Where clocks stand still, get a taste of India’s history under British rule. Colonial mansions, hillside tea plantations and breathtaking views of the mighty Himalayas ensure your private Darjeeling tour is both unique and inspiring.
Kolkata was once the epicenter of the British Raj and a major trading post of the East India Company.
City Highlights of Kolkata Explore Dalhousie Square with landmarks like St.John’s Church, High Court, Governor’s House, General Post Office and Writer’s Building. Visit Victoria Memorial, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Mother Teresa’s House; view Howrah Bridge, Howrah Railway Station; stroll through the fragrant Flower Market, South Park Street Cemetery; see ‘Kumhartuli’ or ‘Potters Village’; examine Marble Palace with object-d’-arts, sculptures of various Holy Prophets; take a drive on the Vidyasagar Setu.
Gangtok is a popular Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage site and capital of the alpine-laden state of Sikkim.
City Highlights of Gangtok Gangtok, derived from the Tibetan word for ‘hillside’, is the capital of Sikkim located in the eastern Himalayas at an altitude of 1,650m/5,413ft. Visit the ‘Three Point View’ of Ridge Park, a small flat stretch of road above Gangtok town, and see White Memorial Hall, a two storey typical British architectural structure. Enjoy nice views of Kanchendzonga from Hanuman Tok and explore the Flower Show Hall near White Hall complex, where flower and orchid shows are held during spring. Visit the Do-Drul Chorten or Stupa, one of the most important Stupas here, with 108 Mani-lhakor (prayer wheels) which are turned by devout Buddhists while chanting ‘hail to the jewel in the lotus’, to invoke Buddhisattva. Enjoy nature walks and stroll the narrow lanes. Perhaps go on a picnic to the Water Garden at Martam Khola.
Pelling is made of majestic mountains and swirling clouds. It is a fast-growing yet idyllic town with breathtaking views of the snowcapped Kanchenjunga, thick Alpine forests and an abundance of history and nature.
City Highlights of Pelling Pelling, a pleasant little town in west Sikkim, lies at an altitude of 2,150m/7,053ft, about 130km from Siliguri and 115km from Gangtok. It is famous for its stunning views of the snowcapped Kanchenjunga range, the third highest peak in the world. Visit the waterfalls, and Khecheopalri or Bissau Lake, known as the ‘wish fulfilling’ lake. Get a chance to visit and see the magnificent Sangay waterfalls.
Darjeeling is known as East India’s Queen of the Hills.
City Highlights in Darjeeling Visit Tiger Hill (8,515ft/2,500m), a mecca for visitors that is located just 15km from Darjeeling. On a clear day at dawn you can view the world’s third highest mountain – Kanchenjunga, and the peaks of Mount Everest and K2. Explore Ghoom Monastery, also called Yogachoeling Gompa. Built in 1875, it is considered one of the holiest monasteries as it has been personally blessed by the renowned Tomo Geshe Rimpoche of Tibet. It also houses a statue of the ‘Coming Buddha’ called ‘Maitreye Buddha’. Enjoy the toy train ride up to Ghoom and back.
Tea Garden Visit at Dajeeling Laced by emerald-green tea plantation ribbons over a steep mountain ridge, Darjeeling is engulfed by the mighty Himalayan peaks and offers a picture-perfect backdrop. Enjoy a half day visit to the tea garden, where you can observe the actual processing and manufacturing of the world renowned Darjeeling tea.
Enchanting Travels provided us with excellent pre-trip planning and advice, excellent hotel choices, pick-ups at airports always on time, hotel check-ins were always smooth and well organized, great transport (with first class chauffeurs) during the trip and well-qualified and knowledgeable guides.