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Discover a journey venturing across the Himalayan Kingdoms, filled with breathtaking mountainous landscapes of Sikkim and Bhutan. Experience the hospitable nature of the people, places and culture visiting a number of stunning temples, monasteries and more.
– Discover vibrant Kolkata
– Explore breathtaking Sikkim
– Spot rhinos and elephants on safari
– Soak up Bhutan’s culture
– Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Days 1-2: Fly to Kolkata
Fly overnight to Kolkata.
Day 3: Discover Kolkata
Enjoy a morning at leisure. In the afternoon visit Victoria Memorial, drive past Fort William, and then visit Kumartuli and a Jain Temple.
Day 4: Train to New Jalpaiguri
Rise early for a morning tour of the Kalighat Temple, the flower market, Howrah Bridge, Dalhousie Square, Secretariat Building and the Old Court House Street. Later, transfer to the railway station to board your train to New Jalpaiguri. On arrival, drive to nearby Siliguri.
Day 5: Darjeeling Tea Plantation
Depart Siliguri and continue by road through hills and tea plantations to Darjeeling in the Lesser Himalaya, at an average elevation of 2,045m.
Day 6: Darjeeling Toy Train
Rise early and enjoy a jeep ride to Tiger Hill and visit Ghoom Monastery. Later, head to the railway station to board the UNESCO listed Toy Train. In the afternoon visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and a nearby tea plantation.
Day 7: Journey to Sikkim
Drive north to Pelling crossing into the state of Sikkim, and visit the Pemayangtse Monastery.
Day 8: Kanchenjunga Falls
Visit the spectacular Kanchenjunga Falls and sacred Khecheopalri Lake.
Day 9-10: Discover Gangtok
Drive to Gangtok and visit Tashiding Monastery. The next day visit Enchey Monastery, Namgyal Institute and Do Drul Chorten.
Day 11: Rumtek Monastery
Depart for Kalimpong, visiting Rumtek Monastery on the way.
Day 12: Kalimpong at Leisure
The day is at leisure to explore Kalimpong, a bazaar town with beautiful views of the Himalayas. You may wish to visit the many flower nurseries around the town – they are filled with local orchids.
Day 13: Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary
Venture into the Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary on a jeep safari, where you might be lucky enough to spot a One Horned Rhino.
Day 14: Travel to Bhutan
Depart for the Bhutan border and continue to Phuentsholing. This afternoon, visit the Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang temple built in the centre of Phuentsholing.
Day 15: Kharbandi Gompa & Thimphu
Visit the Tibetan Buddhist monastery, Kharbandi Gompa, before continuing your journey to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan.
Day 16: Discover Thimphu
Take a tour of Thimphu, including the National Library, the Institute for Zorig Chusum (painting school), the Simply Bhutan Living Museum, Folk Heritage Museum and National Textile Museum. Later, see Thimphu Zoo, the National Memorial Chorten, Trashi Chhoe Dzong and drive to Buddha Point.
Day 17: Gangtey Village
Travel to Gangtey village via Dochu La and Phobjikha Valley. Upon arrival explore the village and visit Gangtey Gompa.
Day 18: Walking in Gangtey
Enjoy a day of leisure with the option of a hike through the valley for exceptional views across the stunning landscape.
Day 19: 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.
Day 20: Discover Punakha
Visit the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery and the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten.
Day 21: Drive to Paro
Drive to Paro. En route, visit the Simtokha Dzong, once a place of tantric teaching. Upon arrival in Paro, visit Ta Dzong and walk down a hillside trail to Rinpung Dzong.
Day 22: Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Begin a moderately challenging hike to the dramatic Taktsang Tigers Nest Monastery. Break for lunch at a cafeteria run by monks, located halfway up the trail with a view of the monastery. The second part of the climb is more strenuous but the views of the monastery, perched precariously on the cliff side, are hugely rewarding. Return to Paro in the afternoon, visiting Drugyal Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang on the way.
Day 23: Fly to Kolkata
Rise early to fly back to Kolkata,where you’ll have the afternoon at leisure
Day 23: Fly Kolkata to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Alternative or Basic Accommodation – At Gorumara you will be staying overnight in basic Government run accommodation. In Bhutan, hotels on our tours are generally ‘medium range’. Hotels in Bhutan (other than those which are classed as deluxe properties and are extremely overpriced and expensive) are allocated one month prior to travel by the tourist authority.
– Return international flights
– All Accommodation
– All meals: 22 breakfasts, 21 lunches and 22 dinners
– All transportation & transfers
– All sightseeing & entrance fees
– English speaking National Escort & local guides
– Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Go Beyond tours are characterised by engaging cultural experiences, active adventures and getting off the beaten track. They aim to include as much variety as possible so that no two days on your holiday will be alike. You’ll gain a deep understanding of your destination and experience more, whilst still getting to see all the major sights
Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied by a National Escort. There will usually be no more than 18 travellers in each group although you may encounter other Wendy Wu tour groups while you are travelling.
This tour has a Level 4 fitness rating. This means that you’ll be fit and adventurous to participate in these tours as on some dates you’ll be active for most of the day. The terrain may be more challenging and the activities more physically demanding.
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