THE BEST OF THE NORTH EAST

A 14 DAY TOUR

DELHIKALIMPONGGANGTOKPELLINGDARJEELINGCALCUTTARAJBARI

Tour Highlights:

  • Sightseeing of capital city of India,
  • The Enchey Monastery built in 1840 which turned Gangtok into a Buddhist pilgrimage destination.
  • Pelling with its alpine vegetation, stunning waterfalls and fascinating monasteries.
  • Kalimpong, famous for its orchids, stunning views of the Teesta River and culture with its’ Buddhist and British influences.
  • Darjeeling, visit Tiger Hill for the spectacular sunrise and the tea gardens that made this hill station famous.
  • Calcutta a city teeming with people, history, culture and more.
  • Relax at Rajbari Bawali, a beautiful Zamindars palace located in the 24 Parganas.

A visit to this area of India feels like a very different country from the India you may have seen previously in the better-known regions of Rajasthan and Kerala. It has a very strong Buddhist culture, with Tibetan centres and extraordinary monasteries dotting a landscape that is fascinating in itself, rolling rivers, spectacular mountain views, orchids, tea plantations and a UNESCO World Heritage Toy Train ride. This couldn’t contrast more with the teeming yet charming city of Kolkata which somehow still manages to retain an old world charm amidst a burgeoning population. After all that you will have seen, spend a day or two, relaxing in a restored palace, the only one of its kind in the region. You may choose to relax and enjoy the property or explore the surrounding, unspoiled rural area, an experience in itself.

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

Day Activity Location Accommodation
1

Transfer to the hotel, rest of day at leisure.

 

Delhi The Oberoi Maidens
2

Transfer to Delhi airport to board the flight for Bagdogra.

Arrival Bagdogra & drive to Kalimpong (Drive 75 Km / 2.5 Hrs Approx.).

Kalimpong Silver Oaks
3 Morning visit Zang Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery, Tharpa Choling Monastery, Thongsa Gumpa and flower nurseries. Kalimpong Silver Oaks
4 Drive to Gangtok (Drive 80Km / 3Hrs Approx) Gangtok Nor khill Hotel
5

 Morning visit Rumtek Monastery, Do-Drul Chorten and Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (Closed on Sundays).

Afternoon visit Cottage Industry & Enchey Monastery (Closed on Sundays).

Gangtok Nor khill Hotel
6 Drive from Gangtok to Pelling (Drive 127Km / 6Hrs Approx) Pelling Mt. Pandim
7 Morning visit Khechipalri lake, Kanchenjunga falls, Rimbi Falls, Pemayangtse Monastery and Rabdentse Ruins Pelling Mt. Pandim
8 Drive from Pelling to Darjeeling (123Km 6Hrs Approx.) Darjeeling New Elgin
9

 Early morning visit Tiger Hill and Ghoom Monastery.

After breakfast enjoy Joy Ride on World Heritage Toy Train, Darjeeling to Ghoom and back.

Afternoon visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (closed on Thursday), Zoological Park (closed on Thursday) and Tibetan Refugee Centre(closed on Sundays).

Darjeeling New Elgin
10 Drive from Darjeeling to Bagdogra (Drive 90 Km / 03 Hrs approx.) to connect the flight for Kolkata Calcutta The Oberoi Grand
11 City tour of Kolkata. Places to visit includes: Dalhousie Square (Covering Raj Bhavan, St. John’s church, High Court, GPO, Town Hall, Writer’s Building and other colonial buildings), Flower Market, Howrah Bridge, Jain Temple, Marble Palace(Closed on Monday & National Holidays), Victoria Memorial(Closed on Monday & National Holidays), St. Paul Cathedral Church, Mother House(Closed on Thursday) Calcutta The Oberoi Grand
12 Drive to Rajbari (60 Km / 1.5 Hrs Approx.) Rajbari The Rajbari Bawali
13 Day at leisure Rajbari The Rajbari Bawali
14 Transfer to the airport for the return flight. Transit Transit

Best time to visit: September to April

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