North East & Andaman Tour

14 NIGHTS 15 DAYS

KOLKATA – DARJEELING – PEMAYANGTSE- GANGTOK – KALMIPONG – PORT BLAIR – HAVELOCK ISLAND

Enshrouded by the pristine mountain and rolling valleys of the Himalayas, North East India is the least explored, mystic and one of the most beautiful places in India. Encompassed by pure natural beauty, this small but captivating region offers a spectacular view of mighty Kanchenjunga. Even though it’s not much established on the traveler’s map, the North Eastern India has its own charm that will sweep you off your feet. Sandy white beaches that give way to Indian ocean, which has the most interesting marine life, and coral gardens are the reasons to visit the beautiful Andaman Islands. Andaman and its crystal clear blue water is so soothing that one can fall in love with the place. The topography of islands has blessed the island with a variety of flora and fauna which cannot be found anywhere in the country. It is a paradise of unparalleled natural beauty

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Day:

Kolkata

Arrive at Kolkata. Welcome at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Kolkata, previously known as Calcutta and nicknamed as the city of joy, city of Rabindranath Tagore, city of Satyajit Ray, city of intellectuals, city of football, city of procession, city of political movements, city of arts and theatre is truly called cultural capital of India.

In the afternoon we will explore the city of Joy.
We will visit the Victoria Memorial. Built between 1906 and 1921, Victoria Memorial is a huge marble building signifying commemoration of Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee. The architecture has a huge influence of both English and Mughal culture. The statues of King George V facing his wife, Mary; the soaring central chamber remains in the hallway are very imposing.

Indian Museum has been an important establishment in terms of cultural development of India. Established in 1814, the museum is the earliest and the largest multipurpose museum in Asia Pacific. The museum houses the rare collection of antiques, fossils, skeletons, armor, ornaments, and Mughal paintings.

Mother Teresa’s home features a huge Mother Teresa’s sober tomb. The museum displays the sandals used to be worn by her and battered enamel dinner bowl. On the floor above is the room where she used to sleep and work. The room has been well preserved in all its simplicity with her bed.
Overnight stay.
2

Day:

Kolkata – Bagdogra – Darjeeling

(By Flight – 1 ¼ Hours + 95 KM , 3 Hours )

Morning transfer to airport to board a flight to Bagdogra
Arrive and transfer to hotel in Darjeeling
Darjeeling is a beautiful hill resort located in the eastern Himalayas and has earned the title of Queen of Hills. This small hill resort is cuddled up modestly on the lap of Eastern Himalayan ranges and boasts burbling rivers, lush green meadows, flowering valleys, gushing waterfalls, majestic mountains and the main magnetism – gleaming peak of Mount Kanchenjunga. During the British Raj, the hill resort was the popular summer resort.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight stay.
3

Day:

Darjeeling

Early morning, we drive to tiger hill by jeep to get a wonderful view of the sunrise on the Himalayas. Tiger Hill is located at the distance of 11 km from Darjeeling and provides a spectacular view of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga.

In afternoon city tour of Darjeeling.
Visit Mountaineering Institute. Established in 1954, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling was set up to encourage mountaineering as a sport. The institute was built to commemorate the success of Tenzing so that he could impart his skills to all those who were interested in mountaineering. The complex comprises of a Swiss stylized house for Sherpa trainers, residential school for mountaineering students, a well-equipped museum which displays mountaineering artifacts and many expedition displays.

Then we shall visit the Lebong Race Course, the highest racecourse in Asia. It is beautifully nestled in the lap of the Himalayas and aromatic tea gardens.

