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Bengal & Bhutan Explored

Starts: Kolkata, India
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal

Visit: Kolkata, Darjeeling, Phuntsholing, Thimphu, Punakha, Bumthang, Gangtey, Paro, Kathmandu

Tour Type: Group Tour

Accommodation: Budget

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This trip takes you right the way across West Bengal, Nepal and the mystical kingdom of Bhutan. From the bustling streets of Kolkata to the cool, tea growing hills of Darjeeling you will experience India from its most chaotic to its most serene.

We journey through the foothills of the Himalayas to the mountain kingdom of Bhutan a country of incomparable charm and calm and a welcome relief after the chaos of Kolkata. Bhutan has a culture based on Gross National Happiness combined with Buddhism. The spectacular Zhongs and temples illustrate the countries heritage as do the people who daily wear their national dress.

Leaving Bhutan, we fly across the vastness of the Himalayas past the great mountains of Everest and Kanchenjunga and arrive at Kathmandu with time to explore the history of this beautiful city.

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    Trip Details

    The Trip

    Product Code: 206651
    Tour Type: Group Tour
    Accommodation: Budget
    Transport: User Defined##4x4, Private bus, Flight, Overnight train
    Guide Language: Engligh

    Starts: Kolkata, India
    Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
    Duration: 15 days
    Physical rating: Basic

    Includes

      Activities
      • Experience a local overnight train from Kolkata to Siliguri
      • Explore the outdoor market in Thimphu
      • See Thimphu's iconic National Memorial Chorten, a stupa built in 1974 to commemorate the 3rd King of Bhutan
      • See the incredible 52m-tall golden Buddha Dordenma statue in the hills above Thimphu, the largest sitting Buddha statue in the world
      • Visit the Tashichho Dzong in the capital of Thimphu, a beautiful 17th-century Buddhist fortress that serves as the current seat of the Bhutanese government
      • Stay for 2 nights in a rural farmhouse near Bumthang to enjoy a slice of genuine Bhutanese life, food, and hospitality
      • Visit the incredible Trongsa Dzong, the largest Buddhist fortress in Bhutan set against the stunning backdrop of the Black Mountains
      • Take a beautiful 6-hour hike into the hills above Bumthang to visit the peaceful and remote Padtshaling Monastery
      • Explore the colourful, recently-restored Gangtey Gompa, a monastic college famous for its annual festival to welcome the migration of black-necked cranes
      • Trek up to the village of Rinchengang, picturesquely situated on a steep ridge near Wangdi
      • Visit the impressive Paro Rinpung Dzong, one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture
      • Trek up to the iconic 'Tiger's Nest', the sacred Taktsang monastery which clings to the rock face 900m above the valley floor - the most famous symbol of Bhutan
      Tour Staff
      • 1 Dragoman crew, 1 local crew, Local guides where necessary
      Accomodation
      • 0% Camping - 100% Hotels

    Excludes

      Activities
      • Visit the Eden Gardens, the most famous and iconic cricket stadium in India (Price: INR )
      • See the famous Howrah Bridge over the Hooghly River, thought to be the busiest bridge in the world with 150,000 pedestrians and 100,000 vehicles crossing every day (Price: INR )
      • Discover the incredible array of art and historical artefacts on display at the Indian Museum in Kolkata, the largest and oldest museum in India (Price: INR 500)
      • Head out on a fantastic photographic tour of Kolkata, exploring the hidden gems, back streets, and photogenic spots of the city with a superb local guide (Price: INR 2000)
      • Explore the vast fields and parks of the Maidan (the 'lungs of Kolkata') and observe daily life away from the chaos of the city (Price: INR )
      • See the huge white marble Victoria Memorial, built in the early 20th century by the British Viceroy of India and a grandiose reminder of Kolkata's colonial past (Price: INR 500)
      • Visit the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Centre, a museum illustrating the life and work of the famous and controversial missionary (Price: INR )
      • Take an early jeep trip to Tiger Hill, where you can get an incredible sunrise view of Kangchenjunda, the 3rd-highest mountain in the world (Price: INR 500)
      • See the museum at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, containing many exhibits from mountaineering history and the grave of Tenzing Norgay, one of the first men to summit Mount Everest (Price: INR 200)
      • Time to explore the tea plantations (Price: USD 5)
      • 3 nights stay in Darjeeling to explore the surrounding hills (Price: INR )
      • Scenic train ride through the stunning Darjeeling foothills.  (Price: INR 1500)
      • Visit the Changangkha Lhakhang in the hills above Thimphu, a busy temple where parents come to recieve the names for their new-borns from the deity Tamdrin (Price: BTN )
      • Visit the National Folk Museum, a living museum to see a slice of traditional Bhutanese life as it would have been a century ago (Price: BTN 150)
      • Visit the Motithang Takin Preserve near Thimphu, a natural conservation area for the curious yak-like Himalayan Takin (Price: BTN )
      • Discover Kathmandu on a guided city tour (Price: NPR 1000)
      • 2 nights to enjoy the sights of Kathmandu (Price: NPR 250)
      • Visit the sacred Hindu Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Nepal's unofficial national deity (Price: NPR 1500)
      • Visit the former royal palace of Narayanhiti and see the crown jewels of Nepal (Price: NPR 500)
      • Get out of the city and explore the nearby national park of Sundarijal, and see its idyllic waterfalls and rock formations (Price: NPR 500)
      • Visit the beautiful and tranquil Durbar Square in the nearby medieval town of Bhaktapur, and visit its nearby museums (Price: NPR 1500)

    Price

    Price person (sharing double) $5,085 ($339/day)

    Deposit:

    100% per person for bookings made 0 days or more prior to departure

    Full Amount for bookings made less than 0 days prior to departure

    Cancellation: Flexible

    Trip Notes

    Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

    Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

    Tour packages spare you the hassles of trip planning, a la carte booking, organizing and managing the logistics at a foreign location.

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    Tour Operator

    Dragoman

    Dragoman has a proud history, standing at the forefront of the overlanding industry since the company's formation in 1981. Our first overlanding expedition to Nairobi and back set off in the summer of 1982, with our first trips to Asia following in 1984. In 1989, Dragoman launched operations in South America, and in 1994 (now with 13 trucks) we expanded out to Central America.

    2001 Dragoman took over the assets of Encounter Overland, and we have been proud overlanding partners with Intrepid since 2008. Dragoman became the owners of Imaginative Traveller in 2011, the same year that our first truck arrived in South East Asia. Finally, in 2013 we entered North America, and were the first ever overlanding company to visit Burma.

    In Business Since 2008

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    http://www.dragoman.com

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