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Timeless Treasures of India: Monasteries, Tea Gardens, and Historical Caves

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Duration

12 Nights / 13 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a journey through India’s timeless treasures with our meticulously curated itinerary. Begin in Kolkata, where bustling markets and colonial architecture set the stage. Traverse to the tranquil hills of Darjeeling and Pelling, discovering tea gardens and ancient monasteries against the backdrop of the Himalayas. Continue to vibrant Gangtok and Kalimpong, exploring Buddhist monasteries and panoramic viewpoints. Fly to Mumbai for a blend of historic caves and bustling city life, before venturing to Aurangabad’s Ellora and Ajanta Caves, marvels of ancient rock-cut architecture. Conclude with memories of India’s diverse landscapes and cultural legacies, a journey enriched with historical marvels and natural beauty.

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 International Airport and transfer to your hotel in the city. Relax and prepare for the journey ahead. Wander through the bustling streets of New Market, known for its vibrant atmosphere and diverse range of goods, from clothing to local handicrafts.

Day 2: Kolkata

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Explore the iconic Victoria Memorial, a marble building showcasing British colonial architecture and housing a museum with exhibits on the history of India. Visit the Marble Palace, a stunning mansion with a rich collection of antiques, artworks, and sculptures from around the world. Visit the Indian Museum, the oldest and largest museum in India, with a vast collection of artifacts ranging from ancient sculptures to Egyptian mummies. Explore Howrah Bridge, an engineering marvel and one of the busiest cantilever bridges in the world, offering a spectacular view of the Hooghly River. Visit Mother Teresa’s House, the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, where you can learn about her life and humanitarian work.

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

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Fly to Bagdogra and drive to Darjeeling, a picturesque hill station renowned for its tea estates and scenic beauty. Visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, dedicated to promoting mountaineering and preserving the heritage of the Himalayas. Enjoy a stroll through the tea gardens, witnessing the tea plucking process and learning about tea production.

Day 4: Darjeeling

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Visit Tiger Hill at sunrise for a breathtaking view of the Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest peaks. Ride the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the Toy Train, a UNESCO World Heritage site offering a nostalgic journey through the hills. Explore the Peace Pagoda, a serene Buddhist stupa that offers panoramic views of Darjeeling and the surrounding mountains. Visit the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, home to rare and endangered Himalayan species like the snow leopard and red panda. Explore the Japanese Temple, a peaceful place for meditation and offering beautiful views of the surrounding hills.

Day 5: Darjeeling - Pelling (75kms)

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Pelling, a small town in Sikkim known for its stunning views of the Himalayas and historical sites. Visit Pemayangtse Monastery, one of the oldest and most important monasteries in Sikkim, known for its beautiful murals and statues. Explore Rabdentse Ruins, the remains of the former capital of the Kingdom of Sikkim, offering insights into the region’s history and culture. Visit the Sangachoeling Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, situated on a hilltop offering panoramic views of the surrounding area. Explore the Khecheopalri Lake, a sacred lake revered by both Buddhists and Hindus, known for its serene environment and natural beauty.

Day 6: Pelling - Gangtok (120kms)

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, known for its Buddhist monasteries and vibrant culture. Explore the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, a renowned research center dedicated to the study of Tibetan culture and Buddhism. Visit Do Drul Chorten, a stupa with golden-domed prayer wheels, and attend a prayer session for a spiritual experience. Explore the MG Marg, the main street of Gangtok, lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants offering local delicacies and souvenirs.

Day 7: Gangtok

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Visit Rumtek Monastery, one of the largest and most significant monasteries in Sikkim, showcasing traditional Tibetan architecture and religious artifacts. Explore Enchey Monastery, a peaceful monastery with intricate paintings and a serene atmosphere. Visit Tashi Viewpoint for a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga range and surrounding hills. Wander through the Flower Exhibition Centre, showcasing a variety of exotic flowers and orchids native to Sikkim. Visit Ganesh Tok, a small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha, offering panoramic views of Gangtok and the surrounding mountains. Explore the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom, where you can see traditional Sikkimese crafts and purchase souvenirs.

Day 8: Gangtok - Kalimpong (75kms)

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Kalimpong, a hill station known for its colonial architecture and beautiful landscapes. Visit Zang Dhok Palri Phodang, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery with stunning views and rich religious significance. Explore Deolo Hill, offering panoramic views of the surrounding valleys, rivers, and mountains. Visit the Cactus Nursery, home to a wide variety of cactus species and other exotic plants. Explore Durpin Dara Hill, providing spectacular views of the Himalayas and Teesta River. Visit the Tharpa Choling Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Kalimpong, offering a peaceful atmosphere and beautiful views.

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

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Bagdogra and fly to Mumbai. Check-in at your hotel and relax after the journey.

Day 10: Mumbai

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Explore the iconic Gateway of India, a monumental arch overlooking the Arabian Sea, built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Take a ferry ride to Elephanta Island and explore the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with ancient rock-cut temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, a museum housing a diverse collection of artifacts, from ancient sculptures to decorative arts. Walk through the vibrant markets of Crawford Market, known for its bustling atmosphere and diverse range of goods, from spices to souvenirs. Explore the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, showcasing Mumbai's history and development through interactive displays and historical artifacts. Visit the Hanging Gardens, a terraced garden located on the western side of Malabar Hill, offering beautiful views of the Arabian Sea.

Day 11: Mumbai - Aurangabad (flight)

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Fly to Aurangabad and check-in at your hotel. Aurangabad is known for its historical monuments and rich Mughal heritage. Discover the Ellora Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing rock-cut architecture spanning Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain faiths. Marvel at the Kailasa Temple, carved from a single rock, and intricate sculptures depicting mythological tales. Visit Daulatabad Fort, a medieval fortress known for its robust defense mechanisms and stunning views from its ramparts. Explore its secret passageways and ancient cannons, experiencing its strategic importance in history. Explore the Aurangabad Caves, lesser-known rock-cut caves dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries. Admire the detailed carvings and Buddhist motifs, offering insights into ancient Indian art and spirituality.

Day 12: Aurangabad

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to visit Ajanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with ancient Buddhist cave monuments dating back to the 2nd century BCE. Admire the exquisite murals and sculptures depicting the life of Buddha. On return, visit Bibi Ka Maqbara, a mausoleum built in 1678 by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb's son in memory of his mother. Admire its resemblance to the Taj Mahal with its intricate marble work and serene garden setting. Visit Panchakki, an ancient watermill with a mosque attached, known for its architectural ingenuity and historical significance in Aurangabad. Explore the Siddharth Garden and Zoo, a well-maintained garden and small zoo located in the heart of Aurangabad, perfect for a relaxing evening.

Day 13: Aurangabad - Mumbai (flight)

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Fly back to Mumbai for departure, concluding your journey with fond memories of India's magnificent monuments, tea estates, Buddhist monasteries, and ancient caves.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 12 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.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Kolkata - Bagdogra - Mumbai - Aurangabad - Mumbai flight fare approx INR 20,500 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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