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Tea and Monasteries

Tea and Monasteries

$2980

per person

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

The Victoria Memorial is dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria, now a museum and tourist attraction in Kolkata

Victoria Memorial

Phodong Monastery is an 18-century Buddhist monastery with a marvelous collection of beautiful murals and woodcarvings. Let's take a family trip together for great sightseeing!

Ancient Mural Painting at the Gangtok Phodong Monastery

The 130-foot high statue of the Buddha in The Buddha Park of Ravangla is one of tourist attractions and a stop on the ‘Himalayan Buddhist Circuit’ in Sikkim

Ravangla Buddha Park

Gangtok Ropeway in Gangtok city in the Indian state of Sikkim, India. This is one of the greatest tourist attractions in Gangtok

Gangtok Ropeway (Cable Car)

The late-17th-century Buddhist Sanga Choling Monastery in Darjeeling has breathtaking mountain views. A must-see in East India Tours.

Darjeeling Buddhist Sanga Choling Monastery

Beautiful toy train at the station, it is one of the best tourist attractions in Darjeeling

Darjeeling Toy Train

View from Darjeeling city, Queen of Hills, Tea plantation garden, fog rolling down from hill. A famous tour attraction in Darjeeling.

View from Darjeeling city, Queen of Hills

Darjeeling Tea Estate women tea pickers. Women form the majority of the tea pluckers.

Darjeeling Tea Plucker

Royal Rabdentse Palace near Pelling overlooking the valley of Himalaya mountain and the remains with the king’s bedroom and kitchen visible. A must-see tourist attraction.

Rabdentse Ruins, Pelling

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is a Tibet museum and one of the famous landmarks in Gangtok, Sikkim state in India

Namgyal Tibetology Institute, Gangtok

The outside view of Ghoom Monastery, this famous 19th-century monastery is an important Tibetan Buddhist sanctuary. One of the famous landmarks in Darjeeling, East India.

Darjeeling Ghoom Monastery

The flower market in Kolkata is a bustling outdoor market offering a wide selection of colorful flowers & garlands for sale. A must-see in Kolkata

Kolkata Flower Market


YOUR JOURNEY

    1

    Meet Up at Kolkata (CCU)

    Upon arrival into Kolkata, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax and enjoy the hotel for the remainder of the day or explore this bustling state capital city on your own.

    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.
    2

    Kolkata | Victoria Memorial, River Hooghly Cruise, Howrah Bridge, Flower Markets, Marble Palace, South Park Cemetery

    Let’s visit an interesting relic of the colonial era is the Victoria Memorial - a beautiful domed white marble edifice set in tranquil gardens, the monument was built to commemorate Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee.  The memorial was planned by Viceroy Curzon and referred to both as Curzon's folly and the British Taj Mahal.

    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.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Welcome Dinner

    3

    Kolkata – Bagdogra - Gangtok

    This morning we’ll be transferred from the hotel and fly to Bagdogra and then drive to Gangtok.  Gangtok is the capital and the largest town of Sikkim state, India.  It was a major link on the trade route between Lhasa in Tibet and cities such as Kolkata (then Calcutta) in British India.  Gangtok is also a centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture with almost 70 Buddhist  monasteries, many with fine murals and images.

    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.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    4

    Gangtok | Phodong Monastery, Institute of Tibetology, Enchey Monastery, Ravangla Buddha Park

    Visit the Phodong Monastery is one of six major monasteries in the region of Sikkim.  Explore this 18-century Buddhist monastery and its marvelous collection of beautiful murals and woodcarvings.

    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’.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    5

    Gangtok - Pelling | Pemayangtse Monastery, Kangchenjunga Mountain

    Continue to Pelling, home to many Buddhist sites dedicated to Guru Rinpoche, the man responsible for bringing Buddhism to Tibet.

    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.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    6

    Pelling - Darjeeling | Khecheopari Lake, Ghoom Monastery, Tiger Hill

    Leaving Pelling to Darjeeling, we pass Khecheopalri Lake. This lake is part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit which includes the Yuksom, the Dubdi Monastery in Yuksom, Pemayangtse Monastery, the Rabdentse ruins, the Sanga Choeling Monastery, and the Tashiding Monastery.

    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.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    7

    Darjeeling | Tea Garden

    Darjeeling is famed for the divine “champagne of teas”, a distinctive black tea grown on plantations that dot its surrounding slopes.  Sample varieties of tea that were harvested in different seasons (or ‘flushes’) of the year and savor the distinctive flavors!

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    8

    Darjeeling

    Let’s follow the Bristish Raj traditional to relax at this hill station and soak in the fresh air at Himalayas.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    9

    Darjeeling – Bagdogra – Kolkata

    After breakfast, return to Bagdogra this morning for your flight back to Kolkata.  Upon arrival in the former Raj’s capital city, relax or explore this bustling state capital city on your own at leisure.

     

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    10

    Kolkata (CCU)

    The tour comes to an end after breakfast.  Hotel check-out and transfer to departure airport.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    Hotel Information:

    DestinationHotelsRating
    KolkataNovotel★★★★
    GangtokLemon Tree★★★★
    PellingThe Elgin Pelling★★★★★
    DarjeelingThe Elgin Darjeeling★★★★
    KolkataNovotel★★★★
    Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation.

    Dates & Pricing 

    Daily Departure Tours
    Tour Date2 Persons *3 Persons **4 Persons *6 Persons *
    Apr 1 to Sep 30, 2018$3,600$3,105$3,205$2,865
    Oct 1 to Nov 24, 2018$3,085$2,790$2,735$2,580
    Jan 11 to Mar 14, 2019$2,980$2,680$2,620$2,465
    Apr 1 to Sep 30, 2019$3,780$3,260$3,365$3,010
    Oct 1 to Nov 24, 2019$3,240$2,930$2,870$2,710
    Jan 11 to Mar 14, 2020$3,130$2,815$2,750$2,590
    Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
    * Price per person, based on double occupancy. 
    ** Price per person, based on triple occupancy.

    Deposit

    ‣ $750
    ‣ Domestic Airfare - Kolkata – Bagdogra Return Airfare from: $54
    (Exact fare varies depending on actual booking date)

    Booking Your Flight

    We can find the best flights and airfares for your tour.Buying your own air tickets? No problem.

    Inclusions

    • ‣ 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

    Exclusions

    • ‣ 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