West Bengal & Sikkim

West Bengal & Sikkim

Paired with the well-known cities of Kolkata and Darjeeling on the tea trail, you will also dip your toe into West Bengal.

Explore unspoiled towns, wild landscapes of exotic flora and fauna as well a homestay experience in a traditional Lepcha village of Dzongu. Embrace the stark natural beauty of the Yumthang Valley, with its sacred lakes and ornate Buddhist monasteries.

West Bengal & Sikkim

Be guided through this mesmerizing spectacle of living tradition, participating in the festivities alongside the devout. Be prepared for an amazing journey of discovery, cultural experiences, local life, cuisine and explore the meaning and forms of spirituality, all mixed with unsurpassed scenery.

Tour Highlights

  1. Wold heritage UNESCO Toy train ride in Darjeeling.
  2. Visit to Tea Gardens.
  3. Walk to Tiger hill to witness sunrise on Kanchenjunga Peak.
  4. Excursion to Yumthang Valley.
  5. Meeting with Monks in Rumtek Monastery.


Calcutta – Darjeeling – Pelling – Yuksom – Gangtok – Lachung – Yumthang Valley – Dzongu – Gangtok – Calcutta

Day 01: Arrive in Calcutta
Welcome to India! Upon arrival into Kolkata, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure. The city of Kolkata’s name is derived from the Bengali term Kolkata, the name of one of three villages that predated the arrival of the British, in the area where the city eventually was to be established. Located on the east bank of River Hooghly, Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is also the commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India’s oldest port as well as its sole major riverine port. The city’s documented history begins with the arrival of the English East India Company in 1690, when the Company was consolodating its trade business in Bengal. Under the East India Company and later under the British Raj, Kolkata served as the capital of India until 1911, when its perceived geographical disadvantages, combined with growing nationalism in Bengal, led to a shift of the capital to New Delhi. The people of Kolkata tend to have a special appreciation for art and literature; its tradition of welcoming new talent has made it a ‘city of furious creative energy’. For these reasons, Kolkata has often been dubbed as the Cultural Capital of India or the Literary Capital of India.
Day 02: Calcutta (flight) Bagdogra (40 kms) Darjeeling
Following breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bagdogara. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to Kurseong. This evening, enjoy a scenic walk along the military road built by the British in the 1770’s.
Day 03: Darjeeling
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning before enjoying a half day visit to the Tea Garden. Here you can observe the processing and manufacturing of the world renowned Darjeeling tea. Early this afternoon, board the Darjeeling Toy Train from Kurseong and enjoy a ride of a lifetime in this World Heritage Site and let the scenic views mesmerise you. A journey on the Toy Train is considered the most romantic approach to the Himalayas, as this small steam locomotive slowly meanders its way through the landscape. Once you disembark the train at Ghoom, enjoy a walk to Darjeeling.
Day 04: Darjeeling
Rise early this morning to enjoy a one hour walk to Tiger Hill, where you will witness sunrise over the snowy peak of Kanchenjunga – the world’s third highest mountain. Enjoy a tea break before returning to your hotel for breakfast. Following breakfast, head out to explore Darjeeling. Your first visit is to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, which as well as conducting training courses, also houses a wonderful collection of equipment used in various mountaineering expeditions. From here, continue onto the Zoological Gardens. Home to some of the rarest species of animals and birds, it is the only zoo in India to have Siberian Tigers and Red Pandas. Your next stop is the Tibetan Refugee Camp, established as a centre for those who had fled Tibet with the Dalai Lama after the Chinese invasion. This self-help centre has been developed as a workshop for the manufacture of handicrafts.
Day 05: Darjeeling – Pelling ( 100 kms – 04 hrs)
This morning you will embark on a scenic drive (approx. 4 hours) from Darjeeling to Pelling. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to the Pemayangtse Monastery.. Planned, designed and founded by Lama Lhatsun Chempo in 1705, it is one of the oldest and premier monasteries of Sikkim, and the most famous in west Sikkim. Continuing on, explore Rabdentse which was the second capital of the former kingdom of Sikkim from 1670 to 1814. The capital city was destroyed by the invading Gurkha army, leaving only ruins of the palace and chortens which once stood here.
Day 06: Pelling - Yuksom ( 40 kms – 01½ hrs)
This morning following breakfast, you will visit Pelling, stopping enroute at Khechiopalri Lake. Originally known as Kha-Chot-Palri, this lake is sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus, it is believed to be a wish fulfilling lake. From here, enjoy a leisurely walk through the woodland trails to Yuksom.
Day 07: Yuksom – Gangtok (160 kms – 06 hrs)
Another morning drive today as you head towards Gangtok, visiting Tashiding Monastery on the way. Located on top of a hill, rising between the Rathong chu and the Rangeet River, the views from this Buddhist monastery are truly spectacular.
Day 08: Gangtok – Lachung (120 kms – 04½ hrs)
This morning following breakfast we drive approx. 3hrs to Lachung. Upon arrival the rest of the day is yours at leisure to relax and take in this special part of India.
Day 09: Lachung – Excursion to Yumthang Valley
Today you will explore the stark natural landscapes of the Yumthang Valley. Popularly known as the ‘Valley of Flowers’, it is home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, which has over twenty-four species of the rhododendron, the states flower. Make the most of the Yumthang Hot spring which is perched at an altitude of over 11,800 feet above the sea level. Lying close to the course of Lachung river, this hot water spring can be accessed after a short five minute walk from Yumthang village.
Day 10: Lachung – Dzongu ( 65 kms – 03 hrs)
This morning you drive from Lachung to Dzongu. Dzongu is an official reserve for the Lepcha community and is largely untouched by tourism. Colourful Buddhist flags float in the mountain breeze, carrying the prayers of the Lepchas to their Gods. The contoured paddy fields add more colours to the picture perfect scenery. The beauty of Dzongu is complimented by the weight and depth of its heritage carried by the Lepcha people. This evening, spend the night with a local family in a traditional homestay.
Day 11: Dzongu – Gangtok ( 70 kms – 03 hrs)
This morning, make the most of experiencing the local lifestyle and culture of the Lepcha Community before it time to farewell your host family and depart for Gangtok.
Day 12: Gangtok
Following breakfast, enjoy a half day excursion to Rumtek Monastery. Rumtek Monastery is the largest monastery in Sikkim and is home to the monk’s community, the place where they perform the sacred rituals and practices of the Karma Kagyu lineage. This afternoon, visit Tashi Ling which provides an astounding view of the Kanchenjunga range. Here lies the Tashi Ling monastery mostly known for its ‘Bumchu’ (Sacred Pot). This pot contains holy water which has never run dry for last 300 years. You will also visit the Namgyal Institute which was built to promote research in Mahayan Buddhism and Tibetan language and traditions. From here, continue onto Tsuk La Khang – a depository of a large collection of scriptures, this is the principal place of worship and assembly for the local Buddhists.
Day 13: Gangtok (train) Jalpaiguri (train) Calcutta
This morning drive from Gangtok to New Jalpaiguri. Enjoy some time to explore before you board the train this evening. Depart New Jalpaiguri by train ‘Kanchan kanya’ Express to Kolkata.
Day 14: Calcutta
After breakfast, you will have a tour of the city, beginning with the Academy of Fine Arts, established in 1933 and renowned for its fine collection of Indian art. You’ll also see the historic Armenian Church; built in the 18th century, it’s the oldest church in the city. Marvel at the impressive Victoria Memorial and visit Nirmal Hriday, one of the first foundations established by Mother Teresa. End your sightseeing with the Birla Temple and Howrah Bridge, an architectural landmark that has become a symbol of the “City of Joy”.
Day 15: Calcutta departure
According to flight timings transfer to airport for return flight
  • Best Season:October – November and Jan to May
map of Nawabs of Lucknow

