Kolkata, Sundarbans Mangrove Forest & Eastern Himalaya
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Discover the diversity of India by visiting Kolkata, Sundarbans Mangrove Forest & Eastern Himalaya. Begin with colonial, historical and former capital of India dotted with British era monuments. Explore the Sundarbans world's largest coastal mangrove forest by cruising in buffer zone. Explore the grandeur of Eastern Himalaya dotted with Buddhist Monasteries, serene lakes, tea gardens, beautiful view points and ancient shrines in Darjeeling, Pelling, Gangtok & Kalimpong. Marvel at the breathtaking view of sunrise at Tiger Hill, go for a ride on Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (Toy Train) and visit Happy Valley Tea Estate. It is a prominent hub for Buddhist culture and religion and a hotspot for shoppers, lovers, diners and fashionistas.
Day 1: Arrive Kolkata
On arrival at Kolkata airport assistance & transfer to hotel (check in/out time 12pm).
Later city tour of Kolkata. Visit Fort William one of most enduring Raj-era edifices built during the early years of the Bengal Presidency of British India, on the eastern banks of the River Hooghly. Victoria Memorial the immaculate white memorial bounded by verdant greenery and broad roads dedicated to Queen Victoria. Inside the memorial there is a museum where you can see the dresses of the queen as well as different kinds of weapons used during that era. Netaji Bhawan a building maintained as a memorial and research center to the life of the Indian nationalist Netaji`s Subhas Chandra Bose. The house, built by Bose`s father in 1909, is owned and managed by the Netaji Research Bureau and includes a museum, archives and library. Howrah Bridge one of the most popular bridges of India, built on the river Hooghly. It is one of the major Kolkata attractions and people from different part of the country come here especially to witness this amazingly structured bridge. Dakshineswar Kali Temple one of the major pilgrimage center dedicated to Goddess Kali. Located on the bank of River Hoogly, the temple compound maintains a large courtyard with rooms along the boundary walls, twelve shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, a bathing ghat on the river and a shrine dedicated to Rani Rashmoni. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Kolkata - Sunderban National Park
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Sunderban National Park, the natural abode of the famous Royal Bengal Tigers and numerous crocodiles, snakes and deer. This forest with entwining rivers is one of the last strongholds of the wild world. Boat cruise in the park. Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel/resort.
Day 3: Sunderban National Park
Breakfast at hotel. Cruise with the vessel along the creeks and take a village tour. Meet the fishermen, the Honey Collectors as well as the woodcutters and share their experiences of the Jungle.
Next, visit the Sudhanyakhali watch tower, most of the Royal Bengal Tigers are sighted from this tower. Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel/resort.
Day 4: Sunderban NP - Kolkata (Drive) / Kolkata - Bagdogra - Darjeeling (62km)
Breakfast at hotel. Motor boat transfer to Sonakhali/ Godhkhali jetty. From here drive to Kolkata, direct transfer to airport to board flight for Bagdogra.
On arrival at Bagdogara airport assistance & transfer to Darjeeling check in at hotel. Darjeeling the Queen of Indias hills, a Victorian town of old world charm, is surrounded by fragrant tea gardens. Rest time to relax and explore The Mall.
Day 5: Darjeeling
Early morning 4am pick up for visiting Tiger Hill to witness the first rays of sun hitting the twin peaks of Kangchenjunga, along with a panoramic view of Everest peeping through the peaks standing by its side, then Tiger Hills make for a perfect sunrise for you. You can see Kurseong to the south along with multiple rivers flowing down. On way back visit Ghoom Monastery & Batasia Loop.
After breakfast visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoological Park (closed on Thursday) Tenzing Rock, Ropeway view point, Tibetans Refuge Center (closed on Sunday), Happy valley Tea Garden (outer view) and Lioyed botanical garden. Enjoy toy train ride on Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit a Tibetan village & Buddhist monasteries Chholing & Darli.
Evening free to explore the market. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Darjeeling - Pelling (75km)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Pelling check in at hotel.
