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Nepal & the Darjeeling Express tour

17 day Nepal & Darjeeling Express Tour with return flights, superior accommodation, breakfast daily, sightseeing, tour guides and more!

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17 days | per person twin share | | Typically $6,358!
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Highlights

 

If it’s fresh mountain air, a sense of perspective and the trip of a lifetime you’re after, look no further than Nepal. With its jagged mountain ranges and picture-perfect views, this adventure holiday is one you will never forget. 

See what makes this beautiful country a favourite among travellers with a 17 day Nepal & the Darjeeling Express tour.

Explore famous Kathmandu, be awed by the stunning Tshangu Lake, fly over Mt Everest and the Himalayan Range in Nepal, watch the sunset over Mt Khangchendzonga, take a ride on the renown Toy Train of Darjeeing and so much more. 

Your package includes return international flights, transfers, superior accommodation, breakfast daily, sightseeing, tour guides and more.

See What You Get for more.

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff– Kathmandu (D)

Depart Australia today to begin your incredible Himalayan journey!

On arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Tonight, enjoying the evening with a welcome diner and cultural performance. 

Day 2: Kathmandu (B)

Kathmandu city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal and is surrounded by four major hills: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. Today, enjoy a full day tour of Kathmandu city and surrounding valley. Enjoy the Boudhanath. This ancient Stupa is one of the largest in the world and is on the ancient trade route from Tibet which enters the Kathmandu Valley by the village of Sankhu in the northeast corner. The Stupa is said to entomb the remains of Kassapa Buddha. See the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Patan Durbar Square, one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

Day 3: Kathmandu – Bhaktapur – Ngarkot – Kathmandu (B)

Today, you’ll be taken to Nagarkot. Nagarkot, at an altitude of 2,175 meter above the sea level, is the most popular touristic destination out of the Kathmandu Valley. It is the favourite weekend gateway among those seeking a mountain view in comfort and ease. At sunrise, the Himalayan range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west all the way past Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east, emerges from the darkness to greet the happy visitors with its awe inspiring majesty and beauty. For those wishing to stretch their legs and enjoy the fresh morning air, there are charming walking trails as well as a lookout tower from which the sights can be taken in. Among all the places for mountain viewing around Kathmandu Valley, Nagarkot is usually considered to be the best. The views go from Dhaulagiri in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east. On a clear day you can see Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha). You can also see Manaslu (8,463m), Ganesh Himal (7,111m), and Langtang (7,246m).

Day 4: Kathmandu –airplane-takeoff – Bhadrapur – Gangtok (B)

This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to the town of Bhadrapur which borders India. On arrival, you will be met and driven across the border to the Sikkim capital, Gangtok in India (approx. 5hr drive). Upon arrival at the hotel the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. 

Day 5: Gangtok (B)

Today, enjoy a sightseeing tour of this high mountain city. Visit the Rumtek Monastery from the 1700’s and the main seat of the Karma Kagyu Buddhism. See the Dro-dul Chorten, a large stupa surrounded by 108 prayer wheels. Continue on to the Enchey Monastery established in 1909 above the city of Gangtok. The monastery has a large collection of masks which are used for the annual ritual dances on display. Finally, finish of with a view over the region at the Nam Nam viewing point where there are breath-taking views of the dense forest of Tsomgo and a lush green valley below. After, return to the hotel where the afternoon is at leisure.

Day 6: Gangtok (B)

This morning, head out on a day tour to Tshangu Lake, at an altitude of 3,753m, it is a mesmerising sight to behold. The ethereally beautiful Tsomgo (Changu) which means “source of water” in Bhutia language (Local language of Sikkim) lake is located 38 kms away from the capital Gangtok on the Gangtok-Nathula highway which forms a part of the old trade route from India to China. The lake looks different in every season, in winter the peaceful lake remains frozen with the area and mountains around it all covered in snow while in late spring the abundance of flowers in bloom covers the whole area in wonderful colors and aroma around the lake. This lake is also a habitat for the red pandas and numerous rare species of birds which fly here in the beginning of the spring season and remain until the fall, if you’re lucky you might spot these incredible animals. After, return to Gangtok where the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. 

