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Eastern Himalayan Trails

Private Travel | General interest 12 Days & 10 Nights Lead-in price: £3495

This journey captures the highlights of the Indian states of West Bengal and Sikkim, uncovering remarkable religious monuments, Tibetan culture and spectacular mountain scenery.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Stays in characterful heritage hotels
  • Visit areas rich in Tibetan culture
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the Kanchenjunga mountain range
  • Ride the scenic toy train from Darjeeling to Ghoom
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Kolkata


Day 2: Kolkata

Arrive in Kolkata (Calcutta) and transfer to the Oberoi Grand for a 2-night stay. (N)

Day 3: Kolkata

Morning visit to the colourful flower market, followed by a cruise on the Hooghly river. This afternoon, take a cruise on the Hooghly River. (B)

Day 4: Fly to Bagdogra • Kalimpong

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)

Day 5: Gangtok

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)

Day 6: Gangtok

Visit the 16th-century Rumtek monastery, built in authentic Tibetan design with typical monastic paintings and wood carvings. In the afternoon, explore 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. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Pelling

Drive to Pelling, and visit the Pemayangtse monastery and the Rabdentse ruins. Stay overnight at the Elgin Mount Pandim, set in eight acres of virgin forest. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Darjeeling

Morning visit to 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)

Day 9: Darjeeling

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)

Day 10: Darjeeling

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)

Day 11: Fly to Kolkata

Drive to Bagdogra and fly to Kolkata for an overnight stay at the Oberoi Grand. (B)

Day 12: Fly home


Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Standard tour:

This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Elgin Mount Pandim
    Elgin Mount Pandim

    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 Himalayas.

  • Oberoi Grand
    Oberoi Grand

    The Oberoi Grand is a classic and stylish hotel located in the heart of the city, near the principal monuments and New Market. The hotel has two restaurants and offers some of the best dining experiences in the city, including an authentic Thai restaurant. The swimming pool and central courtyard offer a great place to relax, away from the bustling city while the stylish bar has a pool table and often features live music, including jazz and blues. Features: 209 rooms, Wi-Fi, swimming pool, spa, gym, beauty salon, 2 restaurants, bar. Room amenities: Television, writing desk, safe, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, en suite bathroom.

  • Elgin Nor-Khill Gangtok
    Elgin Nor-Khill Gangtok

    Situated in the heart of Gangtok, 5000ft up in the Himalaya, the Elgin Nor-Knill was built in 1932 by the King of Sikkim and served as his royal guesthouse for receiving heads of states and dignitaries. Referring to the lush surrounding gardens, 'Nor Khill' directly translates to 'house of jewels' and is a fitting tribute to the natural beauty of the mountains, valleys and flowers that can be seen from the property. The interior is grand and cozy and furnished with Burmese teak furniture, oak floorboards and panelling as well as crackling fireplaces. Each of the spacious rooms offers excellent views of the mountains or valleys.

  • Glenburn Tea Estate
    Glenburn Tea Estate

    Glenburn is a 1,600 acre tea estate just an hour's drive from Darjeeling. The estate has breath-taking views of the Kanchenjunja mountain range and is an ideal place to relax and explore the beautiful countryside for a couple of days. Accommodation is full of character in one of the luxuriously converted suites within a 19th century planter's bungalow. Picnics and barbeques can be arranged for guests, as well as refreshments throughout the day. Tours of the estate can be arranged with tea tasting sessions, as well as bird-watching and nature walks. Features: 8 rooms, dining room, garden, spa, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Ceiling fan, four-poster beds, writing desk.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £3495 per person

High season from £3525 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

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Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

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