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Grand Colonial Heritage & Himalayan Wonders

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Duration

15 Nights / 16 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through East India with our “Grand Colonial Heritage & Himalayan Wonders” tour. Beginning in Mumbai, delve into the city’s vibrant tapestry of colonial-era landmarks and bustling markets. Traverse to the serene hills of Darjeeling and Pelling, where tea plantations paint the landscape green. In Gangtok and Kalimpong, explore Tibetan monasteries and verdant valleys nestled amidst the Himalayan peaks. Wildlife enthusiasts will marvel at Kaziranga National Park’s rich biodiversity, home to the endangered one-horned rhinoceros. Discover the cultural oasis of Majuli and the historic charm of Kolkata, where colonial architecture meets bustling streets. This journey promises an unforgettable blend of history, nature, and cultural exploration across East India’s diverse landscapes.

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 Mumbai

Arrive at Mumbai International Airport and transfer to your hotel. Relax and refresh after your journey. Mumbai, India's financial capital, welcomes you with its bustling streets and vibrant culture.

Day 2: Mumbai

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Gateway of India, a historic landmark overlooking the Arabian Sea, built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Explore the adjacent waterfront promenade and enjoy views of the iconic Taj Mahal Palace hotel. Explore the Prince of Wales Museum (now Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya), housing a priceless collection of art and artifacts representing India's rich heritage, including sculptures, miniature paintings, and decorative arts. Take a walk through the Colaba Causeway, known for its bustling markets, cafes, and street food stalls offering a taste of Mumbai's diverse culinary delights. Optional: Visit Dhobi Ghat, the world's largest outdoor laundry, where hundreds of washermen wash clothes from Mumbai's hotels and hospitals.

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

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagdogra. Drive to Darjeeling, a charming hill station renowned for its tea gardens and panoramic views of the Himalayas. Check-in at your hotel and relax amidst the cool mountain air.

Day 4: Darjeeling

After breakfast, start with an early morning visit to Tiger Hill to witness the spectacular sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest peak. Enjoy breathtaking views as the sun illuminates the snow-capped peaks. Visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute & Museum, dedicated to mountaineering feats and housing rare artifacts and exhibits. Learn about the history of climbing in the Himalayas and famous mountaineers. Explore the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park to see endangered species like the red panda and snow leopard in their natural habitat. The park is known for its conservation efforts and breeding programs. Enjoy a ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the charming Toy Train through scenic landscapes and tea gardens. Experience the nostalgia of a bygone era on this narrow-gauge railway journey.

Day 5: Darjeeling - Pelling (75kms)

After breakfast, drive to Pelling, a serene town offering breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga range. Visit Pemayangtse Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, known for its ancient Buddhist artifacts and stunning location. Explore the monastery's prayer halls and intricate wood carvings. Explore Rabdentse Ruins, the ancient capital of Sikkim, offering panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and lush forests. Walk among the ruins and imagine the grandeur of the past. Optional: Visit Khecheopalri Lake, a sacred lake surrounded by dense forests and revered by Buddhists and Hindus alike. Enjoy the serene ambiance and participate in a prayer session by the lakeside.

Day 6: Pelling - Gangtok (120kms)

After breakfast, travel to Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, known for its Buddhist monasteries and vibrant culture. Visit Enchey Monastery, an important religious site with serene surroundings and intricate architecture. Attend a prayer session and learn about Tibetan Buddhism. Explore Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, housing a vast collection of Tibetan artifacts, scriptures, and ancient manuscripts. Gain insights into Tibetan culture and history through interactive exhibits. Enjoy a stroll along MG Marg, Gangtok's bustling pedestrian street lined with shops, eateries, and local handicraft stalls. Experience the local flavors and shop for traditional Sikkimese handicrafts.

Day 7: Gangtok

After breakfast, visit Tsomgo Lake (Changu Lake), a glacial lake nestled amidst snow-capped mountains, offering stunning views and serene surroundings. Enjoy a yak ride along the lakeshore and capture memorable photos. Explore Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir, a revered shrine dedicated to an Indian Army soldier, known for its spiritual significance and scenic location. Learn about the legends associated with the temple. Optional: Visit Nathu La Pass (subject to availability), a high-altitude mountain pass on the India-China border offering panoramic views and a glimpse into border trade activities. Experience the thrill of standing at the international boundary.

