Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Overland through Northeast India and Bhutan (22 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

New Delhi, India To Bumthang, Bhutan

Valid for Departures Now Through: 18 Mar 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
New Delhi, India
Imperial Hotel Dinner

Arrive in India’s bustling capital city of New Delhi, and check in to your luxury hotel - we recommend either the Imperial New Delhi or Oberoi Gurgaon. Step out into New Delhi’s exciting and busy streets, and embark on a contemporary art tour, making your way to the Vadehra Art Gallery, Gallery Espace, Anant Art Gallery and Delhi Art Gallery. Enjoy a bit of shopping in one of New Delhi’s vibrant markets before heading back to the hotel for some rest and relaxation after a busy first day.

Day 2
New Delhi, India
Imperial Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend your second day in New Delhi taking in its rich, colorful culture. Start off by exploring the city’s many religious sites. Meet with a professor of Eastern Religions to learn about the different beliefs of the city’s many religious groups, including Hindus, Jains, Parsis, Sikhs, Muslims, Buddhists, and more. Enjoy a fresh, thick Indian curry at Chandni Chowk market - a tasty lunch treat - before stepping into Old Delhi, where you’ll take in Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, and more.

Day 3
Calcutta, India
The Oberoi Grand Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you’re heading to the one-time capital of the British East India Company, the port city of Calcutta. Once arrived, you’ll be escorted to your luxury hotel, The Oberoi Grand. Start getting acquainted with your new surroundings. Your first stop will be the historic and exclusive Tollygunge Club. This club, founded over a century ago, offers golf, tennis, and equestrian sports. In the afternoon, explore Calcutta’s colonial areas, taking in the unique architecture of the General Post Office and the National Library. Relax at your hotel this evening.

Day 4
Calcutta, India
The Oberoi Grand Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy more of Calcutta’s colonial history today, as you head to the Calcutta Polo Club, the oldest polo club in existence and considered to be the birthplace of modern polo. Sit down to a delicious lunch, while enjoying an exciting game. This afternoon, learn about one of the world’s kindest souls at Mother House, home to Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity order, and also her final resting place. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner back at your hotel this evening.

Day 5
Darjiling, India
Glenburn Tea Estate Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive in Darjeeling this morning, home to some of India’s finest tea. Check in to your room at the century-old Glenburn Tea Estate, and admire your view of the Himalayas. Head first to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway before taking a stroll across a suspension bridge to Manjitar Village. Hayden Hall, a care center for impoverished women and their children, is your last stop of the day. Return to your hotel and enjoy your natural surroundings.

Day 6
Darjiling, India
Glenburn Tea Estate Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a tasty breakfast, make your way to the Tibetan Buddhist Ghoom Monastery, where you can marvel at the 15-foot Buddhist statue and rare religious literature. Take a tour of Glenburn Estate this afternoon, and learn from the hotel’s manager how to blend and brew your own personalized cup of tea - probably the freshest brew you’ll ever taste. Relax back at your hotel this evening.

Day 7
Gangtok, India
Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you’ll be chauffeur-driven to Sikkim state’s capital, Gangtok, where you’ll check in to the Mayfair Hotel. Visit the local Happiness Home, a girls’ orphanage, and take them out for a special lunch, listening to their emotional stories. Visit a flower farm that’s home to hundreds of orchid species and then return to your hotel and relax.

Day 8
Kalimpong, India
Elgin Silver Oaks Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast this morning, hop in your private vehicle and drive to Kalimpong, a Himalayan hill station with a strong sense of Tibetan Buddhist culture and impeccable mountain views. You’ll check in to your room at the Elgin Silver Oaks before heading out into the town and exploring the narrow streets.

Day 9
Kalimpong, India
Elgin Silver Oaks Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast this morning, hop in your private vehicle and drive to Kalimpong, a Himalayan hill station with a strong sense of Tibetan Buddhist culture and impeccable mountain views. You’ll check in to your room at the Elgin Silver Oaks before heading out into the town and exploring the narrow streets.

Day 10
Kalimpong, India
Elgin Silver Oaks Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel after a restful sleep. Explore more of Kalimpong today; the flower market is a crowd favorite. Don’t miss the town’s colonial architecture, along with the amazing views provided by Zang Dhok Palri Phodang Monastery. If you feel up to it, go for a trek in the afternoon before returning to your hotel to relax your tired feet tonight

Day 11
Phuntsholing, Bhutan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive today to the border of India and Bhutan, where you will pass through an immigration checkpoint and spend one night in the border town of Phuentsholing, Bhutan’s second most populated city. Check in to your local, comfortable-but-humble hotel. Wander around and explore the streets before retiring for the evening.

