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Bhutan and India's Hill Stations

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An adventurous journey through the Himalayas to a Buddhist Kingdom with a visit to India
  • Product Code 47250
  • Holiday Type Pioneer Holidays, Sightseeing And Walking Holidays, Experiential Holidays
  • Grade

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    Grade 5
  • Holiday Duration Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - Bhutan and India's Hill Stations

Journey to a kingdom far, far away and discover a land shrouded in mystery. Where else in the world can you visit ‘The land of the Thunderbolt’ and look across the Five Treasures in the Snow?

This is Darjeeling, set against a backdrop of the Eastern Himalayas and overlooked by imposing Mount Khangchendzonga. As you travel to the last great Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, you’ll encounter landscapes like no other – emerald green tea plantations, Buddhist monasteries, steep mountain ranges and traditional villages a world away from modern pressures and where life is enjoyed at a slower pace.

Darjeeling, in the heart of the tea producing region of India, is a highlight of the British Colonial Raj era, with its hill stations at around 2100m. It is inhabited by residents from all over the Eastern Himalaya. It’s a fascinating place and during our time we plan to explore the town, take a journey on the narrow gauge railway and visit Tiger Hill at sunrise, which has an unparalleled 360° Himalayan panorama.

We leave Darjeeling for the hill station of Kalimpong. Here we’ll discover the town and walk in the surrounding countryside and visit a traditional village, where we spend time with the villagers to see how they live, and learn about their culture and traditions.

Bhutan enjoys what may be an enviable position in the tourist world. It is so difficult to reach and restricts the entry of visitors. As a result, Bhutan remains lovely, near pristine and a joy to visit. We’ll walk, explore and sightsee from Phuntsholing, Thimpu and Paro, gaining an insight to the Bhutanese way of life. We’ll also visit Tiger’s Nest – a true highlight of a visit to Bhutan. We fly back to Delhi to connect with our flight home.

 


At Ramblers Walking Holidays, we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to peoples’ lives. By travelling with us on this holiday, you can directly help us support the destinations we visit through our staff-managed charitable project click Heart Sole

Holiday Highlights

  • Experience the incredible sunrise at Tiger Hill.
  • Delight in walks through the Darjeeling tea plantation.
  • Be inspired by high mountain scenery of the Himalayas.
  • Take the challenge of the hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights Heathrow to Delhi (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      All local travel and transfers including air tickets and train.
      Half board en-suite accommodation.
      Full board in Bhutan.
      Knowledgeable local guides.
      All entrance fees.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.



    Please see the Holiday Information sheet for this Holidays Itinerary as the content may vary depending on departure date.

Travel Details

  • Flights: Heathrow-Delhi (c8hrs 50mins), British Airways. Two local flights on the itinerary are both c90mins.         
  • Arrival transfer by road (c50mins).
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Cedar Inn

We expect to stay in the Cedar Inn, set high above the main town, offering magnificent views of the unforgettable Darjeeling landscape, with snow capped mountains in the distance. The building that has hints of Victoriana is staffed by a friendly team and offers guests everything they could need for a pleasant stay. The restaurant serves a range of Indian, Chinese, Himalayan and Continental cuisine and has an open fireplace for those chilly evenings and live music to set the atmosphere. There is a delightful café on the terrace, where you can enjoy a cup of Darjeeling tea or snack with the mesmerising views stretching out before you. There is also a little bar for something stronger. The hotel also has a gift shop and a library with internet access incorporated. Rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, en-suite bathrooms, seating area, TVs, and most come with fireplaces and views out to Kanchendzonga Mountain. There is Free Wi-Fi in the lobby, restaurant & bar.


Hotel Druk

Across the border from India, sits the Hotel Druk, in the town of Phuntsholing, the quieter neighbour of the Indian town of Jaigaon, with its convenient amenities. This recently refurbished hotel has a helpful team of staff and a restaurant serving great Bhutanese Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine There is also a bar and a pretty manicured lawn where you can enjoy a barbecue at some times of the year. Rooms come with air conditioning, a rarity for Phuntsholing, as well as flat screen TV, en-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi (which can be patchy) and mini bar.