b"NEPAL Darjeeling Paro 1 Punakha3 2 2 Thimphu INDIAN SUBCONTINENT XXXTIGERS NEST MONASTERY New JaipaiguriYOUR ITINERARY Kurseong Ghum 1 Phuntscholing1Days 1-3London and Kolkata SiliguriWe fly from London Heathrow to Kolkata via Dubai. Landing on Day 2, we set out on a city tour on Day 3, beginning at Kolkatas aromaticINDIA BANGLADESHflower market and continuing to Mothers House, the orphanage set up by Mother Teresa. Next is the Victoria Memorial and the potters colony, where artists sculpt idols of Hindu deities. Later, we take the circular2+1 Kolkatarailway to the memorial of James Prinsep, an English scholar.Nights in hotel Rail CoachDays 4-6 - Siliguri, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and Tiger Hill UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES We travel by rail to New Jalpaiguri, transferring by Jeep to Siliguri, in the foothills of the Himalayas. Continuing to Kurseong on Day 5, we enjoy lunch at the colonial-style Cochrane Place Hotel before climbingJourney on the Darjeeling almost 7,000 feet into the Himalayas on an enthralling journey aboardHimalayan Railway though the a UNESCO-listed Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Day 6 includes a visitHimalayas.to Tiger Hill viewpoint, where we watch the sun rise from behindVisit Tiger Hill Viewpoint at Kanchenjunga, Indias highest mountain. Later, we travel on the steam- sunrise. hauled Toy Train to Ghum for a tour of the Darjeelings Mountaineering Institute, the final resting place of Nepali sherpa, Tenzing Norgay. Enjoy an authentic tea tasting with Buddhist nuns and craft beer Days 7-9Time for tea, Bhutan and Paro tasting in Bhutan.Darjeeling is famous for its tea, and today we visit the Golden TipsExplore Darjeeling and Kolkata DARJEELING AND THE HIMALAYANstall at the nearby market and the local planters club to learn aboutwith local guides.how one of the worlds most popular teas gets from field to cup, after which, were treated to a tasting of iconic Darjeeling, known for its floral KINGDOM OF BHUTAN aroma and fruity apricot flavour. We cross the border into Bhutan onDiscover Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.Day 8, a country that was closed to most visitors until 2018, on our way to Phuntsholing. We continue to Paro on Day 9. After checkingWHAT'S INCLUDED16 DAYS FROM 3,495 into our hotel, we take a guided tour of this a historic town, home to many ancient sacred sites, including the oldest Buddhist temple inUK Tour Manager throughoutAn incredible small group adventure packed with ancient traditions and treasures,the country, followed by a visit to a nearby farmhouse for a traditional Bhutanese dinner. Lastly, we stop by the Namgay Artisinal Brewery forReturn flights from London explore colourful Kolkata before travelling into the Himalayan foothills to Bhutan -a guided tour and beer tasting session, a perfectly refreshing end to ourHeathrow to Kolkata via Dubaithe sole surviving Himalayan Kingdom and a destination steeped in history. day.All internal flights, rail and Days 10-13Tigers Nest Monastery, Punakha and Thimpu coach transfersWe visit one of Bhutans most iconic landmarks today, climbing to13 nights 3, 4 and 5-Star hotel a viewpoint that overlooks the stunning Tigers Nest Monastery. Onaccommodationthe way back to Paro, we explore Kyichu Lhakhang, another beautiful Buddhist temple. Day 11 starts with some time to look around Rinpung35 meals including 14 breakfasts, DARJEELING HIMALAYAN RAILWAY Dzong, a fortress monastery and a fantastic example of Bhutanese8 lunches and 13 dinners architecture, as well as the National Museum, housed in a formerAll tour excursionsDating back to the 19th century, the delightfulwatch-tower of Rinpung Dzong. Later, we drive along the Dochula Pass, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway uses innovativea snow-covered route through the Himalayas home to 108 memorial engineering to make its steep ascent into thechortens or stupas, to Punakha. Day 12 takes us to Chimi Lhakhang, Himalayas. The railways imaginative designa temple and monastery dedicated to the fertility rites of the tantric features six zigzag reverses and three loops acrosstradition, and Punakha Dzong - the Palace of Great Happiness. Arriving 54 miles of incredible narrow-gauge track, some ofin Thimphu, we take an exploratory walk and visit a craft bazaar on which we experience on our journey from Kurseongsome departures, made up of a line of bamboo huts that stretch along2022 TOUR DATES Max 25 Peopleto Darjeeling. the main street. We explore further on Day 13s guided tour.Climbing to Indias highest railway station, Ghum,Day 13Exploring Thimpu Oct 7 3,795 Nov 4 3,595which stands at a staggering elevation of 7,218We enjoy a full-day tour of Thimphu that includes the takin preserve - a2023 TOUR DATES Max 25 Peoplefeet, a ride on this affectionately-nicknamedwildlife reserve that celebrates the national animal of Bhutan, a local Toy Train offers stunning views of cloud-toppedrice wine tasting and folk performance and an intimate tea tasting green valleys, rushing waterfalls and the regionssession at the Zilukha Nunnery. This evening, we dress in traditionalFeb 10 3,495 Oct 6 3,695famous tea fields. Our journey culminates withBhutanese attire as we attend a cultural performance at our hotel. Mar 10 3,695 Nov 3 3,495a breathtaking panorama of the KanchenjungaTour Code: CDJ| per person based on 2 mountain range. Days 14-16Kolkata and London sharing. Deposit from 600 per person. We return to Paro for our flight to Kolkata. On arrival, we take a guidedSupplement for solo travellers from 795. Please tour of the citys historic Dalhousie Square, now known as BBD Bagh, anote the itinerary for 2022 departures may differ, please call for more details. For the latest Jain temple and South Park Street Cemetery. We transfer to the airportguidance on entry requirements, please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice86 INDIAN SUBCONTINENT Call us on 01904 527194 or visit GreatRail.com for more details 87"