Day 1. To Kolkata
Fly from Heathrow to Kolkata via Dubai on Emirates Airlines.
Day 2. Kolkata
Arrive Kolkata early in the morning. Afternoon City sightseeing includes the beautiful Jain Temple, Victoria Memorial, National Museum and Mother Teresa’s Orphanage. Overnight at Hotel Kenilworth.
Day 3. On Board overnight train to New Jalpaiguri
Dawn visit to the gloriously scented flower market. Afternoon at leisure. Evening transfer to the railway station. Overnight train in 1st a/c sleeper.
Day 4. To Darjeeling
Arrive New Jalpaiguri in the morning and connect to the delightful Toy Train to Darjeeling. The views are spectacular with a different vista around every winding bend. Two nights at the Windamere.
Day 5. Darjeeling
Dawn visit to the Tiger Hill to view Mount Kanchenjunga and the peak of the Mount Everest - on a clear day! Also see the Ghoom Monastery, where the 15 foot high statue of the Maitreya Buddha is enshrined. After lunch visit the Botanical Garden, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the Tibetan Refugee Centre.
Day 6. To Pemayangtse
Morning drive to Pemayangtse. Visit the Pemayangtse Monastery - one of the oldest Monasteries in Sikkim, with its magnificent sculptures and graceful paintings adorning the first floor. The major attraction of the Monastery is a seven-tiered painted wooden structure portraying Guru Rimpoche’s Heavenly Palace ‘Santopalri’. Overnight at Hotel Mount Pandim.
Day 7. To Gangtok
Morning drive to Gangtok. Rest of the day at leisure. Two nights at Hotel Norkhill.
Day 8. Gangtok
Morning excursion to Rumtek Buddhist Monastery, the largest in Sikkim and the seat of the Gyalwa Karmapa. After lunch Gangtok sightseeing includes the Institute of Tibetology housing rare manuscripts, statues and thanka paintings. Also see the beautiful Enchey Monastery.
Day 9. To Kalimpong
Morning drive to Kalimpong. Afternoon Kalimpong sightseeing includes the serene Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang Monastery. Overnight at Hotel Himalayan.
Day 10. To Guwahati
Morning drive to Bagdogra airport for flight to Guwahati. Overnight at Hotel Vishwaratna.
Day 11. To Kaziranga National Park
Morning drive to Kaziranga National Park. Three nights at IORA - The Retreat.
Day 12. To Kaziranga National Park
Early morning elephant safari. Late morning and afternoon jeep safaris, looking for the rich variety of wildlife and of course - the Indian rhino. Kaziranga is one the main park in the world to see the one-horned rhino: a malevolent giant. Apart from various mammals, there are over 400 species of birds in the park.
Day 13. Kaziranga National Park
Morning and afternoon game safaris. Kaziranga is a remarkable success story in the conservation of the one-horned Indian rhinoceros. Almost poached to extinction, the 2000 kg giants’ population is slowly recovering.
Day 14. To Kolkata
Morning drive to Jorhat airport to board flight to Kolkata. Overnight at the Kenilworth.
Day 15. To Heathrow
Fly to Heathrow on Emirates Airlines flight via Dubai.
Suggested extensions: Andaman Islands
(Various other extensions are available on request)
Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis £2,890.00
International & internal flights in economy class.
Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
Full Board. Kolkata on bed & breakfast.
Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing
Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.
Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.
Full ATOL Bonding.
Any optional Excursions.
Any expenses of a personal nature.
To taste Darjeeling tea is to taste the amazing landscape where it’s grown! The reason teas from this region are so spectacular is because the plants are growing at a great altitude: at this height the tea bushes have low oxygen levels, thus allowing them to grow very slowly. The intermittent rain, sun and moisture-laden mists nurture the century-old tea gardens. At first light the smallest shoots, still covered in dew, are hand- picked to ensure perfection in every cup!