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 ESSENTIAL EAST 

TOUR COST from AUD4,610.00** Per Person Twin Share

Day 01 ARRIVE KOLKATA

Arrive at Kolkata International Airport. As guests exit, you will be met and transferred from airport to The Hotel.

 

Once the proud capital of the British Raj, Kolkata is deeply evocative of an era and sensibility lost in time. Established as the trading post 

for the East India Company on the banks of the Hooghly River by Job Charnock in 1690, it grew to be the biggest colonial trade center in Asia, earning it the name "Jewel of the East.

 

 Today, much of the city's architectural heritage stands crumbling and in ruins, its monumental colonial structures not nearly as well maintained as those of Mumbai. Moss and grime cover tattered buildings that should be celebrated as the city's finest -- the collapsing masonry, peeling paint, and sun-scorched woodwork testaments to the indifference of time.

 

Overnight:  Taj Bengal

Day 02  KOLKATA

Breakfast at the hotel.  

09.00 hrs:       Full day city sightseeing is arranged for the day.

 

Victoria Memorial t is a massive domed building of white marble from Rajasthan.  It was inaugurated in 1921 by the Prince of Wales (later, briefly, Edward VIII).  It houses a collection of Victoria memorabilia and also history related objects and documents on Bengal. In the park in which the memorial stands are statues of Queen Victoria, Lord Curzon and other figures of the Raj.

Continue on to one of the largest and most impressive museums in India, the Indian Museum, founded in 1814 on the basis of the collection of the Asiatic Society.  Its widely varied exhibits include such oddities as a roomful of meteorites and a number of (stuffed) man-eating crocodiles.  It has an impressive archaeology and sculpture department with a superb collection of Gandharan Buddhist art, as well as works from Khajuraho, Bhairat and many other important sites. 

Howrah Bridge; this bridge is built on river Hooghly and connects the city of Kolkata with the industrial town of Howrah. We now drive pass the Dalhousie Square where we see the Writers Building (State Secretariat), Raj Bhawan (Governor House), General Post Office Building, Kolkata High Court, Kolkata Town Hall and the St. John's Church.

 

Overnight:  Taj Bengal

Day 03 KOLKATA – BAWALI  (35 Kms / 01 hrs drive approx)

Breakfast at the hotel

10.00 hrs:  Check out from the hotel & drive to Bawali.

 

11.00 hrs:   Arrive Bawali and check in.

 

Overnight: The Rajbari Bawali

Day 04  BAWALI

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Enjoy activities offered in the resort

(Birdwatching, Fishing, Village walk etc)

 

Overnight: The Rajbari Bawali

Day 05 

BAWALI  - KOLKATA  (35 Kms / 01 hrs drive approx) KOLKATA – BAGDOGRA (SG 623 / 1305 – 1415 hrs)

Breakfast at the hotel

11.00 hrs:  Check out from the hotel & drive to Kolkata airport to board your flight to Bagdogra. 

 

14.15 hrs:  Arrive Bagdogra airport; you will be met & transferred to hotel The Glenburn Estate.

 

17.30 hrs:       Check into the hotel  

Darjeeling – In short, it's all about magnificent views of snow capped Kanchenjunga, torrents flowing down the mountain slopes, lovely tea gardens, landscapes with firs, pines & ferns, and all that combined with friendly people and modern yet colonial charm.

Please book all the activities offered by the hotel on complimentary basis upon arrival.

 

Dinner will be served at the hotel.

                       

Overnight:  The Glenburn Estate.

Day 06  DARJEELING

Breakfast at the hotel

Full day sightseeing and activities are arranged for the day.

 

09.00 hrs:  Toy train ride: Toy Train Ride up to Ghoom which start at 10.40 AM. This fifty minutes journey (50 Mins) in the toy train criss crosses the motor road and passes through bazaars, leaving a long-lasting memory to the traveller.

 

Arrive Ghoom Monastery. This is oldest Monastery in the area which was built in 1875. The statue of Maithreya Buddha, which is 4.57 meter high, is of interest here. The monastery also preserves some of the rarest Buddhist manuscripts.

                                               

14.00 hrs:  Vsit Tibetan Refugee Centre,  and HMI.

