KOLKATA - DARJEELING - PEMAYANGTSE - GANGTOK - KOLKATA TOUR
In this 11 days North East India travel package you are visiting the Himalayas and the Buddhist Monasteries. This itinerary for North East India is a Kolkata, Darjeeling & Gangtok tour. The holiday package starts from Kolkata and takes you to North East India. Services International Ltd is specialized in luxury Darjeeling tours and Tea tours.
Day 01 : - Arrive Kolkata.
On arrival in Kolkata, also known as Calcutta you will be transferred to your hotel. Kolkata is an important commercial and cultural point in East India. Kolkata was the Capital of India till 1911, under the British rule after which the Capital was shifted to Delhi. Kolkata is known as the City of Joy or the Cultural Capital of India. The Bengalis of Kolkata are known to be educated, cultured and soft spoken. Kolkata is known for Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.
Your afternoon Kolkata sight-seeing will take you to the important Jain Temple dedicated to Parasvanath. You will continue with your tour visiting the Victoria Memorial which is one of India's most beautiful monuments built in white marble. It houses paintings, manuscripts, and other historic objects (Closed on Mondays & National Holidays). You will drive past Howrah Bridge, Dalhousie Square, Fort Williams, Secretariat Building and Old Court House Street. Overnight is in Kolkata.
Day 02 :- Kolkata New Jalpaiguri overnight train.
You have almost the entire day free. Check-out from the hotel is at 1200 hrs. Optionally, you could visit nearby places. Kumartuli is a unique artisan village dates back 400 years, making it perhaps the oldest of its kind in the world. Around 250 artists with more than a 1000 assistants work here to produce 40,000 idols a year. The Marble Palace houses an age-old art gallery. (Closed on Mondays, Thursdays & National Holidays). Late evening, you will be transferred to the rail-station for your New Jalpaiguri train. Overnight on board.
Day 03 :- Drive New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling.
On arrival in the morning, you will be transferred to your hotel in Darjeeling. Darjeeling is a beautiful hill station with green tea gardens. This enchanting land offers the visitors with picturesque beauty and excellence with flawless components of nature. The society, its custom, mountain crests, fauna, lavish green valleys, slopes, the sanctuaries, waterways all are important part of the beauty of the nature. It is a quite perfect and most delightful holiday place for nature lovers. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Darjeeling.
Day 04 :- Darjeeling
Early in the morning you will be visiting Tiger Hill and Ghoom Monastery. From the Tiger Hill, on a clear day, you will witness a beautiful sunrise, Kanchandzonga and Mount Everest. If there are no clouds, you can see the horizon changing colors before the sunrise and then the entire mountains turn golden. The beautiful sight will be embedded in your mind for life. On your return, you will be visiting Ghoom Monastery which is the oldest Monastery - built in 1875.
After breakfast, you will be visiting Tukvar Tea Estate. The lavish green tea gardens are the primary attractions of this charming hilly region. There is no processing on all Mondays and also during winter which is from middle of November till March as there is no plucking or processing of tea. The best Darjeeling teas are mild and have a distinctive fruity flavor. You will be witnessing the different steps in the manufacturing of tea at the Tukvar Tea Estate.
This afternoon you will visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (Closed on Thursdays). The Mountaineering Institute was started to give training for Mountaineering and other adventure sports and one can see equipment used by Tenzing Norgay. You will visit the Himalayan Zoological Park and the Refugee Centre (Closed on Sundays) run by Tibetan Refugees. Here you can observe the making of Tibetan Carpets, Leather work, Paintings and Wooden work etc. Overnight in Darjeeling.
Day 05 :- Drive Darjeeling to Pemayangste/Pelling.
This morning, you will drive to Pemayangste. Pemayangtse the second oldest city of Sikkim was established at the period of the third generation of the Chogyal Chador Namgyal in the year 1705. The term “Pemayangtse” literally means “an ideal sublime lotus” that symbolizes one of the four retes in human body. You will mesmerized by the ambience of the place. At the backdrop one can see snow-capped and lush green valleys and mountains covered with dense forest.
In the afternoon you will visit the Pemayangtse Monastery built in the 17th century. This monastery is one of the most important monasteries. The view from this place of the Kanchandzonga range is quite beautiful. The monastery belongs to the order of the Nyigma and first level of monastery has outstanding sculptures, ancient scrolls and paintings with various statues of the eight incarnations of Padmasammbhava from a seven layered structure made up of wood. Overnight in Pemayangtse.
Day 06 :- Drive Pemayangtse to Gangtok.
This morning you will be transferred by road to Gangtok. Gangtok means "Hill Top". The Sikkim’s ruler Tutor Namgyal shifted the capital to Gangtok from Tumlong in 1894. Gangtok is a centre of Buddhist learning and culture and boasts of several monasteries. In the 19th century, Gangtok was an important centre for trading between the Tibetans and the British. The borders to Tiber were closed for trading in 1962 due to the war between India and China. Rest of your day is at leisure. Overnight in Gangtok.
Day 07 :- Gangtok
Today morning you will be visiting Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (Closed on Sunday) and Do Drul Chorten Rumtek Monastery. The Tibetology built in a traditional style in 1958 promotes research in Mahayana Buddhism and the traditions of Tibet. It has large collections of rare books and manuscripts on Mahayana Buddhism. Rumtek Monastery is the world's Dharma chakra Centre and the seat of His Holiness, the Gyalwa Karmapa - head of the Kagyupa order of Buddhism. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 :- Gangtok
This morning, you will be taken to Tashiview point to view Kanchenjunga and other mountains. There is a legend is that the Yetis live nearby Kanchenjunga and also that that there is a valley of immortality hidden on the slopes. Kanchenjunga at 8,598 m is the third highest mountain in the world is worshipped by the locals and is called the Five Treasures of Snow after its five high peaks. Two Britishers Joe Brown and George Band were the first to climb Kanchenjunga in 1955.
In the afternoon, you will be taken to the Enchey Monastery. Built in 1910 on the site of the hermitage of the great tantric saint, Lama Droop Karoo, who was renowned for his powers of levitation, this monastery houses the monks of the Nyigma Order of Tibetan Buddhism. You will be taken to the Directorate of handloom and handicrafts. Exquisitely carved wooden friezes, intricate bamboo work, along with beautiful hand woven carpets and handlooms are on exhibit here. Overnight is in Gangtok.
Day 09 :- Drive Gangtok to New Jalpaiguri to connect to Kolkata overnight train.
Kanchenjunga the world's third-highest peak is located on Sikkim's border. The original inhabitants were the Lepcha and it is said that Guru Rinpoche introduced Buddhism in 8th century. Sikkim's allied itself with British in the 19th century and in 1975 it merged with India. Sikkim has the only open land border between India and China. Today, you will drive to New Jalpaiguri rail-station in time for your Kolkata night train. Night on board.
Day 10 :- Kolkata
On your arrival in Kolkata you will be transferred to your hotel where you have a free day for discovering more of Kolkata. Optionally, you could visit Mother Teresa's Mission. Mother Teresa who won the Nobel Prize in 1979 was a Macedonian and founded the Missionaries of Charity which is active world over. Members have to promise to chastity, poverty and obedience and give "Wholehearted and Free service to the poorest of the poor". Kolkata has many museums, temples and other places of interest worth visiting. Overnight is in Kolkata.
Day 11 :- Departure
In the morning, you will be transferred to the Kolkata airport.
END OF YOUR LUXURY DARJEELING HOLIDAY.