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INDIA /

13 DAYS SIKKIM / BHUTAN

Nearly five thousand years back flourished India's first major civilisation along the Indus River valley. The twin cities of Mohenjodaro and Harappa now in Pakistan were ruled by priests and held the rudiments of Hinduism. These civilisations are known to possess a sophisticated lifestyle, a highly developed sense of aesthetics, an astonishing knowledge of town planning and an undecipherable script language. The Indus civilization at one point of time extended nearly a million square kilometres across the Indus river valley. It existed at the same time as the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Sumer but far outlasted them. Surviving for nearly a thousand years the Indus valley civilisation fell to tectonic upheavals in about 1700 BC, which caused a series of floods.

The coming of the Aryans around 1500 BC, gave the final blow to the collapsing Indus Valley civilisation. At the dawn of Vedic ages the Aryans came in from the North and spread through large parts of India bringing with them their culture and religious beliefs. The Four Vedas or the important books of Hinduism were compiled in this period.

In a country as diverse and complex as India, it is not surprising to find that people here reflect the rich glories of the past, the culture, traditions and values relative to geographic locations and the numerous distinctive manners, habits and food that will always remain truly Indian. According to five thousand years of recorded history.

From the eternal snows of the Himalayas to the cultivated peninsula of far South, from the deserts of the West to the humid deltas of the East, from the dry heat and cold of the Central Plateau to the cool forest foothills, Indian lifestyles clearly glorify the geography. The food, clothing and habits of an Indian differ in accordance to the place of origin.

Indians believe in sharing happiness and sorrow. A festival or a celebration is never constrained to a family or a home. The whole community or neighbourhood is involved in bringing liveliness to an occasion. A lot of festivals like Diwali, Holi, Id, Christmas, Mahaveer Jayanthi are all celebrated by sharing sweets and pleasantries with family, neighbours and friends. An Indian wedding is an occasion that calls for participation of the family and friends. Similarly, neighbours and friends always help out a family in times of need.

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Programs

Day 01
Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Delhi drive past Red Fort to continue to Jama Masjid. Finally visit the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawahar Lal Nehru. Onwards drive to Qutub Minar and India Gate. Drive past the President's Estate and Parliament buildings, through Diplomatic Enclave and Connaught Place. Overnight.

Day 02
Delhi / Bagdogra

Morning transfer to airport in time to connect the flight to Bagdogra. Arrive Bagdogra and drive to Darjeeling. Overnight.

Day 03
Darjeeling

Morning sightseeing tour of Darjeeling famous for Darjeeling Tea. Visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. The zoo has some species of the Himalayan wildlife including pandas, Siberian tiger,  snow leopard etc. Visit a tea estate and witnessing the process of making the famous tea. Overnight.

Day 04
Darjeeling / Gangtok

Morning drive to Gangtok, the capital and princpal town of Sikkim. Situated in the eastern Himalayas, it offers excellent view of the mountains on a clear day. Overnight.

Day 05
Gangtok

Morning visit Enchey monastery, one of the most important monasteries in Sikkim. The Orchid Sanctuary which has more than 500 varieties of orchids. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight.

Day 06
Gangtok / Kalimpong

Morning excursion to the famous Rumtek Monastery rebuilt in the 1960s. Later drive to Kalimpong. Evening visit the Monastery belonging to the Gelugpa school of Dalai Lama. Overnight.

Day 07
Kalimpong / Phuntsholing

After completing the visa formalities and the India / Bhutan border drive to Phuntsholing. Overnight.

Day 08
Phuntsholing / Thimphu

Morning proceed to Thimphu. Enroute visit Kharbandi monastery. Shortly before entering Thimphu city, visit to Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortresses of the kingdom. Overnight.

Day 09
Thimphu

Morning sightseeing tour of Thimphu capital of Bhutan. Thimphu's most impressive building is Tashichhodzong, the home of National Assembly. Memorial Chorten is town's another landmark. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Art School, Traditional Medicine Institute. Overnight.

Day 10
Thimphu / Paro

Morning drive to Paro. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight.

Day 11
Paro

Morning sightseeing tour of Paro. Visit Rinpung Dzong it houses Paro monastic school and office of civil administration. Above Rinpung Dzong is Ta Dzong or national museum. A short drive north is Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan. Further ahead, lies Drukgyel Dzong, which commemorates early victory. Overnight.

Day 12
Paro / Delhi

Morning transfer to airport to connect the flight to Delhi. Overnight.

Day 13
Depart Delhi

Transfer to international airport to connect the fight to onward destination.

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