A spectacular private journey that begins in the historic and cultural heart of West Bengal, taking you from the old colonial capital of Calcutta and deep into the mystical Land of the Thunder Dragon; one of the most extraordinary destinations anywhere on earth.
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Arrival in Kolkata and transfer to the Oberoi Grand for an overnight stay. (N)
Fly to Guwahati and transfer to Kaziranga for a 2 night stay at Diphlu River Lodge
Set along the southern bank of the Brahmaputra Riverwas, Kaziranga was declared a wildlife reserve in 1926, in order to save the greater one-horned rhino. (B, L, D)
Discover the wildlife of Kaziranga by jeep and on elephant-back. The park contains about 15 species of India's threatened mammals and harbours the world's largest population of Indian rhinoceros and Indian elephant. Other mammals include tigers and leopards. (B, L, D)
Fly to Badogra and travel to Darjeeling for 3 nights at the Glenburn Tea Estate. (B)
Take an early morning visit to Tiger Hill and witness the sunrise over the mighty peaks of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga. In the afternoon board the historic toy train to Ghoom and enjoy a half-day city tour of this sparkling hill resort. (B)
Spend the day learning all about tea, visiting tea plantations and enjoying a tea tasting. In Darjeeling, tea is still produced by the 'orthodox' method as opposed to the 'curling, tearing and crushing' method adopted on the plains. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
After breakfast take a scenic drive to Phuntsholing, the second largest town in Bhutan. Spend the night at the Hotel Druk. (B, D)
Travel to Thimphu for 2 nights at the Hotel Osel. En route visit Simtokha Dzong the oldest fortress in the Kingdom built in 1629. Its name translates to 'demoness' and derives from the folklore that the site is guarded against a demon (B, L, D)
Explore Thimphu including visits to the Tashichho dzong, School of Arts and Crafts and a local bazaar. You will also get to visit the Simply Bhutan Project, a fascinating museum and photo studio capturing life in Bhutan. (B, L, D)
Drive across the stunning Dochu La Pass to Punakha. En route enjoy a short walk to Khamsum Yueling Temple which provides an idyllic spot for a picnic lunch. Spend 2 nights at the Drubchhu Resort. (B, L, D)
Visit the beautiful Punakha Dzong, the largest in the country. Later take a short excursion to Chimi Lhakhang also known as 'Fertility Temple' as those who pray at this temple are said to be blessed with a child shortly after. (B, L, D)
Drive to Paro, a valley encapsulates a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is home to many of Bhutan's oldest temples and monasteries. Stay for 3 nights at the Naksel Boutique & Spa and experience a local hot stone bath. (B, L, D)
Enjoy the spectacular walk to the iconic 300-year-old Tiger's Nest Monastery, where it is believed Guru Padmasambava landed on the back of a tiger in the 8th century. Afternoon at leisure or try your hand at archery or take a cookery lesson. (B, L, D)
Fly to Delhi. Overnight at the Lalit New Delhi. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
The Diphlu River Lodge is an eco-resort built on stilts in the middle of green paddy fields. The lodge is set on the edge of River Diphlu, which forms the boundary to Kaziranga National Park. Managed by Assam Bengal Navigation, the lodge operates to the high standards of their well-established cruises on the Brahmaputra and Hooghly. The 12 rooms are large, have a rustic feel and were designed making use of local materials and artefacts. All rooms feature a seating area with comfortable cane furniture, a writing desk, mini-bar, safe, small fridge and tea & coffee-making machine. The en-suite bathrooms (shower only) have glass sides that open out into the...
Set among terraced paddy fields, Drubchhu Resort stands on the site of an old granary that was built by one of the great lamas of Bhutan. This family-run hotel features 27 rooms that are simple yet comfortably furnished and offer spectacular views of the Punakha valley. Facilities at this hotel include a restaurant that serves select continental and Bhutanese cuisine, a bar serving an assortment of local and imported drinks and a spa that offers the opportunity to experience a 'hot stone bath'. The resort has a natural spring, which is believed to have healing...
The Druk hotel is a modern property with Bhutanese decor and themes. Built in 1974 it has 29 rooms with private bath, balcony, mini-bar, shower, bath-tub, telephone and...
Glenburn is a delightful 647-hectare working
tea estate just an hour’s drive from Darjeeling.
Offering breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga
mountain range, the estate is an ideal place to
relax and explore the beautiful countryside.
Characterful accommodation is provided in eight
luxuriously converted suites, including four in the
main 150-year-old plantation...
Set in the heart of Thimphu with breathtaking views of the Taschicho Dzong and the seated Buddha, the Hotel Osel offers comfortable accommodation and an ideal base from which to explore the delights of the surrounding mountains.
Features: 35 rooms, restaurant, bar, cafe.
Room amenities: Cable television, safe, tea & coffee facilities, internet access, en suite bathroom, hairdryer, minibar, heating,...
Naksel is a community-based hotel and a leader in its field in terms of energy efficiency. Located in the small village of Ngoba, it offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountain range including Mount Jumolhari. Traditional Bhutanese architecture such as hand-carved pillars blend with modern touches while eco-friendly features include Swedish underfloor heating systems, LED lighting and highly efficient water heaters, preheated by solar panels. Construction materials are mainly indigenous and locally purchased including traditional windows, mud bricks, framework and furniture which were all locally crafted in Ngoba village.
Features: 38 rooms, Wi-Fi, restaurant, bar, terrace, garden, coffee house, spa, wellness centre, sauna and garden.
Room amenities: Underfloor heating, flat-screen television, hairdryer, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, safe and ensuite...
The Oberoi Grand is located in the heart of the city, near the main monuments and shopping district. It is 22 km from the international airport, which takes approximately 45 minutes by road.
The hotel has been a feature of Kolkata (Calcutta) for over 125 years and it combines classic Victorian architecture with modern facilities. It has 6 categories of rooms and suites. Deluxe rooms offer a panoramic view of the city and some luxury rooms have a private balcony overlooking the central courtyard. Premier rooms feature four-poster beds and private balconies and classic suites overlook the pool and garden. Set amid the palm-fringed courtyard and pool are the deluxe suites and the 3 luxury suites, each measuring 84 sqm, feature four balconies overlooking the hotel grounds. All rooms have a satellite television, DVD player, Internet access, safe, telephone and mini bar.
The hotel ha...
Located in Connaught Place, Delhi's prime business and shopping district, The LaLiT New Delhi is only minutes away from cultural attractions, shopping malls, government offices and trade fair grounds. The hotel has 460 guests rooms including 47 designer suites located in an exclusive atrium tower, all with modern amenities. Dining on offer is an array of Indian, Chinese, and Mediterranean cuisine. Other facilities at this hotel include a fitness club and outdoor swimming...
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XAB2017: 14 Nights
Kolkata (Calcutta) was the capital of British India until 1911 and the character of this...
Originally known as ‘Dorje Ling’ (Place of the Thunderbolt) after the lama who founded...
The Indian capital, is steeped in a glorious, but turbulent, history. In the pulsating old city...
The beautiful Paro valley encompasses a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myth...
Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and is still the winter seat of the J...
Thimphu is the Bhutanese capital, and the centre of government, religion and commerce....