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, the imposing High Court, the Governor’s House surrounded by vast gardens, General Post Office and Writer’s Building which is the seat of the state government. Visit the iconic Victoria Memorial, on top of which a charming one-winged fairy is perched forever, and St. Paul’s Cathedral that offers an oasis of calm amidst the bustle. Visit Mother Teresa’s House, where many devotees pay respects at this most-revered nun’s tomb. Examine the Indian Museum with its many objet-d’-arts. Embrace Bengali high art at the famous Tagore House where the late Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore composed some of his many great works. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Mother Teresa House closed On Thursdays & National holidays, Victoria Memorial & Indian Museum closed On Mondays & National holidays.)
Gangtok is a popular Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage site and capital of the alpine-laden state of Sikkim.
City Highlights of Gangtok Delve into the major delights near Gangtok, starting with the Three Point View of Ridge Park, which boasts an amazing vantage point. The two storey 1930s White Memorial Hall built in British colonial style, is just a little distance away. Visit the Enchey Monastery and Rumtek Monastery. Enjoy enchanting views of the Kanchendzonga peak from Hanuman Tok, before discovering a wealth of natural beauty at the Flower Show Hall. The significant Do-Drul Chorten (stupa), houses 108 Mani-lhakor (prayer wheels) that are regularly turned by devout monks as they invoke Bodhisattva (Lord Buddha). (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)
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 Experience the stunning views of the famous snowcapped Kanchenjunga Mountain Range, with the third highest peak in the world. Head to the marvel of Pemayangtse Monastery, a 17th century Buddhist monastery built by Lhatsun Chenpo, and one of the oldest in Sikkim. This exclusive monastery is solely for ta-tshang, or pure monks, which means those who are celibate, without any physical abnormality and from a direct Tibetan lineage. Head onwards to Rabdentse, the former second capital of the kingdom of Sikkim. The town is now in ruins after being destroyed by an invading Gurkha army, but provides an insight into its palatial past and offers marvellous views. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)
Darjeeling is known as East India’s Queen of the Hills.
City Highlights in Darjeeling Allow your spirit to soar as you venture for a morning tour to the 2,500 meter high Tiger Hill, not far from the town center. On a clear day at dawn you can view the world’s third highest mountain – Kanchenjunga, and the peaks of Mount Everest and K2. With a quaint toy train ride up the mountain as prayer flags flutter in the breeze, you can visit Yiga Choeling Gompa, known provincially as Ghoom (Ghum) Monastery. Built in the 19th century, the monastery is considered one of the world’s holiest as it was personally blessed by the renowned Tibetan lama, Tomo Geshe Rinpoche. It’s also home to a 15 foot statue of the Maitreya Buddha (a Buddha who will appear in the future). In the afternoon, you can visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), and the local zoo. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate (Guests with heart related ailments or asthma are requested not to visit Tiger Hill due to the climbing required), HMI & Zoo closed on Thursdays)
Tea Garden Visit at Dajeeling Naturally, a trip to Darjeeling would be incomplete without appreciating the fabulous plantations that create its home brewed and famous cup of chai (tea)! Head to a Tea Garden and soak in the views. You can also visit one of the marvellous local markets. Not only do these often sell exotic varieties of tea, Tibetan curios and discounted imported clothing and beauty products from nearby Thailand, they are the perfect spot to soak in the local culture and observe daily life! (Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time)
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.