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Hills of India tour

10 days fr £858pp

Kolkata • Bagdogra • Kalimpong • Gangtok • Pelling • Darjeeling

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Valid 15/03/2022 - 31/03/2022
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TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Category B fr £858pp
  • Category A fr £1,064pp
Validity (selected dates between):
  • 25/11/2021 - 20/12/2021
Also included:
  • 9 nights Accommodation
  • Toy Train Tickets from Darjeeling to Ghoom
  • Entrance fee at Monuments
  • All transfers & Sightseeing
  • Assistance at the airport
  • Services of English-speaking guide during Tour
  • Drivers allowances, toll taxes. Govt.Service Tax
Not included:
  • International Flights (unless otherwise stated)
  • Visa cost
Overview
On this wonderful 10 day tour which begins in the amazing Indian city of Kolkata, formally known as Calcutta, you will have so many memorable experiences. During two nights in the city you visit all the famous sights before leaving and flying up into the foothills of the mighty Himalayas where you stay in fascinating towns and villages and get to know the friendly people while touring around seeing some of the world's most spectacular scenery.
Day 1
Arrive Kolkata
On arrival at Kolkata you will be met at the airport by one of our tour representatives then driven to your hotel in the city where you stay for the next two nights. The rest of today is free for you to relax after the journey or go out and do some exploring on your own and getting a feel for this exciting and historic city. Tomorrow you will be taken on a full day sightseeing tour but you possibly have time now to visit some of the places and stay for longer.
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Day 2
Kolkata
Enjoy a full day sightseeing in Kolkata. Visit the Victoria Memorial, a splendid architectural structure in white marble built in the early 20th century, in memory of Queen Victoria. The stately bronze statue of the queen near the entrance, the brass canons, wrought iron street lamps, manicured lawns, gardens and pathways and the fairy-tale Fountain of Joy create an atmosphere of unforgettable colonial charm. Then stop at the Birla Planetarium, before driving over the Howrah Bridge. Later, visit Mother Teresa’s Ashram, a charity mission.
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Day 3
Kolkata to Bagdogra
This morning you are taken to board a flight to Bagdogra where you will be met and driven to Kalimpong. Nestling in the lush green mid ranges of the Himalayas, this hill station of the Raj has an incredible stunning backdrop of towering snow-capped peaks. This exotic town of beautiful people is both mystical and enchanting. The rare ethnic blend of hill people have a tradition of hospitality from the days of the mule caravans of olde. Check-in at you hotel here for an overnight stay.
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Day 4
Kalimpong to Gangtok
Today after breakfast at your hotel go out and explore on your own meeting the local people. Then in the afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing trip around Kalimpong during which you stop at Zang Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery, Tharpa Choling Monastery, Thongsa Gumpa and some flower nurseries. After your tour begin the three hour drive to you next destination, Gangtok, and check into your next hotel for an overnight stay. The rest of the evening is free for you to go out and explore.
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Day 5
Sightseeing in Gangtok
After breakfast you are taken on a half day sightseeing tour visiting Rumtek Monastery, Do Drul Chorten, and the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology You also stop to see some of the cottage industries, where you have the opportunity to buy some souvenirs, and visit a colourful flower show before being taken back to your hotel. Stunning Gangtok is the capital of the mountainous northern Indian state of Sikkim and was established as a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the 1840s. It is also a popular base for hikers.
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Day 6
Gankok to Pelling
Spend some more time exploring Gangkok this morning seeing more of the sights and admiring the spectacular views before being picked up from your hotel to begin the four hour drive to your next destination, the town of Pelling, where you stay for the next two nights. On the way you will stop to visit Teesta Village, on the banks of the Teesta River, and see its famous bazaar. On arrival at Pelling check into your hotel and the rest of the day and evening is free.
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Day 7
Sightseeing in Pelling
A full day's sightseeing in Pelling, which is located in the foothills of Mount Khangchendzonga. The late-17th-century Buddhist Sanga Choling Monastery has wonderful mountain views and the Pemayangtse Monastery features wall paintings, sculptures and a gold-plated statue of Guru Padsambhava. Overlooking a valley, the 17th-century Rabdentse Palace, now in ruins, still has evidence of the king’s bedroom and kitchen. You are also taken to the Khechipalri Lake, Kanchenjunga Fall and Rambi Falls. Overnight in Pelling.
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Day 8
Pelling to Darjeeling
After breakfast today begin the two hour 50 mile drive to Darjeeling. Standing high in the Himalayas at an altitude of 2,134m, Dorje Ling, or place of the Thunderbolt, offers breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks. Often referred to as the Queen of the Hills, Darjeeling is so alluring with its tiny waterfalls, little villages and a narrow gauge railway track. The town is surrounded by world famous tea gardens. On arrival check-in to your hotel for an overnight stay.
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Day 9
Darjeeling
An early morning visit to Tiger Hill to see a beautiful sunrise when the horizon changes colours just before the sun appears over the peaks and the entire Himalayan range turns golden. Then visit Ghoom Monastery which is the oldest in the area on the way back from Tiger Hill. After breakfast at your hotel enjoy a city tour visiting the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, which was started by Tenzing Norgay after he climbed Mount Everest, the Zoological Park, the Tibetan Refugee Centre and Happy Valley Tea Estate. Overnight at Darjeeling.
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Day 10
End of tour
Today your wonderful tour around the foothills of the Himalayas comes to an end. Possibly time for some more sightseeing or last minute souvenir shopping in Darjeeling before you are picked from your hotel and driven the three hours back to Bagdogra airport to catch an onward flight and continue your adventures or return to Kolkata and catch your flight home. Combining a visit to Kolkata with a trip around the spectacular north of India makes for a very special holiday.
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