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Majestic North Eastern Corridor of India

  /  Majestic North Eastern Corridor of India

Majestic North Eastern Corridor of India

Route: Arrival – Kolkata – Bagdogra – Darjeeling – Pelling – Gangtok – Kalimpong – Kolkata – Departure

Duration: 09 Nights / 10 Days

City

Attractions
Darjeeling Makaibari Tea Estate, Tibet Handicraft Centre, Ghoom, Toy Train (Darjeeling Himalayan Railway)
Pelling Pemayantse Monastery, Sangacholing Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake.
Gangtok Research Institute of Tibetology, Do Drul Chorten, Rumtek Monastery, Himalayan Zoological Park, Government Institute of Cottage Industry (GICI), Tsomgo Lake.
Kalimpong Thongsa Gompa, Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa, Tharpa Choeling Monastery.
Kolkata

Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Belur Math, Victoria Memorial, Fort William, Howrah Bridge.

 

Day 1: Arrival (Kolkata)

Arrive by International flight, after traditional Indian style ‘Swagat’ (Welcome) by our English-Speaking Representative and Transfer to Hotel.  Check-in at hotel.

Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) situated on the banks of River Hoogly was founded in the year 1698, served as the capital of India till 1911. Popularly   known as the “City of Joy” and is the cultural capital of India. Many of the Great Indian Poets like Ravindra Nath Tagore & Bankim Chandra Chatterjee were from this city. It has largely contributed in Indian Freedom Struggle against the British. Many of renowned freedom fighters and leaders were from Kolkata. The city is the perfect amalgam of traditional and modern lifestyle. Once it was quoted that “If you want a city with a soul, come to Calcutta”.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: Kolkata – Bagdogra (By Flight)
            Bagdogra – Darjeeling (66 Km / 2.5 Hrs Approx.)

Post breakfast transfer to Kolkata airport to board the flight to Bagdogra. Upon arrival assisted by our representative at the airport and drive to Darjeeling. Upon arrival check in at the hotel.

Darjeeling: In the Indian state of west Bengal, the beautiful hill station of Darjeeling is the home for some of the finest Tea and beautiful tea estates. The tranquilizing ride of toy train enables one to experience the picturesque beauty of its Tea Estates and natural beauty. Often known as Queen of India’s hill stations, its setting is one of incomparable beauty. A Victorian town of old world charm ‘discovered’ by British.

Rest Day is to Relax at your own.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3: Darjeeling

Early morning start your day with a visit to Tiger Hill, for a picturesquely view during sunrise of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Everest & other eastern Himalayan peaks.

Way back to the hotel, visit Ghoom; a calm and gloomy Tibetian village situated at the altitude of 7407 ft. is famous for its Buddhist Monasteries and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Toy Train. The most famous monastery is Yiga Choeling Monastery also known as Ghoom Monastery.

From here one can board and enjoy the ride of the famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railways Toy Train.

Post breakfast, also visit the Mountaineering Institue, founded by Lt. Tenzing Norgay, who was among the first to conquer the mighty Mt. Everest along with Sir Edmund Hillary from New Zealand.

Makaibari Tea Estate: Established in the year 1859 Makaibari is the first Tea factory of the world. This is a Tea Estate with Homestay facility. One can stay here and closely observe the Tea Manufacturing process and the lifestyle of the locals.

Rest time is leisure to visit Tibet Handicraft Centre & The beautiful Tea Gardens.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 4: Darjeeling to Pelling (72 Km / 1.5 Hrs Approx.)

Post breakfast, start driving to Pelling; is the second biggest tourist destination after Gangtok in Sikkim. Situated at the foothills of Mount Khangchendzonga, Pelling opens its arm for tourists from all over the world. The scenic town of Pelling may be a perfect holiday destination for all nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

Upon arrival check- in at the hotel. Lter proceed for the half day private guided sightseeing:

Pemayangtse Monastery; Built in 1705, Pemayangtse Monastery is one of the oldest and the most important monasteries of Sikkim belong to the Nyingmapa sect of Mahayana Buddhism. It is three storeyed monastery served as the part of the Buddhist circuit in Sikkim for centuries since its early days.

Sangacholing Monastery; Built in 1697, is located on a hill top at the rear of Pelling. Established by Gyalwa Lhatsum Chempo, the monastery was built in Tibetian style of architecture. It is the house of the sculptures that date back to the mid-16th century.

Khecheopalri Lake; originally known as “Kha- Chot- Palri” is a sacred lake for both Hindus and Buddhist. Khecheopalri means ‘Heaven of Padmasambhava’ and believe to fulfil the wishes.

Rest of the day is leisure at your own.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 5: Pelling – Gangtok (115 Km / 4 Hrs Approx.)

Post breakfast drive to Gangtok; a fairytale capital within the clouds, balances precariously on Steep Mountain slopes, Surrounded by lush rice terraces, swifts flowing rivers & distant snow views. It is situated at the lower Himalayas & was a small hamlet until the development of the Enchey Monastery in 1840 made it a pilgrimage center.

