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North East India Tours

15 days  |  Starts: Kolkata   |  Ends: Delhi   |  from INR -------

Northeast India is the eastern-most region of India. It is connected to East India via a narrow corridor squeezed between independent nations of Bhutan and Bangladesh. It comprises the contiguous Seven Sister States (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura), and the Himalayan state of Sikkim, and Jalpaiguri Division.

Itinerary
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Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Kolkata

Arrive Kolkata International Airport
On arrival in Kolkata, meet and assist at airport and transfer to hotel
Hotel check-in at 1400 hours
Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Kolkata   |  Breakfast

Day 2 : Kolkata

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for Heritage Walk of Dalhousie Square
Dalhousie Square is one of south Asia’s few surviving colonial centers, and it is unique in India because much of its peripheral environment remains intact. The classical-style St. John’s Church is just one of 55 municipal landmarks in the vicinity of the plaza, which has been dubbed the “Dalhousie Square Heritage Zone” by city officials. The buildings that line the square range in date from 1695 and 1947, the latter year being the date of India’s independence from the United Kingdom. In the aftermath of that momentous event, Dalhousie Square was renamed Benoy-Badal-Dinesh Bagh (B.B.D. Bagh) after three Indian nationalists who were killed leading the rebellion. Whatever its name, the square and its surrounding architecture remain a beautiful feature of Kolkata due to a combination of local advocacy and international support.
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Following heritage walk, proceed for sightseeing tour of Kolkata visiting Victoria Terminal, Howrah Bridge and Botanical Garden [Victoria Memorial is closed on Mondays]

Drive past St John's Church, Raj Bhawan, the Legislative Assembly, the Eden Gardens, and the Racecourse. Visit Victoria Memorial, housing the finest collection of memorabilia related to British India. Continue past Chowringhee and visit the Indian Museum, one of the largest and finest in Asia. Visit the Botanical Gardens, spread over 270 acres with avenues of Cuban Palms and Mahogany trees, an Orchid house, and its principal attraction the world's largest Banyan Tree, said to be over 250 years old. Also visit the Parasnath Jain Temple, set amid beautiful ornamental gardens. It is arguably the finest temple in all of Kolkata. A visit to Kolkata is, of course, incomplete without seeing the Howrah Bridge, crossed by 2 million people daily.

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight: Kolkata   |  Breakfast

Day 3 : Kolkata

Early morning cruise on River Hoogly to see the flower market
Early morning is the time when the ghats become alive with activities - masseurs, bathers, rituals, ferries carrying office goers between the two banks, boats carrying goods, the fisherman throwing their nets around. We will set sail from the Millennium Park under the magnificent Howrah Bridge towards Swami Vivekananda's Belur Math built in reverence to his Guru Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa.
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Later return to hotel for breakfast
In afternoon, proceed for sightseeing tour of Dakshineshwar Temple and Belur Math

Dakshineshwar Temple :
Situated on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River, the presiding deity of the temple is Bhavatarini, an aspect of Kali, meaning, 'She who liberates Her devotees from the ocean of existence i.e. Saṃsāra'.[1] The temple was built by Rani Rashmoni, a philanthropist and a devotee of Kali in 1855. The temple is famous for its association with Ramakrishna, a mystic of 19th Century Bengal.

Belur Maṭh or Belur Mutt is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda, a chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. It is located on the west bank of Hooghly River, Belur, West Bengal, India and is one of the significant institutions in Calcutta. This temple is the heart of the Ramakrishna Movement. The temple is notable for its architecture that fuses Hindu, Christian and Islamic motifs as a symbol of unity of all religions
Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight: Kolkata   |  Breakfast

Day 4 : Kolkata – Bagdogra – Kalimpong

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer to Kolkata Domestic Airport to board IndiGo Airlines flight to Bagdogra
[Please note IndiGo Airlines is a low cost carrier, meals and drinks are available onboard on direct purchase]
On arrival in Bagdogra, meet and assist at airport and transfer by road to Kalimpong
On arrival in Kalimpong, check-in at hotel
Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Kalimpong   |  Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5 : Kalimpong

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Kalimpong check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Orchha

Sightseeing in Kalimpong area includes visits to famous monasteries that have old rare scriptures & Tibetan architecture, lovely viewpoints offering sweeping views of Kanchenjunga snow peaks, rivers & landscapes, visits to museums, parks, flower nurseries, historical missionary schools and so on. Day trips to nearby areas like Pedong, Lava, Loleygaon, Rishyap, virgin villages etc. are really interesting short same day trips.
Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal to explore on own [no guide]
Overnight: Kalimpong  |  Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6 : Kalimpong – Gangtok

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Gangtok
On arrival in Gangtok, check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal to explore on own [no guide]
Overnight: Gangtok   |  Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7 : Gangtok

Early morning visit to Tashi View Point to witness sunrise at Mt. Kanchenjunga
Following sunrise, return to hotel for breakfast. Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Gangtok visiting Rumtek Monstery
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Sikkim is the least populous state in Indian and the second smallest, after Goa. The mountaintops are peppered with monasteries and watching the sun-rise over this wonderful landscape is a memorable experience. This area is heaven for lovers of nature, trekkers and bird watchers. Sikkim has over 5,000 flowering plant varieties and is home to the red panda, snow leopard and musk deer. Places of interest include the Enchey monastery, which sits on a ridge above Gangtok. The current monastery was built in 1909 and is covered by brightly coloured wooden carvings. The main festival to take place here is in January or February and features dancers wearing bright costumes and masks. There are many other fascinating and beautiful monasteries including those at Rumtek, Pemayangste, Tashiding, Dzongri and Bakkhim. A trek around Bakkhim is a fascinating experience, with more than 20 varieties of rhododendrons flourishing. Dzongri rewards the climber with a unique view of the Kanchenjunga massif, the world’s third highest mountain. Also of interest are the Institute of Tibetology and the Orchid sanctuary. Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal to explore on own [no guide]

Overnight: Gangtok   |  Breakfast | Dinner

Day 8 : Gangtok – Pelling

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Pelling On arrival in Pelling, check-in at hotel
Pelling offers panoramic views of the Himalayas and is a good base for trekking. It is situated 2,085m above sea level and looks north towards the glaciers and peaks of Kanchenjunga. Visit Sanga Choling Gompa, which is 4km from the town. It is one of the oldest gompas (monastery) in Sikkim. One can also visit the Pemayangtse Gompa, which is a 2km trek in each direction. Pelling has a helipad and helicopter transfers can be arranged on request.
Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal to explore on own [no guide]
Overnight: Pelling   |  Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9 : Pelling – Tashiding – Pelling

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for same day excursion to Tashiding Monastery
Tashiding Monastery is a Buddhist monastery of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism in Western Sikkim, northeastern India. It is located on top of the hill rising between the Rathong chu and the Rangeet River, 40 kilometres (25 mi) from Gyalshing and 19 kilometres (12 mi) to the south east of Yuksam. Tashiding is the nearest town to the Tashiding Monastery (Gompa), which is the most sacred and holiest monasteries in Sikkim. Tashiding means “The Devoted Central Glory” and the monastery by this name was founded in 1641 by Ngadak Sempa Chempo Phunshok Rigzing who belonged to the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Ngadak was one of the three wise men who held the consecration ceremony crowning the first King of Sikkim at Yuksom. It was extended and renovated in 1717 during the reign of the third Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal. 'Bhumchu Ceremony' or festival is a popular religious festival that is held on the 14th and 15th day of the first month of Tibetan Calendar. The Tashiding Monastery is part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit starting with the first monastery at Yuksam in Sikkim known as the Dubdi Monastery, Norbugang Chorten, Pemayangtse Monastery, the Rabdentse ruins, the Sanga Choeling Monastery, and the Khecheopalri Lake.
Later return to Pelling

Overnight: Pelling  |  Breakfast | Dinner

Day 10 : Pelling – Darjeeling

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Darjeeling
On arrival in Darjeeling, check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal to explore on own [no guide]
Overnight: Darjeeling  |  Breakfast

Day 11 : Darjeeling

Morning transfer to Darjeeling Railway Station to to board toy train to Ghum for a joy ride
Train 52544 Darjeeling :
Kurseong Train at 1015 / 1045 hours hours [timings are tentative and can be changed by local authorities seasonally]

