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Himalayan Kingdoms

24 days Fully Inclusive Go Beyond Group Tour

Himalayan Kingdoms

Take an incredible journey through Sikkim and Bhutan. Sikkim sits in the shadow of the world's highest mountains - The Himalayas. Bhutan's rich Buddhist culture permeates everyday life.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 22 , Lunches: 21 , Dinners: 22
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    22 nights in 3+ star accommodation
  • Visas
    Visa fees & processing for Australian passports
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 18
  • Physical Rating 4
    A good level of fitness is required as you can expect to be walking, or taking part in a physical activity like cycling, for longer periods of time on several days throughout the tour, and may be required to tackle some more challenging terrain.
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    Extended walking. Physical activities on challenging terrain.
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Kolkata (2N+1N) - New Jalpaiguri - Siliguri (1N) - Darjeeling (2N) - Pelling (2N) - Gangtok (2N) - Kalimpong (2N) - Gorumara (1N) - Phuentsholing (1N) - Thimphu (2N) - Gangtey (2N) - Punakha (2N) - Paro (2N)
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Tour Highlights

Our Himalayan Kingdoms tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Day by Day Itinerary

Australia - Kolkata (2N+1N) - New Jalpaiguri - Siliguri (1N) - Darjeeling (2N) - Pelling (2N) - Gangtok (2N) - Kalimpong (2N) - Gorumara (1N) - Phuentsholing (1N) - Thimphu (2N) - Gangtey (2N) - Punakha (2N) - Paro (2N) - Australia
  • Day 1
    Fly To Kolkata
    Dinner
    DAY 1: Fly To Kolkata

    Fly to Kolkata. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    Dinner
  • Day 2
    Explore Koltata
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 2: Explore Koltata

    Enjoy a relaxed morning before venturing out for an afternoon tour with visits to the magnificent Victoria Memorial and Kalighat Temple – yo'’ll also see Fort William.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3
    Train To New Jalpaiguri
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 3: Train To New Jalpaiguri

    Rise early to visit a fragrant flower market and view the cantilever Howrah Bridge. Stop by Kumortuli, the potters' quarter, and see a Jain temple. Later board a train to New Jalpaiguri before driving to Siliguri to spend the night.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    Drive To Darjeeling
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 4: Drive To Darjeeling

    Head out of Siliguri through endless tea plantations to the famous hill station of Darjeeling, which is located at a cool 2,134 metres.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    Explore Darjeeling
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 5: Explore Darjeeling

    Wake before dawn to catch the sun rising over Mount Kanchenjunga from Tiger Hill, which you'll reach by jeep. On the way back to Darjeeling visit Yiga Choling Monastery. Later, all aboard the famous 'Toy Train' which winds its way through the lush green hills and plantations before exploring the Himalaya Mountaineering Institute.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6
    Into Sikkim
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 6: Into Sikkim

    Drive north to Pelling, crossing into the state of Sikkim. Visit Pemayangtse Monastery, one of Sikkim's oldest, where you can find tranquillity along with amazing views.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    Khecheopalri Lake
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 7: Khecheopalri Lake

    Visit the spectacular Khecheopalri Lake, considered sacred by both Buddhists and Hindus, and the magnificent Kanchenjunga Falls.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 8-9
    Discover Gangtok
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAYS 8-9: Discover Gangtok

    Drive through more spectacular scenery to Sikkim's vibrant capital Gangtok, stopping at 18th-century Tashiding Monastery en route. There is nowhere better than Gangtok to enjoy exotic flowers and mountain panoramas. The next day visit the Enchey Monastery and the Sikkim Research Institute of Technology.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10
    Rumtek Monastery
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 10: Rumtek Monastery

    Begin the day at Dharma Chakra Centre and old Rumtek Monastery, before continuing to the bustling bazaar town of Kalimpong.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    Kalimpong At Leisure
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 11: Kalimpong At Leisure

    Take a day to catch your breath and enjoy some leisurely explorations of Kalimpong – there are plenty of spots to enjoy Himalayan panoramas and also flower nurseries full of local orchids.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12
    Gorumra Wildlife Sanctuary
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 12: Gorumra Wildlife Sanctuary

