Spiritual North/East India

13 Days, from AU $3,551

Kalimpong

Golden Temple in Amritsar

Gangtok

Kolkata Victoria Memorial

Darjeeling

A wonderful sojourn over two of the highest motor-able roads in India. The tour starts from the Imperial city – Delhi, amalgamation of Old & New, followed by visiting the holiest Sikh city of Amritsar to the Little Lahasa – Mc Leodganj and then on to the Trans Himalayan regions of High Mountain passes & deep valleys providing spectacular views of snow capped peaks, rugged terrain and old monasteries in the North East India.

Our itineraries cover the key attractions with carefully selected experiences to ensure you get the most out of your holiday. This itinerary includes time for relaxation or for adding extra activities. Discuss itinerary options and extensions with our Asia Travel Experts.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi

Arrive at Delhi’s international airport. Our airport representative will be meeting you on arrival (after clearing passport and customs formalities) and shall assist for the transfer to the hotel for Check-in.

Delhi, India’s modern capital is also an ancient city tracing its origins in legend. It is dotted with hundreds of landmarks and offers more than a millennium of history in stone. From here the various Hindu and Muslim dynasties including the Mughals ruled. When British administration moved to Delhi (in 1911), New Delhi became the Capital of India.

Day 2: Delhi

Today you begin with a morning tour of New Delhi. New Delhi is home to the India gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers who were martyred during the Afghan War. Directly opposite is Rashtrapati bhawan, once the imperial residence of the British Viceroys it is now the official residence of the President of India. To one side is Parliament house, a circular building that is a symbol of Indian democracy. Also visit Humayun’s tomb, a sandstone forerunner of the Taj Mahal and Qutab minar a 11th century victory tower that rises to a height of 73 m.

In the afternoon you will enjoy sightseeing of Old Delhi. The tour of Old Delhi includes a drive past the Red fort, a huge settlement and a cycle rickshaw ride through the silver street of India, Chandni chowk. Continue to Jamma masjid, one of the largest mosques and a handsome structure that is still a house of worship for devout Muslims. Also visit Raj Ghat the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.

Day 3: Amritsar

Morning departure transfer to the Delhi Railway Station to board your Shatabadi train to Amritsar. On arrival at Amristar, our representative will meet you to pick you up and transfer to your hotel. A

Afternoon excursion to Wagah Border between India and Pakistan, where you can view the ceremonial changing of the guard at dusk. Be in your seat just half an hour before sunset. Make sure you have a grandstand view of the high- stepping guards as they go through the immaculately contrived nightly parade of closing the border and ceremonial lowering of the flags.

In evening visit the Golden Temple situated in Amritsar Punjab, which, is the most sacred temple for Sikhs. It is a symbol of the magnificence and strength of the Sikh people all over the world. In the evolution of the Darbar Sahib, is entwined the history and ideology of Sikhism. Its architecture includes symbols associated with other places of worship, which is an example of the spirit of tolerance and acceptance that the Sikh philosophy propounds.

Day 4: Amritsar – Dharamsala

Your guide will pick you up in the morning and drive you from Amritsar to Dharamsala.

Dharamsala, set against the backdrop of the dramatic Dhaula Dhar Mountains, is one of the principle towns of the Kangra valley. With dense pine and deodar forests, numerous streams, cool healthy air, attractive surroundings and the nearby snowline, Dharamsala has everything for a perfect holiday. Today it has become synonymous to the Tibetan government in exile. It is the home of his Holiness the Dalai Lama, spiritual head of the Buddhists.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 5: Dharamsala

Start the day with a half-day tour visiting Norbulingka Institute and Kangra State Museum. Even if the Tibetan community dominates the town, it still has retained the colonial lifestyle and British fervour. The Art Museum is a treasure trove of the Kangra valley's arts, crafts, and rich past, displaying artefacts that date back to the 5th century. The museum also includes a gallery of Kangra's famous miniature paintings and a representative collection of sculptures, pottery, and anthropological items.

In the afternoon enjoy a half day tour exploring the Dalai Lama Temple and Bhagsunag Temple. In the evening you have time to discover Mc Leodganj market.

Day 6: Dharamsala – Kolkata

After breakfast at the hotel, in time transfer to airport to board your flight to Kolkata. Arrival in Kolkata – The City of Joy, where our executive will meet and assist for the transfer to the hotel for Check-in.

As the capital of West Bengal, Kolkata is known as the “Cultural Capital of India” and has long shed its British moniker of Calcutta. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, it is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational center of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India's oldest operating port. Kolkata and the surrounding state of West Bengal functioned as the nucleus of the Indian Renaissance of the 19th and 20thcenturies which spawned great innovation in the local traditions of drama, art, film, theatre and literature and have gained wide audiences both locally and throughout the international community.

