17 Days 16 Nights
Embarking on the 16 nights 17 days Sikkim Bhutan Nepal Tibet Tour operated by Bhutan Travel Gate is a captivating journey through a mosaic of cultures, landscapes, and traditions. Starting in Sikkim, you’re enveloped in the mystique of the Himalayas, where prayer flags flutter against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks. The serene monasteries like Rumtek and Pemayangtse reveal centuries-old spiritual legacies, while the vibrant bazaars of Gangtok offer a glimpse into local life.
Moving on to Darjeeling, the aroma of freshly brewed tea fills the air as you navigate through lush tea estates. The sunrise at Tiger Hill paints the sky with hues of crimson, a breathtaking spectacle that leaves an indelible mark on your memory. The quaint toy train chugs through picturesque landscapes, evoking a sense of nostalgia from a bygone era.
Crossing borders into Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, you’re greeted by a kingdom steeped in tradition and adorned with stunning dzongs (fortresses) and monasteries. The Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery, perched dramatically on a cliffside, embodies Bhutan’s spiritual essence, while the bustling markets in Thimphu and the serene Punakha Valley offer contrasting yet equally captivating experiences.
Finally, Nepal beckons with its rich tapestry of history and natural beauty. Kathmandu’s ancient temples, including the UNESCO-listed sites of Durbar Square and Swayambhunath, speak volumes about the country’s cultural heritage. The tranquil lakes of Pokhara, nestled beneath the Annapurna range, provide a serene respite, while the trekking trails in the Himalayas offer an adventure of a lifetime.
Throughout this immersive journey, Bhutan Travel Gate ensures a seamless experience, offering insights into local customs, arranging comfortable accommodations, and facilitating encounters with warm-hearted locals, leaving you with cherished memories of a diverse and enchanting odyssey through Sikkim, Darjeeling, Bhutan, and Nepal.
Arrival at Bagdogra International Airport. Receive and drive to Gangtok. Stopover at the border town of Rangpo to apply for ILP ( Inner Line Permit). Continue drive to Gangtok. Transfer to hotel. Evening free to visit MG Marg. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast visit Rumtek Monastery, seat of His Holiness the 17th Karma which is located 24 kms from Gangtok. Later visit the Insitiute of Tibetology which has the most collection of rare Tibetan Buddhists in the world. Next visit the Dodrul Chorten, Handicraft Centre and the Tsuklakhang ( Royal Chapel). Evening Free. Overnight at hotel.
After an early breakfast drive to Darjeeling via Rangpo. Stopover at Lopchu tea garden for refreshments. Continue drive to Darjeeling. Transfer to hotel. After lunch visit Yiga Choling Monastery also know as Ghoom monastery which is the oldest monastery in darjeeling built by Mogolian lamas in the year 1850. Later visit the Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institue (HMI). Evening free to walk around the Chowrasta Mall. Overnight at Hotel.
