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Serene Himalayan Journey

A relaxing tour that will take you away from the hectic city lifestyle to the leisurely foothills of the mighty Himalayas, where charm and serenity will reverberate through your being.

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Duration

12 Days

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Destinations
Kolkata | Kalimpong | Gangtok | Yangsum | Darjeeling | Delhi

Journey Highlights

Detailed Journey

Day 1

Kolkata

Arrive in Kolkata. In the afternoon explore the colonial legacy and heritage of the city, which was the British during their rule. It’s also known as the ‘City of Processions’ and the ‘City of Joy.’

Day 2

Kolkata

Start your day with a visit to the local flower market, followed by a trip to the Victoria Memorial, an homage to Queen Victoria. Then drive to the Howrah Bridge, a marvel of engineering. And finally we’ll visit Mother Teresa’s Ashram.

Day 3

Kolkata -Kalimpong

Fly from Kolkata to Bagdogra, where we’ll start our drive north through lush forested hills to the city of Kalimpong. The evening is for relaxing and unwinding, and reminiscing upon the mesmerizing vistas of the drive.

Day 4

Kalimpong

Start your day with a walk through some local villages. Later we’ll go on an exploration of the ancient Buddhist monasteries that dot the landscape. Then we’ll learn about traditional Tibetan medicine at the one of a kind School of Tibetan Medicine in the Ringkinpong Monastery.

Day 5

Kalimpong – Gangtok

A drive through scenic tea estates will take you to Gangtok, the capital of the state of Sikkim. It’s a journey back in time to when life was simple and days were full of free time. We’ll stop plenty of times en route for you to capture these romantic vistas on camera.

Day 6

Gangtok

Today we’ll start nice and slow, with a tour of the spectactular Buddhist Rumtek Monastery. This will be followed by a visit to the Research Institute of Tibetology, and then a trip to the Do-Drul Chorten. You’ll be accompanied by stunning landscapes throughout the day.

Day 7

Gangtok - Yangsum

You will literally drive above the clouds on your way to a tranquil hillside farm to get a taste of a peaceful local lifestyle. Lose yourself in the melodic chirping of the birds and the whirring buzz of the cicadas in this beautiful patch of nature.

Day 8

Yangsum

Today is a free day, you can spend it however you want to. Explore the village and the local monastery, or get involved in the activities at the Yangsum farm. Or perhaps you’d prefer to mingle with the locals to gain an understanding of their worldview.

Day 9

Rinchenpong - Darjeeling

Drive to Darjeeling, one of India’s oldest and most visited hill stations. Despite becoming a tourism hotspot, the town has still managed to retain some of its colonial charm. The city’s Toy Train is a whimsical experience that is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Day 10

Darjeeling

Start your day with an excursion to Tiger Hill. If we’re lucky enough to get clear skies, the breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest await you. Later we’ll visit the Ghoom monastery, famous for its 15 ft. statue of the Maitreya Buddha.

Day 11

Darjeeling

One of the most enchanting experiences of the trip awaits you today. We’ll have the unique opportunity to ride the world famous Darjeeling Hill Railway through the gorgeous winding hills of the area. Afterwards we’ll visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.

Day 12

Darjeeling Delhi

To end our journey we’ll drive to Bagdogra. If time permits and you feel inclined, we can take the scenic road that passes through lush forests and past the picturesque Mirik Lake. Then you’ll catch a flight to Delhi and then head home from there.

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