The highlights of this trip


Lying amidst the slopes of the Lesser Himalayas and blanketed by emerald green plantations of tea, Darjeeling is a picturesque town in the Indian state of West Bengal. The majestic Kanchenjunga (also known as Kangchenjunga) towers over this beautiful town, which is the third highest mountain in the world. Popularly known as the ‘ Queen of the Hills’ ,Darjeeling is a favoured tourist destination, noted for its scenic beauty, ancient forests, quaint houses , friendly peopleand the mountain panorama that it provides.

Yumthang Valley

Yumthang valley is a beautiful, picturesque grazing pasture surrounded by mountains in the north Sikkim district of Sikkim in India. It is at an elevation of 3,564 metres (11,800) above sea level and at a distance of 150 km from the state capital Gangtok. It is popularly known as the ‘Valley of flowers’. With tree-covered green slopes, silently flowing river and beautiful Himalayan flowers, the valley is extremely scenic. A visit to the Valley of flowers will leave you enchanted.

Calcutta “City of Joy”

Kolkata, or Calcutta as it was formerly called, is the present capital of the eastern state of West Bengal and one of the most densely populated cities in India. Kolkata became a British trading post in the last part of the 17th Century. The city that once served as the showpiece capital of the British power in India is noted for its colonial buildings including the grand Victoria Memorial. Other important sights include the Howrah Bridge, an engineering marvel that links the city and Howrah Station, and the Indian Museum. Gateway to eastern India and home to prominent intellectuals, the city is known for its easy pace and intellectual prowess.

  • Monuments 85% 85%
  • Cultural 80% 80%
  • Experiences 85% 85%
  • Landscapes 95% 95%

Sharing experiences and being extremely well looked after.

“I thoroughly enjoyed staying with a Kolkata family, eating together, sharing experiences and being extremely well looked after.
The home stay arrangements were thoughtful and also flexible. The two historical tours that I did were fascinating, conducted by a very switched-on young guide..”

Sheena Paige – Galway, Ireland

Perfect Blend.

“We had wonderful travel and it was wonderful blend itinerary. Visits, homestays and hotels everything was just so great. “

Martha & Jimmy Black – Auckland, New Zealand.

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