Tea and Monasteries
Take in the spectacular view of the East Himalayas with majestic mountains, waterfall and native plants and ancient mystical Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.
Many villages here retain its traditional ways of life. The ancient Buddhist monasteries of the region are destination for Buddhist religious pilgrimage. See the influences the British Raj made having arrived here in 1800 to establish Kolkata (a colonial capital city for the British East India Company) and tea plantations in Darjeeling.
10 Days, 9 Nights: Kolkata, Gangtok, Pelling & Darjeeling
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR
Meet Up at Kolkata (CCU)
Kolkata was originally a British settlement, built by the East India Company in the 17th Century during their trading and colonizing expansion along the boast of Bengal - it also became the capital of the British colonial government until 1911 when this was moved to Delhi. The city is now India's third largest, and is regarded by many as the country's intellectual and cultural capital. Many colonial buildings remain and the British legacy can still be felt in the city's social and sporting life.
Kolkata | Victoria Memorial, River Hooghly Cruise, Howrah Bridge, Flower Markets, Marble Palace, South Park Cemetery
For a modern architecture, Howrah Bridge, is one of the largest cantilever bridges in the world.
Visit Kolkata's colorful and bustling flower markets where huge volumes of freshly cut flowers are traded on a daily basis. Continue with a cruise down the River Hooghly to see the temples, ghats (flights of steps leading down to a river) and markets that line the riverbank. This afternoon tour the Marble Palace, a magnificent mansion that houses an eclectic collection of paintings, statuary and other art objects. End your exploration at the South Park Cemetery, where many early British colonists are buried.
Kolkata – Bagdogra - Gangtok
On your journey, you'll pass through an incredible mountainous landscape with views of the entire Kanchenjunga Himalayan range.
Relax and enjoy the hotel for the remainder of the day or explore this state capital city on your own.
Gangtok | Phodong Monastery, Institute of Tibetology, Enchey Monastery, Ravangla Buddha Park
Continue to the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, which was created to promote research into Mahayana Buddhism and the language and traditions of Tibet.
Enchey Monastery is approximately 200 years old and famous for its Chinese Pagoda style design. It belongs to the Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism.
The Buddha Park of Ravangla features a 130-foot high statue of the Buddha marking the 2550th birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha. The statue was consecrated in 2013 by the 14th Dalai Lama and became a stop on the ‘Himalayan Buddhist Circuit’.
Gangtok - Pelling | Pemayangtse Monastery, Kangchenjunga Mountain
On the top floor of the Pemayangtse Monastery there is a fascinating 7-tiered painted model of Guru Rinpoche's home.
Situated at 6,250 feet, Pelling offers some incredible views of the majestic peak of Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world at 28, 169 feet. After admiring its icy grandeur, take a stroll around town and keep your eyes open for the small, castle-like houses of the indigenous Limboo people with their beautiful balconies and galleries.
Pelling - Darjeeling | Khecheopari Lake, Ghoom Monastery, Tiger Hill
Darjaeeling is a Himalayan hill station and a summer resort for the British Raj elite. The British introduced tea production in India in the 19th century using seeds imported from China. By 1870s there were 113 tea gardens (tea gardens and tea plantations are commonly used for tea growing estates). Darjeeling tea planters faced tough and isolated life in the remote tea gardens, their highlight was the weekly gathering at the planter’s club in town. Take a walk along Chowrasta (the main square) then down the Mall to see the Planters’ Club that was founded in 1868.
Old Ghoom Monastery is the popular name of Yiga Choeling. This famous 19th-century Ghoom Monastery is an important Tibetan Buddhist sanctuary that was built in 1875. It has a fabulous collection of famous scriptures.
Tiger Hill (8,600 ft) offers a view of three of the tallest mountains on Earth: Kanchenjunga (the closest, 28,169 ft), Makalu and snow-covered Everest.
Darjeeling | Tea Garden
Darjeeling – Bagdogra – Kolkata
Dates & PricingPrivate Tour, Daily Departure
|Tour Date||2 Persons *||3 Persons **||4 Persons *||6 Persons *|
|Apr 1 to Sep 30, 2018||$4,475||$4,045||$4,175||$3,815|
|Oct 1 to Nov 24, 2018||$4,110||$3,820||$3,745||$3,595|
|Jan 11 to Mar 14, 2019||$3,860||$3,625||$3,545||$3,405|
|Apr 1 to Sep 30, 2019||$ 4,700||$ 4,245||$ 4,385||$ 4,005|
|Oct 1 to Nov 24, 2019||$ 4,315||$ 4,010||$ 3,930||$ 3,775|
|Jan 11 to Mar 14, 2020||$ 4,055||$ 3,805||$ 3,720||$ 3,575|
* Price per person, based on double occupancy.
** Price per person, based on triple occupancy.
‣ Domestic Airfare - Kolkata – Bagdogra Return Airfare from: $54
(Exact fare varies depending on actual booking date)
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- ‣ 4 & 5-Star Hotel Accommodations
- ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
- ‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for more details)
- ‣ Welcome Dinner
- ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
- ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments
- ‣ River Hooghly Cruise
- ‣ Any Travel Insurance
- ‣ Medical Expenses
- ‣ Visa Fees
- ‣ Domestic/International Air Fares and Airport Departure Taxes
- ‣ Gratuities
- ‣ Laundry Service
- ‣ Telephone Calls
- ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
- ‣ All the other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions