- A gift when you book your trip with us, a DVD film called ‘Mystic India.’
- International flights included
- Useful gift is given to you on arrival
- Private arrival and departure transfers
- Private car & driver for all road transfers
- Snack Hamper, with juice and water in your private car
- Mobile phone to use while in India to keep in contact with our local office and your driver
- Meals as per itinerary (BB = breakfast) (HB = breakfast, lunch or dinner) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
- Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
- Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
- You can enjoy a packed picnic excursion on the Balason river
- Or a visit to Ambootia Tea Factory
- Toy train from Kurseong to Darjeeling
- Visit to Tiger Hill and Ghoom Monastery
- Visit to Bhutia Busty Monastery and Observatory Hill
- Visit Pemayangste Monastery in Pelling
- See the Rabdantse Ruins in Pelling
- Excursion to Khecheopairi Lake
- Partake in a village & Nature walk in Kewzing
- Learn about Sikkimese cuisines
- Visit the famous Rumtek Monastery & Enchey Monastery
- Take a village walk in Samthar
- Sightseeing of various Monasteries in Kalimpong
- Sightseeing of Kolkata
Our tour features the following locations
KOLKATA: Kolkata is often seen as a poor and chaotic place to be in, thought to be undeserving of its status as one of India’s top four metros, and that may have something to do with the fewer number of travellers visiting the city. It certainly looks that way, until you realise that its true charms lie in its deep-rooted culture, its unique way of life and its quintessential East meets West attitude. The city is surrounded by fascinating natural beauty, ranging from the iconic Sunderbans and their man-eating tigers to the serene hills of Darjeeling. Popularly called the intellectual and cultural capital of the country, Kolkata is also one of those few destinations where traditional gentlemen’s clubs, an ancient way of life, historic customs and that ‘friendly vibe’ still exists. Don’t miss out on the colonial architecture, never ignore that mouth-wateringly delicious Bengali food and just have a blast talking to the locals. The best time to visit Kolkata is during Durga Puja, a celebration that engulfs the entire city in festival lights, street carnivals, beautiful fairs and spectacular displays of its rich cultural and artistic heritage.
KURSEONG: Discover tranquillity in Kurseong, which in Lepcha means ‘the Land of White Orchids,’ referring to the small white orchid prolific here. Often you can look down on the clouds below. It seems like the sea, stretching for miles, filling the valleys and the peaks. Ranges rise out of it like islands and peninsulas. Kurseong is developing as a quiet hill station. Tea gardens include Castleton, Makaibarie, Ambotia and Goomtee.
DARJEELING: Ever heard of Darjeeling Tea? Made popular all over the world by the British, Darjeeling is among the top tea-growing regions on the planet. It hosts beautiful tea gardens and sipping tea while watching mesmerising mountain views is among the best things to do here. Nestled among the clouds, the Queen of the Hills has always been famous because of its lofty plantations and beautiful handicrafts, but it’s slowly emerging as a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts as well. Victorian-era architecture is sure to be another highlight of your tour, while places like Mall Road and Chowrasta are perfect spots to watch life go by.
PELLING: Pelling’s star attraction is its sunrise views of Khangchendzongam, a mesmerising display of nature that leaves you spellbound and tantalised by her beauty. Upper Pelling is where most of the tourist action takes place, and this is where you find most of the hotels and restaurants located here. Pelling is quickly emerging as an exciting alternative to Gangtok, one that presents similar experiences minus the crowds. It is also home to the popular Pemayangste Monastery. Other things to do in Pelling include rock climbing, meditation, mountain biking and educational studies.
KEWZING: Meaning the land of wheat is located 76 km’s from Gangtok, in the southern district of Sikkim. At an altitude of 4600 ft, the village is located against a backdrop of the magnificent view of mountains that include Mt Narsing and Mt Kabru. Kewzing is a typical Bhutia village rich in cardamom forest cover. The atmosphere in the village is very serene and peaceful. Far away from the modern way of life, it offers visitors a chance to relax and rejuvenate themselves.
GANGTOK: Gangtok has come a long way from its gloomy past, back when Sikkim was an independent kingdom in the region. Modern day Gangtok is a beautiful, boisterous and cheerful place, a growing metropolis that offers the perfect base to explore places such as Tsongmo Lake and Rumtek or simply soak in exotic mountain views from the comfort of your hotel beds. MG Marg is where you can chill out, rediscover India in a litter-free, spit-free and car-free zone, or simply breathe in the carnival-like atmosphere that feels like everyday life here. The city also treats you to some of the best shopping in the region as well as cultural extravaganzas such as the Gangtok Food and Culture Festival. For the perfect birds-eye view of this beautiful town, head over to the Zig Back ropeway that connects Deorali to Tashiling Secretariat.
SAMTHAR: A picturesque Highland ideal for adventure seekers. Owing to its undulating terrains, the plateau serves as a perfect spot for enjoying adventurous activities like hiking, mountain biking, and nature exploration. Located at an elevation of about 1,400 m in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, this scenic destination features terraced fields, mountain streams and thatch huts that add to its natural beauty. Moreover, this place is also considered a heaven for birdwatchers and nature lovers.
KALIMPONG: Kalimpong, a small town in West Bengal, is slowly emerging as a popular tourist destination thanks to its mild climate and natural beauty. It is full of ancient Buddhist monasteries, beautiful churches and temples, and also offers stunning vistas of the Teesta Rangit Valley in Sikkim. Popular attractions include the Army Golf Course, Durpin Monastery, the local Haat Bazaar, Jelepla View Point, Deolo Hill and Sherpa View Point. The best time to visit Kalimpong is during the summer season when you can escape the scorching heat and enjoy some time in the hills.
Our from price based on the following hotels twin/double share. Single supplement, triple share reductions or for alternative hotels, contact us to discuss your requirements further. We can design a tour just for you, based on your style and budget.
Peerless Inn – Kolkata
What makes The Peerless Inn stand out among hotels in Kolkata is its warm and friendly service and world-class ambience. All rooms and suites in the hotel have air-conditioning with individual temperature controls, TVs, tea & coffee makers, safes & mini-fridges. Another advantage that The Peerless has over other Kolkata hotels is its central location. It is just 100 meters from the Esplanade Metro Station, a 10-minutes walk to Eden Gardens & New Market and a 15-minutes stroll to the Victoria Memorial.
Cochrane Place -Kurseong
Discover tranquillity in Kurseong, which in Lepcha means ‘the Land of White Orchids’, referring to the small white orchid prolific here. Often you can look down on the cloud below. It seems like the sea, stretching for miles, filling the valleys and the peaks. Ranges rise out of it like islands and peninsulas.
Windamere – Darjeeling
Windamere is situated on historic Observatory Hill where Darjeeling began, and overlooks the Chowrasta, the town’s exclusive promenade. It is “One of the three Jewels of the Raj”, said a celebrated travel writer of The Windamere Hotel. Established in the 19th century as a cozy boarding house for bachelor English and Scottish tea planters, it was converted into a hotel just before the outbreak of the Second World War.
Elgin Mount Pandim – Pelling
The Elgin Mount Pandim offers a unique and personal tryst with the Himalayas. Set in eight acres of virgin forest and landscaped gardens, it revokes the old charm of its first owners- the royal family of Sikkim- and offers a peaceful retreat about 150 kms from Siliguri, with a glorious view of the Singalila range.
Bon Farmhouse – Kewzing
Bon farmhouse welcomes you to Sikkim for “back to nature” experience of staying in a typical village farm ambience of Sikkim in Kewzing Village with a Bonpo Family. The Farmhouse stay is different from a typical hotel or a resort mainly because you can enjoy the comforts of a homely environment the best part being all meals prepared from freshly grown organic vegetables from the nearby fields.
Elgin Nor Khill – Gangtok
The Nor-Khill was built by the King of Sikkim in 1932 and is the oldest heritage hotel in Gangtok, which entertains guests like his holiness The Dalai Lama, the US Ambassador to India His Excellency John Galbraith, movie stars and you and your family.
Samthar Farmhouse – Samthar
The Samthar Farm House has been created by converting an abandoned Lepcha tribal farmhouse into a comfortable country residence, whilst preserving its natural stone and old timber construction. The house nestles in a clump of pines, with a terraced nature garden rising to the rocky outcrop at the top of the hill. The natural landscape has been retained.
Elgin Silver Oaks – Kalimpong
The Silver Oaks was built in 1930 and once belonged to the prominent architect Frederick Desraj who built the old Teesta Bridge. Lounging in the landscaped gardens in a profusion of colour, one is treated to breathtaking view at the Silver Oaks, Kalimpong.
Fair lawn – Kolkata
Since 1783 Fairlawn has stood on the junction of Madge Lane and Sudder Street, the heart of the most cosmopolitan and vibrant area of the city and within two minutes walks from the famous New Market area. (“New” meaning over 100 years old, compared to Fairlawn, a whippersnapper of a building) About the same distance away, past the Indian Museum, is the Park St Metro station, Park St itself is just beyond.
Here are some examples of extensions you can add to this tour. For other ideas and to discuss your requirements contact us. We can design an itinerary for you, based on your dates, duration, style, and budget.
What about a cruise from Kolkata down to the famous Sunderbans. The Sunderbans boasts a mix of dense mangrove forests and a fabulous wildlife that attracts visitors like a magnet.
Bhutan the perfect addition to this tour. Bhutan, the Dragon Kingdom is a country that offers the most sought after travel destinations today. Nestled in the Himalayan mountain range. Accessed by flight from Bagdogra or overland via Phuntsholing.