Eastern India

Eastern India

13 Days / 12 Nights

Kolkata is the main gateway for the Eastern Himalayan states. Tucked away in the foothills of the Himalayas, Darjeeling and Sikkim are a Himalayan wonderland, with lovely views, exotic orchids and forest-trails. It is a virtual Shangri-La, overlooked by the incomparable Mountain Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak. Sikkim alone offers breathtaking views, colourful lifestyles, Buddhist shrines, adventures, exquisite flora and fauna, including a variance of butterflies. Amongst the grandeur of the mountain peaks, lush valleys & rippling rivers, the tour offers visitors an exceptional and unique experience.

Itinerary

Day 01:

Arrive Calcutta (B/-/D)

Arrive in Calcutta where you will be greeted, transferred to your hotel and assisted with check-in. Calcutta was once said to be the intellectual capital of India, with a rich contemporary cultural life established by the British in 1690. Afternoon guided tour of the major sites of Calcutta including the Botanical Gardens, Victoria Memorial and India Museum. Overnight stay in The Park hotel.

Day 02:

Calcutta- Gangtok via Bagdogra (B/-/D)

Calcutta-Bagdogra by 6E-503 at 10:40 / 11:45 Hrs.
This morning take a flight to Bagdogra. On arrival in Bagdogra, you will be transferred ( 130 km/4hrs) to your hotel in Sikkim capital city, Gangtok for your two night stay. Gangtok – Capital of the 22nd State of India, Sikkim enjoys a mild, temperate climate all year round and offers spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges. Gangtok is the perfect destination for tourist in search of enchantment, tranquility, trekking or any other adventure. It is a mystic land of Stupas, Monastery, Temples and endless intriguing rituals / festivals. It is situated at an elevation of 1,780 meters / 5,480 feet is the most often visited spot of India for its floristic composition, rare Orchids and Butterflies. A wide variety of rare orchids are often featured in flower shows around the city and it’s the center of activity for tourist throughout the year. Overnight at Mayfair Resort & Spa.

Day 03:

Gangtok (B/-/D)

Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is situated at a height of 5500 ft. You will be visiting Rumtek Monastery (Rumtek was at the centre of the Karmapa controversy with a lengthy battle being played out in the Indian courts. Two rival organisations, each supporting a different candidate for the 17th Karmapa, claimed stewardship of the monastery and its contents.), the Enchey Monastery an important seat of the Nyingmapa order. The monastery was first built in the 1840s by the eighth Chogyal and as a result, Gangtok then a small hamlet became a pilgrimage place. The monastery was built at the exact location where Lama Druptub Karbo had his hermitage. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04:

Gangtok - Pelling (B/-/D)

Morning visit Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (Closed on Sunday) & then transfer to Pelling (116 Kilometers / 5 Hours). Pelling – Is an idyllic spot on top of a ridge, is surrounded by mist - shrouded mountains, with an elevation of 2073 meters / 6,800 feet, it offers the most spectacular views of Mount Kanchendzonga, Mount Makalu, Mount Pandim and its ranges. Its botanical and zoological richness is awe – inspiring. The scenic view from the top of the ruin scanning across deep valley to the mystic heights of Kanchendzonga ranges is something to be cherished and etched in memory. Check in and overnight stay in Chumbi Mountain Retreat.

Day 05:

Pelling (B/-/D)

One can for leisurely walking tour covers the three famous landmarks - Rabdantse Palace, Pemayangtse Monastery & Sangachoeling. Early morning walk of 30 minutes will reach you to Sangachoeling Monastery- second oldest in Sikkim. In past on this trails few of the bird watcher clients have sighted exotic Himalayan variety. Return to the hotel for break fast. Then you head to the Rabdantse Palace- once the second capital of Sikkim is now a historical monument. On the way back you head for Pemayangtse Monastery. The Pemayangtse Monastery belongs to the Nyingma-pa order of Tibetan Buddhism. It was built as a small temple in late 17th century by Latsun Chenpo. On the top floor there is a wooden sculpture portraying the Mahaguru’s Heavenly palace Sangthokpalri. Over night stay.

