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JOURNEY THROUGH EASTERN HIMALAYAS

Wonderful for people who are revisiting India or for discerning traveller looking to retrace the footsteps of British Raj
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£ 2799


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Darjeeling
A street in Calcutta
Victoria Memorial, Calcutta

Overview


To the north of Calcutta, in the remote north-eastern highlands of India lie some of the country’s least visited areas. The ‘Garden State’ of Sikkim, small but utterly beautiful; the fabled town of Darjeeling in the heart of the tea-growing country, tranquil Buddhist monasteries and undisturbed tribal settlements are just some of the sights that will greet you on this journey through the north, with the majestic and mighty Himalayan mountain range as your backdrop.

What's Included

Itinerary


Day 1 - London - Calcutta
Fly to Calcutta via Dubai or Delhi.
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Day 2 - Arrive Calcutta
You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel where you will stay for two nights in Calcutta.
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Day 3 - Calcutta
Today enjoy a full day guided tour of Calcutta including the Botanical Gardens, Victoria Memorial (closed on Mondays), India Museum and Glenburn Experience. [B]
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Day 4 - Darjeeling via Bagdogra
This morning take a flight to Bagdogra. On arrival in Bagdogra, you will be transferred (a three hour journey) to Darjeeling for your three night stay. Darjeeling was created by the British as a military and administrative centre to escape the heat of the plains and retains a special ambience to this day. The views of the Himalayas are stunning and there are many local attractions worthy of a visit. Darjeeling, famous around the world for tea, is also known as the ‘Queen of Hill Station...
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Day 5 - Darjeeling
Today enjoy a sightseeing tour including visits to the Tiger Hill for spectacular views of the Himalayas and the Kanchenjunga. Also visit Ghoom Monastery, the Zoological Park, the Tibetan Refugee Centre and the Himalayan Mountaineering institute. After breakfast, you will begin your day of sightseeing, first visiting Tiger Hill [2590 metres] to view the sunrise and reflection on Kanchenjunga and Mt. Everest. This will be followed by the famous toy train ride up to Ghoom Monastery. U...
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Day 6 - Darjeeling
Spend the day on your own exploring Darjeeling. [B,L,D]
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Day 7 - Drive to Pelling
This morning drive through beautiful countryside to the small hamlet of Pelling (a four hour journey). In the afternoon, take a tour of the awe-inspiring Pemayangste Monastery, the second oldest of its kind in Sikkim, the sacred Kheopalry Lake and Rabtense Ruins. Stay the night at Mount Pandim. [B,L,D]
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Day 8 - Drive to Gangtok
Today you will be driven to Gangtok, en route you will visit the 18th Tashiding Monastery (a six hour journey). Gangtok (meaning ‘High Hill’) is the capital of the Sikkim state and sits on a ridge overlooking the Ranipul River. At an altitude of 1750m, Gangtok became the state capital in the mid-19th century and has undergone rapid development since then. It is a bustling, lively, city with a population made up from Nepalese, Tibetans, Bhutea and Lepcha as well as migrants from West Bengal....
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Day 9 - Gangtok
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is situated at a height of 5500 ft. You will be visiting Rumtek Monastery, the seat of the Karmapa Rinpoche; the Enchey Monastery an important seat of the Nyingmapa order; and the Do Drul Chorten and Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, the most prestigious of its kind in India. [B,L,D]
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Day 10 - Drive to Kalimpong
Drive to Kalimpong today. Kalimpong means ‘king's ministers strong hold’, a Bhutanese word. The guided tour will include a visit to the town’s three impressive Buddhist monasteries - Tharpa Choling Monastery, headed by the Dalai Lama; Thongsha Gumpha, a Bhutanese monastery and perhaps the oldest in Kalimpong; and Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery. Spend the night in Klimpong. [B,L,D]
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Day 11 - Train to Calcutta
Today travel to New Jalpaiguri for an overnight train to Calcutta. [B]
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Day 12 - Calcutta
On arrival in Calcutta you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
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Day 13 - Fly to London
Fly to London via Dubai or Delhi. [B]
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Price Includes 


Prices are per person based on 2 people sharing accommodation, including private driver, private guided sightseeing, meals and flights as per itinerary. Price excludes Indian Visa.

Please note this is a suggested itinerary and can be altered to meet your specific holiday requirements

 

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