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Himalayan Foothills With Delta's Tiger Tour

17 Days Himalayan Foothills With Delta's Tiger


A land of infinite charm with breath taking views of Kanchanjunga, bewildering variety of flora and fauna, colourful festivals, bush green tea gardens, inching adventure spots, laundry trekking rocks, perfect solitude. All this makes the East Himalayas our highlight in this tour.  We see Darjeeling, beautifully nestled in the foothills of the snow covered Himalayas at an altitude that ranges from 600 to 2000 meters. Tea estates in Darjeeling, they are spread over 20000 hectares of area.  Sheltered by the Kanchenjunga peak, these estates produce tea that is unequalled anywhere in the world. Visit Kurseong at an altitude of 1800m which was an important trading center in the days when the silk routes between Tibet, Bhutan and Sikkim were alive and running.   We visit the inimitable, irresistible and incredible Calcutta, where the monumental British Raj was launched and some of the best known monuments of the British Raj were built here.  Visit the rain forests of Sundrebans, a network of estuaries, tidal rivers and creeks intersected by numerous channels. 

Sketch Itinerary :
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Kolkata | Sundarbans National Park | Goomtee | Darjeeling | Pelling | Gangtok | Kalimpong | Kurseong | New Delhi

Trip Type :
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Leisurely and Nature Explorer


A land of infinite charm with breath taking views of Kanchanjunga, bewildering variety of flora and fauna, colourful festivals, bush green tea gardens, inching adventure spots, laundry trekking rocks, perfect solitude. All this makes the East Himalayas our highlight in this tour.  We see Darjeeling, beautifully nestled in the foothills of the snow covered Himalayas at an altitude that ranges from 600 to 2000 meters. Tea estates in Darjeeling, they are spread over 20000 hectares of area.  Sheltered by the Kanchenjunga peak, these estates produce tea that is unequalled anywhere in the world. Visit Kurseong at an altitude of 1800m which was an important trading center in the days when the silk routes between Tibet, Bhutan and Sikkim were alive and running.   We visit the inimitable, irresistible and incredible Calcutta, where the monumental British Raj was launched and some of the best known monuments of the British Raj were built here.  Visit the rain forests of Sundrebans, a network of estuaries, tidal rivers and creeks intersected by numerous channels. 
 

Customization :
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All tours are Tailor -made, take help of our tour specialist to plan. We will carefully design your trip into a detailed itinerary complete with country facts, maps, a price and accommodation and time in your hand and share your budget as per your choice. We'll keep perfecting your itinerary until you're completely happy and ready to book, at which point you pay your initial deposit.

 

Price on request


What's Included :
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  • All breakfasts in all hotels as per the itinerary.
  • All accommodation (as per your choice of hotel)
  • All meals are included in Sundarbans National Park
  • Jeep safari along with special naturalist as per the itinerary (sharing or exclusive as per your preference )
  • Guided sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • River cruise to reach Sundarban
  • Toy train ride at Darjeeling
  • Visit to tea estate
  • Monument entrance fees as per the itinerary

All transport and listed activities Travel by air-conditioned Toyota Innova car Many early starts during the game drives All currently applicable taxes


What's Excluded :
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  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Still / video camera fee in national parks and at monuments
  • Expenses of personal nature like smokes, liquor, laundry and telephone calls
  • International airfare and domestic airfare
  • Mountain flight over the Mount Everest
  • Travel insurance
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  • Please note that any changes in entrance fees or government taxes will be payable extra and the same will be advised to you if applicable

Today we discover this exciting city on a 'Heritage Walk' of the distinct architectural heritage of Calcutta. It highlights the evolution of this city from where it all began, Dalhousie Square. The first walk takes us on a two hour journey around some 15 buildings in the area, including the imposing WRITERS BUILDING, the newly renovated TOWN HALL, the ST JOHN'S CHURCHYARD and the historic METCALFE HALL. Also visit the HOUSE OF RABINDRANATH TAGORE and the MARBLE PALACE. Our tour includes visits to a number of the city's museums and monuments along with a taste of an era gone by with a city tram ride. During the tour we will stop for lunch at OH CALCUTTA, a local vibrant restaurant serving authentic Bengali cuisine. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Today we discover this exciting city on a 'Heritage Walk' of the distinct architectural heritage of Calcutta. It highlights the evolution of this city from where it all began, Dalhousie Square. The first walk takes us on a two hour journey around some 15 buildings in the area, including the imposing WRITERS BUILDING, the newly renovated TOWN HALL, the ST JOHN'S CHURCHYARD and the historic METCALFE HALL. Also visit the HOUSE OF RABINDRANATH TAGORE and the MARBLE PALACE. Our tour includes visits to a number of the city's museums and monuments along with a taste of an era gone by with a city tram ride. During the tour we will stop for lunch at OH CALCUTTA, a local vibrant restaurant serving authentic Bengali cuisine. Rest of the day is at leisure.

