Beginning in Kolkata, this journey captures the highlights of a region of unforgettable contrasts. Travelling through the Indian states of West Bengal and Sikkim, this sample journey reveals remarkable religious monuments and spectacular mountain scenery. Visit colonial Calcutta and magnificent Buddhist monasteries in stunning Himalaya scenery
January 1, 1970 - January 1, 1970
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Day 1 – To Kolkata
Fly overnight to Kolkata, via Mumbai (Bombay).
Day 2 – Kolkata
Afternoon arrival and transfer to Taj Bengal for a 2-night stay.
Day 3 – Kolkata
Morning visit to the flower market followed by a cruise on the Hooghly river. This afternoon, take a walking tour of Kolkata.
Day 4 – To Kalimpong
Fly to Bagdogra and drive to the remote hill station of Kalimpong. Stay overnight at the Elgin Silver Oaks Hotel.
Day 5 – To Gangtok
Drive to Gangtok and stay 2 nights at the Elgin Nor-Khill hotel.
Day 6 – Gangtok
Morning tour of the Enchey monastery and the Orchid sanctuary. This afternoon, visit the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and the Do-Drul Chorten.
Day 7 – To Pelling
Drive to Pelling via the Rumtek monastery, the largest in Sikkim. Stay overnight at the Elgin Mount Pandim.
Day 8 – To Darjeeling
Morning visit to Pemayangtse monastery. Continue to Darjeeling and stay 3 nights at Glenburn Tea Estate, which is set among a working tea-estate outside Darjeeling.
Day 9 – Darjeeling
Full-day guided walking tour of the estate.
Day 10 – Darjeeling
Morning at leisure. Afternoon guided walking tour of Darjeeling.
Day 11 – To Kolkata
Drive to Bagdogra and fly to Kolkata for an overnight stay at the Taj Bengal.
Day 12 – To London
Morning flight to London, via Delhi
Taj Bengal, Kolkata (Calcutta)
Set in the elegant residential area of Alipore, the Taj Bengal is a tranquil oasis for the discerning traveller. It is just 2km from the city's commercial centre and is within walking distance of the Victoria Memorial, National Library and the Zoological Gardens. The Taj Bengal combines stylish, modern architecture with a grand central atrium and interiors decorated with genuine antiques and fine art.There are eight different room categories to choose from, ranging from Standard rooms to Presidential suites. There is a selection of bars and restaurants at the hotel from the fine dining restaurant serving continental and European cuisine to speciality oriental and Indian restaurants. Dine alfresco by the pool, enjoy high tea in the lounge or relax in the bar, known for its collection of rare whiskeys.
Nor-Khill Hotel, Gangtok
The Nor-Khill Hotel is an example of typical Sikkimese architecture, and was once the royal guest house of the Chogyal dynasty. It is still maintained as a heritage property, and has comfortable and spacious rooms with modern facilities.
The Elgin Mount Pandim, Pelling
Once the summer retreat of the royal family of Sikkim, this heritage hotel is now part of the Elgin group of hotels. Located within walking distance of Pemyangtse Monastery, the Elgin Mount Pandim is known for its tradition and ethnic Sikkimese ambience. All 32 rooms are simply furnished and offer magnificent views of the snow capped Himalayas.
Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling
Glenburn is a delightful 647-hectare working tea estate just an hour’s drive from Darjeeling. Offering breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga mountain range, the estate is an ideal place to relax and explore the beautiful countryside. Characterful accommodation is provided in eight luxuriously converted suites, including four in the main 150-year-old plantation house.