Kamalan Ready-to-Travel 

The Enigmatic East

This journey takes you into the exquisite visual and cultural landscapes of India’s east. From the busily scurrying intellectual crowds of Kolkata and the extremely fertile tropical deltas of Ganga, to the hilly terrains of the foothills of the Himalayas and the endless tea estates, and ultimately to the lofty Greater Himalayas in Sikkim and the world’s third highest mountain, Kangchenjunga.

Meant as an initiation into the incredible diversity of India, Kamalan’s Ready-To-Travel programs are classic journeys that you can purchase off the shelf and get packing! Born out of a synchronous blend of our knowledge of the country and 30 years of travel experience, these journeys have been curated with passion and care.


Routing:

Kolkata (2N) → Darjeeling (2N) → Pelling (2N) → Gangtok (2N) → Delhi (1N)

For a detailed itinerary, please check out our brochure.


Highlights:

  • Take a walk through the potters’ village, Kumortuli in Kolkata and interact with the workers bringing the clay images of Goddess Durga to life
  • Explore some of tea estates of Darjeeling and let an experienced estate caretaker explain the fascinating journey of tea from the plant to the cup
  • Hike to a location outside Gangtok to watch the sun rise over the world’s third tallest mountain, the Kanchenjunga
  • The meditative halls of the monasteries of the Tibetan Buddhists
  • Drive through the rugged landscapes of the Upper Himalayas outside Gangtok

Starting from USD 1495 per person

Duration

9 days, 9 nights

Best Time to Travel

Ideally August to April, but can be done all year round

Themes

Art, history, spiritual, nature, adventure

Price

This journey is available in Luxury, Mid-range and Budget options

Brochure

 

One thought

  1. Finding myself following the footsteps of the Raj, going through the narrow lanes where once the police and revolutionaries played hide and seek, while passing by monuments hundreds of years old, standing strong from a time when Kolkata wasn’t even a city, I thought to myself that this will be journey of a lifetime.

    It all started with searching through best places to visit in India. Came across the usual Hill stations in India, top 5 tourist destinations and other travel deals that seemed to offer nothing more than an excuse for a quality vacation. I came across articles and blog posts about north east India tourism which really interested me for its geographical location, Tibetan culture, history of the places, East Indian food, and my habit of wanting to take the road less taken. Kolkata, now pronounced Calcutta, was where the major airport was in eastern India. Keeping Kolkata as my start and go point I wanted to plan a trip to places around Kolkata without having to compromise. Alas, spoilt for choice because of the amount of beautiful places in India I could travel to, I was in a conundrum and figured engaging a travel advisor.

    I found Kamalan’s “enigmatic east” travel package to have a good mix of places that included all that I was looking for in my voyage to India. They are real travel professionals and charted out all the Places to Visit and other Tourist Places in Kolkata, organised a great Darjeeling tour package, as well as a Pelling sightseeing tour,and finally completed my itinerary by charting out Gangtok Tourist Places.

    Coming back to my time in Kolkata, On my first day I visited Victoria Memorial, a British architectural monument made out of white marble which is now a museum.
    Later my tour group went to see the Marble Palace Mansion which has a splendid regal look to it. Our Tourist Guide in Kolkata took us to Indian Coffee House for Lunch, which has a distinct Indian ambience and good coffee among other East Indian delicacies.
    In the evening we took a boat ride on the Hoogly river and watched the sun set down on the metropolis of Kolkata, West Bengal. Next day was a religious and cultural immersion of Kolkata. We visited the ancient temple of Goddess Kali, locally known as Kalighat Temple. The entire temple is covered with beautiful floral and peacock tiles. Next stop was St. Paul’s Cathedral which is an 18th Century religious monument. It has a distinct British architectural and visual design to it and is covered with stained glass windows created by Sir Edward Brune. Lastly we toured Kumartuli potter’s village and took a lot of pictures of clay idols of Goddess Durga.

    I was super excited for my next stop on my East India vacation. Kamalan booked me a luxury train service from Kolkata to Darjeeling. The ‘Toy Train’ gave us a spectacular ride in the Himalayan Foothills. Next morning on my second day of my Darjeeling Tour Packages, I went to see the sunrise from Tiger Hill and experienced the most spectacular panoramic view of Mount Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest.

    Later on, I visited Ghoom Monastery and Tibetan Refugee self-help centre and enjoyed Tibetian Cuisine for dinner. It was a surreal experience when I got the chance to meet a few Buddhist monks who spoke to me about Tibetan Symbols, Tibetan Chants, Tibetan Culture, Tibetan Meditation practices and Tibetan Chanting. the simple life of the Tibetan people really inspired me and made me introspect about my life and principles.
    Last day of Darjeeling, we visited Tea Estates and saw the Sangam (confluence) of two rivers Rangit and Teesta.

    Every place was special and Pelling is not exception. Lying in the shadow of world’s third largest peak, Kanchenjunga. Pelling also forms the base from where trekkers and other peripatetic adventurers undertake the strenuous and arduous treks in West Sikkim. I visited Pemayangtse, one of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim, built in 1705. It is used by Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Covering all the Tourist Places in Sikkim, I went to see Tashiding Monastery. There my tour group prayed and ate with the buddhist monks. Kamalan arranged an adventure hike to Yuksom and the next day hike to Khecheopalri Lake. We also saw the seven sisters waterfall.

    As the last stop on my Journey to East India, I visited Gangtok. It was a great relief to just Walk around the MG Marg market road after my strenuous experience of trekking.
    I bought some clothes and Tibetan artifacts for my friends and family back home.
    The visited Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, which has a museum and library with collection of Art, Statues, Literature for Buddhist and Tibetan culture. And finally ended my Gangtok sightseeing at Rumtek Monastery and Enchey Monastery.

    India will always have a special place in my heart and Kamalan proved to be the perfect travel planner for my vacation.

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