Tibetan self-help centre or refugee centre

This institute is run by Tibetan Refugees to preserve their handicrafts    and one can see making of Tibetan Carpets, Leather work, Paintings and Wooden work etc.

 

HMI (Himalayan Mountaineering Institute) & PNHZ Park:

Located on Birch Hill, these  are the major attractions for the tourists. This institute was started in Darjeeling when Tenzing Norgay climbed Everest to give training   to learn Mountaineering and other adventure sports related to mountaineering and in that Institute one can see equipment etc. used by Mr. Tenzing Norgay and Everest Museum having complete details on Everest attached to institute

 

Lunch & Dinner will be served at the hotel

                                               

Overnight:  The Glenburn Estate.

Day 07 DARJEELING

Breakfast at the hotel

Day is at leisure or you could take The Tea Experience tour.

 

The tour begins with a presentation on how tea is grown, manufactured and tasted. Move on to the Tea Factory, where the processes of withering, rolling, fermenting drying and sorting are demonstrated, finally ending with a tea tasting session.

 

Lunch & Dinner will be served at the hotel.

 

Overnight:  The Glenburn Estate.

Day 08 DARJEELING – PELLING (105 Kms / 05 hrs drive approx)

Breakfast at the hotel

10.00 hrs:  Check out from the hotel & drive to Pelling.

 

15.00 hrs:  Arrive Pelling and check in to hotel.

 

The road journey from Kalimpong to Pelling offers memorable views of Mt Kanchenjunga, Mt Pandim, Mt Kabru, Mt Simvo, Mt Jopuno, Mt Khanchendzonga and Mt Siniolchu. 

 

Dinner will be served in the hotel.

 

Overnight:  Norbughang Resort

Day 09   PELLING

Breakfast at the hotel

09.00 hrs:  Visit the Pemayangtse Monastery and Rabdentse Ruins.

Pemayangtse monastery follows the Mind rolling tradition besides holding the lineage of Lhatsun Chenpo. The Mind rolling monastery was founded by Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje whose famous daughter Jetsun Migyur Paldon lived near Pemayangtse and taught there during 

her exile. Her stone throne is still to be seen in this monastery, which has 108 monks. The main attraction of the monastery is the wooden replica of Zangdog Palri; the celestial abode of Guru Padmasambhava built by Serdup Lhundrup Dorje Rinpoche in 1971. The annual chaam (monk dance) is held here on the 28th and 29th day of the 12th month of the Tibetan lunar calendar.

 

Rabdentse- Sikkim’s second capital, the ruins of Rabdantse are worth exploring. The winding track through the forest brings you to a small set of ruins of the early town and eventually on the ruins of the palace with Chorten (stupa) nearby. Farther afield are the Changay Falls.

 

Dinner will be served at the hotel

 

Overnight:  Norbughang Resort

Day 10 PELLING – GANGTOK (135 kms / 06 hrs drive approx)

Breakfast at the hotel 

10.00 hrs:  Check out from the hotel & drive to Gantok. A long but scenic drive to Gangtok, take few stopovers to stretch your legs and body.

 

Gangtok         

At an altitude of 1750 m, Gangtok became the state capital in the mid 19th century and has undergone rapid development since then. The downtown area is dominated by huge government buildings decorated with traditional Buddhist symbols. Surrounded by Monasteries and Orchids, Gangtok is truly a traveller’s delight.

 

16.00 hrs:   Arrive Gangtok and check in

 

Rest of the evening at leisure and dinner will be served at the hotel

 

 Overnight:  Norkhill

Day 11  GANGTOK

Breakfast at the hotel

09.00 hrs:   A  day trip to the main sights in and around Gangtok.

 

Rumtek Monastery: 24 Kms away from Gangtok is the awe -inspiring Rumtek Monastery, the world Dharma chakra Centre and the seat of His Holiness, the Gyalwa Karmapa, who is the head of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism. Behind the main monastery is

the lavishly decorated Karmae Nalanda Institute of Buddhist Studies, which attracts students from the world over. Opposite the entrance to the Institute is a small hall featuring a beautiful jewel studded Chorten the Golden Stupa, which contains the ashes and remains of His Holiness the xvi Gyalwa Karmapa. According to legend, it is believed that after years of meditation, the first Karmapa was said to have been visited by ten thousand fairies, which came to congratulate him each of whom offered a strand of her hair as a gift. These were said to have been woven into a black hat, which was passed down and is still at the Rumtek Monastery today. It is said that unless held on to by the wearer (who of course, cannot be anyone else but the Karmapa) or kept in a box, the hat would fly away.