Darjeeling is known as the Mecca Of Tea as it boasts the sprawling tea estates. There are 80 Odd Tea Gardens In Darjeeling. You can spend some time in the Tea gardens, visit the tea factory, don the role of a tea taster, talk to the tea pickers, taste fresh brewed tea.
Overnight stay

4

Day:

Darjeeling – Pemayangte – Pelling

(125 KM, 5 Hours )

In the morning leave for Pelling.
Pelling is a beautifully located hill covered with lush green jungle. This small village has become a famous tourist destination in the country for its scenic location. The village is known for the closest view of the third highest peak in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga.
Arrive at Pelling and check in at hotel.
In the afternoon, visit Pemayangtse monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim founded by Lama Lhatsun Chempo in 1705. The monastery follows the Nyingma Order of Tibet Buddhism. The walls of the three story structure portray paintings and statues of saints and Rinpoches. The main attraction of the monastery is statues of Padmasambahva.
Overnight stay at hotel.

5

Day:

Pelling – Gangtok

After breakfast depart for Gangtok.
Arrive there and check in at hotel.
Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim is a perfectly landscaped town which is nestled in the lap of nature flourishing within some spectacular sceneries and glorious snowcapped hills. Gangtok became a popular tourist pilgrimage because of the magnificent and extraordinary Buddhist monasteries. Due to these beautiful monasteries Gangtok has earned the title of “Land of Monasteries”. Gangtok is also the land of bright sunrise and lush greens, which inspires, impresses and enchants all.

In the afternoon sightseeing tour of Gangtok.
Directorate of handicrafts and handlooms is a major center for learning in Sikkim. The center preserves the languishing tradition of a culture through its vibrant art and craft. Established in the year 1957, the center is a hub of activity, development and progress. Some of the items that can be found in the center are Thangka paintings, wooden carved, carpets, handlooms, cane and bamboo works.

Then visit the Enchey Monastery. Established in 1909, Enchey monastery belongs to the Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism. The monastery is located over a stunning ridge of a hill. The monastery provides a wonderful view of Mount Kanchenjunga. The monastery house number of images of gods, Goddesses, and religious objects, topped with shining golden cupola. Buddha, Loki Sharia and Guru Padmasambhava are worshipped in the monastery.
Overnight stay.

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Day:

Gangtok

Morning city tour of Gangtok. Visit Do Drul Chorten which is the most popular stupa in Sikkim. It was constructed in 1945 by Trulshik Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist. It is surrounded by 108 prayer wheels on which Buddhist mantras have been engraved. It is also famous for The gold plated steeple atop the Chorten.
Later go for excursion to Rumtek Monastery which is perched on a hill located opposite to Gangtok. It is the largest monastery in the Indian state Sikkim. Established in the 16th century the monastery was constructed by the Karmapa. It is also reckoned as Dharma Chakra center as it comprises of the beautiful shrine temple and monastery for monks. It is one of the colorful monasteries in Sikkim and offers an interesting insight into the glorious past.

Return to Gangtok city. Rest of the day is free to relax.
Overnight stay.
7

Day:

Gangtok – Kalimpong

(75 KM, 3 Hours )

In the morning leave for Kalimpong.

Perched on a Himalayan crest enclosed with lush green forests and overlooking the meandering Teesta River, Kalimpong is a captivating hill station near Darjeeling. Kalimpong is a tranquil town situated in the lap of Nature from where the skyline of mountains resembles a green ocean and Kanchenjunga offers a day an imposing start when one gazes at it from Deolo Hill.
Arrive and check in at hotel
Drive to old Bhutanese Ruins where old Bhutanese monastery stood.

Haat Bazaar in Kalimpong is a local village market that is set up on every Wednesday and Saturday. It is a scenic market as you can experience the lifestyle and culture of local people. You can savor the taste of local food such as momos, alu thukpa, and phambis. Rishi Road offers you to buy wonderful items such as Dallay Khorsani, Kalimpong cheese and lollypops, fing, handmade paper products, Tibetan art and crafts.

You can shop here for interesting souvenirs.
Overnight stay.