The dense forest of the Sunderbans is one of the largest mangroves in the world and the only kind with tiger habitat. An intricate network of inter-connecting waterways characterizes this area. One third of the Sunderbans is water logged and the face of the forest is in perpetual flux. Deep inside the Tiger reserve forest cascading through the narrow creeks of the Delta Island you have a very good view of the famous Mangrove forest of the Sunderbans. Cruise down the Matla river and reach Sajnekhali Tiger Reserve. Witness Mangrove Interpretation Center a Museum, the Watch Tower, Deer Feeding and Monkeys. temple of Bon Bibi, the goddess of the forest is prayed to protect the honey collectors, wood cutters, and fisher men.

The dense forest of the Sunderbans is one of the largest mangroves in the world and the only kind with tiger habitat. An intricate network of inter-connecting waterways characterizes this area. One third of the Sunderbans is water logged and the face of the forest is in perpetual flux. Deep inside the Tiger reserve forest cascading through the narrow creeks of the Delta Island you have a very good view of the famous Mangrove forest of the Sunderbans. Cruise down the Matla river and reach Sajnekhali Tiger Reserve. Witness Mangrove Interpretation Center a Museum, the Watch Tower, Deer Feeding and Monkeys. temple of Bon Bibi, the goddess of the forest is prayed to protect the honey collectors, wood cutters, and fisher men.

A great laidback lifestyle awaits you at the Goomtee Tea Resort, set in a cosy niche amidst the mighty Himalayan mountains. It's a perfect break where you can soak in all of nature's freshness to recoup & recon front the hectic demands of modern day living. The resort is at Mahanadi, a quiet railroad station of the World Heritage Darjeeling Railway, which comes to life everytime the puffing and smoking 'Toy Train' noisily announces its arrival. Start the day with a cup of freshly manufactured tea on the lawns. Rest of the time will be spent in factory visit to see various processes of tea manufacture. Learn all about tea and its plucking, weighment, withering, rolling, fermentation, firing, sorting and packing. Also see a tea-auction, if taking place. Walk down the mountain trail and pine forests. There are many springs that grow into streams and waterfalls within the estate. These eventually accumulate into the mighty river Mahanadi as it reaches the plains 4000ft below.

A great laidback lifestyle awaits you at the Goomtee Tea Resort, set in a cosy niche amidst the mighty Himalayan mountains. It's a perfect break where you can soak in all of nature's freshness to recoup & recon front the hectic demands of modern day living. The resort is at Mahanadi, a quiet railroad station of the World Heritage Darjeeling Railway, which comes to life everytime the puffing and smoking 'Toy Train' noisily announces its arrival. Start the day with a cup of freshly manufactured tea on the lawns. Rest of the time will be spent in factory visit to see various processes of tea manufacture. Learn all about tea and its plucking, weighment, withering, rolling, fermentation, firing, sorting and packing. Also see a tea-auction, if taking place. Walk down the mountain trail and pine forests. There are many springs that grow into streams and waterfalls within the estate. These eventually accumulate into the mighty river Mahanadi as it reaches the plains 4000ft below.

Often referred to as the "Queen of the Hills", Darjeeling remains just as alluring with its tiny waterfalls, little villages and a narrow gauge railway track, surrounded by World Famous Tea Gardens and snow capped mountains. Highlights here include visits to Tiger Hill at sunrise to enjoy incredible view of himalayan ranges and GHOOM monastery built in 1875 nearby. Enjoy a toy train ride, one of the few hill railways still operating. The Darjeeling Hill Railway has now obtained the status of World Heritage from UNESCO. See Lloyd Botanical Garden for Himalayan and alpine plant varieties, including flowers and orchids and Darjeeling Club was established in 1868 by British tea planters.

