North-eastern India Tour on Oddroad. Visit Kurseong, Darjeeling, Pelling, Gangtok, Kolkata.

North-eastern India Tour
6 Nights/7 Days
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Kurseong, Darjeeling, Pelling, Gangtok, Kolkata

Northeast India is connected to East India via a narrow corridor squeezed between Nepal and Bangladesh. It comprises the contiguous Seven Sister States—Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura—and the Himalayan state of Sikkim. Except for the Goalpara region of Assam, the rest were late entrants to political India. The Brahmaputra valley of Assam became a part of British India and the hilly regions even later.

The Siliguri Corridor in West Bengal, with an average width of 21 to 40 kilometres connects the North Eastern region with the mainland Indian sub-continent. The region shares more than 4,500 kilometres (2,800 mi) of international border (about 90 per cent of its entire border area) with China (South Tibet) in the north, Myanmar in the east, Bangladesh in the southwest, and Bhutan to the northwest.

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Day 1 - Arrive at Bagdogra – Kurseong Drive: approx. 3 hrs approx.

• Arrive at Bagdogra’s airport this morning
• Met and transfer to Kurseong.
• Arrive and check –in at hotel
• Dinner & Overnight at the hotel

Arrive at Bagdogra’s Airport this morning. You are met by our airport representative in the arrival area of the airport where a special welcome awaits with nice garlands. After meet and greet at the airport, drive by car to Kurseong (Approx 3 hours drive ). On arrival check in at Hotel Kurseong is located at a height of 4864 feet above the sea-level. It is just 30 kilometers away from the district of Darjeeling. Around 47 kilometers away from the city of Siliguri and is connected to the same by the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station and is located around 53 kilometers from Kurseong . Bagdogra is the nearest airport of Kurseong . Avoiding the full monsoon time, April-May and August to October are the peak seasons at Kurseong.

Enjoy your Dinner & overnight at hotel.

Day 2 - Kurseong to Darjeeling Train ride: approx. 3 hrs ride

• Breakfast at hotel
• Morning walking tour with visit of Tea Plantation
• Lunch at the Hotel
• After lunch board Toy Train for Darjeeling (approximate 3 hrs)
• Met at Station and transfer to the Hotel
• Dinner & overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast proceed to visit a premium Tea Estate - one of the foremost bio dynamic organic tea gardens. View the entire manufacturing process, and walk around the tea estate. Afternoon board Toy Train for Darjeeling [approximate 3 hrs- Non Ac Chair Car seat]. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is lovingly called the Toy Train. The Toy Train ride is a romantic approach to the Himalayas, a mysterious region. The landscape can only be described as spectacular and the views of the Himalayan peaks breathtaking. The Darjeeling Toy Train is one of the most famous narrow (2 feet ) gauge trains.

Met upon arrival at Darjeeling train station and transfer to the Hotel by non A/c Vehicle for check in.

Darjeeling, the region known world wide for its tea plantations.

Darjeeling conjures visions of serenity, of vibrant green hills steeped in splendor, a land of breathtaking beauty crowned by the majestic Himalayas. Its name is derived from the Tibetan word 'Dorje' which means the precious stone or ecclesiastical scepter, which is emblematic of the thunderbolt of Indra, and 'ling' - a place, hence the land of the thunderbolt. The scepter of Indra is believed to have fallen at a place where now stands the Observatory Hill. Darjeeling is a place where one can see Buddhist monasteries, tea plantation and tea processing, have a ride on the chairlift, spend days hunting for bargains in colorful markets and handicraft shops or go for trekking to high-altitude near the border with Sikkim.

Dinner & overnight at hotel

Day 3 - In Darjeeling

• Early morning Sunrise visit to Tiger Hill
• Return to the Hotel for Breakfast
• Visit Tibetan refugee centre & Himalayan Mountaineering Institute & Zoo
• Lunch at the Hotel
• Dinner & Overnight at the hotel

Early the morning proceed to visit Tiger Hills for the Sunrise view of the mountains. Tiger Hill is about 11 Km from the Darjeeling and is the highest spot in the area at 2590 meters. The hill is famous for its magnificent dawn views over the mountain to the snowy peaks of Kanchanjunga and down to the swollen rivers in the valley. On a clear day Mt. Everest is visible. On the return journey, visit Ghoom Monastery – the most famous monastery in Darjeeling and is about 8 Km south of town. It enshrines an image of the Maitreya Buddha (the future Buddha). After breakfast at hotel, enjoy a tour of Darjeeling City. The tour includes drive past the Observatory Hill - the scared viewpoint for Hindus and Buddhist. Also visit the Bhutia Basti (Village) Monastery – originally the branch of the Nygampa sect’s Phodang Monastery in Sikkim, which was transferred to Darjeeling in 1879. There’s an old library of Buddhist texts upstairs in the monastery. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute contains collections of historic mountaineering equipment, specimens of Himalayan Flora and Fauna and a relief model of the Himalayas. The Everest Museum next door traces the history of attempts on the great peak. Visit the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre established in 1959 to help rehabilitate Tibetan Refugees who fled from Tibet.

