East India Tour
Duration : 14 Nights / 15
Places Covered : Calcutta - Darjeeling - Pemayangtse - Gangtok -
Kalimpong - Shillong - Kaziranga - Calcutta
Verdant grasslands, rolling hills, lush
rainforests, exotic orchids, tea gardens
a picture-book setting ... we
offer you Eastern India. Popular with those who have past links with the
region, the tour also attracts many first time visitors -some take the North
India Option to complete the picture. Darjeeling and Calcutta, names that
evoke fond memories of the Raj, are combined with the quaint hill-state of
Sikkim, known for its Buddhist influence and numerous orchids. This tour is
for relaxation in the serene Himalayas and for those who value romance and
nostalgia. We end with a search for the one-homed rhino, in the foothills of
Assam. We have used the best available accommodation everywhere. In smaller
places the hotels are comfortable but simple. All have en suite facilities.
The internal travel is by flights, coach/car/jeep (air-conditioned in
Calcutta) and by reserved sleepers in trains.
Day 01 : Arrive Calcutta
You will meet our representative and transfer to hotel.
Day 02 : To Darjeeling
Early morning we visit the flower market on the riverbanks in Howrah. This
is followed by a boat-ride on the Hooghly. The afternoon sightseeing of the
metropolis includes the imposing Victoria Memorial, St Paul's Cathedral and
the Indian Museum that houses one of the best collections of Indian art. In
the evening we transfer to Sealdah station to board the Darjeeling Mail and
spend the night in the comfort of air-conditioned sleeper.
Day 03 : Darjeeling
On arrival at New Jalpaiguri in the morning we board the "toy train"
for a romantic journey up the hills to Darjeeling. A favourite hill-station
of the British to escape from the heat of Calcutta, Darjeeling is surrounded
by tea gardens and has magnificent views of the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 04 : Darjeeling
Early in the morning we drive up to Tiger Hill (9000 ft) to see the
spectacular sunrise over Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga, visiting the Ghoom
Monastery on our return. We later visit the Himalayan mountaineering
Institute and a local tea garden.
Day 05 : Darjeeling
The full day is at leisure.
Day 06 : Pemayangtse
A scenic drive (120 kms. / 15 hrs.) will take you to the remote halmet of
Pemayngtse but simple accommodation. The afternoon is free to take in the
natural beauty and to visit the local monastery.
Day 07 : Gangtok
We drive to Gangtok (112 kms./4 hrs.) the capital of Sikkim and check into
the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 08 : Gangtok
The sightseeing of Gangtok today includes the royal monastery, Tsukla-
Khang, whose interior is covered with murals and lavishly decorated altars
holding images of the Buddha, Bodhisattvas and Tantric deities. We also
visit the Namgyalak Institute of Tibetology, the Orchid Sanctuary where many
of the 454 species of orchid found in Sikkim can be seen, and the Rumtek
Monastery, noted for its carved and painted woodwork.
Day 09 : Kalimpong
Another pleasant drive bring us to Kalimpong (85 kms. / 3 hrs.) where we
stay at the delightful Himalayan Hotel. The day is free to visit the orchid
nurseries, churches and monasteries.
Day 10 : Shillong
We transfer to Bagdogra for a short flight to Guwahati in Assam. A two-hour
drive takes us to Shillong. Late afternoon we visit this "Scotland of
the East" where the British and wealthy merchants from Bengal built
cottages, polo grounds and golf course.
Days 11 - 12 - 13 : Kaziranga
Today we drive to Kaziranga National Park that lies on the banks of the
mighty Brahmaputra and is famous for its one-horned rhino. It is also home
to the wild buffalo, swamp deer, tiger, wild elephants and the badger apart
from being rich in bird-life.
Day 14 : Calcutta
We fly back to Calcutta for overnight stay. The afternoon is at leisure
perhaps to visit Mother Theresa's mission. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15 : Calcutta Out
The day is at leisure. In the evening we transfer to the airport to board
our return flight (hotel checkout 1200 hrs.).