11 Nights 12 Days Monasteries, Tea Gardens and Eastern Himalayas Tour

(Kolkata – Darjeeling – Gangtok – Kalimpong – Kolkata)

Overview

North-East India is profusely carpeted with lush greenery and is famous for a vibrant culture. Through this trip, the traveler gets a chance to take a step closer to nature’s purest form, by visiting some of the gems of North-East India, like Darjeeling, Gangtok and Kalimpong. The tour spans for eight days, during which you’ll enjoy boat-rides, horse-rides, shopping, visit to some of the best viewpoints, zoo-visits and other places that make your time worth reminiscing. You will also visit the emerald glacial lake, Tsomgo. This is indeed one of the most-talked-about lakes, perched at an elevation of 3780 meters above sea level.

 

Tour Highlights

  • Experience an unforgettable sunset view from Tiger Hill in Darjeeling
  • Spend some time around Tsomgo Lake near Gangtok
  • Know more about Tibetan art and craft in Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center in Darjeeling
  • Visit the popular monastery of Kalimpong, Durpin Monastery
  • Explore the magnificent Victoria Memorial an Howrah bridge in Kolkata
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Day 1   Kolkata

Day 1 Kolkata

Namaste!
Welcome to India!
Our representative will meet you in the arrival area of the airport after you clear all immigration and custom formalities. Depart for your hotel where you will check in for your stay (Standard Check in 1400 Hrs).

The city of Calcutta, now called Kolkata, was established by the British in 1690 and was the capital of British India until 1911.

Overnight at Kolkata

Day 2   Kolkata

Day 2 Kolkata

Proceed for city tour of Kolkata includes flower market, Victoria Memorial, Dalhousie Square, St. John’s Church, Howrah Bridge, visit the Jain temple and a panoramic drive around colonial Calcutta.

Evening is at leisure.

Overnight in Kolkata

Day 3   Kolkata – Bagdogra – Darjeeling

Day 3 Kolkata – Bagdogra – Darjeeling

After breakfast transfer from hotel to airport to connect the flight to Bagdogra

Arrive Bagdogra and drive to Darjeeling. .

Darjeeling has been a popular hill station since the British established it in the mid-1800s.With its idyllic setting, exhilarating climate and stunning views of the Kanchenjunga peaks it also attracts trekkers. It is a fascinating town where one can see Buddhist monasteries, visit tea plantations, bargain-hunt or go trekking.

Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. Spend the evening at leisure.

Overnight in Darjeeling

Day 4    Darjeeling

Day 4 Darjeeling

After breakfast enjoy Joy Ride on World Heritage Toy Train, Darjeeling to Ghoom and back.

Afternoon walk to Observatory Hill and Bhutia Basti.

Overnight at Darjeeling

Day 5   Darjeeling

Day 5 Darjeeling

Early morning visit Tiger Hill and Ghoom Monastery. After breakfast visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (closed on Thursday), Zoological Park (closed on Thursday) and Tibetan Refugee Centre (closed on Sunday).

Overnight in Darjeeling

Day 6     Darjeeling – Gangtok

Day 6 Darjeeling – Gangtok

After breakfast, drive to Gangtok.

Gangtok (meaning ‘High Hill’) is the capital of Sikkim state and sits on a ridge overlooking the Ranipul river. The scenery is spectacular, with fine views of the Kanchenjunga range. Within the city and its immediate environs are some fascinating places to visit.

Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure.

Overnight at Gangtok

Day 7    Gangtok

Day 7 Gangtok

After breakfast, Full day sightseeing of Gangtok. Places to visit Rumtek Monastery, Do Drul Chorten (Stupa), Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (closed on Sundays), Cottage Industry (closed on Sundays) and Enchey Monastery.

Overnight at Gangtok

Day 8     Gangtok

Day 8 Gangtok

After breakfast, full day excursion to Phodong and Labrang monastery.

After having excursion return back to the hotel.

Overnight at Gangtok

Day 9     Gangtok – Kalimpong

Day 9 Gangtok – Kalimpong

After breakfast, drive to Kalimpong.

Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure.

Overnight in Kalimpong

Day 10   Kalimpong

Day 10 Kalimpong

After breakfast, Morning visit Zang Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery, Tharpa Choling Monastery, Thongsa Gumpa and flower nursery.

After having visit, return back to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel

Day 11     Kalimpong – Bagdogra – Kolkata

Day 11 Kalimpong – Bagdogra – Kolkata

After breakfast, drive to Bagdogra airport to connect the flight to Kolkata.

In Kolkata, you will be provided assisted arrival transfer from airport to hotel.

Overnight at Kolkata

Day 12    Kolkata

Day 12 Kolkata

Today after breakfast you will be transferred to the International Airport for your onward journey with a bunch of enthralling and mesmerizing memories of your tour.

Travel Insurance

Yes. All Zigi Tour’s guests are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their India tour. Your leader will record your insurance details on the first day.We have negotiated very special rates with our colleagues at Holiday Extras – with no upper age limits and no medical declaration for UK tours.

To obtain a quotation simply call them on 0800 2800 104 – Please ensure you quote our special price code Q4228

Dust Masks

Unfortunately pollution is a global phenomenon. It is advisable to carry dust masks if you are sensitive to dust or may have conditions like asthma, etc.

Charcoal Tablets

They’re an incredibly effective way of stopping diarrhoea and preventing dysentery (Delhi Belly). It quickly absorbs the toxins or pathogens that are causing the problem and keeps you strong.

Passport Pouch

A pouch to keep your personal belongings like passports, loose money, personal medications, Photo ID, etc. is strongly recommended.

Camera

India is a place of endless eye candy and spectacles that you won’t see anywhere else. Naturally a camera comes in handy.