Day 7: Kolkata

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for sightseeing of The Victoria Memorial. Officially known as the Victoria Memorial Hall, this stately memorial building is dedicated to Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom. The design of the structure represents a fusion of British and Mughal architecture with the facades constructed from white marble from Rajasthan, the same quarry used to supply the construction of the Taj Mahal. The Memorial currently serves as a museum run by the Government of India's Ministry of Culture and is the largest repository in India for a visual history of Calcutta. Next drive to the Kalighat Kali Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Kali and visited by pilgrims from all over India irrespective of sectarian differences. The thousands of pilgrims who flock daily to the Kalighat temple treat Kali very much like a human mother, bringing her their domestic problems and prayers for prosperity and then returning when their prayers are fulfilled to express their gratitude. Continue to St. Paul's Cathedral, an Anglican cathedral of the Church of North India completed in 1847. The main cathedral hall is a large a spacious chamber with beautifully carved wooden pews and chairs along with a magnificent stained glass window to the west, intricate coloured artwork covering the eastern walls and two spectacular Florentine Renaissance frescoes.

Day 8: Kolkata – Bagdogra

In time transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagdogra. Upon arrival, our executive will meet you and assist for the transfer to the Darjeeling. On arrival check in to your hotel. Evening is at leisure to explore the surroundings on your own.

Perched high atop a steep mountainous ridge, Darjeeling lies like a jewel surrounded by the lush tea plantations on nearby hills and by the brilliantly white Himalaya range off in the distance. During the British Raj, Darjeeling's temperate climate led to its development as a hill station for British residents seeking to escape the summer heat of the plains.

Day 9: Darjeeling

Early morning visit to Tiger Hill and Ghoom Monastery. The Tiger Hill site is a summit in nearby Ghoom, famous for spectacular sunrise views over the Himalayas. Enjoy the pre-dawn chill to catch the first golden rays of the sun as they crest over the horizon and illuminate the twin peaks of Kanchenjunga.

Return to hotel for breakfast followed by a visit to Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoological Park, Tibetan Refugee Centre and the Tenzing rock and Gombu Rock.

Day 10: Darjeeling – Gangtok

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Gangtok. On arrival check in at your hotel.

The capital of Sikkim, Gangtok is a picturesque town, which cascades down the mountainside from a 1520 metres high ridge. Gangtok means ‘Hilltop’, which was flattened in 1716 to build the Gangtok Monastery. Today, the town has grown into a busy, bustling city with pagoda-style houses, painted turquoise roofs and colourful, people-thronged bazaars.

Day 11: Gangtok

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a city tour visiting Rumtek Monastery, Flower Nurseries, Dro Dul Chorten, Enchey Monastery, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and Cottage Industry.

The Rumtek Monastery is located on the outskirts of the town and is one of Buddhism's most sacred monasteries. The monastery is the seat of the Kagyu order, one of the major Tibetan sects, and houses some of the world's most sacred and rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures and religious objects in its reliquary.

Enchey Monastery is a two-hundred year old baroque monastery and is the oldest in the city housing images of gods, goddesses, and other religious artefacts.

The Modern structure of Dro-dul Chorten is a stupa, which was constructed in 1945 by Trulshi Rimpoché, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism. Inside this stupa are a complete set of relics, holy books, and mantras while the edifice is surrounded by 108 prayer wheels.

Day 12: Gangtok – Kalimpong

After breakfast in the Hotel, drive to Kalimpong. On arrival check in at your hotel. Afternoon sightseeing in Kalimpong visiting Flower Nurseries, Zang Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery, Durpin Dara, Tharpa Choling Monastery and Thongsa Gumpa.

Zang Dhok Palri Phodang is a Buddhist monastery in Kalimpong in West Bengal, India. The monastery is located atop Durpin Hill, one of the two hills of the town. The visiting Dalai Lama consecrated it in 1976.The monastery houses many rare scriptures that were brought into India after the invasion of Tibet in 1959. It also houses the 108 volumes of the Kangyur and is lso popularly known as the Lava Monastery. The view from the hilltop is breathtaking.

Day 13: Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Bagdogra airport to board your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival stay in transit for your onward flight.

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Ideas to upgrade or extend your itinerary:

  • Why not taking a short flight over to Bhutan or Nepal when already traveling to the Indian Subcontinent? Our Jetset Bhutan & Nepal itineraries provide an amazing introduction to these fascinating countries.
  • Add 2 nights in Agra to visit the awe inspiring Taj Mahal, undoubtedly the masterpiece of Mughal architecture

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Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. 

Inclusions:
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner during stay in Darjeeling, Gangtok & Kalimpong at hotel.
  • All airport transfers.
  • All internal airfares and transport on tour.
  • All itinerary attractions including fees or permits.
  • Professional tour guides for all airport pickups, day tours and activities.
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