Day 7: Gangtok – Pelling (B)

After breakfast, you will be drive to the town of Pelling (116kms / approx. 5hrs). Enroute, visit the Sikkim Temi Tea Garden. It is the only tea garden in Sikkim and considered one of the best in India and in the world, here learn about this famous tea. After, we coming along the road making a visit the the mountain town of Rabangla. Enjoy some time here to stretch your legs. The town is surround by towering snow-capped mountains with a massive central Buddhist statue watching over the area. Re-board your vehicle and continue on to Pelling. On arrival, check-in to the hotel and have time to relax before taking an evening walk to watch the sunset over Mt. Khangchendzonga. Khangchendzonga is an imposing sight, and the 3rd largest Mountain in the world at 8,586m. Watch as the sun casts beautiful orange hues on to the mountains snowy white backdrop, before returning to the hotel. 

Day 8: Pelling – Pemayangtse – Pelling (B)

Today, go on a full day tour of the area around Pelling and Pemayangtse. Begin with the stunning Rimbi Waterfalls before witnessing the Rimbi Hydel Project, a small hydro station powering the surrounding areas. Before heading back to the hotel, we finish off the area with Kanchenjunga Falls. Feed by the melt water from Mt. Kanchenjunga, they are an awesome sight to behold. Continue back to the hotel for a rest or some lunch before heading out to see Pemayangtse Monastery. Built in 1705, it is one of the oldest and premier monasteries of Sikkim. After, continue on to Singshore Bridge, a spectacular cable suspension bridge set 100m about the canyon floor and the second highest bridge on the Asian continent. Finish off the day in Dantam Village and visit a local cheese shop before continuing back to the hotel where the rest of the evening is at leisure.

Day 9: Pelling – Yuksom (B)

After breakfast we drive to Yuksom (35 Km / approx. 2Hrs) on way visit Khecheopalri Lake, Khecheopalri Lake is one of the sacred Buddhist mountain lake wherever it is believed that whatever is wished in front of the lake comes true. Myth has it that when a leaf falls on the placid clear water surface is picked by a bird. A further drive takes you to Yuksom (the meeting place of three monks)- the first capital of Sikkim. This was the place where the first Chogyal (a ruling dynasty in Sikkim) was crowned. 

Day 10: Yuksom (B)

Rise early this morning for a walk to the Dhubdi Monastery (built in 1700 AD it is the oldest in Sikkim). The way up to the Monastery takes approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour and is lined by a beautify grass forest along the way. The Monastery is still active and arriving early allows us to hopefully see the Buddhist monks in morning meditation. After some time to walk around the grounds of the Monastery, head back down to Yuksom where the afternoon is leisure.

Day 11: Yuksom – Kalimpong (B)

Today, depart Yuksom for Kalimpong (85kms / approx. 4hrs). This bustling bazaar town sprawls along a saddle-shaped mountain ridge overlooking the roaring Teesta River and lorded over by the summit of Khangchendzonga. It boasts Himalayan views, Buddhist monasteries, colonial-era architecture and a fascinating nursery industry, all linked by some fine hikes. You could easily fill three days here. This evening, visit a local flower nursery and see how wild flowers from the region at cultivated before enjoying the evening in Kalimpong.

Day 12: Kalimpong (B)

After breakfast enjoy a day of sightseeing. Begin with a visit to Dr Grahams House. This missionary school was set up by Dr. J A Graham in 1900 as an orphanage cum school for the destitute Anglo Indian children. It started only with one cottage that accommodated up to 35 children. Over the years it has grown as a well known multi religious and coeducational school spanning over 500 acres of lush landscape and having some 50 cottages. Visit the Nature Interpretation Centre and learn about the local flora and fauna native to the area. Head up Durbin Dara Hill, which offers a panoramic view of the town of Kalimpong, the snow-clad Himalayan ranges of West Sikkim, the Teesta river and its valleys. Finish off with the Jang Dong Palriffo Brang Monastery which was consecrated by the Dalai Lama and It contains all 108 volumes carried by the Dalai Lama in his exile. 

