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$ 2901

Best of Bengal & Sikkim

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min $ 2901
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Destinations: Kolkata, Pelling, Gangtok
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 2901
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  • Overview & dates
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  • What's included

Overview & dates

INTRO

Unravel the colonial history of Bengal on a walking tour of Kolkata and watch tea trading at an auction house. Travel north and take the ‘toy train’ in Darjeeling gazing out at its cliff-hanging tea estates. Cross the border into the tiny Buddhist kingdom of Sikkim and wander through its alpine forests, catching a glimpse of Kanchenjunga, India’s highest peak. Witness monks pouring over ancient Buddhist scripts in monasteries, before returning to Bengal and end your trip cruising the waterways of the Sunderbans, the world’s largest mangroves.


GROUP DATES

  • 16 Oct 2018 to 29 Oct 2018 - £ 2,295 - AV
  • 03 Feb 2019 to 16 Feb 2019 - £ 2,295 - AV
  • 15 Oct 2019 to 28 Oct 2019 - £ 2,295 - AV

If these dates do not suit you but you are interested in this tour, please contact us for alternative dates.

AV - Available
GD - Guaranteed
LM - Limited places left
OR - On request (contact us for status)
CL - Closed for bookings


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HIGHLIGHTS

Discover the rich history of Kolkata

Toy train ride in Darjeeling

Stunning Himalayan scenery

Buddhist culture in Sikkim


PLACES VISITED

Kolkata - Darjeeling - Pelling - Gangtok - Sunderbans Kolkata
Darjeeling
Pelling
Gangtok
Sunderbans

Itinerary

ITINERARY

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Choose departure date16 Oct 2018 -- 29 Oct 201803 Feb 2019 -- 16 Feb 201915 Oct 2019 -- 28 Oct 2019

Day 1 : Arrival

Arrive in Kolkata. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Kolkata.

Arrive in Kolkata, where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred to your hotel. After check in, the rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. Overnight in Kolkata.

Meal plan : n/a


Day 2 : Kolkata

Full day sightseeing tour of Kolkata. Overnight in Kolkata.

Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Kolkata, visiting many of the city's most impressive temples and churches. Overnight in Kolkata.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Often labelled the  "Cultural City of India", Kolkata is India's second biggest city and one of its major ports, located on the east bank  of the Hooghly River. Previously named 'Calcutta', it was the former capital of the British Indian Empire until 1911 and originally designed in the style of a grand European capital. As a result, Western influences can be seen throughout the city within its colonial-era architecture: Raj Bhavan, the state governor's residence, imitates Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, the Indian Museum is built in the Italian style, while the Victoria Memorial Hall attempts to combine classical Western and Mughal architecture. Kolkata was also the centre of the Indian independence movement, and to this day still plays an important role in contemporary state politics.

Day 3 : Kolkata

Explore Kolkata's 'Black Town'. Evening Tea. Overnight in Kolkata.

After breakfast, explore the 'Black Town' in the north of Kolkata. Visit the Jain Temple Complex and Marble Palace. Overnight in Kolkata.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Day 4 : Kolkata - Bagdogra - Darjeeling

Fly to Bagdogra. Transfer to Darjeeling. Overnight in Darjeeling.

Enjoy some free time before being transferred to the airport to connect with your flight to Bagdogra. On arrival you will be transferred to Darjeeling. Overnight in Darjeeling.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Now a town in the state of West Bengal, Darjeeling was once part of Nepal but was annexed to India by the British. It is most famous for its tea industry, especially its delicious black tea. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway connects the town with the plantations and has one of the few steam trains still operating in India. Full of beautiful colonial architecture, the town’s British-style public schools attract students from all over India and neighbouring countries. It is also regarded as a centre for music and playing instruments is a popular pastime amongst residents.

Day 5 : Darjeeling

Early morning visit to Tiger Hill to watch the sunrise. Later, proceed for some local sightseeing. In the evening explore the local markets. Overnight in Darjeeling.

Early morning visit to Tiger Hill to watch the sunrise over Kangchenjunga Peak. On the way back visit Ghoom monastery. After breakfast, proceed on a local sightseeing tour. Spend the evening exploring the markets. Overnight in Darjeeling.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Kangchenjunga, located on the boundary of Nepal and the Indian state of Sikkim, is the third highest mountain in the world, reaching an elevation of 8,586m. Originally thought to be the world’s highest mountain, it was first climbed in 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band, as part of a British expedition. Following a promise they had given to the Maharaja of Sikkim, they stopped just short of the summit itself. This tradition has been continued by every climber or climbing group since.

