Travel through the Himalayas on an overland journey from India to Nepal via Bhutan
Experience remote and picturesque parts of India and Bhutan on this incredible overland adventure. From India's cultural capital of Kolkata to the Bhutanese gem of Paro and only Kathmandu, journey through lush rice paddies, hilltop monasteries and stunning mountainous terrain. Friendly locals, beautiful vistas and character-packed destinations...who knew travelling in a truck could be so much fun? The mighty Himalayas and the Land of the Thunder Dragon are calling.
This overland adventure is the best way to see India and Bhutan. Travelling by truck, rub shoulders with the locals as you journey across remote landscapes
The local guides on this trip are the best in the business. Gain insight into the areas visited as you're joined by various experts with specific knowledge and experience
Even though there are lots of included activities packed into the itinerary, you'll have plenty of free time to explore on your own and pursue optional activities
Travel through spectacular scenery, from the rolling green rice paddies of Darjeeling to the remote Phobjikha Valley and the Black Mountains
Spend a night under the stars camping in the Gangaram Tea Plantation
Finish with a flight to Kathmandu
There will be some long days on this adventure - up to nine hours in some cases. The scenery more than makes up for this. It's also a great way to get to know your fellow travellers.
On the first night of the trip, you'll take an overnight sleeper train from Kolkata to Siliguri. While conditions are basic, this a typically authentic Indian experience and the perfect opportunity to rub shoulders with the locals.
This trip requires a decent level of fitness, as there's a lot of hiking and walking involved. In some instances you may be hiking for up to six hours in a day. Please remember to bring sturdy walking shoes and drink plenty of water during your trek.
Due to the high altitude of many of the places we visit, the air is thinner and some people can suffer altitude sickness. Some people aren’t affected at all, but if you are, be sure to drink plenty of water and don’t push yourself too hard. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information about altitude sickness.
1. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.
2. In order to confirm your place on this trip we will need a scanned copy of your passport, passport photo and your Indian visa as soon as possible after booking.
3. Please note this trip is operated by our experienced local partners Dragoman Overland. Your departure will be run in a Dragoman vehicle with a Dragoman crew.
Our Kolkata to Kathmandu (via Bhutan) Overland trips score an average of 4.4 out of 5 based on 5 reviews in the last year.
Overall we have been pleased with the trips we have done with Peregrine and Intrepid. We find that the guides (including most local guides) they use are knowledgeable and helpful. Bhutan is a country that is well worth a visit, friendly people, lots of impressive scenery and certainly the guide and bus driver we had were excellent.
Review submitted 11 Jul 2018
Bhutan was an amazing experience. The natural environment is very important to its people. Its focus on the happiness of its people as a measure of how well its society is functioning is very novel but inspiring.
Review submitted 22 Apr 2018