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Himalayan Kingdoms

  • Duration

    24 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Go Beyond
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    £5,990pp
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High amongst lofty mountains, embark on an incredible journey through the breathtaking Indian state of Sikkim and the magical kingdom of Bhutan, a lesser known but truly spectacular section of the Himalayas.

Tour Highlights

Our Himalayan Kingdoms tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

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Tour Itinerary

This tour is suitable for those who are looking to get more off the beaten track and have an extended period of time available to travel. This tour is rather active and involves some walking, outdoor activities and times at high altitude. This tour involves a day train journey.

  • Days 1-2

    Fly to Kolkata

    Days 1-2: Fly to Kolkata

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

    • Dinner
  • Day 3

    Explore Kolkata

    Day 3: Explore Kolkata

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

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4

    Train to New Jalpaiguri

    Day 4: Train to New Jalpaiguri

    Get up 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 5

    Drive Darjeeling

    Day 5: Drive 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 6

    Explore Darjeeling

    Day 6: 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 7

    Sikkim

    Day 7: 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 8

    Khecheopalri Lake

    Day 8: Khecheopalri Lake

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

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 9-10

    Discover Gangtok

    Days 9-10: 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 11

    Rumtek Monastery

    Day 11: 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 12

    Kalimpong at leisure

    Day 12: 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 13

    Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary

    Day 13: Gorumara 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 14

    Into Bhutan

    Day 14: Into 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 15-16

    Discover Thimpu

    Days 15-16: Discover Thimpu

    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 17

    Travel to Gangtey

    Day 17: 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 18

    Walking in Gangtey

    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.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 19

    Rural Bhutan

    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.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 20

    Discover Punakha

    Day 20: 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 21

    Travel to Paro

    Day 21: 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 22

    Tiger's Nest Monastery

    Day 22: 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 23

    Fly to Kolkata

    Day 23: Fly to Kolkata

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

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 24

    Depart Kolkata

    Day 24: Depart Kolkata

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

    • Breakfast

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.

  • Nights 3

    The Peerless Inn 4 Star Hotel

    The Peerless Inn

    One of the finest Kolkata hotels, The Peerless Inn has 122 en-suite rooms and is located in the heart of Kolkata, central to local shopping areas. All rooms feature modern amenities including; air-conditioning, TV, tea/coffee makers and mini-fridges. Other facilities include a fitness centre, restaurant and currency exchange.

  • Night 1

    Royal Sarovar Portico 4 Star Hotel

    Royal Sarovar Portico

    The Royal Sarovar Portico 4 star hotel is a delight for business and leisure, in an ideal location for tourists heading towards Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Gangtok. Guests can enjoy the verdant landscapes from the luxurious en-suite rooms, and delicious multi cuisine, a relaxing spa and pool.

  • Nights 2

    Viceroy Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    Viceroy Hotel

    Amidst the mighty Himalayas, Hotel Viceroy offers beautiful mountain views 2,650 yards above sea level. The hotel’s en-suite rooms feature a satellite TV and electric kettle. Other facilities include a sun terrace, sauna and library for guests. For dining, there is a multi-cuisine restaurant, as well as a coffee lounge. In-room dining is possible with room service.

  • Nights 2

    Norbu Ghang Resort 4 Star Hotel

    Norbu Ghang Resort

    In a delightful hillock overlooking a breath-taking view of Mt. Khangchendzonga, Norbu Ghang Resort sprawls over an abundant private space offering its visitors plenty of room to amble around or relax in quiet solitude. The resort offers comfortable en-suite rooms with private balconies, and serves guests both local and international delicious cuisines.

  • Nights 2

    The Royal Plaza 4 Star Hotel

    The Royal Plaza

  • Nights 2

    Silver Oaks 4 Star Hotel

    Silver Oaks

    Situated in the northeast of India, Silver Oaks Kalimpong is surrounded by beautiful greenery and is a great place to unwind. Situated close to the main Kalimpong area allows guests to discover the delights of this former Bhutanese village as well as visit markets and local shops. The hotel features 25 spacious en-suite rooms including great views of the hotel's gardens, and a delicious in-house restaurant serving local favourites.

  • Night 1

    Riverwood Retreat 4 Star Hotel

    Riverwood Retreat

    The Riverwood Forest Retreats is located in Gorumara, 8 km from Gorumara National Park and 2 km from Dakshin Dhupjhora Masjid. The Riverwood Forest Retreats is a luxury forest resort in the lovely Sunderbans. This classic boarding house with a simple decor exudes bucolic charm, also featuring air conditioning, an iron and telephone. The hotel also provides bikes for hire and a swimming pool.

  • Night 1

    Hotel Druk 4 Star Hotel

    Hotel Druk

    The Druk Phuentsholing Hotel guarantees guests a peaceful stay, perfectly positioned near to the main city and shopping centres. The hotel offers 32 beautifully appointed en-suite rooms, all providing Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and television. The hotel also boasts a excellent restaurant serving local Bhutanese Indian and Chinese flavours.

  • Nights 2

    Kisa Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    Kisa Hotel

    Located right in the heart of the city overlooking sparkling river meandering across the valley, Kisa hotel is the unique blend of Bhutanese traditional and contemporary architecture. Elegantly adorned with classical paintings and frescos, its 35 guestrooms are equipped with modern amenities, including Wi-Fi and television. The hotel’s onsite restaurant serves delicious local and continental flavours.

