Delhi, Ladakh, Calcutta, Bhutan, Sikim, Darjeeling
nights in best available hotels
lunch and dinner daily
English speaking guides/tour manager
Dates to Suit
Shrouded in mystery since the beginning of time, the Himalayas continue
to fascinate us today. A fortunate few will take this journey from
India to the moonscapes of Ladakh, on to the sophisticated British-flavoured
metropolis of Calcutta (a black hole no longer), to the ancient
Buddhist monasteries and sweeping landscapes of Bhutan and Sikkim,
up to the tea plantations and Victorian charm of lofty Darjeeling.
of this journey is Timphu Tsechu - the festival honouring Guru Padsambhava,
the tantric saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. Dancers and musicians
dressed in brillant silks whirl and leap against the backdrop of
sky and mountains.
As always, our
small group will enjoy the benefits of a professional escort to
complement local guides, the best available accommodations, various
and sometimes unusual means of transport and cuisine. Not for the
faint of heart, this adventure begins in highly civilized Delhi
as a stepping-stone to the edge of the world - the majestic Himalayas.
Two nights in Delhi's
Mahal Hotel in superior rooms. Our welcome dinner
will be held at the Masala Art restaurant. We have a full day here
to explore the major sites of New and Old Delhi.
Four nights in
Leh at the Dragon
Hotel . This becomes the base for our explorations
of Ladakh, the easternmost corner of the Indian
State of Jammu and Kashmir. We visit temples, stupas, religious
enclaves, gardens, and palaces, all set amidst a wondrous landscape.
Two nights in Calcutta
at the stunning Taj
Bengal Hotel where we immerse ourselves in this
jewel in the crown of the Raj. Endlessly fascinating, culturally
diverse, quinessentially Indian, you will be surprised and pleased
with your discoveries.
Two nights in Darjeeling
at the Windamere
Hotel to meander through this epitome of Colonial
architecture and ambiance set above lush gardens of tea.
nights in Gangtok's Nor-Kill
Hotel from which we discover the
dramatic countryside, monasteries, and cottage industries of Sikkim.
Our in-depth explorations
of Bhutan continue over the next six days. We
begin in Phuntsholing at the frontier, visit Paro
with its lush gardens and monastery, see traditional farms, experience
the afore-mentioned festival, take in stupas, fortresses, more
monasteries, and admire the glorious views at every turn.
We return to our "home"
at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi to celebrate our
journey with a leisurely afternoon culminating in a farewell party
in the Haveli Indian restaurant.
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