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Itinerary:  Darjeeling & Sikkim

 

Overview

To see the majestic splendour and experience the cultural richness of the land and the people of the Eastern Himalayas, a visit to the beautiful colonial hill station of Darjeeling and the stunning environs of Sikkim - a must for a wonderfully rewarding holiday.

Your tour of some of India's most stunning Himalayan enclaves begins from the historic city of Calcutta, once the erstwhile capital of The Raj in India and popularly known as the City of Joy, home of the legendary Mother Teresa in modern times. A drive up to Darjeeling offers you a banquet of splendid panoramas of a landscape rich in wildlife and botanical delights. In Darjeeling enjoy the mesmerising views of Mt Khanchendzonga, the world's third highest peak and watch the sunrise from Tiger Hill.

Savour the colonial elements of nostalgia amongst the tea plantations and flower filled gardens and red roofed bungalows, before saying goodbye to the UNESCO Heritage Toy Train and moving into the Teesta River Gorge for a fabulous drive to Gangtok , capital of Sikkim. The drive up to the snowy reaches of Tsomgo Lake offers a captivating vision of a remote and beautiful region, now carefully opened up to tourism. The journey back to the gorge, and up the winding road to Kalimpong is a memorable one. Enjoy those lovely mountain views, monasteries and tea plantations all along.


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Day 1 - Fly

to Kolkata(Calcutta)


Day 2 - Kolkata

Met and transfer to Fairlawn or The Oberoi Grand**.


Day 3 - Kolkata

Take a tour of the city.


Day 4 - Kolkata / Bagdogra / Darjeeling

Fly to Bagdogra & drive 3 hrs to Darjeeling.Overnight The Elgin Hotel or Windermere**.


Day 5 - Darjeeling

Early morning visit Tiger Hill.Later explore the town.


Day 6 - Darjeeling

Morning visit Ghoom monastery and take the Toy Train back.


Day 7 - Darjeeling / Gangtok

Morning drive about 4 hrs to Gangtok enroute visiting Rumtek Monastery. Overnight Netuk House or The Norkhill**.


Day 8 - Gangtok

Morning drive upto Chhangu(Tsomgo) Lake (3774m).Later explore the town.


Day 9 - Gangtok / Kalimpong

Drive 3 hrs to Kalimpong.Stay at the historic Himalaya Hotel or The Silver Oaks**.


Day 10 - Gangtok / Kolkata

Drive 2 hrs to Bagdogra.


Day 11 - Kolkata

Fly back home.


Note

Upgrade to the hotel marked with ** will be additional.

Suggested Adaptations to this tour

You may like to extend this trip by visiting Kaziranga National Park, home of the one-horned rhino in eastern Assam.

* From Darjeeling At the end relax in a tea plantation bungalow for 2-3 days.

* From Gangtok Take a detour on the way to Gangtok and explore west Sikkim. Stay at Pelling and Yuksum for 3 nights. Enjoy splendid walks around here.

* To Guwahati Take a Bramhaputra river cruise.

* From Calcutta Fly to Imphal. Enjoy 5 N/6D of exploring World War-II Battlefields and Memorials of North East India around Imphal and Kohima. Later relax in Tripura Palace and Shillong, the Scotland of India, for a few days.

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We can customise our tour programmes to make the journey to suit you.Our tours on the web site and e-brochure are based on a minimum of two persons travelling together by air, train and chauffeur driven cars. Throughout your tour, experienced representatives and knowledgeable local guides, will assist you where appropriate. Accommodation will be arranged in a luxury hotel or a charming heritage hotel.

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Our private journeys offer complete freedom of choice. The itineraries and accommodation shown are designed to give you a flavour of what is possible and can be tailored to suit your preferences. Prices vary according to selected accommodation and season, please email or telephone us to discuss your individual requirements.

Ideas for extending this Journey

Your Bramahaputra river cruise will be spent on the Charaidew, the luxurious 38m long river boat with 12 generous-sized twin bedded cabins, air-conditioned with en suite shower and WC. All cabin accommodation is on the upper deck, as is a bar and viewing area. Food on board is a mixture of Assamese and Continental. The Brahmaputra river is about 2900 kms long, stemming from its source in the Himalayas to its delta in the Bay of Bengal and offers insights into the diverse cultures and fantastic wildlife of Assam.

