Himalayan Kingdoms

Himalayan Kingdoms

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24 Days
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Himalayan Kingdoms

24 Days Starting in UK and ending in UK

Visiting: Kolkata, New Jalpaiguri Junction, Siliguri, Darjeeling, Pelling, Kalimpong, Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary,West Bengal, Phuentsholing, Gangtey Monastery, Punakha, Paro

Tour operator:

Wendy Wu

Tour code:

361

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

8 - 18

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

16-70

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Meat

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, Wildlife Tours

Activities:

Rail Excursion

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$9339 (USD) including Flights from the UK Operator discount: -$623 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$492 -11%
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Tour Overview

High amongst lofty mountains, embark on an incredible journey through the breathtaking Indian state of Sikkim and the magical kingdom of Bhutan, a lesser known but truly spectacular section of the Himalayas.

? Discover vibrant Kolkata

? Explore breathtaking Sikkim

? Spot rhinos and elephants on safari

? Soak up Bhutan’s culture

? Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Highlights

  • Discover Kolkata's culture.

  • Gaze on colossal Mount Kanchenjunga.

  • Spot rhinos and elephants.

  • Soak up Bhutan’s culture.

  • Hike through paddy fields to local villages.

  • Explore tea plantations in Darjeeling.

Itinerary

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Day 1 - 2 : Fly To Kolkata
Location: Kolkata
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Fly overnight to Kolkata. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Day 1 - 2 : Fly To Kolkata
Location: Kolkata
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Fly overnight to Kolkata. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Day 1 - 2 : Fly To Kolkata
Location: Kolkata
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Fly overnight to Kolkata. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Day 3 : Explore Kolkata
Location: Kolkata
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a relaxed morning before venturing out for an afternoon tour with visits to the magnificent Victoria Memorial and Kalighat Temple — you will also see Fort William.

Day 4 : Train To New Jalpaiguri
Location: Kolkata, New Jalpaiguri Junction, Siliguri
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Get up early to visit a fragrant flower market and view the cantilever Howrah Bridge. Stop by Kumortuli, the potters' quarter, and see a Jain temple. Later board a train to New Jalpaiguri before driving to Siliguri to spend the night.

Day 5 : Drive Darjeeling
Location: Darjeeling
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Head out of Siliguri through endless tea plantations to the famous hill station of Darjeeling, which is located at a cool 2,134 metres.

Day 6 : Explore Darjeeling
Location: Darjeeling
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake before dawn to catch the sun rising over Mount Kanchenjunga from Tiger Hill, which you’ll reach by jeep. On the way back to Darjeeling visit Yiga Choling Monastery. Later, all aboard the famous 'Toy Train' which winds its way through the lush green hills and plantations before exploring the Himalaya Mountaineering Institute.

Day 7 : Sikkim
Location: Pelling
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive north to Pelling, crossing into the state of Sikkim. Visit Pemayangtse Monastery, one of Sikkim's oldest, where you can find tranquillity along with amazing views.



Day 8 : Khecheopalri Lake
Location: Pelling
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit the spectacular Khecheopalri Lake, considered sacred by both Buddhists and Hindus, and the magnificent Kanchenjunga Falls.



Day 11 : Rumtek Monastery
Location: Kalimpong
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin the day at Dharma Chakra Centre and old Rumtek Monastery, before continuing to the bustling bazaar town of Kalimpong.



Day 12 : Kalimpong At Leisure
Location: Kalimpong
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take a day to catch your breath and enjoy some leisurely explorations of Kalimpong — there are plenty of spots to enjoy Himalayan panoramas and also flower nurseries full of local orchids.

Day 13 : Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary
Location: Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary,West Bengal
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take a jeep safari into the depths of Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary, where you might be lucky enough to spot one-horned rhinos, elephants, leopards and bison.

Day 14 : Into Bhutan
Location: Phuentsholing
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cross into Bhutan and continue to Phuentsholing. Later visit the Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang Temple in the centre of the town.

Day 17 : Travel To Gangtey
Location: Gangtey Monastery
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive over the dramatic Dochu La mountain pass admiring the views as you travel to the Phobjikha Valley. Visit Gangtey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in the region and explore Gangtey village and the surrounding valley.



Day 18 : Walking In Gangtey
Location: Gangtey Monastery
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a day of leisure with the option of a hike through the valley for exceptional views across the stunning landscape.



Day 19 : Rural Bhutan
Location: Punakha
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leave Gangtey for Punakha visiting the Black Necked Crane Information Centre en route. On arrival visit Punakha Dzong before hiking through the paddy fields and local villages to Chimi Lhakhang, a temple of fertility.



Day 20 : Discover Punakha
Location: Punakha
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning visit the magnificent temple complex at Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang. Later appreciate the incredible views from Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten which is said to have been built to promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world.



Day 21 : Travel To Paro
Location: Paro
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to Paro, stopping en route at the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress in the kingdom. Paro is surrounded by some of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, visit Ta Dzong and Rinpung Dzong.



Day 22 : Tiger's Nest Monastery
Location: Paro
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) is Bhutan's most famous monastery, perched on the side of a cliff 900 metres above the Paro Valley. It can only be reached by a moderately challenging hike along a woodland trail – the views along the way are the perfect distraction! Returning to Paro, visit Kyichu Lhakhang.

