THE TOUR AT THE GLANCE
West Bengal with Orissa and Assam Cultural Tour’ is one of the best itinerary to know about the places of
West Bengal, Orissa and Assam. During this tour one can visit the major covering the places such as
Delhi, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Kalimpong, Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar and Puri.
Calcutta's (Kolkata)streets tell stories. Old mansions dripping in moss and spotted with mildew make it easy to imagine its spectacular trajectory from rural village to Imperial India's most imposing city. Set on the Hooghli Riverand originally leased by the British East India Company in 1690, by the late 19th century Darjeeling, Gangtok & Kalimpong with stunning Himalayan views, this charming tea estate has a fascinating 150-year old history. Darjeeling was the summer retreat for the East India Company when escaping the heat of Calcutta and this region holds enormous charm. Visiting the untouched land of beauty and serenity you’ll get to know Odisha boasts a rich and distinctive cultural heritage. Its state’s coastal plains have the highest concentration of historical and religious monuments. Konark, just up the coast, has the ruins of Odisha’s most ambitious medieval temple
EXPERIENCES AND VISITS IN THIS TOUR JOURNEY
- Walk thru Asia’s largest Spice Market and explore narrowlane in Old Delhi
- Visit Dooars region to see the tea gardens followed by Lunch & Tea tasting in Darjeeling
- Go for a toy train ride on the Batasia Loop in Darjeeling
- Visit to Tiger hill and Sunrise over Kanchenjunga in Darjeeling
- Interaction/Cooking demonstration along dinner with local family (optional)
- Visit Namgyal Institute of Tibetology in Gangtok
- visit Dr. Graham’s Homes- This is orphanage School in Kalimpong
- Marvel at the mix of British and Asian architecture and influences in Kolkata
- Experience Mother Teresa's charitable spirit at the Mother Teresa Ashram
- Visit Flower Market & enjoy a view of the Howrah bridge spanning across the Hooghly River
- Excursion to World-renowned Konark Sun Temple
- Bhubaneshwar - A city of temples, providing panorama of Orissan art.
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Arrive Delhi, you would be met by our representative in the arrival hall who would assist in all formalities to complete the immigration and visa requirements and transfer to hotel - arrive and check in.
In the morning you will visit Jama Masjid, the largest and most well-known mosque in India, Raj Ghat- a simple and stunning memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, one of the main architects of India’s Independence from the British. Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk followed by the orientation walk in Asia’s Largest Spice Market. Old Delhi street food is bestenjoyed in its original setting, in the noisy labyrinthine by-lanes of Chawri Bazaar and Chandni Chowk; pass by the Redd Fort - this mighty fort was built with red sandstones under the rule of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1638.
Afternoon proceed for a visit to Lutyen’s Delhi, primarily consisting of the administrative area of the capital, India Gate and the Viceroy’s House (which is now known as Rashtrapati Bhawan). Visit Qutub Minar- the tallest stone tower as well as one of the finest Islamic structures raised in India; Humayun's Tomb- this magnificent garden tomb is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India.
Transfer to airport to board flight for Bagdogra
Upon arrival, meet and drive to Darjeeling, arrive and Check in at hotel.
Early Morning visit Tiger hill situated at an altitude of 2590 meters (8482 ft.) for the magnificent view of the sunrise over the "Kanchanjunga". On a clear day, Mount Everest - the world's highest peak.
Return to hotel, en route visit Ghoom Monastery, one of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Darjeeling.
Proceed for Toy Train ride from Darjeeling to Ghoom and back (Toy Train: The spectacular landscape unfolds as the 2-foot gauge Darjeeling Himalayan railway, opened in 1881,)
Afternoon visit the Himalayan Zoological Park closed on Thursday), established in 1958 to study conserve and preserve Himalayan fauna, home to Siberian Tiger, Himalayan bears, red pandas and Tibetan wolves.
Visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (closed on Thursday),founded in 1954 to boost mountaineering as an organized sport in India.
