Himalayan Sojourn, 9 Days Kolkata to Delhi with A&K

Fascinating West Bengal offers a chance to explore the British heritage of Kolkata where relics of East India Company days abound. Darjeeling and its tea plantations too have strong ties to the British and in Sikkim, the little known Himalayan state, there is breathtaking mountain scenery and a strong Buddhist culture.

This is an Abercrombie & Kent private journey and can be tailor-made to fit with your travel dates and built around your desires.

 

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Day 1 – Arrive Kolkata

A&K welcome on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Perhaps no other city can so overwhelm a visitor as Kolkata does: crowded, alive, vibrant it is a city with a rich intellectual and cultural heritage. The city is over 300 years old and owes its origin to the British merchant Job Charnock. During the British Raj, Calcutta was known as the Jewel of the East, and was the capital of the country till 1911. Today it is still the most important city in the East, the nerve centre of trade and industry, a city bustling with a population of around 10 million, named by Dominique Lapierre as the “City of Joy”.
Accommodation: Taj Bengal (Luxury Room)

 

Day 2 – Kolkata

Morning at leisure. This afternoon see the important attractions of the city. Drive past Dalhousie Square and see the Writers Building (State Secretariat), Raj Bhawan (Governor House), General Post Office Building, the High Court, Town Hall and St. John’s Church. Continue to Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity and finally the splendid Victoria Memorial, built in memory of Queen Victoria and inaugurated by the Prince of Wales in 1921.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Taj Bengal (Luxury Room)

 

Day 3 – Kolkata – Kalimpong

Transfer to the airport for the flight* to Bagdogra. On arrival you are met by A&K and transferred to Kalimpong (approx 3 hrs) with lunch en route. Historically a part of the Sikkim Empire, Kalimpong was later overrun by the Bhutanese before finally being annexed by the British in 1865. Since then, it has developed into an important hill station.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Silver Oaks

 

Day 4 – Kalimpong – Gangtok (1,677M)

This morning visit a flower nursery and Zang-Dhok-Palri Phodang, the area’s largest and most beautiful monastery. After lunch a 3 hour drive to Gangtok, capital of Sikkim, famous for its scenic beauty and spectacular views of Kanchenjunga, third highest mountain in the world.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Mayfair Resort & Spa (Deluxe Room)

 

Day 5 – Gangtok

Today’s touring around Gangtok includes Rumtek Monastery, the richest Buddhist monastic centre in India housing some of the world’s rarest and most unique religious artifacts. Visit the Do-Drul Chorten or stupa which was built by the Venerable Trullshik Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma Order of Tibetan Buddhism in 1945. Around the Chorten, there are 108 prayer wheels turned by devout Buddhists Continue to the Namgyal institute of Tibetology The most prestigious of its kind in India, this Buddhist Institute houses a vast collection of rare Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts, statues and rare ‘Thankas’ (Tapestries used in Buddhist liturgy). It has over 200 Buddhist icons and other prized objects of art. Today, it is a world renowned centre for the study of Buddhist philosophy and religion.

After lunch visit the handicraft and handloom directorate where the state’s traditional arts & crafts are kept alive. See hand woven woollen carpets, with traditional motifs, blankets, shawls and carvings. Another highlight is the 200 year old Enchey Monastery.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Mayfair Resort & Spa (Deluxe Room)

 

Day 6 – Gangtok – Darjeeling (2,250M)

Drive south-west from Gangtok to Darjeeling and the charming Glenburn Tea Estate (approx. 4 hours).
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Glenburn Tea Estate (Double Room)

 

Day 7 – Darjeeling

Early this morning you are driven to Tiger Hills to view sunrise over Kanchenjunga Peak (subject to clear weather). On a clear day even the tops of Mt Everest and Makalu can be seen in the distance. On the way back visit Ghoom Monastery, said to have been built around 1850, by the Mongolian astrologer-monk. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Glenburn Tea Estate (Double Room)

 

Day 8 – Darjeeling

Spend the day at Glenburn with a guided Tea Tour, nature and bird walks or relaxing at your bungalow.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Glenburn Tea Estate (Double Room)

 

Day 9 – Darjeeling – Delhi

After breakfast drive from Darjeeling to Bagdogra Airport (approx. 3 hrs) to connect with flight* to Delhi. On arrival you are transferred to the International Airport for onward connection.
Meals Included: Breakfast


Twin Share Per Person: From $5,565

This is an Abercrombie & Kent private journey and can be tailor-made to fit with your travel dates and built around your desires.

 

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