9 Day Enchanting North East India and Extension to the Himalayan Kingdom – Bhutan
9 Day Enchanting North East India and Extension to the Himalayan Kingdom – Bhutan
Take in the sights of Kolkatta before heading for the hills for this stunning tour around the North East of India, visiting the hill station of Darjeeling before journeying further into the Himalayas to admire stunning scenery, examine local history and gain an insight into mountain life.
Tour highlights
  • See the sights of Kolkatta, including a visit to the Queen Victoria Memorial
  • Watch the sun come up over Kanchenjunga from the top of Tiger Hill
  • Admire the Siberian tiger, Himalayan black bear, red panda and snow leopard at the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
  • Stroll around the ancient Pemayangste monastery
  • Learn about Buddhist philosophy and religion in Gangtok
  • Visit the religious monuments of Kalimpong
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Day 1: Arrive Kolkatta
Arrive at the airport in Kolkatta where a tour representative will meet you for the transfer to your hotel, with the remainder of the day being yours to spend at leisure.
  • ITC Sonar Bangla/ The Park, Executive Club/Deluxe Room
Day 2: Kolkatta
Spend the morning enjoying a sightseeing tour around Kolkatta, including a visit to the memorial dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria, Fort William and the Maidan; the largest urban park to be found in the city. Your tour will also include the Kalighat temple and a drive past the Raj Bhavan; once the residence of the British viceroy in India. Further examples of Raj architecture will also be examined before an afternoon at leisure to do as you wish.
  • ITC Sonar Bangla/ The Park, Executive Club/Deluxe Room(B)
Day 3: Kolkatta – Darjeeling
Following breakfast at your hotel, you’ll head for the airport to take a flight to Bagdogra where you will have lunch before driving to Darjeeling; a heavenly retreat located in the hills of the lesser Himalayas.
  • Elgin Hotel, Standard Room (B,L,D)
Day 4: Darjeeling
This morning, you’ll head for Tiger Hill outside the town to take in stunning morning views as the sun comes up over Kanchenjunga; the third highest mountain in the world. On a clear day, you may also be able to catch a brief glimpse of Mount Everest. You’ll then call in at the famous Ghum Monastery before breakfast back at your hotel. After a ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways toy train and a buffet lunch, the afternoon is spent exploring the sights around Darjeeling itself, starting with a visit to the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (Closed on Thurs) to see the Siberian tiger, Himalayan black bear, red panda, snow leopard and many other animal and bird species. You’ll also call in at the nearby snow leopard breeding centre and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (closed on Thurs), which is a training centre for mountaineers and also houses the Everest museum.
  • Elgin Hotel, Standard Room (B,L,D)
Day 5: Darjeeling – Pelling
Following breakfast, you’ll head away from Darjeeling with a drive to Pelling, calling in en-route to pay a visit to a local tea estate. After a buffet lunch on arrival, you’ll enjoy the chance to take a tour around the Pemayangste monastery; one of the oldest and most important monasteries of the state of Sikkim. You’ll also visit the second capital of the former Sikkim kingdom with time at the Rabdentse Ruins.
  • Elgin Mt Pelling, Standard Room (B,L,D)
Day 6: Pelling – Gangtok
After breakfast in your hotel, you’ll hit the road for the drive to Gangtok, the capital of the Sikkim state located deep in the Himalayan range. On arrival in your spectacular surroundings, you’ll check in to your hotel ready for a two night stay.
  • Norkhill Hotel, Standard Room (B,L,D)
Day 7: Gangtok
The morning is spend checking out the sights of Gangtok, including a visit to the Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology; a centre for study of Buddhist philosophy and religion. You’ll then travel to the religious stupa of Do-Drul Chorten and Enchey Monastery before stopping for lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Rumtek Monastery, which is the largest monastery to be found anywhere in the Eastern Himalayas.
  • Norkhill Hotel, Standard Room (B,L,D)
Day 8: Gangtok – Kalimpong
Head for Kalimpong where you will enjoy lunch at your hotel before an afternoon checking out the sights of the small, laid back hill resort, visiting a monastery consecrated by the Dalai Lama and then a second that is the oldest to be found in the area. You’ll then head for Kalimpong’s Flower Nurseries before dinner back at your resort.
  • Silver Oaks, Standard Room (B,L,D)
Day 9: Kalimpong – Bagdogra – Kolkatta
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before the drive to Bagdora where you will catch a flight back to Kolkatta for the end of your trip.
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  • 9 night’s accommodation on single / twin sharing basis in above mentioned hotels or similar
  • Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis in Kolkatta & Full board basis at all other places
  • All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours
  • Services of an English speaking local guide for sightseeing tour of Kolkatta
  • Accompanying English speaking guide for Darjeeling Sector
  • Assistance of a Cox & Kings representative during arrival & departure transfers at  airports & railway stations
  • Entrance fees to all monuments as follows: Kolkata – Victoria Memorail, Kalighat and Town Hall; Darjeeling – Himalayan Mountaineering institute, Tiger Hill, Tea Estate
  • Road taxes, parking fees, fuel charges, interstate taxes, porterage at airports & railway  station
  • All applicable taxes including Government Service Tax
  • International flights in Tour Only prices
  • Internal flights under any price option
  • VISA fees / any international air fares

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