Optional: Interaction/Cooking demonstration along dinner with local family - Welcome by offering tikka and khadas(traditional scarves) to the client. Then served a local Nepali drink with some authentic Nepali snacks. This will be followed by some informal conversation about the city and the local cultures and then lunch will be serve. Prior to the lunch they will be explain the dishes that have been served to them and their methods of preparations. Tea will be served after the meal.
Morning Tasting Tibetan Tea: Tibetan tea is salted prepared using tea bags by adding butter to enhance and stir your taste buds. Another type of a Tibetan tea is prepared by adding lemons and honey and without adding any milk.
Then proceed to visit Tea Garden - You will enjoy visiting this garden because you get a chance to witness actual tea manufacturing process in this garden. This estate uses orthodox method for tea manufacturing.
Visit Tea Factory, Tea tasting, followed by Lunch -There is no better way to immerse yourself in the culture, history and traditions of the region than by witnessing the process by which fresh tea leaves are plucked, withered, rolled, fermented, dried, sorted, graded and packed to produce a variety of teas:
Afternoon visit Tibetan Refugee Centre (Closed on Sunday, established in 1959, a home for the aged, a school, an orphanage, a clinic, a Gompa and craft workshops that produce carpets, woodcarvings, leather work and woollen items.
Later explore colonial connections & visit Chowrasta: Fun, relaxation & shopping.
Visit historical buildings dating back to the British Raj era and has numerous viewpoints, including one to Mount Kanchenjunga. The whole walk can be completed in about 20 minutes.Then visit Chowrasta Square is a fantastic place for people-watching, so do sit and enjoy the atmosphere for a while too. It is a perfect tourist destination for shopping and enjoying cool breeze of the evening.
English breakfast at Keventer's Darjeeling: Those who know Darjeeling and keep coming back, to them Keventer's has always been a dear eatery. Having completed 100 years since it's establishment in the British Colonial days, Keventer's has made its own name in serving some of the best English breakfast, tea and snacks in this hill town.
Drive to Gangtok, arrive and check in at hotel.
Gangtok-At an altitude of 1750m, Gangtok became the state capital in the mid-19th century and has undergone rapid development since then.The downtown area is dominated by huge government buildings decorated with traditional Buddhist symbols. Gangtok is also a resting ground for people traveling to North Sikkim. Surrounded by Monasteries and Orchids, Gangtok is truly a travellers delight.
Afternoon take walk in the city of Gangtok – Gangtok is a very small town, you can just walk. The walking street (MG Marg) is extremely nice, well kept, and is a nice relief to the honking chaos of normal parts of India and exploring the market. Gangtok makes a good location to explore the Himalaya mountains and do other activities,
Morning visit Tashi View Point-the expansive views over the hills including that of the mighty Kanchendzonga on a clear day make Tashi View Point one of the most popular tourist attractions in Gangtok.
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology-The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology gives a wonderful insight into Tibetan art, culture, language and history. The museum here is a treasure trove of priceless manuscripts, paintings, sculptures, masks and other works of art.
Rumtek Monastery-The iconic Rumtek Monastery with its superb awe-inspiring architecture and serene environs should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Gangtok.
Directorate of Handloom and Handicrafts-This Directorate was set up to promote traditional Sikkimese art and handicrafts. Exquisitely carved wooden friezes, intricate bamboo work, along with beautiful hand woven carpets and handlooms are on exhibit here. Visitors can not only purchase these items here but also see the artisans at work.
The Enchey Monastery -Perched on a ridge above Gangtok, the Enchey Monastery is nestled within lush woods with a spectacular view of Gangtok town. Built in 1910 on the site of the hermitage of the great tantric saint, Lama DrutobKarpo, who was renowned for his powers of levitation, this monastery houses the monks of the Nyingmapa Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Visit Do Drul Chorten is a majestic stupa in Gangtok. There are more than a hundred prayer wheels here.
