Road to Bhutan

21 Days - AUD$10580

 Day 1: Australia/Singapore/Kolkata

Fly with Singapore Airlines to Kolkata, via Singapore. On arrival in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, transfer to hotel for 2 nights.

Day 2: Kolkata

Early morning visit to the Flower Market and Howrah Bridge. After breakfast, we visit Mother Theresa House, the Victoria Memorial and one of the largest and best museums in India, the Indian Museum. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Kolkata/Bagdogra/Darjeeling

Transfer to the airport to board flight to Bagdogra. On arrival, we drive to Darjeeling (4 hrs), a hill station that is famous for its tea plantations, mountain views and Buddhist monasteries.  On arrival check into your hotel for 3 nights.

Day 4-5: Darjeeling

This morning we board a toy train to the scenic hill station of Darjeeling, where we visit the Ghoom Monastery. After lunch we visit a tea garden.

The following day in the early morning we visit Tiger Hill (2590 m) for views of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest summit (8598 m). We also visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Tibetan Refugee Centre.  Overnight at hotel.

Day 6: Darjeeling/Pelling (4 hrs)

This morning we drive to Pelling in western Sikkim where we visit the Pemayangtse Monastery, one of the oldest and most important monasteries in Sikkim. Overnight at hotel.

Day 7-8: Pelling/Gangtok

Today we drive to Gangtok (1780 m), the capital of Sikkim.  From here, there are good views of the Kanchenjunga peaks.  On arrival check into hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon at leisure.

Tomorrow we visit the Rumtek Monastery and the Research Institute of Tibetology (1547 m).  Overnight at hotel.

Day 9: Gangtok/Kalimpong (3 hrs)

After breakfast we drive to Kalimpong, a bazaar town in the foothills of the Himalayas where we visit the Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery and some flower nurseries growing orchids. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Kalimpong/Phuentsholing  (3 hrs)

This morning we drive to the Bhutanese border town of Phuentsholing where we are greeted by our National Escort who will assist us with immigration formalities. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Phuentsholing/Thimphu (6 hrs)

Today, we leave the plains behind and begin our climb to Thimpu (2320 m).  Thimpu is a charming Himalayan capital where all the houses are painted and constructed in traditional Bhutanese style.  This afternoon we visit the Memorial Chorten and Buddha Point, home to the world’s largest sitting Buddha.  Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Thimphu

Today we visit the National Institute of Zorig Chusum where we can learn about traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts. We also visit the Textile Museum, a factory specializing in handmade paper, the Tashichho Dzong and Takin Reserve. Overnight at hotel.

 Day 13: Thimphu/Punakha (3-4 hrs)

Today we drive to Punakha en route stopping to enjoy panoramic Himalayan views from Dochula Pass (3150 m) which is decorated with 108 memorial chortens.  In Punakha (1300 m) we visit the Chimi Lhakhang monastery and the Punakha suspension bridge.  Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Punakha Festival

Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, is now the winter home of Bhutan’s Central Monastic Body.  Today we visit the Palace of Great Bliss (Punakha Dzong) located on a spit of land at the junction of 2 rivers. This is where the first king of Bhutan was crowned in 1907 and where the famous Punakha festival takes place each year. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Punakha/Phobjikha (3 hrs)

Phobjikha (3000 m) is a stunningly beautiful and sacred valley and the largest and most significant wetland in Bhutan. It is the wintering grounds for the rare and endangered Black-necked Cranes that migrate from Tibet.  Here we tour the Gangtey Gompa and visit a local farm house to sample authentic Bhutanese hospitality.  Overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Phobjikha/Thimphu (6 hrs)

After breakfast, we drive back to Thimphu.  This evening we wander through Centenary Farmers Market where clothing, textiles and handicrafts are on display.  Overnight at hotel.

Day 17: Thimphu/Paro (1.5 hrs)

Today we drive from Thimphu to Paro.  Paro is a historic town located in one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan.  Today we visit the National Museum, Rinpung Dzong and Drukgyel Dzong. Overnight at hotel.

Day 18: Paro/Tiger’s Nest

Today we ascend a 300-m cliff (on foot or by pony) to visit Tiger’s Nest nestled high above the Paro Valley.  It is Bhutan’s most scenic icon and is considered to the 10th holiest site in the Buddhist world.  This evening soak your weary bones at the Menchu Spa or enjoy a hot stone bath at Naskel.  Overnight at hotel.

 Day 19: Paro/Delhi

After breakfast, departure transfer to Paro Airport to board flight to Delhi.  While taking off you will have the opportunity to see Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous peaks. On arrival in Delhi transfer to your hotel for 1 night.

Day 20-21: Delhi/Singapore/Australia

After breakfast transfer to international airport to board flight to Singapore.  On arrival in Singapore board connecting flight to Australia. Arrive home following morning filled with many wonderful memories of Bhutanese culture.

Discover the extraordinary Kingdom of Bhutan, rich in traditional culture and magnificent landscapes.

  • Experience Kolkata, the former capital of British India.
  • Stare in awe at Mt Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest summit in the world.
  • Marvel at houses constructed and painted in traditional Bhutanese style in the capital Thimpu.
  • Immerse yourself in the colours and dancing of the Punakha festival.
  • Catch a glimpse of rare Black-necked Cranes in magnificent wetlands of Phobjikha.
  • Celebrate this ancient living culture at the Paro Festival.
  • Climb up to Tiger’s Nest, the sacred Buddhist temple complex nestled high above the Paro Valley.

 

  • Soft adventure tour.
  • Includes Kolkata, Himalayan hill stations and the Kingdom of Bhutan.
  • Utilizes air & 4WD travel.
  • Perfect for those who prefer the road less travelled.

 

*REWARDING OUR PAST CLIENTS

To all our past clients who book any of the tours presented in this brochure, we are offering a discount of $250 pp.   And there is a further ‘early bird’ discount of $100 pp if you book before 28 July 2016.  That’s a total possible discount of $350 pp!  We think that you will agree that this represents excellent ‘value for money’.

*WELCOMING & REWARDING OUR NEW CLIENTS

As we would not like anyone to feel left out, first-time travellers with ASIAQUEST TOURS will be entitled to a discount of $150 pp just for booking any of the 2016-17 tours presented in this brochure, before 28 July 2016.

Please note that all bookings should be made directly through ASIAQUEST TOURS (and NOT through travel agents).

2017/18 PRICE GUIDE

All prices are in Australian Dollars

Fully inclusive From $10,580 Twin Share

Land Only From $9,080 Twin Share

Single Supplement $2,480

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RB 101701-Oct21-Oct$10580.00BOOK NOW >
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WHAT IS INCLUDED

Return international flights in Economy class with Singapore Airlines to India

One way international flight from Bhutan (Paro) to Delhi

Australian and foreign airport departure taxes

Fuel levy surcharge

All domestic flights & airport taxes

All meals & accommodation in good quality 4 star hotels ( hotels in smaller towns may be 3*)

English speaking National Escort & local guides

Visa fees  for Australian passport holders for India & Bhutan

Sightseeing tours to all major attractions & monuments, including entrance fees

All transportation in air-conditioned coaches & four wheel drive

All gratuities on tour

 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

Travel insurance

Personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls, camera fees etc.

LAND ONLY packages exclude return international flights ex Australia, visa fees, arrival and departure transfers

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