Later visit Pemayangtse Monastery one of the oldest and premier monasteries. Rabdentse Ruins one of the best historical places surrounded by dense forest. Tashiding Monastery of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism located on top of the hill rising between the Rathong chu and the Rangeet River. Sanga Choeling Monastery built in a Tibetan style of architecture it preserves various ancient paintings, accessories and clay statues. Entry into the inner sanctum of Sanga Choeling Monastery is strictly restricted to the Bhutia and Lepcha communities. Rimbi water Falls formed over Rimbi River, beautiful place where you can lighten, unwind and enjoy quality time. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Pelling - Gangtok (120km)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Gangtok via NH 31A passing through Temi, Taraku, Singtam, Rangpo & Ranipool. The journey is surrounded by lush green forests and Tea Gardens with eye catching picturesque view. On arrival check in & overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Gangtok
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Rumtek Monastery a three stories high standout most imperative and noteworthy monastery of Black Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Bakthang Waterfall an eye-catching attraction flowing from Ratey Chu a broad waterfall that creates a soothing environment. Tashi Viewpoint you can observe the glorious Himalayas snow peaks from here. Ganesh Tok an ancient temple of Lord Ganesha that has a pleasant aura, colourful buntings surrounding the temple. Enchey Monastery a 200 years old monastery which was initially established as a small gompa by a tantric artist and renowned exponent among highlander Buddhists, Lama DrupthobKarpo. Directorate of Handicraft and Handloom here you can buy the majestic artefacts such as Thanka painting, traditional carpets, wooden carved and colourfully painted sculptures and much more.
Also visit the Directorate of Handicraft and Handloom & The Mall. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Gangtok - Kalimpong (75km)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Kalimpong check in at hotel.
Later city tour of Kalimpong perched on a ridge above the Teesta River. It`s home to colonial-era buildings like MacFarlane Memorial Church named after a Scottish missionary & Dr. Grahams Homes a missionary of the Church of Scotland. Also visit Durpin Monastery which contains sacred Buddhist scriptures. Deolo Park the landscaped garden offers views of the town and surrounding hills. Thongsa Gompa the oldest monastery in Kalimpong founded in the year 1692. Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa on the Durpin hill famous for the Tibetan wall paintings. It also has a religious debating society along with a school of Tibetan medicine. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Kalimpong - Bagdogra (75km)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Bagdogra airport to board flight for Kolkata. From Kolkata board connecting flight for your onward destination.
We recommend to book international Departure flight departing after 2000hrs or later. Vehicle will be provided in Kolkata if require during transit if required.
Assistance on arrival at airport.
2 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.
Daily breakfast at hotels. Any other meal (lunch/ dinner) if clearly mentioned in the itinerary).
Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
Boat tranfer & safari in Sunderban Mangrove Forest with naturalist.
Bottled drinking water in car.
Hotels used or similar for 9 nights accommodations
Kolkata x 1 night
3* - Regenta Orko's/ The Fern Residency
4* - The Peerless Inn/ The Fern Residency
5* - ITC Sonar, a Luxury Collection/ The Lalit Great Eastern
Sunderban x 2 nights
3* - Sundarban Residency/ Solitary Nook Resort
4* - Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge/ V Resorts Mangrove Retreat Sundarbans
5* - Sunderban Tiger Camp- Wildlife Resort
There are no 3* /4* / 5* certified hotels/ resort in Sundarban. We have given the star standard based on guest service.
Darjeeling x 2 nights
3* - Central Heritage Resort & Spa/ Omega Residency
4* - Elgin Hotel/ The Royal Plaza
5* - Mayfair/ Windamere Hotel
Pelling x 1 night
3* - Green Leaf Resort/ The Pelling Resort
4* & 5* - Elgin Mt. Pandim/ Chumbi Mountain Retreat & Spa
Gangtok x 2 nights
3* - Tamarind Hotels/ Hotel New Orchid
4* - Elgin NorKhill/ Saramsa Resort
5* - Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino/ WelcomHeritage Denzong Regency
Kalimpong x 1 night
3* - Kalimpong Village Retreat/ Summit Barsana Resort & Spa
4* - Elgin Silver Oaks/ Sinclairs Retreat
5* - Mayfair Himalayan Spa Resort/ Morgan House Tourist Lodge
Any flight tickets.
Camera charges at monuments.
Meals other than mentioned in day plan.
Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
Gratuities & optional activities.
Anything not mentioned in inclusions.