Kolkata, Bishnpur, Shantiniketen

Discover: Kolkata, Bishnpur, Shantiniketen, Baharampur, Darjeeling, Pilling and Gangtok.

(Duration – 18 nights-19 days) from 12th Oct 2015

Oct 12th - On arrival at Kolkata International airport transfer to Hotel Fairlawn (03 nights stay)

Oct 13th – After breakfast, leave for full day guided city tour, the tour of this sprawling city begins with Academy Of fine Arts, Dalhousie Square, High Court, St.Johna Church, Writers Bldg., Marble Palace and Coffee House. Followed with Lunch Break.

After Lunch will proceed to see the Victoria Memorial, St.Pauls Cathedral, Part Street Cemetery and Mother Teresa House.

Oct 14th – After breakfast, half day trip to Flower Market, Kumartuli (Statue Making Place), Jain temple and the vast and archaic shopping hub of New Market.

Oct 15th – After breakfast, leave for Bishnpur (4h), upon arrive transfer at Hotel Bishnpur Lodge for 02 nights stay.

Bishnupur- The warrior Malla Kings of Bengal ruled this area from Bishnupur for nearly two centuries, until the East India Company sold it to the Maharajah of Burdwan In 1805, for arrears of the land revenue. Bishnupur is famous for its beautiful terracotta temples, art & craft. There are many such temples which stand testimony to the exquisite craftsmanship of the artisans of the region.

Oct 16th – After breakfast, leave for half day guided tour to visit Rasmancha, Pancha Raina Temple of Shyam Rai, Jorebangla Temple of Keshta Rai, Madanmohan Temple are the examples of famous terracotta crafts.

Oct 17th – After breakfast, leave for Shantiniketan (4h) upon arrival transfer at Camellia Hotel & Resort

Shantiniketan was founded by Maharishi Debendranath Tagore, father of Rabindranath Tagore, who also established an ashram over here, later known as the Abode of Peace. In 1901, his son started an experimental place of learning with a classroom under the trees and a group of five pupils. This place later became to be known as Vishva Bharati University in 1921 which attracts students from all over the world and aspires to be a spiritual meeting ground in a serene, culturally rich and artistic environment..

Oct 18th – After breakfast, leave to visit Vishva Bharati University,The Uttarayan Complex, Rabindra Bhavan, Kali Bhavan and Nandan Museum

Oct 19th – After breakfast, leave for Baharampur, driving through lovely country side of North of West Bengal. Upon arrival transfer at Hotel the Fame for 02nights stay.

Oct 20th - After breakfast, leave for in & around tour of city Baharampur to visit Nimak Haram Deori(Traitors Gate), Khusbagh(Garden of Happiness), Hazarduari(Place of a Thousand Doors) is built in classical architectural style, now a museum, the Great Imambara, Motijhil(PEARL Lake) and Nizamatkilla, an Italian style palaces of Nawab Mir Jatar.

Oct 21st- After breakfast, leave for visit The Bhavaniswar Temple, is one of the finest examples of terracotta sculpture in West Bengal. It is located 20 km from Baharampur. Afternoon at leisure

08.00 P.M- After dinner leave for Rampur Hat station (2h) overnight train journey (dep 23.40 hrs) to New Jalpaiguri “Darjeeling”

Oct 22nd- 07.30 A.M- Upon arrival NJP station transfer to Darjeeling (2h) at Hotel Dekling resort for 03 nights stay.

Darjeeling is a town in India's West Bengal state, in the Himalayan foothills. Once a summer resort for the British Raj elite, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, or “Toy Train,” completed in 1881. It's famed for the distinctive black tea grown on plantations that dot its surrounding slopes. Its backdrop is Mt. Kanchenjunga, among the world’s highest peaks.

02.00 P.M-leave for visit Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre: This center was established on October 2nd, 1959 for rehabilitation of Tibetans who followed Dalai Lama and escaped their homeland during the period of mayhem. In order to sustain living, they adopted the principle of self help. You can see Tibetan men and women making exquisite hand crafted items like woolen carpets, shawls, carved wooden crafts, leather items and more. There is an outlet at the center from where the shopping can be done for these items.

Oct 23rd – After breakfast, leave for the steam train ride (2.30hrs) popularly known as the 'Toy Train' is one of the main attractions of the region. The track on which the train runs is only 600 millimeters wide. The size of the train is commensurate giving it the name `Toy Train`. Narrow Gauge trains are used in parts of India to travel to hill stations.

P.M-After noon tea at 125 years old and once the summer residence of the Maharaja (King) of Cooch Behar, the Elgin Darjeeling, is now a luxury heritage hotel. The hotel is situated in the heart of Darjeeling town, 6000 feet up in the Himalayas. A celebration of the elegance and grace of the Colonial era in the Queen of Hill Stations, the Elgin is very much a part of Darjeeling's colonial history. After tea a walk through Chowk Bazaar, where most of the locals in Darjeeling come for shopping and marketing,

Oct 24th - After breakfast, leave for visit Ghoom Monastery: Also called Sakya Monastery, is a historic and significant monastery of the Shakya Order. The original monastery was built during the early twentieth century. The monastery can accommodate around sixty monks. The statue of Maithreya Buddha which is 4.57 meter high, of this monastery is of interest here. The monastery also preserves some of the rarest Buddhist manuscripts.

P.M- Walk around The Chowrasta or the Mall is the town center in Darjeeling. This public place is where you would like to lounge & bake in the sun, sit and watch the wonderful views of the mountain range and see many locals and tourists hanging around.

Oct 25th- After breakfast leave for Pelling (5h) driving through happy valley Tea Gardens… Upon arrival transfer at Retreat 108 for 02 nights stay.

Pilling sits on a ridge with the breathtaking view of Khangchendzonga, This little town in the state of Sikkim, Northeast India, is nestled at an altitude of approximately 7,200 feet above sea level. The road to Pelling with its twisty turns and bordering mountains blanket you with surreal beauty of nature.

Oct 26th – After breakfast, leave for half day tour of Pelling and its surroundings-The routs are forested and the botanical and zoological richness is inspiring-places of visit are THE Sanga Choelling Monastery (circa 1697), possibly the oldest in Sikkim, the three hundred years old Pemayangtse Monastery and on way back to hotel will stop for an afternoon tea at The Elgin-Offers a Unique and personal tryst with the Himalayas

Oct 27th- After breakfast, leave for Gangtok (5h) Via Buddha Park-The new attraction of Ravangla and the atmosphere of the park in the lap of Himalaya is simply amazing. The 148ft high statue of Buddha is a must visit along with the majestic Kanchenjaungha. Upon arrival transfer at Hotel the Hidden forest for 02nights stay.

Oct 28th - After breakfast, leave to visit the Government Institute of Cottage Industries, produces a wide range of local handicrafts, including wool carpets, jackets and hand made paper and painted wooden table. After will continue to Enchey Monastery and Flower garden

P.M- walks around M.G. road local market and dinner at The Nor-Khil Gangtok- is now a luxury Heritage hotel, situated in heart of the Gangtok city ,5000 fit up in the Himalayas, A celebration of the elegance and grace of the Kings era In Sikkim.

Oct 29th- After breakfast, leave for Bagdogra airport (5h) for flight to Kolkata (departure 16.35 arrival 17.35), Upon arrival kolkota airport transfer at Hotel Fairlawn for 01 nights stay.

Oct 30th- After breakfast transfer to Kolkata Airport for your return flight to England.