EASTERN HILLS OF INDIA LUXURY PACKAGE TOUR
8 Nights / 9 Days
Beat the heat of the lowlands with this high altitude tour through the hill stations of Darjeeling, Gangtok and Kalimpong. Cool days and chilly nights in the land of tea plantations, orange groves, orchids and gladioli. From the Bhutan border in Kalimpong, view Mt. Kanchenjanga from almost every point on this tour, experience a unique diversity of cultures with a strong Nepali and Tibetan influence. Enjoy the peace of the mountains and the sounds of nature amongst some of the friendliest people in India.
Itinerary Route: Kolkatta - Darjeeling - Gangtok - Kalimpong - Kolkatta
Day 1: Arrive Kolkatta
Upon arrival, a Tour Packages India Representative will meet you and escort you to your hotel where you'll spend the next two nights.
Day 2: Kolkatta
Spend the day sightseeing in the cultural capital of India - Kolkatta is a great city to explore. Visit Victoria Memorial - a splendid monument in white Makrana marble built in Italian Renaissance style. Also take in the Birla Planetarium - easy to spot its 25 meter diameter dome; the Marble Palace built in 1840, walk along the Howrah Bridge and the Vidyasagar Setu which frame the skyline of the riverfront; take a riverboat ride on the Ganges from Outram Ghat; explore the lush environs of the Zoological Garden and Horticultural Garden.
Day 3: Kolkatta to Bagdogra (via Flight) - to Darjeeling (3 hours)
Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Bagdogra. From there you'll transfer to a jeep for the drive up the mountain to Darjeeling where you'll spend the next 3 nights.
Day 4: Darjeeling
Spend the time exploring Darjeeling and the surrounding area. Some favorite attractions include the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute - one of the most visited spots in Darjeeling. This institute was created by the late Tenzing Norgay, Sir Edmund Hillary's sherpa. All the equipment used in their 1953 climb are still on display; Japanese Peace Pagoda - this impressive building is part of a grid of around 30 pagodas spanning the whole globe; Tiger Hill - best to visit before the sun rises over Mt Kanchenjunga so as not to miss the golden hues.
Day 5: Darjeeling to Gangtok (94 km / 3 hour drive)
Morning drive to Gangtok. Spend the day in leisure and the night in cool comfortable quiet of the Himalayan foothills.
Day 6: Gangtok
Spend the day touring Gangtok - the capital of Sikkim - a city of panoramic scenery surrounded by mountainous forests. There are numerous monasteries to visit as well as trekking and sightseeing. The best views - dominated by Kanchenjunga - are from the 200 yr. old Enchey Monastery and Ganesh Tok, both high above the town. Make time to visit Banjhakri Falls - a lovely waterfall surrounded by gardens and stairwells, beautiful sculptures. A good picnic spot and a "must see". For a scenic thrill, take the Ropeways Cable Car.
Day 7: Gangtok to Kalimpong (85km / 3 hour drive)
Spend the day on a wonderfully scenic drive to the Sikkim/Bhutan border town of Kalimpong stopping along the way for panoramic views. Check-in to your hotel and take the evening to stroll about and enjoy the absence of the tourists as Kalimpong retains a friendliness and peacefulness treasured by the locals.
Day 8: Kalimpong
Kalimpong is famous for producing more than 15% of all of India's ginger and oranges. It's equally famous for orchids and gladioli. And, of course, there's the view - 360 degrees of Himalayan foothillls with Mt. Kanchenjanga in the distance and Bhutan just across the border. While the majority of Kalimpong native residents are of Nepali descent there is a very strong Tibetan influence as well reflected in the local cuisine, dress, and handicrafts.
Day 9: Kalimpong to Kolkatta (drive to Bagodgra/fly to Kolkatta)
Checkout and transfer to Bagdogra airport to continue your onward travels.
Centrally located hotels in Kolkatta, mountainside rooms in Darjeeling, 360 degree views in Gangtok accommodations. Fantastic assortment of standard...
