Himalayan Odyssey

A thrilling adventure expedition

About trip

Explore the Buddhist and Tibetan cultural heritage in the Himalayan range.

Destinations

Delhi – Darjeeling – Gangtok – Kalimpong – Delhi

Duration

10 nights / 11 days

Himalayan Odyssey

The “Himalayan Odyssey tour” is one of the most popular tours among clients. The tour is designed for people interested in understanding the culture of Buddhist and Tibetan culture in the North Eastern state of Sikkim and witness the Himlayan range.

 

You may have already heard about the great Himalayan range, however, the grandness of the range can only dawn upon us when you actually witness it in close range. The highest peak of the range on the Indian side, “Khangchendzonga or Kanchenjunga” is simply breathtaking. Don’t just believe us. Come and experience it with this tour.

 

Besides, the Himalayan range, you will also cover many Buddhists monasteries and get to explore their historical importance among the residents.

starts £ 1795 per person

Day 00 : Departure from UK

Departure from UK to begin your holiday experience

Day 01 : Arrive in Delhi

Welcome to Delhi. You will meet our representative at the airport after clearing customs. Later transfer to your hotel for check in. Overnight at the Hotel.

 

Your first day will be a bit relaxed. You can either spend the day at the hotel or explore the area surrounding your hotel.

Day 02 : Delhi

You will be served breakfast at your hotel and then we’ll proceed for New and Old Delhi sightseeing Tour.

 

A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat – the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and a view of the Red Fort. You will also visit Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest markets in Delhi.

 

Later a tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue – Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President’s Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. Over night stay in Delhi

Day 03 : Delhi / Bagdogra Flight – Drive to Darjeeling

After an early breakfast, you will fly to Bagdogra, a small town in West Bengal. It is the only airport near Darjeeling in North Bengal. This small yet beautiful town sits on the foothills of Darjeeling’s mountains.

 

Once you land at Bagdogra, you will meet our representative who will assist you with the drive to Darjeeling. The way to Darjeeling, which is an uphill climb with steep slopes, gives you a beautiful view of the valley. On the way you may be able to spot the Darjeeling Toy Train, which runs from Jalpaiguri to Ghum in Darjeeling. The Toy Train has received UNESCO world heritage status and is popularly screened in Bollywood movies. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04 : Darjeeling

On this day, you will head out for sightseeing after an early morning breakfast. Darjeeling is one of the most beautiful places in India and has a lot to offer. You will visit the Tiger hill, from where you can get a spectacular view of the Himalayan Peaks in the morning. On a clear day, you may be able to get a view of the Khangchendzonga or great five peaked snow fortress from this point. It is the world’s third highest peak and the Highest peak in India. Besides these peaks, located are Kabru which sits at 7338m, Jannu which sits at 7710m, and Pandim which sits at 6691m.

 

After spending some time in Ghum, you will experience the Toy Train from Ghum station to Darjeeling. The Toy Train is an experience of its own. The Train which has a UNESCO world status, runs on steam locomotive engines and can be recognised from far away from the delightful noise it makes.

 

You are free to spend the rest of the day at the Darjeeling Market. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 05 : Darjeeling

You will begin the day with a visit to the Observatory Hill. The Hill was the site of the Dorje Ling Monastery, from which the town gets its name, according to one theory. The hill now has the temple of Mahakal, a form of Lord Shiva. According to another theory, the town gets its name from the Sanskrit word “Durjay Ling”, which means Shiva of invincible prowess and the one who rules the Himalayas. The Mahakal temple is filled with flags and bells used to pray the divine shrine.

 

After visiting the Observatory Hill, you will visit the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. The park was established in 1958 to study the Himalayan fauna. It also hosts the Himalayan Bears, Snow Leopards, Red Pandas, Tibetan Wolves, among others. These are some unique wild life animals that you wouldn’t find easily anywhere else in the world. Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 06 : Darjeeling - Gangtok

After an early morning breakfast, you will travel to Gangtok, which is located in the neighbouring state of Sikkim. Gangtok is the centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture and is habituated by different ethnicities such as Bhutia, Nepali and Lepchas. You are free to explore the area independently.  Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 07 : Gangtok

You will start the day by visiting Rumtek Monastery or the Dharmachakra Centre. The Monastery was built in the 1700s by the Changchun Dorje who was the 12th Karmapa Lama. It was, however, rebuilt by the Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the 16th Karmapa. The Monastry has a controversial status over the 17th Karmapa and is guarded by the Indian army.

