Essence of North East
Kolkata – Guwahati – Shillong – Balipara – Kaziranga
The North Eastern part of India is quite famous for its magical beauty, undulating hills, lush green valley cover and wide variety of flora & fauna and breathtaking beauty of landscapes. This tour will take you to prefect natural sceneries to make you feel calm and relax. This tour package take the rugged natural beauty to a magnificent tour of Sikkim Darjeeling & Kolkata. Feel delighted to visit the Ghoom Monastery, Batasia and the Tiger Hills for their majestic yet serene surroundings. Visit tourist attractions like Victoria Marble Palace, Science City, Metro Rail, Memorial Hall, Belur Math, Mother Teresa Home, China Town at Kolkata. Behold the magnificent view of the sunrise on the Mt. Kanchanzonga, at Darjeeling.
Arrive at Kolkata International Airport. Please clear immigration and visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge through the green channel. MAGADH TRAVELS executive will wait at the arrival hall with a placard in your name to greet you. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer and check in at the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kolkata.
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata: Fondly referred to as the Grand Dame of Chowringhee, The Oberoi Grand has been an icon on the landscape of Kolkata for more than a century; with a reputation for taking care of its guests like no other. The sense of calm that pervades the outdoor space is carried into the classically appointed rooms and suites that encircle the courtyard. Fine dining spaces, grand banqueting venues, a business centre and a spa ensure that all your needs are covered.
Morning after breakfast enjoy the guided visit to Flower market followed by The Howrah Bridge build in 1874 and stands on two 270 feet high pillars and considered to be one of the busiest bridges in the world. Drive past The Eden Gardens & Dalhousie Square; the oldest and finest cricket playground in the country, which has undergone tremendous modernization and today boasts of its ability to accommodate about 1, 20,000 persons. Appreciate the architecture and history of the city's many unique and spectacular buildings during the drive past Dalhousie square now a World Heritage Site. Next visit the Jain Temples, also known as Prashant Jain Temple which is a striking place of worship, decked up with coloured stones and mirrors. It has a lush garden and houses of four different temples, with the main one dedicated to the 10th Jain Avtaar, Sri Sital Nath Ji. From here we proceed to Kumartulli-Potter's lane, the centuries old tradition-bound studios of the idol makers ceremonially add life to the goddess Durga by creating her lotus-shaped eyes that wordlessly tell volumes of life divine. You experience a true artistic work of these Kumar's. During the day visit the Marble Palace (Closed on Monday's & Thursday's); a resplendent building full of breathe taking pieces of opulence that speak about the over-the-top luxurious life that the Raja once lived. Stay overnight at hotel in Kolkata.
Morning after breakfast start guided city tour with a visit to Victoria Memorial (Closed on Monday's); a fantastic museum that will take you into the world of past history, where one can view the photos and effigies of prominent personalities who made an incredible contribution to the glory of India and houses a group of mind-blowing figures above the north porch that epitomize prudence, learning and motherhood. Stop at St Paul's Cathedral which is acknowledged as the first Episcopal Church of the eastern. Continue to his ancient Kali temple which is Kolkata's holiest spot for Hindus and possibly the source of the city's name. While admiring the contrast of colonial and modern architecture at the heart of this wonderful city Kolkata's famed Park Street, slip through a mossy stone wall enclosure. The Park Street Cemetery, previously known as Burial Ground Road, it is one of the oldest cemeteries of Kolkata. The mausoleums and memorials are architecturally impressive and represent the grandeur of the colonial period. It houses the tombs of distinguished expatriates who were once an integral part of Kolkata's history. During the day visit Mother House (Closed on Thursday's) to witness the generosity of her spirit. Stay overnight at hotel in Kolkata.
Morning after breakfast transfer to Kolkata airport to board your schedule flight to Bagdogra. On arrival travel to Darjeeling, the dreamland of the East. The views over the mountains to the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga and down to the swollen rivers in the valleys are magnificent. The vegetation comprises of fir, pine and birch. Darjeeling is home to one of the most courageous warrior tribe's famous world over for their velour and chivalry – the Gurkhas. Darjeeling - the name is derived from the Tibetan word 'Dorje' which means the precious stone or ecclesiastical scepter, which is emblematic of the thunderbolt of Indra, and 'ling' - a place, hence the land of the thunderbolt. On arrival check-in at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Darjeeling.
The Elgin, Darjeeling: Over 125 years old and once the summer residence of the Maharaja (King) of Cooch Behar, the Elgin Darjeeling is now a luxury heritage hotel. The hotel is situated in the heart of Darjeeling town, 6000 feet up in the Himalayas. A celebration of the elegance and grace of the Colonial era in the Queen of Hill Stations, located in the majestic Himalayan ranges, the Elgin is very much a part of Darjeeling's colonial history. As you enter, the Elgin warmth hugs you and makes you feel at home with a glass of sparkling cherry liquor and a silken Khada (scarf) draped around your neck. The hotel has been extensively refurbished to restore it to its former grandeur and its history has been kept intact. The rooms offer splendid views of the mountains and valleys.
Early morning around leave for one of the most mesmerizing sunrise views over the mountain you would have ever had. Tiger Hill for the sunrise view of Himalayan Mountains. As the first rays of the sun shoot ahead and shed light upon the twin peaks of Kanchenjunga. After the wonderful view, visit Ghoom Monastery, Later proceed to the Darjeeling Railway station to enjoy World Heritage Toy Train ride up to Ghoom. As you enjoy the toy train ride, the spectacular landscape unfolds as the 2-foot gauge Darjeeling Himalayan railway, opened in 1881, one can experience the sound, smell and romance of a bygone era. Afternoon visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursdays) and Everest Museum having complete details on Everest attached to institute one can visit Himalayan Zoological Park where one can see Himalayan animals like Snow Leopard, Tibetan Wolf, Tibetan Yak, Himalayan Black Bear and several varieties of birds. Also visit the Tibetan Self-Help Centre Or Refugee Centre (Closed on Sundays) This institute is run by Tibetan Refugees to preserve their handicrafts and one can see making of Tibetan Carpets, Leather work, Paintings & Wooden work etc. Remaining day is free to stroll around this beautiful city. Stay overnight at hotel in Darjeeling.
Morning after breakfast travel to Pelling, is today emerging as the second biggest tourist destination in the state after Gangtok. Although in itself it is little more than a strip of road lined with hotels, its main USP is the breathtaking view it offers of the Khangchendzonga and surrounding ranges, as well as the easy access it provides to tourist spots in the area. Pemayangste monastery is less than a kilometre from Pelling, while a 40 minute walk on the hill opposite the monastery takes you to Sanga Choling monastery built in 1697, one of the first in the state. Pelling's serene environment and picturesque setting is perfect for nice nature walks and small treks. On arrival check-in at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Pelling.
The Elgin Mount Pandim, Pelling: a unique and personal tryst with the Himalayas. Set in eight acres of virgin forest and landscaped gardens, it revokes the old world charm created by its first owners - the royal family of Sikkim and offers a peaceful retreat about one hundred and fifty kilometers from Siliguri, with a glorious view of the Singalila range. The three hundred year old Pemayangtse monastery, is right next to the resort on a verdant hill top covered by moist temperate Oak forests. The resort offers an excellent vantage point for watching rare birds including the Green-tailed sunbirds, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatchers, Scimiter Babblers and Laughing thrushes. The bedrooms are set in the midst of an atmosphere of greenery in the heart of Pemayangtse. Each of the 30 rooms overlook the Singalila range with a magnificent view from the windows. Each room is different with subtle tasteful 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.
Morning after breakfast start your tour of Pelling. Visit Pemayangtse Monastery, Pemayangtse literally means perfect sublime lotus. This is one of the oldest and most important monasteries of Sikkim. Founded in 1705, this monastery belongs to the Nyingma-pa sect. The 3-storied building of the monastery houses a good collection of wall paintings and sculptures. On the 3rd floor of the monastery, there is a 7-tiered painted wooden model of the abode of Guru Rimpoche, complete with rainbows, angels and the whole panoply of Buddha and Bodhisattva. In January-February every year, a religious dance called 'Cham' is performed in Pemayangtse. Visit Rabdentse Ruins, When descending from Pemayangtse Monastery you can take a left turn and take a walk for 10 min to reach to the gateway of Rabdanse Ruins. The ruins lie hidden from the main road. The walk towards Rabdantse is through a forest area with some rare species of orchids and a few lakes. These lakes are also home to local carp fish. There are good views from the top of the ruins looking across the deep valley and to the Khang-chen-Dzonga ranges. Visit Sangachoeling Monastery, Distance 2 km from Pelling is the second oldest monastery in Sikkim, built in the year 1695 by Lhatsun Namkha Zigme situated on a hill, amidst thick pine forest opposite to Pemayangtse monastery. The admission in this monastery is limited to the families from Bhutia, Lepcha who are Buddhist by faith and the ethnic communities of Sikkim. In the early period, there used to be the monks admitted also from the limbo community along with Bhutia and Lepcha. Stay overnight at hotel in Pelling.
Morning after breakfast travel to Gangtok at an altitude of 1750m, became the state capital in the mid-19th century, and has undergone rapid development since then. The downtown area is dominated by huge government buildings decorated with traditional Buddhist symbols. Gangtok is also a testing ground for people traveling to North Sikkim. Surrounded by Monasteries and Orchids, Gangtok is truly a traveller's delight. On arrival check-in at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Gangtok.
The Elgin Nor-Khill, Gangtok: It is now a luxury Elgin heritage hotel. The hotel is situated in the heart of Gangtok town, 5000 feet up in the Himalayas. The Elgin Nor-Khill has been restored to its original grandeur, snug and cozy in an interior decked with etchings of G.Douglas, lithographs of Daniell, period Burma teak furniture, oak floor boards and panelling, crackling fireplaces, candle-lit tables and strains of music from the grand piano, you realize the meaning of palpable 'old world charm. The hotel has played host to dignitaries like the US Ambassador and Crown Prince of Sikkim, writers Dominique Lapierre and Mark Tully, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Hollywood celebrities Shirley MacLean and Michael Douglas.
