Tea with a private view of Mt. Kanchenjunga
Glenburn Estate, Darjeeling
Darjeeling, West Bengal, India

Tea Gardens of Darjeeling & Sikkim Buddhism

(12 days)

Kolkata, Kalimpong, Gangtok, Darjeeling, Kolkata

An exquisite introduction to the Eastern parts of the Himalayas, this trip starts from the thriving city of Kolkata and takes you to the charming hill station of Darjeeling. Your journey further north will take you to some on enchanting monasteries that are scattered all over Sikkim. During your trip, walk through lush tea estates that are reminiscent of the British Raj and represent that imposing tea drinking culture in India. Enjoy stunning views on your way and explore the road less taken on this memorable trip.

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Adventure
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At a Glance

Kolkata (Calcutta) (2 nights), Gangtok (3 nights), Kalimpong (2 nights), Darjeeling (3 nights), Kolkata (Calcutta) (1 night)


Tour Highlights

  • Start your visit in the cultural heart of India, Kolkata
  • Journey to the Old Raj Hill station of Darjeeling
  • Visiting the enchanting Monasteries of Sikkim
  • Have a Relaxing stay at Glenburn Tea Estate overlooking the River Rungeet

Detailed Itinerary


Kolkata (Calcutta) (2 nights)

Days  ( 1 - 3 )

Kolkata (Calcutta)

Kolkata (Calcutta)

Fondly known as the ‘City of Joy’, Kolkata is the cultural capital of India and the actual capital of the state of West Bengal. The city was once divided into three villages and governed by the Nawab of Bengal during the time of the Mughals in the 17th century. It is now a popular tourist hub for domestic as well as international travelers who travel to the city to view museums and buildings from the colonial era. Travelers can also experience the rich influence of Bengali culture in the city during times of festivity.

Activities

Over the two days tour this fascinating city with your local guide. Full of holy men, gurus and street temples, Kolkata has been called the soul of India.

 

Gangtok (3 nights)

Days  ( 3 - 6 )

Gangtok

Gangtok

The capital city to the Himalayan state of Sikkim, Gangtok is a rather vibrant hill station that means “hillslide” in Tibetan. With a rather indigenous group of people with Nepalese and Tibetan ancestry, this region opens doors to a rather unique environment from the rest of the country.

Activities

Guided visit to the Rumtek Monastery which is noted for its beautiful murals. From Rumtek it is a scenic walk across terraced fields to the Lingdum Monastery from where it is a short drive back to Gangtok.

 

Kalimpong (2 nights)

Days  ( 6 - 8 )

Kalimpong

Kalimpong

If your idea of a perfect vacation involves spending a few nights in quiet and serene hill stations away from all the tourist hustle and bustle, Kalimpong in West Bengal is worth consideration.

Activities

There are several pleasant walks to enjoy around Kalimpong. Places of interest include a variety of garden nurseries, several interesting monasteries and Dr Grahams Homes, started by the missionary Dr Graham in 1900. Outside of Kalimpong the small village of Lava is noted for its market and monastery.

 

Darjeeling (3 nights)

Days  ( 8 - 11 )

Darjeeling

Darjeeling

The archetypal city of Darjeeling that lays in West Bengal is renowned for the numerous tea estates that dominate the region. Beautiful and bustling, it is a city that can never be predicted. From British influences to freshly brewed tea, experiences here are a dime a dozen.

Activities

Over the next two days simply relax on the veranda of the Burra Bungalow, visit the Glenburn tea factory or wander down to the riverbank where your hosts can arrange a guided walk to a nearby village.

Before sunrise visit Tiger Hill from where the views extend across an incredible assortment of peaks. Later visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Himalayan Zoo and the Tibetan Self-Help Centre. Also take a ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway to visit the YigaCholing Monastery at Ghoom.

 

Kolkata (Calcutta) (1 night)

Days  ( 11 - 12 )

Kolkata (Calcutta)

Kolkata (Calcutta)

Fondly known as the ‘City of Joy’, Kolkata is the cultural capital of India and the actual capital of the state of West Bengal. The city was once divided into three villages and governed by the Nawab of Bengal during the time of the Mughals in the 17th century. It is now a popular tourist hub for domestic as well as international travelers who travel to the city to view museums and buildings from the colonial era. Travelers can also experience the rich influence of Bengali culture in the city during times of festivity.

Activities

Return to home via Kolkata.

Price Range starts from
INR 136,080 onwards
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