East Himalayan Kingdoms
This cultural touring journey to Darjeeling, Sikkim and the ‘Dragon Kingdom' of Bhutan will appeal to the Himalayan enthusiast keen to appreciate the culture and history of the East Himalayan Kingdoms. We include time in the renowned hill station of Darjeeling and gain memorable views of Kanchenjunga – the third highest mountain in the world. In Sikkim we visit Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok, and Kalimpong, where trade thrived between British India and Tibet until the early 1900's. We drive across the border to Bhutan where we visit the famous Taktsang Monastery and make the short drive to the capital of Thimphu, where we have ample opportunity to wander the bazaars before crossing the Dochu La to Wangduephodrang and the remarkable Punakha Dzong.
|DAY 1||Join Kathmandu|
|DAY 2||Fly to Bhadrapur, transfer to Darjeeling|
|DAYS 3/4||In Darjeeling, visit tea plantations and Himalayan Mountaineering Institute|
|DAYS 5/6||Drive to Gangtok, explore thriving capital of Sikkim, visit Rumtek Monastery|
|DAY 7||Transfer to Kalimpong|
|DAY 8||Drive to Phuentsholing (Bhutan)|
|DAY 9||Transfer to Thimphu, visit the memorial Chorten and wander the bazaars|
|DAY 10||Sightseeing in Thimphu drive to Wangduephodrang via Dochu La|
|DAY 11||Drive to Paro via Punakha Dzong|
|DAY 12||In Paro, visit Paro Dzong and renowned Taktsang Monastery|
|DAY 13||In Paro, trip concludes|
We had a wonderful and memorable time due to your planning and organisation. Peerless Inn -Kolkata - comfortable and well organised especially for the time we arrived. Guide in Kolkata (have forgotten his name) was great. Nawang was welcoming, organised, generous, knowledgeable and always thoughtful. Couldn't have asked for more, his love for the mountains evident. Such a good ambassador for World Expeditions!
Tibetan Refugee Centre - we walked there which was a great way to visit the area. We took a large duffel bag of assorted clothing and equipment to give away, Nawang took some bits with us, including the glasses I threw in last minute. The refugees are desperate for all kinds of reading, distance and sunglasses. We purchased some reading glasses in old Delhi which we left with Dorjay to give to Nawang to take to them later in the year.
The drivers at all times made us feel safe and were very skilled! All our guides, cooks, porters and horsemen were great and we were spoiled. Because of the team we had a truly once in a lifetime trek. We had no injuries, lots of chatter and laughter. Thank you all, will always recommend World Expeditions.