Darjeeling in the Kingdom of Dragon

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Duration: 14 days | 13 nights

Location: Delhi - Bagdogra - Darjeeling - Pemayangtse - Gangtok - Kalimpong - Phuntsholing - Thimphu - Punakha - Wangdue Phodrang - Paro

Highlights of the program:
  • Darjeeling surrounded by tea plantations
  • The monasteries of Kalimpong
  • Thimphu, capital of Bhutan
  • Paro and its mythical valley

Arrive at Delhi International Airport. And transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Morning transfer to airport for flight to Bagdogra. Welcome on arrival and departure to Darjeeling via traditional tea road that climbs the high pre-Himalayan hills. Darjeeling is an enchanting resort created in the 19th century by the British who were looking for softness and cool climate where the heat and the monsoon raged in Calcutta. These are developed the most famous tea gardens of the world. The city has kept its British side with its beautiful colonial houses. By late afternoon, stroll through the bustling picturesque Chowk Bazar to take the pulse of the city and get to know the main ethnic groups of the region: Lepcha, the oldest inhabitants of the region, Bhotias from Tibet, Nepali, Bengali and Tibetan refugees. Overnight at hotel.

Early rise to admire the sunrise from the hill of the Tiger on the Himalayan range dominated by the third highest peak in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga which culminates at 8,597 meters. Then, excursion to Ghoom, where Alexandra David-Neel resided, and discovery of the monastery affiliated with the “Yellow Caps” and its famous statue of Maitreya, the Buddha of future times. The monastery contains Buddhist manuscripts of great rarity. Then, on the Observatory hill, visit the High Mountain Institute which illustrates the first Himalayan expeditions. Return to Darjeeling and visit the city which was the summer residence of the Viceroys of India when Calcutta was the capital. Night at the hotel.

Leave for Pemayangtse on the side deep valleys. During transit, walk in the famous tea plantations that cover the sides of the mountains. On arrival at Pemayangtse, site visit and Tantric Monastery Ningma, the sublime Lotus of the sect of “Red Hats”. The monastery is dedicated to the great initiator of Buddhism in Sikkim. Pemayangtse is the second oldest monastery in the state and was built for the monks of pure Tibetan lineage, single, no physical abnormality and this practice is still in force today. The monastery walls are embellished with frescoes and murals of rare refinement and an extraordinary symbolic profusion. Overnight at hotel.

The capital of Sikkim is home to the Institute of Tibetology , which contains beautiful thangka painted canvases of beauty. Visit the monastery of Enchey , then go to Phodong to visit his monastery which stands in beautiful scenery. His special decorations describe the Buddhist hell. Overnight at hotel .

Morning drive through the hills where grow lush rhododendron bushes to reach the market town of Kalimpong a major center of flower crops The city has a number of old houses tell their past life and show the legacy of decades. Arrive Kalimpong and visit Thongsa Gompa the oldest monastery in the region. Then , the Monastery of Durpin Dara Zong Dong Pho- Brang Palari built on the highest point of the city where the view is superb. Then walk in the picturesque market Kalimpong which also assumes the role of floral nursery where no fewer than a dozen institutions produce and export these exotic flowers found in all markets of the world: amaryllis, lilies, anthuriums orchids Visit a farm of orchids. Overnight at hotel .

Direction Bhutan, the Land of the Dragon, and his border post Phuntsoling. The road passes through beautiful forests and vast tea plantations of the Indian plain. An imposing gate in true Bhutanese architectural style, guards bearing the national costume show that we have arrived at your destination. The small town of Phuntsoling is the lung of the Bhutanese economy to India. Overnight at hotel.

