This tour offers a varied
circuit offering the traveler a glimpse of the most striking contrast
in the subcontinent. Darjeeling with its evergreen forests and crops of
tea on the terrace. Kolkata, the metropolis of the world, and the
golden beaches of Puri. During this trip you will discover the ancient
culture and architectural treasures the most important in India where
Hindu temple of Surya Konarak and temples of Bhubaneshwar. Sikkim is
the culmination of this additional trip. Sikkim is not only famous for
Kangchendzonga (8,586 m), the third highest mountain in the world but
also flora and fauna rich and its people are ethnically and culturally
Name of Program :
Kanchendzonga with Orissa Temple.
Places to Visit : Delhi - Bhubaneshwar
- Konarak - Puri - Kolkata - Bagdogra - Darjeeling - Pemayangtse -
Gangtok - Kalimpong - Bagdogra - Delhi
Duration : 14 Nights
Best Time : Oct-April
Day 01. Arrival Delhi :
Upon arrival meet to our representative, transfer to hotel for rest of
Day 02. Delhi - Bhubaneshwar (Flight) :
After an early breakfast take flight to Bhubaneshwar, on arrival meet
to our local staff drive to hotel. Bhubaneshwar (which means lord of
the universe) is now the modern capital of Orissa state. Bhubaheshwar
has 7000 temples were built between the 8th and 13th centuries. In the
afternoon we visit some of the finest examples of these temples where
the temples of Lingraj of Rajrani, Mukteswara Temple, Parashurameswar
Temple, Raj Rani Temple, Brahmeswara Temple, Vaital Deul
Temple,Mukteshhwar & Tribal Museum in Bhubaneswar. Overnight at
Day 03. Bhubaneshwar - Konark - Puri (70
Today we are going through a tropical coastal area famous temples of
Konarak. Konarak was once the center of Buddhism in India and is now
famous for Hindu temples. The Surya temple famous worldwide and
dedicated to God Surya (the sun) from the 13th century. The temple of
Surya-Konarak represents the culmination of architecture Orissane.
Afternoon we go to Puri, which is considered the holiest city of
Orissa. Rest of day free.
Day 04. Puri :
Puri is one of four centers the most important pilgrimage for Hindus.
The God Jagannath (God Vishnu), which is considered the preserver
Hinduism in the world, attracts thousands of pilgrims every day,
especially at the Rath Yatra (car festival). The temple of Jagannath is
also known for its pagodas housing 5000 priests and one can observe the
activities of pilgrims visiting this unique temple. In the afternoon we
go to Puri where we have a beach break. Puri Tea is considered one of
the best in India.
Day 05. Puri - Bhubaneshwar (70 kms) -
Kolkata (Flight) :
Early departure for Bhubaneshwar. We fly from Bhubaneshwar to Kolkata.
Transfer to the hotel of Kolkata. Rest of day at leisure.
Day 06. Kolkata
Kolkata is the largest city in India and one of the largest in
Southeast Asia. This city was the first city of the British in colonial
India. Today we explore this vibrant and lively city during a tour that
will occupy the entire day. We visit the magnificent buildings and
memorials in Victoria in the neighborhood instead of Chowringhee and
Dalhousie. We also visit the Jain Temple and Fort Williams. In the area
Joransanko we will have the opportunity to visit the family home of the
famous Indian writer Tagore Rabindrnath.
Day 07. Kolkata - Bagdogra (Flight) - Darjeeling
(94 km/ 3 hrs drive)
Vol later in the morning from Kolkata to Bagdogra. Departure to
Darjeeling through coniferous forests and terraced gardens. Darjeeling
(place of the thunderbolt) has a spectacular landscape. Because of its
altitude of 2134m and its pleasant summer temperatures, Darjeeling
became famous in India. We appreciate the breathtaking views of the
Day 08. Tour Darjeeling: Tiger Hill
Very early in the morning we will go to Tiger Hill (16 km) in order to
enjoy the sunrise (2590 m.). There is a breathtaking view on
Kangchendzonga. Mount Everest (8842) is also visible in clear weather.
