Amazing Himalayan & Safari
Witness the beauty of the eastern horizon of the Himalayas and the snow-capped peaks of Kanchenjunga as you make way to the highlands of Darjeeling and get a closer wildlife encounter in Kaziranga Heritage Park looking for one-horned rhinoceroses.
To make your holiday extra unforgettable, take our elephant-back ride as you delve deeply into India’s wilderness.
Meanwhile, in the cultural capital of India that is Kolkata, experience 21st century meeting thousands of years of history. Its world-famous temples offer not only a view into Hindu mythology but an answer as to why it got its good reputation from travelers all over the world. The towering mountain range of the Himalayas and Kanchenjunga, the wide expanse of safari and the sun’s spectacular curtain calls make this journey a quaint one.
- Day 1 : Arrival in Kolkata
- Day 2 : Experience the many cultures that influenced India in one setting and see how these make Kolkata a melting point of culture.
- Day 3 : Your arrival in N.J.P. train station at dawn is just perfect to get a good view of the sunrise as its rays illuminate the Kanchenjunga range.
- Day 4 : To explore the inner beauty of this town, you will depart early in the morning to visit Tiger Hill
- Day 5 : Pelling ,After breakfast, you’ll be brought to the town of Pelling where the Kanchenjunga Festival is held every year.
- Day 6 : More of Pelling in Sikkim, India Enjoy it while it lasts, most especially the rising of the sun over the peak of Kanchenjunga.
- Day 7 : Gangtok After breakfast, you will be driven to Sikkim’s largest tourist destination, Gangtok.
- Day 8 : More of Gangtok Visit the biggest monastery of Sikkim which stands four storeys high, the Rumtek Monastery, and treat yourself with a view of the lush green Orchid Garden, still in Gangtok.
- Day 9 : Still in Gangtok Stop at Changu Lake, a glacial lake perched within mountains making it the highest lake to reach in the world.
- Day 10 : Gangktok to Kolkata Take a stroll of Gangtok on your free time before setting to an after-lunch train trip back to Kolkata.
- Day 11 : Kolkata CHECK-INupon arrival in Kolkata then after a hearty lunch, pay a visit at Mother Teresa’s tomb where you’ll learn how she was regarded a saint. At dinner, enjoy a Bengali cuisine.
- Day 12 : Kaziranga National Park Take a walk to Howrah Bridge and stop at the local flower market. When you return to the hotel, refreshments are waiting as well as lunch.
- Day 13 :Elephant-Back Ride in Kaziranga Opt for an hour of touring the park atop an elephant to get an exceptional experience of the safari.
- Day 14 : Kaziranga to Kolkata Fond of elephants?
- Day 15 : Departure You have all day to pack all the “good stuff” from Kolkata’s New Market.
Highlights Of The Tour
Day 1: Welcome to Kolkata! It’s a long journey to the third largest metropolis of India so it’s only right for you to get a treat. You will be greeted with a traditional Indian ‘arti’ chant and flower garland, along with a cooling welcome drink.
Kolkata. Kolkata or Calcutta, is the former seat of the British Raj and home of Nobel Laureate Rabinranath Tagore (Literature, 1913) and Mother Teresa (Peace, 1979). The patron goddess of its inhabitants is Kali Kalkattawali and an annual festival is held to honor the “owner of the city.
Day 2 : Experience the many cultures that influenced India in one setting and see how these make Kolkata a melting point of culture. After breakfast, stop by the Victoria Memorial, a palace made of white Makrana marble that was built to mark the peak of the British Empire in India. It now houses a collection of Victorian memorabilia and British Raj paintings. Not far away, you can also visit St. Paul’s Cathedral which is termed as the original metropolitan church of British India.
Dinner will be served at around 6 in the evening. After a good meal, you will be transferred to a train station to take an overnight trip to the Himalayan foothill.
Victoria Memorial. Although British in its name and design, Victoria Memorial was built with funds coming from Indian states and individuals who wanted favors from the British government.At the top of the Victoria Memorial is a sixteen foot tall bronze statue of victory, mounted on ball bearings. It rotates with wind.
Day 3: Your arrival in N.J.P. train station at dawn is just perfect to get a good view of the sunrise as its rays illuminate the Kanchenjunga range. The road trip to Darjeeling, which is known as the “Queen of the Hills” and famous in its internationally acclaimed tea, will take 5 hours. Indulge in the lush green scenery along the way. At about one in the afternoon, you will be checking in to a hotel. The rest of the day is yours for relaxation or taking a stroll of the highland that became a summer getaway during the British Raj. Buddhist monasteries, trekking trails, tea estates and inspiring mountain views pepper this land.
Darjeeling. Darjeeling is more than just a tea party shop. THE HERITAGE HOTELS found in this town keep the old British Era atmosphere alive, a real feast for the eye, you may say. At your free time, you can visit Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park that houses the largest population of varied animal species from snow leopards, Siberian tigers and Himalayan black bears to Tibetan wolves.
Day 4 : To explore the inner beauty of this town, you will depart early in the morning to visit Tiger Hill where you’ll get a glimpse of the sunrise over the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga. Said to have been Sikkim’s most sacred landmark, this mountain rises as the third highest in the world. The conservation area comprises a beautiful, unspoilt wilderness where the Himalayan Black Bear and the Assamese Macaque share an unbounded forest habitat.
Mount Kanchenjunga. The name Kanchenjunga is interpreted in Sikkim as the “Five Treasuries of the Great Snow.” It plays an important role in the mythology and religious ritual of the locals that inhabit it.
Day 5: After breakfast, you’ll be brought to the town of Pelling where the Kanchenjunga Festival is held every year. The 5-hour road trip offers equally mesmerizing views of the Kanchenjunga and the Eastern Himalayas. After hotel CHECK-IN, you can relax or opt for some leisure time. Pelling’s serene environment is perfect for a nice nature walk.
Day 6: Enjoy it while it lasts, most especially the rising of the sun over the peak of Kanchenjunga. Once an independent Buddhist enclave, an array of Buddhist monasteries dot this town of Pelling. The lush greenery of the Himalayas, of course, is a giveaway to people with wanderlust like you. Take the chance of catching all these in the morning. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day 7: After breakfast, you will be driven to Sikkim’s largest tourist destination, Gangtok. You will notice a large population of Nepalese and Bhutanese in this part of the Himalayan region of India and their influence in food, clothing and religion. Delight yourself in the stunning views of the Himalayas and the Kanchenjunga Mountain.
Day 8: Visit the biggest monastery of Sikkim which stands four storeys high, the Rumtek Monastery, and treat yourself with a view of the lush green Orchid Garden, still in Gangtok.
The Rumtek Monastery. Founded during the reign of the fourth Chogyal in 1740, Rumtek Monastery is considered the biggest in Sikkim. It nestles inside acres of junipers under white prayer flags which makes it unintentionally photogenic. They hold a celebrated Kagyed Chaam dance in this monastery before Losoong, Sikkim’s New Year.
Day 9: Stop at Changu Lake, a glacial lake perched within mountains making it the highest lake to reach in the world. Its location makes it an ideal home to rare animals such as the Red Panda and Brahminy Ducks. During spring, you can see a riot of colors from wild flowers that surround the lake. A real treat for the eye, you should not miss Changu Lake.
Changu Lake. This scenic lake is at a high altitude of 3,780m and is a very popular destination among Indians. Foreigners require a permit to visit this place but we organize everything for you. Try the local delicacies that are for sale at the lakeside—hot chai, chow mein and momos are must tries.
Day 10: Take a stroll of Gangtok on your free time before setting to an after-lunch train trip back to Kolkata.
Tip: There is a bi-cable Zig-back ropeway ride for a bird’s eye view of Gangtok. It’s a 1-km ride for Deorali to Tashiling Secretariat and usually costs around Rs. 30 one way and takes 7 minutes. It is good to know that this ride has been fitted with fully computerized modern safety mechanism of international standards.
Day 11: CHECK-INupon arrival in Kolkata then after a hearty lunch, pay a visit at Mother Teresa’s tomb where you’ll learn how she was regarded a saint. At dinner, enjoy a Bengali cuisine.
Mother Teresa’s Tomb. Sealed on the ground floor of Mother House, Mother Teresa’s tomb has become a place of pilgrimage. A small exhibition about her life sits adjacently to the tomb. From her handwritten letters, spiritual exhortations and memorabilia, you can get a source of prayer and contemplation.
