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Itinerary:  Incredible East India

 

Overview

The extra ordinary journey covers the best of North East India - stunning Himalayan vistas, the friendly Hill tribes, unique customs and the rich wildlife. We start with visit beautiful colonial hill station of Darjeeling surrounded by Tea Gardens producing the world best Teas. We later explore Sikkim an ecological hotspot in the Himalayas. With over 5000 flowering plants and 515 rare orchids. We end out tour with a safari in UNESCO world heritage National Park Kaziranga home to critically endangered One Horned Rhinos, Elephants, Bengal Tigers and the Wild Buffalos

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Day 1 - Delhi

 Met on arrival at Delhi's International airport and transfer to hotel for the night.

Overnight at Trident Gurgaon


Day 2 - Delhi / Bagdogra / Darjeeling

 Transfer to airport to board Bagdogra bound flight (9W 2280, 1010-1400 hours). Bagdogra is nearest airport to Sikkim and North Bengal.

Met on arrival and drive to Darjeeling (90 Kms, 2-3 hours). 

Remainder of the day at leisure

Overnight in the hotel The Elgin

 


Day 3 - Darjeeling

 Optional - Get up early this morning to drive down to Tiger Hill to enjoy the sunrise and watch the mighty Kanchenjunga peak in the distance change colour as the sun rays fall on it. After this unforgettable moment, stay back to savour the majestic views from here.

Return to the hotel for breakfast. 

Guided excursion to Ghoom monastery (Sampten Choling) this morning. It belongs to the Yellow sect of Buddhism. It contains a 15 foot high statue of Lord Buddha. Here the monks fly prayer flags the Tibetan way. Built in 1875, it is the largest of the three monasteries in the area

Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in hotel

 


Day 4 - Darjeeling / Gangtok

 After a late breakfast, drive to Gangtok visiting the Rumtek Monastery en route.

Rumtek monastery is the largest in Sikkim, and belongs to the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Restored in the 1960’s, the monastery possesses grand monastic paintings/murals and intricate woodwork. The four storied temple is crowned by a golden sculpture. A ten foot statue of Lord Buddha presides over the shrine and is surrounded by a thousand smaller statues of him. In front of the statue is the focal point of the room, the ornate, holy throne of the Gyalwa Karmapa (the head of the sect), together with thrones for his regents. One of the richly coloured murals depicts unusually Lord Ganesh (The elephant headed hindu god of good luck) as the 16th head of the monastic sect had a vision of Ganesh assisting in the reconstruction of the monastery. In the complex, we come across young monks immersed in studies or playing games.

Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight at hotel Norkhill 


Day 5 - Gangtok

 Day at leisure to explore the capital of Sikkim state.

Overnight at hotel 


Day 6 - Gangtok / Kalimpong

 After a late breakfast, drive down to Kalimpong.

Rest of the day at leisure to explore this charming hill station after arrival. 

Overnight at hotel Himalayan

 

 


Day 7 - Kalimpong / Bagdogra / Guwahati / Kaziranga

 After a late breakfast, drive down to Bagdogra airport (80 Kms, 2-3 hours) to board flight to Guwahati airport (9W 2285, 1300-1400 hours).

Met on arrival and transfer to Kaziranga Park ( 240 Kms, 5-6 hours) 

Overnight at Wildgrass lodge on arrival

 


Day 8 - Kaziranga Park

 Morning at sunrise enjoy Game viewing on Elephant back in the Central range

There is an organized elephant safari by the park authorities for duration of an hour at sun rise.  

After the elephant ride , enjoy picnic breakfast followed by morning game drive, by Jeep in the central range

Return to lodge for lunch and rest.

Afternoon Game viewing by western range by Jeep.

Overnight at Lodge

 


Day 9 - Kaziranga Park

 After breakfast, Game viewing by Jeep in the Central range

Afternoon Game viewing by Jeep in the Eastern range. 

Overnight at Lodge


Day 10 - Kaziranga /Jorhat/ Delhi/ Depart

 Morning at sunrise enjoy Game viewing on Elephant back in the Western range.

Transfer to Jorhat airport to board flight to Calcutta ( 9W 2477, 1415-1535 hours) and then connect flight to Delhi (9W  913, 1725  - 1935 hours).

On arrival at Delhi airport, proceed for Departures area to board onwards International flight. 


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Ideas for extending this Journey

You could extend your stay at Kaziranga and include the following unique Wildlife excursions : Hoolock Gibbon spotting - Day Excursion to the Hoolock Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary ( 2 hours away), the only Ape in India. Dolphin spotting - Boat trip on the river Brahmaputra to come up close to the rare Ganges dolphin ( Half day excursion - 80 Kms from Lodge )

October to April

 

TOFTThe Hotels covered in this Itinerary are:
Trident Gurgaon
The Elgin Hotel
The Norkhill
Himalayan Kalimpong
Wild Grass Resort

Trident Gurgaon

 Trident Gurgaon is a five star hotel for business as well as leisure travelers. It is conveniently located and is about 15 minutes drive from the International airport on the Delhi to Jaipur highway. 25 minutes drive from downtown New Delhi. Set in seven acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the hotel has an imposing yet serene presence, a resort-like ambience. It is characterised by domes, long walkways, inner courtyards, reflection pools and fountains. The hotel has 136 rooms, which include a Presidential suite and six Executive suites, overlooking the garden, courtyards and pools.


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.


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.


Wild Grass Resort

The Wild Grass Lodge is located just outside Kaziranga National Park.It is an attractive rural style hotelwonderfully situated by a stream in (rice) paddy fields and forest. Its grounds having more than 40 species of trees and over 200 species of shrubs, creepers and climbers. Wild Grass Lodge provides a variety of lodgings from garden cottages to thatched roofed tents. The all rooms in the Jungle Lodge have attached bathrooms with hot & cold water facilities. 


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Itinerary

Day 1 - Delhi
Day 2 - Delhi / Bagdogra / Darjeeling
Day 3 - Darjeeling
Day 4 - Darjeeling / Gangtok
Day 5 - Gangtok
Day 6 - Gangtok / Kalimpong
Day 7 - Kalimpong / Bagdogra / Guwahati / Kaziranga
Day 8 - Kaziranga Park
Day 9 - Kaziranga Park
Day 10 - Kaziranga /Jorhat/ Delhi/ Depart

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