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Sikkim and Bhutan Explorer Tour

13 Nights/ 14 Days

Sikkim jeep safari with an enchanting tour of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. Beautiful alpine regions of Thimphu, Paro and Punakha. Dzongs, endless streams, incredible mountain views, superb architecture.



Day 01: Bagdogra - Yangtey (5 hours): You will be welcomed and assisted by our representative at Bagdogra airport and drive straight to Yangtey. The beautiful drive takes you across the West Bengal border and into the beautiful state of Sikkim. En-route halt for lunch (packed). Later continue driving to Yangtey and on arrival, check in at your resort which commands a panoramic view of the Khangchendzonga range and the surrounding countryside dotted with monasteries and hamlets. The resort stands majestically on a hilltop and is the latest addition on the tourist map of West Sikkim. The colourful Friday market at Geyzing is 1-1/2 kms away. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.


Day 02: Excursion to Yuksom Valley: Post breakfast proceed for a full day excursion to Khechoperi Lake, Yuksom Valley & Pemayangtse Monastery. Stay overnight at your resort.


Day 03: Yangte - Gangtok (5 hours): Morning proceed to Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim which includes the famous Rumtek Monastery, Institute of Tibetology, Dodrul Chorten, Enchey Monastery, Flower Show, Handicraft Centre. On arrival, check in at your hotel. After brief leisure proceed to visit the attractions of Gangtok. Stay overnight at Gangtok.



Day 04: Excursion to Tsomgo Lake (12,400ft): After breakfast drive to Tsomgo Lake near the Indo-Tibet border. This holy lake remains frozen for 4 months in winters. You may enjoy Yak ride which is a thrilling experience here and if you are lucky you'll also see the Brahminy duck! Stay overnight at Gangtok.


Day 05: Gangtok - Lachung (6 hours): Morning proceed to Lachung (8610ft). It is the base to explore the valleys up North. On arrival, check in at your hotel/tent. Later proceed to visit Lachung Monastery which was built in 1880. Stay overnight at Lachung.



Day 06: Excursion to Yumthang Valley (12,000 ft): Morning proceed for an excursion to Yamthang Valley. It is a great place for Photography and often compared to Switzerland. Located on a flat valley Yamthang is near the tree line and the surrounding mountains seem to touch the heavens. In summer, you can see yaks grazing in the valley. The civilian population here is zero. Later return back to Lachung and stay overnight at your hotel/camp.


Day 07: Lachung - Gangtok: After breakfast checkout and drive back to Gangtok. On the way, (on a clear sunny day), you get to see the mighty Khangchendzonga range from Singhik. Arrival at Gangtok and check in at your hotel. Later visit the nearby attractions. Stay at Gangtok.



Day 08: Gangtok - Phuntsholing (7 hours): Morning proceed to Phuntsholing on a wonderful drive, following the turbulent Teesta to the plains. En-route you will be visiting tea gardens & wildlife sanctuaries before reaching the bustling town of Phuntsholing in Bhutan. On arrival at Phutsholing, check in at your hotel. Stay overnight at Phuntsholing.


Day 09: Phuntsholing – Thimphu: (6 hrs): Morning drive to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. It is an interesting drive which takes around 1 ½ hours to cover the distance from Paro to Thimphu. On arrival check in at your hotel. After brief leisure, visit National Memorial Chorten. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.


Day 10: Thimphu: Morning enjoy an excursion to Tango Goemba. This is a beautiful monastery of 12th century. Later visit National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion. In the second half, visit nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum, commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School, the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. Later drive towards city centre to visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum which provides a fascinating insight into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. Evening visit Handicrafts Emporium which displays a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. It also carries a small collection of books on Bhutan, Buddhism and Himalayan culture.


Day 11: Thimphu to Punakha (75 km, approx 3 hours drive): Drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass at 10,130ft & the windswept town of Wangduephodrang with its picturesque dzong. Later drive to Punakha and see the Dzong there (open to tourists during summer season only) at the confluence of Mo Chu & Po Chu rivers. Stay overnight at Punakha.


Day 12: Punakha – Paro (125 kms/4 hrs): After breakfast drive to Paro en-route visit Simtokha Dzong. This dzong, built in 1627 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, stands on a low ridge 8 km down the valley from Thimphu. Later proceed to Paro. On arrival, check in at your hotel. After brief leisure visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.


Day 13: Paro: Morning proceed for an excursion to Taktshang Monastery or ‘Tiger’s Nest’ (5 hrs hike). It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. Later drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong. Along the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Stay overnight in Paro.


Day 14: Departure to Delhi/Kolkata: At appropriatetime transfer to Paro airport to board a flight to Delhi or Kolkata for your onward journey. Tour ends.

Services Included :- Hotels/Lodging, Sightseeing Tour, Car Rental, Guide services, Flight/ train

Mentioned tour recommended for

Trip Activities:  Culture/Heritage, History, Sightseeing, Shopping, Fort & Palaces

Trip Types: Casual Vacation, Family Vacation, Romantic Gateway

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