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Mountains to Beaches

Kolkata, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro District, West Bengal and Havelock Island

Mountains to Beaches

$5000 per person
14 Days / 13 Nights
12+ Age

The capital of West Bengal, Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, is one of the important metropolitan cities in India. There are innumerable places that are of interest to tourists. The old building structure of the British Raj is still a very admirable work. And, dovetailing the best of two very different worlds, this stunning itinerary transports you from the remote Bhutanese Himalayas to the cerulean warm waters of the Andaman Islands. The mountain views in Bhutan and a guaranteed burst of sunshine on the beach.

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The Glenburn Penthouse Kolkata 2 nights B&B
Taj Tashi Hotel Thimphu 2 nights B&B
COMO Uma Punakha Punakha 2 nights B&B
COMO Uma Paro Paro District 2 nights B&B
The Rajbari Bawali West Bengal 2 nights B&B
Jalakara Havelock Island 3 nights B&B

Plan

B&B:Bed and Breakfast

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    DELHI
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    Flights

Tour Plan

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DAY 1 : KOLKATA
Upon arrival at Kolkata International airport, met by our representative and get transferred to your hotel. On arrival check in at The Glenburn Penthouse, located in the centre of Calcutta The Glenburn Penthouse is ideal for those who want to be in the heart of the city, yet prefer a smaller, boutique hotel. With only nine rooms, it is clear to see the attention to detail that has gone into creating a homely yet luxurious feel. Later in evening enjoy traditional Bengali meal with Local family -Enjoy a private, home-cooked meal in a local Calcutta home with your welcoming host Iti. Experience traditional Indian life and cuisine while dining on Iti’s favorite recipes. Leave with a full stomach, an appreciation of Indian culture and a true glimpse into a local’s life. Overnight stay at hotel.
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DAY 2 : KOLKATA
After breakfast,enjoy city tour of Kolkata. Places to visit: Victoria Memorial, St John’s Church and St Paul's Cathedral, Belur Math, later enjoy a boat cruise along the Hooghly River to the Dakshineswar Kali Temple Afternonn pay homaege to the charitable works of Mother Teresa by visiting Mother Teresa's Mission and Mother House. (Closed every Thursdays )And visit impressive structures including the Kalighat Kali Temple, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Jain Temple and Nakhoda Mosque. Overnight stay at hotel.
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DAY 3 : THIMPHU
After breakfast, check out from hotel and assisted departure transfer to Kolkata airport to connect onwards flight to Paro. On arrival you will be greeted by our office representative and transferred to hotel. in Thimpu. The capital of Bhutan, and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city, with an unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient tradition. Overnight stay at hotel.
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DAY 4 : THIMPHU
After breakfast, sightseeing in Thimphu valley including visit to the following: The National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. Later visit Textile Museum, which provides insight into Bhutan’s one of the most distinct art form. Also visit Simply Bhutan, a living museum and studio encapsulating the cultural heritage of the Bhutanese people. After lunch, take a short drive (15 km) to Pangri Zampa, 16th century one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan located just north of Thimphu. Here is a monastic school where Buddhist student’s monks learn Lamaism and astrology based on Buddhist philosophy. Afterwards visit to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (KuenselPhodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. King's Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace. Later visit to Trashichhoedzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body.
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DAY 5 : PUNAKHA
After breakfast at hotel, Drive to Punakha across Dochula pass (3O8Om). In Bhutan, the passes are marked by a large Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flag. Dochula pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day. upon arrival check in to the hotel. Como Uma Punakha is an intimate, luxury lodge located at the far western end of the lush Punakha Valley. From our picturesque base overlooking a snake-like bend in the Mo Chu river, Uma Punakha is ideally located for those who wish to explore this remote Himalayan Kingdom. Evening can be spent exploring Punakha village located right on the bank of river. Overnight stay at hotel.
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DAY 6 : PUNAKHA