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Ghoom Monastery :
Ghoom Monastery is the popular name of Yiga Choeling Monastery located at Ghum at an elevation of 8,000 feet, 8 km from Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal, India.The monastery follows the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. There is a 15-feet high statue of "Maitreya Buddha" (Coming Buddha) in the monastery. It contains images of Buddha’s disciples, Chenrezi and Chongapa. It was built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso and is the largest of the three monasteries in Ghum. Amongst the Buddhist texts available are the Kangyur, the Tibetan Buddhist canon, running into 108 volumes. The monks fly prayer flags in the Tibetan tradition.
Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Darjeeling visiting Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Botanical Garden, Zoo and Tibetan Refugee Centre [Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is closed on Thursdays]

The region of the dorg (thunderbolt) soon grew into a popular health resort after the British obtained permission to use the site as a hill station in 1835. Built on a crescent shaped ridge Darjeeling, surrounded by coniferous forest and tea estates, has always been the place to escape from the summer heat. Winter evenings can be cold so warm clothing is recommended. Taking the steam toy train to Ghoom Monastery is a memorable experience. Built in 1875 this ‘Yellow-hat’ Buddhist Monastery houses many important Buddhist scriptures. Both Observatory Hill, sacred to Shiva, and Tiger Hill offer stunning views of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga. Keen gardeners should visit Lloyds Botanical Gardens for the Himalayan and Alpine flora that includes rhododendrons and orchids. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Everest Museum trace the history of climbing since 1857 and includes amongst the exhibits some of the equipment used by Tenzing and Hillary on the first Everest climb in 1953.

Overnight: Darjeeling   |  Breakfast | Dinner

Day 12 : Darjeeling

Early morning transfer by road to Tiger Hill to witness sunrise
Tiger Hill (2,590 m) is located in Darjeeling, in the Indian State of West Bengal, and is the summit of Ghoom, the highest railway station in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a panoramic view of Mount Everest and Mt. Kangchenjunga together. It is 11 km from the town of Darjeeling and can be reached either by jeep or by foot through Chowrasta, Alubari or Jorebangla and then climbing up the incline to the summit. From Tiger Hill, Mount Everest (8848m) is just visible. Makalu (8481m) looks higher than Mt. Everest, owing to the curvature of the Earth, as it is several miles closer than Everest. The distance in a straight line from Tiger Hill to Everest is 107 miles (172 km). On a clear day, Kurseong is visible to the south and in the distance, along with Teesta River, Mahanada River, Balason River and Mechi River meandering down to the South. Chumal Rhi mountain of Tibet, 84 miles (135 km) away, is visible over the Chola Range. Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary is close to Tiger Hill. Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal to explore on own [no guide]
Overnight: Darjeeling   |  Breakfast | Dinner

Day 13 : Darjeeling - Bagdogra - Delhi

Following breakfast at hotel, morning at leisure
Later check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Bagdogra Airport to board SpiceJet Airlines flight to Delhi [Please note SpiceJet Airlines is a low cost carrier, meals and drinks are available onboard on direct purchase]
On arrival in Delhi, meet and assist at airport and transfer to hotel
Overnight: Delhi   |  Breakfast

Day 14 : Delhi

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi including a rickshaw ride [pedi cab] in Chandni Chowk [Red Fort is closed on Mondays]

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Old Delhi :
Situated in a strategic position on the west bank of the Yamuna River, between the Himalayas and the Aravalli Hills, Delhi is the gateway to the rich alluvial soils of the Ganges plain and has, according to Indian folklore, been occupied since 2500 BC. The original city, Indraprastha was the first of nine. Shahjahanabad or Old Delhi, the 7th city, was built when the Mughal Emperor moved his capital back to Delhi from Agra in 1638. Planned out in blocks with wide roads, residential areas and bazaars, Chandi Chowk, now thought to be Asia’s busiest street, was the main artery. Literally translated as ‘Silver Street’ this bustling market area of Old Delhi is good for hunting down new and antique gold and silver jewellery from craftsmen whose forefathers served the emperor. At the 1911 Delhi Durbar, King George V announced that the capital of India was to move from Calcutta to Delhi. Inaugurated in 1931, the ambitious work of British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, New Delhi is an audacious statement of Imperial British control over India. Today the difference between bustling Old Delhi and the calmer, tree lined avenues of New Delhi is striking.

