Day 1: Delhi
Around midnight arrival in New Delhi. The cosmopolitan city and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travellers. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi
In the morning have sightseeing in Old Delhi. Sightseeing of Old Delhi includes "Rajghat", the site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, Jama Masjid and the great mosque of old Delhi. Today we also visit the famous "Humayun's Tomb" which is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India and "Qutub Minar". Before we proceed to the hotel we drive through New Delhi where we will visit the India Gate, Government buildings and Embassies.
Day 3: Delhi - Leh (by air)
In the morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Leh. Later, a short flight will bring us to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. Due to its altitude (3500 m.) Ladakh is also known as the roof of the world. Leh was an important place in the historical times on the silk road to central Asia. The rest of the day is at leisure to acclimatize yourself to the high altitude of Leh. In evening you will visit Leh Bazaar and Leh monastery.
Day 4: Leh
Today we start our excursion by visiting the monastery of Thikse. Thikse is one of the most imposing monastery in Ladakh. The monastery has 12 stories, 10 temples, a nunnery and 60 lamas in residence. It contains numerous stupas, statues, tankhas, wall painting and a large pillar engraved with the teaching of Buddha. We can also see here a collection of Tibetan scripts. After the visit of Thikse we visit the village of Shey on the eastern bank of the Indus. Shey was the royal residence and was located at an important vantage point in the Indus valley. It has a large victory stupa which is topped with gold. After the visit of the monastery of Shey we visit the monastery of Hemis. The rich monastery of Hemis is the biggest in Ladakh and is perched on top of a pleasant green hill surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery.
Day 5: Leh
Today we start our excursion by visiting the Lamayuru Monastery. This monastery is situated at the altitude of 3800 meters between Fotu-la and Khalsi. As per the legend, in ancient times a lake covered this site. This monastery is noted for the sect "Drigungpa". In the gallery one will be able to see 35 Buddhas painted on the wall. Then we drive to the small village known as Stok. The attraction of Stok remains the palace of Stok which is 200 years old. The palace and museum at Stok is a showpiece for the royal tankhas, royal crown, dresses, coins, precious stones and turquoise head dresses.
Day 7: Delhi - Bagdogra (by air) - Darjeeling
In the morning we drive to the airport for the flight to Bagdogra. After the arrival in Bagdogra we proceed north of the state through the coniferous forests and terraced tea gardens to Darjeeling. Darjeeling (place of the thunderbolt) has spectacular scenery. Due to its altitude of 2134 m and soothing temperature in summers Darjeeling has become a famous hill resort in India. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Darjeeling. In the evening enjoy the beautiful surroundings at Darjeeling.
Day 8: Darjeeling
In the morning, we will have train ride from Darjeeling to Ghoom monastery. In the afternoon we explore Darjeeling and its surroundings. We visit the village Lablong and the institute of mountaineering where we get the detailed information about the natural surrounding and its habitants of this area.
Day 9: Darjeeling - Pemayangtse (Pelling)
Very early in the morning we drive to Tiger Hill (around 11 km) to enjoy the sunrise. Tiger Hill (2590 m) is the highest point in this area. There is a breathtaking view of the sunrise on the Kanchenjunga mountains. Mount Everest (8842 m) is also visible on a clear day. The moments of sunrise from Tiger Hill are described by most of the visitors as unforgettable. After viewing the Tiger Hill we drive to the hotel and have breakfast. After having breakfast we drive to Pemayangtse.
Day 11: Gangtok
Today we have full day sightseeing. In Gangtok, we will visit the Rumtek Monastery, Tibetology Institute, Enchey Monastery and Bazaar. After having sightseeing in Gangtok, drive back to Martam. The Enchey monastery is believed to be 200 years old. The monks of this monastery belong to the Mahayana Buddhism. The unique Research Institute of Tibetology is situated on a hilltop which was established in 1958 to promote research on Tibet and Mahayana Buddhism. Here we will see the biggest collection of Tibetan scripts and an excellent collection of rare Tankhas, bronze and cult objects.
Day 12: Gangtok - Kalimpong
Today we drive from Gangtok to Kalimpong. Kalimpong, a remote hill station has been a meeting point of the once "three closed lands" on the trade route to Tibet. The beautiful mountain scenery and the abundance of flowers have made Kalimpong an attractive resort.
Day 15: Thimphu
At 7,710 feet in the fertile valley of the Wang chu river, the capital Thimphu is an engaging blend of the old and the new. The capital's most striking visual landmark is the magnificent Taschichho-Dzong, which is the seat of the Royal Government and Central Monastic Body. We visit today the national library to see the collection of rare and precious collection of Buddhism. Today we also visit a painting school and the center of the traditional medicines. In the evening we visit the Taschichho-Dzong and Memorial Chorten.
Day 17: Paro
Today we start our day by visiting the National Museum. After the visit of the National museum we go for an excursion to Takstang monastery. In April 1998 a fire destroyed the main structure of Tatiana Monastery, perhaps Bhutan's most photographed and famous site, perched on the side of a cliff 900m (2952ft) above the valley floor. It is also known as 'tiger's nest' because Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site on the back of a tigress in the eighth century. It has been one of the kingdom's most sacred sites ever since, and will be rebuilt in its original style once an auspicious date has been chosen.