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Essential East



KOLKOTA-BAGDOGRA-DARJEELING-PELLING-GANGTOK-KALIMPONG-KOLKOTA



Introduction The tour covers Bengal and Sikkim essentially.


Darjeeling : One of the most beautiful Hill station in Eastern India, has the highest Racecourse in the world. It affords unparalleled views of the majestic peaks. The highest spot in the area at 2590 meters and to view the sunrise and its refection over the Mount Everest and mount Kanchenjunga in their majestic glory. At Tiger Hill.Later drive to Tibetan Monastery at Ghoom, One of the oldest (1857) in the area that enshrines an enormous gilded status of mastery Buddha. The monastery belongs to the yellow sect and has several valuable Tibetan manuscripts.


the IIM institute gives details of attempted climbs on Everest and It also has an collection of old mountaineering equipment’s used by Tenzing & Hillary. Lebong Race Course is another spot that’s worth a visit. Founded in 1885, this is world’s smallest & highest racecourse.


Looking like something out of a fairy tale, Gangtok's houses balance precariously on steep mountain slopes above incredible scenic panoramas. Pagoda - like house, painted turquoise roofs, and busy bazaars are filled with elegantly costumed smiling faced people, adding to the magic of this scene.


Tiny Sikkim's 194 monasteries or gompas belong to the ancient Nyingma and Kagyu orders, Rumtek Monastery was built in the 1960s by the 16th Gyala Karmapa. It is an excellent replica of the original kagyu headquarters in Tibet. Devoted lamas robed in crimson chant ancient mantras to the rhythm of drums and trumpets while soft light flickers from decorative lamps.



ASSAM



Assam spread beneath the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas and sharing boundaries with the North Eastern states of India lies Assam.  Assam probably derives its name from Ahoms, the dynasty that ruled there from 13th to the early 19th century.  In 1228, the Ahoms, a Buddhist Taj tribe from North Thailand, entered Assam, defeated the Kamrupa ruler and established a kingdom, which was called Assam.



Assam was known as Kamarupa where according to legend, Kamadeva, the God of love was reborn.  Guwahati, known in ancient times as Pragjyotishpura (the Eastern City of lights) is the capital of this state and finds itself frequently mentioned in the Mahabharat and other epics.  Today, Assam covers the plain of the Brahmaputra River along its whole course south of the Hill State of Arunachal Pradesh and the kingdom of Bhutan, till it turns South into Bangladesh. Since the days of Hiuen Tsang Assam has fascinated thousands of travelers with her aura of myth and mystery, history and folklore, art and painting, music and dances, handloom and handicrafts, panorama of nature and a plethora of rarest wild lives roaming through her vast and verdant forests.





Jewels of Information


HILSA – Bengali obsesion…infact all over north east fish is staple. Breeding habit…comes upstream in fresh water to breed from the gulf of Bengal. Constant fight with Bangladesh for this fish.




Day 01 Arrive Kolkota


Meeting assitance at arrival and transfer to your hotel.



Day 02 Kolkota


Morning is at leisure. Afternoon visit the sights including the Victoria Memorial, St paul’s cathedral and the Indian Museum.



Day 03 Kolkota-Bagdogra- Darjeeling


Fly to Bagdogra this morning and drive on to the beautiful hill station of Darjeeling at an altitude of 7,000 feet. Called the "Queen of the Himalayas."


This evening, enjoy a visit to the bazaar for a taste of life in this little hill town.



Day 04 Darjeeling


Early morning excursion to Tiger Hill followed by a Toy train ride from Darjeeling station to Ghoom Monastry.



Afternoon take a tour of the city visiting Himalayan Institute Of Mountaineering, founded by late Tenzing Norway .



Day 05 Darjeeling


The day is at leisure with the option to visit the tea gardens



Day 06 Darjeeling – Pelling


Drive to the remote hamlet of Pelling. In the afternoon visit the Pemayangtse monastry.



Day 07 Pelling – Gangtok


The road to Gangtok meanders through pretty valleys to the mountainside capital of the tiny state of Sikkim.



Day 08 Gangtok


Morning visit Rumtek Monastery, built in the 1960s by the 16th Gyala Karmapa. This afternoon, tour delightful Gangtok, Visiting the Research Institute of Tibetology with nearly 30,000 volumes on diverse subjects like astrology, magic and philosophy; the orchid sanctuary featuring an enormous number of rare and beautiful orchids; the Buddhist monastery at the Palace, and the Residency - from which an excellent view of the mountains is possible.



Day 09 Gangtok – Kalimpong


Morning depart by surface for Kalimpong.


Kalimpong : A remote hill station, has been a meeting point of the once” three Closed Lands” on the trade route to Tibet, Bhutan & Nepal. The original name meant the stronghold (Pong) of the king’s minister (Kalim).



Afternoon, visit Monasteries, The oldest, the Thongsa Gompa Bhutanese monastery, 10th mile, founded in 1692 is in the poor condition. Visit Pedong Bhutanese monastery was established in the same year near the old Bhutanese Damsang Fort.



Day 10 Kalimpong – Kolkata


Morning transfer to Bagdogra Airport to connect flight for Delhi .On arrival transfer to  city hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. You may wish to visit the Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Treasa.



Day 11 Leave Kolkata


In time transfer to International Airport to connect flight for onward destination.








 




DAY 09         LEAVE DELHI  



 

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