paro (total 4 ½ hr drive). In Paro visit National Museum, Rinphung Dzong and stroll around the township.
Overnight in hotel Gangtey Palace or Valley View.
Day 11: Paro (Takstang trek) (B/L/D) Today, you have an option to hike upto Takstang or continue with the further sightseeing of the valley. Even after Taktsang, we have time to visit the ruined Drugyal Dzong, Kichu temple and a local farm house.
Overnight In Hotel
Day 12: Departure (B) Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight. Depending on the Druk Air schedule, you can fly to Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata or Kathmandu.
We can also suggest dates to coincide with local festivals in Bhutan or Sikkim.
Date and Price
Cost Per Person:
This trip is priced according to the number participants or members.
• 3-4 Pax $2340 Per Person
• 2 Pax $2680 Per Person
• Single Traveler $3680 (including single room supplement)
• Single room supplement $630
For larger groups, contact us for pricing.
For travels from 01 Dec till 25 Feb and from 1 June till 30 Aug, following discounted price is offered.
• 3-4 Pax $1970 Per Person
• 2 Pax $2290 Per Person
• Single Traveler $3340 (including single room supplement)
• Single room supplement $600
• For larger groups, contact us for pricing
Private Journeys for independent travel with your own dates.
- Accommodations in listed hotels or similar.
- All meals as indicated by B/L/D.
- All Private transfers by best quality vehicle.
- All Sightseeing with entrance fees.
- English speaking local Guide and driver from start till finish.
- Bhutan visa, taxes and permits
- Flights (priced based on the sectors)
- Indian Visa.
- Bar/Beverages, Laundry, Telphone, optional tips and other personal expenses.
- Travel Medical Insurance.
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Hotels in Thimphu
Hotels in Paro
Hotels in Punakha
Hotels in Phuentsholing
Hotels in Darjeeling
Hotels in Kalimpong
Hotels in Gangtok
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