Jewels Of East India
Day 1 and 2: Kolkata.
Kolkata was once the capital city of British India and also the Gateway to India till 1912. It is a major commercial city consisting of big industrial plants and corporate houses . Visiting the Flower Market, Dakhineshwar Temple, Kumartuli (potters village) south of the temple & one of Mother Theresa’s many homes for the underprivileged.
Victoria Kalighat temple, the main Kali temple (Durga) in Calcutta.Kalighat
Day 3 and 4: Bhubaneswar
Fly to Bhubaneswar the capital of the ancient kingdom of Orissa, and is famous as the Temple City of India.
Day 5: Bhubaneswar-Sadeibarini-Nuapatna-Dhenkanal (170 kms / 4 hrs).
Full day tour to Nuapatna & Sadeibarini & silver filigree work.
Day 6 and 7: Dhenkanal – Puri (90 kms / 2 hrs)
Drive to Puri. Visit Dhauli (The Rocak Edicts of Ashok), Pipli . The Applique Village and Raghurajpur, ( Artisan’s Village) and the Konark Sun Temple.
Day 8 and 9:Fly to Bagdogra and drive to Darjeeling (90 km / 3hrs)
Visiting Tiger Hill to enjoy sunrise over the third highest peak in the world Mt. Kanchenjunga (28169 Ft). Ride the Toy Train one way (2 hrs) to Ghoom. Monastery at Ghoom. Known as Aloobari Monastery, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (established in 1954 by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary who first climbed the Mt Everest in 1953). Also visit the Tibetan refugee self help center, the Bhutia Monastery which houses the original text of the Buddhist Book of the Dead and the Rail Museum to learn about the toy train which UNESCO recognizes as the World Heritage Railway.
Day 10 and 11: Darjeeling – Pemyangtse (112 km / 4hrs)
A drive along the Tista Valley takes you to the Sikkim border at Melli and then you travel through the Rangit Valley up to Pemyangtse. From here one can view Mt. Khangchen Dzonga (8,588 m / 25,169 ft), Pandim (6,693 mt/21,953 ft), Visit the premier monastery of Pemyangtse (Perfect Sublime Lotus). A 2 km walk from the main road near Pemyangtse Monastery through a thick forest will take you to Rabdanste Palace.
Day 12 and 13: Pemyangtse – Gangtok (160 km / 6hrs)
Drive to Gangtok enroute visiting Rumtek Monastery, which is perched on a hilltop facing the city of Gangtok. After your visit a short drive takes you to Gangtok, the “Lofty Hill,” which is the capital of Sikkim. In Gangtok visit Enchey Monastery. Other places of interest during your day in Gangtok are: Government Institute of Cottage Industries: This center offers the opportunity to observe local artisans at work.
Day 14: Gangtok – Bagdogra – Delhi.
Drive to Bagdogra airport for flight 9W601 dep. 1445 hr/ arr. 1650 hr to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi transfer to airporthotel for wash and change. Late night transfer to International airport for flight to home.