8 days / 7 nights

Highlights Of West Bengal And Sikkim

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meals
accomodation
activities
transfer
sightseeing

Themes

Adventure
Family
Summer

Snapshot

This short foray into the hills north of Kolkatais a great way to visit this part of India, perhaps as an add-on to another voyage in Rajasthan, or elsewhere in north-India. You’ll visit the compelling city of Calcutta, the iconic hill station of Darjeeling and, in Sikkim, get a glimpse of an entirely different culture altogether. The best time to undertake this trip is in October/early December, or from February through to April.

Inclusions

Assistance on Arrival Daily Full Breakfast Hotel Accommodation on twin / double sharing basis. All tours / activities / shows as per the itinerary All entrance tickets as per itinerary All Pick up drops / transfers mentioned in the itinerary Transport in A/C car / Bus as mentioned Meals as per the itinerary / included in the itinerary

Exclusions

Air Tickets (International / Domestic) Visa and Insurance Hotel Taxes Suggested optional activities/ tours if any. Any meals / snacks other than mentioned in the itinerary Camera Fee and any other entertainment charges Tips of any kind – Guides, Driver, Cruise Crew, etc. Portages at airport Personal Expenses such as Laundry, Telephone etc Beverages of any kind

Itinerary

Day 1
Kolkata– Darjeeling
You’ll be met on arrival in Calcutta, and then fly to Bagdogra in the afternoon. Here you will be met and introduced to your guide and driver, before making the 3 hour drive to Darjeeling. In the evening you can walk in the markets and soak up the atmosphere of this historic town. Overnight in Darjeeling.
Day 2
Darjeeling sightseeing
Full day of sightseeing around Darjeeling including Batasia Loop - a marvel of railway engineering, Tea Estates, the Himalayan Mountaineering Training Institute and the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre. If you want to buy a carpet anywhere in India, this may be the most worthy place of all to do so - beautiful carpets are handmade to order by the refugee population here. Later take the short trip on the mountain railway to Ghoom and visit the monastery there. Another must in Darjeeling is a session of tea-tasting, likely to convert even the most seasoned coffee drinker to at least an understanding of tea! Return to Darjeeling for overnight stay.
Day 3
Darjeeling - Kalimpong
An early start to drive to Tiger Hill for the stunning sunrise over the eastern Himalaya, including views of Khanchendzonga, the 3rd highest mountain on earth. Return to your hotel for breakfast and a rest, before departing Darjeeling for the short drive to Kalimpong, in the afternoon take in some of the highlights of this picturesque town including Dello Hills, Dr Graham's Home for orphans, and Flower Nurseries. Enjoy a relaxing evening on the terrace of your hotel with expansive views of the surrounding hills, overnight in Kalimpong.
Day 4
Kalimpong – Gangtok
After breakfast, drive 4 hours to Gangtok in Sikkim state - in an area known for its extravagant scenic beauty, this drive is among the most rewarding. Check into your hotel with free time in the afternoon to explore the fascinating bazaar on MG Road, overnight in Gangtok.
Day 5
Gangtok – Rumtek – Gangtok
A full day around Gangtok and nearby Rumtek with sightseeing highlights including Tashiview Point, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, the Institute of Tibetology, and the serene and tranquil monastery at Rumtek. There is a striking contrast between the quiet of the monastand eries and gompas on the Rumtek side and the bustle of busy Gangtok on the opposite side of the valley. Return to Gangtok where, in season, you can sample such quirky Sikkimese cuisine as nettle-shoot stew at a local restaurant. Overnight in Gangtok
Day 6
Gangtok – Tsongo – Gangtok
An excursion today to Tsongo Lake, reached by means of a military - maintained road which at times defies belief as it climbs and climbs into the soaring mountains. Finally at a height of 3,720 metres above sea level you will reach Tsongo, an alpine lake set in an area of spectacular scenic beauty, This is the closest point that westerners can access to the Tibetan border, some 20 km further on. While you are at Tsongo you can walk or ride a yak around the Lake - yaks may not be the most comfortable animals to ride but this is an unmissable opportunity! Return to Gangtok with free time in the later afternoon, overnight in Gangtok.
Day 7
Gangtok – Bagdogra - Delhi
After breakfast, drive to Bagdogra for mid-afternoon flight to Delhi. You’ll be met on arrival in India’s capital and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 8
Delhi
As a contrast to the high mountains of Sikkim and Bengal with their space and lack of crowds, Delhi could not be more complete. Your day of sightseeing will cover both Old and New Delhi including grand colonial buildings, the Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat, Humayun’s tomb and Jama Masjid - India’s grandest mosque. For many people the highlight is a cycle-rickshaw ride around the lanes and alleyways of Chandni Chowk- Old Delhi’s historic market area. Later in the day transfer to the airport for your connecting flight.

Accomodations

1 STAR
Darjeeling: Any 3*/4*/5* Hotel or Accommodation (Optional), Delhi: Any 3*/4*/5* Hotel or Accommodation (Optional), Gangtok: Any 3*/4*/5* Hotel or Accommodation (Optional), Kalimpong: Any 3*/4*/5* Hotel or Accommodation (Optional) or similar

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  • The above rates are subject to change in case of travel during the festive season
  • In case we are not able to provide the same hotels as mentioned, then we shall provide similar alternate properties, change in the cost if any will be advised.
  • In case of Political Unrest, bad weather or sudden breakdown of the vessel we may shift guest to alternative govt ferry and no refund will be entertained during that situation.
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