Asia 2017 by Intrepid Travel

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 back to main menu kolkata locals india paro thimphu punakha gangte paro dzong bhutan bumthang valley b h u ta n darjeeling kolkata to paro overnight train siliguri phuentsholing 15 days kolkata to paro from the bustling streets of kolkata to the cool tea-growing hills of darjeeling experience india from its most chaotic to its most serene overland through the foothills of the himalayas to the extraordinary and mysterious mountain kingdom of bhutan often described as the last shangri-la climb to the iconic tigers’ nest monastery visit impressive dzongs enjoy himalayan vistas hike lush green valleys and discover this enchanting land’s unique culture day 1 kolkata board an overnight train to siliguri days 2-3 darjeeling head up into the cool climes of darjeeling – a collection of villages on a high ridge linked by winding lanes and surrounded by rice and tea terraces take in the stunning scenery by riding the darjeeling himalayan railway or taking a predawn jeep ride to tiger hill for a himalayan sunrise day 4 siliguri climb aboard your overland truck for the first time and travel to the gangaram tea plantation day 5 phuntsholing cross the border to leave india and get your first taste of life in bhutan days 6-7 thimphu head up to the himalayan foothills and the bhutanese capital soak in the country’s relaxed atmosphere and laidback way of life take a full day to explore with a local guide visiting the iconic national memorial chorten the evocative outdoor market and the 17th-century buddhist fortress of tashichho dzong day 8 punakha enjoy panoramic views of the eastern himalaya ranges when crossing the 3,100m dochula pass to the old capital visit the punakha dzong then take a walk across terraced fields to the fertility temple of chimi lhakhang days 9-10 bumthang drive to the bhutan royal family’s ancestral home trongsa dzong set amid spectacular scenery continue through idyllic landscapes to bumthang and experience bhutanese life and hospitality in a homestay tour the area’s sacred sites the following day days 11-12 gangtey take in immense views of the remote phobjikha valley and the black mountains then visit one of bhutan’s oldest monasteries walk the shasi la nature trail – full of stunning vistas days 13-15 paro trek to the village of rinchengang visit the impressive paro rinpung dzong and hike to the country’s most glorious sight – the cliff-clinging taktsang monastery aka tiger’s nest finish with a drukgyel dzong ruins visit in d ia kolkata original hdop maximum group size 22 hotel 11 nts farmstay 2 nts overnight sleeper train 1 nt 10 breakfasts 9 lunches 9 dinners private bus overnight sleeper train 4x4 view dates and prices discover more trips and detailed information about this destination at intrepidtravel.com/asia 15