Day 1: Delhi
Around midnight arrival in
Delhi. The cosmopolitan city and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travelers. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi
- Bagdogra - Darjeeling (by air)
In the morning we drive to the airport for the flight to
After the arrival in Bagdogra we proceed north of the state through
the coniferous forests and terraced tea gardens to
Darjeeling (place of the thunderbolt) has spectacular scenery. Due to
its altitude of 2134 m and soothing temperature in summers Darjeeling
has become a famous hill resort in India. By clear weather we can
enjoy the impressive and unforgettable views of the
arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Darjeeling.
Early in the morning we drive to Tiger Hill (around 11 km) to enjoy
the sunrise. Tiger hill (2590 m.) is the highest point in this area.
There is a breathtaking view of the sunrise on
Everest (8842) is also visible on a clear day. The moments of sunrise
from Tiger Hill are described by most of the visitors as
unforgettable. In the afternoon we explore Darjeeling and its
surroundings. We visit the village Lablong and the institute of
mountaineering where we get the detailed information about the
natural surrounding and the habitants of this area.
Day 4: Darjeeling - Pemayangtse (about 80 km)
Today we drive in the morning to
Pemayangtse (perfect Sublime Lotus) in Sikkim.
It will be a fascinating journey that winds through steep climb down
through tea estates across river Teesta. We enter into west Sikkim
winding along the river Rangit where panoramic view of the
Kanchenjunga and the entire row of peaks are awaited. In the
afternoon we reach Pemayangtse. In the evening we visit the headquarters of the Nyingama sect in Pemayangtse.
Early in the morning we have trek to
Sangacholing monastery where
sunrise over Kanchenjunga and the adjoining peaks can be seen on a
clear day. After the breakfast we pay a visit to the Pemayangtse
monastery, it is one of the finest in
Sikkim and the second oldest,
built in 1716. It is an impressive and beautiful building which
houses the unusual Sangdok Palri "Temple of Heaven" which contains a
wooden figure that took 7 years to carve single handedly by the late
Pemayangtse - Gangtok
In the morning after having breakfast we leave Pemayangtse and drive
to Gangtok. The capital of Sikkim 'Gangtok' lies on a ridge
overlooking the Ranipool River. Gangtok ("High Hill") lies at an
altitude of 1760 m. It is surrounded by the mountains, especially
from Kanchenjunga range. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the
hotel in Gangtok. In the evening we visit the Mountain Lake at
Indo-China border at 12400 feet which is the
Day 7: Gangtok
Today we visit Tsuk-la-Khang, the royal chapel which is standing on a
high bridge. This is the major place of worship and has a large and
impressive collection of scriptures. We also visit the institute of
cottage industries which is an attraction as a wide range of local
handicrafts in Lepcha style are produced here. Today we also drive to
Enchey monastery. This monastery is believed to be 200 years old.
The monks of this monastery belong to the
Day 8: Gangtok -
Bagdogra - Kolkata
Early in the morning we drive to Tiger Hill (around 11 km) to enjoy the sunrise. Tiger Hill (2590 m) is the highest point in this area. There is a breathtaking view of the sunrise on Kanchenjunga.
Mount Everest (8842 m) is also visible on a clear day. The moments of sunrise from Tiger Hill are described by most of the visitors as unforgettable. After viewing the Tiger Hill we drive back to the hotel and after having breakfast we explore Darjeeling and its surroundings. In the evening we visit the village Lablong and the institute of mountaineering where we get the detailed information about the natural surrounding and the habitants of this area.
Kolkata - Kathmandu (by air)
In the afternoon we leave the state of
West Bengal and drive to the
airport for the flight to Kathmandu. Rest of the day at leisure in
Kathmandu Excursion: Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bodnath
In the morning we start our sightseeing by visiting Durbar Square.
