Enjoy an in-depth discovery of Indian culture, history, nature and religion on this 6-day private tour from Kolkata to Gangtok and Darjeeling. Ride Ghum’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed ‘Toy Train’ to watch a gorgeous sunrise over the Himalayas and explore Darjeeling's zoological park and local markets. In Gangtok, gain insight into ancient Tibetan Buddhist traditions at several monasteries and religious institutions. Your knowledgeable local guide will ensure a comfortable, enjoyable and enlightening experience.
After departing Kolkata for your flight to Bagdogra, you’ll be driven to Darjeeling, a beautiful Himalayan city in West Bengal. The next day, head to Ghum (or Ghoom) and board the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (‘Toy Train’) to the summit to watch a gorgeous sunrise over the Himalayas.Your guide will then take you on a sightseeing tour of sites like Ghum Monastery (or Ghoom Monastery), the Batasia Loop War Memorial, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. In the evening, stroll through local markets with your guide and enjoy yummy Indian bites from food stalls (own expense).Your third and fourth days include free time and an enlightening sightseeing tour in Gangtok in the eastern Himalayas. On visits to several monasteries and religious institutions, you’ll learn about Tibetan Buddhism and browse collections of ancient artifacts and religious relics. You’ll then travel back to Kolkata to conclude your tour. Your knowledgeable local guide will teach you about the sites you visit, and you’ll have free time to explore on your own. You’ll stay in your choice of 4- or 5-star hotels, with daily breakfast and dinners and ground transportation by private, air-conditioned vehicle included. You can choose to pre-book your own flights or include them in the tour price. During your free time, you will have access to a private driver (at an additional cost).For details on each day of the tour, see the Itinerary section below.