On this tour, you will experience seven days of learning, sightseeing, and entertainment. Enjoy watching some amazing wildlife at a zoological park in the Himalayan region. Animals here include; the Siberian Tiger, Himalayan black bear, Snow Leopard, Red Panda, and rare birds. Learn some Indian culture at the banks of River Ganges watching the aarti ceremony and be entertained by Kathak Classical dances.
Day 1 : Darjeeling [B, D]
You will be transferred from your hotel in Darjeeling at 7:15am to our hotel for check-in and breakfast. After breakfast visit the Tiger Hill for a magnificent view of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga and other peaks of the Himalayas. Visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the Zoological Park. The park has Siberian Tiger, Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Himalayan black bear and rare birds. Return to your hotel for lunch. In the afternoon visit a tea garden to see the plucking and processing of the famous Darjeeling tea. In the evening stroll through the colorful bazaars of Darjeeling. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 : Darjeeling - Gangtok [B, D]
After breakfast drive to Gangtok. Wreathed in clouds this place offers a spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas. Lunch at the hotel. In the evening visit the colorful bazaars of Gangtok. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 3 : Gangtok [B, D]
Early morning take an excursion to the Baba Mandir Temple between Nathula and Jelepla Mountain passes. This Temple of the Baba is full of folklore and is visited by soldiers for blessings. From here visit the beautiful Tsomongo Lake passing through rugged mountain terrain and sharp cliffs. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 : Gangtok [B, D]
After breakfast take an excursion to the Rumtek Monastery, which houses rare collections of artifacts and manuscripts. After lunch take an excursion to the Kanchanjenga National Park, which is home to Himalayan tahr, musk deer and snow leopards. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 : Bagdogra - Varanasi by Air [B, D]
After breakfast drive to Bagdogra and board your flight to Varanasi, where you will check in at the hotel. See a Kathak Classical dance in the evening at the Academy of Classical Music. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 6 : Varanasi [B, D]
In the early morning take a boat ride on River Ganges with your local guide. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Take a 30-minute excursion to Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon. Lunch at a restaurant. Visit the Vishwanath Temple and several others in
and around the city. Return to hotel for rest. In the evening see the enchanting aarti performed on the ghats of River Ganges. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 : Varanasi [B, D]
In the early morning take a boat ride to visit the burning ghats. Stroll through the colorful bazaars of Varanasi, where weavers make exquisite silk saress and brocades. Take a tour of the vast Banares Hindu University. Return to the hotel by 7pm for dinner. After dinner, we will drop you off at your hotel in Varanasi for your onward journey. The tour ends in Varanasi.