Centrally located hotels in Kolkatta, mountainside rooms in Darjeeling, 360 degree views in Gangtok accommodations. Fantastic assortment of standard to deluxe rooms to choose from. EAST INDIA HILL STATION TOUR Accommodations The following is our choice selection for the East India Hill Station Tour. However, if you have a preferred accommodation not mentioned below, let us know and we'll be pleased to book it for you as an inclusive part of the package. Kolkatta - Darjeeling - Gangtok Kolkatta Mangalam - Standard The Managalam Hotel maintains well furnished rooms and boasts a veg multi-cuisine restaurant. Rooms include AC, satellite TV, phones, WiFi, refrigerator, attached baths, and coffee maker. Facilities include backup generator, laundry service, room service, safety deposit boxes. Centrally located, landmark sites are nearby. Kenilworth - Superior Established in 1947, the New Kenilworth Hotel is a 101 room 4 Star Deluxe Hotel. Till the 1980s, the majority of the patrons of New Kenilworth were foreigners and expatriates including guests of foreign consulates, celebrity jockeys from England, renowned writers and professionals. Celebrities from all walks of life have been delighted with the warmth and hospitality the hotel offers. Some of the finest colonial era furniture as well as paintings confer a princely atmosphere to your stay. Room facilities include: AC, digital safe, houskeeping, laundry service, 24/7 room service, broadband, phones, satellite TV, and minibar. Taj Bengal - Deluxe Designed by legendary architect Bob Fox, Taj Bengal stands apart with its elegant façade, modern architecture, classical atrium design and interiors with genuine antiques and priceless art. Taj Bengal’s 228 rooms and suites showcase traditional décor, art and heritage. Amenities include direct, dial, WiFi, electronic safes, satellite TV, tea/coffee makers and DVD players. From casual, all-day eateries to formal, fine dining, guests can look forward to a wide selection of delectable dishes and refreshing drinks. The Taj offers a distinctive dining experience, one that explores the nuances of the finest Indian and international cuisines, serving traditional and contemporary favourites in eight different eateries and bars on the premises. Darjeeling Fortune Central Nirvana- Standard For more than a century, Fortune Central Nirvana has operated in Darjeeling offering the true British heritage experience. The resort offers 46 elegantly appointed rooms with all the modern amenities. Experience the lavish 'Raj' lifestyle as unwind amidst breathtaking views. With an in-house restaurant and bar guests can relax in our modern dining room overlooking the hills of Darjeeling. New Elgin - Superior The Elgin offers an 'old world charm' in this quaint and charming 120 year old residence reminiscent of the heydays of the Raj. There is a lived-in look about the oldest hotel in Darjeeling and justifiably so considering that royalty and distinguished Heads of State have spent many a night here. The 30 luxury rooms of this mansion are seeped in nostalgia. With a glowing fireplace and hot water bags in your bed, you will find all the amenities of comfort coupled with the charming Victorian décor. With cozy interiors and classical tunes from the grand piano with discreet waiters in uniforms to serve you at all hours, the ambience is perfect. Meal times bring together all the guests to the Kanchan and Orchid restaurants. Morning meals serve up fresh bread, cakes and pastries prepared in-house. The Elgin also serves special high tea from the world famous tea gardens of Darjeeling at the lounge. Windamere - Deluxe It is "One of the three Jewels of the Raj", said a celebrated travel writer of The Windamere Hotel. Established in the 19th century as a cozy boarding house for bachelor English and Scottish tea planters, it was converted into a hotel just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Well known to sophisticated travellers the world over, the Windamere is famous for its unique ambience and charm. During the first National Awards Ceremony for outstanding hotels in India, the Prime Minister presented Windamere Hotel with a coveted award for its excellence as a Heritage Hotel of India. Dining options at the Windamere Hotel