Day 13: Kalimpong – Darjeeling (B)

Today we make the journey by road to Darjeeling (70kms / approx. 3hrs). On arrival, check in to your hotel, before heading out to enjoy a 1 hour ride on the famous ‘Toy Train’, sometimes thought of as the Darjeeling Express. While no actual train is called the Darjeeling Express, the Darjeeling Toy Train is a narrow gauge old British diesel locomotive and recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Toy Trains of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) run along narrow gauge track passing through some of the most scenic mountain routes in the world. Known as one of the engineering marvels, the toy train track has several zigzags and loops on the way that help the train to negotiate steep gradients. And there are a number of small stations along the way. The sharpest curve has a radius of 69 feet. Mark Twain once came to Darjeeling in 1896. After his trip by the DHR Toy Train, he remarked “It is the most enjoyable day I have spent on earth.” The afternoon is the spent at leisure in the beautify surroundings of Darjeeling. 

Day 14: Darjeeling (B)

Enjoy and early morning tour to Tiger Hills (at around 4 am) to view the sunrise over Mt Kanchenjunga Peak (subject to clear weather). On the way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop. After breakfast visit to Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Tenzing & Gombu Rock before enjoying a visit to a local tea estate and learn about one of the region’s famous agricultural exports. 

Day 15: Darjeeling – Bhadrapur (B)

Today, enjoy breakfast at the hotel before being transferred from Darjeeling to the Nepalese border. After completing immigration we will proceed to Bhadrapur Airport to board a flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoy another spectacular flight over the Himalaya mountains. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel where to rest of the evening is at leisure.

Day 16: Kathmandu –airplane-takeoff – Australia (B)

Today there is leisure time until you are transferred to the airport for your departure flight home. 

Day 17: Australia

Arrive home today.

 

What You Get

 

Your package includes return international flights, transfers, superior accommodation, breakfast daily, sightseeing, tour guides and more…

  • Return international economy airfares with a full service airline
  • Internal Nepal airfares
  • All airport transfers
  • 15 nights twin share superior accommodation throughout
  • Delicious breakfast daily plus a memorable welcome dinner to get to know your group
  • Professional English speaking tour guides
  • Darjeeling ‘Toy Train’ experience
  • In-depth sightseeing
  • Dedicated transportation throughout

Highlights:

  • Admire the ancient Palaces, Stupas & Temples of Kathmandu valley in Nepal
  • Fly over Mt. Everest and the Himalaya Range between Nepal and India
  • Visit the holy monasteries of the Sikkim area and be enlightened by the monks that occupy them
  • Travel on the famous Toy Train of Darjeeling which inspired the Darjeeling Express
  • Witness the beauty of the worlds highest mountains, including a sunrise and sunset over Mt Kangchenjunga
  • See the natural beauty of the surrounding waterfalls and wildlife of Sikkim

 

Fine Print

 

 Excluding:

  • Tipping
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing entrance fees in Kathmandu (NPR 200 +250+1000). Collected locally.

How To Book:

  • Bookings essential. Bookings must be made through the online booking system.
  • If you want to book later, please use this link: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/bookings  
  • Once booked and confirmed, no cancellations or modifications permitted
  • Must book a minimum of 65 days prior to departure

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfares from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane or Perth with China Southern (Malaysian Airlines, Singapore, Cathay Pacific or Etihad if unavailable)
  • An alternative airline cannot be requested. If you wish to fly with an alternative airline, you will be required to take the package as LAND ONLY and arrange your own International Flights to meet the itinerary. By doing so, you must also arrange your own airport transfers. 
  • Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth  – A $300 interstate surcharge applies per person. 
  • Please purchase the interstate fee by clicking here or after you click the Buy Now button in addition to your 17 Day voucher. 
  • Including minimum 23kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. 
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 

Flights:

  • Some flights may depart a day before the itinerary and involve up to 2 transits. These changes are beyond our control and are subject to availability and airline schedule changes.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights. 
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

Single Supplement:

 $799 per person in addition to the twin share price.

