• 14 Days Tea Tour in Darjeeling & Gangtok
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14 Days Tea Tour in Darjeeling & Gangtok

Destination to Visit: Delhi, Bagdogra, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Kolkata, Chennai

Trip Overview:

From bustling Kolkata, Indias vibrant capital of culture, to the astounding beauty of Darjeeling, with its verdant tea plantations, Himalayan vistas and Buddhist monasteries - take the road less travelled on this captivating journey.

 


Trip Highlights & Experiences

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  • Bagdogra
  • Chennai
  • Darjeeling
  • Gangtok
  • Kolkata
  • New Delhi
This trips specializes in crafting holiday tours in the Indian subcontinent. This trip incorporate following themes and activity.
Day 1 Arrival at Delhi

Our representative will receive you on arrival at the DELHI AIRPORT and transfer to your hotel.  

DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land.  A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

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Day 2 Delhi

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel.

Start with the sightseeing of Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaws, one of Asias largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asias largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside.

People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi.

After visiting Old Delhi, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colors and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the Presidents residence.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Day 3 Delhi

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel.

Start with the sightseeing of Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaws, one of Asias largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 - 48 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asias largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside.

People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi.

After visiting Old Delhi, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colors and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.

Imperial Delhi will include the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the Presidents residence.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

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Day 4 Delhi - Bagdogra - Darjeeling

Breakfast will be at hotel.

Transfer to the airport to take flight for Bagdogra. Reach Bagdogra and drive to Darjeeling.

Reach and check into the hotel.

Years ago the mountain spurs, on the slopes of which the hill station of Darjeeling now stands, formed a part of the independent kingdom of Sikkim and was covered with dense forest. The town of Darjeeling alone now has thousands of people belonging to different creeds and races, but there were not more than two hundred inhabitants when the East India Company, which then controlled British interests in India, first came into contact with it.

When India became independent, Darjeeling remained a part of West Bengal. From 1986, a powerful agitation began in the Darjeeling hills seeking an independent state in the Indian Union. The agitation ended with the establishment of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council under the Chairmanship of Mr. Subash Ghissing and has been given considerable autonomy in administrative matters.

Darjeeling, which is internationally acclaimed as one of the best hill stations in the world, is covered with pine trees, rhododendrons, magnolias, primulas and orchids. With houses hugging the hill side are various places to visit, which are of great interest.

Overnight will be at Darjeeling.

Day 5 Darjeeling

Early morning excursion to tiger hill, Ghoom monastery & Batasia loop.

Proceed to Tiger hill very early morning to watch the spectacular sunrise and its amazing effects on Mount Kanchendzonga. (World`s 3rd highest peak)

Come back to the hotel. After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing covering Padmajan. Zoological Garden, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tibetan Refugee Self-help Center and visit to the all and Local Market (City Life).

Overnight will be at Darjeeling.

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Day 6 Darjeeling: Toy train experience

Breakfast will be at hotel.

Enjoy the Heritage Toy Train ride.

Overnight will be at Darjeeling.

Day 7 Darjeeling (Bagdogra) - Gangtok

After breakfast proceed to Bagdogra for the flight to Gangtok.

Gangtok is the largest town and the capital of the Indian state of Sikkim. The city lies at an altitude of about 1780 m above sea level. Because of its topography, the city enjoys a mild temperate climate throughout the year. The city integrates different cultures and religion making it a wonderful destination on Earth. The city is a centre of Buddhist learning and culture, the most famous Buddhist site in the city being the Enchey Monastery. The city has a very good transportation network making the place a perfect holiday destination for the tourists. We provide you with complete information on all that you want to know about tourist attractions in Gangtok.

Reach Gangtok and check in at your hotel.

Take a stroll through the local markets in the evening. Overnight will be at Gangtok.

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Day 8 Gangtok

After breakfast proceed for Tsomgo (changu) lake (frozen almost 9 months) at an altitude of 12,000 ft.

Also visit the following:

Himalayan Zoological Park: This Park exhibits a wide species of Himalayan fauna like the black beer, barking deer, snow leopard, civet cat, red pandas and the spotted deer.

Nathula: It is a mountain pass situated about 56 km from Gangtok at an altitude of about 14,200 ft. and is covered with rich varieties of alpine flora and fauna. It is a calm place to visit and is open only for Indian Nationals.

