Place to visit: Calcutta - Gangtok - Darjeeling - Phuntsholing - Thimpu - Paro
DESCRIPTION: This tour takes you to Northeast India, the ethnically distinct region from the rest of India. It has strong ethnic and cultural ties with East and Southeast Asia. The tour starts in Gangtok – the capital of Sikkim and a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site, on to Darjeeling – known for its tea plantations and beautiful sunrise at Tiger Hill, to Phuntsholing, to Thimpu – the capital of Bhutan, known for its Buddhist monasteries, and to Paro.
Day 1: Arrive Calcutta
Airport to hotel transfer by company representative.
Day 2: Fly Calcutta – Baghdogra – Drive to Gangtok (120 km, 3 hrs.) After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Baghdogra. Drive to Gangtok. Check-in at hotel.
Day 3: Gangtok
After breakfast at hotel proceed for sightseeing tour of the city.
Day 4: Drive Gangtok – Darjeeling (100 km, 3hrs.)
After breakfast drive to Darjeeling. Check-in at hotel. Day at leisure.
Day 5: Darjeeling
After breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing tour of the city.
Day 6: Drive Darjeeling – Phuntsholing
After breakfast drive to Phuntsholing. Check-in at hotel.
Day 7: Drive Phuntsholing – Thimpu
After breakfast drive to Thimpu. Check-in at hotel. Day at leisure.
Day 8: Thimpu
After breakfast, proceed for tour of the city. Highlight – ancient Buddhist monasteries.
Day 9: Drive Thimpu – Paro
After breakfast drive to Paro. Check-in at hotel. Day at leisure.
Day 10: Paro
After breakfast, proceed for full day sightseeing tour. Hightlight – Rinpung Dzong (10th Century), fortress monastery, Ugyenpelri Palace.
Day 11: Fly Paro – Calcutta
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to Calcutta. Sightseeing during the day in Calcutta. Highlights – Academy of Fine Arts, the Victoria Memorial, St. Paul's Cathedral and Howrah Bridge.
DAY 12: Fly Calcutta – Home
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to international airport for flight back home.