February to May, August to November

 

TOFTThe Hotels covered in this Itinerary are:
The Oberoi Grand
The Elgin Hotel / Windermere
Netuk House / The Norkhill
Himalayan Kalimpong / The Silver Oaks

The Oberoi Grand

The Oberoi Grand, fondly referred as the 'Grande Dame of Chowringhee' offers the ultimate classical residence in the City of Joy. Standing stately for over 125 years, The Oberoi Grand combines classic victorian architecture and charm with state of the art amenities and facilities, offering our guests an oasis of tranquillity amidst this bustling city. Located in the heart of the commercial and administrative hub of Kolkata, this heritage hotel features elegantly appointed rooms, award winning restaurants and exclusive spa and fitness centre. Personalised, efficient and unobtrusive service combined with the unique luxury offering makes The Oberoi Grand the preferred hotel for travellers on leisure and business alike.


The Elgin Hotel

Darjeeling- from ‘ Dorji Ling' means the ‘God of Thunder'. Small wonder then that in the quaint little hill station, the weather varies from the pleasant, to cold to very cold. 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 draped around your neck. Snug and cozy in an interior decked with etchings of G.Douglas, lithographs of Daniell, period Burma teak furniture, oak floor boards and paneling, crackling fireplaces, candle-lit tables and strains of music from the grand piano, you realize the meaning of palpable ‘old world charm' which has played host to dignitaries like the US Ambassador and the Crown Prince of Sikkim to Dominique Lapierre and Mark Tully. The hotel has stories to tell from the time of its first owner the Maharaja of Cooch Behar to Nancy Oakley in the 1950s.


Windermere

Windamere is situated on historic Observatory Hill where Darjeeling began, and overlooks the Chowrasta, the town's exclusive promenade. From Observatory Hill, one can glimpse Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and Sikkim, against a stupendous backdrop of twenty of the highest mountain peaks in the world.


Netuk House

At Netuk House, guests experience the traditional and unaffected hospitality of the Denzong family; enjoy delicious home cooked food and learn about the ethnic culture of the people as yet unspoiled by things modern.


The Norkhill

Hotel Nor-Khill is a property of Elgin Heritage Group of Hotels located in eastern Himalayas at Gangtok in (Sikkim - INDIA). It is an example of typical Sikkimese architecture in the midst of a serene atmosphere and greenery, in the heart of Gangtok.

It offers 32 rooms, the rooms are rooms are quiet, elegant and traditional. All the rooms are spacious and over look Mount Kanchenjungha and the Himalayas. Designed specially for royal guests of the Chogyal of Sikkim, its rooms still maintains the typical traditional Sikkimese ambiance.


Himalayan Kalimpong

In the early days of the last century the hotel was the family home of David Macdonald. After accompanying the Younghusband Mission to Lhasa in 1904 as interpreter, Macdonald was posted to Tibet as a British Trade Agent, serving in Yatung and Gyantse until his retirement in 1924. Macdonald assisted the 13th Dalai Lama's escape from Tibet in 1910, and he was later invited to Lhasa in 1921. Prior to his retirement he served briefly as Britain's Political Officer in Sikkim, in charge of Britain's relations with Tibet, Bhutan and Sikkim.

After he retired, with his large family grown up, Macdonald turned the family home into a Hotel, and it has remained in the Macdonald family ever since. It was here that he wrote his books “Land of the Lama” and “Twenty Years in Tibet”. For many years it was managed by Macdonald's three eldest daughters, Annie Perry, whose husband also served in Tibet, Vera Macdonald and Vicky Williams. Today it is managed by Nilam and Tim Macdonald, David Macdonald's grandson. They have ensured it remains, in the words of the distinguished travel writer James Cameron, “a collector's piece among hotels” and that little has changed since, except perhaps with the addition of two annexes, to cater to the growing influx of travellers. Cameron wrote, "this is a commonplace name for a most exceptional place... no one was there an hour in the inescapable community life of the place". It is a hotel of real charm and character, with an atmosphere redolent of its close association with Himalayan history.


The Silver Oaks

Situated at a height of 2500 ft above the sea level, located at Kunda, Near Ponnampet in the heart of South Coorg (Kodagu),is this beautiful holiday destination surrounded by the famous Kunda hills which are at the height of 4500 ft above sea level. It takes around 1 hour by road from Madikeri ( 48 Kms away) to reach SilverOaks and just 30 minutes drive from Nagarahole.


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Itinerary

Day 1 - Fly
Day 2 - Kolkata
Day 3 - Kolkata
Day 4 - Kolkata / Bagdogra / Darjeeling
Day 5 - Darjeeling
Day 6 - Darjeeling
Day 7 - Darjeeling / Gangtok
Day 8 - Gangtok
Day 9 - Gangtok / Kalimpong
Day 10 - Gangtok / Kolkata
Day 11 - Kolkata

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