EASTERN GALORE

Departure Date

Monday

Duration

​​​13 DAYS & 12 NIGHTS

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1539

Maximum Seats

20

13 DAYS & 12 NIGHTS

KOLKATA | GANGTOK | PELLING | KALIMPONG | DARJEELING

 

East India encapsulates some of the most striking contrasts in the subcontinent. Its northernmost section comprises the Himalayan ranges. Darjeeling, in the northern West Bengal is dominated by Himalayas with Kanchenjunga majestic on the immediate skyline and, weather permitting, Everest visible from Tiger Hill. We have combined Darjeeling with the Sikkim region.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrive/Kolkata by Int’l flight

Arrive Kolkata International Airport

Meet & assistance on arrival by our travel executive.

Transfer to your Hotel.

Briefing of the tour by the executive

Kolkata, a city that means many things to many people. For some, Kolkata is the city of joy, while for others it is dirty, crowded, and noisy. Once the greatest colonial city in the Orient, Kolkata was later reviled as a cauldron of poverty, dirt, and disease. Today, it ranks among the four major metropolis of India along with Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. A mere village in the 17th century, Kolkata is not an ancient city like Delhi. Like Mumbai and Chennai, it originated largely due to the expansionist ambitions of the European powers, especially the British Raj. Little wonder, Kolkata has some of the finest Raj edifices built in a variety of styles

Overnight at hotel

Day 2Kolkata

Breakfast in the Hotel.

Depart for half day sightseeing tour of Kolkata visiting:

Victoria Memorial

The Victoria Memorial is built of white makrana marble from Rajasthan in commemoration of Queen Victoria of the UK who also carried the title of Empress of India. It currently serves as a museum and a tourist attraction.

The memorial was designed by Sir William Emerson in an architectural style similar to Belfast City Hall Earlier asked to design the building in the Italian Renaissance style, Emerson was against the exclusive use of European styles and used Indo-Saracenic style, incorporating Mughal elements in the structure. Vincent Esch was the superintending architect while Lord Redesdale and Sir David Prain designed the gardens. The work of construction was entrusted to Messrs Martin & Co. of Calcutta.

Also visit the Jain Temple on the north side of Belgachai road is the Paresnath Jain Temple, this ornate Digamber Jain Temple built in the central Indian style by a Jeweller in 1867, is dedicated to the 10th Tirathankara.

Afternoon is free to relax.

Overnight at hotel

Day 03 Kolkata/Bagdogra by Flight Bagdogra/Gangtok by road (130 kms/4 hrs)

Breakfast in the Hotel.

Transfer to Kolkata domestic airport in time to connect flight to Bagdogra. Meet/Assist on arrival and driven by car to Gangtok and check in at Hotel.

Overnight at hotel
Day 04Gangtok

Breakfast in the Hotel.

Depart for half day sightseeing tour of Gangtok visiting

Do Drul Chorten is the most significant and perhaps the biggest stupa in Sikkim. Located near Gangtok, Do Drul Chorten makes a major part of the itinerary in the East Sikkim. In 1945, this holy stupa was built under the direction of Late Truslshi Rimpoche, who was the head of Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Do Drul Stupa was built in compliance with the desire revealed by Dud-Zom Rinpoche in 1944.

Research Institute of Tibetology

In the serene surrounding amidst forest of oak, ash and birch is an organisation to advance the Tibetan language and its literature on the "Enlightened one", the only one of its kind in the world of Mahayana Buddhism. Ornate woodcarvings and murals decorate the lavishly decorated interior.

Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom, Flower Show & Enchey Monastery.

In the afternoon you will be taken to visit Rumtek Monastery A 24-km drive from Gangtok, through the beautiful, bewitching countryside leads one to Rumtek. Rumtek, is the seat of the Karmapa Lama who heads the Kagyupa Sect of Buddhism.

Overnight at hotel

Day 05Gangtok

Breakfast in the hotel

Today you will be taken on a full day excursion to Tshangu lake, situated at a height of 12400 Ft/3780 mts/43 kms in 3 hrs drive each way. The Cool Water of the lake is perfectly attuned with the scenic beauty around. Tsongmo Lake has perhaps one of the most beautiful landscapes in Sikkim. On the Gangtok – Nathu La highway, Tsongmo Lake is situated at an altitude of 12,400 ft. Also known as Changu Lake, Tsongmo Lake is regarded as a very sacred lake by the local Buddhists and the Hindus. Tsomgo Lake extends to 1 km in length, deepens to 15 meters and happens to be oval in its shape.

Overnight at hotel
Day 06Gangtok/Pelling (116 kms/5 hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Drive to Pelling and check in at hotel

Rest of the day is free to relax

Overnight at hotel

Day 07Pelling

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for sightseeing tour of Pelling visiting:

Pemayangste Monastery

About 6 km from Gyalsing town is the Pemayangtse Monastery. This monastery was originally built as a small temple in the last of 17th century by Latsun Chempo. But, later the temple structure was rebuilt into a monastery.