8

Day:

Kalimpong – Bagdogra – Kolkata

(65 KM, 2 Hours + BY FILGHT – 1 ½ hours)

Morning transfer to Bagdogra airport to board a flight to Kolkata.
Rest of the day is free to explore Kolkata on your own.
Arrive and transfer to hotel.
Overnight stay.
9

Day:

Kolkata – Port Blair

(By Flight- 2 Hours)

Early morning transfer to airport to board a flight to Port Blair.
Blessed with fascinating natural beauty and rich history & cultures, Port Blair is the only tourist city in Andaman Islands. With its lush greens and the blue of the sea, the picturesque beaches and golden sunsets, Port Blair lures the tourists to visit all the adjoining islands, monuments and sink in its serenity and spend some lovely time so close to nature.
Arrive and transfer to hotel.
Then we shall proceed for sightseeing tour of the Port Blair city.

Pay a visit to Cellular Jail. The episodes of India’s independence struggle can be closely observed in Death House along with tools of torture. In the history of colonial rule of India, cellular jail is one of the murkiest chapters of India’s independence as every brick of the Cellular jail has got a heart rendering story of resistance, sufferings and sacrifices.

Chatnam Sawmill was Asia’s largest saw mill situated in Port Blair. Imposing walls of this structure reveal the intriguing tales from the past. A visit to saw mill is an interesting experience which should not be missed as you will observe, the journey of wood being brought in boats, sorted, cut and stored in warehouses and then being transformed into final wooden planks.

Managed by the forest department, Forest Museum is a guide, explaining and providing information about forest habitat and plant species endemic to the area. The information is provided through interesting art pieces made from different materials. It even houses zoological garden. The museum even provides information about the history of mill and products of woods.

Samudrika is a naval marine museum. History, geography, anthropology and marine life of the Arabian Sea has been beautifully brought together in Samudrika. The museum was divided into five sections, each of which displays a different facet of Andaman and Nicobar islands. When you will enter the museum, you will be greeted by the massive blue whale skeleton. The aquarium in the second room will be a delight as you will observe various kinds of fishes. The third room is famous for coral reef which is the main attraction of the island. There is an extensive display of shells can be observed very well in the fourth room. The Unique tribal life of Andaman can be observed at fifth room. The museum is a worth a visit as it is a perfect blend of past and present.

Situated near the Rajiv Gandhi Sports complex, Fisheries museum exhibits species of marine which are peculiar to the islands and found in Indo Pacific and Bay of Bengal. More than 350 species of marine life have been beautifully preserved in the museum.
Water Sports Complex is a unique sports complex that offers a great adrenaline rush with its exciting water sports. It is really an exhilarating experience as you can opt for Sailboats, Para sailing, water scooters, rowing boats, kayaks, paddle boats, and water skiing facilities. It is renowned as the unique water sports complex in India.

In the evening, enjoy a light and sound show at Cellular Jail.

Overnight stay at hotel.
10

Day:

Port Blair

Morning tour to Ross Island.

Situated 2 km east from Port Blair, Ross Island is one of the important islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It was the administrative headquarters of Andaman and Nicobar Islands before the earthquake in 1941. Here in the island you can observe the grand past of in the ruins of a Church, chief commissioner’s residence, grand ballroom and swimming pool. Indian navy manages a small cemetery and Indian museum, repository of old records.

Then proceed for a cruise of the harbor, including a trip to Viper Island.

Situated near port Blair, Viper islands is a serene tourist destination magnetizing numerous tourists from across the globe. The island is known for its ancient jail, which was used by the Britishers to convict the prisoners. The picturesque surroundings offer numerous picnic spots for you to rejoice with your loved ones.

Return to Port Blair for overnight stay.

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Day:

Port Blair – Havelock Island

(By Ferry Boat)

Transfer by ferry boat to Havelock Island, which takes about 3 hours by boat.

Arrive at Havelock and transfer to resort.

To relax, unwind and enjoy a remote island experience, Havelock Island is the perfect paradise. It is one of the few islands that is inhabited, replete with white sand beaches, coral reefs with a colorful array of aquatic life, palm trees, as well as dense forests in the interiors.