  • Nights 2

    Pema Karpo 4 Star Hotel

    Pema Karpo

    Pema Karpo is a beautiful hotel located between Khuru and Bajo town, with a magnificent view of Puna Tsang Chuu. Each en-suite room overlooks the breath-taking view of the silver sands of Punatsangchu River or the beautiful dusky terraced paddy fields. The hotel also features a gift shop and restaurant serving tasty Bhutanese, Continental and Indian cuisines.

  • Nights 2

    Yozerling Lodge 4 Star Hotel

    Yozerling Lodge

    Situated in the historical Bumthang District, Yozerling Lodge offers beautiful, scenic views over Jalikhar. The lodge's airy en-suite rooms each offer Wi-Fi, a balcony and room service. Other facilities include a bar, laundry and foreign exchange service.

  • Nights 2

    Olathang Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    Olathang Hotel

    Beautifully located on a hill amidst 28 acres of blue pine forests and greenery, Olathang Hotel has comfortable en-suite rooms, all featuring television, tea/coffee facilities and room service. The hotel also offers a multi-cuisine restaurant & bar, spa and a traditional hot stone bath ensuring guests a warm and comfortable stay.

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

City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kolkata
  • 20°c
  • 11mm
  • Siliguri
  • 13°c
  • 8mm
  • Darjeeling
  • 6°c
  • 20mm
  • Pelling
  • 10°c
  • 15mm
  • Kalimpong
  • 12°c
  • 16mm
  • Thimphu
  • 5°c
  • 25mm
  • Paro
  • 0°c
  • 9mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kolkata
  • 23°c
  • 30mm
  • Siliguri
  • 18°c
  • 18mm
  • Darjeeling
  • 7°c
  • 24mm
  • Pelling
  • 12°c
  • 21mm
  • Kalimpong
  • 14°c
  • 17mm
  • Thimphu
  • 8°c
  • 33mm
  • Paro
  • 2°c
  • 10mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kolkata
  • 28°c
  • 35mm
  • Siliguri
  • 20°c
  • 33mm
  • Darjeeling
  • 10°c
  • 48mm
  • Pelling
  • 16°c
  • 43mm
  • Kalimpong
  • 18°c
  • 47mm
  • Thimphu
  • 10°c
  • 31mm
  • Paro
  • 6°c
  • 34mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kolkata
  • 30°c
  • 60mm
  • Siliguri
  • 26°c
  • 94mm
  • Darjeeling
  • 13°c
  • 116mm
  • Pelling
  • 18°c
  • 93mm
  • Kalimpong
  • 21°c
  • 89mm
  • Thimphu
  • 14°c
  • 58mm
  • Paro
  • 10°c
  • 81mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kolkata
  • 31°c
  • 142mm
  • Siliguri
  • 28°c
  • 300mm
  • Darjeeling
  • 15°c
  • 197mm
  • Pelling
  • 20°c
  • 183mm
  • Kalimpong
  • 22°c
  • 199mm
  • Thimphu
  • 18°c
  • 122mm
  • Paro
  • 12°c
  • 180mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kolkata
  • 30°c
  • 288mm
  • Siliguri
  • 30°c
  • 658mm
  • Darjeeling
  • 16°c
  • 570mm
  • Pelling
  • 22°c
  • 488mm
  • Kalimpong
  • 24°c
  • 565mm
  • Thimphu
  • 20°c
  • 246mm
  • Paro
  • 14°c
  • 416mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kolkata
  • 29°c
  • 411mm
  • Siliguri
  • 30°c
  • 818mm
  • Darjeeling
  • 17°c
  • 782mm
  • Pelling
  • 22°c
  • 735mm
  • Kalimpong
  • 24°c
  • 851mm
  • Thimphu
  • 20°c
  • 373mm
  • Paro
  • 14°c
  • 549mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kolkata
  • 29°c
  • 349mm
  • Siliguri
  • 28°c
  • 643mm
  • Darjeeling
  • 17°c
  • 635mm
  • Pelling
  • 22°c
  • 545mm
  • Kalimpong
  • 24°c
  • 657mm
  • Thimphu
  • 20°c
  • 345mm
  • Paro
  • 14°c
  • 406mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kolkata
  • 29°c
  • 288mm
  • Siliguri
  • 26°c
  • 538mm
  • Darjeeling
  • 16°c
  • 437mm
  • Pelling
  • 21°c
  • 408mm
  • Kalimpong
  • 23°c
  • 453mm
  • Thimphu
  • 19°c
  • 155mm
  • Paro
  • 13°c
  • 259mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kolkata
  • 28°c
  • 143mm
  • Siliguri
  • 21°c
  • 142mm
  • Darjeeling
  • 14°c
  • 122mm
  • Pelling
  • 19°c
  • 109mm
  • Kalimpong
  • 22°c
  • 112mm
  • Thimphu
  • 16°c
  • 38mm
  • Paro
  • 10°c
  • 84mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kolkata
  • 25°c
  • 26mm
  • Siliguri
  • 17°c
  • 13mm
  • Darjeeling
  • 10°c
  • 24mm
  • Pelling
  • 15°c
  • 15mm
  • Kalimpong
  • 18°c
  • 13mm
  • Thimphu
  • 11°c
  • 8mm
  • Paro
  • 6°c
  • 11mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kolkata
  • 21°c
  • 17mm
  • Siliguri
  • 14°c
  • 5mm
  • Darjeeling
  • 7°c
  • 7mm
  • Pelling
  • 12°c
  • 10mm
  • Kalimpong
  • 14°c
  • 6mm
  • Thimphu
  • 7°c
  • 13mm
  • Paro
  • 2°c
  • 5mm
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