Today  take a short day walking to Chimi Lhakhang (from hotel it is about 15 minutes’ drive till motorable road and then walk starts through paddy fields and villages. This is total about 1½ hour walk, including both way). The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers. Later proceed to visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body. Optional activity: White water rafting: Take an exciting white-water rafting route down the Mo Chhu and Samdingkha rivers. Mountain Biking: Tours range from gentle downhill runs to more challenging routes. Overnight stay at hotel.
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DAY 7 : PARO DISTRICT
After breakfast drive back to Paro descending back down from Dochu La, follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley, enroute visit Simtokha Dzong, the place of profound tantric teaching, this Dzong now houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language. Later in the day after checking into hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique Thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons &armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala. Overnight stay.
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DAY 8 : PARO DISTRICT
After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery (approx. 5hrs walk):  It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by ShabdrungNgawangNamgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April, 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendour. On the way back to town stop at Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong. Along the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Evening an exploratory walk around Main Street and market area. Overnight stay.
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DAY 9 : WEST BENGAL
After breakfast, check out from hotel and drive towards Paro International airport to connect flight for Kolkata. Upon arrival at Kolkata International airport, met by our representative and get transferred to your hotel.
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DAY 10 : WEST BENGAL
After breakfat, day is free for leisure. Optional activity: Village visit: Despite being a wonderful palace the Rajbari has the advantage of being situated close enough to visit Calcutta but with the benefit of being in a quiet location, close to nature and in the midst of a wonderful rural community. We encourage our guests to explore the surrounding villages in order to discover where the true heart of West Bengal lies. Culinary Demostration: Experience the cooking demonstration of Bengali cuisine. Fresh water fish, prawns, mustard and poppy seeds and rice were always prevalent in the area and form the mainstay of Bengali cuisine. Hotel chef will teach how to make masala’s tempered to perfection and the secrets to mishti doi, a classic Bengali desert etc. Overnight stay at hotel
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DAY 11 : HAVELOCK ISLAND
After breakfast, check out from hotel and drop at Kolkata airport to connect onwards flight to Port Blair. On arrival welcome by our representative and assisted transfer to hotel in Havelock. Overnight stay at hotel.
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DAY 12 : HAVELOCK ISLAND
Morning enjoy  Yoga Session at hotel: Every morning at 7.30am we lead a 60 minute group session.  Suitable for all levels of experience this session involves breathing and stretching exercises combined with classic sun salutations. Optional activity: Birdwatching: Jalakara has great bird life with some of the rarest birds in the world regularly visiting the property. Hotel provides an identification guide and birdie logbook to keep track of our avian life. a short trail starts at the north east corner of Jalakara leading into the forest and some great spots for early morning bird watching. Stargazing: The stars at night in the pollution and light free Andaman skies are incredibly bright. They are not to be missed. Enjoy Spa at Hotel: A massage in our beautiful spa is an essential part of a stay at Jalakara.  Our highly trained practitioner offers therapeutic deep tissue massage, relaxing aromatherapy body massage, Restorative Reiki,  head & shoulder massage and reflexology foot massage. Overnight stay at hotel.
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DAY 13 : HAVELOCK ISLAND
After breakfast, day is free for leisure and you can enjoy the optional activity avilabie at hotel: Swim at Infinity Pool: The infinity pool at Jalakara is lined with Italian mosaic tiles and Indian granite.  It uses a French filtration system which combines ozone with low level chlorine to keep the water clean and hygienic.  The water is kept chilled to ensure a refeshing dip. Enjoy Music: The music system set up around the pool is made by British HiFi experts B&W - please ask if you would like to plug in and play your own music and be respectful of other guests’ right to peace and quiet. Enjoy Movies: We have a high definition film projector, screen & small library of films. If you would like a night at “the movies” please ask and we will be happy to set it all up for you. Overnight stay at hotel
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DAY 14 : END OF ITINERARY
After breakfast, check out from hotel and drop at Port blair airport to connect onwards Journey.
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