    Take a jeep safari into the depths of Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary, where you might be lucky enough to spot one-horned rhinos, elephants, leopards and bison.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13
    Inot Bhutan
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 13: Inot Bhutan

    Cross into Bhutan and continue to Phuentsholing. Later visit the Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang Temple in the centre of the town.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 14-15
    Discover Thimphu
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAYS 14-15: Discover Thimphu

    Follow the national highway to Bhutan's capital Thimphu, stopping en route at Kharbandi Gompa, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. The next day, explore the city with time at the National Library, Institute for Zorig Chusum, the Handicrafts Emporium and Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Museum and Trashi Chhoe Dzong.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 16
    Travel To Gangtey
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 16: Travel To Gangtey

    Drive over the dramatic Dochu La mountain pass admiring the views as you travel to the Phobjikha Valley. Visit Gangtey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in the region and explore Gangtey village and the surrounding valley.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 17
    Walking In Gagtey
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 17: Walking In Gagtey

    Enjoy a day of leisure with the option of a hike through the valley for exceptional views across the stunning landscape.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 18
    Rural Bhutan
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 18: Rural Bhutan

    Leave Gangtey for Punakha visiting the Black Necked Crane Information Centre en route. On arrival visit Punakha Dzong before hiking through the paddy fields and local villages to Chimi Lhakhang, a temple of fertility.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 19
    Discover Punakha
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 19: Discover Punakha

    This morning visit the magnificent temple complex at Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang. 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.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 20
    Travel To Paro
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 20: Travel To Paro

    Drive to Paro, stopping en route at the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress in the kingdom. Paro is surrounded by some of Bhutan's oldest temples and monasteries, visit Ta Dzong and Rinpung Dzong.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 21
    Tiger's Nest Monastery
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 21: Tiger's Nest Monastery

    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.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 22
    Fly Into Kolkata
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 22: Fly Into Kolkata

    Rise early to fly back to Kolkata, where you'll have the afternoon at leisure.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 23-24
    Fly Kolkata To Australia
    Breakfast
    DAYS 23-24: Fly Kolkata To Australia

    Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.

    Breakfast
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Accommodation

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

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When to go

The best time to visit India is from November to March when you’ll enjoy pleasant warm dry days and low humidity.

