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North and East India with Bhutan (12 Days / 11 Nights) - PI-041

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North and East India with Bhutan (12 Days / 11 Nights)

This itinerary explores India from its plains to the roof of the world to the natural paradise of Bhutan. After visiting the architectural marvels of Delhi, visit the seventh wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal. The next stop would be on the high roof of the world in the far east of India, the splendour called Sikkim and Darjeeling. Later visit the last Shangrila, Bhutan.

Day 1: Delhi
Thursday, June 27, 2024 - Friday, June 28, 2024

Arrive and transfer to Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2: Delhi
Friday, June 28, 2024 - Saturday, June 29, 2024

Morning half-day city tour of Old Delhi visiting Raj Ghat the Mausoleum of Mahatma Gandhi. Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort. you may take a tricycle tour of Chandini Chowk. Afternoon half day city tour of New Delhi visiting drive past President House, Parliament House (House of Representatives) and India Gate - War Memorial (stop for photography). Visit the Qutub Minar , 72.55 meters, high Victory Tower and proceed onto Bahai Temple (lotus temple). Also visit the Humayun's Tomb built of red sandstone, the first substantial example of the Mughal architecture and Laxmi Narayan Temple - a modern Hindu temple built by the Birlas, leading Indian industrialists. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3: Delhi - Agra - Delhi
Saturday, June 29, 2024 - Sunday, June 30, 2024

Early morning transfer to railway station to leave by India's fastest train Shatabdi Express at 0600 hrs. by AC chair car.( breakfast on board).Arrive Agra at 0755 hrs. and visit the World famous Taj Mahal built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in the year 1652 as a memorial for his beloved wife MumtazMahal. The grandeur called the Taj is perhaps the most photographed, filmed, described and sketched building of the world. Taj Mahal is where fantasy coincides with reality in perfect harmony. An inspiration for innumerous artists over the centuries, the Taj is an ode to love. It took 22 years to create this jewel. After Lunch visit The Agra Fort, built and renovated over the centuries, this massive fort gained recognition only during the Mughal reign. Evening transfer to railway station to leave by Shatabdi express at 2018 hrs. by AC chair car ( dinner on board ).Arrive Delhi at 2250 hrs. and transfer to Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4: Delhi - Bagdogra - Darjeeling
Sunday, June 30, 2024 - Monday, July 1, 2024

Transfer to airport to leave by air for BagdograArrive and transfer to Darjeeling.Upon arrival at Darjeeling check-in at Hotel.Afternoon at Leisure.Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 5: Darjeeling
Monday, July 1, 2024 - Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Early morning visit Tiger Hill to view Sunrise over Kanchandzonga and the great Eastern Himalayan Mountains. Even Mt. Everest, the world's highest peak, is visible from here. Tiger Hill is situated at an altitutde of 2590 mtrs.(8482 ft.). Return via Ghoom Monastery, one of the oldest Buddhist Monastery where manuscripts written on birch bark are preserved. Enjoy Toy Train Ride between Ghoom and Darjeeling (subject to operation).Afternoon half day city tour visiting Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, This is one of the premier school of mountaineering in the world and imparts mountain climbing training to enthusiasts. Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre was established to rehabilitate displaced Tibetans who had followed his holiness the Dalai Lama to India. The centre produces excellent carpets, woollen goods, wood work, leather work etc. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 6: Darjeeling - Gangtok
Tuesday, July 2, 2024 - Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Morning proceed by road to Gangtok. Arrive and stay at Hotel.Afternoon visit sacred Tsomgo Lake located at the height of 12,000 ft. that legend says is the lake of Gods. Feast your eyes on the most beautiful flowers like RHODODENDRONS.Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 7: Gangtok
Wednesday, July 3, 2024 - Thursday, July 4, 2024

Morning visit the famous Rumtek Monastery of great significance. The head of Kagyupa sect of Buddhism was given refugee in Sikkim.He was granted land to built the monastery and finally raised Rumtek in 1960s. It is replica of the monastery in Taruphu in Tibet, the residence of His Holiness and also the headquarters of the Dharma Chakra Religious Centre.Afternoon visit Du-drul Chorten, the Research Institute of Tibetology, the most prestigious one of its kind in India and Orchid Sanctuary where it is possible to see almost 500 varities of Orchids.Evening visit Cottage Industries and explore Bazars for souvenirs.

Day 8: Gangtok - Dooars
Thursday, July 4, 2024 - Friday, July 5, 2024

Morning proceed by road to Dooars. Arrive and over night stay at hotel.

Day 9: Dooars - Thimphu
Friday, July 5, 2024 - Saturday, July 6, 2024

Morning proceed to Thimpu.One should occassionally stop on the way so as not to miss the magnificent view of the Brahmaputra plains and the Torsa river. Shorlty before entering Thimphu city, visit to Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1627 which now houses the School for Buddhist studies.Arrive and stay at Hotel DRUK or similar. Afternoon visit to King's Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of the Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan and the most impressing building Tashichhodzong, the home of National Assembly and summer residence of Chief of monk body and visit to interesting Handicrafts Emporium and market.

Day 10: Thimphu - Punakha
Saturday, July 6, 2024 - Sunday, July 7, 2024

Morning visit National Library, Painting School, Traditional Medicine Institute. After lunch drive to Punakha, the aid capital town of Bhutan. Stop en route for TeaCoffee at Dochula pass(3,100 m) and enjoy mountain scenery.

Day 11: Punakha - Paro
Sunday, July 7, 2024 - Monday, July 8, 2024

Morning proceed to Paro. Enroute lunch halt at ThimphuArrive and stay at Hotel DRUK or similarLate afternoon visit Ta Dzong (National Museum) and then walk down the trail to see Rinpung Dzong.

Day 12: Paro - Delhi
Monday, July 8, 2024 - Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Transfer to airport to leave by Druk air for Delhi. (Flight operates on few days only ). Arrive and transfer to Hotel Day at leisure to visit National Museum or to buy souveniers. Evening transfer to airport to fly back home onward destination.

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