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