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Eastern Odyssey

8 days/7 nights

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Explore the lower ranges of the Himalayas in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and Gangtok. The tea plantations, architecture, and educational institutions are a vivid reminder of the British Raj. There is a strong cultural diversity in the region; Tibetan refugees relocated after Tibet was annexed by China and they co-exist with the descendants of the many Nepali and Bihari laborers brought to work in the tea plantations. Discover the splendors in the Eastern hills, a unification of Bengali, Tibetan, Indian, and Nepali traditions.

Highlights

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

View Mt. Everest from Tiger Hill

Tibetan Buddhist culture in Sikkim

 

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Itinerary

Itinerary Details: 8 days/7 nights

Day 1: Delhi Arrival 

Namaste. Welcome to India! Arrive at Delhi International airport. You will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Delhi is a bustling metropolis that incorporates the ancient with the modern. Amidst the skyscrapers, the monuments stand as a silent reminder to India's legacy. Driving from the airport, you will be impressed with Delhi's spacious, tree-lined streets and garden parks. Overnight.

Day 2: Delhi—Darjeeling

After breakfast, fly to Bagdogra. Upon arrival, drive through tea gardens and quaint villages to reach Darjeeling (3 hours). Darjeeling is a town in the Indian state of West Bengal in the lower ranges of the Himalayas. It is internationally famous for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Darjeeling maintains a strong European influence from the British Raj, particularly evident in its schools, architecture, and cuisine. Overnight in Darjeeling.

Day 3: Darjeeling

In the early morning, take a jeep ride to Tiger Hill. From here the great Mount Everest is visible on clear days. At sunrise, the snow-clad mountain peaks constitute a glorious feast of color. Return to your hotel, en-route visiting the Ghoom Monastery. Later, proceed on a half day tour of Darjeeling. Visit the tea plantations, Lebong Village, and the Mountaineering Institute House of Tensing Norgay. If desired, you can also tour the Botanical Gardens. Overnight.

Day 4: Darjeeling—Gangtok

In the morning, you have the option to experience the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. All aboard the toy train, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with spectacular views of the lush landscape. Built between 1879 and 1881, with six zig-zags and five loops, the railway is about 88 km (55 mi) long.

Continue to Gangtok (4.5 hours). Gangtok is the capital of the Indian state of Sikkim. The city became a major stopover between Tibet and British India in the 19th century. Gangtok is a center of Tibetan Buddhist culture and houses many monasteries and religious institutions. Overnight in Gangtok.

Day 5: Gangtok

In the morning, visit the Rumtek Monastery, followed by a sightseeing tour that includes the Research Institute of Tibetology, Garden Sanctuary, and Enchey Monastery. In the evening, stroll the colorful bazaar. Overnight in Gangtok.

Day 6: Gangtok—Kalimpong

After breakfast, drive to Kalimpong (3 hours.) Well known for its flower markets, particularly the orchid collections, Kalimpong also houses many rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures. Its location at the base of the Himalayas is breathtaking. Afternoon at leisure to explore the town. Overnight.

Day 7: Kalimpong

Enjoy a morning tour of Kalimpong. Visit the various Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and flower nurseries. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Kalimpong.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, drive to Bagdogra (1.5 hours) for your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, connect to your onward flight. Bon Voyage!

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Hotel accommodations with daily breakfast
  • Economy air ticketing from Delhi – Bagdogra – Delhi
  • Private vehicle and driver
  • Comprehensive touring, including a private guide and entrance fees
  • Train ticketing on Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
  • Sikkim permit
  • Private airport transfers with assistance
  • Road/interstate taxes, fuel surcharges, and parking fees

Exclusions

  • International Airfare
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Visa Fees

Supplemental Information

Supplemental Information

  • A visa is required to visit India. 
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Eastern Odyssey