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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

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ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day 1: Meet Up at Kolkata

Day 2: Kolkata | Victoria Memorial, River Hooghly Cruise, Howrah Bridge, Flower Markets, Marble Palace, South Park Cemetery

Day 3: Kolkata – Bagdogra – Gangtok

Day 4: Gangtok | Phodong Monastery, Institute of Tibetology, Enchey Monastery, Ravangla Buddha Park

Day 5: Gangtok – Pelling | Pemayangtse Monastery, Kangchenjunga Mountain

Day 6: Pelling – Darjeeling | Khecheopari Lake, Ghoom Monastery, Tiger Hill

Day 7: Darjeeling | Tea Garden

Day 8: Darjeeling | Relaxation

Day 9: Darjeeling – Bagdogra – Kolkata

Day 10: Kolkata

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INCLUSIONS

‣ 4 & 5-Star Hotel Accommodations

‣ Airport Transfers

‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for more details)

‣ Welcome Dinner

‣ English-speaking Local Guide

‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments

‣ River Hooghly Cruise

‣ Traditional Garlanding Welcome with Welcome Kit

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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.
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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

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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

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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

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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

Tour Location

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Dates & Pricing 

  Private Tour: Daily departure.  
2 Persons * 3 Persons ** 4 Persons * 6 Persons *
Apr 1 to Sep 14, 2018 $3,400 CALL $3,315 $3,070
Sep 15 to Sep 30, 2018 $3,600 $3,105 $3,205 $2,865
Oct 1 to Dec 19, 2018 $3,085 $2,790 $2,735 $2,580
Jan 11 to Mar 31, 2019 $2,980 $2,680 $2,620 $2,465
 
  • * Price per person in US dollars, double occupancy.
  • ** Price per person in US dollars, triple occupancy.
  • Solo traveler or larger groups, call for price.
  • Prices include all currently applicable taxes.

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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

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Hotel Information

Destination Hotels Rating
Kolkata Novotel ★★★★
Gangtok Lemon Tree ★★★★
Pelling The Elgin Pelling ★★★★★
Darjeeling The Elgin Darjeeling ★★★★
Kolkata Novotel ★★★★
 Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation.