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North East with Bhutan in 12 days
12 Nights / 13 Days

North East with Bhutan Tour

Gangtok - Lachung – Gangtok - Pelling - Darjeeling - Phuentsholing – Thimphu - Paro

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Explore the charming destinations nestled in the lap of the North East Himalayas along with the blessed Kingdom of Bhutan on the 12 nights and 13 days’ North East with Bhutan tour. The destinations that you will explore during the tour include Darjeeling, Gangtok, Pelling, Lachung, Yumthang Valley, Phuentsholing, Thimphu, and Paro. During the tour, you will get a chance to visit several tourist attractions, explore the forts and various monasteries, admire the natural beauty, and savor the vibrant culture and much more. Each moment of the tour is full of memories of a lifetime.

Trip Highlights
  • The day a trip to Tsomgo Lake
  • Shopping in local markets in Gangtok
  • Sightseeing of Lachung
  • Excursion to Yumthang Valley
  • Gangtok city tour
  • Guided tour of Thimphu
  • Explore the magnificent structures of Drukgyel Dzong and Rinpung Dzong in Paro
Itinerary Details
Day 1: IXB/ NJP – Gangtok (120 km/ 05 Hrs.)

Your North East India with Bhutan tour starts with pick up from Bagdogra Airport / NJP Railway Station. Meet your tour representative and get assisted with transfer to Gangtok. Your tour starts from Gangtok, settled amid natural beauty, the capital of Sikkim has charming tourist attractions, colorful markets, ancient Tibetan monasteries, etc.

On arrival in Gangtok, check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure. You can choose to spend time relaxing in the comforts of your hotel or go exploring the town.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2: In Gangtok

Start the day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Then proceed for a day trip to Tsomgo Lake. Also known as Changu Lake, this glacial lake is a popular tourist attraction in Sikkim. Located on the road towards the Nathu La pass, the beautiful lake is a famous spot for families, honeymoon couples and nature lovers enjoying the sightseeing in Gangtok. You can choose to enjoy the picturesque views, yak rides, posing in local attire, and savoring mouthwatering momos and snacks. Optional tour to Nathula Pass (Alt 14000Ft.) The pass is situated nearby China Border can also be arranged (Except Mon, Tue) for Indian Nationals only at an additional cost.

The next visit of the trip is the unique Baba Mandir. This shrine is built in the memory of a brave Indian soldier, Harbhajan Singh who died during the war near the Nathu La Pass and became the revered local deity who is said to grant blessings to all visitors.

After sightseeing, get back to Gangtok. The evening is free for shopping activities at the popular M G Marg and Lal Bazar (foreign-style local market). Shop for Canvas Wall Hangings, Thangkas, Woolen Carpets, Traditional Folding Tables, Tea, Sikkimese Traditional Dress, Fruit Juice, etc. and do not miss out on to refresh with delicious momos and other Tibetan dishes.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3: Gangtok – Lachung (115 km / 6 Hrs.)

Once you have had breakfast, drive Gangtok to Lachung at about 10 a.m. Proceed to Lachung, at a distance of 115 km, set at an altitude of 8,600 ft. On the way, stop and enjoy a few wonderful tourist attractions like Tashi Viewpoint, Kabi Longstok, Naga Waterfalls, the confluence of Lachen Chu, and Lachung Chu at Chungthang, Twin Waterfalls, and Bhim Nala Waterfalls. Arrive at Lachung by late afternoon /in the evening and check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is free of plans; you can spend it at your own leisure. Explore the town or enjoy the comfort of your hotel.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4: Lachung – Gangtok

Start the day with breakfast. Later, leave for a visit to Yumthang Valley, also known as the Valley of Flowers in Sikkim. Nestled at an altitude of 11,800 ft., it is a 1.5 hr drive from Lachung. On the day trip, also pay a visit to Hot Spring. Yumthang is a large valley in Sikkim, one of the most beautiful places in the North East. Surrounded by mountains, the valley is witness to the end of the tree line and the start of the snowy glaciers. In the months from April to June, the valley erupts in a riot of colors as Rhododendrons, Primula and many other Alpine Flowers are in full bloom. In the winter months, Yumthang is covered with snow all around, making it an ethereal beauty.

