Flower Festival Tour - 12N/13D

Kolkata - Darjeeling - Pemayangtse - Gangtok - Kalimpong

Overview

The International Flower Festival showcases an exceptional show of interesting varieties of flowers including rare orchids and rhododendrons. In this festival, you can also figure-out remarkable plants that are actually indigenous to Sikkim. This Flower Festival is celebrated in summers during the peak blossoming season in Sikkim. During these months, the horticultural delights of Sikkim look their best. The venue is made near White Hall, not far from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.

Sikkim is renowned for its rich flora and the festival approves the idea, with the display of around 600 species of orchids, 240 species of trees and ferns, 150 varieties of gladioli and 46 types of the world-famous rhododendrons. Continuing the list, you can also see variety of magnolias and many other foliage plants. However, the main attraction is gathered by exquisite orchids, gladioli, roses, cacti, alpine plants, creepers, climbers, ferns, herbs etc.

The experts and masters of botanical sciences also come up to hold lectures and seminars. The International Flower Festival is definitely a colorful treat for the eyes and the event is important not only on state level but on the national level too. The amazing assortment of flowers confirms it as a fantastic event and attracts a multitude of people from all over.

Arrival Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata
Languages English, Spanish, German, Italian, French
Highlights
  • Guided tour of Kolkata including Jain Temples, Flower Market, Howard Bridge, Victoria Memorial.
  • Visit tea plantations, Hill stations, Buddhist monasteries, Ghoom Monastery, Tibetan Refugee Center, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Zoo and the market.
  • Visit Pemayangtse monastery, wooden structure depicting Sanglokpahi, the Heavenly Abode of Guru Padma Sambhava.
  • Visit the Flower festival Show, Enchey monastery and the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology in Gangtok
  • Visit Kalipmpong Maraket, MacFarlane Memorial Church, Pedong monastery, Kalimpong Arts & Craft Center.

Tour Map

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 01: Kolkata Arrival

    Fly to Kolkata. On arrival in Kolkata you will be greeted and escorted by India Holiday Mall Tour's staff to your hotel. On arrival, check in the hotel. (Room will be available from 1200 Noon).

    Overnight stay at hotel.

  • Day 02: Kolkata

    In the morning after breakfast visit the Famous Jain Temples of Kolkata, The Howard Bridge, The cantilevered bridge, also known asRabindra Setu, is similar in size to the Sydney Harbour Bridge but carries a flow of traffic which Sydney could never dream of .It is the busiest bridge in the world. Later drive to the Kali ma temple located near the banks of the River Ganges at Kali.

    Ghat. According to popular legend the Lord Shiva's consort sati killed herself by burning herself as her parents humiliated Lord Shiva, Shiva reached too late and then he picked up her charred body and began the 'tandav' the dance of cosmic destruction. To prevent the destruction of the world Lord Vishnu chopped Sati's charred body into 51 pieces that fell in different parts of the earth and a part fell on the banks of the Ganges and thus the name Kali Ghat and consequently the name Kolkata.

    Also visit Victoria Memorial that is a huge white-marble structure and the most enduring of remains of the British Raj in India. Built by Lord Curzon in memory of the popular monarch, Queen Victoria, it is a wonderful example of the Western style of architecture. It has been now converted in a museum that houses the most impressive collection of memorabilia from the days of Raj. The manuscripts, paintings and sculptures here are outstanding.

    Overnight in the Hotel.

  • Day 03: Kolkata – Bagdodra – Darjeeling

    After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Bagdogra.

