Return to the hotel en-route visiting Tour of New Delhi visiting the Qutab Minar, a tower of victory built in the 12th century and India Gate the war memorial. Drive past the Rashtrapathi Bhawan, the residence of the President of India, the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings.
Overnight in Delhi.
Afternoon, city tour of Darjeeling visiting the Lloyd Botanical Gardens; the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological park which has high altitude animals, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (closed every Thursday). Mountaineers are trained in this Institute. Tea Estates are all around. Also visit the Tibetan self-help Centre. Overnight in Darjeeling.
Afternoon free to discover the town and market areas. Overnight in Darjeeling
Gangtok (124 kms from Bagdogra) is the capital of the State of Sikkim. The city lies on a ridge overlooking the Ranipool river. The simple, ever-smiling hill people, colourful lamas, exotic monasteries and prayer flags fluttering in the wind combined with the scenic beauty of the Himalayan terrain provides a fascinating sight.
Afternoon, the Enchey Monastery built by the 8th Namgyal of Sikkim in 1840, belongs to the Nyingmapa Sect of Mahayana Buddhism. The monastery has been renovated in recent times. The Do Drul Chorten, considered to be one of the most important chortens of Sikkim, was built in 1945 and has 108 Mani Lhyakor (Prayer Wheels) around it besides two huge statues of Guru Padma Sambhava. The Deer Park has an image of the Buddha in preaching posture like the one at Sarnath near Benaras. Visit to this Monastery is through application for permission. The Research Institute of Tibetology which has a large collection of icons, tankhas (tapestries) and rare books. Overnight in Gangtok.
Afternoon, free for independent activities. Overnight in Gangtok.
Kalimpong is at an altitude of 1250 mts. It is a quiet resort town 50 km from Darjeeling, and has a population of 5000. Visit the Tibetan Monasteries which date back to 1836, the Blind school and the Durpin Dara Hill from where you have a panoramic view of the Himalayas.
Overnight in Kalimpong.
Phuntsoling is the Gateway to Bhutan from India and is the commercial and industrial centre of Bhutan. This Mountain Kingdom is well known for its stamps and Phuntsoling is the Philatelic Centre of Bhutan. Visit the famous Karbandi Monastery area.
Afternoon : Visit this interesting little town. Overnight in Phuntsoling.
Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan since 1960, lies at an elevation of over 7600 feet in a fertile valley transversed by the Thimpu Chhu river. The shope vie with each other stocked from brick tea to horseshoes and cooling oil to cloth fabrics. And wooden houses stand side by side with concrete buildings, all painted and constructed in traditional Bhutanese architectural styles.
Arrive Thimpu and check-into the hotel
Visit the Taschichhodzong, the main secretariat building, which houses all the Ministries, the National Assembly Hall, the office of the King and the Throne room. It is also the summer residence of the monk body and the religious chief, the Je Khempo. See the Simtokha Dzong, which stands on a lofty ridge is the first fortress built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in the year 1627. This old Dzong now houses the Dzongkha language and Religious university. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium which displays a wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted.
Overnight in Thimpu.
Paro, “the beautiful valley”, lies in the Kingdom of Bhutan. To the north, Mount Chomolhari (Mountain of the Goddess), reigns in the white glory. The glacier waters from its “five sisters” peaks, plunge torrentially through deep gores, finally converging to form the Paro Chu river that nourishes lush rice fields and apple and peach orchards of the Paro Valley.
On arrival, check in to the hotel.
Afternoon visit the Rimpug Dzong, literally meaning ‘Heap of jewels’, is situated across the river on the knoll that rises from the river, commanding a view of the Paro valley. Today it houses the Paro monastic body. Behind Rimpung Dzong, high on the hillside, is the majestic castle-shaped Ta-Dzong. This one-time lookout stronghold also played an active part in the defence of Rimpug Dzong during invasions. It has been the National Museum since 1967. The Drukgyel Dzong – the burned out shell of the fortress of victorious Bhutan is 18 kms away from Paro. Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the kingdom’s oldest and most sacred temple and Dungtse Lhakhang are also centres of attraction.
Overnight in Paro.
Also visit the Rimpug Dzong, literally means “Heap of jewels” situated across the river on the knoll that rises from the river, commanding a view of the Paro valley. Today it houses the Paro monastic body. Behind Rimpung Dzong, high on the hillside, is the majestic castle-shaped Ta-Dzong. This one-time lookout stronghold also played an active part in the defence of Rimpug Dzong during invasions, has been the National Museum since 1967. The Drukgyel Dzong – the burned out shell of the fortress of victorious Bhutan is 18 kms away from Paro. See also the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the kingdom’s oldest and most sacred temple and Dungtse Lhakhang are also centres of attraction
Overnight in Paro.
Rest of the day at leisure for shopping, packing and independent activities.
Evening Farewell Dinner will be provided at a nice restaurant in the town.
Later, transfer to the airport to board the International flight.