Day 06:

Pelling - Kalimpong (B/-/D)

You will be driven to Kalimpong (5hrs). Enroute, you will visit the 18th Tashiding Monastery. Kalimpong is a quieter destination, fabled for orchids, rarest cacti and nurseries. Situated on the foothills of the Himalayas at an elevation of 1243 meters / 4078 feet, it is a Hill Station buzzing with fun, frolic and offers spectacular views of the Mount Kanchendzonga and its range. Milder climate dense forest offset by the rich undergrowth of moss and lichen provide an ideal setting for calm walks on cushions of auburn leaves makes this a paradise for tourist. Your afternoon is then free to relax at the hotel. Stay at Hotel Silver Oaks for two nights

Day 07:

Kalimpong (B/-/D)

Begin your tour with a visit to Zang-dog-phalri-Fo-brang Monastery. The monastery is located atop Durpin Hill, one of the two hills of the town. It was consecrated in 1976 by the visiting Dalai Lama. The monastery houses many rare scriptures including 108 volumes of the Kangyur. Also visit Tirpai Monastery, the flower nursery and the market.

Day 08:

Kalimpong - Darjeeling (B/-/D)

Transfer to Darjeeling (75 Kilometers / 03 Hours). Darjeeling known as the Queen of the Hills is the jewel in the crown of the Eastern Himalayas and offers spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges including Mount Everest and Mount Kanchendzonga. It is famous for tea gardens, breathtaking valleys and scenery. Situated on the foothills of the Himalayas at an elevation of 2134 meters / 7001 feet, it has a rich legacy of invaluable worth. Check in and Stay at Mayfair Hill Resort for two nights.

Day 09:

Darjeeling (B/-/D)

Early morning trip to Tiger Hill to see the sunrise over Kanchenjunga and if the weather is clear you may see the Peak of Mount Everest, Lotshe and Makalu. Later enjoy a toy train ride up to Ghoom Monastery. Ghoom Monastery is the popular name of the Sampten Choling Monastery or Yiga Choeling Monastery located at Ghoom at an elevation of 8,000 feet, 8 km from Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal, India. The monastery follows the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. There is a 15-feet high statue of "Maitreya Buddha" (Coming Buddha) in the monastery. It contains images of Buddha’s disciples, Chenrezi and Chongapa. It was built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso and is the largest of the three monasteries in Ghoom. Amongst the Buddhist texts available are the Kangyur, the Tibetan Buddhist canon, running into 108 volumes. The monks fly prayer flags in the Tibetan tradition. After breakfast, enjoy an orientation tour of Darjeeling. Visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. It has a small museum which houses a collection of all mountain equipment including that was used by Tenzing Norgay during his first conquest on Mt. Everest.

Now it is one of the premiere institutions in the country which provides training for mountaineering activities. Also visit the Himalayan Zoological Park, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre and local market.

Day 10:

Darjeeling (B/-/D)

Today your guided tour will include a visit to Tukvar Tea Estate, the very first tea estate of Darjeeling established in 1852 followed by a walking tour of Observatory Hill and Bhutia Basti Monastery.

Day 11:

Darjeeling-Calcutta via Bagdogra (B/-/-)

Bagdogra – Calcutta by flight 6E 504 1645/1750 HrsThis morning drive to Bagdogra airport (3hrs) to board your flight to Calcutta. On arrival in Calcutta you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore Calcutta. Overnight stay in The Park hotel

Day 12:

Calcutta (B/-/-)

Full day at leisure in Calcutta. Overnight stay.

Day 13:

Depart Calcutta(B)

Transfer to Calcutta airport for your return flight home. End of our services.

Tailoring your trip

The itineraries shown are designed to give you a taste of what is possible and keeping in mind the travel logistics, routes that work out well. We can use this as a basis to plan your trip or can design a completely different itinerary to suit your interest. Prices vary according to selection of accommodation and season.

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