Post lunch proceed for Half day Private Guided city tour of Gangtok:

Research Institute of Tibetology: also known as ‘Namgyal Institute of Tibetology’ was established in the year 1958 by then Chogyal (king) Sir Tashi Namgyal. It was inaugurated by our first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. It has the world largest collection of Tibet work, outside Tibet. It has the rare collection of statues, coins, thangkas (that are scrolls with hand paintings & embroidery work), Tibetan art work & objects, and ancient manuscripts in Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese and Lepcha.

Rest day is leisure at your own.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 6: Gangtok

Post breakfast proceed for the excursion of Tsomgo Lake (Not allowed to Solo Foreigner traveller to visit); is a glacial lake situated 40 km from Gangtok. Tsomgo means ‘Source of Water’ in Bhutia language. The lake water is the result of melting snow from the surrounding mountains. It is a must visit destination, when visiting Sikkim.

Later continue the sightseeing by visiting:

Do Drul Chorten: The stupa was built by Trulshik Rinpoche, the head of Nyingma Order of Buddhism in 1945. It is marked by a Golden Dome on the top, which can be seen from various place in Gangtok. The stupa is surrounded by Chorten Lakhang, which has two huge statues of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava).

Rumtek Monastery: Also called as Dharmachakra Centre, is a gompa and one of the largest monasteries in Sikkim. One can enjoy the astonishing view of whole Gangtok on the opposite hill from this monastery. The monastery belongs to Kargyu sect of Buddhists (originated in 12th century in Tibet).

Himalayan Zoological Park is the natural habitat for many Wildlife species like Himalayan Monal Pheasant, Himalayan Red Panda, Snow Leopard Cat, Goral, Himalayan Palm Civet, Himalayan Black Bear and Crimson-Horned Pheasant.

Government Institute of Cottage Industry (GICI), is a museum and warehouse for authentic Sikkimese handicrafts, handwoven carpets with traditional motifs, blankets, shawls (in Lepcha weaves), graceful ‘choktse’, ‘thangka’ paintings, hand-painted masks, dolls, and many other objects.

Evening is leisure to explore Lal Bazaar, to buy local handmade handicrafts and woollen products.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 7: Gangtok – Kalimpong (75 Km / 2.5 Hrs)

Post breakfast drive to Kalimpong; an incredible stunning backdrop of towering snowcapped peaks. This exotic town of beautiful and lovely people, mystical & enchanting, with a rare ethnic blend of hill people. It also houses several Buddhist monasteries which hold a variety of rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures. It was ruled by Bhutan for 155 years & was annexed by British only in 1865, after which it flourished as a centre of wool trade with Tibet.

Rest of the time to free at leisure after tiring Journey.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 8: Kalimpong

Post breakfast, start your day with private guided tour of Kalimpong:

Thongsa Gompa: Established in 1692, Thongsa Gompa is the oldest Bhutanese Monastery in Kalimpong. The older building was destroyed by the Gurkhas, but was rebuilt at the same site in 19th century.

Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa:  consecrated by Dalai Lama in 1976, Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa is also known as Durpin Monastery. It is situate at the top of Durpin Hill and has beautiful paintings on the walls of its three dimentional mandala.

Tharpa Choeling Monastery: It is a Gelugpa Monastery founded by Domo Geshe Rinpoche Ngawang Kalsang in 1912. It is amongst the oldest Gelugpa monastery in India.

Evening is free to relax on your own.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 9: Kalimpong – Bagdogra (78 Km / 2.5 Hrs.)
Bagdogra – Kolkata (By Flight)

Post breakfast drive to Bagdogra airport to board the flight to Kolkata. Upon arrival assisted by our representative at the airport. Check- in at the hotel.

Rest day is leisure to relax on your own.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10: Departure

Post breakfast, start your day with private guided sightseeing of Kolkata:

Dakshineswar Kali Temple: Located on the eastern banks of River Hoogly, Dakshineswar Kali Temple is a Hindu Navaratna emple, dedicated to Bhavatarini form of Goddess Kali. The temple was built in 1855 by Rani Rashmoni.

Belur Math: Situated on the western bank of River Hoogly, Belur Math is the headquater of Ramakrishna Mission. The math welcomes people from all the religion and faith and visited by people around the world to get spiritual relief. The math has Swami Vivekananda’s Samadhi and a museum containing the artifacts related to him.

Post lunch continue the city tour with:

Victoria Memorial: Located in the heart of the city, Victoria Memorial is a British Relic built in 1906 in the memory of Queen Victory to celebrate her 25 years of rule in India. It is a huge monument made of White Makrana Marbles stands as an exquisite example of Indo-Saracenic revivalist style architectural. Now it has been converted into a museum.

Fort William: Once a stronghold of British East India Company, Fort William was constructed in 1781 in the honour of then King Willian III. It is a massive structure erected by the British on the eastern banks of River Hoogly.

Howrah Bridge: Also known as “Ravindra Setu”. It is among the six longest cantilever bridges in the world. It was commissioned in the year 1943 to connect Kolkata with its neighbouring city of Howrah over Hoogly River.

Later transfer to Kolkata International airport to board the onward journey taking back home, the wonderful experience of “Majestic North Eastern Corridor of India” Tour.

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