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Enjoy a cosy chat with the locals over a steaming cup of coffee in Kolkata

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Street in Kolkata, India

11 days from £pp

Travel India’s last frontier, a rugged land of epic Himalayan panoramas, verdant tea plantations and remote Buddhist monasteries.


Start this offbeat journey in bustling Kolkata, then discover the origin of your tea leaves in Darjeeling and catch a glimpse of the snow-covered peak of the highest mountain in the world, Everest.

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Enjoy a cosy chat with the locals over a steaming cup of coffee in Kolkata
  • Soak up the million-dollar views of the Himalayas including, if you’re lucky, Everest
  • Explore Darjeeling’s beautiful tea plantations
  • Take a look around various monasteries and learn about the Tibetan culture

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What's included
  • All international & internal flights
  • 9 nights in 4* hotels
  • 9 breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • Kolkata City tour
  • Visit to Tiger Hills & Ghoom Monastery in Darjeeling
  • Tibetan Refugee Centre & Darjeeling Zoo
  • Observatory Hill & Bhutiya Basti
  • Tour of Gangtok
  • Services of a tour manager throughout your Journey, with airport meet & greets
  • All transfers
  • Journeys exclusive: A Cup of Coffee with the locals in Kolkata
Need to know
  • Arrives: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU)
  • Time difference: GMT+5:30
  • Visa requirements: British passport holders require a tourist visa; please ask your travel consultant for more information
  • Language: Hindi, English
  • Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
  • Flying time from UK: Around 13 hours
  • Plug type: 3 large round pins
  • Voltage: 230 volts/50 cycles
Your route


Day 1
Fly from UK to
Days 2-3

Spend a couple of days soaking up the sights and sounds of Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, and uncover the rich heritage of this riverside metropolis. With its bustling streets and warm climate, the city hosts numerous festivals and fetes, filled with joy and colour. Soak up the vibrant shades in the flower market, take a look around Dakshineswar Kali Temple and browse the antique books at College Street Book Market. Finally, join the locals for a cup of coffee and a friendly chat in an Indian coffee house. This sociable ritual is known as adda, and is a revered Indian tradition.

4* The Park Hotel Kolkata

Includes a full-day city tour of Kolkata; Journeys exclusive: A cup of coffee with the locals

Victoria Memorial - Kolkata, India
Days 4-6

Fly to the vibrant green hills, Buddhist monasteries and tea plantations of Darjeeling. Watch the sun rise from the spectacular Tiger Hills which, when the sky is clear, offer a spectacular view of Everest. Learn more about the exploration of the world’s highest mountain at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and take a look around the Himalayan Zoological Park, which houses various mountain species, such as the snow leopard, the Tibetan wolf, yaks and bears. Tour the Tibetan Refugee Centre where you can buy high-quality Tibetan handicrafts, including carpets, leather and woodcraft.

4* Mayfair Darjeeling

Includes a visit to the Tibetan Refugee Centre, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute & Zoo; a visit to Observatory Hill & Bhutiya Basti

Darjeeling, India
Day 7

Continue to Kalimpong, well known for its glorious flower nurseries, where rows of gladioli, cacti and orchids grow. This bazaar-filled town offers some pretty Himalayan views and a smattering of monasteries amid its colonial buildings. Take a stroll among the flowers and hunt for souvenirs in the numerous markets. Soak up a bird’s-eye view of the raging Teesta and Rangeet rivers from the Durpin Dara Hills, which were the inspiration for the works of the celebrated Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore.

4* Silver Oaks

Includes an afternoon tour of Kalimpong

Cactus Blossoms - Kalimpong, India
Days 8-9

Gaze up at the soaring 28,000-foot peak of Khangchendzonga, the third-highest mountain in the world, from Gangtok. Tour the lavish monasteries, including the lovely Enchey Monastery with its ornately carved windows, intricate prayer wheels and a large collection of masks used in dance performances. Uncover the mysteries of Tibetan culture at the diverting Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, housed in a traditional Tibetan-style mansion, containing manuscripts, paintings and even a thopa, a cup made from a human skull.

4* Mayfair Gangtok

Includes a morning tour of Gangtok

Views of Mt. Kanchenjunga from Gangtok, India
Day 10

Fly back to Kolkata for one last evening.

4* The Park Hotel Kolkata

Universal Ramakrishna Math - Kolkata, India
Day 11
Depart Kolkata and return to the UK

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