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Wendy Wu Himalayan Kingdoms
from £5190 pp
USEFUL INFO
  • Location
    India, Asia
  • Board Basis
    All Meals Included
  • Duration
    23 Days
  • Holiday Type
    Escorted Tours
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Discover a journey venturing across the Himalayan Kingdoms, filled with breathtaking mountainous landscapes of Sikkim and Bhutan. Experience the hospitable nature of the people, places and culture visiting a number of stunning temples, monasteries and more.

Tour Highlights
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Discover vibrant Kolkata

Explore breathtaking Sikkim

Spot rhinos and elephants on safari

Soak up Bhutan’s culture

Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery 

What's Included
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  • Return international flights
  • All Accommodation
  • All meals
  • All transportation & transfers
  • All sightseeing & entrance fees
  • English speaking National Escort & local guides
  • Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Tour Itinerary
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Days 1-2: Fly to Kolkata

Fly overnight to Kolkata.

Day 3: Discover Kolkata

Enjoy a morning at leisure. In the afternoon visit Victoria Memorial, drive past Fort William, and then visit Kumartuli and a Jain Temple.

Day 4: Train to New Jalpaiguri

Rise early for a morning tour of the Kalighat Temple, the flower market, Howrah Bridge, Dalhousie Square, Secretariat Building and the Old Court House Street. Later, transfer to the railway station to board your train to New Jalpaiguri. On arrival, drive to nearby Siliguri.

Day 5: Darjeeling Tea Plantation

Depart Siliguri and continue by road through hills and tea plantations to Darjeeling in the Lesser Himalaya, at an average elevation of 2,045m.

Day 6: Darjeeling Toy Train

Rise early and enjoy a jeep ride to Tiger Hill and visit Ghoom Monastery. Later, head to the railway station to board the UNESCO listed Toy Train. In the afternoon visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and a nearby tea plantation.

Day 7: Journey to Sikkim

Drive north to Pelling crossing into the state of Sikkim, and visit the Pemayangtse Monastery.

Day 8: Kanchenjunga Falls

Visit the spectacular Kanchenjunga Falls and sacred Khecheopalri Lake.

Day 9-10: Discover Gangtok

Drive to Gangtok and visit Tashiding Monastery. The next day visit Enchey Monastery, Namgyal Institute and Do Drul Chorten.

Day 11: Rumtek Monastery

Depart for Kalimpong, visiting Rumtek Monastery on the way.

Day 12: Kalimpong at Leisure

The day is at leisure to explore Kalimpong, a bazaar town with beautiful views of the Himalayas. You may wish to visit the many flower nurseries around the town - they are filled with local orchids.

Day 13: Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary

Venture into the Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary on a jeep safari, where you might be lucky enough to spot a One Horned Rhino.

Day 14: Travel to Bhutan

Depart for the Bhutan border and continue to Phuentsholing. This afternoon, visit the Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang temple built in the centre of Phuentsholing.

Day 15: Kharbandi Gompa & Thimphu

Visit the Tibetan Buddhist monastery, Kharbandi Gompa, before continuing your journey to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan.

Day 16: Discover Thimphu

Take a tour of Thimphu, including the National Library, the Institute for Zorig Chusum (painting school), the Simply Bhutan Living Museum, Folk Heritage Museum and National Textile Museum. Later, see Thimphu Zoo, the National Memorial Chorten, Trashi Chhoe Dzong and drive to Buddha Point.

Day 17: Gangtey Village

Travel to Gangtey village via Dochu La and Phobjikha Valley. Upon arrival explore the village and visit Gangtey Gompa.

Day 18: Journey to Punakha

Visit the Black-necked Crane Information Centre before driving to Punakha. Discover Punakha Dzong and hike to Chimi Lhakhang, known as the ‘Temple of Fertility’.

Day 19: Discover Punakha

Visit the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery and the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten.

Day 20: Drive to Paro

Drive to Paro. En route, visit the Simtokha Dzong, once a place of tantric teaching. Upon arrival in Paro, visit Ta Dzong and walk down a hillside trail to Rinpung Dzong.

Day 21: Tiger's Nest Monastery

Begin a moderately challenging hike to the dramatic Taktsang Tigers Nest Monastery. Break for lunch at a cafeteria run by monks, located halfway up the trail with a view of the monastery. The second part of the climb is more strenuous but the views of the monastery, perched precariously on the cliff side, are hugely rewarding. Return to Paro in the afternoon, visiting Drugyal Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang on the way.

Day 22: Explore Haa Valley

Drive three hours to Haa Valley via Chele La, where you will stop to admire the magnificent views. Enjoy a picnic lunch in Haa and explore the valley, visiting the famous Monastery of Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple).

Day 23: Fly Kolkata to UK

Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

Tour Type
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Immerse Yourself 

Designed for those who wish to be further immersed in the authentic charm of Asia; ‘Immerse Yourself’ tours include more cultural and active experiences. You will be accompanied by our dedicated and professional National Escorts or Local Guides, whose unparalleled knowledge will turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience. ‘Immerse Yourself’ tours include:

  • Walking through classic sites
  • Unique cultural experiences and encounters
  • Off the beaten track destinations
Accommodation
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Alternative or Basic Accommodation - At Gorumara you will be staying overnight in basic Government run accommodation. In Bhutan, hotels on our tours are generally ‘medium range’. Hotels in Bhutan (other than those which are classed as deluxe properties and are extremely overpriced and expensive) are allocated one month prior to travel by the tourist authority.

Transport
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Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city sightseeing, short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers where necessary.

Planes: Internal flights are based on economy class, with reputable airlines. Alternative transport: While in India, transport for all sightseeing will be in a small coach (no more than 24 seats).

Transport in Darjeeling may be in separate 4WD vehicles (4 tour participants per vehicle). In Darjeeling, you will travel to Tiger Hill on board a sumo truck. During your time in Bhutan, you will be transported in a mini coach (no more than 18 seats) as the roads wind around mountains and through valleys, and it is easier to navigate in this type of vehicle. Your luggage will most likely travel in a second vehicle.

Group Size
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Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied by a National Escort. There will usually be no more than 18 travellers in each group although you may encounter other Wendy Wu tour groups while you are travelling.

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