Often referred to as the "Queen of the Hills", Darjeeling remains just as alluring with its tiny waterfalls, little villages and a narrow gauge railway track, surrounded by World Famous Tea Gardens and snow capped mountains. Highlights here include visits to Tiger Hill at sunrise to enjoy incredible view of himalayan ranges and GHOOM monastery built in 1875 nearby. Enjoy a toy train ride, one of the few hill railways still operating. The Darjeeling Hill Railway has now obtained the status of World Heritage from UNESCO. See Lloyd Botanical Garden for Himalayan and alpine plant varieties, including flowers and orchids and Darjeeling Club was established in 1868 by British tea planters.

Stop at Tukvar Tea Estate on the way to Pelling, a quiet village in West Sikkim. The sublime lots or Pemyangtse monastery here is the oldest one and it houses priceless thankas, icons, buddhist texts, paintings and frescoes. Built in the 17th century AD, this monastery follows the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is perched on a wooded hilltop and commands the most sublime view of the Kanchendzonga.

Stop at Tukvar Tea Estate on the way to Pelling, a quiet village in West Sikkim. The sublime lots or Pemyangtse monastery here is the oldest one and it houses priceless thankas, icons, Buddhist texts, paintings and frescoes. Built in the 17th century AD, this monastery follows the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is perched on a wooded hilltop and commands the most sublime view of the Kanchendzonga

Visit SANGACHEOLING GUMPA, the second oldest Gumpa, Temi Tea Estate, the only one in Sikkim and the awe -inspiring Rumtek Monastery, the world Dharma chakra Centre and the seat of His Holiness, the Gyalwa Karmapa, who is the head of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism.

With different cultures and religion existing in perfect harmony, Gangtok has shown that "Unity in Diversity" exists in Sikkim. Sikkimese have strong bonding with their age-old traditions and customs. However, a quick survey of Gangtok shows that the bubble of modernization has burst with a bang in the town. At an altitude of 1750m, Gangtok became the state capital in the mid 19th century and has undergone rapid development since then. The downtown area is dominated by huge government buildings decorated with traditional Buddhist symbols. Surrounded by Monasteries and Orchids, Gangtok is truly a travelers delight.

Visit SANGACHEOLING GUMPA, the second oldest Gumpa, Temi Tea Estate, the only one in Sikkim and the awe -inspiring Rumtek Monastery, the world Dharma chakra Centre and the seat of His Holiness, the Gyalwa Karmapa, who is the head of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism.

With different cultures and religion existing in perfect harmony, Gangtok has shown that "Unity in Diversity" exists in Sikkim. Sikkimese have strong bonding with their age-old traditions and customs. However, a quick survey of Gangtok shows that the bubble of modernization has burst with a bang in the town. At an altitude of 1750m, Gangtok became the state capital in the mid 19th century and has undergone rapid development since then. The downtown area is dominated by huge government buildings decorated with traditional Buddhist symbols. Surrounded by Monasteries and Orchids, Gangtok is truly a travellers delight.

The wonderful climate of Kalimpong attracted the British, whose impressions are still apparent in the old churches, the Graham's homes, the Morgan House, the golf course. It is also a major center for traditional handicrafts, wood carvings, thanka paintings, metal crafts, Tibetan jewelry, wooden masks etc. DR. GRAHAM'S HOMES is a unique educational institution, started in 1900 by Dr. John Anderson Graham, a Missionary, with six orphans, the school, situated in a 500 acre estate on the slopes of Kalimpong's highest hill, Dealo, has today a strength of well over 700 boys and girls who are accommodated in small cottages in a picturesque set-up. In KALIMPONG MARKET see villagers turning up in their local costume on weekly market days to sell their farm products. Kalimpong is famous for its nurseries which export exotic flowers like Amaryllis LiLies, Anthuriums, Roses, Gerbera, dahlias, gladiolas as well as Orchids and Cacti.