Day 6 : Darjeeling

Visit the Tukvar Tea Estate, Observatory Hill and Bhutia Basti Monastery. Overnight in Darjeeling.

Today you will visit the Tukvar Tea Estate, the very first tea estate in Darjeeling, Observatory Hill and Bhutia Basti Monastery. Overnight in Darjeeling.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Day 7 : Darjeeling - Pelling

Drive to Pelling. Evening free. Overnight in Pelling.

After breakfast, drive to Pelling. The evening is free to enjoy at your leisure. Overnight in Pelling.

Meal plan : Breakfast


With stunning landscapes, Pelling is known for its perfect views over the Himalayas and the Kangchenjunga, the third tallest mountain in the world. The town is surrounded by untouched alpine vegetation and waterfalls, including the majestic double-pronged Kanchenjunga falls and the Khechuperi Lake, which is sacred to Buddhists.

Day 8 : Pelling

Visit Khangchendzonga waterfalls, Sewaro rock garden, Rimbi waterfalls and Khachoedpalri Lake. Later, explore Pemayangtse Monastery. Overnight in Pelling.

After breakfast you will spend the day visiting Khangchendzonga waterfalls, Sewaro rock garden, Rimbi waterfalls and Khachoedpalri lake. Later, explore Pemayangtse monastery, one of the oldest and most important monasteries in Sikkim. Overnight in Pelling.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Day 9 : Pelling - Gangtok

Drive to Gangtok. Rest of day free. Overnight in Gangtok.

You will be transferred to Gangtok. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. Overnight in Gangtok. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


Sikkim’s capital, Gangtok has been a centre of pilgrimage since the Enchey Monastery was built in 1840. Built in the Baroque style, the 200 year old monastery houses images of gods and goddesses and is the oldest monastery in the city. Rumtek Monastery is considered to be one of Buddhism’s most sacred buildings because it holds some of the world’s most rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures and religious artefacts in its reliquary.

Day 10 : Gangtok

Visit sights around Gangtok. Overnight in Gangtok.

After breakfast enjoy a guided tour of Gangtok. Sites include Ranka, Encha and Namgyal monasteries, Jakhri Falls and the Institute of Tibetology. Overnight in Gangtok.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Day 11 : Gangtok - Bagdogra - Kolkata

Drive to Bagdogra and transfer to airport. Fly to Kolkata. Overnight in Kolkata.

Drive to Bagdogra and transfer to the airport to connect with your flight to Kolkata. The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. Overnight in Kolkata.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Day 12 : Kolkata - Sunderbans

Transfer to Sunderbans. Check into cottage on bank of the river delta. Evening free. Overnight in Sunderbans.

In the morning you will be transferred to Sunderbans. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy at your leisure. Overnight in Sunderbans. 

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sunderbans is a National Park, a Tiger Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve. It is home to one of the world's largest areas of halophytic mangroves and is also a hotspot for Royal Bengal tigers, boasting one of the highest Bengal tiger populations in India. Situated in Bangledesh, two-thirds of the park fall into the district of West Bengal. The name 'Sunderbans' literally means 'beautiful forest', and the reserve is very scenic, intersected by a series of waterways, tidal islands and mudflats, and boasting a diverse range of endemic plant species. There is also a significant Watch Tower which offers panoramic views of the area.

Day 13 : Sunderbans

Morning cruise through mangroves to watch tower and canopy walk. Afternoon tour through local village. Wildlife movie and dinner. Overnight in Sunderbans.

Board a cruise boat towards the Dobanke Watch Tower, passing through creeks and dense forests. Breakfast will be served on board. Experience the thrill of the Canopy Walk, which provides 360 degree views of the forest. Visit the spotted deer rehabilitation centre before returning to Sunderbans Tiger Camp for lunch. In the afternoon, walk through the village of Dayapur, observing local life. End the day with dinner at the reserve. Overnight in Sunderbans.

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 14 : Sunderbans - Kolkata - Departure

Morning cruise through Sunderbans Tiger Reserve. Early lunch. Transfer to Kolkata airport for onward flight.

Morning cruise through the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve in search of the elusive tiger. Breakfast will be served on board. After an early lunch you will be transferred to Kolkata to connect to your onward flight.

Meal plan : Breakfast & lunch


What's included

INCLUDED Airport transfers Domestic flights Ground transport Accommodation Drivers and guides Some meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan) Entrance fees to sites & parks (one-time entry)
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Travel The Unknown
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