Today, drive to Kalimpong, Kalimpong was the British flocked to this part of the country in numbers, built great schools with high standard of education (which Kalimpong is still well known for), created lovely housing architectures in traditional British style that will remind you of typical British countryside, built several charity institutions and of course many flowering gardens. While the British have long gone, you will still get an essence of all these in Kalimpong. Arrive & check in at hotel.
Afternoon visit Flower Nursery-The climate of Kalimpong is ideal for the cultivation of flowers and plants. Kalimpong is famous for its nurseries which export exotice flowers like Amaryllis lilies, Anthuriums, Roses gerberas, Dahilias, Gladiolias as well as Orchids and Cacti.
Zang Dog PalriFo-Brang Monastery – This is a fairly new monastery located in Durpin Dara, from here one can get an exclusive panoramic view of the town and surroundings. The prayer room inside the monastery is adorned with wall paintings and there is a rare three-dimensional mandala upstairs.
TharpaCholing Monastery -The monastery belongs to the Yellow Hat (Gelugpa) sect of Tibetan Buddhists. It is the repository of old scriptures and documents of the Gelugpa. Besides, the monastery contains statues of the past, present and future Buddhas. Enroute visit Dr. Graham’s Homes- This orphanage and school was built in 1900 by Dr James Anderson Graham, a Scottish missionary, to educate the children of tea estate workers. It was through him that Kalimpong gained popularity in Europe. There’s a small museum that commemorates the founder and his wife Katherine
Drive to Bagdogra airport to board flight for Kolkata. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to hotel.
Kolkata: Aptly known as the City of Joy, is one of the vibrant cities of India; enjoying every moment of life. As one of important seats of the British rule, it consists of several British monuments. It is also the centre of Missionaries of Charity, built by Mother Teresa.
In the afternoon you will visit Mother Teresa’s home features a huge Mother Teresa’s sober tomb. The museum displays the sandals used to be worn by her and battered enamel dinner bowl. On the floor above is the room where she used to sleep and work. The room has been well preserved in all its simplicity with her bed.
Morning visit Flower Market, Howrah Bridge and the vegetable market which is an excellent example of engineering techniques of the early 20th century” walk to Howrah Terminal. Back to hotel for breakfast
Visit St. Paul Cathedral Church - St Paul’s Cathedral is acknowledged as the first Episcopal Church of the eastern world. It is an Anglican cathedral of the Church of North India. Besides, being a religious site, the cathedral is also an architectural marvel.
Visit Marble Palace is a beautifully restored nineteenth century mansion. It was built by Raja Rajendra Mullick
in 1835.This architectural masterpiece was built from superior quality Italian marble, which endowed it with
the sheer elegance. About 126 different types of marbles were collected from nook and corners of the country
to build this architectural treasure.Marble Palace houses a number of Western sculptures and Victorian
In the afternoon visit Tagore House (Closed on Monday)- The stately 1784 family mansion of Rabindranath Tagore has become a shrine-like museum to India’s greatest modern poet. Even if his personal effects don’t inspire you, some of the well-chosen quotations might spark an interest in Tagore’s deeply Universalist and modernist philosophy. Victoria Memorial, (Closed on Monday)-A fascinating piece of architecture, which has been converted to a museum, hosts the most memorable artifacts and collectibles from the days of British rule.
Today, transfer to airport to board flight for Bhubaneshwar. Upon arrival, you will meet our representative and transfer to hotel.
In the afternoon you will visit Bhubaneshwar: With more than 600 temples and its magnificent 3000 years ancient inheritance, Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa is the embodiment of the perfect blend of fantasy and realism. Bhubaneswar holds a utmost point in the field of art, culture and music. The city is known as Temple city of India.