Rabdentse Palace

Rabdentse was acknowledged to be the second capital of Sikkim. With the passing time, Rabdentse was desolated and ravages of time turned the royal capital into ruins. Located in West Sikkim district, Rabdentse is regarded as an archeological site that truly peeps into the history of Sikkim. Rabdentse ruins have been preserved by the Indian Archeological Society. Today, the ruins of this ex-capital of Sikkim act as a tourist attraction reminding the royal aspect of this place.

Sangachoeling Situated on a hill, Sangachoeling Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim. At a distance of 2 km from Pelling, the walk to the monastery takes about 45 mins. The picturesque steep hilly road leading up to this sacred place is worth the effort. Known for its simple Tibetan architecture and dazzling colours, the monastery leaves you spellbound. Though only families of Bhutia and Lepcha are allowed inside the main shrine, one can visit the monastery and admire the various ancient paintings, clay carvings and sculptures on display. The monastery is surrounded by refreshing greenery and mesmerising mountains offering you the perfect space for meditation sessions.

Overnight at hotel

Day 08Pelling – Kalimpong (95 kms/3 hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Drive to Kalimpong and check in at hotel.

Kalimpong - a quite little bazaar town set amongst the foot hills and deep valleys of the Himalayas, Kalimpong was once situated on the main trade route between India & Tibet and is a mixture of diverse mountain people; the Nepalese, the Tibetans, the Bhutanese and Lapchas and check in at your hotel. Afternoon visit Tharpa Choling Gompa, Thongsa Gompa, Fo-Brang Gompa & flower nursery and Zong Dog Palri from where you will have a panoramic view of the town and surrounding areas. The prayer room inside the monastery is adorned with wall paintings and there is also a rare three-dimensional mandala upstairs.

Overnight at hotel

Day 09Kalimpong – Darjeeling (50kms/2hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Drive to Darjeeling and check in hotel

Darjeeling is popularly known as the "Queen of the Hills" and produces the famous Darjeeling Tea, one of the world's finest teas. It is also home to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overnight at hotel

Day 10Darjeeling

Early morning drive to Tiger Hill to see the spectacular sunrise show over the Himalaya. Leveling out at 8,500 ft (2,600 m), Tiger Hill is the highest hill in the immediate surroundings.

The first rays of the sun shoot ahead and shed light upon the twin peaks of Kangchenjunga painting it pink and then bathing it in a beautiful orange colour. From Tiger Hill, Mount Everest (29,002') is just visible, peeping out through two other peaks standing by its side. Makalu (27,799') looks higher than Mt. Everest, owing to the curve in the horizon, as it is several miles closer than Everest. The distance in straight line from Tiger Hill to Everest is 107 miles.

After breakfast, you will be taken on a half day sightseeing tour of Darjeeling visiting the Tibetan Refugee Center , which is renowned internationally for its excellent carpets, woollen wear, woodwork and leather work; the Mountaineering Institute which trains climbers of any nation and also visit the Zoo adjoining to the Mountaineering Institute

Afternoon is free to relax.

Overnight at hotel
Day 11Darjeeling

Breakfast in the Hotel.

Enjoy TOY TRAIN up to Ghoom the highest railway station on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Rest of the day is free to relax.

Overnight at hotel

Day 12Darjeeling/Bagdogra by road (70 kms/3.5 hrs) Bagdogra/Kolkata by flight 9W 5706 at 1215/1325hrs

Breakfast in the Hotel

Transfer to Bagdogra airport in time to connect flight to Kolkata.

Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Overnight at hotel

Day 13Depart/Kolkata by Int’l flight

Today you will be transferred to Kolkata International airport in time to connect your onward flight to next destination.

COST & INCLUSIONS

LuxuryComfort
SummerUS$2709US$2251
WinterUS$2944US$2572
KolkataThe LalitLytton Hotel
GangtokMayfair HotelElgin Hotel
PellingThe Mount PandiumThe Mount Pandium
KalimpongSilver OaksSilver Oaks
DarjeelingWindermereElgin Hotel
KolkataThe LalitLytton Hotel

The above rates are valid from

Winter – 1st October 2019 – 20th December 2019 & 11th January 2020 – 15th April 2020

Summer – 16th April 2020– 30th September 2020

 

Based on Minimum 2 persons travelling together.

  Tour Inclusions

 

   Share twin room with breakfast;
   Transfers & sightseeing tours by private air conditioned vehicle;
   Accompanied English Speaking Tour Guide except in Kolkata;
   Toy Train Joy ride train ticket;
   All applicable taxes as on 10 Oct, 2017;

  Tour Exclusions

 

   Entrance tickets to Monuments;
   International & domestic Airfare;
   Visa fee & Insurance;
   Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone, camera fee, drinks & tips etc;

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