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Colonial Charms & Himalayan Heights: A Journey through East India

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Duration

13 Nights / 14 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through East India with the “Colonial Charms & Himalayan Heights” tour. Begin in Kolkata, where the old meets the new in bustling markets and colonial landmarks. Traverse to the serene tea estates of Darjeeling, where misty mountains and the aroma of freshly brewed tea enchant. Continue to Pelling and Gangtok, nestled in the Himalayan foothills, offering panoramic vistas and Buddhist monasteries. Explore Kalimpong’s cultural blend before venturing to Guwahati and Kaziranga, where wildlife roams freely in lush national parks. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Majuli and Jorhat, concluding with a flight back to Kolkata, a journey blending history, nature, and cultural richness.

Highlights

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kolkata

Arrive at Kolkata Airport, where you will be warmly greeted by our representative. Enjoy a comfortable transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kolkata, a city steeped in colonial history and cultural richness. Check-in at your hotel and take some time to unwind and refresh after your journey. Kolkata, known as the "City of Joy," welcomes you with its vibrant energy and unique charm. In the evening, consider taking a leisurely stroll around the hotel area to soak in the local ambiance. You might discover bustling markets, street food stalls offering Kolkata's famous snacks like puchkas and kathi rolls, or simply enjoy the evening breeze along the Hooghly River. Overnight stay at your hotel, anticipating the adventures and cultural explorations awaiting you in the days ahead.

Day 2: Kolkata

Start with breakfast at the hotel. Explore Victoria Memorial, an iconic marble building showcasing Indo-Saracenic architecture and housing a museum with artifacts from British India. Learn about Kolkata's colonial history and admire the grandeur of the monument. Explore St. Paul's Cathedral, a striking example of Indo-Gothic architecture. Attend a choir service if available to experience the spiritual ambiance of this historic cathedral. Visit Howrah Bridge, a historic cantilever bridge over the Hooghly River, offering panoramic views of Kolkata's bustling riverfront and the daily life of the city. Discover the Indian Museum, one of the oldest museums in Asia, featuring an extensive collection of ancient artifacts, fossils, and art pieces. Dive into India's cultural heritage through its diverse exhibits.

Day 3: Kolkata - Bagdogra/ Darjeeling (62kms)

After breakfast, transfer to Bagdogra or Darjeeling. Enjoy a scenic drive to Darjeeling, famous for its tea gardens and panoramic views of the Himalayas. Arrive and check into your hotel.

Day 4: Darjeeling

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Early morning visit to Tiger Hill for a stunning sunrise over Mount Kanchenjunga and the Eastern Himalayan range. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the snow-clad peaks bathed in the first light of dawn. Explore the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Everest Museum, showcasing mountaineering equipment and artifacts related to Everest expeditions. Learn about the challenges and triumphs of scaling the world's highest peak. Visit the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park to see endangered Himalayan species like snow leopards and red pandas. Marvel at the diversity of wildlife thriving in the pristine mountain environment. Take a ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Toy Train," for a scenic journey through picturesque landscapes and tea plantations.

Day 5: Darjeeling - Pelling (75kms)

After breakfast, drive to Pelling. Visit Pemayangtse Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, known for its ancient Buddhist scriptures and stunning mountain views. Immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance of this spiritual center. Explore Rabdentse Ruins, the second capital of the former kingdom of Sikkim, offering historical insights and scenic views of the surrounding valleys.

Day 6: Pelling - Gangtok (120kms)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before driving to Gangtok. En route, visit Khecheopalri Lake, a sacred lake surrounded by lush forests and revered by Buddhists as a wish-fulfilling lake. Experience the serenity and natural beauty of this pristine Himalayan lake. Explore Rumtek Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery known for its intricate architecture and religious significance. Learn about Tibetan Buddhism and admire the monastery's ornate artwork and religious relics.

Day 7: Gangtok

Start with breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology to learn about Tibetan culture, history, and Buddhism through its extensive collection of artifacts and manuscripts. Gain insights into the region's rich cultural heritage. Explore Enchey Monastery, a 200-year-old monastery known for its serene atmosphere and religious teachings. Witness Buddhist rituals and teachings amidst the backdrop of scenic mountains. Stroll through MG Marg, Gangtok's bustling pedestrian street, lined with shops, cafes, and local boutiques. Experience the vibrant local culture and indulge in shopping for traditional handicrafts and souvenirs.

Day 8: Gangtok - Kalimpong (75kms)

After breakfast, drive to Kalimpong. Visit Durpin Monastery, offering panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Enjoy the tranquil setting and panoramic vistas from this hilltop monastery. Explore Deolo Hill, the highest point in Kalimpong, known for its lush gardens and viewpoints. Capture stunning views of the Himalayan peaks and the Teesta River winding through the valley below. Visit the Flower Nurseries of Kalimpong, renowned for their exotic orchids and other Himalayan flowers. Learn about floriculture and enjoy the vibrant colors and fragrances of the gardens.

Day 9: Kalimpong - Bagdogra (75kms)/ Guwahati

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before driving to Bagdogra or flying to Guwahati. Depending on the route, visit local markets or cultural sites in Bagdogra or Guwahati. Experience the local flavors and vibrant atmosphere of these bustling cities.

Day 10: Guwahati - Kaziranga NP (200kms)(B,D)

After breakfast, drive to Kaziranga National Park. Enjoy a Jeep Safari in Kaziranga to spot one-horned rhinos, elephants, and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Experience the thrill of wildlife spotting amidst the verdant landscapes of Kaziranga. Attend an evening cultural program (Bihu dance) by a local troupe. Immerse yourself in Assamese culture through traditional music and dance performances.

Day 11: Kaziranga NP

Start early with a morning Elephant Safari in Kaziranga to explore deeper into the park and witness wildlife up close. Experience the unique perspective of wildlife viewing from atop an elephant. Visit the Kaziranga Orchid and Biodiversity Park to see a diverse collection of orchids and native plant species. Learn about conservation efforts and the rich biodiversity of Kaziranga. Explore the nearby villages to experience the lifestyle and traditions of the local communities. Interact with villagers and learn about their customs, handicrafts, and agricultural practices.

Day 12: Kaziranga - Majuli (150kms)

After breakfast, drive to Majuli Island, the world's largest river island. Visit Satras (Vaishnavite monasteries) to learn about Assamese culture, dance forms, and ancient manuscripts. Experience the spiritual and cultural heritage preserved in these historic monastic institutions. Explore the traditional pottery-making villages of Majuli to witness the craftsmanship and techniques passed down through generations. Participate in pottery workshops to learn basic pottery skills from local artisans.

Day 13: Majuli - Jorhat (40kms)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before driving to Jorhat. Visit the Tocklai Tea Research Institute, the world's oldest and largest tea research station. Gain insights into tea cultivation, processing techniques, and the significance of tea in Assamese culture and economy. Explore the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary to spot Hoolock gibbons, India's only ape species, and a variety of bird species in their natural habitat.

Day 14: Jorhat - Kolkata (flight)

After breakfast, transfer to Jorhat Airport for your flight to Kolkata. Free time for last-minute shopping or optional sightseeing in Kolkata. Explore the vibrant markets and cultural landmarks of the city before departing.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 13 Nights' accommodation in 4star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Kolkata - Bagdogra - Guwahati and Jorhat - Kolkata flight fare approx INR 15,500 per person in economy class.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

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