The sunrise from Tiger Hill are described by most visitors. In the
afternoon we explore Darjeeling and its surroundings. We visit the
village and the Institute Lablong mountain where we get detailed
information on the environment of people in this country.
Day 09. Darjeeling - Pemayangtse (about
Today we leave the state of West Bengal and Sikkim are entering. Sikkim
is the 2nd smallest state in India. Sikkim in the Himalayas is
sandwiched between Nepal in the west and Bhutan in the east. To the
north are Tibet and China. Sikkim has a richer flora, fauna and
cultural and ethnic population more diverse than any other state in
India. We drive through forests and tea gardens to Pemayangtse. We
visit the capital Nyingama to Pemmayangtse.
Day 10. Pemayangtse - Gangtok (120 kms)
The capital Gangtok, Sikkim is situated on a ridge overlooking the
river Ranipool. Gangtok (high hill) rises to 1760 m, surrounded by
mountains chain Kangchendzonga. We visit the Tsuk-La-Khang, Chapel
Royal, which stands on a high bridge. It is the main place of worship
that offers an impressive collection of manuscripts. We also visit the
institute of cottage industries which is an attraction for a range of
local crafts tradition of Lepcha are produced.
Day 11. Gangtok Tour: Monastery Enchey
Today we drive to the monastery Enchey. It is believed that this
monastery 200 years. The monks of this monastery belong to Mahayana
Buddhism. After visiting the monastery Enchey we proceed to the Village
Resource of Martham, where we have the afternoon at leisure. Here you
can have nice walks or take a ride on the horses of the local area.
Day 12. Gangtok -Rumtek Monastery :
Today we visit the Research Institute of Tibetology, which was
established in 1958 to promote research on Tibet and Mahayana Buddhism.
We see the largest collection of Tibetan manuscripts and an excellent
collection of rare Tankhas, bronzes and ritual objects. We also visit
the Orchid Sanctuary. The sanctuary contains over 450 local species.
Sikkim is considered a paradise for orchid lovers. After visiting the
temple we will visit the bazaar in Gangtok quatier the old palace and
visit the monastery Gylwa. The main attraction of our tour today will
Rumtek Monastery. The Rumtek monastery was built as a replica of a
Tibetan monastery in recent years. Rumtek is the capital of the red
section of Lamaist Tibetan Buddhism.
Day 13. Gangtok - Kalimpong (70 kms)
We are now going through South Sikkim from Gangtok to Kalimpong.
Kalimpong station altitude has been a meeting point on the trade route
leading to Tibet. The beautiful mountain scenery and abundance of
flowers made of Kalimpong an attractive place. The lifestyles of local
religious influences reflects the countries of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan.
We visit the nearby monastery of Tharpa Choeling A Trip which houses a
library of Tibetan manuscripts and Tankhas. We drive up Darpin Dara,
the highest point in Kalimpong with superb views over the plains.
Day 14. Kalimpong - Bagdogra (approx 80
kilometers) - Delhi (by plane)
We return by the Tista valley to Bagdogra. Flights from Bagdogra to
Delhi in the afternoon. The rest of the day at leisure.
Day 15. Delhi
Free morning. Afternoon tour of Old Delhi. We take a tour of rikshaw
parallel to the Red Fort in the old town and the bazaar of the famous
Silk Road. Sightseeing of Old Delhi includes the site where Mahatma
Gandhi was cremated and Jama Masjid, the great mosque of Old Delhi.
Today we also visit the tomb of Humayun, such substantial architecture
Mughale. Before returning to the hotel we see the embassy district of
New Delhi where we visit the India Gate. Rest of day at leisure
(opportunity for the last shopping or enjoy a massage in the hotel).
Departure for the airport after dinner.
Day 16. Flight to Home
Around midnight flight to home destination.