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Assam, Darjeeling & Bhutan Odyssey

Private Travel | General interest 16 Days & 14 Nights Lead-in price: £4895

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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Explore Kaziranga National Park
  • Ride the historic toy train
  • See Bhutan's most impressive dzongs
  • Walk to the spectacular Tiger's Nest Monastery
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Standard Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Kolkata


Day 2: Kolkata

On arrival transfer to the LaLiT Great Eastern for an overnight stay. (N)

Day 3: Kaziranga National Park

Fly to Guwahati and transfer to the Diphlu River Lodge for 2 nights. (B, L, D)

Days 4: Kaziranga National Park

Explore the park, in search of one-horned rhino by 4×4 Jeep safari. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Darjeeling

Fly to Badogra and travel to Darjeeling for 3 nights at the Elgin. (B, D)

Day 6: Darjeeling

Witness the sunrise over the mighty peaks of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga. Take the historic toy train ride to Ghoom and enjoy a half-day city tour of this sparkling hill resort. (B, D)

Day 7: Darjeeling

Spend the day learning all about tea, visiting tea plantations and enjoying a tea tasting. Afternoon at leisure. (B, D)

Day 8: Phuntsholing

After breakfast, take a scenic drive to Phuntsholing crossing the Coronation Bridge. Spend the night at the Hotel Druk. (B, D)

Day 9: Thimphu

Travel to Thimphu, visiting Simtokha dzong en route, the oldest fortress in the kingdom built in 1629. Spend 2 nights at the Hotel Kisa. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Thimphu

Today, explore Thimphu, including the Tashichho dzong, the School of Arts and Crafts, Simply Bhutan project and a local bazaar. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Punakha

Drive across the stunning Dochula 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)

Day 12: Punakha

Visit the beautiful Punakha dzong, the largest in the country. Later take a short excursion to Chimi Lhakhang also known as ‘Fertility Temple’. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Paro

Drive to Paro for 2 nights at The Village Lodge. Experience a local hot stone bath. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Paro

Enjoy the spectacular walk to the 300-yearold Tiger’s Nest Monastery. At leisure or cycle through the Haa valley, try your hand at archery or enjoy a lesson creating spicy Bhutanese cuisine. (B, L, D)

Day 15: Fly to Delhi

Fly to Delhi. Overnight at the LaLiT New Delhi. (B)

Day 16: Fly home


Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Standard tour:

This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Standard private tour accommodation

  • The Village Lodge, Paro
    The Village Lodge, Paro

    Inspired by the typical lifestyle and rich Bhutanese culture, The Village Lodge presents true Bhutanese essence. Located only a few minutes' drive from Paro airport and set on the fertile farmland in the middle of vibrant Paro valley and encircled by richly forested hills, the lodge offers traditional experience and good accommodation in a peaceful Himalayan environment. The lodge has 9 suite rooms elegantly decorated in Bhutanese architecture, equipped with an underground heating system and comfortable bathrooms. The restaurant serves local, continental and Asian delicacies. NUTS Bar offers the selection of international and Bhutanese beverages. Guests are welcome to venture into the kitchen to learn the art of Bhutanese cooking or simply watch the chef prepare Chili Cheese Ema datshi, the fiery Bhutanese delicacy.

  • The LaLiT Great Eastern Calcutta
    The LaLiT Great Eastern Calcutta

    This early 19th-century hotel, which has played host to Queen Elizabeth II, Kipling and was regarded by Mark Twain as the "best hotel east of the Suez", was originally called the Auckland Hotel. Today, after extensive refurbishment, the LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata is a distinctive blend of Victorian, Edwardian and contemporary architecture. Rooms and suites are spacious and elegantly decorated. The rooms in the Heritage wing evoke the old-world charm of the British Raj era while the rooms and suites in the Modern wing accentuate contemporary style with a touch of Bengali art, craft and design elements. The hotel's bakery is a real highlight and renowned throughout the city as it used to be the meeting place for the East India Company's officers in the 19th century.Features: 195 rooms, Wi-Fi, 3 restaurants, bar, bakery, outdoor swimming pool, spa.<br>Room amenities: Television, writing desk, safe, minibar, tea &amp; coffee facilities, en suite bathroom.

  • The Elgin, Darjeeling
    The Elgin, Darjeeling

    The Elgin Darjeeling is known as the 'Queen of the Hills'. The name derives from 'Dorji Ling', or the God of Thunder. Small wonder then, that the weather varies from the pleasant to cold. As you enter, the heritage of The Elgin greets you. A silken Khada is drapped around your neck as a traditional Himalayan welcome, as sparkling cherry liquor spreads a Warm glow within. The phrase 'old world charm' is a palpable feeling of being snug and cosy in this quaint and charming 120 year old residence reminiscent of the heydays of the Raj. It is justified, considering that royalty and distinguished Heads of States have spent many moments here, appreciating the lithographs by Daniell and etchings by G.Douglas that adorn its walls. Dominique Lapierre and Mark Tully have found inspiration to write in its relaxed interiors. The Elgin has hosted the Crown Prince of Sikkim Tenzing Namgyal, the royal ...

  • Hotel Kisa, Thimphu
    Hotel Kisa, Thimphu

    Conveniently located with easy access to interesting sights, shops and markets, Hotel Kisa blends traditional Bhutanese architecture with contemporary style. All 35 rooms and suites are spacious, tastefully furnished, feature wooden floors and marble bathrooms. Facilities include a multi-cuisine restaurant and a lounge bar.

  • Hotel Druk Phuentsholing
    Hotel Druk Phuentsholing

    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 air-conditioning.

  • Diphlu River Lodge
    Diphlu River Lodge

    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 sky.

Standard private tour extensions

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £4895 per person

High season from £4995 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Delhi

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  • Kolkata (Calcutta)

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  • Darjeeling & beyond

    Originally known as ‘Dorje Ling’ (Place of the Thunderbolt) after the lama who founded...

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  • Thimphu

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  • Paro

    The beautiful Paro valley encompasses a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myth...

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  • Punakha

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