Darjeeling with Bhutan Trip
07 nights/08 days
Day 01: Bagdogra/NJP-Darjeeling
Meet & greet at Bagdogra airport/NJP railway station & transfer to 72 kms drive taking around 3.5 to reach Darjeeling (7100 ft), the Queen of the hill stations, its name derived from Dorje-Line which means the place of Dorje, the mystic thunderbolt. After a very scenic drive thru the mountains, tea gardens etc. It is an experience of unforgettable beauty. Reach Darjeeling & check in at hotel. Spend the evening lazing around or walk up to the mall area & overnight stay at Darjeeling.
Day 02: Darjeeling (full day local sightseeing)
Start the day at 4 am with an early morning trip to Tiger Hill (7800 Ft) to catch the sunrise from behind the majestic Kanchenjunga range. On the way back visit the Ghoom Monastery & Batasia Loop, back to the hotel for breakfast. (09:00 AM TO 05:00 PM) After breakfast, proceed for a half day Darjeeling local sightseeing of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Ropeway, Zoo, Tenzing Rock, Tibetan Refugees Self Help Centre, Tea Garden (outer view) & Japanese Temple. Back to the hotel by evening; take a walk to Chowrasta the centre point of the Mall area. You can do some window shopping & overnight stay at Darjeeling.
Day 03: Darjeeling-Mirik-Darjeeling
After breakfast, take a trip to Mirik 6000 Ft – the newest hill-station in the Darjeeling hills. Famous for its squash (the vegetables) & the picturesque lake, this quiet township is also surrounded by gardens which produce some of the finest teas. The lake offers boating and fishing apart from a view of snow-capped peaks. Enjoy the fulfilling experience of Nature in its purest form mingled with the unique culture prevalent here. Spend the rest of the day at Mirik & reach Darjeeling back by
Sunset & overnight stay at Darjeeling.
Day 04: Darjeeling-Bagdogra/NJP drop (72 kms/ 3.5 hrs)-Pheuntsholing (155/4-5 hrs drive)
After breakfast, checkout from the hotel & proceed to Bagdogra Airport/NJP Railway Station for onwards destination transfer to Pheuntsholing – The Gateway of Bhutan by Road from India, Pheuntsholing (also sometimes spelled Phuntsholing) is the second largest town in Bhutan (population around 40,000) and is located on the Indian border, next to the town of Jaigaon. Evening free. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05: Pheuntsholing to Thimphu (178 km/6-7 hrs drive)
Breakfast at the hotel. On 09 a.m onwards permit has to be obtained at Department of Immigration (Permit procedure may take times). After Permit, drive to Thimphu. On the way, visit Kharbandi Gumpha, Confluence of Paro Chu & Thimpu Chu.. On arrival at Thimphu check in at the hotel. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 06: Thimphu sightseeing. Transfer to Paro (65 kms – 1.15 hrs drive). Paro sightseeing.
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing (Approx Time Frame: 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m) includes National Memorial Chorten- This stupa was built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan's third King, His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan ; Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang), visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from here; Chang Gangkha Monastery, the oldest temple in the valley; Takin Zoo, Preserve center of Takin - National Animal of Bhutan.
Afternoon transfer to Paro and if time permits visit Ta Dzong (National Museum) (open throughout the week except Govt. Holiday. Timing: from 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m ) - the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings and then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (also known as Paro Dzong) which has a long and fascinating history.
Day 07: Paro to Pheuntsholing. Drop to Dooars (Lataguri )
After check out drive to Phuentsholing (Approx 178 km/6-7 hrs drive). Transfer to Dooars in India (Approx 3 hrs drive). It’s a famous Wild Life Sanctuary for one horned rhino and Indian elephant. Overnight stay at hotel /Resort.
Day 08: Dooars (Lataguri) To IXB / NJP
In the morning you can enjoy Jeep safari (Optional- Own Cost) inside the grassland of Dooars to watch the great Indian Rhino in their natural habitat. Later drive to Bagdogra/NJP Station (2 hrs) to your onward journey.