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Tea Gardens & Monasteries
Holiday length: 10 days
Start city: Kolkata
End city: Delhi
Departures: Daily
Type of Holiday: Private tour

From Calcutta to the foothills of the Himalayas, enjoy the tastes of India. Step back in time to an area untouched by mass tourism and learn about the culture and heritage of the Sikkim people. Experience the spirituality that pervades the region, from the city of Mother Teresa to the Buddhist monasteries and the tea plantations of Darjeeling in the foothills of the Himalayas.

  Day 1

Meet upon arrival and assisted transfer to your hotel.

  Day 2

Today visit the Jain Temple, Kali Temple and the imposing Victoria Memorial. Drive past Howrah Bridge, Dalhousie Square and Fort Williams. (B)
  Day 3

Kolkata - Bagdogra -  Gangtok (124km)
Fly to Bagdogra. Drive through Teesta Valley to Gangtok. (B,D)

  Day 4

Gangtok – Pelling (119 km)
Visit Rumtek Monastery, the seat of the Gyalwa Karmapa and Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, then drive to Pelling. (B,D)

  Day 5

Visit Pemayangtse Monastery - the premier Nyinmapa Monastery, which houses the 'Zandopalri', a man-made wooden structure depicting the celestial abode of Guru Rimpoche. Excursion to Khecheopalri Lake - also known as 'Wishing Lake' and the Tashiding Monastery. (B,D)
  Day 6

Pelling – Darjeeling   (75 km)
Drive to the Tukver Tea Estate then continue on to Darjeeling. (B,D)

  Day 7

Sunrise visit to Tiger Hill and Ghoom Monastery. Experience a toy train ride and visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Himalayan Zoological Park, Tibetan Self-Help Centre and/or Refugee Centre. (B,D)
  Day 8

Darjeeling - Kalimpong   (51 km)
Drive to Kalimpong. Visit the flower nurseries, take in the breathtaking views of the Khanchenzonga Range and of the Chola Range. (B,D)

  Day 9

Kalimpong – Bagdogra – Delhi  (75km)
Transfer to Bagdogra and fly to Delhi. (B,D)
... Option to add the Bhutan extension

  Day 10

Depart Delhi
City tour of Old and New Delhi and transfer to onward flight. (B)
  • Private air conditioned transportation with English speaking driver
  • Private sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Accommodation in moderate first class hotels
  • Domestic flights (price subject to change)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees as indicated
  Note The 5 day/4 night Bhutan extension below starts on day 9.  This programme will not include Delhi.


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