After the visit return to the Hotel en –route visit to Tea Gardens.

Dinner & Overnight at hotel

Day 4 - Darjeeling to Pelling Drive: 75 kms / 4 hrs approx.

• Breakfast at the hotel
• Drive to Pelling
• Upon arrival check in at your hotel
• Lunch at Hotel
• Afternoon city tour
• Dinner & Overnight at the hotel

After breakfast drive for about four hours to Pelling (Approx 75 Hrs – 04 Hrs drive). Upon arrival in check in at your hotel.

Afternoon proceed for the sightseeing.

Pemayangtse is situated in West Sikkim at Gyalshing (140 Kms. from Gangtok) and commands an impressive view of Mt. Kanchendzonga. It was originally a small Lhekhang build by Lhatsun Chenpo in the 17th century. Later during the rule of the third Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal, Lhatsun Chenpo's third reincarnate jigme Pawo extended it and rebuild the structure. This monastery belongs to the Nyigma order and all other Nyigma order monasteries in Sikkim are subordinate to it. The monks of Pemayangtse are usually from the leading Bhutia families in Sikkim. There are 108 monks in this monastery.The monastery houses numerous religious idols and other objects of worship, most of which are precious because of their antiquity. On the top floor of the monastery there is a wooden sculpture depicting the Maha Gurus Heavenly Palace 'Sanghthokpalri'. This master piece was completed by the late Dungzin Rimpoche, who took five years to craft it single handed. The main festival of the monastery is on the 28th & 29th day of the 12th month of the Tibetan calender, normally corressponding to the month of february. During these two days religious dances are performed and pilgrims come from all over Sikkim to watch them.

Sangachoeling Monastery: Distance 2 kms. from Pelling is the second oldest monastery in Sikkim, built in the year 1695. Lhatsun Namkha Zigme situated on a hill amidst, a thick pine forest opposite to Pemayangtse monastery. The admission in this monastery is limited to the families of Bhutia and Lepcha.

Rabdentse Palace: About 3kms from Pelling and few minutes walk further down from Pemayangtse Monastery are the Rabdentse ruins the 2nd capital of Sikkim, founded by the 2nd Chogyal of Sikkim Tensung Namgyal in the year 1670. In this palace, Tensung Namgyal married three wife’s, first from Tibet, second from Bhutan and the daughter of Limboo king, Yo Yo Hang of Limbuwana eastern Nepal.

Dinner & Overnight at hotel.

Day 5 - Pelling to Gangtok Drive: 5 hrs approx.

• Breakfast at the hotel
• Morning drive to Gangtok
• Upon arrival check in at hotel followed by lunch
• Dinner & Overnight at the hotel

After breakfast drive from Pemayangtse to Gangtok (Approx 100 Kms -5 Hrs). On the road again, we now head to the tiny state of Sikkim. The scenery on the drive is commanding: lush green forests, lofty snow capped peaks, tumbling streams, villages tucked on hilly slopes, and monastries that appear to balance precariously on mountain crests. We reach Gangtok, the Capital of Sikkim. Upon arrival check in to the hotel followed by lunch.

Evening is free.

Dinner & Overnight at hotel

Day 6 - In Gangtok

• Breakfast at the hotel
• Full day city tour of Gangtok
• Lunch , Dinner & Overnight at the hotel

After breakfast, proceed for an excursion to the famous Rumtek Monastery. The marvellous Rumtek Monastery is the last a thriving centre of Mahayana Buddhism. A 24-km drive from Gangtok, through the beautiful, bewitching countryside leads one to Rumtek. Rumtek, is the seat of the Karmapa Lama who heads the Kagyupa Sect of Buddhism. Tankhas (also spelt as Thangkas) and frescoes decorate the walls of this ancient monastery, now renovated. His holiness Gyalwa Karmapa is the 16th reincarnate. The style of the monastery, strictly traditional has been patterned on the lines of the Lamas series of Tibet. The first monastery was built in 1717 but crumbled to ruins due to aging. The present monastery was constructed by his holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa in 1960s. The monastery is certainly the largest in Sikkim sprawling over a huge area. It includes a school built on modern lines to impart teachings in Tibetan and various aspects of Buddhism. An aviary containing the most exotic birds also exists in the monastery complex. Some distance above the monastery is a hermitage in which monks go into complete seclusion for meditation for period's upto 3 years.

