Kolkata to Eastern Himalaya Darjeeling & Gangtok Tour
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10 Days private Kolkata to Eastern Himalaya Darjeeling and Gangtok tour will begin with your arrival in Kolkata the colonial, historical & former capital of India dotted with British era monuments. Fly to Bagdogra to explore the grandeur of Eastern Himalaya dotted with Buddhist Monasteries, serene lakes, tea gardens, beautiful view points and ancient shrines. 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. In addition, seek blessings at Enchey Monastery, a prominent hub for Buddhist culture and religion and a hotspot for shoppers, lovers, and fashionistas.
Day 1: Arrive Kolkata
On arrival at Kolkata Airport assistance & transfer to hotel check in. Rest time for personal activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Kolkata
Breakfast at hotel. 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 3: Kolkata - Bagdogra (Flight)/ Darjeeling (70kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport to board flight for Bagdogra.
Transfer from Bagdogara airport to Darjeeling check in at hotel. Darjeeling the Queen of India`s hills, a Victorian town of old world charm surrounded by fragrant tea gardens which seem to flow over the layered slopes like emerald swells on a rough sea.
Rest time free to relax and explore The Mall. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Darjeeling
Breakfast at hotel. 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. Enjoy toy train ride on Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Darjeeling
Breakfast at hotel. 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. Visit a Tibetan village & Buddhist monasteries Chholing & Darli.
Evening explore The Mall. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Darjeeling - Gangtok (120kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Gangtok via passing through Temi, Taraku, Singtam, Rangpo & Ranipool. The journey is surrounded by lush green forests and Tea Gardens.
On arrival check in & overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Gangtok
Breakfast at hotel. Excursion to Tsongmo Lake a paradise for bird lovers. It hosts a number of migratory birds prominent among them are Brahminy ducks, a large number of Blue Whistling Thrush, Redstarts & Fork tails. Next visit Do Drul Chorten, two exquisite Stupas built to commemorate the victory of good over evil.
Also visit Himalayan Zoological Park known as Bulbuley. Government Institute of Cottage Industries, which produces crafts in authentic Sikkimese designs. Explore Lal bazaar, various ethnic groups from different villages gather here to haggle, bargain & gossip their wares. 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. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Gangtok - Bagdogra (125kms)/ Kolkata (Flight)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Bagdogra, via visiting Colonial hill resort town Kalimpong.
Visit 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.
Continue drive to Bagdogra airport to board flight for Kolkata. On arrival transfer to hotel, check in & overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Kolkata - Departure (Flight)
Breakfast at hotel. As per flight schedule departure transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.
Assistance on arrival at airport.
9 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.
Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
Bottled drinking water in car.
Hotels used or similar for 9 nights accommodation
Kolkata x 3 nights
3* - Regenta Orko's/ The Fern Residency
4* - The Peerless Inn/ The Fern Residency
5* - ITC Sonar, a Luxury Collection/ The Lalit Great Eastern
Darjeeling x 3 nights
3* - Central Heritage Resort & Spa/ Omega Residency
4* - Elgin Hotel/ The Royal Plaza
5* - Mayfair/ Windamere Hotel
Gangtok x 3 nights
3* - Tamarind Hotels/ Hotel New Orchid
4* - Elgin NorKhill/ Saramsa Resort
5* - Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino/ WelcomHeritage Denzong Regency
Kolkata - Bagdogra - Kolkata flight fare approx INR 10,500 per person in economy class.
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.