Darjeeling and Bhutan Tour

Darjeeling and Bhutan Tour
Activity
Tours
Destination
Bhutan
  • Trip Grade
    Easy 
  • Group Size
    Min. 2 Pax 
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Accommodation
    3-Star Hotel 
  • Best Time
    January - May and Sept - Dec 
Featured Trip
All Inclusive Price: $3,400USD

Trip Overview

Darjeeling and Bhutan Tour is a multi-country tour where you will get to experience the highlights of Nepal, India, and Bhutan. The medieval heritage sites of Kathmandu, a joyful toy train ride across the lush tea gardens of Darjeeling, the spectacular beauty of Sikkim’s Tsomgo or Changu Lake, and the stunning beauty of Bhutan’s Buddhist monasteries – all these incredible experiences await you.

Your trip starts from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu where you will discover the famed UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the ancient city. Hike up to Swayambhunath, a hilltop Buddhist and Hindu shrine overlooking the city of Kathmandu. The white-domed stupa known as the Swayambhunath (meaning ‘self-created’) lies at the center surrounded by several Hindu temples and a Buddhist monastery.

Walk around the Boudhanath, one of the biggest Buddhist stupas in the world. This is a major pilgrimage site for followers of Tibetan Buddhism as the remains of the Kasyapa Buddha are said to be buried under the gigantic stupa. At Kathmandu Durbar Square you will come across pagoda roofed temples, palaces and shrines that showcase the fine art and architecture of the Malla period. Kumari Bahal or the House of the Living Goddess is also located at the royal square. Kumari or the Living Goddess is a small girl from the Newar community who is worshipped as the reincarnation of the Hindu goddess Taleju.

Your Kathmandu sightseeing tour is incomplete without a visit to the Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest Shiva shrine in Nepal. Dating back to 400 AD, it is probably one of the oldest temples in Nepal.

From Kathmandu, you head east and cross over the eastern border to the Indian hill station of Darjeeling. Known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’, Darjeeling was a favorite place of leisure for Britishers during the British Raj.

The drive to Darjeeling takes you past acres of verdant tea gardens decorating the slopes of the hills. Enjoy a beautiful sunrise over the snowy spires of Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world, from Tiger Hill. Take a joyride to Ghoom on the Toy Train or the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

A relic of the British era and a UNESCO World Heritage Site the train and the narrow-gauge railway line were built during the nineteenth century. Moving at a snail’s pace, one can enjoy the beautiful mountain views from onboard the Toy Train. Visits to Ghoom Monastery, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and Tibetan Refugee Camp are also included in your itinerary.

Your next destination is Sikkim, a mountainous north-eastern Indian state which lies close to Tibet. You explore Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, and the spectacular Changu Lake. A glacial lake, Changu or Tsomgo is located at an elevation of 3753m and remains covered by ice during the winter months.

Leaving Sikkim you head towards Bhutan, the last Himalayan destination in your itinerary. Crossing via the land border (Jaigaon-Phuentsholing) to Bhutan offers you a unique opportunity to observe local lifestyles on both sides of the border (India-Bhutan). From Phuentsholing you drive past the verdant countryside and reach Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

Your local guide will take you to explore the most popular sites in Thimphu – Memorial Chorten, Changkangkha Lakhang, Nunnery Temple, Motithang Takin Preserve, and Kuensel Podrang. After savoring the cultural charms of Thimphu, you make your way to Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan.

Visit the grand Punakha Dzong, an ancient castle built in the Bhutanese traditional style, and the Temple of Fertility or Chimi Lakhang. Enjoy a blissful walk through a traditional village and paddy fields and observe the rural lifetyle.

You wrap up your Darjeeling and Bhutan Tour with an awesome hike to Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang Monastery in Paro. Built on an overhanging rock on a cliff, Taktsang Monastery is a sacred site and a marvelous piece of architecture. Regarded as the meditation site of Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche, this monastery can be accessed after a grueling hike up a forested hill. After your adventure, you leave Paro and fly back to Kathmandu where your tour ends.

Though Darjeeling and Bhutan Tour can be done any time of the year, the spring and autumn seasons are more favorable because of pleasant weather. Travelers of all ages and fitness levels can complete this tour. The hike to Taktsang Monastery in Paro can be a bit tough for those who are not used to hill climbing. One can always skip the hike and choose another attraction after consulting with your guide.

Darjeeling and Bhutan Tour is an incredible trip that takes you through three Himalayan nations – Nepal, India, and Bhutan – in fourteen days. Take a two-week vacation and join us on an epic odyssey through these three enchanting Himalayan destinations.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur and transfer to Darjeeling (150 Kms) 5 hrs

Day 04: Darjeeling

Day 05: Darjeeling - Gangtok (98 Kms/ 04 hours)

Day 06: Gangtok

Day 07: Gangtok –Excursion Tsomgo Lake (2 & ½ hrs-one way)

Day 08: Gangtok – Phuntsholing (227 Kms /6 hrs) then enter Bhutan

Day 09: Phuentsholing-Thimphu

Day 10: Thimphu-Punakha

Day 11: Punakha-Paro

Day 12: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Day 13: Depart Paro

Day 14: Farewell

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu including all entry fee, tour guide and private transport
  • Flight from Kathmandu -  Bhadrapur including departure tax
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast  at a 3-star category hotel In Darjeeling
  • Three night’s accommodation with breakfast at hotel in Gangtok
  • All transfers, sightseeing & excursions by private vehicles
  • Meeting and assistance on arrival and departure
  • Accompanying English speaking guide from arrival in till departure
  • Toy train ride in Darjeeling
  • Restriction area permit in India parts
  • Five nights 6 days Bhutan cultural tours including: Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) Government approved hotels, all sightseeing tours, entrance fees, tour guides etc.
  • Druk air fare from Paro to Kathmandu
  • All government Taxes and service charges

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary”
  • International flights
  • Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee
  • Indian visa fee
  • Personal shopping, internet/Phone bill, and laundry
  • Pony service and porters
  • Tips for tour guide and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Reviews

Gavin LavelleUK

My father and I booked the Annapurna base camp trek with Nepal Hiking Team and we cannot commend them enough for everything they did for us. From landing in Kathmandu to leaving Nepal, NHT accommodated our every need going above and beyond to ensure

Charles LazaroUSA

This trip was amazing, from the planning stage to the trip itself! Ganga was very responsive to my questions leading up to the trip and helped me prepare properly. Bihm was our guide and from the moment I landed had everything well in hand. He and our

Alistair CUnited Kingdom

My wife and I did a private Everest Base Camp + Gokyo Lakes trek in April 2022. We were recommended Nepal Hiking Team by a friend and they were incredibly helpful from start to finish. They were very responsive when ever we had any questions before our

SamanthaUSA

The whole experience was very good, Bhim is an excellent guide and I would really recommend him to anyone who is looking for guide in the hiking trail and trekking journey. He is efficient, and he has a vast amount of knowledge regarding the journey,

Caine and HannaUSA

We did a 14 day Annapurna Circuit trek with Nepal Hiking Team 28 Apr - 12 May 2022. Communication leading up to the trip was fantastic, and we felt we had all the information we needed for this big adventure, one we'd never done the likes of