Overnight stay at resort.

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Day:

Havelock Island

The full day is at leisure to relax on the beach. The two famous beaches here are Radha Nagar Beach and Elephant Beach. Interestingly, the beaches on Havelock are numbered. Not that they don’t have individual names. For instance, Beach #7 is the Radhanagar Beach, which is also the most gorgeous of all is named Asia’s best beach by Time Magazine in 2004 and listed as one of the top 100 beaches in the world, this beach is Andaman’s most prized possession.

Overnight stay.

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Day:

Havelock Island

In Havelock Island, Scuba / Snorkeling can be enjoyed in pristine blue waters which are best anywhere in India. One can hire a bicycle; a scooter and move around the Island or can just enjoy walking around. The full day is at leisure to relax on the beach.

Overnight stay.

14

Day:

Havelock Island – Port Blair

(By Ferry Boat)

Morning transfer by boat to Port Blair.

Arrive and transfer to hotel.

The rest of the day is free for independent activities.

Overnight stay.

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Day:

Departure

Transfer to Port Blair airport to board a flight to onward destination.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is this a group tour?

No, this is a private travel exclusively for you, your friends and family who may accompany you on the tour.

Is this trip possible for single traveler?

Yes, it is possible. But, the cost may be high in case of a single traveler. You may send us information in the form and we shall send you our best offer depending on number of persons in your group or for a single person.

May I choose dates according to my choice?

Yes, since this is a private tour, you may decide the dates as per your choice. Only in case of certain tours, we have to check if there are any operational difficulties for organizing a tour of your choice. Certain tours are not possible for particular period which we shall let you know. Besides, the cost may vary depending on seasonality.

Could you provide us international flights to India?

It is better if you could buy international tickets directly through your local agent or on internet. Although we can provide you international flight tickets, but you may a get a better deal locally.

Is visa service included in your cost?

No, you have to obtain visa on your own. The visa regulations will depend on your nationality. You may contact us for further details.

Is it possible to make extension or modify tours?

Yes, it is very much possible. You can extend your stay on arrival or departure or at any other place. You may also modify the tour. You may let us know your interest and we can send you modified tour itinerary with cost.

What’s included in the cost?

Our cost normally includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, private air-conditioned car with driver which includes fuel, parking and all taxes, entrance fee to monuments, train tickets if any, guided city tours in English or in other foreign languages, viz French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or other foreign languages subject to availability which we can notify at the time of reservation request. Our cost also includes some other services viz Elephant ride at Amer fort in Jaipur, camel safari in Jaisalmer and boat tour in Varanasi. We shall send you all details at the time of sending you quotation.
We may also include other services viz lunches, dinners or other services if you wish. We may also exclude guide service and entrance fee to monuments if you so wish.

Are domestic flights and trains are included in our cost ?

Train tickets are included in our cost. But, we give supplement cost for domestic flight tickets as these days, there are dynamic fares and these are not fixed. We send you indicative fare at the time of sending you quotation which is subject to change until issue of tickets with advance purchase for which we need payment from you to issue flight tickets. You may also purchase domestic flight tickets directly on your own if you prefer.

What kind of hotel accommodation is provided ?

We provide minimum standard (3 star or similar), superior (4 star or similar), deluxe (5 star or similar) hotels and the cost will depend depending on category of hotels. We can send you quotation for the category that you are interested in. We usually provide heritage or palace hotels which fit in your category of hotels. We may also mix the hotel category if you prefer and can also provide you rates based on hotels of your liking in all places if you like.

When do I have to pay?

We usually request 25% advance upon confirmation of our services unless otherwise informed at the time of sending you quotation. We shall send you all payment terms at the time of sending you our offer.

I am interested. What is next step?

Click here to send us information of your trip and we shall send you soonest possible.