Day 12: Take a walk to Howrah Bridge and stop at the local flower market. When you return to the hotel, refreshments are waiting as well as lunch. You will then fly to Kaziranga where you will stay in a Forest Bungalow. Enjoy an evening of entertainment with folk dance performances while having dinner.
Kaziranga National Park. This expansive grassland is designated as a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its most prized possession are the rhinos that can usually be found grazing with deer and buffaloes. There are two options in touring the national park—by an elephant-back ride and a jeep safari—which equally offer memorable exploration of the wilderness.
Day 13: Opt for an hour of touring the park atop an elephant to get an exceptional experience of the safari. A two-hour jeep safari ride though is always available if you want a wider experience to the central zone of the jungle.
Day 14: Fond of elephants? You can take another stroll to the elephant safari in the morning (optional) or visit a tea garden and a local bamboo craft shop. Later during the day, a flight to Kolkata is waiting for you. The rest of the evening is for you to unwind from your long journey.
Tip. Join tea service and spend the rest of the day in Assam tasting different teas.
Day 15: You have all day to pack all the “good stuff” from Kolkata’s New Market. Don’t forget to grab a souvenir or two or some of those local delicacies that you might have fallen in love with from your earlier encounters of the Himalayas. A hug from a new-found friend is a great way to end the whole trip as well.
The Floatel, an eco-friendly hotel in Kolkata is prominently located at a distance of about 35 minutes from the Airport and about 10 minutes from the Park Street. The Floatel, one of the TOP HOTELS in Kolkata, which falls under the banner of Concept Hospitality Private Limited (CHPL) & is designed, constructed and built by Mr. Manab Pal, MD, Manor Floatel Limited. All the 49 tastefully designed rooms are incorporated with the best of amenities and provide utmost comfort to the guests. Nestled by Hooghly River, our floating hotel in India offers captivating view of the surroundings and also offers some tranquil moments to the guests
Norbu Ghang Resort
Norbu Ghang is recognised as one of Sikkim’s largest and finest hotel company. Incorporated by the founder of the hotel Mr. Pem Chozing the company opened its first property, The Norbu Ghang Hotel, Gangtok in 1992. Norbu Ghang, a symbol of Sikkimese hospitality, completed 21 years being one of the few pioneers and trusted name in the field of hospitality in Sikkim.
TThe “Nor-Khill” translates to the “house of jewels”. Jewels here refer to the wealth of the natural beauty on display – the mountains, the valleys, the flowers and the fruits. The Kanchen garden in the hotel used to be a favourite spot of the Chogyal (King of Sikkim), who would set up his easel and paint for hours. Built by the King of Sikkim in 1932 around a beautiful garden, the Nor-Khill served as his royal GUESTHOUSE for receiving Heads of states and dignitaries.
The Wild Grass Lodge is a jungle lodge located outside of Kaziranga National Park, 200 kms from Guwahati, Assam. It is built in an attractive rural style kind of architecture, with grounds having more than 40 species of trees over 200 species of shrubs, creepers and climbers. You will feel here perfect harmony of nature. Wild Grass Jungle Lodge offers 18 DOUBLE ROOMS in 2 jungle lodges. In addition, Wild Grass Tented Camp offers three tents pegged under a high thatched roof amidst an ambience of ruins. Lodge’s all rooms and tented camp are attached with bathroom and showers running with hot and cold water facilities.
Price: from £1,930 / $2,895 per person
(*** this price is for a combined Safari and Royal India. Please contact us for more details and for the itinerary)
Amazing India Mix — 12 Days (***this is a combined Safari and Royal India Itinerary. Please contact us for more details and for the itinerary)
October 1-12, 2016
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• 14 nights / 15 days Accommodation (3 4 STAR Hotels)
• Amazing & Unique 3 course Dinners
• All transport in Private AC Mini-van/Bus
• Professional English speaking guides on all of the above tours
• All entrance fees, local taxes as mentioned in the itinerary
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• Lunch (but Breakfasts & Dinners are very big)
• Personal shopping
• Anything else which is not mentioned in the itinerary