City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Darjeeling
  • 2
    9
    6
  • 20
  • Hue
  • 18
    24
    21
  • 145
  • Kalimpong
  • 6
    18
    12
  • 16
  • Kolkata
  • 14
    26
    20
  • 11
  • Paro
  • -6
    7
    0
  • 9
  • Pelling
  • 4
    15
    10
  • 15
  • Siliguri
  • 3
    23
    13
  • 8
  • Thimphu
  • -3
    12
    5
  • 25
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Darjeeling
  • 3
    10
    7
  • 24
  • Hue
  • 18
    25
    22
  • 45
  • Kalimpong
  • 8
    20
    14
  • 17
  • Kolkata
  • 17
    29
    23
  • 30
  • Paro
  • -4
    9
    2
  • 10
  • Pelling
  • 6
    17
    12
  • 21
  • Siliguri
  • 10
    25
    18
  • 18
  • Thimphu
  • 1
    14
    8
  • 33
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Darjeeling
  • 6
    14
    10
  • 48
  • Hue
  • 20
    28
    24
  • 59
  • Kalimpong
  • 12
    24
    18
  • 47
  • Kolkata
  • 22
    34
    28
  • 35
  • Paro
  • 0
    12
    6
  • 34
  • Pelling
  • 10
    21
    16
  • 43
  • Siliguri
  • 13
    28
    20
  • 33
  • Thimphu
  • 4
    16
    10
  • 31
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Darjeeling
  • 9
    17
    13
  • 116
  • Hue
  • 23
    31
    27
  • 68
  • Kalimpong
  • 16
    26
    21
  • 89
  • Kolkata
  • 25
    35
    30
  • 60
  • Paro
  • 4
    15
    10
  • 81
  • Pelling
  • 13
    23
    18
  • 93
  • Siliguri
  • 21
    31
    26
  • 94
  • Thimphu
  • 7
    20
    14
  • 58
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Darjeeling
  • 12
    18
    15
  • 197
  • Hue
  • 24
    33
    29
  • 122
  • Kalimpong
  • 18
    27
    22
  • 199
  • Kolkata
  • 26
    35
    31
  • 142
  • Paro
  • 7
    17
    12
  • 180
  • Pelling
  • 16
    24
    20
  • 183
  • Siliguri
  • 24
    33
    28
  • 300
  • Thimphu
  • 13
    22
    18
  • 122
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Darjeeling
  • 14
    19
    16
  • 570
  • Hue
  • 25
    34
    30
  • 87
  • Kalimpong
  • 20
    27
    24
  • 565
  • Kolkata
  • 26
    34
    30
  • 288
  • Paro
  • 10
    18
    14
  • 416
  • Pelling
  • 18
    25
    22
  • 488
  • Siliguri
  • 25
    35
    30
  • 658
  • Thimphu
  • 15
    24
    20
  • 246
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Darjeeling
  • 14
    19
    17
  • 782
  • Hue
  • 25
    35
    30
  • 66
  • Kalimpong
  • 20
    27
    24
  • 851
  • Kolkata
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 411
  • Paro
  • 11
    18
    14
  • 549
  • Pelling
  • 18
    25
    22
  • 735
  • Siliguri
  • 26
    34
    30
  • 818
  • Thimphu
  • 15
    25
    20
  • 373
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Darjeeling
  • 14
    20
    17
  • 635
  • Hue
  • 25
    34
    30
  • 194
  • Kalimpong
  • 20
    27
    24
  • 657
  • Kolkata
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 349
  • Paro
  • 10
    18
    14
  • 406
  • Pelling
  • 18
    25
    22
  • 545
  • Siliguri
  • 25
    31
    28
  • 643
  • Thimphu
  • 16
    25
    20
  • 345
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Darjeeling
  • 13
    19
    16
  • 437
  • Hue
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 509
  • Kalimpong
  • 19
    27
    23
  • 453
  • Kolkata
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 288
  • Paro
  • 9
    17
    13
  • 259
  • Pelling
  • 17
    25
    21
  • 408
  • Siliguri
  • 23
    28
    26
  • 538
  • Thimphu
  • 15
    23
    19
  • 155
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Darjeeling
  • 10
    18
    14
  • 122
  • Hue
  • 23
    29
    26
  • 898
  • Kalimpong
  • 17
    26
    22
  • 112
  • Kolkata
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 143
  • Paro
  • 4
    16
    10
  • 84
  • Pelling
  • 14
    24
    19
  • 109
  • Siliguri
  • 16
    26
    21
  • 142
  • Thimphu
  • 10
    22
    16
  • 38
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Darjeeling
  • 6
    15
    10
  • 24
  • Hue
  • 21
    26
    24
  • 682
  • Kalimpong
  • 12
    23
    18
  • 13
  • Kolkata
  • 20
    30
    25
  • 26
  • Paro
  • -1
    12
    6
  • 11
  • Pelling
  • 9
    21
    15
  • 15
  • Siliguri
  • 10
    24
    17
  • 13
  • Thimphu
  • 5
    18
    11
  • 8
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Darjeeling
  • 3
    12
    7
  • 7
  • Hue
  • 18
    24
    21
  • 350
  • Kalimpong
  • 8
    20
    14
  • 6
  • Kolkata
  • 14
    27
    21
  • 17
  • Paro
  • -5
    10
    2
  • 5
  • Pelling
  • 6
    17
    12
  • 10
  • Siliguri
  • 4
    23
    14
  • 5
  • Thimphu
  • -1
    14
    7
  • 13

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    • Flight Inclusive rates only: These include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 1 June 2022. Please note supplements may apply if lead in economy rates are not available.
    • Customary tipping amount of approximately US$155pp (AU$225pp) is paid locally in India.
    • Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2. Extra nights' accommodation (pre or post tour) or stopovers may be required at an additional cost.
    • Flight Inclusive rates only: Based on departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth. Departures from other cities and flight upgrades available on request.
    • Price listed is based on new bookings only

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    • International flights and current taxes (excluded if a land only option is selected)
    • All Meals (refer to itinerary)
    • Domestic transportation
    • Touring with guides and entrance fees
    • 3 – 4 star accommodation
    • Visa fees for Australian passport holders

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