DAY 01: ARRIVAL AT KOLKATA
Experience a warm welcome at the airport by our representatives.
Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. People not only from India, but also from other foreign countries come to visit this city of joy. The city of Kolkata offers its tourists, lots of avenues, in terms of natural beauty, marvelously erected monuments and fun activities. At the same time, it provides them a deep insight view of a tremendously rich and intellectual culture. Motherland of noted scholars, this city is also famous for its education as well as trading sector. Thousands of people come here every year, to explore the beauty of this attractive place.
DAY 02: KOLKATA (BLD)
Today we start for a full day sightseeing tour of Kolkata. Apart from the natural beauty in and around Kolkata, present in the form of beaches, lakes and other such spots, the city also has magnificent architecture to flaunt. In fact, owing due to its outstanding palaces, the city is often called the ‘City of Palaces’. There are also several religious places in the city. With modernization of the city, places like Birla Planetarium and Science City and amusement parks like Nicco Park and Aquatica, have also become major attractions of the city.
DAY 03:KOLKATA – BAGDOGRA – DARJEELING (BLD)
Early morning, we take a flight to Bagdogra and then head towards Darjeeling by road, covering a distance of 93 km in 3 hrs. After reaching, afternoon is for leisure activities.
Darjeeling is a beautiful hill-station, situated in the Shivalik Hills of the Himalayas, in West Bengal. It is a picturesque hilltop, with unscathed beauty and interesting tourist spots to boast of. It is internationally renowned for its tea industry and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (nicknamed Toy Train), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from scenic grandeur, Darjeeling also offers spots considered a trekker’s paradise. Nestled amidst the rolling mountains, this place offers a perfect getaway for those seeking a rendezvous with nature. The salubrious climate and serene atmosphere of Darjeeling are some others reasons the tourists instantly fall in love with this place.
Once in Darjeeling, try out the local market and taste the delicious cuisines of the place. Apart from Darjeeling Tea, you must buy the curio items pertaining to Tibetan and Himalayan cultures, such as thangkas, miniature monasteries and garments made from yak wool. Other than these, the beautiful portraits of Himalayas available here should be on your must buy list. After you are done with your shopping, do not forget to taste the yummy ‘Momos’, savor a hot cup of Darjeeling Tea and drink ‘Thentuk’, the hearty Tibetan soup. If you are in love with nature, diverse culture and adventure, Darjeeling is certainly going to captivate you with its charm.
DAY 04: DARJEELING (BLD)
Early morning, visit the Tiger Hill, the top-most point of Ghoom, the highest railway station of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (Toy Train). Situated at a distance of about 11 km from the major township of Darjeeling, Tiger Hill is perched at an elevation of 8,500 ft and forms one of the highest hills in its immediate surroundings.
Then we head towards Ghoom Monastery, which is nestled at a distance of approximately 8 km from the heart of Darjeeling. It is one of the major attractions in Darjeeling. The Ghoom Gompa was founded by a Mongolian astrologer/monk in the year 1875. The place is also well-known as Yoga Choeling Gompa. One is greeted by a huge ‘Maitreya Buddha’ statue at the entrance gate of the Gompa. Visitors also find bells, ornate thanka scrolls as well as drums inside the Gompa.
Towards the evening we head for the Mountaineering Institute, founded in 1954, at the personal initiative of Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. The institute was initially located at Roy Villa, on Lebong Cart Road. It was shifted to current location, on the western spur of Jawahar Parbat, in 1958 and today.
Later we return home at night.
DAY 05: DARJEELING – PEMAYANGTSE
After a sumptuous breakfast, we depart for Pemayangtse Monastery.
Pemayangtse, the “Perfect Sublime Lotus”, founded in the seventeenth century by Lhatsun Chempo, one of the three lamas of Yoksum, and extended in 1705 by his reincarnation, is one of the most important gompas in Sikkim and belongs to the Nyingmapa sect. The views and the surrounding woods create an atmosphere of meditative solitude. Surrounded by outhouses featuring intricate woodwork on the beams, lattice windows and doors, the main gompa itself is plain in comparison. Built on three floors, it centres around a large hall which contains images of Guru Rinpoche and Lhatsun Chenpo (the latter was an enigmatic Tibetan lama who is the patron saint of Sikkim), and an exquisite display of thangkas and murals. On the top floor, a magnificent wooden sculpture carved and painted by Dungzin Rinpoche, a former abbot of Pemayangtse, depicts Sang Thok Palri, the celestial abode of Guru Rinpoche, rising above the realms of hell. The extraordinary detail includes demons, animals, birds, Buddhas and bodhisattvas, chortens and flying dragons, and took him just five years to complete.
Return to hotel for a sumptuous dinner.
DAY 06:PEMAYANGTSE – GANGTOK (BLD)
Today we head for Gangtok. It is the famous capital town of Sikkim. This beautiful land is well-known as the land of monasteries. It has large area bounded by lush green forests located on the Shivalik Hills. There are many tourist places in Gangtok and one famous point about this land is its Buddhist Pilgrimage Centre where large numbers of pilgrims make plans to visit the region. Gangtok Travel Guide drives you to an undefined history of Gangtok but from the pages of early 18th century and 19th century it is outlined that after the defeat of the Tibetans by the British, the town became an eminent commercial hub between Tibet and British India.
DAY 07:GANGTOK (BLD)
Today we indulge in exploration of Gangtok by Visiting Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Chorten (memorial for the dead), Enchey Monastery, Tashiling (the Secretariat) and the Tsuk-La-Khang (Royal Chapel), Palden Tondup along with Rumtek Monastery.
Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at night in the hotel.
DAY 08:GANGTOK–KALIMPONG (B L D)
Today we head for Kalimpong, a subdivision of Darjeeling district and under West Bengal state. Kalimpong town itself is small, located about 2.5 hours drive from both Darjeeling and Siliguri. But the town and its surrounding areas offer immense opportunities for tourism. This hill town is located on an edge overlooking the splendid view of the Teesta River. It is situated at an altitude of 1,250 meters and is full of different cultures and activities. From heritage to trendy spots, wild life to adventure, the place is vibrant and full of beautiful landscapes.
The Sightseeing tour of Kalimpong includes visits to Zang Dog Palri, Fo-Brang monastery, Thongsa Gompa, Nurseries, market and the Tibetan colony.
Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at hotel.
DAY 09: KALIMPONG – BAGDOGRA – KOLKATA (B & D)
After a resplendent breakfast, we head towards Bagdogra and catch the flight towards Kolkata. After reaching Kolkata, we head towards the pending connecting flights to home country.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL AT KOLKATA