The Himalayas

11 day escorted tour itinerary

Eastern Himalayas Adventure

Tea plantations and hill stations

Begin your tour in the former capital of British India, then head to the mountains for majestic Himalayan vistas, charming hill stations, lush tea plantations and Buddhist monasteries. A highlight of the tour is a ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway - a UNESCO World Heritage site and a taste of a wonderful bygone era.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • The former capital of British India.
  • Majestic Himalayan vistas.
  • Charming hill stations.
  • Lush tea plantations.
  • Buddhist monasteries.
  • A ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

Sample Itinerary Summary

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Duration
11 days
Guide Price
£1,969 per person
Price based on
Based on 15 October 19, meal basis as per itinerary.
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
  • 2 nights Kolkata
  • 3 nights Darjeeling
  • 1 night Pelling
  • 2 nights Gangtok
  • 1 night Kalimpong
  • 1 night Kolkata
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Included
  • Domestic flights as detailed. Please be aware that the domestic flight luggage allowance may be less than your international flight allowance. Maximum allowance on a domestic flight is 15 kg of hold luggage.
  • Accommodation as detailed in double or twin room with private facilities (alternative but similar hotels may be used at certain times of the year).
  • Air-conditioned transportation (non-air-conditioned jeep in the hills).
  • Services of an English speaking local driver/guide.
  • All entrance fees during sightseeing as detailed.
  • Ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (subject to weather and operation of train).
  • Meals included as stated. Please note: Breakfast is usually a Western style buffet in your hotel. Most other meals are taken at local restaurants.
Not included
  • International flights from the UK
  • Visa fees
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Beverages during meals
  • Tips for the driver/guide
  • Optional excursions

Itinerary Breakdown

Transfer to your hotel, and spend the day at your own pace.

Overnight Accommodation

  • The Park Hotel Kolkata

Today brings the start of the sightseeing. Embark on a full day tour of Kolkata and visit the iconic monuments such as the Victoria Memorial and Mother Teresa's house, as well as the grand architecture that forms St. Paul's Cathedral. Stop for lunch at one of the local restaurants, and spend the evening relaxing in the hotel, or take an dusk light stroll around the city.

Overnight Accommodation

  • The Park Hotel Kolkata

Transfer to the airport to board your lunchtime flight from Kolkata to Bagdogra, and once you arrive meet your driver on to transfer to Darjeeling . This is one of the most beautiful hill stations in eastern India with an indelible imprint of the British in its lifestyle, garden tea-estates, and hotels.

Overnight Accommodation

  • The Mayfair Hotel Darjeeling

Early in the morning, visit Tiger Hill, just a short drive from Darjeeling, to see the sunrise and Kanchandzonga, and on a clear day, Mount Everest. Follow this dramatic sight with a visit to the Ghoom Monastery, set against the snow-topped mountains of the Himalayas. Then embark on a iconic toy train ride from Darjeeling, formed by small four-wheel locomotives, some of which are over 100 years old.

Overnight Accommodation

  • The Mayfair Hotel Darjeeling

This morning, visit the tea plantations near Darjeeling. Teas grown on these misty heights are famous the world over for their exquisite taste. The premium Darjeeling tea's are mild in character and have distinctive, natural fruity flavours. Visit a working tea factory where you can see the different stages of tea processing. If the plucking season is on you can also see the ladies picking the tea leaves, and maybe give it a go yourself. This afternoon is free to relax in Darjeeling, or explore the local market at leisure.

Points of Interest

  • Darjeeling Tea Plantations

Overnight Accommodation

  • The Mayfair Hotel Darjeeling

Set off this morning for the serene mountain village of Pelling, situated at an altitude of over 2000 metres. Tour the local area and visit the sites as you work your way round the winding forest tracks.

Points of Interest

  • Pemayangtse Monastery
  • Ruins of Rabdentse

Overnight Accommodation

  • Elgin Mount Pandim Hotel

This morning, travel by road to Gangtok, the capital of the state of Sikkim. At an altitude of 1,700 metres, this beautiful laidback city is nestled within the higher peaks of the Himalayas and enjoys a year-round mild temperate climate. It is also a centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning, with several monasteries and religious institutions. After checking in to your hotel, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • The Mayfair Hotel, Gangtok

Visit Namgyal Institute of Tibetology which promotes research on the people of the Tibetan culture area (including Sikkim). See the Chorten (stupa), a memorial for the dead and, in season, walk around the Orchid Sanctuary, famous for it's rare and extensive collection. Later, pass the Tashiling Secretariat Building and the Tsuk-La-Khang Palace Monastery and Royal Chapel.

Points of Interest

  • Rumtek Monastery

Overnight Accommodation

  • The Mayfair Hotel Gangtok

Travel by road to Kalimpong, this mountain village is enshrined with monasteries and temples. Discover Kalimpong's colourful history - it was once ruled by Bhutan and was a trading centre with Tibet until the 1950's. An afternoon tour includes the beautiful Zang Dog Palri Fo-Brang monastery, consecrated by the Dalai Lama in 1976, and the Thongsa Gompa Bhutanese monastery, with its panoramic views. Discover colourful nurseries, the lively market, and the local Tibetan colony.

Points of Interest

  • Zang Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery

Overnight Accommodation

  • Silver Oaks, Kalimpong

Travel to Bagdogra for your early afternoon flight to Kolkata. On arrival, check-in at your hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight Accommodation

  • The Park Hotel, Kolkata

Spend the day at leisure, before your transfer to the airport for your onward journey.