After your day trip, get back to Gangtok. On arrival in Gangtok by late evening, check-in at the hotel.

Overnight stay in Gangtok.

Day 5: Gangtok – Pelling (115 km./ 04 Hrs.)

Start the day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Later, get ready for a half-day Gangtok city tour.

The first stop of the day tour is to admire the Banjhakri Falls. Later, visit the local Cottage Industry to learn about the local handicrafts and get to admire the skilled craftsmanship. Learn about the heritage of Tibetan Buddhists in the Dro-Dul Chorten Stupa, an ancient monastery and the Institute of Tibetology. Last stop of the day is the Flower show and Handicraft Centre. In the afternoon drive Gangtok to Pelling. Nestled at an altitude of 6800 feet / 2072 meters in the lap of the mountains, Pelling enjoys great views of the snow-capped mountains, pleasant weather, and other attractions. Enjoy the view and the breeze all through your journey.

On arrival in Pelling, check in to the hotel. There are no further plans for the day. You can choose to stroll around the town or enjoy the comforts of your hotel at your own leisure.

Overnight stay at Pelling.

Day 6: Pelling – Darjeeling (110 km/ 04 Hrs.)

After breakfast at the hotel, start for the half-day Pelling sightseeing tour. Start with a visit to the Kanchenjunga waterfalls, an ethereal beauty fed by the melting water of the glaciers of Mount Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest peak in the world. The waterfall gushes down from a height of 100 feet into a pool and is a beautiful tourist attraction. Next, pay a visit to the sacred Khecheopalri Lake, believed to be one of the holiest Buddhist lakes in India and a beauty to admire at.

After a mouthwatering lunch, start with Pelling to Darjeeling drive. The beautiful hill station in the North East Himalayas is loved by families, honeymoon couples and nature lovers in search of peace and serenity.

On arrival in Darjeeling, check in to the hotel. There are no further plans for the day; you can spend time enjoying the comforts of your hotel or stroll through the town.

Overnight stay at Darjeeling.

Day 7: In Darjeeling

Start the day early, before dawn. Leave for Darjeeling sightseeing which includes the sunrise view from Tiger Hill. Watching the sunrise over Mt Kanchenjunga and other high peaks of the Himalayas is a major tourist attraction. The golden sunshine spreading over the snow is a breathtaking view. On a clear day, the view of Mt Everest is also visible from Tiger Hill. After breakfast at the hotel, get back to sightseeing. Pay a visit to Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, popular for some rare collections of high altitude Himalayan species like Snow leopard, clouded Leopard, Siberian Tiger, Red Panda, and many rare mammals and birds in the natural surroundings.

Next, pay a visit to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday). Here you can see the priceless collection of mountaineering gears used by legendary climbers in the Himalayas. Next, pay a visit to the tea gardens. Spread on the rolling valleys of the hill town, the lush tea plantations for viewing the scenic landscape, and tea plucking and processing. Later, proceed to a visit to the Ghoom Monastery. It holds the 15-feet statue of the Maitreya Buddha, rare, handwritten Buddhist manuscripts and other Buddhist scriptures. Next, stop and enjoy the surroundings at Batasia Loop. While enjoying the fresh air of the mountains, awe at the architectural marvel that makes it possible for the UNESCO-listed world heritage site of Darjeeling Toy Train.

Pay a visit to the Japanese Temple dedicated to Lord Buddha. The Peace Pagoda is another must-visit tourist attraction in Darjeeling which has 4 avatars of Buddha, in the postures of sleeping, sitting, standing, and meditating. Next, visit the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center to know more about the production of Tibetan handicrafts.

After sightseeing, in the afternoon enjoy shopping on your own. Explore the local markets like Ghoom Monastery Market, Batasia Loop Market, and Chowk Bazaar where you can buy hand-knitted items, cheap electronics, handicrafts, souvenirs, and woolen clothes. Spend the evening at the Mall Road enjoying the pleasant breeze or savoring the delicious momos and other Tibetan dishes.