Pemayangtse Monastery: It is one of the oldest monasteries in the state which was established by Lhatsun Chempo, the Lama who is said to have performed the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal of Sikkim. This Monastery is located at the hill top and gives a wonderful view of the Himalayan ranges and the surrounding hills of the region.

Khecheopalri Lake: This Lake located at East Sikkim is considered to be one of the most sacred lakes in the city both for Hindus and Buddhists. This lake lies in the rich forest cover and is believed that the birds in the region never allow a single leaf to keep afloat on the water of the lake.

Menam Hill: This hill situated at an altitude of about 10300 ft gives a wonderful view of the scenic beauty of the Kanchenjunga Hills and its surrounding ranges. On a sunny day, one can even see the plains of Bengal spanning across Kalimpong and Darjeeling Hills in the South.

Ganesh Tok: This temple of Hindu god Ganesha is situated near the Sikkim Government nursery in East Sikkim and is situated on a small hillock on the Gangtok-Nathula Road.

Overnight will be at Gangtok.


Day 9 Gangtok

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Spend the day at leisure. Enjoy shopping at the local markets.

Overnight will be at Gangtok.

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Day 10 Gangtok – Bagdogra - Kolkata

Breakfast will be at the hotel. Drive to Bagdogra Airport to take your flight to Kolkata.

Kolkata was the first capital of the British in India. The city was established in 1686 when the British moved to the small villages of Sutanati, Govindpur, and Kalikata from their trading port of Hooghly. It progressed well until 1756 when Siraj-Ud-Daula (Nawab of Bengal) attacked the town and drove away the British. Lord Clive retook Kolkata and until 1911, it remained the capital of the British government in India. Being the center of power for so long created a unique culture and heritage, totally unlike any other city in India.

Reach Kolkata and check in at your hotel. Relax. Overnight will be in Kolkata.

Day 11 Kolkata

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed for the sightseeing tour of the city.

Visit the MOTHER TERESA MISSION and spend time there.

Also visit the following:

Victoria Memorial It is a grand edifice constructed in the memory of Queen Victoria. This building houses a number of rare specimens of the historical preserves of the land.

Howrah Bridge is another landmark that denotes the city of joy. This hanging bridge is an architectural marvel of the country.

Birla Planetarium - The second largest planetarium in Asia. It is another site that attracts attention.

In the evening enjoy a cruise of the River Ganges (the last stage) watching the city at sunset and enjoying the heritage of the old British Capital.

Overnight will be at Kolkata.

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Day 12 Kolkata

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Spend day at leisure.

Overnight will be at Kolkata.

Day 13 Kolkata - Chennai

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed to Kolkata Airport to take your flight to Chennai.

The first British Warehouse came up in 1639 when the British acquired the sandy beach from the local Nayaks on lease. It was called Madraspatinam then. Later by 1654, the Fort St. George was built. Still later the neighboring villages were included in the city which came either as grants or gifts. Triplicane was rented from the Sultan of Golconda in 1676. In 1744 Robert Clive worked as a writer from the Fort, later to become a military man of British Army. The Fort House, which housed the Governor and his council, were added in the 17th Century, the Assembly Hall in 1910 and the Secretariat in 1925.

All the neighboring areas were merged into the city now known as Madras or as Chennai as it is officially known. Until Independence, Madras was the capital of what in British times was called the Madras Presidency, comprising nearly the whole of South India, including the Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada speaking areas.

Proceed for city tour of Chennai in the morning.

Santhome Cathedral: Built by Portuguese in the 14th and 15th century, this Cathedral is named after St. Thomas. Historically important, it is one of the pilgrimages for the Christian community.

Fort St. George: It is one the first few bastions built by the east India company, marks the beginning of Chennai as a modern city. It occupies a place of pride and prominence in Chennai. This bastion achieved its name from St. George, the patron saint of England. The state legislature and the secretariat are located in Fort St. George. It houses the St. Mary`s church the oldest Anglican Church in India which was built in 1680 and the tombstones in its courtyard are the oldest British tombstones in India. The Fort Museum, once a building that housed Chennai`s first lighthouse, first commercial bank and first `club`, is now a well-kept repository of tangible memories of early Madras.

Rippon Building: Another pride of Chennai city, this 100 year old building was named after Governor Lord Rippon, the father of self-government in India. The Chennai Corporation and its council are functioning in this building. (Entry time 10 am to 03 pm)

Kapaleeswarar Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kapaleeswarar temple has inscriptions from the 13th century A.D. The temple `Gopuram` (tower) is in the characteristic Dravidian style of architecture. The walls and pillars of temple have very delicate and intricate carvings which depict the scenes from Hindu mythology.

