West Bengal & Sikkim Essential

Tour: West Bengal & Sikkim Essential
Places Visited
Kolkata, Kalimpong, Gangtok, Pelling, Darjeeling, Glenburn Estate, Kolkata
Highlights –
1. City of Joy-Kolkata.
2. Darjeeling Toy Train.
3. Tea Tasting Experience.
4. Breath-taking views.
5. Heritage Architecture & Monasteries.
6. Culture & Cuisines of the region.
15 days from
Price Includes
✔ Accommodation (14 nights) in amazing Lodges/ Hotels.
✔ Meal Plan – Bed & Breakfast except in Glenburn where it will be on Full Board basis.
✔ All transportation by air-conditioned chauffeur driven vehicle.
✔ All entrances fee and guide during sightseeing.
✔ Tea Estate visit and Tea Tasting.
✔ Toy Train ride.
✔ All Birding walks & trails as mentioned in the itinerary including Naturalists.
✔ Domestic flights
✔ Specialist naturalists and park fee during game drives in national parks.
✔ All applicable taxes. (Subject to change as per govt. norms)

Day 1 – Arrive Kolkata
Arrive Kolkata and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. Kolkata (formally Calcutta), situated on the eastern bank of Hoogly River, was once the capital of British India, and is now the capital of West Bengal. It is the gateway to eastern India. Conceived in 1686 it has had a turbulent history. Now the largest city in India it displays glaring contrasts: a curious blend of the old and the new, wealth and poverty, partly feudal, partly born out of growing urbanisation, partly un-definable.
Overnight at hotel.

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The Oberoi Grand

Taj Bengal

 


Taj City Centre New Town

Day 2 – Kolkata
Today enjoy the guided tour of Kolkata. The Sightseeing includes the Victoria Memorial, Fort William & Maidan and St, Paul’s Cathedral. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.

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The Oberoi Grand

Taj Bengal

 


Taj City Centre New Town

Day 3 – Kolkata
This day is reserved for a trip of your choice. Please discuss with us your preference such as Architecture, Art, Local Culture, Food etc. These are usually walking experiences curated specially for you accompanied by specialist guides.
Overnight at hotel.

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The Oberoi Grand

Taj Bengal

 


Taj City Centre New Town

Day 4 – Kolkata to Bagdogra (Flight) to Kalimpong
Flight to Bagdogra then drive to Kalimpong.
Kalimpong, is such one place with so much of diverse notes in its bosom that any music can be played out of it. The place is a beautiful admixture of mesmerising beauty of lofty hill, motley heritage with rich historical and cultural brocade works, which can easily hem the aspiration of a spirited traveller or for a wanderer.it offers majestic view of Himalayan range where the peaks jostle with one another to woo Kanchenjunga.
The colonial past of the town can best be enjoyed through some of the fabulous bungalows constructed by the European settlers of the past. Kalimpong has scores of such bungalows dotting its residential areas.
Kalimpong is also very popular for Its flower nurseries, world renowned for their quality and variety, are a delight for all flower lovers.
Rest of day at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.

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Elgin Silver Oak

Day 5 – Kalimpong
Today sightseeing include the heritage buildings, Monasteries and popular flower nurseries.A walk through the main bazaar is exciting.
Rest of the day at leisure to explore this beautiful town on own.
Overnight at hotel.

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Elgin Silver Oak

Day 6 – Kalimpong to Gangtok
Morning drive to Gangtok.
At an altitude of 1750m, Gangtok became the state capital in the mid-19th century and has undergone rapid development since then the down town area is dominated by huge government buildings decorated with traditional Buddhist symbols. Gangtok is also a resting ground for people travelling to North Sikkim. Surrounded by Monasteries and Orchids, Gangtok is truly a traveller’s delight.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.

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Elgin Nor-Khill

Day 7 – Gangtok
Enjoy the full day sightseeing covering Rumtek Monastery, Dro-dul Chorten, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (closed on Sundays)
Overnight at hotel.

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Elgin Nor-Khill

Day 8 – Gangtok to Pelling
Drive to Pelling
Pelling is a small town in the north-eastern Indian state of Sikkim, at the foothills of Mount Khangchendzonga. The late-17th-century Buddhist Sanga Choling Monastery has mountain views. Pemayangtse Monastery features wall paintings, sculptures and a gold-plated statue of Guru Padsambhava. Overlooking a valley, the 17th-century Rabdentse Palace, now in ruins, still has evidence of the king’s bedroom and kitchen.
The scenic town of Pelling is a perfect holiday destination for all nature lovers, history and architecture and adventure enthusiasts.
Afternoon visit of Pemayangste Monastery and Rabtense Ruins.
Overnight at hotel.

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Elgin Mt. Pandim

Day 9 – Pelling to Darjeeling
Morning drive to Darjeeling.
Literally meaning “the land of thunderbolt” Darjeeling is one of the most popular hill stations in the world. This beautiful hill resort is blessed with sheer beauty of nature bathed in hues of every shade which is enough to captivated tourists at its first sight. The refreshing greenery stepped in splendor, verdant hills dotted with blossoming flowers & sprawling tea gardens, musical waterfalls, exotic forest with evergreen pine trees etc. all with the enigmatic snowcapped Kanchenjunga compellingly confounds Darjeeling as the Queen of Hills.
Afternoon enjoy the day at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.

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Elgin Darjeeling

Day 10 – Darjeeling
Early morning visit Tiger Hill and Ghoom Monastery.
Later visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoological Park and Tibetan Refugee Centre.
Overnight at hotel.

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Elgin Darjeeling

Day 11 – Darjeeling to Glenburn
Drive to Glenburn.
Glenburn is a heavenly little plantation retreat that lies on a hillock above the banks of the river Rungeet, high in the Himalayas, overlooked by the mighty Kanchenjunga Mountain range.
Started by a Scottish tea company in 1859, Glenburn has now passed into the hands of one of India’s pioneering tea planting families – The Prakash’s, who have over the years come to be known as the “Chaiwallah family”– which literally means “tea planters”.
The story of the Chaiwallah family began over a hundred years ago, and is closely entwined with that of tea plantations in India. Today, the third and fourth generation Prakash family, carry almost a century of tea knowledge in their inheritance, and invite you to visit Glenburn.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.

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Glenburn Tea Estate

Day 12 – Glenburn
Enjoy a personal tour of tea estate and factory and a tea tasting session.
Nature walks and bird watching through private forest areas, along river fronts, followed by picnic lunches
Overnight at hotel.

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Glenburn Tea Estate

Day 13 – Glenburn
Explore the estate on own or rejuvenate yourselves at inhouse Mini Spa.
The estate has “open” kitchen policy where guests are invited to watch our staff cook and prepare dishes. You can also try your hands on.
Overnight at hotel.

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Glenburn Tea Estate

Day 14 – Glenburn to Bagdogra to Kolkata (Flight)
Drive to Bagdogra airport in time to board your fight to Kolkata.
Arrive Kolkata and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

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The Oberoi Grand

Taj Bengal

 


Taj City Centre New Town

Day 15 – Kolkata – Home
Transfer to airport in time to board your flight back home.

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