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Sikkim Cultural Tour with Taj Mahal

Rumtek Monastery appears tranquil amidst the picturesque background of lofty hills and shooting waterfalls was built by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorjey in 16th centuries. This is the largest monastery in Sikkim. Rumtek served as the main sect of the karma kagu lineages in Tibetan Buddhism. But when the Karmapa arrived In Sikkim in 1959, after feeling Tibet the monastery was ruin with the help of the Sikkim royal family and Indian government it has been built by the 16th Karmapa as his seat in exile.

Sketch Itineray

Day 01 Arrive Delhi

Day 02: Delhi – Bagdogra by Flight then drive to Darjeeling (90 km)

Day 03: Cultural Sightseeing in Darjeeling

Day 04: Drive Darjeeling – Pemayangtse (120 km)

Day 05: In Pemayangtse

Day 06: Drive Pemayangtse – Gangtok (119 km)

Day 07: Excursion Tour in and around Gangtok

Day 08: Drive Gangtok – Kalimpong (73 km)

Day 09: Drive Kalimpong – Bagdogra then Flight Bagdogra - Delhi

Day 10: Drive from Delhi to Agra

Day 11: Drive to Jaipur

Day 12: In Jaipur Sightseeing

Day 13: Drive from Jaipur to Delhi

Day 14: Visit Delhi/ Departure

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02: Delhi – Bagdogra by Flight then drive to Darjeeling (90 km)

Transfer to airport for flight to Bagdogra. On arrival at Bagdogra Airport you will be met by our guide and after a short immigration formality you will be transferred by coach to Darjeeling. This drive takes about 3 and ½ hr and passes through small villages, tea gardens and township of Kurseong. There is every possibility of you seeing the Toy train as the Toy Train runs along the high way of Darjeeling. Overnight in Darjeeling.

Day 03: Cultural Sightseeing in Darjeeling

Early morning excursion to Tigerhill and on the way back visit to Ghoom Monastery.After breakfast visit to Himalayan Mountaineering Institute,Himalayan Zoological Park and Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre.After lunch visit to Tukvar Valley Tea Eastate to see the manufacturing of Darjeeling Tea. Overnight at hotel in Darjeeling.

Day 04: Drive Darjeeling – Pemayangtse (120 km)

After breakfast transfer from Darjeeling to Pemayangtese. It is 142 kms in distance and will take around 06 to 07 hr drive. This drive takes us through lush tropical forest climbing down for the first 2 hr when we climb down from 7000 ft to 700 ft. Then for the next 03 hr we are just above the rivers the Teesta and Rangit .Here we pass terrace farms and many small villages till we come to Legship from where we start climbing up to Pemayangtse. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 05: In Pemayangtse

Morning visit to Sanga Cholling Monastery. This walk will take about 02 hr both ways. After lunch visit to Pemayangtse Monasetery, a premier monastery in Sikkim built in the 17th century. The unique feature of this monastery is the wooden structure depicting Sanglokpahi, the Heavenly Abode of Guru Padma Sambhava and also The Ruins of Rabdentse Palace, the Second Capital of Sikkim. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 06: Drive Pemayangtse – Gangtok (119 km)

Transfer from Pemayangtse to Gangtok. This day the clients will be driving through the cardamom fields and rice tarraces. The distance from Pemayangtse to Gangtok is 118 kms and will take about 6 hr drive through the rough roads of the hills. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 07: Excursion Tour in and around Gangtok

Morning visit to Rumtek Monastery. The distance from Gangtok to Rumtek is 24 km and will take one and a half hour drive. Rumtek Monastery is fairly new monastery compaired to any other monastery in this whole trip.
The construction stated in 1962 and was completed in 1968. But this is one of the most important monastery in this entire trip, as this is the main seat of His Holiness Galwa Karmapa, the head of the Kargyudpa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. This is also known to be the largest monastery in this part of the country. On the way back, we'll visit the Research Institute of Tibetology. This is the only museum in the world of its kind where we have the largest collection of books on Mahayana Buddhism. It also has a great collection of old manuscripts, Tibetan paintings, old statues and icons. After lunch you will visit the Handicraft Centre where one can see the manufacture of Sikkim's Handicraft. After this we will make the group walk around the colourful market place of Gangtok and then return to hotel.

Day 08: Drive Gangtok – Kalimpong (73 km)

Transfer from Gangtok to Kalimpong. This drive is about 3 to three and a half hours covering distance of 78 km. Kalimpong was a main trade Centre between India and Tibet till 1959. The frontier between India and Tibet was sealed after the Chinese took over Tibet in 1959. After lunch will visit Durpin Dara Monastery which was built in 1840. This monastery belongs to Ningmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Nigmapa is the oldest sect in Tibetan Buddhism. After this we'll walk around the colourful bazar of Kalimpong and return to hotel.

Day 09: Drive Kalimpong – Bagdogra then Flight Bagdogra - Delhi

Transfer to Bagdogra airport for flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhi transfer to hotel for wash and change. Late evening transfer to International airport for homeward flight.

