Day 1: Arrive Kolkata
Arrive in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), founded as an East India Company trading post, it was India's capital under the British Raj from 1773â1911. Today itâs known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and cultural festivals. Itâs also home to Mother House, headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, whose tomb is on site
Day 2: Kolkata - New Jalpaiguri by train
Explore âCity of Joyâ. Visit Victoria Memorial, a museum thatâs home to a vast collection of sculptures, manuscripts, paintings and other items from the time of British rule. Also visit St. Paulâs Cathedral, Tagore House and The Mother House. Evening explore Dalhousie Square in a walking tour
St. Paulâs Cathedral : Built in 1847, this is said to be the largest cathedral in Indiaâs City of Joy. Featuring gothic architecture and stained-glass windows, the pristine-white cathedral was built to tend to Calcuttaâs growing European community in the early-19th century.
Tagore House (also known as âJorasanko Thakurbari) : The ancestral home of Rabindranath Tagore has now been turned into a museum, which dedicated to his life and works. Spread on an area of 35000 square m, it was constructed in the year 1785.
The Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity, is the headquarters of the international religious congregation of the Missionaries of Charity. It has been home to Mother Teresa and her sisters from February 1953 to the present day. It is here that Mother lived, prayed, worked, and guided her religious family of sisters spread across the world. It is here that her body was laid to rest
Late evening transfer to Sealdah rail station for overnight train to New Jalpaiguri
Day 3: New Jalpaiguri - Darjeeling
Arrive New Jalpaiguri station at 08:00 hrs. You will be met on arrival and drive to Darjeeling.
Once a summer resort for the British Raj elite, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, or âToy Train,â completed in 1881. It's famed for the distinctive black tea grown on plantations that dot its surrounding slopes. Its backdrop is Mt. Kanchenjunga, among the worldâs highest peaks.
Day 4: Darjeeling
Early morning visit Tiger Hill and Ghoom Monastery.
Tiger Hill - It's a destination by itself offering not just great views during sunrise, it's a place where you can soak yourself with Himalayan beauty. True that the blaze of rapidly changing colors of the snow peaks as the sun strikes is an awesome view, but Tiger Hill is great even otherwise.
Yiga Choeling Monastery of Ghoom is one of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Darjeeling area built in the year 1850.The Monastery belongs to the Yellow Hat sect also known as the Gelupka. One of the key attractions inside the monastery is the 15-foot model of the Lord Buddha which is known as The Maitreya Buddha or the Gyalwa Shampa which means the Buddha of the future or the Coming Buddha.
Afternoon visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Zoological Gardens and the Tibetan Self Help Centre
Day 5: Darjeeling
Morning experience a toy train ride from Darjeeling to Ghoom and back. Afternoon visit a nearby tea estate, Bhutia Busty Monastery and stroll through Mall
Day 6: Darjeeling - Gangtok
Drive to Gangtok.
Wreathed in clouds, Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim is located on a ridge at a height of 5500 feet. With a spectacular view of the Khangchendzonga, the town provides the perfect base for travel through the state. Once an important transit point for traders traveling between Tibet and India, it is today a busy administrative and business centre and presents an interesting mix of cultures and communities
Day 7: Gangtok
Post breakfast proceed for a full day city tour. Visit the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology which sponsors research into Tibetology, Rumtek Monastery, Do-Drul Chorten,Deorali Orchid sanctuary, Enchey Monastery and the Institute of cottage industries
Since its establishment in 1958, the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology has sponsored and promoted research on the religion, history, language, art and culture of the people of the Tibetan cultural area which includes Sikkim. The library holds one of the largest collections of Tibetan works in the world outside Tibet and a museum of Tibetan iconography and religious art.
Rumtek Monastery - a beautiful Tibetan Buddhist monastery, was built in 16th Century by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk and was renovated later on by the late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. It embodies the vision and aspiration of 16th Century Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. It was built to establish his seat in exile and to help spread teachings of Buddha throughout the world.The monastery is also known as Dharma Chakra Centre and is surrounded by green, calm and serene hills. Buddhist school and Nunnery are placed along the monastery wherein religion and culture is preached and taught
Deorali Orchid Sanctuary is renowned for its rare and extensive collection of orchids. The noteworthy feature of the sanctuary is the fact that the orchids in the reserve vary depending upon the change in seasons. Orchids are known for their heady and sensuous fragrance. The tropical, humid climate of the north-east region of India is ideal for these orchids. Orchid lovers will definitely be charmed by the variety and beauty of the orchids in this sanctuary
Enchey Monastery is a home to around 90 monks belonging to the Nyingma sect. It houses a number of images of Gods, Goddesses and religious objects. The Buddha, Loketeswara and Guru Padmasambhava are the three important deities worshipped in the monastery. It belongs to the Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism.
Institute of cottage industries - Set up in 1957 as a centre for both preservation and development of the traditional arts and crafts of Sikkim.
Day 8: Gangtok
Day is free at leisure
Day 9: Gangtok - Kalimpong
Post breakfast drive to Kalimpong. Rest of the day is free at leisure Kalimpong,also called the garden of Orchids and Nurseries situated on the foothills of the Himalayas is a green destination at an altitude of 1243 meters/4078 feet.Buddhism,Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam all coexist in a jovial and tolerant society over here
Day 10: Kalimpong
Proceed for a sightseeing of Kalimpong. Visit Zong Do Palri Fo Brang Monastery,Thongsa Gompa, the Sericulture Institute where you can in fact see the weaving of silk, flower nurseries where cut flowers are shipped throughout the world. Also visit Deolo Hill, one of the two hills that the town of Kalimpong stands between. Kalimpong is situated on a ridge connecting the two hills, Durpin and Deolo. The hill is 1,704 metres (5,590 feet) above msl and is the highest point of Kalimpong town
Day 11: Kalimpong - Bagdogra (by surface) - Kolkata (by flight )
Post breakfast drive to Bagdogra airport for flight to Kolkata. You will be met on arrival and transfer to tour hotel
Day 12 : Depart Kolkata
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to your onward destination