India of the East: From Kolkata to the Himalayas10 days & 9 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Kolkata
Upon arrival in Kolkata, you will be met by a Cox & Kings representative and escorted to your hotel, the epitome of old-world charm and gracious hospitality. Kolkata, perhaps more than any other city in India, has been shaped by the British Raj. Many colonial buildings remain and the British legacy can still be felt in the city's social and sporting life. Among the most famous of the monuments in Kolkata are the Victoria Memorial-planned by Viceroy Curzon and referred to both as Curzon's folly and the British Taj Mahal-and the Howrah Bridge, one of the largest cantilever bridges in the world.
The evening is yours at leisure to relax and enjoy the amenities of your hotel or just rest up from your travels and prepare yourself for tomorrow's adventures.The Oberoi Grand - 2 Nights
This morning visit Kolkata's colorful and bustling flower markets where huge volumes of freshly cut flowers are traded on a daily basis. Continue with a cruise down the River Hooghly to see the temples, ghats and markets that line the riverbank. This afternoon tour the Marble Palace, a magnificent mansion that houses an eclectic collection of paintings, statuary and other art objects. End your exploration at the South Park Cemetery, where many early British colonists are buried.The Oberoi Grand (B)
Day 3To Gangtok (via Bagdogra)
Fly to Bagdogra and drive on to Gangtok in the remote state of Sikkim. On your journey, you'll pass through an incredible mountainous landscape with views of the entire Kanchenjunga Himalayan range.
Upon arrival in this alpine city, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. The garden at your hotel was once the favorite spot of the king of Sikkim who would spend hours there with his paints and easel. You're also within easy walking distance of the colorful M.G. Road, which is home to many cafes, restaurants, and bars. Or just relax and enjoy the library and game room in your elegant hotel.The Elgin Nor-Khill Hotel - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
Visit the Phodong Monastery-one of six major monasteries in the region of Sikkim-and explore its marvelous collection of beautiful murals and woodcarvings. Continue to the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, which was created to promote research into Mahayana Buddhism and the language and traditions of Tibet.
Back at your hotel, enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore the town or relax in the garden.The Elgin Nor-Khill Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 5To Pelling
Continue to Pelling, home to many Buddhist sites dedicated to Guru Rinpoche, the man responsible for bringing Buddhism to Tibet. On the top floor of the Pemayangtse Monastery there is a fascinating 7-tiered painted model of Guru Rinpoche's home. Situated at 6,250 feet, Pelling offers some incredible views of the majestic peak of Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world at 28, 169 feet. After admiring its icy grandeur, take a stroll around town and keep your eyes open for the small, castle-like houses of the indigenous Limboo people with their beautiful balconies and galleries.The Elgin Mount Pandim Hotel - 1 Night (B, L, D)
Day 6 - 8To Darjeeling
Visit the Pemayangtse Monastery, Sikkim's second oldest and most awe-inspiring monastery. Marvel at its expansive prayer hall, its ceilings and walls lined with incredibly detailed thangkas and murals. Then descend to visit the lovely Khecheopari Lake, which lies in a serene valley surrounded by colorful, fluttering prayer flags and lushly forested hills. In Darjeeling, visit the famous 19th-century Ghoom Monastery, an important Buddhist sanctuary that was built in 1875. Admire its collection of famous scriptures before continuing to Tiger Hill, which offers magnificent dawn views over Kangchenjunga and other peaks including Everest, Makalu and Lhotse.Glenburn Estate - 3 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 9To Kolkata (via Bagdogra)
Return to Bagdogra this morning for your flight back to Kolkata.
Upon arrival in the former British stronghold, enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure.The Oberoi Grand (B)
Day 10Depart Kolkata
Bid farewell to India as you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
In the Indian Subcontinent, there are completely different customs when it comes to road use and road craft, and all manner of vehicles, people and animals can be found moving about, even on the main roads. To most visitors, road journeys in the Indian Subcontinent can seem quite startling at first; however, all Cox & Kings drivers are very experienced and in tune with other road users, allowing you to relax and absorb the extraordinary sights and sounds en route.
For Escorted Groups, Cox & Kings uses air-conditioned buses of an appropriate size for the number of people traveling, while on Private Journeys, Cox & Kings uses mid-size cars with an option to upgrade to luxury segment vehicles, available on request. They all feature air-conditioning and our drivers are experienced. Please refer to page 51 for further details.
