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Sikkim & Bhutan: Highlights

Trip No. 4717

SIKKIM & BHUTAN - Let yourself be enchanted by the wonderful panoramic landscape! Tea plantations and Himalayan giants shape your first days. The most beautiful monastery complexes and dzongs (Buddhist monastery castles) are your companions on the journey through Sikkim and Bhutan. They will give you a deep insight into the values ​​of Buddhism and Hinduism. Follow in the footsteps of the regions of Asia, which are still relatively untouched by tourism, and experience an unforgettable time!

Sikkim & Bhutan: HighlightsSikkim & Bhutan: Highlights

Itinerary:

Day 1: Flight to India

You fly to Delhi overnight with Lufthansa.

Day 2: Arrival in Darjeeling

You land in Delhi in the early hours of the morning. During the time before your onward flight, you can relax in the nearby hotel. A connecting flight will take you to Bagdogra. From there you drive over winding mountain roads and see the first green tea fields of the famous Darjeeling region in the distance. In the afternoon you will visit one of the many tea plantations in the area together. While strolling through the market, you will not only meet locals - you can also enjoy a cup of the renowned tea. In the evening you have the opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers even better at the first dinner together. 2 nights in Darjeeling. (FA)

Day 3: Sunrise over Mount Everest

The young capital is a small town without traffic lights, train stations and skyscrapers but with house facades like something out of a picture book! The picturesque police houses on the traffic islands alone are a real eye-catcher. The center of Thimphu is on the Wang Chu River. At the Memory Chorte you can watch how the locals quietly mumble their mantras, circle the temple with prayer chains and set the prayer wheels in motion. Plus, visit the largest seated Buddha statue in the country. In the evening you can be enchanted by the play of colors and the sounds of the bazaars. (F / M / A)

Day 4: Gangtok

Sikkim's capital welcomes you at an altitude of 1,600 meters! The name of the city is believed to stand for “mountain peak” - this directly reflects the unique view of the Kanchenjunga massif. It is the third highest mountain range in the world and the highest in all of India. It is believed to this day that no one has ever been to the summit; Since the mountain is considered sacred for the residents of Sikkim, most climbers turned back a few meters before the summit. Use today to discover the capital. You will visit a Tibet Museum, the monastery in Gangtok and get an insight into the handicrafts made there. When the weather is clear, you can enjoy a breathtaking view from the "Tashi View Point". 2 nights in Gangtok. (F)

Day 5: Rumtek

Today you can expect the spiritual impressions of the colorful Rumtek monastery complex. In the largest monastery in Sikkim, you can learn more about the historic buildings of the complex. In the afternoon you have time to explore on your own. How about, for example, a visit to one of the local markets? (F)

Day 6: Gorumara National Park

You continue your journey towards the border and arrive at the Gorumara National Park around noon. In the afternoon you will take part in a jeep safari and with a bit of luck you will see several of the animal species that live there. One night in a lodge on the edge of the national park. (F)

Day 7: To the land of the thunder kite

You leave the state of Sikkim and travel to Bhutan. The inhabitants live in Buddhist religiosity and close ties to their country. Have you heard of "Gross National Happiness"? In Bhutan, the happiness of the people and the protection of the environment are top priorities. Most of the people live from agriculture and the population density is very low. The entire country has roughly as many inhabitants as Frankfurt am Main. Use the time at the border control for initial observations. Your journey continues to Thimphu. 2 nights there. (M / A)

Day 8: Thimphu

You leave the state of Sikkim and travel to Bhutan. The inhabitants live with Buddhist religiosity and close ties to their country. Have you heard of "Gross National Happiness"? In Bhutan, the lucky one is
Top priority for the population Use the time at the border control for your first observations. Phuentsholing is a typical border town where you will encounter several ethnic groups - you will recognize them by their clothes. In the evening you will explore the specialties of the local market together with your guide. 1 night in Phuentsholing. (F / M / A)

