INDIA, SIKKIM/BHUTAN 12D

Code: NB3-12MI
Daily (Min 2 to Go)
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Darjeeling
Tibetan Refugee Centre Himalayan Zoological Park
Japanese Temple Darjeeling mall
Tiger Hill Ghoom Monastery
Gangtok
Tsomgo Lake Institute of Tibetology
Thimphu
National Memorial Chorten Changangkha Lhakhang
Folk Heritage Museum Post Office
Dochula Pass (located on the way to Punakha from Thimphu)
Punakha
Punakha Dzong (Fortress) Rinchengang Village
Paro
Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Approximately 5 hours)
Kolkata
Mother’s Theresa Home Victoria Memorial

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Day 1: Singapore – Kolkata

MI488(N)                      SIN/CCU              2100/2235
Depart for Kolkata. On arrival meet and transfer to hotel for overnight.

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Day 2: Kolkata – Bagdogra – Darjeeling (B/L/D)

Morning is free until time to transfer to airport for flight to Bagdogra. On arrival meet and drive through the scenic countryside to Darjeeling for about 4-5 hours journey. Darjeeling is the former summer capital of the British Bengal Raj and is renowned for its world-famous Darjeeling tea.

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Day 3: Darjeeling (B/L/D)

This morning we will drive to Tibetan Refugee Centre, where the aged refugees have their handicraft centre and watch them at work at weaving Tibetan carpets. En route visit the Himalayan Zoological Park. The zoo serves as a breeding centre for snow leopards and red pandas, as well as a home for mountain yaks, Himalayan black bears and Siberian tigers. Visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute located within this zoo. The Institute was founded in 1954 to commemorate the historical first successful conquest of Mt. Everest in 1953 by ‘Darjeeling’s son’, Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary. Thereafter visit Japanese Temple, which was built by a Japanese monk to spread peace on earth. The mountain view from this stupa is magnificent. After lunch at hotel, visit Darjeeling mall, famous for tea and souvenirs. Evening free at leisure.

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Day 4: Darjeeling – Gangtok (B/L/D)

Wake up early in the morning at around 4 am for transfer to Tiger Hill (2585m) for sunrise view and a panoramic view of the spectacular snow-clad mountain peaks of the Himalayan Range. Thereafter visit the Ghoom Monastery, built in 1850 by Lama Sharb. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later we will proceed to Gangtok, capital city of Sikkim.

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Day 5: Gangtok (B/L/D)

After breakfast, drive to Tsomgo Lake (3,780m), which means “the Source of the Lake”. Warm clothes are needed for this place. The lake derives its water from melting snows off the surrounding mountains, and it is one of the famous sacred lakes in Sikkim, situated near the borders of Tibet. Return to Gangtok, en route visit the Institute of Tibetology where one can see the history of Sikkim at photo gallery and handicraft centre.

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Day 6: Gangtok – Phuntsoling (B/L/D)

Today we will drive towards Phuntsoling via West-Bengal. On arrival at the border between India and Bhutan, we will register our passports and receive our visas for Bhutan before proceeding to hotel for overnight.

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Day 7: Phuntsoling – Thimphu (B/L/D)

Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan along a beautiful mountain road. On arrival check in hotel for overnight.

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Day 8: Thimphu – Punakha (1,250m) (B/L/D)

In the morning, visit the National Memorial Chorten built in memory of the late 3rd King. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, established in the 12th century. We will also visit the Folk Heritage Museum (closed on Sunday), a fascinating testimony of Bhutan’s living traditions. Visit the Post Office and government-owned Handicrafts Emporium, which offer a wide range of handcrafted products, including the splendid thangkha paintings and exquisitely woven textiles for which Bhutan is famous. After lunch, we drive over the stunning 3200m Dochu La pass marked by 108 Stupas and many colourful prayer flags on our way to Punakha.

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Day 9: Punakha – Paro (B/L/D)

Punakha was Bhutan’s capital until 1955, and even now it is the winter home for the country’s central monk body. Visit Punakha Dzong (Fortress), reputedly the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. Located at the junction of two rivers, it is a fine example of Bhutanese Art and Architecture. A short hike brings you to KhamsumYuelleyNamgyelChorten, built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother and consecrated in 1999. After lunch, proceed for a 20 minutes’ walk to Rinchengang Village, a small clustered village known for its skill in traditional method of stone masonry. Spend some time there mingling with the locals and children. Thereafter drive to Paro for overnight.

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Day 10: Paro (B/L/D)

After breakfast, hike to Tiger’s nest monastery (5 hours round trip). We will drive to SatsamChorten and further up to the base of Taktshang monastery and hike for an hour till the cafeteria. After tea/refreshments, we walk another one hour through thick forests and follow the trail cut on sheer cliff till you reach the monastery. Taktshang or Tiger’s Nest monastery, built on a sheer cliff overlooking the valley below was said to be where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padmasambhava, flew from eastern Bhutan on the back of a tiger to overcome the demons of Paro region who were opposing the spread of Buddhism. After the trek, walk all the way downhill to our waiting car and return to Paro. If time permits visit Kyichu Temple, built in the 7th century A.D.

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Day 11: Paro – Kolkata (B)

MI487(N)                    CCU/SIN            2350/0640+1
After an early breakfast, transfer to airport for flight back to Kolkata. On arrival, meet by representatives and transfer for a complimentary city tour of Kolkata including Mother’s Theresa Home, Victoria Memorial and to shopping mall for dinner at your own expense. Evening transfer to airport for flight back to Singapore.

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Day 12: Arrival Singapore

Arrive in Singapore with fond memories of an enjoyable journey to Sikkim and Bhutan with Universal Travel.

Note: flight timings are subjected to changes.

Tours Info

Airline Silk Air (MI))
Flying hours (Approx)
Singapore to Kolkata – 4 hours 15 minutes
Kolkata to Singapore – 4 hours 15 minutes
Time Difference India is 2-and-a-half hours behind Singapore time.
Bhutan is 2 hours behind Singapore.
Passport An international passport with a minimum validity of six months from the date of return is required.
VISAS All travelers to India are required to have a valid visa for entry.
For travel to Sikkim, please also bring along a copy of your passport, copy of India visa and 4 passport-size photos.
Travel Insurance Travel insurance is highly recommended by us. It covers unforeseen circumstances such as delays, luggage loss, personal accidents, injuries or illnesses.
Itinerary subject to changes Itinerary & order of sightseeing tours may be reshuffled due to unforeseen circumstances

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