Wonders of East Himalayas

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Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days

Destination: Kolkata – Bagdogra – Darjeeling - Pelling – Gangtok – Kalimpong – Bagdogra – Delhi – Agra – Delhi.


North-East India is blessed with natural beauty, snow-capped mountain ranges, some amazing prehistoric architectural wonders and above all tranquility. For couples, honeymooners, nature lovers and those who want to spend more time in serene environment in the presence of Mother Nature, it has a lot more to explore. Wonders of Eastern Himalayas is a wonderful tour plan covering two most picturesque hill stations and the pride of North-East India. For these days you will be into the world of natural beauty, prehistoric monuments, snow-capped mountain ranges, lush greenery and above all tranquility.

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Tour Overview

Palaces Highlights
Kolkata Victoria Memorial Hall, Science City, Metro Rail, Memorial Hall, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Mother Teresa Home, China Town, Rabindra Setu, and Vidyasagar Setu.
Darjeeling Tiger Hill, Ghoom Monastery, Toy train ride , Mountaineering Institute, the Tibetan Refugee Camp & Market , Museum, Botanical Garden and Tea Gardens within 20 km.
Pelling Pemyangtse Monastery, The Rabdentse palace ruins, Sangacheoling Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake & Sing Shore Bridge. 
Gangtok Himalayan Zoological Park, Government Institute of Cottage Industries, Lal bazaar, melody of colour, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology 
Kalimpong Thongsa Gompa, Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa, Tharpa Choeling Monastery. 
Lava Day excursion of Lava village.
Delhi Red fort , jama masjid  , Chandni chowk Birla Temple , Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar ,India Gate, The Parliament House , drive past Presidents House .
Agra Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

Detail itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival at Kolkata.

Arrival at Kolkata International airport, On arrival  traditional ‘Swagat’ (Welcome) our company representative would assist you at the airport & transfer to hotel for check-in.
After wash and change you will process Kolkata city tour. The major tourist attraction to visit includes the Victoria Memorial Hall, Science City, Metro Rail, Memorial Hall, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Mother Teresa Home, China Town, Rabindra Setu, and Vidyasagar Setu. Later in the evening take a leisurely walk to the markets of Kolkata. After sight return to hotel and take rest.

Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02: Kolkata –  Bagdogra – Darjeeling (by flight –  100 Kms. / 03hrs drive approx).

Arrival at Bagdogra airport, On arrival traditional ‘Swagat’ (Welcome) our company representative would assist you at the airport & direct drive to Darjeeling.  On arrival check in to the hotel and take rest.

Evening time free for leisure.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 03: Darjeeling.

Located at an altitude of 7000 ft., Darjeeling, one of the most reputed hill stations in the Indian Subcontinent, is nestled in the towering snow-capped mountain ranges, dominated by the almighty Kanchenjunga (Alt. 8598m).

Early morning we visit Tiger Hill (Alt 8500m) to view the sunrise. Then we return to our hotel en route visiting the Ghoom Monastery, the most famous one of the region, built in 1875. Next is a Toy Train ride from Ghoom to Darjeeling. After breakfast visit to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Tibetan Refugee Camp & Market. Lunch is suggested at the hotel. Afternoon visit to Museum, Botanical Garden and Tea Gardens within 20 km.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 04: Darjeeling – Pelling (115 kms./ 03 hrs. drive approx).

Today we drive to Pemyangtse (Pelling). On arrival transfer to hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Pemyangtse Monastery, The Rabdentse palace ruins, Sangacheoling Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake & Sing Shore Bridge. After sightseeing return to hotel and take rest.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 05: Pelling – Gangtok (130 kms./ 04 hrs. drive approx).

After leisure breakfast, we will  drive to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, located on a ridge overlooking the Ranipul River. Its name implies ‘High Hill’ and the place is ever so famous for snow clad Himalayas, Rhododendron flowers, Orchids & rare Butterfly species, the Red Panda, traditional ethnic culture and a distinctive cuisine.On arrival check in to the hotel and take rest. Evening free for leisure.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 06: Gangtok.

