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  • Discover diverse Himalayan cultures in Darjeeling, Sikkim, Bhutan & Nepal
  • Experience the atmosphere of the hill stations, Darjeeling and Kalimpong
  • Explore Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim and ancient dzongs in Bhutan
  • Revel in incredible mountain views as you journey from India to Bhutan
The East Himalayan Kingdoms tour starts in Kathmandu and ends in Paro. The East Himalayan Kingdoms is an adventure tour that takes 13 days taking you from Kathmandu to Paro and through other destinations in Asia.

A superb cultural journey through Darjeeling, Sikkim and Bhutan. This cultural touring journey to Darjeeling, Sikkim and the ‘Dragon Kingdom' of Bhutan will appeal to the Himalayan enthusiast keen to appreciate the culture & history of the East Himalayan Kingdoms. We include time in the renowned hill station of Darjeeling and gain memorable views of Kanchenjunga – the third highest mountain in the world. In Sikkim we visit the Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok, and Kalimpong, where trade thrived between British India and Tibet until the early 1900's. We drive across the border to Bhutan where we visit the famous Taktsang Monastery and make the short drive to the capital of Thimphu, where we have ample opportunity to wander the bazaars before crossing the Dochu La to Wangduephodrang and the remarkable Punakha Dzong.
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“We had a wonderful and memorable time due to your planning and organisation. Peerless Inn -Kolkata - comfortable and well organised especially for the time we arrived. Guide in Kolkata (have forgotten his name) was great. Nawang was welcoming, organised, generous, knowledgeable and always thoughtful. Couldn't have asked for more, his love for the mountains evident. Such a good ambassador for World Expeditions!Tibetan Refugee Centre - we walked there which was a great way to visit the area. We took a large duffel bag of assorted clothing and equipment to give away, Nawang took some bits with us, including the glasses I threw in last minute. The refugees are desperate for all kinds of reading, distance and sunglasses. We purchased some reading glasses in old Delhi which we left with Dorjay to give to Nawang to take to them later in the year. The drivers at all times made us feel safe and were very skilled! All our guides, cooks, porters and horsemen were great and we were spoiled. Because of the team we had a truly once in a lifetime trek. We had no injuries, lots of chatter and laughter. Thank you all, will always recommend World Expeditions.”
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You will be met by a World Expeditions representative on arrival and transferred to the Radisson hotel. In the afternoon there is a half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu (including Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath). Evening drinks are held in the hotel for all World Expeditions clients arriving today. Drinks and snacks will generally be served from 6:30 pm until 7:15 pm, and this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members before heading out to dinner.
Early transfer to the airport for our flight to Bhadrapur. On arrival we will meet our Indian guide and then transfer to our chartered bus for the drive to Darjeeling.As the road climbs up to Darjeeling we gain impressive views back down to the Indian plains.On arrival in Darjeeling we savour the cool mountain air and our first glimpse of the snow capped Himalaya.This evening a pre-trip briefing will be given.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Darjeeling is set on the top of a wooded ridge commanding views both to the plains and to the high mountains including Kangchenjunga. During the day we will organise sightseeing to the Tibetan Refugee Centre and also to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. We also visit one of the famous tea plantations that were established in the middle of last century. Later we explore the local bazaars and appreciate the rich variety of peoples including Sherpas, Tibetans and Bengalis who have made Darjeeling their home. A visit to the Tea Planters Club is also recommended, for it was here that the British inter-war expeditions stayed before assembling their Sherpa crews that would accompany them on the long march through Sikkim and across Tibet to the base of Everest.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
This spectacular drive winds through the rice paddies and pine forests of the Sikkim foothills. The drive to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim taking around five to six hours. Overnight Norkhill Hotel.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Gangtok has been the capital of Sikkim since the 19th century. On a clear day it affords excellent views up the Zemu Valley to Kangchenjunga. We have scheduled visits to the Cottage Industries Emporium with its fine array of traditional crafts including hand woven carpets, shawls and hand carved furniture. We also visit the Tibetan Institute where many valuable manuscripts are stored after they were brought to Sikkim in 1959.
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En route we visit Rumtek Monastery, 24 km from Gangtok. The Monastery is affiliated with one of the important Tibetan Buddhist sects - the Kargyapa sect. When the leader of this sect escaped from Tibet in 1959 he was invited to settle in Sikkim. With an influx of funds the monastery was restored to its traditional Tibetan architectural lines in the 1960's - the original monastery having being destroyed by an earthquake. From Rumtek the drive to Kalimpong takes a further four hours, with time that afternoon to visit the bazaar and appreciate the time when the town was an important trading post between India and Tibet.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
We drive back down to the Indian Plains and the Indian-Bhutan border. After clearing Indian immigration and customs we drive to an impressive archway that marks the formal entry to the Kingdom of Bhutan.  Here you will be met by our Bhutan guides who will accompany you to the nearby hotel in Phuentsholing for your briefing and overnight stay.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
The drive to Thimphu winds up from the Indian plains to the Thimphu Valley. On arrival in Thimphu we transfer to our hotel for overnight accommodation. Thimphu has been the capital since 1960 (the previous being Punakha). This afternoon we will pay a visit to the main Secretariat building - the Tashichho Dzong is the most prominent building consisting of the main Secretariat, the National Assembly Hall, the Office of the King and the Throne Room. Its remarkable construction is in traditional Bhutanese style without the use of nails or metal of any kind. We also visit the large Stupa dedicated to the late King HM. Jimge Dorji Wangchuk, regarded as the founder of modern day Bhutan.
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We spend the morning enjoying the charm of Thimpu. The town is by no means large and easily explored on foot. There are some interesting markets and bazaars, and the Handicraft Emporium with famous weaving, woodcarvings and paintings and the Post Office sells Bhutan's world renowned stamps. before we drive for about three hours to Wangduephodrang (locally known as “Wangdi”), changing climatic zones from mountainous to tropical. On the way, we cross over Dochu La, a 3150-metre-high pass marked by prayer flags and a chorten and, if the weather is fine, a view of the eastern Himalaya including the highest mountain in Bhutan, Mt Gangar Punsum (7520m). We drive through forests of rhododrendron and magnolia, before the road descends into the warmer lowlands around Punakha. Overnight Wangdi Kyichu Resort.

