North East India - Exotic Sikkim & Darjeeling
Kolkata, one of the most fascinating, lively cities in India can be the highlight of this tour, if you are in search of unique lifestyles. For a nature enthusiast, Darjeeling & Gangtok are a must in their wish list. Visits to the great Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tibetan Monasteries, local markets etc. are a bonus for any traveler travelling in North East is not the easiest one due to climatic conditions, restrictions to certain regions due to strict military settlements. But we have our great team located in Kolkata and Guwahati to assist you on this.
Day 01 – Arrival Kolkata & Local Sightseeing
Welcome on arrival at Kolkata and transfer to Hotel. Kolkata is the city of Joy, contrast and culture. Once the capital of British India - now the capital of West Bengal. A visit to Kolkata will bring visitors in touch with a combination of a rich 400 years old heritage, vibrant modern life and different cultures.
Day 02 – Kolkata
Full day to explore Kolkata. Visit the Mother House – the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity and the interesting Kalighat Kali Temple – one of the 52 Shakti Peethas in India, devotees from all over the country come to visit this holy temple. In between you can also enjoy a short Tram Ride in the crowded streets of Kolkata. Later visit Howrah Bridge. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 – Kolkata – Bagdogra (By Air) – Darjeeling (95 kms / 3 Hrs)
Today drive to Kolkata airport for your onward journey to Bagdogra. On arrival at Bagdogra Airport transfer to Darjeeling. Once the summer capital of India, Darjeeling is a land of infinite variety and charm and will cater you a mix-experience of lively nature and charming Himalayan people. It is the place of Dorje, the mystic thunderbolt of the Lama-Religion. Surrounded by Tea gardens; this little town faces some of the highest peaks of the Himalayas. On arrival check into a hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight.
Day 04 – Darjeeling
Early morning drive to Tiger Hill to watch the spectacular sunrise and its amazing effects on the Mt. Kanchendzonga (Worlds third highest peak). Later visit Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop War Memorial on return to hotel. Post breakfast visit Padmaja N. Zoological Garden (Closed on Thursday), Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Tibetian Refugee Self-help Center (Closed on Sunday), Japanese Temple, Peace Pagoda, Tenzing & Gombu Rock, Tea Estate. Later visit local market (Closed on Thursday). Evening at leisure overnight.
Day 05 – Darjeeling – Gangtok (105 kms / 4 Hrs)
Today after breakfast transfer to Gangtok at an altitude of 5500ft. Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and is a beautiful and clean town promising of the best monasteries and landscapes. Evening at leisure. Overnight.
Day 06 – Gangtok - Day trip to Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir
Today after breakfast visit Tsomgo Lake (12400ft), 32kms from Gangtok City. This lake is almost about 1km long, oval in shape and 15mtrs deep. The Lake is considered sacred by the local people. 12kms further visit the New Baba Harvajan Singh Mandir. Return to Gangtok. Evening at leisure. Overnight.
Day 07 – Gangtok - Kalimpong (80 kms / 2 Hrs)
After breakfast visit Chortan (Stupa), Institute of Tibetology (Closed on Sunday) Institute of Handicrafts and handlooms (Closed on Sunday), Ranka Monastery and Jakhri waterfalls. Later transfer to Kalimpong. On arrival check into hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight.
Day 08 – Kalimpong
After breakfast visit Zong Dog Palri Fo- Brong Monastery (Durpin Dara Monastery), Flower and Orchid Nurseries, Dello Hill. Later visit local market. Evening at leisure. Overnight.
Day 09 – Kalimpong – Bagdogra (75 kms / 3 Hrs) – Kolkata (By Air)
Today you will be transferred to Bagdogra airport to connect your flight to Kolkata. On arrival check into hotel in Kolkata. You may opt for short walks in the streets of Kolkata.
Day 10 – Kolkata Departure
Today you will be transferred to Kolkata Airport to connect your flight home or onward destination.
Price for the Tour may be furnished on request as we wish to offer a clear customized tour on this.
Some inclusions may change to match the logistic changes from time to time.
The duration mentioned in the itinerary may not be precise; it is the time that can be expected when strictly driving, depending on the present road conditions. Otherwise, the journey is conducted in such a way that we always stop midway for visiting villages, markets, photography, major landmarks of importance or interest depending on the client’s interest.
Please note that some of the sights/itinerary may change due to time limit, weather, national holidays, and special events. We maintain the rights to alter the itinerary since tours are made in advance and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve your overall travel experience.