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Eastern Panorama

A 12 nights / 13 days tour of India. Visit Delhi, Bagdogra, Darjeeling, Gantok, Pontsoling, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Paro

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Eastern Panorama
12 Nights / 13 Days

Basic Itinerary: Delhi / Bagdogra – Darjeeling – Gangtok – Pontsoling – Thimpu
– Punakha – Paro / Delhi or Kolkatta

DAY 01:                    Arrive DELHI
Welcome to India !!!!
Upon arrival at Delhi Airport you will be met with our Representative & Private transfer from Airport to Hotel. Check in at the hotel. The Rooms have been blocked from 1200 Noon hrs for Immediate Occupancy. Overnight.

DAY 02:                    DELHI
After Breakfast meeting with your Guide {Department of Tourism approved} at the lobby of the Hotel. Visit Old and New parts of Delhi - each with its specific charm and glory - makes a very interesting city for its sustenance to medieval and modern cultures at the same time and space. In the first half you will visit Old Delhi - including Jama Masjid (Mosque), Gandhi’s Cremation Site and a Rikshaw ride to Red Fort followed by the visit of Humanyun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and a drive past the government buildings in Delhi. Return to hotel. Overnight.

DAY 03:                   Delhi / Bagdogra – Darjeeling                                9W 1010 / 1210
After breakfast departure transfer to Airport to board on your flight to Bagdogra. Upon arrival transfer to Darjeeling or take the famous Toy Train, a great scenic journey through exhilarating panoramas to Darjeeling. Arrive & relax for the day.
 
DAY 04:                   DARJEELING
Darjeeling's scenic views, tea plantations and crisp chilly mornings make it a favorite summer retreat. Sightseeing includes Senchar Lake, Ghoom Monastery, Everest Museum, Geological Park and the Happy Valley Tea Estates.

DAY 05:                   DARJEELING – GANTOK                                        115 kms / 04 Hrs
After breakfast a scenic drive takes us to Gantok, capital of Sikkirn. Sightseeing of this city visiting the Enchey Monastery, The Residency for an excellent view of the mountains, the White Memorial Hall & Tibetology Institute. Also visit to Rhumtek Monastery - 25 Kms drive (The original Rumtek Monastery built by the 4th Chogyal was damaged in an earthquake and was rebuilt. The 16th Gyalwa H.H Karmapa, after he escaped from Tibet, settled and lived in this Monastery till completion of the Dharma Chakra Centre). After visit return back to Gangtok Evening Free to explore the gangtok Bazaar. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 06:                  GANTOK - PONTSOLING                                        155 Kms / 06 Hrs
Today we'll drive to Pontsoling, the border town in Bhutan, transfer to Hotel.

DAY 07:                  PONTSOLING - THIMPU
Morning, complete your visa formalities & Proceed to Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan. Driving across the main Bhutanese Highway is not only beautiful, but very exciting. On your way to Thimpu, built on lands dominated by the 400 yr. old Tashicko Dzong, we shall visit the Taktsang Monastery also known as Tiger's Nest at 9,000 ft. at the edge of a precipice and can be reached by horse only.

Thimphu, perhaps the most unusual capital city in the world, is the seat of government. This bustling town is home to Bhutan’s royal family, the civil servants, and foreign missions with representation in Bhutan. It is also the headquarters for a number of internationally funded development projects.

DAY 08:                  THIMPU
Today's full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes visit of:  National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion.
National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the Father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Trashichhodzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body.
Afternoon excursion to Cheri Goemba: This monastery was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1620. A silver chorten inside the monastery holds the ashes of Shabdrung’s father. The goemba is situated about half an hour walk from Dodena (alt. 2,600m). The trail commences by crossing a lovely covered bridge that spans the Thimphu Chhun, then climbs steeply to the Monastry.
 
DAY 09:                  Thimphu – Punakha                                                   75 kms / 03 Hrs
After breakfast visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life.
Late morning drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.
After checking into hotel proceed on to visit Punakha Dzong, the 17th century fortress which has played important role in building up of modern Bhutan followed by visit to local market.

DAY 10:                    Punakha
Morning excursion to Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humour, songs and outrageous behavior to dramatize his teachings and due to this also known as ‘Divine Madman’. This temple is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. It is about 30 minute walk across field from the road to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’. It then follows a tiny stream downhill to Yoaka and across more fields before making a short climb to Chimi Lhakhang.
Afternoon visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten: A beautiful hike takes one to the regal Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Chorten, which was built to remove negative forces and promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world. The Chorten dominates the upper Punakha Valley with commanding views across the Mo Chhu and up towards the mountainous peaks of Gasa and beyond.

Day 11:                     Punakha - Wangduephodrang - Paro                    145 Kms / 05 Hrs
Morning an excursion drive to Wangdiphodrang visiting Dzong and local market. The district of Wangdiphodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.
Return drive to Paro. En route visit local farmhouse. On arrival in Paro proceed on to visit Ta Dzong, which in the past served as watchtower for Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) and now houses the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in the spring.
 
Day 12 :                    Paro
After breakfast, drive up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1647 by the Shabdrung to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in war of 1644.
Then take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery viewpoint. It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognized as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. While returning to hotel visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo.

Day 13:                    Depart Paro / DELHI or KOLKATTA
After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to Delhi or Kolkatta depending on your outbound Flight to Home country.

 
 
 
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