Beginning in Kolkata, this journey captures the highlights of the Indian states of West Bengal and Sikkim; uncovering remarkable religious monuments; Tibetan culture and spectacular mountain scenery; including the world's third highest peak, Kanchenjunga. Staying in boutique heritage hotels, you travel to the popular hill station of Darjeeling renowned for its local tea plantations.
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Arrive in Kolkata (Calcutta) and transfer to the
Oberoi Grand for a 2-night stay. (N)
Morning visit to the colourful flower market,
followed by a cruise on the Hooghly river. This
afternoon, take a walking tour of Kolkata. (B)
Fly to Bagdogra and drive to the remote hill
station of Kalimpong, famous for its exotic
flower nurseries. Stay overnight at the Elgin
Silver Oaks hotel. (B, L, D)
Drive to Gangtok and stay 2 nights at the Elgin
Nor-Khill hotel. Gangtok offers excellent views of
the entire Kanchenjunga range and, like the rest
of the state of Sikkim, is rich in Tibetan Buddhist
culture. (B, L, D)
Morning tour of the 200-year-old Enchey
monastery, noted for its beautiful murals,
images of gods, goddesses and objects used
for rituals and ceremonies, and the orchid
sanctuary. This afternoon, visit the Namgyal
Institute of Tibetology and the Do-Drul
Chorten stupa with its beautiful prayer
wheels and flags. (B, L, D)
Visit the 16th-century Rumtek monastery,
built in authentic Tibetan design with typical
monastic paintings and wood carvings. Stay
overnight at the Elgin Mount Pandim, set in
eight acres of virgin forest. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to Pemayangtse monastery and
Khecheopari lake. Continue to Darjeeling,
straddling a ridge and surrounded by tea
plantations, it is home to people from the
surrounding eastern Himalaya, as well as
Nepalis and Tibetan refugees. Stay 3 nights at
Glenburn tea estate outside Darjeeling. (B, L, D)
Full-day guided walking tour of the estate. The
walk offers spectacular views of Sikkim, the hill
station of Kalimpong and the Rungeet river.
Walking through the forests you will observe
the rich diversity of birds, butterflies, plant and
animal life typical to this habitat as well as
glimpses of rural life. (B, L, D)
Ride the toy train from Darjeeling to Ghoom.
Afternoon guided walking tour of Darjeeling
including the Tibetan Refugee Centre and the
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. (B, L, D)
Drive to Bagdogra and fly to Kolkata for an
overnight stay at the Oberoi Grand. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
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Glenburn is a delightful 647-hectare working
tea estate just an hour’s drive from Darjeeling.
Offering breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga
mountain range, the estate is an ideal place to
relax and explore the beautiful countryside.
Characterful accommodation is provided in eight
luxuriously converted suites, including four in the
main 150-year-old plantation...
The Hotel Silver Oaks was once a boarding house for British settlers visiting the quiet hill resort of Kalimpong. Set amidst landscaped gardens with pine, rhododendron, magnolia, ferns and orchids, the hotel still has the distinctive atmosphere of the Raj era with its oak panelling and period furniture in each...
The Nor-Khill Hotel is an example of typical Sikkimese architecture, and was once the royal guest house of the Chogyal dynasty. It is still maintained as a heritage property, and has comfortable and spacious rooms with modern...
The Oberoi Grand is located in the heart of the city, near the main monuments and shopping district. It is 22 km from the international airport, which takes approximately 45 minutes by road.
The hotel has been a feature of Kolkata (Calcutta) for over 125 years and it combines classic Victorian architecture with modern facilities. It has 6 categories of rooms and suites. Deluxe rooms offer a panoramic view of the city and some luxury rooms have a private balcony overlooking the central courtyard. Premier rooms feature four-poster beds and private balconies and classic suites overlook the pool and garden. Set amid the palm-fringed courtyard and pool are the deluxe suites and the 3 luxury suites, each measuring 84 sqm, feature four balconies overlooking the hotel grounds. All rooms have a satellite television, DVD player, Internet access, safe, telephone and mini bar.
The hotel ha...
Once the summer retreat of the royal family of Sikkim, this heritage hotel is now part of the Elgin group of hotels. Located within walking distance of Pemyangtse Monastery, the Elgin Mount Pandim is known for its tradition and ethnic Sikkimese ambience. All 32 rooms are simply furnished and offer magnificent views of the snow capped...
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Kolkata (Calcutta) was the capital of British India until 1911 and the character of this...
Originally known as ‘Dorje Ling’ (Place of the Thunderbolt) after the lama who founded...
Kalimpong is a delightful small town, clinging to the mountainside in the far northern...