The wonderful climate of Kalimpong attracted the British, whose impressions are still apparent in the old churches, the Graham's homes, the Morgan House, the golf course. It is also a major center for traditional handicrafts, wood carvings, thanka paintings, metal crafts, Tibetan jewelry, wooden masks etc. DR. GRAHAM'S HOMES is a unique educational institution, started in 1900 by Dr. John Anderson Graham, a Missionary, with six orphans, the school, situated in a 500 acre estate on the slopes of Kalimpong's highest hill, Dealo, has today a strength of well over 700 boys and girls who are accommodated in small cottages in a picturesque set-up. In KALIMPONG MARKET see villagers turning up in their local costume on weekly market days to sell their farm products. Kalimpong is famous for its nurseries which export exotic flowers like Amaryllis LiLies, Anthuriums, Roses, Gerbera, dahlias, gladiolas as well as Orchids and Cacti.

Magnificent views of the Kanchenjunga, old Tibetan carpets, piping- hot Anglo-Indian meals. Kuresong's Cochrance Palace, our hotel exudes an unusual charm. Kurseong is never severely cold but receives highest rainfall after Cheerapunjee, the wettest place in the world. Consequently, the hills are adorned with brilliant white orchids in extraordinary profusion. It was granted to the British Empire by the king of Sikkim in 1835. Visit SASAC, an organic farm and social centre which has adopted 17 impoverished villages and has taught and developed indigenous eco - friendly systems and crafts centres to make each village self sufficient. SASAC There is a trek that leads from here to the other organic farm at Chimney – situated next to a memorial forest and at 7000 feet.

See QUTUB MINAR- the longest tower, Taj Mahal's predecessor HUMAYUN'S TOMB - a war memorial INDIA GATE. In Old city visit grand mosque JAMA MASJID and walk through the jewelry & spice markets and come to DELHI HAAT, an open air bazaar where artisans & craftsmen from all the states come and display their handicrafts & art.

Transfer to airport for return flight.

Trip Note :
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1. Book Early and Save Money .
2. Add a pinch of culture also like view Taj Mahal, Stay in heritage hotels, exploring culture .
3. Check dates of travel as the parks are closed during rainy seasons.
4. Some of the trips are escorted by  Wildlife specialist. Join the group.
 

Essential info


Vaccinations. There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatize to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected.

 

Eating & drinking

Breakfast is included in all hotels as per itinerary. You should allow around USD 8 -12 per day for lunch and USD15 -20 for dinner (when not included). However you’re all meals are included in national park at your lodge or hotel. You can eat out very economical in India, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants, you will spend more than the suggested amount. In Cities Like, Mumbai, Jaipur, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra and Delhi there is a good choice of restaurants and a choice between Indian and Western style food. If you are a vegetarian India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to with a wide range of veg. dishes on offer; whilst at the national parks there are usually some non spicy curries but these are in limited supply. Tea and soft drinks are very expensive.  We advise for drinking use only packed drinking water / Mineral water however in most of the lodge/or hotel have purified water available and they use purified water for cooking as well. A (large!) bottle of beer is approx. USD 5-7. Mineral water is widely available.
 

Weather & seasonality :

September to April is the ideal time to visit these areas of all over India. Days are normally warm to hot and nights cool or mild. Humidity is very low and little or some rain shower can be expected now day due to climate change. In March/April and September/October it can get very hot during the day. Evenings at the game parks can be surprisingly cool, so bring a jumper or lightweight fleece as well as sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses. It gets very cold in the early mornings and evenings especially during the open safari jeep or bus between December and February and you should be prepared for this. You should bring additional warm clothing such as good fleece jackets, gloves and a scarf as it can drop to near freezing
 

e-Tourist Visa Facility is available for holders of passport of following countries

Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Island, Chile, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, United Kingdom,  Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Vietnam. 
 

Eligibility

1. International Travellers whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation , sightseeing , casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit.

2. Passport should have at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India. The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.

3. International Travellers should have return ticket or onward journey ticket, with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.

4. International Travellers having Pakistani Passport or Pakistani origin may please apply for regular Visa at Indian Mission.

5. Not available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders.

6. Not available to individuals endorsed on Parent’s/Spouse’s Passport i.e. each individual should have a separate passport.

7. Not available to International Travel Document Holders.

 

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