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A spectacular private journey that begins
in the historic and cultural heart of West
Bengal, taking you from the old colonial
capital of Kolkata (Calcutta) and deep into
the mystical ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’,
one of the most unusual and spectacular
destinations anywhere on Earth.
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Arrival in Kolkata and transfer to the LaLiT Great Eastern 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 on a jeep safari. 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 Elgin. (B, D)
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, D)
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, D)
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 Kisa. 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 Meri Puensum. (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 Village Lodge 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.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
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XAB2019: 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....