Later visit the Institute of Tibetology, Dul Dul Chorten Monastry, Enchey Monastery, Cottage Industry and the local market.

Research Institute of Tibetology - In the serene surrounding amidst forest of oak, ash and birch is an organisation to advance the Tibetan language and its literature on the 'Enlightened one', the only one of its kind in the world of Mahayana Buddhism. This institute is a premier institute in the world that conducts research in the language and culture of Tibet. It has on its faculty eminent scholars. The library and museum of the institute are open to the public on working days from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm and are closed on Sundays and other govt. holidays.

'Dul-Dul Chorten' - 'Jhang Club Chortan'- Sikkim has commemorated, with Stupas, both the Buddha and one of his followers of today. Near the Deorali Bazaar, are two exquisite Stupas, the 'Dul-dul-Chorten', was built to commemorate the victory of good over evil; the 'Jhang Club Chorten' was built to perpetuate the memory of a great spiritualist of today. Thrul-shik rinpoche an ardent devotee of Buddha and one of his best interpreters died in 1962, the Stupa immortalises Rimpoche in the land of his birth.

Enchey Monastery - An important seat of the Nyingma order, the Enchey Monastery meaning the Solitary temple, was originally built with the solace that no other construction would be allowed near it is built on the site blessed by Lama Druptob Karpo, a Tantric master known for his flying powers. This 200-year-old Monastery has in its premises images of God, Goddesses and other religious objects. The present monastery was built in the shape of a Chinese Pagoda. Following the Nyingma order, it has around 90 monks. The annual ritual is celebrated with 'Chaam' or religious masked dance on the 18th &19th days of the twelfth month of the lunar calendar around January.

Dinner & Overnight at hotel.

Day 7 - Gangtok - Bagdogra ( Drive ) – Kolkata ( Fly)

• Breakfast at the hotel
• Morning drive to Bagdogra airport for flight to Kolkata
• Arrival in Kolkata and proceed for city tour until the transfer time.
• Evening transfer to International airport to board your flight

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Bagdogra airport to board the flight for Kolkata. (Approx 4 hours)

Leave: Bagdogra at: 1355 hrs. By: 9W 2481
Arrive: Kolkata at: 1455 hrs.

Met upon arrival at the Kolkata airport and proceed for short city tour of Kolkata until the transfer time. Kolkata is the gateway to Eastern India. A city with a rich heritage, bustling streets and bewildering variety of facets. From October to March, Calcutta wears a radiant look. Sunshine, mild winter, lights, colours, fairs, festivals, galas and excursions, the mood is infectious and spirit sweeping. Along St. George’s Gate Road, on the southern fringe of the Maidan, your sight is arrested by a splendid monument in white Makrana marble bought here from Rajasthan. Built in Italian Renaissance cum Saracenic style, the Victoria Memorial was planned by Lord Curzon and opened by the Prince of Wales in 1921. This British attempt at building a second Taj Mahal, is dedicated to Queen Victoria and houses a fantastic collection of rare memorabilia from Colonial days. A light and sound show recreates history every evening. Visit the Indian Museum built in 1875. It is an impressive building in the Italian style of architecture. This is the largest museum in the country. The Museum has six sections: Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, Zoology and Industry (Economic Botany).

Evening transfer to Kolkata’s international airport to board your onward flight.

Tour Ends!!!

Stay Options

City / No. of Nights Option 1 Option 2
Kurseong / 1 Cochrane Palace – Deluxe room Cochrane Palace – Deluxe room
Darjeeling / 2 Mayfair Hill Resort – Deluxe room New Elgin – Standard room
Pelling / 1 The Elgin Mount Pandim - Standard room The Elgin Mount Pandim - Standard room
Gangtok / 2 Mayfair – Standard room Royal Plaza – Club room Valley view

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Per Couple Rs 80044 Rs 78010
Extra person Rs 36663 Rs 26188
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