Government Museum: This museum contains exhibits ranging from contemporary artifacts to pre historical findings, sculptures and bronzes of various periods. A section for zoology, anthropology and geology impresses every visitor. Buddhist sculptures found in the amaravathi section depict the events recorded in the life of Buddha. And also the museum contains a well-stocked public library called Connemara and a National Art Gallery which is well known for its bronze collections.

Theosophical society: Founded by Madam Blavatsky and Colosker of the USA to study the religion and philosophy. In 1892 the society moved to Chennai and was set amidst a vast expanse of woods on the estuary of Adyar. Above all the largest banyan tree, several hundreds years old is found in the campus. It spreads its branches and roots covering 40,000 sq ft giving a serene ambiance.

Overnight will be at Chennai.


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Day 14 Chennai Departure

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

If time permits, enjoy shopping in Chennai.

You will be transferred to the airport for the onward flight journey with sweet memories of the India tour.

TOUR ENDS!!

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Hello Victor,
We have successfully returned from India and are back in Texas.  I have finally downloaded my photos and I`m am thoroughly enjoying the editing process as I relive my wonderful experiences in India.  If our children had been with us, we would have stayed a month more.  My favorite thing in all of India-- more esteemed than the food, the architecture, or the religious and cultural learning--was the people.  India is its people--warm, gracious, friendly and open.
 
I wanted to take a moment to tell you how pleased we were with everything that pertained to our trip.  The guides in each town were very knowledgeable and unique in different ways.  Some were spiritual, some political, some very worldly--regardless,  it was refreshing to go to another town and have a different perspective from each guide.
 
We cannot say enough good things about our driver, Mr. Kulmant Singh.  As you are aware, it takes a lot of bravado and luck to get from point A to point B in India.  We are thankful we did so without incident and that we got to experience India "as close to a local experience" as possible.  I think the only way to have traveled more like an Indian would have been to put all four of us on one motorbike!
 
I cannot wait to return to India.  I would return to Varanasi to be part of the mass of humanity that lives and breathes with a city that encircles all of life.  I would return to Jodhpur and Udaipur to spend more time in the streets, the markets, and with the people of India.  I liked the smallness and openness of these cities.  (I have to admit, we gave our guides some work trying to keep up with our random wanderings down side streets and off the tourist path!)  I would return to Jaipur if only to stay at the Rambagh Palace again.  It was my favorite hotel as was the Imperial.  My husband`s favorites were the Oberoi`s in Udaipur and Agra.  The Orchard hotel was quite a surprise and we would return if only to sit and visit with the host, a most gracious man.
 
Once again, thank you for your help in preparing our trip.  I look forward to working with you again when we decide to travel to the south!
 
Best wishes,
Stephanie Routh
Stephanie Routh

Question : Health advice for UK citizens

Vaccinations are not required when you travel in India; however anti malaria medication is strongly recommended. If you have visited or transited a yellow fever area ten days prior to your scheduled trip to India a yellow fever inoculation certificate will be mandatory. Like all tropical countries, there are precautions that need to be followed while travelling. Indian medical professionals have reputably high standards. Should you need to consult a doctor; most hotels have doctors on call. We would be happy to assist you in visiting the specialist, although appointments are likely to be limited to a certain time of the day. Should you be using prescription medicines, please carry adequate supply - what you use may not be locally available and substitutes may not be suitable. In the unlikely event of hospitalisation, primary and secondary metros offer very high standards of health care. As a primary precaution, always drink bottled water. Ensure your liquid intake is consistent throughout the day. We always recommend that you consult your personal physician prior to any travel. We advise you to consult your doctor or the British Airways Travel Clinics, allowing at least 4 weeks before the date of travel for all medical advice. Some areas including Bhutan and Nepal may be at high altitudes so please check with our staff before confirming your itinerary. You can also check health advice for UK citizens at below link: Http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/india.aspx

The Tour will Include:

Accommodation at mentioned hotels,

Daily buffet breakfasts,

Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary,

Air-conditioned car (toyota innova) with driver for sightseeing tours,

English speaking company authorized guides at applicable places,

Meet and assist at the airports on arrival/departure,

Sunset cruise at river Ganges in Kolkata,

Toy train ride in Darjeeling

Monument entrances

Sikkim permit

Internal flights in economy class,

Toll taxes, driver allowance, parking and

All applicable taxes and service charges.