The spiraling mists at Darjeeling and Sikkim rise upwards to reveal the Kanchenjunga in different aspects each new day. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage toy train ride in Darjeeling, Sample the cheese in Kalimpong, a quaint bazaar town set in rolling foothills and deep valleys at the foot of the mighty Himalayas. Visit to Rumtek Monastery at Gangtok. On the other hand, there’s the golden triangle of temple towns Bhubaneshwar - temple city of India, Puri - home of Lord Jagannath, and also a popular beach resort and Konark where you can gaze spell-bound at the stupendous Sun Temple of Konark rising amidst the sand dunes from the blue waters of the bay.
Sketch Itinerary :
Kolkatta | Bagdogra | Darjeeling | Gangtok | Kalimpong | Bhubaneswar | Puri |
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The spiraling mists at Darjeeling and Sikkim rise upwards to reveal the Kanchenjunga in different aspects each new day. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage toy train ride in Darjeeling, Sample the cheese in Kalimpong, a quaint bazaar town set in rolling foothills and deep valleys at the foot of the mighty Himalayas.
Visit to Rumtek Monastery at Gangtok. On the other hand, there’s the golden triangle of temple towns Bhubaneshwar - temple city of India, Puri - home of Lord Jagannath, and also a popular beach resort and Konark where you can gaze spell-bound at the stupendous Sun Temple of Konark rising amidst the sand dunes from the blue waters of the bay.
Description: Upon arrival in Kolkata you will be met and transferred to your hotel (Check in time is 1400 Hrs. Kolkata, the Capital of India till 1911 and till recently called Calcutta, the city is still one of India's commercial and cultural centers. The city with all its problems of overcrowding and poverty is a dynamo and this vibrancy makes it one of the world's most fascinating cities. Grown from mangrove swamps, Kolkata is the largest metropolis in India. Kolkata's role in the national economy is of crucial importance as the Gateway to Eastern India. Ships were the beginning of Kolkata's history & the river Hooghly was the key to the city's fortunes.
Description: Early this morning you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight back to Kolkata. Kolkata - Bagdogra: 9W-615 - 1015/1120 Hrs. On your arrival in Bagdogra you will be driven to Darjeeling (93kms/3.5 hrs) where on arrival you will be assisted with check in at your hotel. Darjeeling, a picture perfect hill station sits atop a ridge at 2134m. It is replete with Buddhist monasteries, trekking trails and awesome mountain views. The British can be thanked for making it into getaway and is even today one of the most well known Hill stations in the country. The day is free at your leisure.
Highlights: Explore Darjeeling
Description: This early morning you will be taken to Tiger Hill to view the famous Kanchenjunga at sunrise (depending on weather conditions). Visit the monastery there and return to Darjeeling. After breakfast enjoy Joy Ride on World Heritage Toy Train, Darjeeling to Ghoom and back. Afternoon visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute(closed on Thursday) and Zoological Park(closed on Thursday) and Tibetan Refugee Centre (Closed on Sundays).
Description: After breakfast depart on the drive to Gangtok(117kms/4-5hrs). On arrival check in at hotel. Nestling in the lush greenery of the Himalayas is Gangtok (5,800 ft), the small capital city of Sikkim, where Buddhist prayer flags flutter in the mountain breeze, exotic orchids and chirruping birds run riot in a colorful melee. Rest of the day at leisure
Highlights: Explore Gangtok
Description: After breakfast at the hotel, visit Rumtek, which lies 23 km west of Gangtok. The monastery belongs to the Yellow Hat Karmapa sect, a reformist branch of Tantric Buddhism, founded in the 15th Century. Built in the 1960s, the monastery is traditional in design and is a replica of the original Kagyu headquarters in Tibet, which were destroyed at the time of the Chinese take-over. The monastery houses some of the most unique religious art objects and is the largest one of its kind outside Tibet. Continue with visit of Do Drul Chorten(Stupa) and Namgyal Institute of Tibetology(closed on Sunday) Afternoon visit Enchey monastery(closed on Sunday). This 200-year old monastery was first built as a hermitage by the great Tantric master Lama Druptab Karpa known for his flying powers. Later during the reign of Sidyong Tulku (1909-1910) the present monastery was built in the shape of a Chinese Pagoda. It follows the Nyingma Order and has around 90 monks. The annual festival is celebrated with dances on the 18th and 19th days of the twelfth month of the lunar calendar which normally corresponds to the month of January. Also visit Cottage Industry(closed on Sundays).
Highlights: Explore Kalimpong
Description: After breakfast, depart on the drive to Kalimpong(80kms/3hrs). Kalimpong, a quiet hill resort, was once the former headquarters of the Bhutanese governor. Situated at an altitude of 1250 m. between the Deolo and Durbindra hills it lies in the valley formed by the lower Teesta River and its tributaries in the foothills of the Himalayas. Afternoon spend the day exploring Kalimpong.Visit Tharpa Choling at Tirpai, the largest Yellow Hat sect Buddhist monastery in Kalimpong, which houses a library of Tibetan manuscripts and thangkas. The Zang-dog Palrifo Brang monastery on Durpin Dara Hill is smaller and of more recent construction. You can also spend time at the market selling spices, fruit and traditional Tibetan medicines, textiles, wool and musk. Kalimpong was once the starting point for the trade route to Lhasa.
Description: Transfer to Bagdogra airport ( 83 kms/ 3 hrs) to connect flight for Bhubaneshwar. Departure Bagdogra 1345 hrs Flight : AI 880 Arrive Delhi 1610 hrs On arrival in Delhi, connect further flight to Bhubaneshwar Departure Delhi 1835 hrs Flight : AI 473 Arrive Bhubaneshwar 2025 hrs You are met on arrival and transferred to hotel. Bhubaneswar, which once boasted of more than 2000 temples, is also popularly known as the "Temple City of India. Bhubaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre. Hundreds of temples dot the landscape of this Old Town, Bhubaneswar is the place where temple building activities of Orissan style flowered from its very inception to its fullest culmination extending over a period of over one thousand years.
Highlights: Explore Bhubneshwar
Description: After breakfast proceed for visit to famous city temples including Lingaraj, Parsurameswar, Mukteswar, Brahmeswar & Rajarani. Afternoon visit to tribal museum ( closed on Monday ), Khandagiri & Udaigiri Jain caves.
Highlights: visit Konark Sun temple, Chandrabhaga beach & Ramchandi temple
Description: After breakfast, depart on the drive to Puri enroute visit Konark Sun temple, Chandrabhaga beach & Ramchandi temple. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day to relax on the beach.
Highlights: visit to Jagannath temple
Description: Morning visit to Jagannath temple ( non hindus are not allowed ). Then drive to Bhubaneswar enroute visit Raghurajpur craft village, Pipli the applique village & Dhauli the peace pagoda. On arrival in Bhubaneshwar transfer to airport to connect flight for Kolkatta Departure Bhubaneshwar 1930 hrs Flight: 6E 294 Arrive Kolkatta 2030 hrs On arrival connect flight from International terminal for onward destination