    On arrival, drive to Darjeeling through green forests of teak and tea plantations up the serpentine mountain roads to the Queen of Hill stations. (96 km.- 3-½ hrs)

    Darjeeling - a picture perfect hill station sitting atop a ridge at 2134m is replete with Buddhist monasteries, trekking trails and awesome mountain views. The panoramic views of the snow clad peaks of the Himalayas are straight out of a postcard and provide a welcome relief from the dust and soot of urban India. Darjeeling originally belonged to the independent state of Sikkim. Later in the eighteenth century, it was taken over by the Bhutanese and the Gurkhas. The British East India Company in its many annexes finally gained control of the town and developed its potential as a sanatorium, and a "rest and recreation" centre for the troops and a pass to Nepal and Tibet. Even today, the place is full of Sherpas, Gurkhas, Bhutias and Nepalis. On arrival, transfer to the hotel and check in.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 04: Darjeeling

    Wake up in the early hours around four in the morning. Have a quick cup of tea and drive to Tiger Hill, which stands at a height of 2590 mtrs. to witness the spectacular sunrise over the snowy Kanchenjunga Later board the train till Ghoom. Visit the Ghoom Monastery to see a 15- foot high statue of Maitreya Buddha. Return to the hotel for breakfast.

    Return to the hotel.

    Dinner & Overnight in the Hotel.

  • Day 05: Darjeeling

    After breakfast drive to the railway station to board the Toy train ride to Ghoom.

    Later drive to the hotel for lunch. After lunch half-day city tour of Darjeeling visiting the Tibetan Refugee Center, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Zoo and the market. Return to the hotel. Evening is free for the independent activities.

    Dinner and Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 06: Darjeeling - Pemayangtse

    After breakfast drive from Darjeeling to Pemayangtse. It is about 135 Kms and will take about

    6/7 hrs drives. Afternoon is free.

    Dinner & Overnight in the Hotel.

  • Day 07: Pemayangtse – Gangtok

    In the morning walk to the most interesting and important monastery of Pemayangtse - 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. Later drive to Gangtok. It is about 125 Kms and will take about 6 hrs drive.
    On arrival, transfer to the Hotel.

    Dinner & Overnight in the Hotel.

  • Day 08: Gangtok

    After breakfast visit the Flower Show.

    A rare shows of exotic varieties of flowers, orchids and other plants native to Sikkim, a northeast state. Held every summer during the peak flowering season, this is a spectacular event attracting people from all over India.

    Dinner & Overnight in the Hotel.

  • Day 09: Gangtok

    After breakfast, drive to the most important and famous monastery of Sikkim at Rumtek on the other side of the valley.

    In the afternoon visit the Enchey monastery and the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology with its largest collection of Tibetan books, rare Thangkas and Tibetan manuscripts.

    Dinner & Overnight in the Hotel.

  • Day 10: Gangtok – Kalimpong

    Drive to Kalimpong (75 kms), a remote hill station which has been meeting point of the once "three Closed lands" on the trade route to Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal. The original name meant the stronghold (pong) of the king (Kalim). It is an attractive place with mountain scenery, oak forests and abundance of flowers.

    On arrival check in at hotel.

    Rest of the day is free. In the evening visit Kalipmpong Maraket.

    Dinner & Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 11: Kalimpong

    After breakfast visit The MacFarlane Church testimony of the Scottish missionaries' influence and a monument of Kalimpong's diverse history, Dr. Graham's Home, which was founded in 1880 by Dr. John A. Graham, is a sprawling educational institution built on Deolo Hill north of the main township.

    Durpin Dara an observatory point from where a truly spectacular view of the Himalaya can be enjoyed.

    Pedong monastery built around 1837, is of Bhutanese origin, while a kilometer away is the historical Bhutanese fort of Damsang, an important landmark of the area before the main town of Kalimpong came into prominence.

    Kalimpong Arts & Craft Center founded in 1897 by Mrs. Graham, is a thriving center where carpet weaving, dyeing, painting, tailoring, leather craft and carpentry are taught, besides promoting the work of local artisans and craftsmen.

    Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 12: Kalimpong – Bagdogra – Kolkata

    After breakfast drive to Bagdogra Airport. On arrival board the connecting flight to for Kolkata. (Room will be available from 1200 Noon)

    On arrival, transfer to the hotel and check into the Hotel.

    Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 12: Kolkata Departure

    On time transfer to the International Airport to board the flight for onwards journey.

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