Day 23 : Fly To Kolkata
Location: Kolkata
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise early to fly back to Kolkata, where you'll have the afternoon at leisure.

Day 24 : Depart Kolkata
Location: Kolkata
Meals Included: Breakfast

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

What's Included

  • Fully Inclusive

    Touring with Guides and entrance fees

  • Accommodation

    22 nights in 3+/4 star

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Fully Guided

  • International Travel

  • Local Taxes

  • Meals – Full Board

    Breakfasts: 22, Lunches: 21, Dinners: 22

  • Flights

    International flights and current taxes

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Drinks with Meals

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Any dress restrictions?

    When visiting temples or mosques, both men and women should dress in conservative, non-revealing clothing. Full-length trousers with a shirt or t-shirt for men; and pants or skirts well below the knee with a top that covers the shoulders and upper arms for women. Women might also consider carrying a ‘modesty shawl’ in their daypack

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Yes

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, we will endeavour to make these changes, but it may not always be possible. Any changes to confirmed bookings need to be sent to us in writing via your travel agent. Please refer to our booking conditions for further information and fees.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Customers booking to travel solo can choose our ‘Happy to Share’ option, which may enable them to share a twin room with other solo customers of the same gender who also request Happy to Share, thus avoiding the need to pay single room supplements. Note that ‘Happy to Share’ requests can be received when you make your booking with us but will not be confirmed until your final payment due date.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your Final Travel Documents are usually sent to you 2-3 weeks prior to your departure. Your travel pack will include your tour itinerary, hotel details, flight e-tickets and a travel guide. If you have booked with a travel agent, your tickets will be dispatched to your travel agent unless we have been otherwise informed.

  • Will I be travelling with passengers from other countries?

    Our passengers generally enjoy the mixture of British, Australian and American clients on tour. Occasionally we are joined by English-speaking passengers from other countries.

  • Do you allow children on your tours?

    We allow children 12 years and over on our group tours. We recommend that families with children of any age take advantage of our private or tailormade tours. This will give you more flexibility while on tour.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Trusted Customer  

Very exciting trip

Very exciting trip an excellent small group could

Very exciting trip an excellent small group could not have been better. Bhutan was brilliant and the tour guides there were so caring, and they added the whole holiday.

Alan  

Wonderful experience

Wonderful experience in a part of India and Bhutan

Wonderful experience in a part of India and Bhutan not often visited. Very well-organised

Dates & Availability

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Friday - Sunday

Nov 08, 2024 - Dec 01, 2024
$10454 $9339 (USD)

Operator discount: -$623 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$492 (USD)

Including UK Flights

Friday - Sunday

Apr 04, 2025 - Apr 27, 2025
$10703 $10168 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$535 (USD)

Including UK Flights

Friday - Sunday

Nov 07, 2025 - Nov 30, 2025
$10703 $9576 (USD)

Operator discount: -$623 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$504 (USD)

Including UK Flights

Book with Confidence

  • Free Date Changes

    Wendy Wu allows you to make 1 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 0 days before the start of the tour.

  • Low Deposit

    Wendy Wu requires a minimum deposit of 350 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 75 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of wendy wu charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 41 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 27 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

  • How we Keep you safe on our Tours

    Your safety and well-being will always be our Number 1 priority which is why we’ve instituted the most stringent COVID health and safety protocols on all of our tours. Here is a brief summary of the steps we are taking to ensure you will be safe, secure and satisfied when you travel with us.


    Guides and National Escorts
    Our National Escorts and guides will conduct a Health and Safety briefing with you before the tour begins and will help everyone ensure they adhere to social distancing, hygiene practises and local regulations. They will carry a supply of face masks and hand sanitiser for you to use free of charge and will, of course, observe the highest level of personal hygiene at all times.

    Should anyone on the group fall ill your National Escort will ensure the individual receives swift medical attention and can only return to the group once cleared to do so.


    Transport & Sightseeing
    Vehicles will be thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant after each excursion service, overnight and between different groups.

    You will always have at least one seat between you and your fellow tourers, hand sanitiser will be given to the group on each embarkation and vehicles will be thoroughly ventilated prior to passengers boarding.

    Drivers will always embark vehicles after clients, disembark the group vehicle prior to clients disembarking, and maintain social distancing and a high level of personal hygiene at all times.

    Your guides will assess the situation on the ground avoiding large crowds – where possible, alter timings and splitting the group into smaller sizes.


    Accommodation
    Wendy Wu Tours will only offer hotels that have undergone a detailed hygiene assessment, have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with government standards.

    We will ensure these protocols include staff practising social distancing and wearing appropriate PPI, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in all areas and food safety.


    Dining
    All the restaurants we visit will be researched and inspected regularly to ensure that they follow the strictest health, cleanliness and safety guidelines.

    All waiting staff will wear face masks and gloves and we will arrange à la carte dining, waiter-served meals or waiter-assisted buffets throughout the tour. We will not share open-buffet meals with other hotel or restaurant guests.

    Hand sanitiser will be provided to the group before and after every food and beverage service.

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