Glory of East India:: Day 01
Arival at Kolkata, Visit to Kolkata.
Glory of East India:: Day 02 : Kolkata - Bagdogra
Late morning flight from Kolkata to Bagdogra. After the
arrival in Bagdogra we proceed north of the state through
the coniferous forests and terraced tea gardens and arrive
in Darjeeling (Darjeeling). Darjeeling (place of the
thunderbolt) have spectacular scenery. Due to its altitude
of 2134m and soothing temperature in Summer Darjeeling has
become a famous hill resort in India. By clear weather we
can enjoy the impressive/ unforgettable views of Himalayas.
Glory of East India:: Day 03. Darjeeling - Pemayangtse
(about 80 km)
Today we leave the state West Bengal and enter into Sikkim.
Sikkim is the 2nd smallest state in India. Sikkim, in the
East Himalayas is sandwiched between Nepal to its W and
Bhutan to the E. In the N is Tibet/China. Sikkim has so rich
of flora, fauna and a diverse ethnic and cultural population
as no other state in India. We drive through the forests and
tea gardens and proceed to our today’s destination
Pemayangtse (The perfect Sublime Lotus). We visit the
headquarter of the Nyingama sect in Pemmayangtse.
Glory of East India:: Day 04. Pemayangtse - Gangtok (about
The capital of Sikkim ‘Gangtok’ lies on a ridge overlooking
the Ranipool river. Gangtok ("High Hill") lies at an
altitude of 1760 m. Gangtok is surrounded by the mountains,
especially from Kangchendzonga range. We visit Tsuk-la-Khang,
the royal chapel which is standing on a high bridge. This is
the major place of worship and has a large and impressive
collection of scriptures. We also visit the institute of
cottage industries which is an attraction as a wide range of
local handicrafts in Lepcha style are produced here.
Glory of East India:: Day 05. Gangtok Excursion: Enchey
Today we drive to the monastery of Enchey. This monastery is
believed to be 200 years old. The monks of this monastery
belong to the Mahayana Buddhism. After the visit of Enchey
monastery we proceed to Martham Village-Resort, where we
have afternoon at leisure. Here one can have nice walks or
have a ride on the local horses of this area.
Glory of East India:: Day 06. Gangtok Excursion: Rumtek
Today we visit the unique Research Institute of Tibetology
on a hilltop which was established in 1958 to promote
research on Tibet and Mahayana Buddhism.Here we will see the
biggest collection of tibetan scripts and an excellent
collection of rare Tankhas, bronze and cult objects.We also
visit orchid Sanctuary which is laying south of the
institute. This Sanctuary contains over 450 indigenous
species. Sikkim is considered paradise for orchid
lovers.After the visit of sanctuary we walk through the
bazaar of Gangtok through the area of old palace and visit
the monastery Gylwa. The main attraction of our excursion
remains today the monastery of Rumtek. Rumtek monastery was
built as a true copy of a tibetan monastery in recent years.
Rumtek is the headquarter of Red hat sect of tibetan
Glory of East India:: Day 07. Gangtok - Kalimpong (about 70
We drive today through the south of Sikkim from Gangtok to
Kalimpong. Kalimpong, a remote hill station has been a
meeting point of the once "three closed lands" on the trade
route to Tibet. The beautiful mountain scenery and the
abundance of flowers have made Kalimpong an attractive
resort. The lifestyle of the local people reflect the social
and religious influences of its neighbouring nations, Nepal,
Tibet and Bhutan.We visit the monastery Tharpa Choeling at
Tripai which houses a library of tibetan manuscripts and
Tankhas. It belongs to the yellow Hat sect. We drive up to
Darpin Dara, the highest point in Kalimpong with superb
views over the plains.
Glory of East India:: Day 08. Kalimpong - Bagdogra (about 80
km) - Delhi (by air)
We drive through the Tista Valley back to Bagdogra.In the
afternoon flight from Bagdogra to Kolkata. The rest of the
day at leisure.
Glory of East India:: Day 09. Kolkata
This morning is at leisure. Afternoon sightseeing in
Kolkata. The rest of the day at leisure. After Dinner we
leave the hotel for the Airport.
Glory of East India:: Day 10. Flight to Onward Destination.
Around Midnight flight to Onward Destination/ Home
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