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology Amidst a serene surrounding of oak, birch and ash lies this unique organization established in 1958. Built in traditional style, the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology promotes

research in Mahayana Buddhism and the language and tradition of Tibet. It has one of the world’s largest collections of rare books and manuscripts on Mahayana Buddhism. The Institute also has a retail outlet where related books and commercially produced religious art and craft of Tibet can be bought. Adjacent to the institute are two exquisite stupas, the Do Drul Chorten, built to commemorate the victory of good over evil and the Jhang Chub Chorten, built in the memory of Thrukshik Rinpoche, an ardent devotee, a great spiritualist and interpreter of Buddhism. Near the Chorten are housed two giant statues of Lord Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Sikkim.

14.00 hrs:  Visit the Enchey Monastery (Closed on Sunday): Perched on a ridge above Gangtok the Enchey Monastery is nestled within lush woods with a spectacular view of the city. Built in 1910 on the site of the hermitage of the great saint Lama Drutob Karpo, who was renowned for his powers of levitation, this monastery houses the monks of the Nyingmapa order of Tibetan Buddhism.

Directorate of Handloom and Handicrafts (Cottage Industry - Closed on Sunday): This Directorate was set up to promote traditional Sikkimese art and handicrafts. Exquisitely carved wooden friezes, intricate bamboo work, along with beautiful hand woven carpets and handlooms are on exhibit here. Visitors can not only purchase these items here but also see the artisans at work. Among others, a favorite item here is the choktse, a wooden table with carved panels that can be folded into a portable pack.

 

Dinner will be served at the hotel

 

Overnight:  Norkhill

Day 12   GANGTOK

Breakfast at the hotel

09.00 hrs:  Full day excursion to Tsomgo lake.

 

Tsomgo Lake, also known as Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake, is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim of the Indian state of Sikkim, some 40 kilometres from the capital Gangtok

                                               

Dinner will be served at the hotel

 

Overnight:  Norkhill

Day 13 

GANGTOK  – BAGDOGRA (125 Kms / 05 hrs drive approx) BAGDOGRA - KOLKATA (6E 137 / 1425 – 1535 hrs)

Breakfast at the hotel.

08.00 hrs:   Check out from the hotel and drive to Bagdogra Airport to board the flight to Kolkata . 

 

15.35 hrs:   Arrive Kolkata and check in.

 

Overnight:  Taj Bengal

Day 14  KOLKATA ONWARD DESTINATION

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Transfer to the Kolkata airport to board your flight back home

Package includes
  • 13 Nights accommodation on twin sharing room as per hotels mentioned above.

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast at all the hotels mentioned above except at Darjeeling where it is on full board and Pelling and Gangtok on half board basis.

  • All transportation, transfers and sightseeing by an exclusive chauffeur driven air-conditioned Toyota Innova. Excursion to Tsomgo lake will be done using NAC Jeeps/Tata Sumo.

  • Meet and Greet services in all cities to be visited.

  • All entrances to monuments during sightseeing. 

  • Service of an English speaking guide for sight-seeing in Kolkata and an accompanying English speaking Escort throughout the tour.

  • All applicable Taxes.

NOT Included in the tour prices
  • Meals other than specified above.

  • Not valid for travel between 25 December till 05 January. Please contact us for rates during this peak period.

  • Any expense of personal nature, like liquor, laundry, telephone calls etc

  • Domestic airfare (quoted as supplement in economy class)

  • Any camera charges (still or video)

  • Any other expense not mentioned in the prices include column.

  • Charges for any optional tours apart from the itinerary above.

 

Notes:

  • Check-in / Checkout time at most of the hotels in India is 1400/1200 hrs.

  • Victoria Memorial is closed on Monday.

  • Indian Museum, Kolkata is closed on Monday.

  • Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is closed on Sunday.

  • Cottage  Industry is closed on Sunday.

  • The above rates are valid for minimum 02 paying passenger as per the itinerary for dates as mentioned above.