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Nepal, India + Bhutan: Himalaya Panorama

Nepal, India + Bhutan: Himalaya Panorama

WELCOME TO PARORAMA OF HIMALAYA

Nepal, India and Bhutan tour package. Expert locals guide you through timeless wonder. Explore untouched villages, sacred Buddhist and Hindu sights, great Himalayan scenery.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN PANORAMA OF HIMALAYA

*Kathmandu Valley
*Bhadrapur/Biratnagar
*Darjeeling
*Thimpu
*Paro

*Sikkim
*Kalimpong
*Phuntsholing
*Punakha
*Taktsang

TYPICAL COSTS WHEN TRAVELLING

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Duration: 17 Days

Countries Visited: 3, Nepal, Bhutan and India

Interests: Cultural, Spiritual

Spiritual Rating: 5/5

Physical Rating: 1/5

Cultural Rating: 4/5

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Explore timeless wonders, isolated for centuries by its geographyfrom Nepal head east to the famous tea growing district of Darjeeling, to Sikkim, India's smallest state, and finally to Bhutan. From the tropically lush terrain lowlands to the cool upper slopes of the Himalaya, colourful mountain communities and magnificent scenery make this journey truly rewarding.

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Nepal

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India

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Bhutan

Highlights:

*Kathmandu Valley
*Bhadrapur/Biratnagar
*Darjeeling
*Thimpu
*Paro
*Sikkim
*Kalimpong
*Phuntsholing
*Punakha
*Taktsang

Included:

*All Meals
*Tour Guide

Prices from: $2651

Duration: 17 Days

Day 1: Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal. After being personally greeted at the airport and transferred to your accommodation, we explore Kathmandu valley and indulge in Nepalese cuisine at a renowned restaurant.

Day 2: Kathmandu

Explore UNESCO World heritage listed Kathmandu valley. Our professionals will take you to:
• The ancient Royal Palace, built over a course of almost 4 centuries.
• KumariChowk, and the gilded cage of the Raj Kumari, Nepal’s ‘living Goddess’
• Kasthamandap temple, believed to have been built from a single tree
• Swayambunath and its sweeping views - a great place to get your bearings geographically and culturally.
• Patan. A city of artisans, Patan produces nearly all of Nepal's fine metal work and its craftspeople have created some of the most extraordinarily lavish temples.

Day 3: Fly to Bhadrapur/Biratnagar

Fly to Bhadrapur in eastern Nepal
Drive across the border to Siliguri at the foot of the eastern Himalaya. A scenic drive brings you to Darjeeling.
Take a Colonial Raj-era toy train through lush tea plantations with views of the surrounding countryside and the Himalayas.

Days 4 & 5: Darjeeling

Visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute established in 1954 following the successful ascent of Mt. Everest. Other activities include:
• Sunrise views from Tiger Hill
• Tibetan re-settlement community
• The Botanical Gardens

Days 6 & 7: Sikkim

Drive to Gangtok, provincial capital of Sikkim with picturesque stop atTashi View Point for mountain sights. Other excursions include:
• A visit to the handicraft centre
• The Institute of Tibetology established in 1958 to promote research in language, culture and religion. It houses an impressive collection of over 30,000 books containing some of the earliest translations of Buddha's teachings.

Day 8: Kalimpong

Drive to Rumtek Monastery, seat of the Kagyupa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
Continue onto the hill town of Kalimpong. Tour Durpin hill, the local marketplace and a flower nursery showcasing exotic varieties of plants, a major export item of the area.

Day 9: Phuntsholing

Travel to Phuntsholing on the Indo-Bhutan border, staging point of our tour of Bhutan. Scenic drive through lush tea estates and tropical forests.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 10-11: Thimpu

Drive to Thimphu on a spectacular mountain highway with lush green forests, waterfalls, rivers and small village communities.
Begin your tour with a traditional mask and folk dance performed by the Royal Dance Troupe. A walk through the streets of Thimpu is a unique experience. Activities include:
• Memorial Chorten
• DruthropLhagang nunnery
• Indigenous medicine hospital.
• National library
• Traditional goldsmith's workshop in nearby Dechencholing village
• Market square for those seeking souvenirs.

Day 12: Punakha

A scenic drive through forests and mountain passes with views of the Himalayas, brings us to the former capital at Punakha. Visit the imposing Punakha Dzong built on the confluence of the Pochu and Mochu rivers and the WangdiPhodrangDzong - gateway to central Bhutan.

Day 13: Paro

Drive to Paro situated in a beautiful valley with terraced farmland and nourished by the Paro Chu river. Paro is one of Bhutan's most picturesque towns.
After checking into your hotel, visit the Ta Dzong National Museum and the ruins of DrugyelDzong - this 17th century fortress repelled many a Tibetan invasion. Today the ruins provide an interesting study into the unique construction of Dzong fortresses scattered all over the country.

Day 14: Taktsang

Take a day trip to the monastery of Taktsang or "tigers nest", nestled amongst Himalayan cedars on a precipitous cliff face overlooking fertile rice fields in the plains of the Paro valley.

Day 15: Kathmandu

Transfer to airport for flight to Kathmandu. On arrival check into hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure.

Day 16: Kathmandu

Explore the religious wonders:
• Visit Pashupatinath, Nepal's holiest Hindu pilgrimage site
• Buddhist stupa at Bodhnath, acknowledged to be the most important Tibetan Buddhist monument outside Tibet.
• Tour Bhaktapur, Nepal's most perfectly preserved city, famed for its wood carvings and architecture.

Day 17: Departure

Tour ends with flight home.

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