*On the 24th June 2012, the beautiful Wangduephodrang Dzong was completely destroyed by fire. It was one of the oldest and most substantial dzongs in Bhutan built in 1638. Renovations were underway when the fire started and so most of the historic relics had been put into storage and were saved from the devastation of the fire. Re-building is already underway to restore the dzong to its former glory.
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This morning we visit the Punakha Dzong, which once served as the old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress was built in 1637 between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every February there is a procession known as the Punakha Serda to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. No journey in Bhutan is complete without a visit to this fascinating and visually stunning Dzong.

Transfer to Paro, approx, 5 hrs.

Our sightseeing program in Paro includes visits to the Paro Dzong and the even older Ta Dzong that now houses the National Museum of Bhutan. While we are not permitted inside the monastery at the Dzong we can take a look around inside this impressive building which is the monastic and administrative centre for South-West Bhutan. Ta Dzong is the original fort and has been carefully transformed into a museum with excellent displays of all facets of Bhutan's rich cultural history. Old costumes and battle dress, together with priceless jewellery and specimens of the kingdoms unique flora and fauna are included within the museum.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
We drive to the foot of the Taktsang Monastery - the famous Tigers Nest Monastery said to have been one of the divine resting places of the Guru Ringpoche. However, although much of the building was once destroyed by fire it is now restored and it is still worthwhile to ascend the walking trail to appreciate the monasteries breathtaking location on a cliff edge about 800 metres above the valley floor. The rest of the day is free to complete sightseeing and purchases before our early morning departure the following day.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Early morning transfer to the airport and onward arrangements.
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  • Breakfast
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Good quality accommodation throughout on a twinshare basis including the Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu
Meals
  • 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
Transport
  • Private internal transport throughout
  • Flight Kathmandu to Bhadrapur
  • All group airport transfers
Others
  • Group leader throughout plus a liaison officer in Bhutan
  • Half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Bhutan Government visa and sustainability fees
what’s excluded
  • Bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Airport & departure taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Visas (excluding Bhutan)
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A deposit of 500 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 69 days before departure. For any departures within 30 October 2019 full payment is required.

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The East Himalayan Kingdoms tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this East Himalayan Kingdoms tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.
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