KOLKATA - DARJEELING - PEMAYANGTSE - GANGTOK - PURI - KONARK - BHUBANESHWAR - EASTERN INDIA TRAVEL PACKAGE.
The 12 days is a luxury holiday in North East India covering the states of West Bengal & Odisha. The tour package starts from Kolkata, and the best month to visit North East Indian states are - summers for Darjeeling and winters for Odisha. In this tour, you are visiting the best places to see in Eastern India. Your own tour operator Services International Ltd offers you luxury tours to East India.
Day 01 : - Arrive Kolkata. Sightseeing tour of 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 Bagdogra by flight and drive to Darjeeling.
This morning, you will be transferred to Kolkata airport in time for your Bagdogra flight. On arrival you will be transferred to Darjeeling by road. 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. Overnight in Darjeeling.
Day 03 :- Sightseeing tour of 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 04 :- Drive from Darjeeling to Pemayangtse. Sightseeing tour of Pemayangtse.
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 05 :- Drive from 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 06 :-Sightseeing tour of 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.
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 07 :- Gangtok to Bagdogra by road to connect Kolkata flight.
Your visit of Sikkim comes to an end. 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 Bagdogra airport in time for your Kolkata flight. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight is in Kolkata.
Day 08 :- Kolkata to Bhubaneshwar by flight and drive to Puri.
Today you will be transferred to airport for your Bhubaneswar flight. On arrival in Bhubaneswar you will be transferred by road directly to Puri. Rest of the time is at leisure in Puri to discover this religious town. Puri is one of the holiest places for Hindus is also known as Jagannath Puri. Puri has one of the four Mathas (Hindu monastery) established by Adi Shankaracharya. The others are at Jyotirmath, Sringeri and Dwarika. Overnight is in Puri.
Day 09 :- Sightseeing tour of Puri.
This morning you will have a Puri city tour. Puri is one of the holiest places for Hindus and is also known as Jagannath Puri. Every Hindu would like to make a pilgrimage tour to four temples towns at least once in his life and Puri is one of them and the other three are Badrinath, Dwarika and Rameshwaram. Puri has one of the four Mathas established by Adi Shankaracharya. The others are at Jyotirmath, Sringeri and Dwarika. The Jagannath Temple is closed for non-Hindus. Afternoon is at leisure for more visits or to visit the beach. Overnight is in Puri.
Day 10 :- Drive Puri to Konark to Bhubaneshwar.
Today you will drive to the 13th century World Heritage Site - Konark Sun Temple. The name Konark comes from the Sanskrit words Kona (angle) and Arka (Sun) and is dedicated to Surya the Sun God. The Temple is designed as a huge chariot of the Surya with twelve pairs of wheels, some of them 3 meters wide and pulled by seven horses. Konark is home to the Konark Dance Festival devoted to the classical Indian dance forms, including Odissi. After the visit of Konark, you will drive to Bhubaneshwar. Overnight is in Bhubaneshwar.
Day 11 :- Sightseeing tour of Bhubaneshwar
In your morning city tour of Bhubaneshwar, you will be visiting the various temples of this city. Bhubaneswar known as the Temple City of India had over a thousand temples and some of the important temples are Lingered Temple, Muktesvara Temple, Rajarani Temple, and Ananta Vasudeva Temple. Most of the temples built between 7th and 11th century are of Lord Shiva. The State Museum houses artifacts, weapons and local arts and crafts. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight is in Bhubaneshwar.
Day 12:Fly from Bhubaneshwar to Kolkata.
Today you will be transferred to Bhubaneshwar airport in time to board your Kolkata flight. On your arrival at Kolkata, you will connect to your return/onwards flight. There is no accommodation for this night in Kolkata.
END OF YOUR LUXURY EAST INDIA HOLIDAY TOUR.