- Accommodation on twin or double sharing basis in 3* hotels (by local standard)
- Three meals a day as indicated in the itinerary (Lunch pack will be provided for road trip)
- All transfers and tour by a private vehicle.
- English speaking local guides.
- Sightseeing admission fees.
- Sikkim permits.
- Bhutan visa and royalty
Trip Does Not Include
- Drinks, tipping, and other personal expenses
- International and internal airfares (Delhi-Bagdgora and Paro-Delhi)
- India visa (You need to obtain Indian visa beforehand)
- Extra expenses or loss due to nature and unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, delay, illness, civil unrest, inclement weather etc.
- Travel Insurance.
Indian Visa and Sikkim Permits
Except Nepalese and Bhutanese nationals, travelers from foreign countries require passport and visa to travel to India. Please, make sure that the remaining validity of your passport is minimum 6 months beyond your return date. As India does not grant visa upon arrival, you need to obtain visa in advance.
You can obtain traditional Indian visa via Cox & King Global Services-the only authorized service provider for the Embassy of India and its Consulates across the USA. You can also obtain eVisa online. Beside Indian visa, you will require inner line permit (ILP) to enter Sikkim which we will locally obtain for you.
We will also take care of your Bhutan visa and will email you visa copy two or three weeks prior your trip date.
Best time for this trip.
Eastern Himalayan areas experiences cold winters between November to February and monsoon affects Darjeeling from May to the middle of September.The best season to take this trip will be Spring ( March & April) and Fall (October and November). Spring is the time rhododendron and orchids come in bloom and abundant sunshine. During the fall, we have clear weather and better visibility.
There are limited choices for accommodation in Darjeeling and Sikkim area. The top end properties in Darjeeling and Sikkim are 3 star equivalent hotels with private bathroom with running hot and cold water. Our preferred hotels in Sikkim are locally managed Elgin group of hotels and government tourist lodge in Jaldapara. In Bhutan also, our preferred properties are mid-range three star hotels which are comfortable, locally owned and managed properties. They are small properties with 25-30 rooms. You will have private bathroom with running hot water.
This trip features 3 meals a day. We will eat our breakfast and dinner at our hotels where as for the day meal, we are provided with cold lunch box. Hotels in the cities offer varieties that include Indian, Nepali and western style dishes but as we travel in the Western and North Sikkim, we may have limited choices. You may want to bring with you some energy bars, dry fruits and vitamin systems to maintain calorie level and keep the body system ticking.
We provide you with SUVs or Jeeps for entire transfers and tours which are in good conditioned and well maintained. Being the mountainous road, the road condition may not be in the best form due to monsoon rain and landslides and mechanical breakdowns and flat tires are unpredictable but our drivers are experienced; prepared for all kinds of challenges. Rerouting of the itinerary due to landslides or road blockade is not an uncommon if you are traveling during summer and early autumn.
You will be accompanied by experienced and knowledgeable English speaking local guides throughout the tour. Guide changes when you travel from Sikkim to Bhutan.Our guides are college graduate, trained and certified by the local government authorities and most importantly, they are flexible and friendly. They will share their knowledge; guide you on the path and show the wonders of the areas that you would never discover on your own. Your guide will carry all the necessary vouchers and permits and deal with the local bureaucracies for you and coordinate with the local office and crews and make sure that your tour goes smoothly without a hitch.
There is no mandatory vaccination required for travel to India and Sikkim. Yet, you may consider vaccination against rabies and Hep A. Please consult with your physician before you decide to take any vaccinations. We don’t attain any significant altitude in this trip and so we don’t need to worry about any altitude related illness. This trip requires some soft hikes and so some level of physical fitness is desired.
Our hotels do maintain highest level of hygiene standard yet; we need to be cautious when we order food. Refrain from eating raw foods like with green salads which might be washed with untreated water. Avoid buying foods with the street vendors and drink only the bottled water and where bottled water is not available, please make sure that the water supplied is properly boiled and medicated.
International and internal travel, pre-trip and post trips
The trip cost does not include the airfare. The trip involves two in-tour airfare Delhi to Bagdogra and Paro to Delhi that we will book for you and bill separately. You need to buy your return international airfare to Delhi. After the trip in Bhutan, you have also option to fly to Kathmandu, Nepal or Bangkok, Thailand. You can book your international airfare on your own or we are ready to assist you with the reservation.
Booking and Cancellation
When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking. Timely made booking helps to secure reservation in preferred hotels and flights. A deposit of US$300 is requested along with complete trip application form and passport copies.
Balance payment is due 90 days prior to your departure. Depending on the number of applicants, we may set an early payment date. Credit card payment attracts additional fee.
- 90 days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
- 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- 45 days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher
- 30 days to 44 days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Less than 30 days: 100%.
Travel Protection Plan
While we plan and do our best to make your trip smooth and seamless, there may be chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, and flight cancellation or missed connection or loss of baggage etc. that may cause interruption or delay or total cancellation of your trip putting your hard earned travel investment in jeopardy. It’s also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation or medical transportation when you get ill or involve in an accident when you are traveling in remote areas. Far & High’s Tour cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses and so we strongly recommend you that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions.