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Tea & Buddhism in West Bengal & Sikkim

13 days from £3,380pp

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Tour 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.

13 days from £3,380pp

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international and domestic flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Travel that's shaped around you

We know that travel has the most meaning when it's created individually for you. Our specialists will only start designing your trip once they understand exactly what you want it to be. So, consider this idea simply as inspiration for your own experience.

Itinerary idea in detail

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

Alison, an Audley Travel specialist

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Darjeeling
 
Delhi
 

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