On the way to Thimphu, the capital, visit the monastery of Kharbandi, from where one has a beautiful view of the valley and the town of Phuntsoling. This magnificent monastery, located in a garden of tropical plants, contains paintings depicting the life of Buddha and some statues. It was built by the grandmother of the present king. Continuation of the splendid road that clings to the sides of the Torsa Valley, turn after turn, to Chhuka, then Simtokha Thimphu. A Simtokha visits the oldest monastery in the kingdom which now houses the School of Religious and Cultural Studies. Before arriving in Thimphu, stop at Kuensel Phodrang, the “Buddha Point” overlooking the entire valley where the country’s largest statue of Buddha is located. In Thimphu, visit the mini Takin zoo, which houses the National eponymous animal, exclusively present in Bhutan. Then walk in Norzim Lam, the main street lined with craft shops. Overnight at hotel.

In the morning, visit the National Textile Museum where is preserved a collection of antique fabrics, rich colors and original and varied reasons. Then visit the Folk Heritage Museum which recreates traditional rural life and habitat. Then the Traditional Arts school where young people learn the ancient craft techniques to protect and bequeath the country’s cultural heritage for future generations. The National Library, rich in a large collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts is also worth visiting. Visit the Memorial Chorten with beautiful paintings and sculptures, then Tashichhoe Dzong, quadrilateral impressive fortress that houses the splendid administrative buildings of the kingdom. Overnight at hotel.

Road to the smiling Punakha valley through the neck of Dochula at almost 3100 meters. From there on a clear day, the view of the Himalayan ranges is breathtaking. Stop at 108 chortens, stupas, built on the hill to the King of Bhutan and Druk Wangyal Lhakhang visit a temple built in homage to peace and stability provided by the fourth king. Then visit the Monastery of the Divine Madman, Chhimi Lhakhang, famous for its sanctuary of the 15th century. This professor owes his reputation to the various types of education. Continue to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan from 1637 to 1907, when the civil architecture is remarkable finesse, sobriety and elegance. Overnight at hotel.

Continue to Paro, the second largest city of Bhutan. Stop to visit the Dzong Wangdue Phodrang, crowning a rocky spur at the confluence of two rivers: the Pochu the river Mochu Man and the Woman River. Built in 1637, this fortress was used as administrative and religious headquarters in the region and has long been the winter residence of the kings of Bhutan. Arrival at Paro and visit the National Museum, housed in the former Ta Dzong, ie the Watchtower, which in itself has an excellent summary of the Tibetan culture. Then along a hillside trail ride to Rimpong Dzong, one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. It has remarkable paintings illustrating the legendary cycles of Buddhism. Overnight at hotel.

Ascension by a steep path up to the assault of the cliff where clings, defying the vacuum, the Monastery of Taksang dubbed the Lair of the Tiger. Perched at an altitude of 2800, it is one of the most revered shrines in the Himalayan world. It is possible to play a game of Wasps (payable locally) but the descent is not done on foot. Back in the Paro valley and on the way visit the monastery Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in the country reflecting the introduction of Buddhism. Overnight at hotel.

Morning transfer to airport for flight to Delhi. And transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free. Overnight at hotel.

Transfer to Delhi international airport for the return flight.


You will find below our selection of hotels for this trip. Hotels indicative subject to availability. The choice of the class of accommodation to you. You will be able to specify it in your quote.

The King – Delhi

Team and cozy enough for this modern hotel. Rooms very clean and well appointed. Wi-Fi access. Complete small lunch.

Mayfair Darjeeling – Darjeeling

Hotel with the charm of yesteryear. Enjoy sublime views of the mountains and the valley. Square surrounded by flowers. Friendly and helpful staff. Spacious and comfortable rooms. A beautiful place.

The Chumbi Mountain Retreat & Spa – Pemayangtse

Beautiful spa, sauna and steam room. A beautiful library. Friendly staff. Great location with on one side the Kanchenjunga and other Pelling city.

Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino – Gangtok

At 10 kilometers from the city, beautiful complex with large rooms with balconies. Great spa. A wonderful place to relax.

Elgin Silver Oaks – Kalimpong

Lovely hotel with a very nice garden, spacious and beautifully decorated rooms. Friendly and helpful staff. Good location near the city center.

Druk Phuntsholing – Phuntsholing

Transit hotel after crossing the border between India and Bhutan. Establishing correct, simple, clean and neat. Next to the Visa Office.

