b"NEPAL Darjeeling Paro 1 Punakha3 2 2 Thimphu INDIAN SUBCONTINENT XXXNew JaipaiguriYOUR ITINERARY Kurseong Ghum 1 Phuntscholing1Days 1-3 - London and Kolkata SiliguriWe fly from London Heathrow to Kolkata via Dubai, landing on Day 2 and transferring to our elegant hotel for two nights, the 5-Star OberoiINDIA BANGLADESHGrand Hotel. On Day 3, we explore this metropolis on a guided tour. Later, we take the circular railway to the memorial of James Prinsep, an English scholar who specialised in Indian scripts and numismatics. 2+1 KolkataDays 4-5 - Siliguri and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Nights in hotel Rail CoachAfter some free time this morning, we travel by rail to New Jalpaiguri. OnTOUR HIGHLIGHTSarrival, we transfer by Jeep to Siliguri, in the foothills of the Himalayas,where we stay for the night. Travelling by Jeep to Kurseong on Day 5, we enjoy lunch at the colonial-style Cochrane Place Hotel beforeJourney on the Darjeeling climbing almost 7,000 feet into the Himalayas aboard the UNESCO-listedHimalayan Railway though the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. We arrive in Darjeeling for three nights. Himalayas.Days 6-7 -Tiger Hill Viewpoint, Ghum and a tea tasting Visit Tiger Hill Viewpoint at We visit Tiger Hill viewpoint this morning, watching the sun rise fromsunrise. behind Kanchenjunga, Indias highest mountain. Later, we travel on theEnjoy an authentic tea tasting steam-hauled Toy Train to Ghum, the highest hill station in the area.with Buddhist nuns.Here, we take a tour of the Darjeelings Mountaineering Institute, theExplore Darjeeling and Kolkata.final resting place of Tenzing Norgay, a Nepali Sherpa mountaineer who was one of the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest.Discover Thimphu, the capital of Darjeeling is famous for its tea plantations and we tour one on DayBhutan.7, admiring the dark green, tiered fields as we learn about how the tea bushes are planted and how the leaves require deft plucking toWHAT'S INCLUDEDmaximise flavour before a tasting overlooking the lush landscapes.Days 8-11 - Chalsa, Bhutan, Paro and Punakha UK Tour Manager throughoutWe drive to Chalsa for lunch before visiting a tea garden in Grassmore.Return flights from London We cross into Bhutan, deep in the Himalayas, stopping in PhuntsholingHeathrow to Kolkata via Dubaifor the night. We visit Kharbandi Gompa on Day 9, a monastery withAll internal flights, rail and sprawling gardens of tropical plants, before continuing to Paro for acoach transferstwo-night stay. After checking into our hotel, we set out on a guided tour ahead of a traditional Bhutanese dinner at a farmhouse. On Day 10, weLuggage transfers throughouttake in one of Bhutans most iconic landmarks, climbing to a viewpoint that overlooks Tigers Nest monastery. On the way back to Paro, we13 nights 3, 4 and 5-Star hotel explore Kyichu Lhakhang, a beautiful Buddhist temple. Day 11 takesaccommodationus to Rinpung Dzong, a fortress monastery, and the National Museum.35 meals including 14 breakfasts, Later, we drive via Dochula Pass to Punakha, where we spend the night.8 lunches and 13 dinners Days 12-13 - Thimphu All tour excursionsOur first stop today is Chimi Lhakhang, a temple and monastery dedicated to the fertility rites of the tantric tradition. Later, we continue to Punakha Dzong, or the Palace of Great Happiness, on our way to Thimphu for two nights. Here, we take an exploratory walk of the city centre before making our way to Thimphus mighty 17th-century fortress. On Day 13, we enjoy a full-day tour of Thimphu. Among the highlights, we see the Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point and Takin2021 DEPARTURES Max 25 PeoplePreserve, a wildlife reserve that celebrates the Takin - the national animal of Bhutan. We enjoy lunch at the Simply Bhutan Museum, followed by a local rice wine tasting and folk performance, beforeOct 1 3,995 Nov 5 3,995visiting the Zilukha Nunnery for a tea tasting session with the nuns2022 DEPARTURES Max 25 Peoplewho live here. This evening, we get the chance to dress in traditional Bhutanese attire as we attend a cultural performance at our hotel.Feb 12 3,995 Oct 1 3,995Days 14-16 - Kolkata and London Mar 12 3,995 Nov 5 3,895We return to Paro for our flight to Kolkata. On arrival, we take a guidedTour Code: CDJ| per person based on 2 tour of the citys historic Dalhousie Square, continuing to Tagoressharing. Deposit from 650 per person. House, an 18th-century mansion. Afterwards, we board a tram to SouthSupplement for solo travellers from 895. Please Park Street Cemetery, a tranquil burial ground for British colonists. Onnote the itinerary for 2021 departures may differ, please call for more details. For the latest Day 15, we fly back to London Heathrow via Dubai, arriving on Day 16.guidance on entry requirements, please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-adviceCall us on 01904 521990 or visit GreatRail.com for more details 85"