Overnight stay in Darjeeling.

Day 8: Darjeeling – Phuentsholing ( 190 km./ 06 Hrs.)

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel, after which complete check-out formalities and start with a drive from Darjeeling to Phuentsholing, a town on the border of the southern part of Bhutan. Enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery and the blissful weather all through the journey. On arrival in Phuentsholing, check-in at the Hotel. The day is to be spent at leisure. You can choose to be busy with activities of your interest such as sightseeing, interacting with the locals, etc.

Overnight stay in Phuentsholing.

Day 9: Phuentsholing – Thimphu ( 150 km./ 06 Hrs.)

After breakfast, get on the road to drive towards Thimphu. Complete the immigration formalities and before getting to Thimphu, settled at an altitude of 7,710 ft. The capital city of the Kingdom of Bhutan is a treasure of history, heritage, and culture. On arrival in Thimphu, check-in at the hotel.

In the evening, pay a visit to the Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion). The seat of Bhutan's government, the fortress is an impressive structure, surrounded by well-kept lawns and beautiful gardens housing the throne room and offices of the king, the secretariat, and the ministries and other government offices. The Dzong is set on the banks of the Wang Chhu River and is a popular tourist attraction in Bhutan.

Overnight stay at Thimphu.

Day 10: In Thimphu

Start the day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Later, proceed with a sightseeing tour in Thimphu.

First stop of the day, pay a visit to Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Statue) a place for refreshing with a huge statue of Buddha on the top of the Kuensel Phodrang. Admire at the National Memorial Chorten (Monument), a popular tourist site in Thimphu, which is a beautiful shrine of worship where you can find beautiful mandalas and murals. The Folk Heritage Museum offers a glimpse of the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle, in addition to an impressive collection of artifacts from royal and rural households, etc.

In the afternoon, pay a visit to the Sangaygang View Point, where the entire view of Thimphu opens up. The viewpoint is surrounded by blue pines and colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Next, pay a visit to Changangkha Monastery, a sacred Bhutanese temple bustling with pilgrims where you can get blessings. A visit to the Takin Preserve Centre offers a meeting to the national animal of Bhutan. The last stop of the day tour is the Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion).

The evening is free for shopping in local markets. The most popular buys include skilled handicrafts, Buddhist art, and textiles of various fabrics like cotton, silk, bura, kushuthara, etc.

Overnight stay at Thimphu.

Day 11: Thimphu – Paro (65 km./ 02 Hrs.)

After you have had breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Paro. On the way to Paro, visit the Tamchog Lhakhang. Built-in the 13th century by Thangthong Gyalpo, also known as the Iron bridge builder, it is a popular tourist attraction in Bhutan. Also, pay a visit to the temple situated on a hilltop. Drive across an ancient style bridge to reach the temple to offer your prayers.

On arrival in Paro, check-in at the hotel. Relax for a while after which leave for sightseeing. In the afternoon visit the Ta Dzong, the National Museum with an excellent collection of arts, relics, religious thangkha, etc. Next, pay a visit to the Rinpung Dzong. In the local language, it means "fortress of the heap of jewels". Once a royal fortress, the Dzong serves as the administrative and judicial seat of Paro.

After a day of fun sightseeing, get back to the hotel. Overnight stay at Paro.

Day 12: Paro Sightseeing

Start the day with breakfast after which you leave for sightseeing. Visit Drukgyel Dzong, a popular tourist site in Paro, formerly was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins. Also visit the famous Taktsang Monastery, also called "Tiger's Nest". Perched on the mountains, the monastery is a beautiful shrine of vibrant colors and fluttering prayer flags. It is a 2 hours hike from the base camp. Kyichu Monastery is the oldest monastery in Bhutan and an important Himalayan Buddhist temple.

There are no further plans for the day. In the evening, proceed for shopping in the local market.

Overnight stay at Paro.

Day 13: Leave Paro

Today is the end of the North East with Bhutan tour. Post breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Paro Airport to connect the flight for onward destinations with fond memories of North East India and Bhutan.


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