Day 8: Gangtok - Kalimpong (75kms)

After breakfast, drive to Kalimpong, a peaceful hill station with panoramic views of the Teesta River and the Eastern Himalayas. Visit Durpin Monastery, offering panoramic views of the town and surrounding hills. Participate in a meditation session and enjoy the tranquility of the monastery. Explore the Kalimpong Arts & Craft Center, known for its traditional handicrafts, Tibetan artifacts, and woolen carpets. Witness artisans at work and shop for souvenirs. Take a leisurely walk through the local market to interact with the friendly locals and sample local delicacies.

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

Transfer to Bagdogra for your flight to Guwahati, the gateway to Northeast India. Check-in at your hotel in Guwahati and relax amidst the tranquil surroundings.

Day 10: Guwahati - Kaziranga NP (200kms)

After breakfast, drive to Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the one-horned rhinoceros. Enjoy the scenic drive through rural Assam. Check-in at your lodge and relax amidst the wilderness of Kaziranga. Enjoy an afternoon jeep safari in Kaziranga to spot wildlife such as elephants, tigers, and the elusive water buffalo. Experience the thrill of wildlife encounters in their natural habitat.

Day 11: Kaziranga NP

Embark on morning and afternoon safaris in Kaziranga to explore its diverse habitats and wildlife. Capture photos of the rare species and pristine landscapes. Visit a local village to interact with Assamese tribal communities and learn about their unique culture, traditions, and handicrafts. Participate in cultural activities and enjoy a traditional Assamese meal.

Day 12: Kaziranga - Majuli (150kms)

After breakfast, drive to Neamati Ghat and take a ferry to Majuli, the world's largest river island known for its Vaishnavite monasteries (Satras) and cultural heritage. Explore Auniati Satra and other Satras to witness traditional dance forms and artistic expressions. Attend a cultural performance showcasing the rich heritage of Majuli. Visit Mishing tribal villages to learn about their sustainable way of life, indigenous crafts, and vibrant festivals. Interact with locals and gain insights into their traditional practices.

Day 13: Majuli - Jorhat (40kms)

After breakfast, drive to Jorhat, a historical town renowned as the tea capital of Assam. Visit a local tea estate to witness tea plucking and processing techniques. Explore Thengal Bhawan, a historic mansion showcasing Assamese architecture and cultural artifacts. Learn about the tea industry's influence on the region's economy and heritage.

Day 14: Jorhat - Kolkata (flight)

Fly to Kolkata and check-in at your hotel. Explore Kolkata's colonial landmarks such as Victoria Memorial, St. Paul's Cathedral, and the iconic Howrah Bridge. Learn about the city's history and architectural heritage. Visit Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity to learn about her humanitarian work and legacy. Participate in voluntary activities and support charitable causes.

Day 15: Kolkata

After breakfast, start your day with a visit to the iconic Victoria Memorial, a monument and museum showcasing Indo-Saracenic architecture and British-era artifacts. Explore St. Paul's Cathedral, an impressive Anglican cathedral with Gothic architecture, known for its serene ambiance and stained glass windows. Visit Kalighat Kali Temple, one of Kolkata's oldest and most revered temples dedicated to Goddess Kali, attracting devotees and visitors alike. Next, explore the historic Howrah Bridge, a cantilever bridge over the Hooghly River, offering panoramic views and a bustling atmosphere. Visit the Mother House, headquarters of Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Teresa, offering insights into her life and humanitarian work. Proceed to New Market, a bustling shopping district known for its diverse range of products, from textiles and handicrafts to spices and electronics. Discover Science City, a science museum and exhibition center offering interactive exhibits, a space theater, and a butterfly park, enjoyable for all ages. Conclude your day with a visit to Park Street, a lively thoroughfare known for its restaurants, cafes, and nightlife, providing a glimpse into Kolkata's modern dining and entertainment scene.

Day 16: Kolkata - Departure

Depending on your flight schedule, you may have time for last-minute shopping or sightseeing. Transfer to Kolkata International Airport for your departure, concluding your enriching journey through East India's colonial cities, tea estates, wildlife reserves, and cultural heritage sites.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 15 Nights' accommodation in 4-star 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.
  • 3-Time Gypsy safari in Kaziranga National Parks with forest department naturalist.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Mumbai - Bagdogra - Guwahati & Jorhat - Kolkata flight fare approx INR 20,000 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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