Pedling Hotel – Thimphu

Very central location with shops and restaurants within walking distance. Clean and comfortable rooms with modern decor and gargantuan breakfast. Staff very friendly, courteous and always willing to help.

Uma by COMO – Punakha

Spacious rooms with an exceptional view of the Punakha valley and the river. Warm, attentive staff. The hotel has a spa.

Gangtey Palace – Paro

Bhutanese traditional hotel located in a beautiful spot overlooking the Paro valley. Large rooms with traditional décor. Very nice welcome.


You will find below our suggestion for activities to do throughout your journey. Do not hesitate to contact an advisor Aryavrit Travels for any specific request.

Horseback ride

Expect a complete change: in the saddle on the beautiful Marwari horses with amazing earrings shaped like a crescent moon, discover the breathtaking surroundings and go out to meet the locals. A walk to discover treasures, off the beaten path.

Bike ride

We invite you to immerse in unusual: a bike ride on the roads of India, Nepal and Bhutan. Cycling is a way to meet people, a tool to reach out to the population, which allows you to be closer than at the window of an air conditioned car. Let yourself drift along with your meetings, you will appreciate the paths which reserve surprises, all more enjoyable than the other.


Take a step back to admire the pink city Jaipur, it is possible. Climb aboard the platform of your balloon and fly over the capital of Rajasthan and the impressive Amber Fort which is necessary not far from it. In the early morning light, the emotions are at their peak by the glipse by the history of vastness and beauty which has exisred here for last many centuries.

Polo match

Polo on horseback or elephant, a unique show in Jaipur, Jodhpur or Delhi. Sport in vogue in India, polo on horseback is still today one of the spearheads of the sport in the Indian aristocracy. Polo on elephant back, meanwhile, is not a sport as such. Nevertheless, it attracts large crowds because of the originality of a rapid game with elephants struggling to move on the ground. Very entertaining!

Cricket match

Catch a game of cricket, a sport that is truly thrill the crowds in India. Unknown in France, cricket crystallizes all the passions in the Indian subcontinent, where millions of fans follow live matches of their national team. The best players are idolized as real stars, like Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev considered one of the best cricketers of all time.

Vintage car

Experience the charm side with a vintage ride in Rajasthan. These old cars of the maharajahs take you as a prince through the main streets of the cities. A timeless adventure not to be missed.

Local family

What could be more authentic than sharing a moment with a local family? An opportunity to understand the Indianess from very close which is worth reading several books on India. A unique opportunity to learn about the customs of your hosts, with whom you share a traditional meal. A moment of conviviality, memorable exchanges that will only add magic to your stay.

Film show

Indians like to say that what unites them is a passion for cricket and love of cinema. India is the largest film industry in the world in terms of production and the number of entries. Attend the screening of a film, it’s a unique experience and share a moment of jubilation.


Immerse yourself in the practice of Yoga and meditation which helps you to know your body and mind. An experienced yoga teacher will teach you the various techniques of “pranayama” (breathing), “asanas” (positions) and ‘dhyana’ (meditation). A unique opportunity in the purest tradition.

Henna session

Mehndi usually refers to the art of drawing with henna on the skin. It is an ephemeral equivalent of tattooing. In Rajasthan, mehndi is an fplk art and it is common for women to get as sophisticated as those of newlyweds drawings. Attend a session to decorate your hands with henna and why not take the opportunity to keep track of your visit!

Cooking lessons

You fell for tandoori chicken, Kerala fish curry, samosas, the thali, the dal, biryani? Do not leave without having learned to cook these dishes. We offer courses in vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. At the end of the session, you are invited to examine and taste your own the prepared dishes.

Ayurveda massage

Ayurveda invites us to stay in harmony with nature, in touch with the elements of nature by practicing yoga and meditation which help us to purify and nourish our body and mind. A massage on the eye helps to rebalance the body and its functions. Enjoy your visit to the birthplace of Ayurveda to experience a massage in the purest tradition.