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Tea Leaves and Toy Trains


  • Itinerary:
    Kolkata - Darjeeling - Rinchenpong - Pelling -Yuksom - Gangtok - Kalimpong - Bagdogra - Kolkata
  • Duration:
    15 days / 14 nights (flexible)
  • Price:
    from £ 2,089.- per person (excluding flights)
Explore rolling tea plantations, ride toy trains and see the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Journey through the lush Shangri-La of tiny Sikkim. Breathe in the cool, crisp air of Darjeeling, meet gentle Tibetan monks and be amazed on the chaotic, eye-opening streets of Kolkata. You’ll begin your trip in Kolkata, where you’ll be greeted with the warm hospitality of West Bengal. Afterwards, you’ll climb up to the scenic hill stations and tea plantations of the north east foothills, scattered with colourful monasteries and rainbow prayer flags.
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Days 1-3 – Arrival in Kolkata

Today you’ll be collected from the airport in Kolkata and transferred to a charming hotel packed with character in the city centre. Your room is comfortable and tastefully decorated, and you’ll very quickly feel at home. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Kolkata at your own leisure, enjoying the warm temperatures and delicious food of West Bengal. Why not visit the Kali Temple or grab some world famous food?

The following morning you’ll be picked up by your guide in an air-conditioned car. You’ll head out on a tour of the city, visiting all the main sites, including BBD Bagh and St. John’s Church. Next, you’ll head to the Hoogly river and see the famous bridge before ending the tour at the colourful flower market. Here, you’ll see locals trading and get a real insight into daily life here. At the end of the afternoon you’ll be dropped back at your hotel where you’ll spend another night.

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Days 3-6 – Tea time in Darjeeling

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Days 6-11 – Take the Tibetan temple trail

Cross alpine forests, follow twisting streams and stay with local families as you travel through hidden Sikkim. Pass flowery meadows in full bloom, visit sacred lakes surrounded by flickering prayer flags and gaze up at snowy Himalayan peaks. It’s a surefire way to feel lost in a true Shangri-La. Sikkim is a tiny pocket of staggering natural beauty, tucked away in the fertile foothills of the Himalayas. With rich green valleys, bright rhododendron fields, working farms and friendly locals, it’s a wonderful place to explore. You’ll spend four nights travelling through the region, soaking up the scenery and stopping at spiritual sights. It’s a trip to really remember.

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Days 11-14 – Snow-capped mountains and monasteries

Get a glimpse into the gentle Tibetan culture of hilltop Sikkim. Visit rainbow-coloured monasteries, spin prayer wheels and hear monks chanting across the mountains. Cross green meadows, watch prayer flags flutter, wander through pine forests and feel the calming peace of the Himalayan foothills. Sikkim is a restful green region divided from Bhutan and Nepal by a ridge of snowy peaks. Rarely visited by tourists, it’s rich in culture and natural beauty. During this trip, you’ll spend four days exploring the monasteries and market towns of Sikkim, stopping to meet the locals and listen to softly singing monks.

This morning, you’ll be collected from your hotel and transferred roughly 3 hours back to Bagdogra airport. From there, you’ll catch a flight back to Kolkata. Today’s flight usually takes about 1 hour.

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Tea Leaves and Toy Trains