Important Note: Road conditions in the Indian Subcontinent change throughout the year, due to monsoon rains and extreme weather patterns and journey times can vary enormously at all times of the year which is beyond the control of Cox & Kings.
Air travel in the Indian Subcontinent is more affordable now. There are full service brands that operate domestic and international flights and then there are low cost airlines that have gained popularity due to low cost airfares being offered.
Flight Delays & Insurance: Due to increase in air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. Domestic flights in India can incur last minute schedule changes, delays, over flying, and / or cancellation without prior notice. November through January, fog can also create delays in Northern India airports, causing flight postponement or cancellation.
Flight delays can cause problems with onward connections, hotel and holiday arrangements. Although the airline will sometimes make arrangements to get you to your next destination at no extra cost, costs may be involved for you, in the form of additional accommodation, transfers and onward tickets. Unfortunately, since most services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays are non-refundable. Please note many international flight tickets are restricted and nonrefundable. Therefore, Cox & Kings requires that you are insured against such eventualities, and recommends traveling with a comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy from your point of origin.
Early Starts: A number of flights within the Indian Subcontinent arrive / depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Special Requests: Cox & Kings will endeavor to request any specific meals or services, on the condition that we are told at the time of booking. Specific seat requests with most major airlines can now only be requested if traveling in one of the premium classes. We are able to request general seating preferences for Economy Class passengers. However, all special requests are at the discretion of the airline and cannot be guaranteed.
Travel within the Indian Subcontinent is an adventure at every moment. We will endeavor to keep all clients apprised of any changes and or alterations to the program due to flight arrival or departure re-scheduling or other situations that may occur throughout your travel.
Important Note: Airlines and train schedules and fares are subject to last minute change. In the event that any amendment or cancellation arises or increase in fare, Cox & Kings cannot be held liable for the same.
The Indian Subcontinent has made an indelible mark in the area of hospitality. The distinctive features of these hotels are high standard and quality accommodation and service along with contemporary facilities at par with world standards. The availability of hotels in the Subcontinent ranges from Deluxe, Luxury, First Class and Budget to Heritage and Boutique.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout the Subcontinent and in general cannot be compared to the West. In larger cities such as Delhi and Mumbai, the hotels we use are fully modernized with excellent facilities, while in other cities and towns the hotels are smaller but still offer good facilities. In the desert cities of Rajasthan, areas of Southern India and small hill towns, many hotels we use are small, privately owned properties or converted palaces, retaining much of their original ambience, but the room size, shape and design can vary enormously (even in the same price bracket). On certain circuits in Rajasthan, enjoy the experience of staying at one of the marvelous Heritage hotels – once the residence of Maharajas. Although palace hotels often have simple facilities and service can be slow, we ask for your patience as this is more than compensated for by their atmosphere and charm.
Check-in & Check-out Times: Most hotels work on a check-in of 1400 hours and check-out of 1200 hours. If a flight arrives in the morning, you may be taken for breakfast or sightseeing before check-in. We will endeavor to get your room as early as possible in these instances.
Game Parks & Remote Areas: Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings,you can be sure that your accommodation in game lodges, smaller hotels and tented camps is the best available. Sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases we feel that the simplicity of such accommodation is outweighed by the experience. Game park accommodation cannot be compared to that available in parts of Africa and is often reached down narrow and makeshift roads.
Meals: Meals included in the tour program are indicated in the itineraries at the end of each day with codes: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L) and Dinner (D).
Maps: Type of travel is indicated in the maps at the beginning of each itinerary with symbols:
Road Travel (), Train Travel (),Air Travel (), Day Excursion ( ).
Cox & Kings is happy to arrange for you to extend your stay in the Indian Subcontinent. We have suggested possible extension options for the tours in this brochure, however we would also be delighted to design a custom extension, either pre or post tour, to fit in with your particular interests. Please note that tour extensions are operated on the same basis as Private Journeys.
Many of the sites in the Indian Subcontinent necessitate a reasonable amount of walking, either to the site or around it. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous. In addition, at ancient monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
India Of The East: From Kolkata To The Himalayas
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