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The Himalayas and Tea Garden Tour begins with an arrival in Kolkata.
Kolkata – Your Himalayas tour package would first include a tour of Calcutta. This city 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 its hey days.
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 the transfer to hotel for check-in. No activity is scheduled today, since most of the International flights arrive into India close to midnight only.
This morning, you embark 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 facets on your own. Overnight in Calcutta.
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.
Breakfast at Hotel. Early in the morning you embark 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.
The next destination of this The Himalayas and Tea Garden Tour is Gangtok. After breakfast this morning drive to Gangtok. 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.
Breakfast at Hotel. This morning you embark 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 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.
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 towns 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.
After breakfast at hotel. This morning you embark 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.
Bagdogra – Kolkata ( Flight ) 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
Met by our representative and escorted from your hotel to the Calcutta airport in time for your flight home.