 

From the Rumtek Monastery you will travel to the Khecheopalri Lake. The Lake is considered as a sacred place for both Hindu and Buddhists and is considered to be a wish fulfilling lake. The lake and its surroundings are one of the most peaceful and aesthetic views you will ever get. The lake in itself is about 3500 years old and was formed by drooping glaciers. The Lepcha’s houses surrounding the lake are absolutely something that can’t be missed. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 08 : Gangtok - Kalimpong

After checking out from the hotel, you will start your travel to Kalimpong, a hill station popular for its educational institutes built during the British colonial rule. The town is also a major trade centre between India and Tibet. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 09 : Kalimpong

You will visit Durpin Gompa, which was formerly known as Gangtok Pelri Phodang. It is the Kalimpong’s largest monastery. Durpin monastery was built in 1972 by the Dudjum Rimponche. The Monastery houses “The Kangyur” rare Buddhist manuscripts on Tibetology, which were brought by the Dalai Lama. From the back of the Monastery you will get a spectacular view of Kanchenjunga. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10 : Kalimgpong - Bagdogra / Fly to Delhi

After breakfast, you will start your journey back to Bagdogra. You will fly back to Delhi. You are free to relax for the rest of the day. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11 : Depart Delhi

On this day you will be transferred to the Delhi airport for your onward journey.

We begin this tour with your arrival in the national capital of India, Delhi. The city has thousands of years of history and has been ruled by the Aryans, Greeks, Mughals and those of Persian origins. This can be witnessed in the art and architecture of the region. The imperial British style of architecture with a blend of Moghul and Indian styles can be seen in the monumental structures of India Gate and the President’s House.

 

The city has also managed to modernise itself, keeping its old infrastructure intact. It’s a surreal experience to watch how the city performs its day-to-day basis activities within its chaos.

 

From Delhi, you will fly to to Bagdogra, which will act as our transit town to Darjeeling. The hill station is said to have been named after the Dorje Ling Monastery. You will get to experience the popular Toy Train of Darjeeling, which has UNESCO world heritage status. In Darjeeling you will also visit the Tiger Hills, Observatory Hills and the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.

 

From Darjeeling you will travel to Gangtok, the capital city of the state of Sikkim. The town is a good destination for people who want to learn more about the Buddhist culture. There are a lot of monasteries to explore. At Gangtok, you will visit Khecheopalri Lake and the Rumtek Monastery. After Gangtok, you will move towards Kalimpong, known for its trade history between Tibet and India. The tour ends after your return to Delhi.

PRICES / TERMS & CONDITIONS

Offer Starting from : £ 1795 per person *  (Spacing required here)

 

Supplements may apply peak periods, city sold out dates, and high seasons.

Supplement for superior hotels apply.

PACKAGE COST INCLUDES:

  • Economy class flights for UK to India.
  • Domestic flights Delhi / Bagdogra / Delhi in economy class.
  • Accommodation at above mentioned or similar hotels on Twin sharing basis.
  • Daily buffet breakfast at all hotels except stay in Darjeeling, Gangtok and Kalimpong would be on half board basis.
  • All transfers/visits/excursions as per the program by air-conditioned vehicle
  • For Darjeeling, Gangtok and Kalimpong portion we have foreseen the services by Ac Innova (03 Pax per Innova depending on group strength).
  • Services of English speaking local guide for sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • Entrances at the Monuments (01 visit).
  • All road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes
  • Escorted arrival/departure transfers at airport as per itinerary
  • Government service Tax  (Subject to change)

 

PACKAGE COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages camera/video fee at monuments, medical expenses, porterage, airport departure tax etc
  • Transport during days at leisure

 

NATIONAL PARK CLOSURE DAYS

  • * Kaziranga National Park remains closed from 01 May till 31 Oct every year.

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