Himalayas, the greatest mountain range in the world, evokes a sense of reverence. The soaring snow-capped mountains and fascinating valleys are full of hidden secrets and lavished with surreal natural beauty. This journey takes you through the deep valleys and high meadows, covered by carpets of wild flowers that showcase the opulence of the Himalayas – where time stands still.
Chug leisurely up to Darjeeling aboard the charming UNESCO Heritage listed Toy Train to view the majestic Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. Visit ancient Buddhist Monasteries, hidden deep in the mountains and explore their ways of life. At the Kaziranga National Park, you will go on a thrilling safari to see the one-horned Indian rhinos, wild elephants and rich bird life. This journey through the mist, mountains and valleys will stir your soul and fill it up with ecstasy.
Day 1. To Kolkata
Departure from your home country to Kolkata.
Day 2. Kolkata
Arrive in the city of joy Kolkata. Afternoon city sightseeing includes the beautiful Jain Temple, Victoria Memorial, National Museum and Mother Teresa’s Orphanage. Overnight at Hotel Kenilworth.
Day 3. On Board overnight train to New Jalpaiguri
Dawn visit to the magnificent flower market. Afternoon at leisure. Evening transfer to the railway station. Overnight train in 1st class sleeper category.
Day 4. To Darjeeling
Arrive in New Jalpaiguri in the morning and climb aboard the delightful Toy Train to Darjeeling. The spectacular views around every winding bend will leave you awestruck. Two nights at the Windamere.
Day 5. Darjeeling
Dawn visit to the Tiger Hill to view Mount Kanchenjunga and the peak of the Mount Everest – on a clear day though. Also see the Ghoom Monastery, where the 15 feet high statue of the Maitreya Buddha is enshrined. After lunch, visit the Botanical Garden, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the Tibetan Refugee Centre.
Day 6. To Pemayangtse
Morning drive to Pemayangtse. Visit the Pemayangtse Monastery – one of the oldest Monasteries in Sikkim, housing magnificent sculptures and elegant paintings adorning the first floor. The major attraction of the Monastery is a seven-tiered painted wooden structure portraying Guru Rimpoche’s Heavenly Palace ‘Santopalri’. Overnight at Hotel Mount Pandim.
Day 7. To Gangtok
Morning drive to Gangtok. Rest of the day at leisure. Two nights at Hotel Norkhill.
Day 8. Gangtok
Morning excursion to Rumtek Buddhist Monastery, the largest in Sikkim and the seat of the Gyalwa Karmapa. After lunch, Gangtok sightseeing includes the Institute of Tibetology housing rare manuscripts, statues and thanka paintings. Also see the beautiful Enchey Monastery.
Day 9. To Kalimpong
Morning drive to Kalimpong. Afternoon Kalimpong sightseeing includes the serene Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang Monastery. Overnight at Hotel Himalayan.
Day 10. To Guwahati
Morning drive to Bagdogra Airport for your flight to Guwahati. Overnight at Hotel Vishwaratna.
Day 11. To Kaziranga National Park
Morning drive to Kaziranga National Park. Three nights at IORA – The Retreat.
Day 12. Kaziranga National Park
Early morning elephant safari. Late morning and afternoon jeep safaris, looking for the rich variety of wildlife and of course – the Indian rhino. Kaziranga is one the main parks in the world to spot the legendary one-horned rhino. Apart from various mammals, there are over 400 species of birds in the park.
Day 13. Kaziranga National Park
Morning and afternoon game safaris. Kaziranga is a remarkable success story in the conservation of the one-horned Indian rhinoceros. Almost poached to extinction, the 2,000 kg giant’s population is slowly recovering.
Day 14. To Kolkata
Morning drive to Jorhat airport to board flight to Kolkata. Overnight at the Kenilworth.
Day 15. Departure
Fly back to your home country.
Suggested extensions: Andaman Islands (various other extensions are available on request)
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Best time to visit: The best season of Kaziranga National Park is between November and April. The Park is partially open in October and May.