Today after leisure breakfast , you will visit Himalayan Zoological Park also known as Bulbuley. It has paved cement path that passes by fenced open air enclosure housing the Red Pandas, barking deer & bears in a semi natural habitat. Next Government Institute of Cottage Industries (GICI), which produces crafts in authentic Sikkimese designs. Hand woven Tibetan carpets sprout dragons in natural dyes, Sikkimese-style tables called Choktse are expertly carved & colored in red & gold. Also explore Lal bazaar, melody of colour. Various ethnic groups from different villages gather to haggle, bargain, gossip their wares. We will also visit includes Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, which promotes research of the language and traditions of Tibet and contains one of the world’s largest collection of books & rare manuscripts on Mahayana Buddhism.

 

 

Day 07: Gangtok – Kalimpong (90 Kms / 03 hrs. drive approx).

Today after leisure breakfast , you will drive to Kalimpong, an incredible stunning backdrop of towering snow capped peaks. This exotic town of beautiful people, mystical & enchanting, with a rare ethnic blend of hill people. It also houses several Buddhist monasteries which hold a number of rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures. It was ruled by Bhutan for 155 years & was annexed by the British only in 1865, after which it flourished as a centre of wool trade with Tibet. Here Buddhism rubs shoulders with Hinduism & Christianity. Gumpas, unusual churches, temples & missionaries coexist in a jovial society.

 

Later we visit Thongsa Gompa also known as the Bhutanese Monastery. It is the oldest monastery in Kalimpong & was founded in the year 1692. Though the old structure was destroyed by the Gorkhas, it was rebuilt on the same site. Next visit the Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa, which is on the Durpin hill & is famous for the Tibetan wall paintings. It also has a religious debating society along with a school of Tibetan medicine. Later we visit Tharpa Choeling Monastery founded in 1937 & belongs to the Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect of Tibetan monastery. This Monastery houses many old scriptures & literary works. Next Dr Graham’s Home, mission school was founded by Scottish missionary Dr. John Anderson Graham in 1900. The purpose of the school was to educate children of the tea garden workers & poor labourers. We also visit few nurseries around town.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 08: Kalimpong: Excursion of Lava (40 Kms./01 hrs. drive approx).

Today after leisure breakfast , we take the Excursion tour of  Lava is a small village that is situated in the Kalimpong district of the state of West Bengal. The place is well renowned for its beauty and it attracts nature enthusiasts and adventure buffs. The town is situated at an altitude and this makes it a perfect place for many outdoor activities such as trekking, hiking and climbing. There are several trekking routes in the nearby forests and these are worth exploring. The people of the village still follow a traditional lifestyle and they are friendly and welcoming.

The place is said to be a haven for bird watchers and numerous species of migratory birds can be seen in the area. Some of them include the rusty bellied short wing, blue robin, fulvetta, finch, wren babbler and many more rare birds. The forests of the region are relatively untouched and they are teeming with wildlife and these include the black bear and barking deer. There are several picnic spots in the region and these are ideal for spending the day in the outdoors. You can also visit the old Buddhist monastery that is located amongst the hills of Lava.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 09: Kalimpong – Bagdogra airport – Delhi  (65 Kms. / 1.3hrs. drive approx – by flight ).

Today after leisure breakfast , check out the hotel and drive to Bagdogra airport to board flight to for Delhi .
On arrival meeting and assistance ,transfer to pre reserved hotel and take rest. Evening time free for leisure.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 10: Delhi.

After leisure breakfast at Hotel, experience one of the oldest cities in the world. Delhi has its own history and the monuments are tablets on which that history is written. Full day sightseeing visiting Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, lotus temple and then travel through India Gate, The Parliament House and Presidents House.

Not to miss the Old Delhi which is known as “Shahjahanbad”. Visit imposing Red Fort, The Friday Mosque, Birla Templeand Chandni Chowck (The Moonlight Square).

Overnight stay at hotel .

 

Day 11: Delhi-Agra (210kms/ 4hrs drive approx.).

After leisure breakfast in morning you will drive to Agra; upon arrival check in to the hotel take small break .After break you will process half day tour of Agra. History says, Agra was founded by Sultan Sikander Lodi in 1504. But it flourished much later under Mughal patronage. If it’s Agra, Taj Mahal (closed every Friday) has to be your halt. The white marble mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal on the banks of Yamuna, is the ultimate epitome of love. Owing to beautiful Mughal architecture, Taj features among the Seven Wonders of The World.

Latter you will visit Agra Fort made of red sandstone by Akbar in 1565 is another classic example of Mughal craftsmanship.

Evening time free for leisure and shopping.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 12: Agra – Delhi (by road).

After leisure breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Delhi .On arrival direct transfer to international airport for onward journey with pleasant experience.

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