Durbar Square is the spiritual heart of Kathmandu. The old royal
palace at the centre of the city was surrounded by temples and other
important buildings. This is the most important point in Kathmandu to
observe the culture and religion of Nepal. We also visit the temple
of living goddess Kumari. After Durbar Square we will visit
Swayambhunath. The stupa at Swayambhunath is the most important and
oldest site of Buddhist worship in Nepal. Swayambhunath Stupa is
famous for the eyes of Buddha which seem to observing the world from
all 4 directions. After Swayambhunath we visit Bodnath. Bodnath is
the largest Stupa of Nepal. Around the octagonal base of Stupa there
are 108 images of Buddha where prayer ceremonies of Buddhist Lamas
are taking place since over 2000 years. Now we proceed to the temple
city of Pashupatinath which is Nepal’s most important Hindu pilgrim
site on the banks of the Bagmati River. The temple of Pashupatinath
is dedicated to God Shiva.
Day 11: Kathmandu
Excursion: Patan, Bhaktapur
Today we drive to Patan. Patan was the second largest town in the
valley but it has been absorbed into Kathmandu. Patan was previously
known as Lalitpur (the beautiful city). The famous King Ashoka built
the Stupas at four corners in the 250 BC. The temple architecture
here gave this city fame to be unique and most beautiful. After Patan
we proceed to Bhaktapur, the third biggest city of the valley.
Bhaktapur has preserved its medieval character better than Patan. We
visit the golden door, the Palace of 55 windows (15th century) and
Pagoda Nyatapola (18th century).
Kathmandu - Lhasa (by air)
In the morning transfer to airport to connect flight from Kathmandu
to Lhasa. From Kathmandu to Lhasa it would be a scenic flight across
the Himalayas. Upon arrival at Gongor airport at Lhasa, transfer to
the hotel in Lhasa. The rest of the day is at leisure to acclaim
yourselves to this high altitude of Lhasa.
Day 13: Lhasa
morning after having breakfast proceed for a full day sight seeing
tour of Lhasa city. Today we visit Potala Palace, Barkhor Market and
Jokhang Temple. Potala Palace is the dominant landmark of Lhasa
situated at a height of 117 meters above the sea level. The
construction of this palace was started on the red hill in 1645 under
the 5th Dalai Lama. An immense building, 13 storeys high with walls 3
meters thick contains over 1000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000
statues. It was both the residence of the current Dalai Lama and tomb
of the former head of state. The Potala is full of elaborate art work
and frescos that tell many stories. In the afternoon we drive to
visit the Jokhang temple. Jokhang temple was built in the 7th century
A D and houses the most prized Buddhist relic, a 1300 year old
Sakyamuni Buddha statue. The main section of the temple is topped
with golden roof which is found only in Tibet. After visiting the
temple we have a walk in the Barkhor Bazaar. It is a lively and
colourful market where you can bargain over such treasures like a
ornate long bladed knives, prayer wheels and exquisite jewellery.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14: Lhasa
morning after having breakfast we visit the
Drepung monastery. This
monastery is situated in the west suburbs of Lhasa city. It was
formerly the largest and richest monastery in the world with about
10000 monks. Of particular interest is the medieval monk's kitchen
with its great cauldrons of steaming barley 'stamp' sitting on top of
huge earthen stoves and tented by saffron robed monks wielding
massive ladles. From the roof of the monastery one can enjoy the
natural beauty of the Lhasa valley. Then we visit the Sera monastery.
Sera is more like a small town on the outskirts of Lhasa at the base
of Tatipu hill. It is the main teaching monastery and one of the
three great Gelukpa Universities - once housing more than 5500 monks.
Here one can see the young novices learning scriptures in the
Debating Garden. In the evening we visit the Norbulingka Summer
palace. On the banks of the Kyichi River, there is a tree and flower
filled pard known as the Norbulingka or the Jewel Park. Covering a
total area of 360,000 square meters, the park was originally laid out
in the year 1750. Norbulingka is also the site of the summer palace
of the Dalai Lamas (8th to 14th). The small palace of the 13th Dalai
Lama is an odd mix of traditional Tibetan architecture and modern
paraphernalia. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 15: Lhasa
- Kathmandu - Delhi (by air)
morning after having breakfast transfer to airport to connect flight
from Lhasa to Kathmandu. After arrival in
Kathmandu flight to New
Delhi. Upon arrival in New Delhi, you will be met by an Indo
Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel. The rest of
the day at leisure.
Around midnight flight to home destination.
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