include a restaurant and a bar providing an ideal combination of palatable food and wine assortments. Gangtok Rendezvous - Standard Founded in 1994, Hotel Rendezvous quickly established a reputation for itself as a leading hotel in Gangtok, Sikkim. Not an easy task in a place where the people pride themselves in their hospitality. Guests can choose from 45 thoughtfully designed rooms that are tailored according to the comfort and convenience of the guests. Rooms are spacious and highlighted with elegant decor complimenting the natural beauty of the state. Enjoy in-house dining at Ambrosia which also includes a well stocked bar. Royal Plaza - Superior An oasis of luxury nestling in the lap of green hills and misty slopes, The Royal Plaza (Sarovar Group) offers every possible amenity and luxury so guests can enjoy regal comfort and the mesmerizing beauty of the surroundings, particularly Teesta and the Kanchenjunga mountains from the privacy of the rooms. There are 55 rooms with CCTV, minibar, direct dialing, 24/7 room service, laundry service, and central heating. Facilities include a fitness center, casino, book and curio shops, and safety deposit lockers. All offered is an exquisite International Buffet in the hotel restaurant along with a regular menu full of wonderful items. Hotel Nor Khill - Deluxe The Elgin Nor Khill, built by the King of Sikkim in 1932, is known for its tradition and ethnic Sikkimese ambiance. The Kanchan garden affords a rich view of the hills with Kanchenjungha in the background. Over the years the hotel has played host to HH the Dalai Lama, the U.S. Ambassador to India John Galbraith, numerous Hollywood and Bollywood movie stars. The lobby is resplendent in the bright folk art, design motif depicting dragons and flame symbols to thankas. Each of the 32 rooms affords a taste of the lifestyle in luxury and offers magnificent views. They are done up in vivid colours to showcase the design elements that surrounded royalty of yore. The rooms are quiet, elegant and expansive with an air of serenity about them, which reflects a typical Sikkimese ambiance.
Best Time: The hill stations experiences rainfall throughout much of the year. But from late March (as it warms up) through the beginning of May...
Best Time: The hill stations experiences rainfall throughout much of the year. But from late March (as it warms up) through the beginning of May enjoys the most sunshine as well as October/November. Monsoons typically create mudslides and road closings so they're probably best avoided. March thru June (Spring/Summer) 10°C - 28°C (50°F - 82°F) July thru August (Monsoons) 10°C - 30°C (50°F - 86°F) September thru February (Winter) 0°C - 15°C (32°F - 59°F)
Kolkatta (Calcutta) is one of the easiest India hubs to reach - via Air, Rail, or Bus...anything and everyone eventually goes to Kolkatta. Book a...
Kolkatta (Calcutta) is one of the easiest India hubs to reach - via Air, Rail, or Bus...anything and everyone eventually goes to Kolkatta. Book a train from most anywhere, fly in domestically or internationally, take the roadway and enjoy the scenery.
Hotel cuisine in Darjeeling and Gangtok is often quite varied and wonderfully prepared...but don't miss out on the Momo Shacks up in the mountains....
Hotel cuisine in Darjeeling and Gangtok is often quite varied and wonderfully prepared...but don't miss out on the Momo Shacks up in the mountains. Kolkatta offers just about every thing imaginable but their local chaat specialities should not be missed.
Kolkatta - the Cultural Capital of India - much more old world charm than any other metropolis - a true delight. Leaving Kolkatta, the scenery...
Kolkatta - the Cultural Capital of India - much more old world charm than any other metropolis - a true delight. Leaving Kolkatta, the scenery becomes the greatest attraction...riding in a jeep up the mountain to Darjeeling, tea gardens lining the mountainsides, snow-capped mountains in the distance, Gangtok mountain lakes, rivers and waterfalls, mountainside monasteries, fields of flowers, wildlife... amazement at every turn.
Terms and Conditions Important and necessary information about Deposits and Payments, Cancellation Policy, Refund Schedule...be...
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