Day 12
Paro, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you’ll head to Paro, a sleepy Bhutanese village nestled into the hillside of the Paro Valley, where you’ll make your way to your luxury hotel. We recommend either Amankora or Uma by COMO. Visit ancient fortresses, Rimpung Dzong and Drukgyel Dzong, and Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Retire to your luxury hotel this evening.  

Day 13
Paro, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up to the fresh air of the Paro Valley and let it energize you for a full day of touring the village. Start with a visit to the local nunnery, perched on the edge of a cliff, offering incredible views. The National Museum will be your next stop, for some insight into the local culture. Finally, chit-chat with a local family at their farmhouse, and learn about their day-to-day life. Relax tonight at your hotel.

Day 14
Thimphu, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

An hour’s drive will take you to Thimpu today, Bhutan’s capital city. Here, you’ll be taken to one of the city’s two most luxurious hotels - either Amankora or the Taj Tashi. Thimpu is home to many of Bhutan’s important national buildings - see a few of them today, including the Royal Textile Academy and the National Library.

Day 15
Thimphu, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Get a taste of Bhutanese culture today, starting with the Folk Heritage Museum. The visit is rounded out with a delicious Bhutanese lunch on premises. Next, check out Bhutan’s contribution to ameliorating the world waste problem, at its paper mill, where paper is recycled into household items. End your day and time in Paro, at Buddha Dordenma, home to a Buddhist statue that towers over the city.  

Day 16
Punakha, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Venture into the great outdoors today. You will get your blood pumping with a hike to Khamsum Yuley Monastery, followed by adrenaline-inducing rafting along the prominent Mo Chu River. If you would like, visit a local farmhouse for further insight into local culture before heading back to your hotel for dinner and sleep.  

Day 17
Punakha, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Venture into the great outdoors today. You will get your blood pumping with a hike to Khamsum Yuley Monastery, followed by adrenaline-inducing rafting along the prominent Mo Chu River. If you would like, visit a local farmhouse for further insight into local culture before heading back to your hotel for dinner and sleep.  

Day 18
Gangtey, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Move on to peaceful Gangtey today, an alpine town in the Phobjikha Valley. Enjoy the panoramic view from your new temporary home, either Amankora or Gangtey Goenpa Lodge. Get acquainted with your glacial surroundings today, exploring Gangtey’s wetlands, along with its ancient monastery.

Day 19
Gangtey, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore Gangtey at your leisure today once again - the marshlands are yours to discover, with black-necked cranes and thirteen other globally-threatened species. Take in the ultimate serenity of this flat, open area and its cool glacial air. Relax your tired feet tonight at your hotel.

Day 20
Bumthang, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive today in Bumthang, Bhutan’s treasure trove of ancient sites and temples. Check in to your hotel - we recommend Amankora. Once settled in, take to the streets to explore Bumthang, starting with Yathra Center in Chume, followed by Kyichu Lhakhang temple, known for its iconic status as Bhutan’s oldest monastery. Round off the day with a visit to the Swiss Farm, the country’s sole commercial cheese factory, which makes excellent use of progressive green technology. Return to your hotel for dinner and a restful sleep.  

Day 21
Bumthang, Bhutan
Amankora Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cover more ground in Bumthang on your final full day of the trip. Start your day in the Tang Valley, capturing its rolling hills, lush vegetation, and the river rushing past. Next, head to the can’t-miss site os Mebartso, or Burning Lake, a sacred Buddhist site in a picturesque setting. Visit Pemacholing Nunnery, home to nuns young and old, and the highest village in Bhutan, Ura. Head back to your hotel for a final night’s rest ahead of tomorrow’s departure.  

Day 22
Bumthang, Bhutan
None Breakfast

On the final morning of this epic journey, you’ll fly back to Paro, from where you will be able to board an international flight, either home or on to your next thrilling destination.

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Description

Embark on an epic journey through Northeast India and Bhutan, exploring the rich, unique history, colorful culture, exquisite natural beauty, and progressive modernity of each new spot, from Bhutan’s oldest monastery, to the lush marshlands of Gangtey, to the Calcutta Polo Club, to New Delhi’s contemporary art scene. You’ll see it all, as you travel overland through New Delhi, Calcutta, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Kalimpong, Phuentsholing, Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Gangtey, and Bumthang over a period of 22 days - an adventure sure to inspire and amaze.


Highlights

  • Explore the bustling streets of New Delhi

  • Brew your own personally-picked and blended pot of tea in Darjeeling

  • Take in sacred religious monuments in both India and Bhutan

  • Raft and hike along the picturesque Mo Chu River

  • Visit Bhutan’s oldest monastery

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