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 diverse.
Sikkim-Darjeeling with Orissa Temples
Name of Program : Sikkim-Darjeeling With Orissa Temples.
Place to Visit : Arrival Delhi – Bhubaneshwar – Konarak – Puri – Kolkata – Bagdogra – Darjeeling (2123 m)- Pemayangtse (2200m) – Gangtok (1550m) – Kalimpong (1250) – Bagdogra – Delhi
Duration : 14 Nights
Best Time : Oct – Mid June.
Highest Point: 2200m
Trek Grade: Cultural Program
Price: On Request
Day 1: Arrival New Delhi
Upon arrival at New Delhi International airport, you are met our representative and transferred to your hotel. The day includes a sightseeing tour of Sir Edward Lutyens’ New Delhi, the garden city built in 1911 by the British. We also visit the Birla Mandir (Lakshminarayan Temple), the President’s House, Humayun’s Tomb and India Gate. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Delhi – Bhubaneshwar (Flight):
After an early breakfast take flight to Bhubaneshwar, on arrival meet to our representative & drive to hotel. Bhubaneshwar (which means lord of the universe) is now the modern capital of Orissa (Odisha) 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 Temple (only outside non Hindu are not allowed visit inside), Parashurameswar Temple, Raj Rani Temple, Vaital Deul Temple, Mukteshhwar & Tribal Museum in Bhubaneswar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Bhubaneshwar – Dhauli – Pipli – Konark – Puri (110 km)
Today we are going through a tropical coastal area famous temples of Konarak en route will visit Dhauli & Pipli local market. 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 4: 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 5: Puri – Bhubaneshwar (70 kms) – Kolkata (Flight):
Early departure for Bhubaneshwar. We fly from Bhubaneshwar to Kolkata. On arrival at Kolkata meet to our representative and transfer to the hotel of Kolkata. Rest of day at leisure.
Day 6: 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 7: Kolkata – Bagdogra (Flight) – Darjeeling (90 km/ 4 hrs drive)
After breakfast transfer to airport and board flight 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 2123m and its pleasant summer temperatures, Darjeeling became famous in India. We appreciate the breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
Day 8: Darjeeling Sightseeing
Very early (4 am) 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 Kangchenjunga (8586m). 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. HMI (Himalayan Mountaineering Institute) and Zoo. Rest of the time visit local market.
Day 9: Darjeeling – Pemayangtse (about 80 kilometers)
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 Sightseeing
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 (Flight)
We return by the Tista valley to Bagdogra. Flights from Bagdogra to Delhi in the afternoon. The rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Delhi
Free morning. Afternoon tour of Old Delhi. We take a tour of rickshaw 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 a farewell dinner.