India Eastern Horizons

Calcutta and North East, India

Close The Himalayas, Majestic views of Mt Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling and Gangtok, Sikkim.

India Eastern Horizons

Northeast India is the emerging destination for the intrepid traveller. The Northeast shares its borders with Bhutan and North Bengal, the latter being the jumping board for the pristine and beautiful state of Sikkim and the ‘Queen of the Hill Stations’, Darjeeling. Sikkim and Darjeeling provide legendary trekking trails and breath-taking views of the world’s highest mountain peaks including Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain. The famous Kaziranga and Manas National Parks are in the plains of Assam. 

This tour starts in Kolkata (Calcutta), former capital of the British Raj. Visit Take a comprehensive tour to include; the white-marble Victoria Memorial, the St Paul's Cathedral and Fort William. Further in the Himalayas, Darjeeling, provides breath-taking views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt Everest mountains from Tiger Hill. Visit Pemayangtse Monastery, the oldest in Sikkim. Tour Gangtok and Kalimpong, beautiful hill stations before taking safari in the Kaziranga National Park, near Guwahati, Assam.

And, explore Darjeeling, Sikkim and Kaziranga National Park. 

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  • This 12-day tour can be customised for any travellers
  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide and driver throughout the trip
  • Soak up the Raj-era history and Kolkata’s architecture on a walking tour
  • Discover Tibetan monasteries, tea plantations and spectacular views of the Kangchenjunga Range
Need to Know
  • Your international airfare is not included. We can book your international and domestic flights.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday
  • Three domestic flights (Kolkata – Bagdogra –Guwahati - Kolkata) are included

India Eastern Horizons A popular with travellers who have an association with eastern India, but it also attracts many first time visitors who take this tour along with their north India option to broaden their experience.

Kolkata - Bagdogra / Darjeeling - Pemayangtse - Gangtok - Kalimpong – Kaziranga - Guwahati /Kolkata
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive
Kolkata (Calcutta) Arrive at Kolkata. You will be met by our representative and transferred to the Oberoi Grand, a luxury period hotel, for two nights. The day is at leisure. The hotel is in the heart of the city, within walking distance of the famous New Market and the fabled Park Street.
Oberoi Grand (Nil)

Day 2 – Tour
Kolkata Kolkatta, the former capital of British Raj and India’s second largest city is regarded as the cultural capital of the nation. It continues to spawn generations of poets, writers and film producers. The city is overcrowded, central avenues are choked with traffic but love it or hate it; you definitely won’t forget this ‘City of Joy’.

With your private guide visit the gems of the British Raj; including the white-marble Victoria Memorial, the St Paul's Cathedral, Fort William, Secretariat buildings and the marble palace. Explore through local markets and you will find local artisans engaged in such antiquities as making idols of the Hindu gods.
Oberoi Grand (B)

Day 3 – Transfer & Tour
Darjeeling Fly to Bagdogra at the foothills of the Himalaya. Followed by drive to Darjeeling, often called the “Queen of the Hills” and famous for its breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks. The British love for tea is well known and where else can you find the best tea in the world than in the tea plantations of Darjeeling. Visit and taste it for yourself.  
Mayfair Hotel, Darjeeling (B, D)

Day 4 – Tour
Darjeeling The beauty of Darjeeling lies in its accessibility to the Great Himalayan Range. Within a few hours you can reach its inner range and from viewpoints like the Tiger Hill, see majestic sunrise views of Mt Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain. On a clear day, you can see 360° view of the Himalayan panorama including Mt. Everest.

Later in the day, take an exhilarating and memorable journey on the toy train, another reminisces of the British legacy. Built in 1881, it still runs its 86 kilometres (53 mi) distance climbing to over 2,000m through tunnels and steep bends.
Mayfair Hotel, Darjeeling (B, D)

Day 5 – Transfer & Tour
Pemayangtse Take a private leisurely drive to Pemayangtse Monastery, the oldest and most important in Sikkim, sometimes called as the land of the Yeti or abominable snowman. It is one of the most beautiful drives that I have undertaken where every ridge top flutters with Buddhist prayer flags, chortens and monasteries and the mountain landscapes are exhilarating.
Mt Pandim Hotel (B, D)

Day 6 – Transfer & Tour
Gangtok Continue drive to Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim. This unique town, like any other, is Darjeeling’s envy with regards to the magnificent views of Mt Kanchenjunga. But the memories you will take home are your experiences of the unique Sikkimese hospitality, the ever-smiling children, the tasty cuisine (Momo and Thukpa) and Tumba, their unique alcoholic beverage made from fermented millet or other cereals.
Mayfair Hotel, Gangtok (B, D)

Day 7 – Tour
Gangtok A private tour of city that includes the Cottage Industry (showcasing Sikkim hand-woven carpets, hand carved tables and traditional handicrafts). Later visit Buddhist institutions and the viewpoints to enjoy magnificent views of Mt Kanchenjunga, Sikkim’s holy mountain.
Mayfair Hotel, Gangtok (B, D)

Day 8 – Transfer & Tour
Kalimpong Drive to Kalimpong, the beautiful hill station town, once a meeting point on the old trade route between Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. Kalimpong is a beautiful little town with a distinct beauty of its own. You don’t need to visit sites here but just sit and enjoy the mist laden ridges and the peaceful way of life enjoyed by this Buddhist culture.
Silver Oak (B, D)

Day 9 – Transfer & Tour
Guwahati Drive to Bagdogra airport and from there fly to Guwahati. After a warm welcome, you will be driven to Kaziranga National Park - a World Heritage site and a paradise for great Indian one horned Rhinoceros as well as birdwatchers.
Iora Retreat (B, D)

Day 10 – Safari
Kaziranga National Park Morning and afternoon safaris to see the Rhino, other species found are hog deer, swamp deer, wild buffalo, elephants and if you are lucky, the tiger. It is virtually a paradise for bird watchers, with a variety of migratory and resident birds darting from tree to tree. It is also home to pelicans, storks and darters as there are a number of water bodies inside the Park.
Iora Retreat (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Safari
Kaziranga National Park Morning safari to see the Rhino. During the day explore the local villages around the park and meet the ‘missing’ tribes of the Assam valley who migrated from the hills and settled here. Learn from the local the secret of survival between man and animals
Iora Retreat (B, L, D)

Day 12 – Depart
Guwahati Transfer to the airport to board your flight for onward journey.
Meals: B

India Eastern Horizons Calcutta and North East, India

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There All major international airlines fly to India’s main airports: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Airports tend to be on the outskirts of cities. Pre-paid taxi services and auto-rickshaws are stationed outside the terminus to get you into the city.

When to go The best time to travel to India is between September and March. Summer starts in April and by June, it becomes very hot. By July there is the south-west monsoon, which brings heavy rains to the west coast. September is a generally a clear month though later, between October and December there may be a reverse pattern called the north-east monsoon that appears in the Bay of Bengal, bringing rains to the east coast. The best time for trekking in the Indian Himalaya is between April and November but it varies from region to region and the altitude you are planning to reach.