New Delhi :
Was planned and built by the British in the 1920’s and is characterized by Sir Edwin Lutyens’ monumental architecture. Driving through the city, with its wide tree lined avenues discover India Gate and the Diplomatic Enclave, the Central Secretariat and the President's House. Visit Humayun's Tomb, aptly called the predecessor of the Taj Mahal because of its ornate Mughal style of architecture, later perfected in the Taj Mahal. Finally, see the 12th century Qutab Minar, considered one of the most perfect towers in the world, measuring 72m high. Continue to Connaught Place, New Delhi's main shopping area and central hub. Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight: Delhi   |  Breakfast

Day 15 : Depart Delhi

Following breakfast at hotel, morning at leisure. Hotel check-out at 1200 hours.
Later transfer to Delhi International Airport Terminal 3 to board flight for onward destination

Trip Highlights

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who would like their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

Old and New Delhi - The magnificent Red Fort, India's largest mosque Jama Masjid, and Gandhi's crematorium Raj Ghat
The Pink City of Jaipur - The lofty Amber Fort, regal City Palace and ancient observatory of Jantar Mantar
Fatehpur Sikri - An ancient abandoned Mughal city
Agra - The beautiful Agra Fort and the Mughal mausoleum known as Baby Taj
The spectacular Taj Mahal - India's most famous monument in all its glory at sunset
An exotic elephant ride into Jaipur's Amber Fort - just like the Raj would have done
India's rural Shekhawati region famed for its beautiful Rajasthani architecture and classic havelis
Diwali - Celebrate Diwali at Birla Temple in Jaipur and later enjoy a special dinner in the city

Included

14 breakfasts, 8 Dinner
Meeting and assistance on arrival and departures
Hotel accommodation in a double room in standard / base category rooms at mentioned hotels
Daily buffet breakfast at hotels in Kolkata and Delhi
Daily buffet breakfast and dinner at hotels in Sikkim and Darjeeling
Chauffeur driven air-conditioned medium car for all transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours in Kolkata and Delhi and non air-conditioned Toyota Innova for Bagdogra – Sikkim – Darjeeling – Bagdogra portion
Traditional Indian welcome with garlanding on arrival
One Hooghly boat cruise in Kolkata
One rickshaw ride [pedi cab] in Delhi
All applicable monument entrance fees during sightseeing at each city for single visit only
Services of English speaking local guide in Kolkata and Delhi
Services of English speaking accompanying guide [staying in different hotels] for Sikkim and Darjeeling portion
Supply of mineral water [02 bottles of 250 ml per person per day] in vehicle during city tours / intercity travel
All currently applicable taxes

Not Included

Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone, fax, internet, beverages, camera / video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
Local payments in domestic currency, such as tips and gratuities
Lunch / dinner at hotels unless specified
India visa fees
Travel insurance
Any other services not mentioned in price inclusions above

Terms & Conditions

Booking of Tours: As soon you are ready to proceed with the reservations, you will be required to send 20% of the total tour cost as an advance payment to make the booking. Apart from the 20% of the tour price, you would also need to pay us the full amount for air/train tickets to be issued.

As soon as the advance is received,we will initiate the bookings for your hotels reservations, book your tickets and start making necessary arrangements for your trip and keep you updated.

Once this is done, a reservation status will be sent to you. You will then be required to pay another 30% of the tour cost at this point.

Balance 50% of the tour price can be paid by you upon your arrival in India by cash, but before the commencement of the services.

Alternatively you could pay by bank transfer a fortnight before your arrival.
Please note that the prices quoted are as per the prevailing foreign exchange conversion rates. The final price will therefore be subjected to fluctuations, if any, and will be accordingly adjusted at the time of receipt of payment.

** During peak season of Christmas and New Year (20 Dec to 05 Jan), the complete payment is required to be sent in advance.
** For Special Luxury Train Journeys , 25% of the fare is to be paid at the time of booking. Balance is to be 75 days prior to departure date.

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For guests arriving in places other than stated above.
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Tour Details
Starts
Kolkata
Ends
Delhi
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 & 5 Star Hotels
Meals
Breakfast: 14, Dinner: 08
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Our guide, Yusef, was terrific. He was extremely knowledgeable, gracious, and helpful. He was well organized and the arrangements were excellent.

Similarly, the driver, Mr Singh was excellent. The bus should have curtains to provide shade from the sun.

I would have liked less time in Delhi and more in Jaipur. The hotels improved during the tour, I believe a higher class Delhi hotel for an increase in cost would be well received by future guests, we thought the Delhi hotel acceptable, but could have been improved.

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