After an early breakfast drive to Phuntsholing. In India and Bhutan Border we will do necessary Exit documentation at the Indian immigration office at Jaigoan then we will walk into the pedestrian terminal in Bhutan for the Immigrations . Our Bhutanese representatives will receive you at the Bhutan entry point then Transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel in Phuntsholing
After breakfast, We will start our drive to Thimphu .On arrival we will check into hotel and later visit following place : Craft Bazaar -A one stop place to witness Bhutanese culture and buy Bhutan made art and craft product. The Bazaar in its 80 stalls covers all aspects of the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. At this Bazaar craftsmen and artisans from across the country display and sell their handicrafts. And also visit other handicraft stores. Tashichhoe Dzong, a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and was reconstructed into present structure by the late King, His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the year 1962-1969. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body. Over night at Thimphu
Today morning after breakfast we will visit following place and drive to Paro. Kuensel Phodrang and visit tallest buddha statue and enjoy the full view of Thimphu Valley below. Institute for Zorig Chusum Commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School, the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. On a visit, one can see students learning the various skills taught at the school. Weekend Market Many valley dwellers congregate on the banks of the river where weekend market is held. It is an interesting place to visit and provides opportunity to mingle with the local people. After lunch we will drive to Paro . Tamchog Lhakhang Bridge Located on the other side of the river of the Thimphu - Paro highway, one needs to cross an iron chain suspension bridge to get to the Lhakhang. About 30 minute drive from Paro towards Thimphu city, Tamchog Lhakhang sits across the Paro River. The Lhakhang is approached by an iron chain suspension bridge. The Lhakhang and the bridge were constructed by a 13th century Tibetan saint Thangthong Gyalpo. The Buddhist saint was also a blacksmith and an architect. Of the many iron chain bridges built, there are only few left which are still used. Crossing this old bridge can be a thrilling experience for tourists. Some of the original iron chain links used to build this bridge can be found on display in the National Museum in Paro Paro Airport Bird eye View Paro international airport is the only international airport in Bhutan where you can teach Bhutan via air. It's a small airport with singly runaway and no or very few international traffic. However, it's considered as one of the dangerous airport for landing and also most beautiful airport in terms of landscape and architecture. Hotel Check in and later visit national museum . National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here an intriguing collection of artifacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. In the evening stroll through the Paro town and visit local handicraft stores. Over night at Paro
After breakfast, hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as 'Tiger's Nest'. The walk up to the viewpoint will take about 1 – 1 ½ hrs depending on your fitness and from View Point you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months. The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former glory. After visiting the monastery, walk downhill back to the road on the way stop for lunch at the view point cafeteria and then walk further downhill to the road point. Then drive to Drukgyel Dzong (fortress) that is situated on a ridge in the upper Paro valley which is 30-minute drive towards north from the Paro town. Drugyel Dzong also means "Fortress Of Victorious Drukpas" which was built in 1649 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. The Dzong had been served as an important base for defense in the region until 1951 when it was destroyed by fire. The ruins of the Dzong was continued to be protected as an important monument linking people of Bhutan with the great events that contributed in maintaining sovereignty of the country. Drukgyel Dzong was served solely for defensive purpose without administrative and religious functions, especially against external threats from the border. The existing ruins of the Dzong are comparatively well preserved. One can without much difficulty understand or distinguish features of the complex. Although most of timber components of the Dzong such as roof truss, door and window frames, and floors and ceilings are almost totally absent, major portion of stone and rammed earth wall structures are still standing. They provide for visitors in understanding ideas and practices for defense in the olden times.The reconstruction of the fortress began in April, 2016 after the command of His Majesty the King, to celebrate the birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey, to commemorate the arrival of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1616 AD the birth year of Guru Rinpoche. The restoration work is estimated to be completed soon. Over night at Paro
Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport, your guide will transfer towards hotel and fresh then start city tour. Today we will do the Kathmandu Durbar Square and local old market. Kathmandu Durbar Square is a historic public space and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the heart of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. It is also known as Hanuman Dhoka Square and was the royal palace of the Malla and Shah kings of Nepal until the 19th century. The Durbar Square is surrounded by numerous temples and palaces, most of which were built between the 12th and 18th centuries. The architecture of the buildings reflects the Newari style, which is characterized by intricate wood carvings and exquisite stone and metal work. Some of the notable attractions in the Durbar Square include the Taleju Temple, the Kumari Ghar (House of the Living Goddess), and the Hanuman Dhoka Palace. The Kumari Ghar is particularly famous as it is the residence of the Kumari, a young girl who is worshipped as the living incarnation of the Hindu goddess Taleju. Apart from its historical and cultural significance, Kathmandu Durbar Square also serves as a popular gathering place for locals and tourists alike. It is a bustling hub of activity with street vendors, food stalls, and musicians creating a lively atmosphere. However, the square has also been damaged by earthquakes and is currently undergoing restoration work.
Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, is a Buddhist temple located in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is one of the oldest and most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stupa is believed to have been built in the 5th century AD and has undergone several renovations and additions over the centuries. It is situated on a hilltop in the Kathmandu Valley and offers panoramic views of the surrounding area. The stupa is a dome-shaped structure that is adorned with prayer flags and features a pair of eyes on each of the four sides, which are said to represent the all-seeing eyes of Buddha. There is also a small temple dedicated to Harati, the goddess of smallpox, who is worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists. The site is home to a large population of monkeys, which are considered sacred and are an important part of the temple's ecosystem. Visitors to the temple can climb a long staircase to reach the stupa, and can also explore the surrounding area, which includes a variety of smaller temples and shrines. Boudhanath Stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is one of the largest stupas (Buddhist shrines) in the world and a significant pilgrimage site for Buddhists. The stupa is also known as Khāsti Chaitya, JyarungKhasyor, and Buddha-Jyarung. Boudhanath Stupa was built in the 14th century and is believed to have been built by the Licchavi dynasty, although some say it was built by Tibetan Buddhists. It is said that the stupa was built as a tribute to the Buddha, who is believed to have visited the site and predicted that a great religious center would be built there. The stupa is built on a three-level platform and is topped by a large white dome, which is said to represent the world of the living. The dome is crowned by a gilded spire, which represents enlightenment. The stupa is surrounded by a circular walkway and prayer wheels, and is adorned with colorful prayer flags. Boudhanath Stupa is a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from all over the world, and it is also a popular tourist destination. The stupa is surrounded by monasteries and shops selling Buddhist artifacts, and visitors can often see monks and nuns performing religious rituals and ceremonies. Pashupatinath Temple is a famous Hindu temple located on the banks of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is one of the most important and sacred temples in Nepal, dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is worshipped by the Hindu community as the Pashupati, the Lord of all animals. The temple complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is spread over a large area, comprising numerous temples, ashrams, and other religious structures. The main temple is a pagoda-style structure with a gilded roof and is adorned with intricate carvings and decorations. The temple is believed to have been built in the 5th century and has undergone many renovations over the years. It is a popular destination for Hindu pilgrims from all over the world and is also visited by tourists who come to admire the temple's stunning architecture and serene surroundings. One of the most notable features of the Pashupatinath Temple is the cremation ghats located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Hindus believe that cremation at this site is an auspicious and sacred practice, and many families bring the bodies of their loved ones here for cremation. Visitors can witness the rituals and ceremonies associated with the cremation process from a distance, but it is important to show respect for the families and their traditions. Overall, Pashupatinath Temple is a must-visit destination for those interested in Hindu culture and spirituality. The temple's rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant religious atmosphere make it a truly unique and memorable experience.
Patan Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the city of Lalitpur, which is also known as Patan, in Nepal. It is one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, along with Kathmandu Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The square is home to many ancient temples, palaces, courtyards, and statues that are fine examples of traditional Newari architecture. It was the royal palace of the Malla kings who ruled the Kathmandu Valley from the 12th to the 18th century. The square was built in the 16th century during the reign of King Siddhi Narsingh Malla. Some of the main attractions of Patan Durbar Square include the Krishna Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is considered one of the most important temples in Patan. Another important temple is the Mahaboudha Temple, which is made entirely of terracotta bricks and has hundreds of Buddha images on its walls. The square also houses the Patan Museum, which is located inside the restored Keshav Narayan Chowk palace. The museum has a collection of traditional Newari art, bronze statues, wood carvings, and religious artifacts. Patan Durbar Square is a popular tourist destination and attracts visitors from all over the world who come to admire the ancient architecture, art, and culture of Nepal. It is also a sacred place for local people who come here to pray and perform religious ceremonies. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the city of Bhaktapur, which is part of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. The Durbar Square is a complex of temples, shrines, and palaces that were built during the Malla dynasty, which ruled Nepal from the 12th to the 18th century. The Durbar Square is known for its exquisite architecture, intricate wood carvings, and stunning sculptures. The most prominent structures in the square include the 55-Window Palace, the Golden Gate, the Taleju Temple, and the Nyatapola Temple. The 55-Window Palace is a magnificent structure with 55 windows that was built in the 15th century. The Golden Gate is an ornate entrance that leads to the Taleju Temple. The Taleju Temple is a three-story temple that is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Taleju. The Nyatapola Temple is a five-story temple that is dedicated to the goddess Siddhi Laxmi. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is also home to many festivals and cultural events throughout the year, including the BisketJatra festival, which is celebrated in April. Overall, Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in Nepalese culture and architecture.