Day 9: Over the Dochu La pass to Punakha

Today you drive on a winding road to the Dochu La mountain pass (3,088 m). 108 small chorts and countless colorful prayer flags mark the pass. On a clear day, enjoy views of the peaks of the Eastern Himalayas. Once in Punakha, visit the Punakha Dzong, which sits picturesquely on a headland at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Po Chu rivers. After visiting the Chimi Lhakhang fertility temple, stroll through the rice fields. 1 night in Punakha. (F / M / A)

Day 10: Paro

Today's drive to Paro is characterized by river valleys. Visit the Ta Dzong, which previously served as a watchtower and now houses the National Museum with ancient objects. The Rinpung Dzong then inspires with its high-quality woodwork and cosmic mandalas. The eventful day ends with your visit to the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the most sacred and important temples in Bhutan from the 7th century, which is understood as a landmark for the introduction of Buddhism in the country. 2 nights in Paro. (F / M / A)

Day 11: "Tiger's Nest"

River valleys shape today's journey to Paro, the city in the west of the kingdom. Visit the Ta Dzong, which previously served as a watchtower and now houses the National Museum with ancient objects. The Rinpung Dzong then inspires with its high-quality woodwork and cosmic mandalas. 2 nights in Paro. (F / M / A)

Day 12: Farewell to Bhutan

After breakfast you will be transferred to Paro airport. The country's only international airport is located here. After your flight to Delhi, you have the afternoon at leisure and then meet again for the last dinner together in the hotel. In the time up to your departure you can relax in the hotel. (FA)

Day 13: Journey home to Europe

In the early hours of the morning you will return to the airport for your flight home. Arrive in your home country on the same day.

Hints

B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner

Program changes reserved!

Your accommodations

Place Accommodation Nights Stars *
(Subject to change)
Darjeeling / Cedar Inn / 2 / ***
Gangtok / Lemon Tree / 2 / ****
Gorumara / River Wood Retreat / 1 / Lodge
Thimphu / Galingkha / 2 / ***
Punakha / Vara / 1 / ** (*)
Paro / Olathang / 2 / ***
Delhi / Lemon Tree / 1 / ****


* Country category

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

In Sikkim and Bhutan, which are cautiously opening up to tourism, do not always expect perfect facilities that meet European standards. The roads are partly in a bad condition, so that some overland journeys can be exhausting. On some dates you will also visit traditional monastery festivals in Bhutan (see table of dates). Please note that the program schedule for these dates may vary slightly so that you can experience the monastery festivals in the best possible way.

Program information:

  • If you have a different citizenship than German, please let us know your nationality when making your inquiry or booking so that we can inform you about the relevant entry requirements. Many Thanks!
  • SKR PRIVATE From 2 guests you travel individually, at your own chosen date! Price on request.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Itinerary is valid for all departure dates in 2021.

Included in the tour price

  • small group with max. 12 guests
  • Guaranteed implementation from 4 guests
  • Flight (economy) with Lufthansa and Air India from Frankfurt / M. (FRA) via Delhi to Bagdogra (IXB). Return flight from Delhi (DEL) (including taxes & fees). Special tariff. Limited space. Surcharges possible. Other departure locations in Germany, Austria & Switzerland.
  • Flight (Economy) from Paro to Delhi
  • Transport: Vans in Sikkim, in the bus in Bhutan
  • India: 6 nights in a double room (DR) with bath or shower / toilet
  • Bhutan: 5 nights in a double room (DR) with bath or shower / toilet
  • Single room supplement (EZ): see table
  • Meals according to the program
  • Program as described including entrance fees
  • Visa for Bhutan
  • German-speaking, local tour guide and additional, English-speaking assistance for Sikkim

Not included in the tour price

  • No insurance included in the travel price. We recommend taking out cancellation insurance.
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Visa to India

Desired services

  • Rail & Fly - Deutsche Bahn ticket: € 71

  • Minimum number of participants: 4
  • Maximum number of participants: 12