Why State Express

Established in 1980, State Express has been providing most reliable services to travelers all over the world for last 35 years. We are renowned for our customer first approach and unobtrusive efficiency which ensures the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We have been awarded several times by State Government for being best Tour Operator. All aspects of our tours have been carefully researched and then designed to give ultimate experience to travelers. Let our travel knowledge help you to create a wonderful experience, whether on one of our tour itineraries or a tailor made tour itinerary made exclusively for you to give you an unforgettable holiday.

Our people make the difference

Our success has been possible because of our people who are our biggest asset. We have a team of highly dedicated, sincere, hardworking who work with integrity that has made State Express one of the leading and most reliable tour companies in India. They not only have expertise and experience to meet any requirement, they also speak foreign languages and trained to offer only the best and leave nothing to chance. We know that travel to Indian sub-continent is a dream of many of our guests and our team does everything possible to make their dream true and give them an experience of their lifetime.

Our infrastructure

We have complete infrastructure to provide you best rate and services to you. We are an IATA approved and authorized agents for all domestic airlines and Indian Railways. We have our own cars vans and coaches with experienced drivers. We have multi lingual staff to ensure that our guests do not face any language problem. We also have associate offices in all major tourist centers to provide assistance in shortest possible time.

Our fleet of vehicles & drivers

We undoubtedly have one of the best and most modern fleet of cars, vans, 4X4s and large coaches. Surface travel is a very important aspect in India as you spend lot of your time while travelling on the road and therefore given us an edge over other tour companies who have to rely on other transport companies to provide this service to their clients. We have our own garage and all our vehicles are well maintained to give you hassle free journey.
Besides having the best fleet, it is our drivers who truly make the difference as they play a crucial role in making a tour successful. Even if you stay in best of the hotels and travel in most comfortable and luxurious vehicles, if you do not have a good driver, it may spoil your experience. We have our team of drivers who are part of State Express and have been working with us for years and they are trained, dedicated and motivated to take care of our guests and make them comfortable. That is the reason that more than 90% of our guests thank us and appreciate them after returning to their home.

Our choice of hotels

We take utmost care in selection of hotels that we recommend to our clients and include in our list of suggested hotels. We inspect these hotels regularly to be sure of their quality of product and services. We give lot of emphasis on the location and the people who run those hotels. We want to give you clients an experience of heritage and palace hotels which are unique and not available in other part of the world.

Our tour itineraries

All our tour itineraries are designed by experts to give you an opportunity to see most wonderful sites in number of days at your disposal at the same time giving you time to explore the places in your own way. We have a number of itineraries to choose from which covers all India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. We also include mode of travel and approximate time taken between places to ensure that you do not have any surprises during the tour. Our specialists will also work with you to create an itinerary of your choice either by modifying our readymade tour itineraries or prepare an exclusive tailor made tour for you based on your interest and liking keeping in mind local conditions.

24 X 4 assistance during the tour

We provide you clients real 24X7 assistance during the tour. This is not a marketing gimmick but we have someone in our office always to assist you in case of any emergency anytime. We also provide cell phone numbers of our executive who you may contact even during odd hours when you need them for anything urgent. We have associate offices in all major cities of India to provide you assistance in minimum possible time.

Response time

We know that response time is key to our success and we value it a lot. Even at initial stages before reservation, you will get replies from us in not more than 24 working hours. We shall always be there whenever you need us during the tour.

Personalised Service

Apart from professional service, we believe in emphasising on personalised service. That is to make our guests feel at home in a foreign country and also feel that they have friends here who they can trust for any need. Our customer executives remain in constant touch with our guests during the tour to give them comfort and trust that we are always with them.

Good value for money

We know that there are so many travel companies providing their services and unless we provide good value for money to our clients, they will not be satisfied. Our own fleet of cars, vans and coaches and best special discounted rates with hotels due to our volumes enables us to offer value for money.

Call us at +91 11 47674000 or email us on info@statexp.in for all the details on this itinerary and what is included in your tour. We shall be glad to make any amendments in the tour if you so wish and send you our best quotation and details of the tou to suit your budget and interest.

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