Day 10: Drive from Delhi to Agra

Early in the morning, transfer to Airport to catch flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi and drive to Agra. Arrive Agra. If Time permits visit Taj Mahal Sunset view. Overnight at Hotel in Agra.

Agra: One of the great Mughal cities of South Asia, with minor interruptions. Agra alternated with Delhi as the capital of their empire. Little is known about it before the Muslim conquest. Agra stands on the right bank of the river Yamuna, site of Love's most splendid monument, the Taj Mahal. Agra was founded by the first Aryan settlers, and named " Arya Graha" which with time was shortened to Agra.

The Taj Mahal: The state of the Taj declined with the fortunes of the Mughal Empire, the garden becoming overgrown. The architectural masterpiece was built in 1630 by Shah Jahan, in memory of his favorite wife and adviser, Mumtaz Mahal (crown of the palace) 20,000 workers and artists, some coming from Europe and Persia, spent 22 years working on this monuments of love wrought in sandstone, marble and semi-precious jewels.

Agra Fort: On the West Bank of the Yamuna River, Akbar's magnificent fort dominates the center of the city. The son of Sher Shah originally used the site, but the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the wall and gates and the first building inside. Overnight at Hotel in Agra.

Day 11: Drive to Jaipur

Leave after breakfast for Jaipur, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri. We will proceed to Jaipur Sightseeing. Overnight in Jaipur hotel.

Fatehpur Sikri: 37 km West of Agra. Fatehpur Sikri – the deserted capital of Emperor Akbar, in 1570, Akbar built the breath- taking city of Fatehpur Sikri as a token of devotion to the Saint Sheikh Salim Chesti.

Day 12: In Jaipur Sightseeing

Sawai Jai Singh II, the Maharaja of the Kachhwaha Clan of Rajputs, who ruled from 1699-1744, founded Jaipur (City of Victory) in 1727. The city is a highly distinctive city. Built with ancient Hindu building suggests a decline in architectural power and originality. The "pink" a traditional color of welcome, was paint added in 1853 in honor of the visit by Prince Albert, and the tradition has survived to this day.

Jantar Mantar (Observatory): Literally "Instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens', the Jantar Mantar was built between 1728 and 1734. Not content with brass, Jai Singh wanted things on a grand scale and chose stone with a marble facing on the important planes. Each of the instruments serves a particular function and each gives an accurate reading. The observatory is a fascinating and attractive site to walk round.

Amer: 11 kms North of Jaipur, this was the ancient capital of the Kachhawaha Rajputs from 1037 until Sawai Jai Singh II moved to newly created Jaipur. The building of the fort-palace was begun by Raja Man Singh, a noted Rajput general in Akbar's army. The architecture shows distinct Mughal influence. The route there is very attractive,Leaving the town and travelling first across the surrounding plain.

The City Palace (1728-1732): Occupies the center of Jaipur, covers 1/7 of its area an is surrounded by a high wall. This was the Guest Pavilion and has a very attractive white marble frontage. On the first floor is the Tactile and Costume Museum. When Jai Singh moved his court from Amber to the new palace, 4 out of the 36 imperial Departments were devoted to costumes and textiles.

Hawa Mahal: Forming part of the East wall of the palace complex and best seen from the street courtside the palace is the " Palace of the Winds" this famous building in Jaipur is in part simply a pink sandstone facade. Overnight at Hotel in Jaipur.

Day 13: Drive from Jaipur to Delhi

Early morning drive from Jaipur to Delhi. Afternoon local sightseeing in Delhi. Late eveing transfer to IGI Airport to catch the return flight.

Day 14: Departure

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sikkim bhutan cultural tour

No. of Pax

Cost with A-Category Hotels

  • 02 to 03 Pax

    €1185 per person
  • 04 to 06 Pax

    €1095 per person
  • 07 to 09 Pax

    €1020 per person
  • 10 to 09 Pax

    €970 per person

 

  • Tour Leader ground cost will be 50% on Paying for 10-12 Pax
  • Included: Standard Hotel with Breakfast
  • Rates are valid till December 2017.
  • Cost Includes :

    • Standard Hotel in Delhi, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Jaipur and Agra with Bed & Breakfast.
    • All ground transportation in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra by air-conditioned car/coach.
    • All ground transportation in Darjeeling and Sikkim by non air-conditioned jeep/ Bus.
    • Local English speaking guide in Gangtok and Darjeeling.
    • English speaking guide at monuments only in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.
    • Entry fee to monasteries / monuments in Sikkim and Darjeeling only.

     

    Cost Does not Includes :

    • International/ Domestic Flights
    • Lunches & Dinners in Delhi, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Agra and Jaipur.
    • Sleeping bag and Personal clothing.
    • Insurance and medical evacuation.
    • Tips, hard & soft drinks, laundry, postage, telephone calls, anything not specified above and any item of personal nature.
    • Any expenses caused by reason beyond our control such as road block and flight cancellations due to natural calamities etc.
    • Entry fee to monuments in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.
    • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Cost includes”.

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