Exotic East India

Stay Locations:
Kolkata, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Kalimpong
Best Time to Visit:
September to March
Shoulder Season:
April, May
Trip Soul:
Culture, Himalayas, Scenic, Spiritual
11 Nights 12 Days

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 1773–1911. Today it’s known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and cultural festivals. It’s 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 “City of Joy”. Visit Victoria Memorial, a museum that’s home to a vast collection of sculptures, manuscripts, paintings and other items from the time of British rule. Also visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tagore House and The Mother House. Evening explore Dalhousie Square in a walking tour

St. Paul’s Cathedral : Built in 1847, this is said to be the largest cathedral in India’s City of Joy. Featuring gothic architecture and stained-glass windows, the pristine-white cathedral was built to tend to Calcutta’s growing European community in the early-19th century.

Tagore House (also known as ‘Jorasanko 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 “Toy Train,” 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 world’s 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