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Tea Gardens & Himalayas

Duration10 Days

Destinations - Calcutta, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Kalimpong.

Day 01: - Arrive Calcutta, India

Arrive at Calcutta International Airport.

Calcutta - Calcutta is seen as the land of the intellectuals. Communist in ideology and very politically aware and was the capital of British India before Delhi assumed this position. This city developed from a fishermens' village to become one of the largest cities in the world. The city symbolises creativity and vibrance with all the modern amenities available. It has adapted to the modern trends and techniques of the world but has not shed the leisurely life style and the calm of it’s hey days. While Calcutta is a city of enduring charm, it is also a city that evokes extreme emotions. So be ready to give in to it or hate it completely. Calcutta , besides being an extremely populous city of almost million inhabitants , is also the city where Mother Teresa worked tirelessly for the poor and homeless and the city where Rabindra Nath Tagore wrote his famous books.

Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, you are met by our representative who will present you with a welcome pack including all necessary documentation and arrange for your transfer to your hotel for check-in. No activity is scheduled today, since most of the International flights arrive into India close to midnight only. Overnight in Calcutta.

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Day 02: Calcutta

This morning you are collected from your hotel for half-day tour of Calcutta.

The tour includes the imposing Victoria Memorial - An splendid example of British architecture, this building was built in memory of Queen Victoria and was inaugurated by Prince of Wales in 1921, Birla Planetarium – One of the earliest planetariums in India, St Paul's Cathedral and the Indian Museum - This museum in Calcutta was established in 1878. The museum is built in Italian architectural style and is considered as the largest museum in the country and one of the best in Asia.

Afternoon at leisure to perhaps venture out and discover the city or its many restaurants on your own. Overnight in Calcutta.

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Day 03: Calcutta – Bagdogra - Darjeeling

This morning you will be met by our representative and escorted from your Hotel to the Calcutta airport in time for your flight to Bagdogra (the nearest airport for Darjeeling).

Upon arrival in Bagdogra you will be met and transferred to the New Jalpaiguri station for a picturesque ride on the famed “Toy Train” to Darjeeling. The British-built 84-km long rail link connects the plains of north Bengal with the Darjeeling hills and is a Unesco world heritage site.

Darjeeling - - Darjeeling is a popular hill-resort and fascinating place. "The Queen of the Hills" lies perched at a height of 2134m with a panoramic view on the mighty Kanchenjunga Cluster. Darjeeling has attracted many generations of visitors to enjoy the joys of the cool and healthy climate of the mountains. It was the very first "Hill Sanitarium" developed by the British to escape the heat, humidity and hassle of the North Indian plains. Also, "Darjeeling" and "tea" have become synonymous. Tea drinkers all over the world must constantly bless the memory of the person who decided around 1840 that the climate of the Darjeeling region was very conducive to the growth of tea. Darjeeling Tea became so famous for its aroma and delicacy of taste that it was soon named "Champagne of the East".

Upon arrival in Darjeeling, check in to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Darjeeling.

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Day 04: Darjeeling

Early in the morning you are collected from your hotel to visit Tiger Hill to view the sunrise over the Kanchenjunga Peak. On way back to the hotel visit Ghoom Monastery to see one of the largest statues of the Maitreya Buddha.

Later in the morning visit the Himalayan Zoological Park - only zoo in India having the Siberian Tigers. Apart from these, one can also watch the rare Red Panda. Also, visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Gumbu Rock site and Tibetan Refugee self-help centre etc.

Evening visit the Tea Gardens. Overnight in Darjeeling.

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Day 05: Darjeeling - Gangtok

This morning you drive to Gangtok (115-kms/05 hrs.).

Gangtok - Gangtok is the gateway to Sikkim, the last Shangri-La. It occupies a rising ridge of the state, the Himalayas serve as a backdrop of the town. The gently swaying and elegant costumes of the Sikkimese people, their smiling faces, the unhurried pace of the ir life-style and the towering beauty of Kanchenjunga ... all cast a magic spell on this delightful location in the foothills of the grand Himalayas. It is a picturesque clinging town with monasteries, parks, pagoda styles houses and colorful bazaars.

Upon arrival in Gangtok, check in to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Gangtok.

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Day 06: Gangtok

This morning you are collected from your hotel for half day tour of Gangtok visiting Rumtek Monastery - the largest monastery of its kind in Sikkim and the main seat of the Karma Kagyu lineage.

Your tour also included visits to the Research Institute of Tibetology - this internationally acclaimed centre of Tibetan Studies & Research houses a vast collection of rare Buddhist books, manuscripts and over 200 Buddhist icons. Also, visit the the Orchid sanctuary, where one can see many of the 454 species of Orchids found in Sikkim.

Afternoon at leisure to perhaps to explore the colourful bazaars. One can buy many attractive items like carved furniture, dresses, Lepcha weave bags with intricate designs and colourful decorations. Overnight in Gangtok.

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Day 07: Gangtok - Kalimpong

Morning at leisure, later drive to Kalimpong (90 kms/03 hrs.).

Kalimpong - Kalimpong nestles in West Bengal at a modest altitude of 1250m. Forming a triangle with its more illustrious neighbors, Darjeeling and Gangtok. Kalimpong is an excellent spot for a restful and quiet holiday. It has a number of houses, which speak of the town’s heritage and gracious living in earlier decades of this century when it was the main trading post between Tibet and British India. Today, it is a flourishing floriculture center as the climate has proved to be extremely conducive to this activity.

Upon arrival in Kalimpong, check in to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Kalimpong.

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Day 08: Kalimpong

This morning you are collected from your hotel for half day tour of Kalimpong visiting different 'Gompas' which are Tibetian-Buddhist Monasteries. Tharpa Choling Gompa belongs to the Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, founded in the Tibet in the 14th century and to which the Dalai Lama belongs.

Thongsa Gompa, of the Bhutanese Monastery, is the oldest monastery in the area.

Flower nurseries-Kalimpong produces 80% of India's gladioli and is an important orchid - growing area that are exported from here to many cities in northern India.

Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Kalimpong.

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Day 09: Kalimpong - Calcutta

This morning you will be met by our representative and escorted from your Hotel to the Bagdogra airport in time for your flight to Calcutta.

Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your hotel for check-in etc. Rest of the day at leisure to either relax, or explore the city on your own, or perhaps indulge in some last minute shopping. Overnight in Calcutta.

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Day 10: Depart Calcutta

Met by our representative and escorted from your hotel to the Calcutta airport in time for your flight home.

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Package Rates

All prices are per person and in US Dollars -


Category of Hotels

Valid from 16th April’2015 till 30th Sep’2015

Valid from 01st Oct’2015 till 15th Apr’2016

 
Superior USD 1295 USD 1349 Book Now
Deluxe USD 1520 USD 1693 Book Now
Domestic Airfare USD 210 USD 210  

Note – * Small supplements may apply for travel between 20th December'2015 and 05th January'2016 and during the month of February'2016.

Cities Superior Deluxe
Kolkata The Park The Oberoi Grand
Darjeeling New Elgin Windamere
Gangtok Nork Hill Mayfair Resort
Kalimpong Silver Oaks Silver Oaks

Inclusions:-

#   Accommodation on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis at the selected category of hotels.
#   All arrival-departure transfers and land transportation exactly as per the itinerary using an aircon Car.
# Sightseeing tours along with an English Speaking Guide and including entrance fee to monuments as mentioned above in the Itinerary. 

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