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Highlights: Kolkata - Darjeeling - Pelling - Gangtok - Kalimpong
A visit to Darjeeling is incomplete without a ride in the toy train of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The miniature train, given Heritage status by UNESCO.
Nestled among the rolling mountains with the glistening Mt. Kanchenjunga towering over the azure sky, Darjeeling fondly called “Queen of the Hills”, provides a perfect gateway for those seeking to be in harmony with nature. Legends and Folklore abound in the eastern Himalayas about the occasional appearance of the abominable snowman-the Yeti. In the shadow of Mount Kanchenjunga the tea estates and hill station of Darjeeling are the gateways to the former kingdom of Sikkim. Witnessing sunrise from Tiger Hill as the rays strike the Himalayas and Kanchenjunga is a memorable experience.
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Kalimpong-Elgin Silver Oaks Itinerary: Day 01 - London Heathrow to Dubai by flight EK-2:1415-#0015 hrs Day 02 - Dubai to Kollkata by flight EK-570:0205-0820 hrs
0820 hrs: Arrive Kolkata airport
Upon arrival at Kolkata airport welcome, meet and assist by our representative and transfer to hotel. Kolkata - Calcutta (now called Kolkata) is one of the biggest cities in the world. It is one of the largest ports in the East and the main outlet for the produce of West Bengal and the neighboring states. Kolkata is the commercial hub of Eastern India.
Rest of the day at leisure after long flight and Overnight stay at hotel Day 03 - Kolkata
Today the tour of this sprawling city begins with the Howrah Bridge; this bridge is built on river Hooghly and connects the city of Kolkata with the industrial town of Howrah. After which you are taken to the daily flower market to see the normal life of the common man with the different colors of flower. We now drive pass the Dalhousie Square where we see the Writers Building (State Secretariat), Raj Bhawan(Governor House), General Post Office Building, Kolkata High Court, Kolkata Town Hall and the St.John's Church. We than move to the Fort William( Head quarters of the Eastern Command), this would be a drive pass as civilians and foreigners are not allowed inside. Afternoon we see the Victoria Memorial. It is a massive domed building of white marble from Rajasthan. It was inaugurated in 1921 by the Prince of Wales (later, briefly, Edward VIII). It houses a collection of Victoria memorabilia and also history related objects and documents on Bengal. In the park in which the memorial stands are statues of Queen Victoria, Lord Curzon and other figures of the Raj.Here, on weekends, people picnic, families meet for matchmaking, and transiting pilgrims bring flowers to the statue of “Maharani Victoria”.
Continue on to one of the largest and most impressive museums in India, the Indian Museum, founded in 1814 on the basis of the collection of the Asiatic Society. Its widely varied exhibits include such oddities as a roomful of meteorites and a number of (stuffed) man-eating crocodiles. It has an impressive archaeology and sculpture department with a superb collection of Gandharan Buddhist art, as well as works from Khajuraho, Bhairat and many other important sites.
Overnight stay at hotel Day 04 - Kolkata to Bagdogra by flight 9W-7158:1440-1545 hrs
Bagdogra to Darjeeling by surface (approx. 93 kms, 3-4 hrs)
Transfer from hotel to Kolkata airport in time to board flight for Bagdogra - 1545 hrs: Arrive Bagdogra airport
Upon arrival at Bagdogra drive to Darjeeling - The beautiful hill station Darjeeling at an altitude of 7,000 feet. Called the ‘Queen of the Himalayas’. It affords unparalleled views of the majestic peaks.
Upon arrival at Darjeeling, check in at hotel
Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at hotel Day 05 - Darjeeling
Today after breakfast enjoy Joy Ride on World Heritage Toy Train Ride upto Ghoom where our vehicle will be waiting (Subject to operation of this train & availability of the seats) Afternoon walk to Observatory Hill and Bhutia Basti
Overnight stay at hotel Day 06 - Darjeeling
Early morning excursion to Tiger Hill, Ghoom Monastery
Tiger hill - It is 13 Kms from Darjeeling and one can see beautiful sunrise and Himalayan range like Kanchandzong a, mount Everest etc.
Ghoom monastery - This is oldest monastery in the area, which was built in 1875 and one can see the image of Mythey Buddha 15ft. Height on the way back from tiger hill.
After breakfast enjoy visiting Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (closed on Thursday), Zoological Park (closed on Thursday) and Tibatan Refugee Centre (closed on Sunday)
Overnight stay at hotel Day 07 - Darjeeling to Pelling by surface (approx. 123 kms, 5-6 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Pelling another serene, mountain village which lies in the western districts of Sikkim. This village is situated at an altitude of 2000 mts approx. and commands a spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjunga
Upon arrival at Pelling, check in at hotel
Overnight stay at hotel Day 08 - Pelling
After breakfast proceed for city tour visiting Khecheopalri Lake, Rambi Falls, Kanchenjunga Falls, Pemayangste Monastery and Rabtense Ruins.
Overnight stay at hotel Day 09 - Pelling to Gangtok by surface (approx. 127 kms, 6 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim is located on a ridge at a height of 5500 feet. With a spectacular view of the Khangchendzonga, the town provides the perfect based for travel through the state. Once an important transit point for traders traveling between Tibet and India.
Upon arrival at Gangtok, check in at your hotel
Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at hotel Day 10 - Gangtok
Morning visit The Rumtek monastery, a replica of the Tsurphu monastery of Kham region of Tibet belongs to the Kargyupa sect. It was founded during the reign of the fourth Chogyal in 1740 in the East District. The monastery has a special prayer hall, very impressive murals and thanka paintings and 1001 miniature golden images of Lord Buddha. Dro Dul Chorten - or Stupa was built by the Venerable Trullshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibeten Buddhism, in 1945. Enchey Monastery - is built on the Site Blessed by Lama Druptok Karpo, a tantric master known for his power of flying. This 200 years old monastery has in its premises images of gods, goddesses and other religious objects. Namgyal institute of Tibetology (Closed on Sundays) and Cottage Industry (closed on Sundays)
Overnight stay at hotel Day 11 - Gangtok to Kalimpong by surface (approx. 80 kms, 3 hrs)
Today after breakfast drive to the frontier town of Kalimpong in West Bengal. Check in at your hotel.
Afternoon visit Zang Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery, Tharpa Choling Monastery, Thongsa Gumpa and flower nursery.
Overnight stay at hotel Day 12 - Kalimpsong to Bagdogra by surface (approx. 83 kms, 3 hrs)
Bagdogra to Kolkata by flight 9W-7159:1255-1405 hrs
After breakfast drive to Bagdogra airport to board flight for Kolkata
1405 hrs: Arrive Kolkata airport
Upon arrival transfer from Kolkata airport to hotel
Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at hotel Day 13 - Kolkata to Dubai by flight EK-571:0945-1310 hrs
Dubai to London Heathrow by flight EK-5:1545-2015 hrs Transfer from hotel to Kolkata airport in time to board flight for London Heathrow via Dubai