Opulent Journeys

The Land of The Thunder Dragon & a Side-dish of India

04 October - 21 October 2017

From (AUD)

$8,670

19 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)

Overview

This Tour takes you to one of the most beautiful and most remote kingdoms in the world - Bhutan. Limited numbers of travellers each year can enjoy this magical country and its hospitable people who live by the mantra of Gross National Happiness. Before we take you to Bhutan, we will show you one of the most historic cities in India - Kolkata and the days of ‘The Raj’, followed by a trip up to Darjeeling for tea and trains! 

  

Dates & Prices

Tour Price                               

                               

Per person twin share (Land Only)                                             $8,670
Single room supplement $1,410

Tour starts and finishes in Kolkata.

Highlights
  • The Bhutanese people - smiles and friendliness 
  • Stunning, pristine Himalayan mountain scenery 
  • Phobjikha Valley - the winter home of the rare black necked crane 
  • Punakha Dzong - the Palace of Happiness 
  • Tigers Nest - Taktsang Monastery 
  • Understanding Gross National Happiness 
  • Tea Tasting in Darjeeling 
  • The Historic Himalayan Mountain Railway trip
  
About your tour leaders - Hilary and Peter Whitehead
Since retiring from the demands of owning and operating a garden centre in Turramurra, Sydney for 23 years, Hilary and I now have some time on our hands to pursue our addiction for travel. But I haven’t stopped loving plants and gardens and as a result I still work as a consultant to the Nursery & Garden Industry of NSW. Over the past 10 years we have taken tours to France, Vietnam, China, India and Bhutan with the latter being a real favourite destination of ours. We’ve also visited India many times, both independently and taking tours. The two of us enjoy showing like-minded travellers why we are passionate about these places – the history, landscape, culture, diversity and vibrancy of these and other countries.
Travel is an adventure and we can give you the opportunity to experience and enjoy other cultures and countries.
 
What's Included
Inclusions:
  • International flights with Singapore Airlines from Australia to Kolkata with taxes included
  • Intra region flights Kolkata-Bagdogra-Paro//Bumthang-Paro-Kolkata with taxes included
  • Arrival/departure group transfers
  • 17 nights twin-share accommodation with breakfast daily
  • Toy train Darjeeling-Ghum-Darjeeling
  • Meals, entrance fees as stated in the itinerary
  • Private coach with English speaking guides during the tour
  • Visa fees for India and Bhutan
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers

Not included:

  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned above

  

To enquire or book this tour, please contact

Phone: 1300 219 885            Email: tony@opulentjourneys.com.au

Please Click Here to download the tour details.

Itinerary

Arrive in Kolkata, make your own way to the hotel. 

After an early breakfast, we walk through this vibrant and bustling city. During our city tour, we will visit the Park Street Cemetery and Victoria Memorial - two great institutions left behind by the British. At 1pm, Mr Surojit ‘Bomti’ Iyenger, an art collector and socialite, is delighted to welcome us to his charming flat on historic Chowringhee for a home-cooked Bengali lunch. In the afternoon we board a private boat cruise up the River Hoogly and discover a hitherto unseen side of Kolkata. 
Dinner and overnight at Oberoi Grand Hotel in Kolkata.
(Meals: B, L, D)
After breakfast, we fly to Bagdogra then travel by road to Darjeeling via Kurseong, the land of the white orchid. Standing high in the Himalayas at an altitude of 2134m and surrounded by World Famous Tea Gardens and snow-capped mountains, Darjeeling is one of the most exotic destinations. Afternoon walk to Observatory Hill. 
We will spend two nights at Hotel Elgin in Darjeeling.
(Meals: B, L, D)
The spectacular landscape unfolds as the 2-foot gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, opened in 1881, labours at about 10 mph criss-crossing the main road. During our toy train ride, we will experience the sound, smell and romance of a bygone era. In the afternoon we proceed for our city tour, visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Himalayan Zoological Park, and Tibetan Self-Help Centre or Refugee Centre. Evening enjoy Tea Tasting at Nathmuls Tea Lounge.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Drive to Kalimpong. At an altitude of 1250m, Kalimpong’s clement weather has made its orchids and gladioli well renowned. In the afternoon we proceed for a city tour with visits to the Flower Nurseries, Zang Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery, the Tharpa Choling Monastery and Thongsa Gumpa Monastery. 
Overnight at Hotel Silver Oaks in Kalimpong.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Drive to Siliguri en-route visit ISKCON and Salugara Monastery. The Buddhist shrine Salugara Monastery is among the most frequented revered places in Siliguri. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, more popularly known as ISKCON Temple, is the biggest Krishna centre in the whole of the Northeast India.  Overnight at Royal Orchid Hotel in Siliguri.
(Meals: B, L, D)
After breakfast, transfer to Bagdogra Airport for our flight to Paro. Upon arrival, we head to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Have the late afternoon free to explore Thimphu town. Dinner at hotel with a cultural show and complimentary drinks. We will stay at Hotel Namgay Heritage for two nights.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Enjoy a relaxed day with sightseeing in Thimphu Valley. We will visit the Buddha point, National Memorial Chorten, Paper factory, Folk Heritage Museum and Traditional Arts and Craft School. After lunch we go on to explore the arts and crafts bazaar. Later visit the Fortress Tashichodzong, also the seat of the King. Dinner with a Bhutanese family host at their home.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Today we drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m) to get a view of the high Himalayan peaks. After lunch in Sopsokha village, we make our way to the Temple of the Divine Madman. Continue on to Punakha Valley and check into our hotel, Zhingkham Resort for overnight.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Morning visit the Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. In the afternoon we head to Phobjikha where we stay for two nights. On arrival we check into Hotel Dewachen and relax in the evening enjoying the view of the valley.
(Meals: B, L, D)

The Phobjikha Valley is one of the loveliest high altitude glacial valleys in Bhutan. This morning we explore the valley and visit Gangtey Gompa. If lucky we might sight black necked cranes. Later in the day we hike from one of the many nature trails in the valley, visiting farms and meeting locals.

(Meals: B, L, D)

We start out early today for our drive to Bumthang across Pele-la pass (3,300m) to Trongsa (80km) where we see a change in vegetation, with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo. Overnight at Yangkhil Resort in Trongsa.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Today we visit the Trongsa Fort before driving to Bumthang, a journey of about 3 hours over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m). On arrival in Bumthang, check in at the Jakar Village Lodge where we stay for two nights.
(Meals: B, L, D)

We explore the peaceful Bumthang Valley with visits to Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang, Tamshing Monastery and Jakar Dzong. The evening will be free to walk around the town and visit the local shops.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Take a morning flight back to Paro where we will stay at Tashi Namgay Resort for two nights. We will explore Paro valley, visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong) and Paro Rinchen Pong Dzong (fortress) which is the Administrative seat of the Paro district and also contains a state monastic community of about 200 monks.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Today we hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), then drive up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong. On our return we visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo and explore Paro town.

(Meals: B, L, D)

After breakfast, take our flight to Kolkata. The coach will be at our disposal for shopping or sightseeing in Kolkata. Overnight at Oberoi Grand Hotel in Kolkata.
(Meals: B, L, D)

After a late check out, make your own way to International Airport to board your flight home.

(Meals: B)

Arrive Australia in the evening.

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