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Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! We will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.
The city is a compelling medley of ancient and modern. Enjoy a city sights tour including a visit to the imposing Victoria Memorial. Opened by the Prince of Wales in 1921, this vision in marble is often called the “Taj” of the British Raj. We also visit the New Market, the stately Indian Museum founded in 1814, St Paul’s Cathedral, the extraordinary Marble Palace, New Market and Asiatic society.
Early this morning enjoy a visit to the famous flower market near Howrah Bridge, followed by a boat ride on the Hooghly River. Later, fly to Bagdogra on flight 9W 2480, departs at 1220 and arrives at 1320. Arrive Bagdogra and then drive to Kalimpong (aprox 2.5 hours) - a remote hill station set among the rolling foothills of the Himalayas. Kalimpong’s attractions include three monasteries including Tharpa Choeling, Tongsa and Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang.
This morning enjoy an excursion to Pedong Monastery.
We drive north to Gangtok (aprox 3 hours). Owing to its proximity to the Tibetan border, the capital of Sikkim is steeped in Tibetan culture. Characterised by mists, fluttering prayer flags, painted roofs and pagoda-styled houses, a rich cultural heritage, friendly people coupled with excellent views of the entire Kanchenjunga Range from many points in the city, Gangtok is scenically beautiful.
Today enjoy a half day city sightseeing tour including the Royal Monastery - Tsukla Khang, the Namgyalak Institute of Tibetology and the Orchid Sanctuary. This evening enjoy an excursion to the Rumtek Monastery.
Today enjoy an excursion to Lake Psomgo in a non air conditioned jeep as commercial vehicles are not allowed. (aprox 2 hours and 30 minutes each way). Why not enjoy an Optional Yak ride?
Excursion to Phodong Monastery (aprox 02 hours each way)
Continuing to Pelling via Tashiding, enjoy an afternoon visit to the lofty heights of the hallowed Pemayangtse Monastery - one of the principal monasteries in the state of Sikkim. Near the monastery, there are the traditional austere dwellings of the monks. Breath-taking scenery can be witnessed from the vantage point.
The journey continues to Darjeeling (aprox 4 hours). Home of Darjeeling tea and with a panoramic backdrop of the awesome Himalayan snow-clad peaks.
Early today we drive to Tiger Hill to witness sunrise over the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga; followed by a visit to Ghoom monastery-Toy Train ride. This afternoon enjoy a visit to the Mountaineering institute and a tea estate.
Today is free for you to explore Darjeeling your way. See some Buddhist monasteries or visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, a training school for mountain climbers. It is also worthwhile taking a stroll through town. Owing to Darjeeling’s proximity to Tibet, the town also has a Tibetan Refugee Centre or simply go trekking!
Free day and at your leisure with vehicle within city limits.
Departure transfer to the Airport in Bagdogra for your flight to Kolkata. Flight number 9W 2481 departs at 1355 and arrives at 1455 in economy class. Arrive Kolkota and take the internal transfer to the international Airport for your flight back home.
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