Early in the Morning scenic drive to Kerung Border Nepal Tibet Border through the beautiful Nepalese countryside and after necessary border formalities at Nepali immigration and cross the bridge process for all necessary formalities in Chinese immigration continue drive to Keung Town at Hotel Kerung Hotel
After Breakfast drive uphill to the height plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape offering sheer feeling of standing of the roof of the world from where weather permitting, breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Mt.Xishapangma (8,012m) on the way see to Pikucho lake overnight at Hotel
After Breakfast continue drive scenic crossing over GyatchuLa(5,220m),the highest pass en route to Lhasa via Lhatse from where a road to Mt.Kailash Bifurcates to the west. Stay overnight at Hotel Yak Hotel.
After Breakfast Morning Sightseeing to the Panchen Lama's Tashilhumpu Monastery. Drive to Lhasa via GyantseYamdrok- Tso Lake and the Tibetan lifeline river Brahma Putra (YarlungTsangpo).Stay Overnight at Hotel In Lhasa.
After Breakfast Two full days sightseeing tour to Lhasa including Jokhang Temple, BarkhorBazar,Potala Palace, Drepung and Sera Monasteries . Stay overnight at Hotel in Lhasa.
1.1. Yes, all visitors will need a visa to visit Bhutan, except for visitors from India, who will require a permit. 1.2. Nationals of Bangladesh and the Maldives shall be eligible for a visa on arrival at the port of entry. 1.3. Nationals of Switzerland and Thailand holding diplomatic and official passports shall be eligible for a visa on arrival at the port of entry. 1.4. Visitors from India will need a permit to visit Bhutan. This applies to anyone holding an Indian passport, or an Indian voter ID card. For Indian nationals aged under 18 years, a passport or a birth certificate will suffice, and they must be accompanied by legal guardians.
2.1. Visitors can process a visa or permit online from the website of the Department of Immigration. Visitors can also engage tourism service providers (see www.bhutan.travel for more details) to process the travel documents and plan a trip. The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) will also offer customer service to help answer questions regarding visa applications and to answer questions about travel within the country. 2.2. Although visitors from Bangladesh and Maldives can process visas on arrival and visitors from India can process permits on arrival at the port of entry, it is recommended that these be applied online to reduce wait time and for faster clearance at the port of entry.
3.1. A passport copy is required. The passport must be valid for six months from the intended date of departure from the Kingdom; 3.2. Travel insurance valid for the duration of the trip; and 3.3. A recent passport size photograph.
4.1. The visa fee is USD 40 per person and it is non-refundable. While the process to issue the visa is usually quick, the visa can take up to five working days to process.
5.1. Visitors from India can use a passport or voter ID card. Children under 18 years of age can use a birth certificate or passport, and must be accompanied by a legal guardian. 5.2. Passport size photograph is also required. 5.3. Travel insurance is required and should be valid for the whole duration of the trip.
6.1 There is also an option to purchase domestic travel insurance from Bhutanese insurance providers at the port of entry during arrivals. There are also tourism information officers stationed at all ports of entry who can assist travellers. Click here to get details on the insurance from Bhutan Insurance Limited.
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