In royal footsteps to the happy Himalayan mountain kingdom of Bhutan, plus Darjeeling hill station and old Calcutta
Flight - 1 night
Kolkata - 2 nights
Thimphu - 3 nights
Punakha - 1 night
Paro - 2 nights
Darjeeling - 3 nights
Delhi - 1 night
Bhutan is a country whose heritage is closely guarded by its rulers and where by their own admission happiness comes before profit. In the words of one government minister “we have deliberately safeguarded the ancient way of life in all its aspects… a policy of restricted tourism and socio-economic development is followed”. Nestling in the Eastern Himalayas, the Kingdom of Bhutan has changed little and spirituality permeates every aspect of daily life. The Buddhist philosophy that all life is sacred is deeply engrained, evidence being its estimated 770 bird species and astonishing variety of rhododendrons, orchids, wildlife and forests.
The architectural heritage of Nepal retains its old world charm, notwithstanding 2015’s earthquake which damaged some temples and palaces, and, whilst synthesising Chinese and Indian influence, undoubtedly embodies a spirit of its own. The friendliness, cheerfulness and welcoming nature of the Nepalese is legendary. The Kathmandu Valley is recognised as UNESCO World Heritage site, comprising of three contrasting towns, each with its own temples and individual character.
Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 2 – 20
Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow via Mumbai to Kolkata (formerly Calcutta).
Day 2 Transfer to the 5-star Oberoi Grand for two nights. Visit Victoria Memorial, Dalhousie Square, St. John’s Church, Howrah Bridge, Jain temple, markets and colonial Calcutta.
Day 3 Heritage walk from Bow Barracks to the Burra Bazaar. Visit Kalighat Temple and take a tram ride. (B)
Day 4 Fly to Paro in the kingdom of Bhutan. Transfer to the 3-star Hotel Riverview in Thimphu for three nights. View Buddha Dordenma. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Institute of Zorig Chusum (painting school) and the National Library. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Visit the Cheri Gompa Monastery (uneven footpaths, 60 minutes steep walk). Visit the National Memorial Chorten and craft emporium, Tashichho Dzong (royal citadel). Evening walk. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Cross Dochula Pass (over 3,000m) viewing Buddhist chortens, Mani walls, prayer flags and Bhutan’s highest Himalayan peaks to Punakha for a night at the 3-star YT Hotel. Walk to the Chimi Lhakhang temple. Visit Punakha Dzong, the former capital and coronation site. Evening walk. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Travel to Paro (4 hrs). Visit Ta Dzong (National Museum), Rinpung Dzong and the 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang temple. Two nights at the 3-star Hotel Olathang. (B, L, D)
Day 9 By road and on foot to Taktsang Gompa known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery (uneven footpaths, 60-90 minutes’ walk to the tea house for a good view, then 60 minutes more difficult walk to the monastery itself). Visit a local family and traditional farmhouse. Walk around Paro. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Fly to Bagdogra and drive to Darjeeling (3 hrs) for three nights at the 4-star Mayfair Hotel. (B, D)
Day 11 Visit the Tibetan Refugee Centre, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and zoo. Take a stroll to Observatory Hill and Bhutia Basti. (B, D)
Day 12 Sunrise over the Himalayas at Tiger Hill. Visit Ghoom Monastery, then by ‘Toy Train’ to the highest station in India. (B, D)
Day 13 Drive to Bagdogra (3 hrs). Fly to Delhi. Overnight at the 5-star Taj Palace (former Taj Diplomatic Enclave). (B)
Day 14 Return flight to London. (B)
This is a full itinerary with visits on foot with some uneven surfaces and inclines. Tiger’s Nest walk is a trek of up to 2½ hours to the cafe/viewpoint (uphill can be by pony at additional cost, downhill is on foot). There is an optional, challenging but rewarding final section to the monastery. The itinerary reaches up to 3,100 metres (10,000 feet) and is not suited to travellers predisposed to conditions which may be aggravated by high altitude.
A 5-star heritage hotel with a fusion of classical Victorian and traditional Indian style architecture. 209 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Restaurants, bar, indoor pool, gym and WiFi (free).
Overlooking Thimphu valley and Thimphu River, and just a 5 minute walk from the heart of the city. Restaurants, bar, spa and WiFi (free). 47 rooms with private facilities.
Well known for its personalised and friendly service, this 3-star hotel has a restaurant, bar and WiFi (free). All 22 rooms have private facilities, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Perched on a hill amidst 28 acres of blue pine forests and greenery, the heritage design present a Bhutanese feel. Restaurant, bar, spa, WiFi (free) and rooms with private facilities, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
A 4-star heritage hotel situated in the heart of Darjeeling town. Restaurants, bar, lounge area, gym and WiFi (free). Rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe tea/coffee making facilities and TV.
A 5-star hotel located in the very heart of the Indian capital. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 403 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Travel to Nagarkot (2,175m) for two nights at the 4-star Club Himalaya on Windy Hill with views of the Himalayas. Relax and enjoy a walk around the villages and hillsides. Return flight from Kathmandu. Breakfast daily.
Day 1 Travel up to Nagarkot (2,175 metres altitude) for two nights at the 4-star Club Himalaya, located on Windy Hill with wonderful views of the Himalayas. (B)
Day 2 View the sunrise over the mountains. Relax and enjoy a walk around the villages and hillsides. (B)
Day 3 Return to Kathmandu for the return flight, arriving later the same day. (B)
A 4-star hotel on Windy Hill with wonderrful views of the Himalayas. Restaurant, bar, indoor pool, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 68 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, TV, balcony and tea/coffee making facilities.
per person in a twin/double room
Emirates from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Double for sole use £545
Emirates from Manchester – nil
Emirates Business Class from £2095
Extension - Nagarkot
Club Himalaya - 2 nights £245
Single supplement £75
We offer a wide variety of pre- and post-tour extensions, click here for more information.
Pre/post tour extra nights and transfers are available.
2 guests - £145 per person
3-4 guests - £75 per person
5-9 guests - £35 per person
10+ guests - No extra charge
Arrival transfer add £22
Departure transfer add £22
Air travel and taxes, Bhutan visa, transfers, 12 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 9 dinners, itinerary as described, services of local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government and local tourist taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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