You can purchase you single supplement by clicking here.

Group Size: 2-16 people

Triple Share: Not available

Children: Same price as adults. Min age 2 years.

Interconnecting/adjoining rooms: Can be requested however not guaranteed. Please submit request when filling out your booking form.

Accommodation:

Kathmandu: Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar
Nagarkot: Hotel Himalaya Villa or similar
Kalimpong: Holumbra Haven Resort or similar
Yuksom: Tashigang Resort or similar
Pelling: Norbu Ghang Resort or similar
Darjeeling: Hotel Seven Seventeen or similar
Gangtok: Mintokling or similar

Flight Variations: 

If you wish to modify the promotional airfare included in your Webjet Exclusives package, the following Flight Variations can be requested:

  • Extend your stay post tour
  • Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

Note: All flights will be booked with the best promotional airfare. You will not be able to request a preferred airline. If you wish to fly with an alternative airline, you will be required to take the package as LAND ONLY and arrange your own International Flights to meet the itinerary. By doing so, you must also arrange your own airport transfers.

A minimum $300 per person “breakaway” charge will apply per person (plus any fare and tax difference where applicable). Fees are non-negotiable and must be paid before your flight variation can be confirmed.

If choosing to extend your stay, your departure flight must still depart from the departure city as per the tour itinerary. Webjet Exclusives cannot accommodate any flights departing from an alternative city or airport.

If you are wishing to arrange internal flights within India this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.

Also, Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense.

Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the 2nd Instalment has been paid. Please contact flightdesk@webjetexclusives.com.au if you have not received your quote within two weeks of paying the 2nd Instalment.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the initial quote provided, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group, as per the tour itinerary and promotional airfare; 

2. Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available, or;

3. Cancel the vouchers purchased and receive a full refund. 

The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to confirm your flights as per the tour itinerary.

 

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable. 

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $2000 per person due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once your travel dates are booked and confirmed, no cancellations or amendments are permitted and the deposit becomes strictly non-refundable
  • Book early to secure your desired date
  • If your travel date is within 180 days, you will be emailed an invoice shortly after purchase. You will then have 7 days from invoice date to arrange final payment to secure your dates. If payment is not received within 7 days, your booking will be cancelled and the deposit will remain non-refundable.
  • If your travel date is greater than 180 days from purchase, a final invoice will be emailed to you prior to 180 days. If payment is not received by 180 days prior to your travel date, your booking will be cancelled and the deposit will remain non-refundable.

Exchanging Money: When exchanging Australian dollars into Indian Rupees or withdrawing funds from an ATM while in India, always retain the transaction receipt. You may be required to present the receipt as proof of withdrawal if purchasing items with cash.

Travel Insurance: Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

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Note: If you have not yet selected your dates of travel or submitted your booking form, our 21 Day Money Back Guarantee allows you to claim a full refund within 21 days of your purchase. However, if you have selected your dates and submitted your booking form, your purchase becomes strictly non-refundable even within 21 days of purchase. See our Terms & Conditions for further details.

 

Travel Dates

 

Departure Dates:

20 July 2017
3 August 2017
20 August 2017
3 September 2017
20 October 2017
3 November 2017
20 November 2017
3 December 2017
20 January 2018
3 February 2018
20 February 2018
3 March 2018
20 March 2018
3 April 2018
20 April 2018
3 May 2018
20 May 2018

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares
  • All internal airfares and airport transfers
  • 15 nights twin share superior accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast daily plus a welcome dinner
  • Professional English speaking tour guides
  • Darjeeling ‘Toy Train’ experience
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