North East India, Bhutan and Nepal tour
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 16.
Description of North East India, Bhutan and Nepal tour
Take a peek inside the hidden kingdoms of the Himalayas with a culture-packed holiday to North East India, Bhutan and Nepal. This three week, small group guided tour weaves together the wild highlights and most sacred sites of the Himalaya’s eastern edge, taking in tiger-filled mangrove forests, historic towns and monasteries along the way.
Leaving behind the bustling streets of Kolkata, where our tour begins, we’ll head south to explore India’s wild side. Here, cruising through the waterways of the Sundarbans, one of the largest mangrove jungles in the world, we’ll seek out Bengal tigers, pangolin, leopard cats and crocodiles. We stay in the Sundarban Tiger Camp for two nights, so there are plenty of chances to spot some of the local animal inhabitants, before taking the sleeper train to Darjeeling, a town surrounded by emerald tea plantations, Tibetan monasteries and stunning mountain views. We’ll take a ride to one of the oldest, Ghoom Monastery, on the famous Toy Train, a narrow gauge, steam powered railway, before exploring the dramatic landscape of the former Kingdom of Sikkim.
In Bhutan, we’ll take a tour of the sacred dzongs, towering fortresses, including Punakha Dzong and Tashichho Dzong, the current seat of the Bhutanese government. We also have the opportunity to visit the breathtaking Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan’s most iconic building, perched among the rocks of a sheer cliff face. From Bhutan we fly to Kathmandu, in Nepal, where our tour ends, but not before a day of sightseeing in this colourful city.
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Reviewed on 03 Oct 2019 by Paul Jephcott
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PlanetThis amazing journey starts in the Kolkata, the original capital city of the British Raj and considered India’s cultural capital today. The nearby Sundarbans are one of the largest mangrove forests on the planet and a Biosphere Reserve.
We travel through the jungles here mainly by small boat, gently cruising through the waterways in a way that doesn’t disturb the wildlife. In India’s north-eastern state of Sikkim, and in nearby Bhutan, we travel in the company of local guides chosen for their excellent indigenous knowledge of the area and training. Their understanding of the country's flora, fauna and local culture will guarantee an accurate insight to traditional Sikkimese and Bhutanese life.
In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.
As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. CoolEarth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.