Tour Highlights :
This tour is an invitation to discover the three jewels of the Himalayan world: the ancient kingdoms of Sikkim and Nepal and Bhutan, of course, still the only one with his king. Varied by the diversity of cultures and landscapes, you will encounter the Tibetans and Nepalese in Darjeeling Lepcha of Sikkim, Bhutan and the Newars in the Kathmandu Valley. Throughout your journey you will visit the cultural and natural sites most sacred to Hinduism and Buddhism in Bhutan and Nepal with the backdrop of the snow
Fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Darjeeling,resort created by the British in the nineteenth century. It was the summer residence of the viceroys of India when Calcutta was the capital.They developed the most famous tea plantations in the world. The city has retained its character “so British” with its colonial houses, built on the foothillsof the Himalayas.Overnight at hotel
Rising early to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas and the mighty Kanchenjunga (8575 m),the third highest mountain in the world, from TigerHill (weather permitting). After breakfast, climbaboard the train legendary Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, World Heritage of Unesco to get to theTibetan monasteryGhoom. Alexandra David-Need lived there. Return to Darjeeling and small tour in the bustling bazaar.You will rub shoulders with different ethnic groups in this part of the Himalayas: Lepchas, the oldest inhabitants of the region, Bhotias from Tibet, Nepali, Bengali and Tibetan refugees. Visit a tea plantation, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute dedicated to Tenzing Norgay (Sherpa the first to have conquered Everest along with Edmund Hillary)Overnight at hotel
We leave the West Bengal to go to Sikkim, by a mountain road lined with pine forests and teak.Visit the monastery of Pemayangtse, “the sublime lotus”, one of the largest in the region, belonging to the sect tantric red caps. And visit the remains of the old palace Rabdentse located 805m 2 with canvas bottom of snowy landscapes. Arrive Pelling in the afternoon.Overnight at hotel
Visit the monastery of Tashiding before taking the beautiful drive through beautiful landscapes of teak trees, magnolias, frangipani, to Gangtok. The city is now the modern capital of Sikkim and they give a clear day, a beautiful panoramic view of Kanchenjunga. Promenade at the end of the afternoon in the colorful bazaars.Overnight at hotel
Start early in the morning to visit the Rumtek Monastery (24 km). This is the official seat of Kharmapa, one of the most important Lamas in the hierarchy of Tibetan Buddhism. Back to Gangtok.Visit to the Institute of Tibetology and walk in the garden of orchids. Stop at Tashi View Point, opposite the Kanchenjunga. Departure through the hills where grow rhododendrons and cardamoms to the market town of Kalimpong, located in Bengal. It is nestled among the rolling foothills and deep valleys of the Himalayas. The late afternoon will be devoted to visits to the monastery Zang Do Phelri, the bustling bazaar. The city is famous for its nurseries. Overnight at hotel
Descent along the river to reach Jaïgon, Indian city border with Bhutan. In the afternoon, visit Phuntsoling, a prosperous market town located on the Himalayan foothills, perfect example of diversity and coexistence between the Bhutanese and Indian cultures. Visit the Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang, a small temple built in the center of the city, and stroll through the lively city. overnight at hotel in Bhutan
Early start for the winding road that leads to Chhuka, Simtokha. Off to the monastery of Kharbandi, located in a beautiful tropical garden with a breathtaking view over the plains of Bengal.Arrival at the hotel late afternoon. Free time for personal discovery of the city and its market.
Morning tour of the museum tradition that offers a fascinating account of the lifestyle of the Bhutanese, the school of painting Tanghka and the Memorial Chorten, much frequented by pilgrims and has beautiful paintings and sculptures. Then a beautiful mountain road will lead us to Trongsa.Stroll through the village and discover the Dzong.
Before reaching Bumthang we visit the village of Zugney, renowned for its weaving of wool in bright colors. Lunch at Bumthang. The afternoon will be spent visiting the Dzong Jakar, built atop a hill and temple of Jampa and Kurjey. These are the two oldest buildings in the area.
Visit the main monasteries in the Bumthang valley: Jampa Lhakhang, Kurje. Walking towards the temple Tangbi (2 hrs). Visit Tamshing.
We reach the smiling valley of Punakha with its citrus groves of banana trees. Visit Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan and the Punakha Dzong.Built in the eighteenth century, this magnificent monastery was once the winter residence of the kings of Bhutan.
Drive to Paro, the second largest city. Visit the National Museum, the Rinpung Dzong, “fortress of jewels heaped”, with his remarkable paintings depicting the legendary cycles of Buddhism.
Excursion to the bucolic valley of Paro and walk to the monastery of Taksang, the country’s most famous. This gompa, known lair of the tiger is the most venerated of Bhutan.Visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, converted into a national museum.
Plane to Kathmandu. Transfer to Patan. Visit Patan and charming villages and Newars Bungamati Khokana. Both villages are surrounded by the most beautiful rice fields of the valley you will be transported back in time. Besides agriculture, wood carving is the main activity. Night at the inn traditional Newa Chen restored with the help of UNESCO.
Day dedicated to the visit of Kathmandu and its valley. Morning tour of Pashupathinath and Boudhanath. Pashupathinath, Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva is the most revered place of Nepal and is also nicknamed the little Benares Nepal! The famous stupa of Boudhanath, the largest in the world, is the Mecca of Buddhism with a concentration of Tibetan refugees. The visit is also a very good opportunity to visit a Tibetan Buddhist monastery and mingle with the fervor of the pilgrims. In the afternoon, explore the historic center of Kathmandu: the huge royal square, called Durbar Square, with its many temples like Kasthmandap pagoda, built in the 16th century in the wood of one tree, and Taleju , Update main goddess of the valley and a symbol of power.Within a few meters, you will make a leap of several centuries in history and discover the most striking contrasts.
Night half-board homestay