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Highlights of East

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Destinations Covered: Kolkata - Bhubaneshwar - Konark - Puri - Darjeeling - Gangtok - Kalimpong

Duration of stay : 13 nights / 14 days

Day 01 - Arrive Kolkata

On arrival at Kolkata airport you will be taken to your hotel. Kolkata located in eastern India on the east bank of the River Hooghly - served as the capital of India during the British Raj until 1911. It is the city where Mother Teresa worked tirelessly for the poor and homeless, and where Rabindra Nath Tagore wrote his famous books. Furthermore, it is one of the most populated cities in the world. After a short rest proceed for the sightseeing tour of Kolkata - once the capital of the British Empire, still remains the cultural capital of India with a strong tradition in literature and fine arts. It is also the gateway to the beautiful Northeastern state of India. The city tour includes visit to the Fort William, Victoria Memorial, the Indian museum, St Paul’s Cathedral, Birla Planetarium and the Botaical Gardens.
Overnight in Kolkata

Day 02 - Fly Kolkata - Bhubaneshwar

Morning after breakfast drive to Kolkata airport in time to board flight forRed fort and lotus temple Bhubaneshwar - the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Orissa, India. Once the capital of ancient Kalinga, the city has a long history and is today a center for commerce and religious activity Bhubaneswar is known for its architecture and ancient temples The imposing spire of the Lingaraj Temple, the quiet beauty of the Vishwa Shanti Stupa and the pink translucence of the Mahavira Jain Temple in nearby Khandagiri.
Overnight in Bhubaneshwar

Day 03 - In Bhubaneshwar

Morning after breakfast full day tour of Bhubaneswar includes visiting the Lingaraja Temple, the Ashoka Peace Pagoda at Dhauli and the Udaigiri & Khandagiri caves.
Overnight in Bhubaneshwar

Day 04 - Drive Bhubaneshwar - Konark - Puri (60 kms / 1.5 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Puri enroute visiting the site of the 13th-Red fort and lotus templecentury Sun Temple (also known as the Black Pagoda), built in black granite by King Narasimhadeva-I(AD 1236-1264) of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. The temple is a World Heritage Site. It takes the form of the chariot of Surya (Arka), the sun god, and is heavily decorated with stone carving. The entire complex was designed in the form of a huge chariot drawn by seven spirited horses on twelve pairs of exquisitely decorated wheels. After the visit continue your drive for Puri. On arrival in Puri, check into hotel.
Overnight in Puri

Day 05 - In Puri

Puri is one of the oldest cities in the eastern part of the country. It is situated on the coast of the Bay of Bengal and is a popular beach resort, positioned in a unique place so that both sunset and sunrise can be viewed from the beach.
Morning visit of world famous Jagannath Temple, spend rest of the day at leisure enjoying the beaches of Puri.
Overnight in Puri

Day 06 - Overnight Train Puri - Kolkata

Transfer to Puri railway station in time to board overnight train for Kolkata.
Overnight on board train

Day 07 - Arrive Kolkata & Fly Kolkata - Bagdogra & Drive Bagdogra - Darjeeling (90 kms / 03 hrs)

Met on arrival at Kolkata railway station and transfer to Kolkata airport to board flight for Bagdogra. Met on arrival at Bagdogra airport and drive to Darjeeling. With beautiful tea plantations and incomparable views of the snowy peaks of the Himalayas, it is logical that Darjeeling is called the "Queen of the summer season." Located in the state of West, has an altitude of 2134 meters. Darjeeling is internationally famous for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site..
On arrival in Darjeeling, check into hotel
Overnight in Darjeeling.

Day 08 - In Darjeeling

Early in the morning, visit Tiger Hill to see the sunrise on the third highestRed fort and lotus temple mountain in the world, the Kanchenjunga. After breakfast set off for delightful sightseeing of Darjeeling where you will visit the 1875 built Ghoom Monastery to see one of the largest statues of the Maitreya Buddha. Discover the Zoo of the Himalayas, home of the only Siberian tigers of India, the Red Panda and Snow Leopard followed by a visit to the Natural History Museum, which has a fine collection of preserved butterflies, birds, reptiles, insects of the Himalayas.

Day 09 - In Darjeeling

After breakfast full day at leisure. In case the toy train in operational, enjoy the ride in a toy train, declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 and is one of the few steam engines still in service in India.
In the evening, visit to tea gardens where they cultivate the famous Darjeeling tea.
Overnight in Darjeeling.

Day 10 - Drive Darjeeling - Gangtok (98 kms / 03 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Gangtok, spectacularly located along a ridge overlooking the Kanchenjunga Mountains, the mountainside capital of the tiny state of Sikkim. Gangtok is a centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning, with the presence of several monasteries, religious educational institutions, and centers for Tibetology. Nestled within higher peaks of the Himalaya and enjoying a year-round mild temperate climate. Gangtok’s houses balance precariously on steep mountain slopes above incredible scenic panoramas. Pagoda – like house, painted turquoise roofs, and busy bazaars are filled with elegantly costumed smiling faced people, adding to the magic of this scene. On arrival in Gangtok, check into hotel
Overnight in Gangtok

Day 11 - In Gangtok

Morning after breakfast start your sightseeing tour of Gangtok visiting - a centre of Buddhist learning and culture, Gangtok's most notable Buddhist institutions the Enchey monastery, the Do-drul Chorten stupa complex and the Rumtek Monastery followed by the visit of Research Institute of Tibet logy - houses a huge collection of masks, Buddhist scriptures, statues, and tapestries, Garden Sanctuary and Buddhist Monastery. Also see the Deer Park and drive through the colourful bazaar.
Overnight in Gangtok

Day 12 - Drive Gangtok - Kalimpong (73 kms / 02 hrs)

Early morning drive to Tashi Viewpoint, which offers magnificent views ofRed fort and lotus temple Mount Kanchenjunga and a number of ancient monasteries, scattered across the mountain sides. After breakfast continue to the hill station of Kalimpong , set in beautiful wooded mountains at the meeting point of Bhutan , Nepal, Tibet and India. Kalimpong, famous for its abundant flowers. Among the sights you will see are Raja Dorje Market and the Tibetan Monastery. This peaceful and scenic town includes a number of houses bearing testament to the town’s heritage and gracious living in the early 1900s. On arrival in Kalimpong check into hotel.
Overnight in Kalimpong

Day 13 - In Kalimpong

Morning after breakfast half day sightseeing of Kalimpong visiting the different 'Gompas' which are Tibetians-Buddhist Monasteries and the flower nurseries which export Himalayan grown flower bulbs, tubers and rhizomes. Spend rest of the day at leisure visiting the surroundings on your own.
Overnight in Kalimpong.

Day 14 - Drive Kalimpong - Bagdogra (80 kms / 2.5 hrs) & Fly Bagdogra - Kolkata

Morning after breakfast drive to Bagdogra airport in time to board flight for Kolkata. Met on arrival at Kolkata airport and transfer to Kolkata International airport to board flight for back home.

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