24 DAYS ●
Go Beyond Tour
Take an incredible journey through Sikkim and Bhutan. Sikkim sits in the shadow of the world's highest mountains. Bhutan's rich Buddhist culture permeates everyday life.
Ride on the iconic Darjeeling Toy Train and witness the spectacular scenery
Take a jeep safari through the sanctuary, home to the elusive One Horned Rhino
Explore the friendly Buddhist city of Bhutan's capital
Take in the dramatic setting and layout of the Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Our Himalayan Kingdoms - Sikkim & Bhutan itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to Kolkata for a two-night stay.
Enjoy the morning at leisure. This afternoon visit the Victoria Memorial, drive past Fort William and visit Kalighat Temple. (B,L,D)
Rise early for a tour of east India’s largest flower market, Howrah Bridge, Kumartuli and a Jain temple. Later, transfer to the railway station to board your train to New Jalpaiguri and upon arrival stay overnight in nearby Siliguri. (B,L,D)
Leave Siliguri and continue by road through the hills and tea plantations to Darjeeling. (B,L,D)
Rise early this morning for a jeep ride to Tiger Hill and visit Ghoom Monastery, constructed in 1875. Later, head to the railway station to board the UNESCO World Heritage listed Toy Train for a ride around the hillside. This afternoon tour a tea plantation in the area and visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. (B,L,D)
Drive north to Pelling and cross into the state of Sikkim. En route, explore the Pemayangtse Monastery. Perched at an altitude of 2,084 metres, it is one Sikkim’s oldest monasteries. (B,L,D)
Visit Khecheopalri Lake, one of the most sacred lakes in Sikkim for both Buddhists and Hindus, and Kanchenjunga Falls. (B,L,D)
Drive to Gangtok, visiting the sacred Tashiding Monastery route. (B,L,D) Tomorrow, visit the Enchey Monastery, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and Do Drul Chorten. (B,L,D)
Visit the Old Rumtek Monastery and Dharma Chakra Centre before continuing to Kalimpong, located deep in the Himalaya. (B,L,D)
Enjoy the day at leisure to explore the quaint town of Kalimpong. You may wish to visit the local monastery to hear the monks chanting or stroll through the local markets. (B,L,D)
This morning travel to the Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary where you might be lucky enough to spot a one horned rhino on your afternoon jeep safari. (B,L,D)
Drive to the Bhutan border. After clearing customs and immigration, you will meet your Bhutanese guide and continue to Phuentsholing, the gateway to Bhutan for overland travellers. Visit the Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang, a small temple built in the centre of the town. (B,L,D)
Take in the scenic drive from Phuentsholing to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital. Visit Kharbandi Gompa, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery built in 1967 en route. (B,L,D)
Enjoy a tour of Thimphu; visit the National Library and the Institute for Zorig Chusum (painting school). You will also visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Folk Heritage Museum and National Textile Museum. Tour Thimphu Zoo, the National Memorial Chorten, Trashi Chhoe Dzong and drive to Buddha Point. (B,L,D)
Drive over the dramatic Dochu La mountain pass admiring the views en route to the Phobjikha Valley. Visit Gangtey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in the region and explore Gangtey village and the surrounding valley. (B,L,D)
Enjoy a day of leisure with the option of a hike through the valley for exceptional views across the stunning landscape. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, visit the Black-necked Crane Information Centre to find out more about these rare creatures. Later depart Gangtey and begin the 3 hour drive to Punakha. After checking into your hotel, visit Punakha Dzong and hike to Chimi Lhakhang. (B,L,D)
This morning visit the magnificent temple complex at Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery. Later appreciate the incredible views from Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten which is said to have been built to promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world. (B,L,D)
Drive to Paro, stopping en route at the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom. Paro is surrounded by some of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, visit Ta Dzong and Rinpung Dzong. (B,L,D)
Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) is Bhutan’s most famous monastery, perched on the side of a cliff 900 metres above the Paro Valley. It can only be reached by a moderately challenging hike along a woodland trail – the views along the way are the perfect distraction! Returning to Paro, visit Kyichu Lhakhang. (B,L,D)
Fly back to Kolkata. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L,D)
You will be transferred to the airport according to the departure time of your flight today. Any time before your flight will be at leisure. (B)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
Wendy Wu Tours inspects all hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service, which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town. Hotels are also chosen for ease of navigation around tourist sights. View Hotels Here
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual.
Breakfast at your hotel includes local and western dishes. A great deal of Indian and Bhutanese cuisine is vegetarian. Drinks are at your own expense. Only consume boiled or bottled water/ice.
Please ensure you specify any dietary requirements at the time of booking. We suggest also mentioning it to the National Escort on arrival. They will do their utmost to cater to any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or allergies.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours.
The total tipping amount for this tour will be divided up – one portion for India/Sikkim and one portion for Bhutan. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort in India and then Bhutan on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate. We confirm the tipping amounts in your final documentation.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888.
Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288.
You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
All nationalities require visas when travelling to India and Bhutan. A permit is required for Sikkim, which our ground partners arrange. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your India and Bhutan visas in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
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