The hotel has stories to tell from the time of its first owner the Chogyal (King) of Sikkim in the 1930s. The 25 deluxe rooms and suites offer splendid views of the mountains and valleys. The Elgin Nor-Khill in Gangtok is a perfect base to explore the spectacular mountain scenery, pine forests and ancient monasteries. The Hotel is within walking distance of the famous M.G road (High street), cafes, restaurants and bars. A well-stocked library, games room and many opportunities for nature walks, make this luxury heritage hotel and hill resort an all season destination.
Morning after breakfast explore Gangtok. Start with Rumtek Monastery is the awe -inspiring Rumtek Monastery, the world dharma chakra centre and the seat of His Holiness, the Gyalwa Karmapa, who is the head of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism. Continue you sightseeing visiting Enchey Monastery - located on a hilltop which is one of the oldest monasteries around. Stop at Institute of Tibetology; the fantastic museum housed in a traditional Tibetan-style mansion boasts a jaw-dropping collection of artefacts related to Vajrayana Buddhism and Tibetan culture. Also visit the Chorten Stupa - A famous Buddhist religious monument with a golden dome top which is visible from many places around Gangtok. Stay overnight at hotel in Gangtok.
Morning after breakfast travel to Kalimpong itself is small town. It's surrounding areas offer immense opportunities for tourism. Kalim in local dialect means King's Minister and Pong means Stronghold. So the name Kalimpong actually means Stronghold of King's Minister and has originated from the time of king's dynasty in the region. Some say that the name has been derived from the word Kalibong (locals call it Kaulim). It's a type of fiber plant used for making paper. This plant is found in abundance in Kalimpong and hence the name. On arrival check-in at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kalimpong.
MAYFAIR Himalayan Spa Resort, Kalimpong: Sweeping views of majestic snow-clad mountains and enchanting hills draped in sage and emerald green. A charming pathway lined with a blossoming nursery and lit by a natural skylight. A tall elegant pine tree overlooking picture perfect lawns dotted with chairs and tables sheltered by sunshades. Welcome to the exquisite environs of the spectacular MAYFAIR Himalayan Spa Resort located in the endearing little hill town of Kalimpong. The stunning luxury property has several unique wings and sections spread across an impressive expanse of beautiful hill land which affords mesmerising panoramic views. The hotel possesses a rich and fascinating history with everybody having stayed here from world leaders to Hollywood superstars to the first mountaineering pioneers to ever climb Mt Everest. Accommodation choices include classy heritage rooms and spacious suites. Facilities at the resort comprise a superlative Spa, multiple conference venues, excellent dining options, a well-equipped Gym, a recreational Pool Room, a Children's Play Room and a well-stocked library clad in rich wood and leather.
Morning after breakfast start your tour of Kalimpong. Visit Mac Farlen Church, Ever since it was constructed in the year 1890 - 91, this magnificent building has been the landmark of Kalimpong. This beautiful church was built on 1 Nov 1891 by the Scottish Missionaries. In the early days, the sermons were in 10 different languages for the purpose of spreading Christianity. These were Bodo, Nepali, Bengali, Hindi, English, Chinese, Lepcha , Sanskrit, Urdu and Tibetan. Visit Tsonga Gumba, This is the oldest Bhutanese Monastery in the district of Darjeeling, proving the presence and the hold of Bhutan over Kalimpong. Many scholars are of the opinion that, it was built around the late 1600's. Surgeon Rennie has mentioned in his book of 1865 (Bhotan and the story of the Doar war), of a monastery in KPG where 3 monks resided and he had called this monastery as Tusso Cimpa. He was referring to this monastery. Visit Zang Dhok Palri Phodang 1976, Dalai Lama consecrated Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa, also known as Durpin Monastery, in 1976 after six years of establishing it. The importance of this monastery lies with the sacred Kunguyar kept here. It contains all 108 volumes carried by Dalai Lama in his exile. This Gompa is a specimen of Buddhist architectural-style, with spectacular painting on the walls. This Gompa encloses a main prayer hall and an exceptional upstairs appear, in a three dimensional view. Lately visit Hanuman Tok, As the name suggests, Hanuman Tok has a huge statue of Lord Hanuman approximately 25 to 30 ft in height, located on a hill top not very far away from the Science City. Here fantastic views of both sides of the hill can be seen along with the Himalayan range. A small mandir of Goddess Durga is found right in front of the statue. Stay overnight at hotel in Kalimpong.
Morning after breakfast travel to Bagdogra airport to board your schedule flight to Kolkata. On arrival at airport transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the hotel services or you can go for shopping in near local markets. Stay overnight at hotel in Kolkata.
Morning after breakfast transfer to Kolkata international airport to board your schedule flight to onward destination.
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