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Tea & Buddhism in West Bengal & Sikkim

13 days from £2,990pp

Includes flights
What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Explore the capital of the British Raj.

  • Ride the Darjeeling Toy Train.

  • Enjoy the views from Rumtek Buddhist Monastery.

  • The scenic town of Pelling.

  • A relaxing stay in an operational tea estate.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
All accommodation
  • Calcutta
  • Bagdogra
  • Kalimpong
  • Gangtok
  • Pelling
  • Darjeeling
  • Bagdogra
  • Delhi

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Calcutta.

Day 2 Calcutta

Calcutta

Arrive into Calcutta today. Time depending, you might like to explore the markets and cafes surrounding your hotel this evening which are great for trying some local delicacies.

Day 3 Calcutta

Calcutta

Explore Calcutta’s hidden gems on a walking tour. Our guides take care to tailor the tour to your wishes - this is a great opportunity to see some of the more unusual sights that the city has to offer, and a superb way of getting off the beaten track in this vibrant city.

Day 4 Kalimpong

Calcutta , Bagdogra , Kalimpong

Fly from Calcutta to Bagdogra and travel by road to Kalimpong. Being in the hills of the Himalayas, you will find yourself surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. This evening you might like to enjoy drinks in the hotel's garden, overlooking the flickering lights of the villages below.

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Day 5 Kalimpong

Kalimpong

Today enjoy a village walk. Escorted by your friendly local guide, pass traditional terraced farmland in a scenic valley, through rural villages and across streams. There are a variety of routes depending on your fitness level.

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Day 6 Gangtok

Kalimpong , Gangtok

Travel from Kalimpong to Gangtok winding your way through the hilly roads. Your driver and accompanying guide are on hand to suggest places to stop and visit along the way. Check into your Gangtok hotel this evening, in the capital of Sikkim.

Day 7 Gangtok

Gangtok

Visit the Rumtek Monastery and the Research Institute of Tibetology. There are also more monasteries along the drive if you have a particular interest. This evening would be a good opportunity to explore Gangtok's night market and pedestrianised high street.

Day 8 Pelling

Gangtok , Pelling

Travel to Pelling to visit the Pemayangste and Sangachoeling monasteries. Pelling is situated right under Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. It's worth asking for an early wake-up call to see the sunrise over the peak.

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Day 9 Darjeeling

Pelling , Darjeeling

Drive to Darjeeling to explore the former colonial hill station and ride the Toy Train. One of the only Indian steam trains in operation, it travels up to Ghoom, the town above Darjeeling. This evening you might like to visit one of the local markets selling a variety of textiles.

Day 10 Darjeeling

Darjeeling

Day at leisure to explore Darjeeling. The Mountaineering Institute has memorabilia from many Everest expeditions, as well as an interesting selection of photographs.

Day 11 Darjeeling

Darjeeling

A short drive to a tea estate to relax and unwind. Take walks through the tea plantations, visit a local village or simply relax with views right across the valley.

Day 12 Delhi

Darjeeling , Bagdogra , Delhi

Fly to Delhi from Bagdogra and spend the night in Delhi. If there's time, you might like to drive into Delhi to see the evening light show at Delhi's Red Fort.

Day 13 International return flight

Delhi , International return flight

Transfer to Delhi airport for your onwards or homeward-bound flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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