BUDDHIST MONASTERY WITH EAST INDIA TOUR
DURATION : 15 NIGHTS / 16 DAYS
Destinations Covered : Delhi – Varanasi – Bodhgaya – Rajgir and Nalanda – Patna-Kolkatta-Darjeeling – Sikkim – Kolkata
DAY 01: Delhi
Reach Delhi and head towards a hotel for checking in. You will be guided by our representative there. Stay overnight in Delhi.
DAY 02: Delhi
In the morning, visit the Raj Ghat (Mahatma Gandhi’s was cremated here) and Shanti Vana (Jawahar Lal Nehru’s cremation site). Then, move to Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Take the view of Qutub Minar in the afternoon, and then see the War Memorial Arch of India Gate, Temple of Laxmi Narayan. You will also be able to see the Parliament house, President House, Connaught Place shopping area and several Government secretariats building on the way. Take rest in the hotel.
DAY 03: Delhi – Varanasi
Post breakfast, check out from the hotel and board a flight to Varanasi. After getting there, check into a hotel and later, head for an excursion tour of Sarnath place. Spend overnight in the hotel.
DAY 04: Varanasi
Take the boat ride on Ganga River in the early morning. After returning, have some breakfast in the hotel. Later, move ahead for a sightseeing tour of Temples of Durga and Bharat Mata, Benaras Hindu University and Tulsi Manas. Stay overnight in Varanasi.
DAY 05: Varanasi – Bodhgaya
Post breakfast; check out from hotel to head towards Bodhgaya by driving. Check into a hotel after getting there and later, in the afternoon tour the place by visiting the temple of Mahabodhi. Stay overnight in Bodhgaya.
DAY 06: Bodhgaya – Patna – En route visit Rajgir and Nalanda
Enjoy your breakfast and then, head towards Rajgir or the House of Royalty, Hills of Gridhakut, Vishwa Shanti Stupa, University of Nalanda, the archeological museum of Nalanda and so on. After reaching Patna, check into a hotel and spend the overnight there.
DAY 07: Patna – Kolkata
Leave for Patna Sahib in the morning after having breakfast. Visit the Patna Museum too. Check out from the hotel and board the flight to Kolkata. After getting there, check into a hotel and the entire day is leisure to enjoy the most of it. Spend the night in Kolkata.
DAY 08: Kolkata – Darjeeling
Post breakfast, head towards the flower markets on the Howrah river banks. Enjoy a boat ride on the river Hooghly. Take the sightseeing tour of the city by visiting the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul, the Victoria Memorial Hall, and The Indian Museum where you will find Art collections of Finesse. Board the train to Darjeeling after checking out from the hotel. Travel overnight in the train.
Reach Darjeeling and check into a hotel. Refresh yourselves and then take a ride in the toy train while watching underneath the hills of Darjeeling. A great retreat for summers was in Darjeeling for British people during their rule. Spend the overnight there.
DAY 10: Darjeeling
Post breakfast, drive towards the Tiger Hill on the top of 9000 feet, where you will view the stupendous sunrise from Kanchenjunga. While returning, you can stop at the Ghoom Monanstery of Darjeeling. Then, you will visit the famous tea gardens and Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Stay overnight in Darjeeling.
DAY 11: Darjeeling – Kalimpong
Have breakfast at the hotel. Check out and drive to Kalimpong and after reaching there get into a hotel. Later, visit the monasteries in the Kalimpong and also, the flower nurseries. Spend overnight in the hotel.
DAY 12: Kalimpong – Gangtok
Post breakfast in the hotel, head towards the Dello Hills, Flower Nursery and Dr. Graham’s Home. Check out from the hotel and drive towards Gangtok. After reaching there, check into a hotel and stay overnight.
DAY 13: Gangtok
Post breakfast in the hotel, you will proceed to a sightseeing tour of Droul Chorthen, Research Institute of Tibetology, Deer Park, Enchey and Rungtek Monastery, Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms. The rest of the day will be leisure for you. Spend the night in hotel.
DAY 14: Gangtok
Post breakfast, you will visit the consecrated and serene lake of Tshangu which remains frozen during the majority of the year. It comes only normal during the months from May to August when Iris, Poppies, Primulas and Rhododendrons bloom on the banks of it. Spend overnight in hotel.
DAY 15: Gangtok – Bagdogra – Kolkata
Post breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive toward Bagdogra to board a flight to Kolkata. Get guided by our representative in the Kolkata Airport and check into a hotel. Stay overnight there.
DAY-16: Kolkata – onward Destination
After having breakfast, check out from the hotel for onward journey.