West Bengal and
Sikkim tour is an ideal tour to visit West Bengal and Sikkim. In
the first part of the tour we visit West Bengal. West Bengal is
situated in a strategic position in eastern India. It is one of
the most culturally and ethnically diverse states of India. Kolkata formerly known as Calcutta is the capital of West
Bengal. It is amongst the largest metropolitan regions in the
world. In the second part of the tour we visit Sikkim. Sikkim is
the second smallest state in India. Sikkim is famous for
Kanchenjunga mountain (8586 m), the third highest mountain in
Day 1: Kolkata
Around Midnight arrive in Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta). The
cosmopolitan city and capital of West Bengal is the main gateway for
the travelers to East India. Kolkata is India’s largest city and one
of the biggest city in south Asia. This city was one of the earliest
colonial city of British in
India. Upon arrival, you will be met by
an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel.
Today we explore this vibrant and lively city during the whole day
tour. We visit the Victoria Memorial and magnificent buildings in the
area of Chowringhee and Dalhousie Square. We also visit the Jain
Temple and the Fort Williams. In the area of Joransanko we have the
opportunity to visit the family house of the famous Indian writer
Rabindranath Tagore. In the afternoon there is also an option of
visiting the old book market of the Calcutta University, Indian
Coffee House, Shyambasar and than take a tram back to the centre of
Today you can plan the day as per your wish. A local Guide and car
with driver will be at your disposal or you can also have a walk along the Hoogly River to the flower market and Jagannath Ghat.
Then we cross the Hoogly river walking over the Howrah bridge and then visit the famous and
crowded Railway station of Kolkata. Later take a boat ride on the
river and reach Princep Ghat (Riversteps) and also visit the Kolkata
high court Assembly House, Raj Bhawan, St. John’s Church and
In the morning visit botanical garden then proceed further and visit Belur
Temple, Dakhineshwar Temple. In the afternoon visit the tomb of mother Teresa
in the motherhouse, also visit the Shishu Bhawan, Kali Temple and
Victoria Palace Kolkata
5: Kolkata - Bagdogra (by air) - Darjeeling
In the morning drive to the airport for the flight from Kolkata to
Bagdogra. From Bagdogra we proceed north of the state through the
coniferous forests and terraced tea gardens and arrive in Darjeeling.
Darjeeling (place of the thunderbolt) has spectacular scenery.
Darjeeling was built by the British in mid 1800 primarily as an R & R
center for their troops. But over a period of time it has been
recognized itself as one of the most important hill stations in
India. Due to its altitude of 2134 m and soothing temperature in
summers Darjeeling has become a famous hill station in India. By
clear weather we can enjoy the unforgettable views of
Early in the morning we drive to Tiger Hill to enjoy the sunrise at
the Tiger Hill. Tiger Hill (2590 m) is the highest point in this
area. There is a breathtaking view of the sunrise on
Mount Everest (8842) is also visible on a clear day. The moments of
sunrise from Tiger Hill are described by most of the visitors as
unforgettable. In the afternoon we explore Darjeeling and its
surroundings. We visit the village Lablong where we get the detailed
information about the natural surrounding and habitants of this area.
We will visit the institute of mountaineering which is the First home
of the famous climber Tenzing Norgay. It also has a small museum
which houses all the equipment used on the first successful
expedition on Everest by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary.
7: Darjeeling – Pemayangtse (about 80 kms)
Today in the morning after having our breakfast we drive further to
Sikkim. Sikkim is the second smallest state in India. Sikkim, in the
East Himalayas is sandwiched between Nepal to its west and
its east. In the North lies China. Sikkim has so rich of flora, fauna
and a diverse ethnic and cultural population as no other state in
India. We drive through the forests and tea gardens and also follow
the mighty Rangit River, which is one of the main tributaries of the
Teesta River and proceed to
Pemayangtse (The perfect Sublime Lotus).
Pemayangtse lies in the western part of Sikkim overlooking the mighty
Kanchenjunga range. We visit the headquarters of the Nyingama sect in
Pemayangtse. We spend night in Pemayangtse.
Day 8: Pemayangtse
Today we shall have an excursion to the monastery belonging to the
Nyingmapa order, which is known as Tashiding. The
Tashiding lies nestled on the top of a hill that looms up between the
Rathong River and the Rangit River and is surrounded by a profusion
of Prayer flags that flutter in the air. There are also many chortans
dedicated to some Chogyals and some religious personalities of Sikkim.
Carved skillfully on stone plates surrounding the monastery are holy
Buddhist mantras like "Om Mane Padme Hum" by the master craftsman
Yanchong Lodil. We spend night in Pemayangtse.
9: Pemayangtse - Gangtok (about 200 kms)
Today in the morning after having our breakfast we drive through
wonderful landscaping to Gangtok, the capital city of the former
Royal state of Sikkim. The drive is over a winding road and also
passes through the Cardamom plantations and Orange orchards. Gangtok
is the capital of the tiny Shangri-la and is dotted with some very
interesting monasteries, The Kings Palace (which is out of bounds for
the outside world) and numerous other
interesting places. Evening is at leisure to get the first glimpse of
this beautiful place.
In the morning we visit the unique
Research Institute of Tibetology
on a hilltop which was established in 1958 to promote research on
Mahayana Buddhism. Here we will see the biggest collection
of Tibetan scripts and an excellent collection of rare bronze and
cult objects. We also visit orchid sanctuary which is lying south of
the institute. This sanctuary contains over 450 indigenous species.
Sikkim is considered paradise for orchid lovers. After the visit of
sanctuary we walk through the bazaar of Bangkok through the area of
old palace and visit the Gylwa monastery. The Gyalwa Karmapa built
this monastery in 1960 in strict accordance with the traditional
designs of the monastery in Tibet. The main attraction of our
excursion remains today the monastery of Rumtek. Rumtek monastery was
built as a true copy of a Tibetan monastery in recent years.
Monastery is the seat of the Kagyu - Pa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
This sect was founded in the 11th century by Lama Marpa, the disciple
of Indian Guru Naropa and later split into several subjects.
Today you can plan the day as per your wish. A local Guide and car
with driver will be at your disposal.
12: Gangtok – Kalimpong (about 70 kms)
Today in the morning after having our breakfast we drive from Gangtok
to Kalimpong. The road winds its way through the hillside following
the Teesta all along the way passing through some of the most
beautiful countryside in this region. Kalimpong is a bustling and
rapidly growing town, though relatively small and is set amongst the
rolling foothills and deep valleys of the Himalayas. The lifestyle of
the local people reflect the social and religious influences of its
neighbouring nations, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. We visit the
Tharpa Choeling monastery at Tripai which houses a library of Tibetan
manuscripts and Tankhas. It belongs to the yellow Hat sect. We drive
up to Darpin Dara, the highest point in Kalimpong with superb views
over the plains.
Kalimpong - Bagdogra (about 80 kms) – Kolkata (by air)
In the morning we drive through the Teesta valley to
Bagdogra. In the
afternoon we drive to the airport for the flight from Bagdogra to
Kolkata. The rest of the day at leisure (opportunity for the last
shopping). After having dinner we leave the hotel for the airport.
Around midnight flight to home destination.
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Accommodation in double rooms on twin sharing basis with bath and WC
on the departure day.
Services of qualified local guides (English speaking
or languages of your choice)
at every place of sightseeing.
Transfers and departures on arrival and departure by Indo
All Transfers and Sightseeing throughout the tour by an
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