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Itinerary 11 Days East India Experience


Day 1 Calcutta
On arrival meet and greet at the airport by representative and transfer to the Hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 2 Calcutta Darjeeling
Breakfast then a transfer to Domestic Airport for flight to Bagdogra. Pick-up from Bagdogra Airport to Darjeeling (7100 Ft), the "Queen of the hill stations", its name derived from "Dorje-Line" which means the place of "Dorje", the mystic thunderbolt. Covering a distance of 88 km over a drive of 3.5 hrs along winding roads, an experience of unforgettable beauty. Check in at the Hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel. (B.D)

Day 3 Darjeeling
Breakfast. Start the day at 4am with an early morning trip to Tiger Hill to catch the sunrise from behind the majestic Kunchenjunga range. On the way back visit the Ghoom Monastery & Batasia Loop and back to the hotel for the breakfast. Spend the rest of the day recouping the lost sleep. Walk to the mall, do some shopping or roam around at "Chowrasta" - the meeting point. Overnight stay at the Hotel. (B.L.D)

Day 4 Darjeeling
After breakfast take a trip to "Mirik" (6000 Ft) the newest hill-station in Darjeeling. Famous for its squash (the vegetable) & the picturesque lake, this quiet township is also surrounded by gardens, which produce some of the finest teas. The lake offers boating and fishing apart from a view of snow capped peaks. Enjoy the fulfilling experience of Nature in its purest form mingled with the unique culture. Spend the rest of the day at Mirik to reach Darjeeling back by sunset. Overnight stay at the Hotel. (B.L.D)

Day 5 Gangtok
After an early Breakfast start for a 3hr 30mins journey to the Land of the Pristine and un-spoilt natural beauty Sikkim, with alpine landscapes and thick luxuriant forests, rivers in torrent and peaceful lakes. Arrive at Gangtok (5500 Ft) by lunchtime. Overnight stay at the Hotel (B.L.D)

Day 6 Gangtok
Breakfast. Proceed for full day sight seeing tour covering all major monasteries and the local markets. Overnight stay at the Hotel.(B.L.D) With a backdrop of the Himalayas Sikkim offers breathtaking vistas, colorful life-style, Buddhist Shrines, adventure, water sports, exquisite flora and fauna, including hundreds of varieties of butterflies, all close to the capital, Gangtok. Surrounded by Tibet, Bhutan, West Bengal and Nepal, Sikkim was a monarchy and emerged as the 22nd Indian state in 1970's

Day 7 Gangtok
Breakfast
After breakfast proceed to Tsomgo Lake (12,210 Ft), a 40 km drive which takes 2.5 hrs. This lake is located very close to Nathula Pass, which is the entry point to China termed as the "Silk Route & remains frozen for most parts of the year. Legend has it that the Lamas use to forecast the future by studying the colour of the lakes waters. Enjoy the surroundings, majestic snowy peaks that feed the lake and the clean fresh air. Back to Gangtok by 3pm for a late lunch. Evening free for leisure or go shopping for Sikkimese traditional handicrafts.
Overnight stay at the Hotel. (B.L.D)
Day 8 Gangtok-Kalimpong
Breakfast then leave Gangtok by 8.30am to reach Kalimpong (4000 Ft) by 11am, a drive of 76 km, 2.5hrs. Also called the garden of flowers, this town has almost everything- scenic beauty, flowers, greenery, waters, mists, clouds etc.

Check-in at the hotel, if you are in Kalimpong on a Wednesday/Saturday, walk down to the "Haat Bazaar" or local market a place where villagers from all nearby villages come & sell/display their wares (right from handicrafts to food items). The market starts early in the morning by 6 to 7am and is on till 4pm. This is a unique extravaganza typical to rural regions, a cultural experience you will never forget.

After lunch proceed for a half day sightseeing of Durpin Hill (which has the famous Zong Dog Palri Fo- Brang Monastery which belongs to the same Buddhist sect as the present Dalai Lama) , Jelapla View Point, Pine View Point, Chitra Bhanu & Kalim Temple, Dr Graham's Homes complex with its historic church & well maintained grounds founded in 1900 by Rev. Dr. J A Graham, a Scottish missionary, Delo Hill (5556 ft) appears to be the roof- of- the- world, is the highest point in Kalimpong. Delo also has the town's picturesque water reservoir. Then on to Mangal Dham Temple constructed in memory of the late Guru Shree (108) Mangal Dasji and dedicated to Lord Krishna, Kalimpong Arts & Crafts Centre, Nature Interpretation Centre (Forest Museum). Evening at leisure with a visit to the market, where you do some curio shopping, buy some Kalimpong Cheese & lollypops of Swiss technology from "Larks" or just take a walk thru the market. Overnight stay at the Hotel (B.L.D)

Day 9 Kalimpong Calcutta
After breakfast depart to Bagdogra. Calcutta, an ancient city that has seen history unfolds itself in front of her. A city which has completed three hundred years of its establishment. Calcutta, which had the privilege of being the capital of British India before it was shifted to Delhi. Calcutta, a city which has adopted to the modern trends and techniques of the world but has not shed the leisurely life style and the calm which it has accumulated since ages. A city which till few years ago was the most densely populated city in the world. Calcutta has the country's first Metro railway and also retains some of the building which are more than hundred year old. It is a city of enduring charm.

Calcutta is a city with strong cultural, literary and religious flavours. this is the home of many of India's leaders. Activities in the field of fine arts, music, dance, theatre and writing make the city a happening place. The calm of the Hooghly combined with the rush of people in the streets make Calcutta a city to visit. It is the city that acts as the gateway to the North East and has been coming up as a major commercial city in the nation. Overnight stay at the Hotel. (B)

Day 10 Calcutta
Just over three centuries old, contemporary Calcutta is a megapolis which represents the "old" mixed with doses of the "new". Calcutta remains the only gateway to the northeast and neighboring Orrisa. It is also being accepted as a gateway of the neighboring countries. Most of its magnificence is due to the imposing British Rule structures.

Full day sight seeing of Calcutta covering "Raj Bhavan", which was earlier the residence of the Governor General of India and now is the residence of the Governor. " Writers Building" which is now the seat of West Bengal Government, this is where the early servants of the East India Company toiled. "St. John's Church. This church's yard has the Mausoleum of " Calcutta's Founder", Job Charnock. The building is supposedly the oldest piece of masonry in Calcutta. "Howrah Bridge", the third largest bridge in the world, has around two million people crossing over it per day. " Fort William", between the river and the field, is an imposing and one of the most expensive fort of its kind, it has unique distinction of never having a gun fired in anger from its ramparts. " Victoria Memorial", at the end of Maidan, is Calcutta's most imposing and monumental "dream in marble", it is a treasure trove of British Rule relics, offers tree-lined walks in splendid parks, "lakes" and houses a number of superb statues including that of Queen Victoria. Overnight stay at the Hotel (B)

Day 11 Calcutta
Breakfast then transfer to International Airport. (B)


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