You will visit The Great temples of Lord Shiva: Lingaraj Temple and Parusuremeshwara Temple.Lingaraj temple is one of the largest temples in Bhubaneswar and is an outstanding example of Orissa temple architecture. Built in 7th century by YayatiKesari, temple has two famous Nata and Bhog temples which are the later additions to the temple. The Parasurameswara temple at Bhubaneshwar is the oldest, dating back to the middle of the 8th century and intricately built. Windows of the temple are adorned beautifully with motif of highly adorned chaitya window filled animal, human and divine figures. Also visit Mukteswara Temple and Rajarani Temple, visit Tribal Museum -The Orissa Museum of Tribal Arts and Artifacts, popularly known as the Tribal Museum and is the best place to learn and understand the tribal communities in Orissa. Over 62 tribal communities call the state of Orissa their home. The museum houses around 2,247 artifacts and displays a rich collection of tribal instruments, dresses, weapons, jewellery, textiles giving one a unique insight into the lives of the tribal communities.
Today,drive to Puri -A place of sacredness and natural beauty is one of the four main Hindu pilgrimage centers of India. The city is well known for its golden beaches and Jagannath temple.En-route visit Dhauli and Pipli village-Dhauli boasts of one of the major edicts of Ashoka which is engraved on a mass of a rock. You will find inscriptions in ancient Brahmi script. The top of the edict is sculpted with impressive elephant head, which reflects the dream of his mother. it is among the earliest rock structures in India.
Pipli Village- is famous all round the world for its exquisite handicrafts which involves embroidering and stitching of small pieces of colored cloth with traditional designs. The usual appliqué patchwork items are Garden Umbrellas, Wallets, Wall Hanging, lampshades, Pouches & Bags.
Then visit Konark, famous for Sun Temple- The splendid Sun Temple at Konark is the zenith of Odisha temple architecture, and one of the most spectacular testimonials of religious architecture in the world. Constructed by the King Narasimhadeva in 13th century, the entire temple was designed in the shape of a huge chariot with seven horses and 24 wheels, carrying the sun god, Surya, across the heavens. Surya has been a popular deity in India since the Vedic period.Arrive Puri and check in at Hotel.
In the afternoon visit The Famous Jagannath temple in Puri (entry inside the temple is not allowed for non Hindus). Non-Hindus can see the temple from viewing balcony of the museum. The extraordinary form Jagannath takes in this famous temple is said to be the unfinished work of the craftsman God, Vishvakarma. This 12th century temple is known for its Annual RathYatra or Car Festival. In the afternoon enjoy your visit to Puri beach.
Today, drive to Bhubaneswar airport, upon arrival meet our representative and connect flight for Delhi.
Upon arrival, meet our representative and connect flight back home.
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE IN YOUR TOUR COST
- Accommodation for (total 12 nights) double / twin room sharing basis.
- Meals: all meals as per program
- Transfers, sightseeing/excursions as per the program by air-conditioned vehicle.
- Transportation in Darjeeling: will provide Toyota Innova Car 3 pax sharing in one Car.
- English speaking local guide in Nepal and India as per program
- Monument entrance fees as per the itinerary.
- Visit Tea plantation followed by lunch in Darjeeling
- Toy train (Heritage train) ride in Darjeeling.
- Coffee at &Indian Coffee House in Kolkata.
- Visit tea gardens followed by Lunch & Tea tasting in Darjeeling
- Testing Tongba a local beer &Tibetan Tea in Darjeeling
- Go for a toy train ride on the Batasia Loop in Darjeeling
- Company representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
- All presently applicable taxes including the GST charges levied recently by the Government.
- Two bottles of mineral water each day during sightseeing.
TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE FOLLOWING EXPENSES
- International / Domestic Airfare
- Any new admission fees / taxes / fuel surcharges/ Visa fees
- Meals not mentioned
- Travel and medical insurance.
- All personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, trip cancellation and personal insurance, gratuities, excess baggage fees
- Early check-in/late check-out (except as noted)
- Camera/video fees at monuments
- Evacuation charges, damage of any nature.
- Communication costs
- Any additional expenses due to unforeseen problems like natural disaster, war or strikes, cancellation or misconnection of flights or last-minute change of timings etc.
- Any other service, which has not been specified as "included".
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