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India is a country with immense natural beauty and cultural diversity. Especially, the North Eastern states of India are revered for their rich culture, unique traditions and bewildering scenic beauty. North East India is home to some of the best, exotic and adventurous honeymoon destinations where a couple can celebrate starting a new life together amidst the Himalayas. The hill stations in North East India boast a tranquil climate, calm and composed ambience and astounding natural scenery all around and offer the privacy that newlyweds need on their honeymoon so they can spend some of the most romantic moments of their life.
The Honeymoon Tour Package in North East India is a 6 day tour that entitles you to the following experiences:
Depending on the means of transportation you choose, our representative will meet you at Bagdogra International Airport (IATA: IXB) if you are arriving by air, or at the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) if you opt for rail travel. You will be then guided towards a vehicle that will take you to Kalimpong, your destination for the day. After checking-in at the hotel, you have rest of the day free to relax and unwind or explore the area near your hotel on foot. Overnight stay in Kalimpong.
Kalimpong town, situated at an altitude of 1250 metres (4101 ft.), is the headquarters of Kalimpong subdivision in the district of Darjeeling. This hill station, in the state of West Bengal, is a part of the Mahabharat Range or Lesser Himalayas.
After having a satisfying breakfast, we will proceed to tour the local attractions in Kalimpong. Our first visit will be to the Mangal Dham Temple, a temple dedicated to Guruji Shri Mangaldas Ji, whose shrine is situated in the lower prayer hall of the temple. Sacred to Lord Krishna, this temple boasts a ballroom-like large prayer hall that has eight vibrant and life-size dioramas depicting the Krishna Leela. From here, we proceed towards Deolo Hill. The town of Kalimpong is situated between the Deolo Hill and Durpin Hill. This hill offers a spectacular view of the Teesta River and Reli Valley as well as the Kalimpong Town. Next up is Dr. Graham’s Homes school, a 119 year old establishment that was founded by a Scottish missionary Dr. John Anderson Graham in 1900 after he settled in Kalimpong. The school houses and offers education to children from all over India, refugee kids from Tibet ad Bhutan as well as students from Cambodia, Thailand etc. We then proceed to the Durpin Dara or Zang Dog Palri Monastery located on Durpin Hill. This is a fairly new monastery, constructed in 1972 and offers an incredible view of the town, tea gardens and the Reang and Teesta Rivers. A visit to the cactus/orchid nursery of Kalimpong will be spellbinding as you will be introduced to around 2000 varieties of simple and exotic cacti.
After the nursery, we will return to the hotel for lunch. Post lunch, you will check out of the hotel and venture into a new state Sikkim. You will reach the state capital, Gangtok and check-in to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for leisure and relaxation. You can roam around the town, try different cuisines on MG Road or enjoy a ropeway ride from Deorali to Tashiling and back. Overnight stay in Gangtok.
After breakfast, we will embark on a half-day sightseeing tour to explore local attractions in Gangtok. Our first attraction for the day will be the Rumtek Monastery. This the largest monastery in Sikkim and is the seat of the Karmapa Lama, who has been given the rank of the 3rd highest monk in Tibetan Buddhism. It is at the epicentre of the Karmapa Controversy, a lengthy court battle between the monks of two rival religious organizations.
Next, you will visit the Dro – Dul Chorten, a stupa that houses religious objects like the complete set of holy books called Kangyur. 108 prayer wheels (Mani Lakhor) surround the stupa. Then, you will proceed to visit the Tibet museum, also known as Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (Indian Institute of Tibetology). The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso laid the foundation for this institute in 1957. It promotes and sponsors extensive research on art, culture, history, religion and language of the people of Tibetan cultural area which also comprises of Sikkim.
The next attraction is the handicraft centre or Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom. You will see hand-painted masques, traditional paintings, wooden dolls and puppets, conventional themed carpets made on handlooms, and choktse – traditional holding tables. The flower exhibition center will be the last spot before you return to your hotel. This center holds numerous flower shows that showcase collections of extremely beautiful flowers like blue Venda orchids, chrysanthemum, celosia, Paps etc. Once you return to the hotel, the rest of the day is free for relaxation. Overnight stay in Gangtok.
Today after breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and leave for Darjeeling. Upon arrival in Darjeeling, you will check-in to your hotel and will have the rest of the day free for relaxation or exploration, as you wish.
Darjeeling is one of India’s prime hill stations and famous for its immense natural beauty, quaint climate and soothing ambience. This town has an elevation of 2042 metres (6700 ft.), is situated in the Lesser Himalayas and overlooked by world’s third highest mountain, Kanchenjunga (8586 m / 28,169 ft.). The widespread tea plantations and the 140 year old Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or Toy Train
Today, after having a fulfilling breakfast, you will leave to explore the Queen of hills – Darjeeling. We first visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute which was established in 1954 after Narendra Dhar Jayal was inspired Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay after they summited Mt. Everest in 1953. Tenzing Norgay was appointed as the 1st field training director of the institute. The institute offers numerous courses from basic to advance, search and rescue and a refresher course. From here, you proceed to the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (PNHZP) that houses animals like snow leopards, red pandas, Himalayan salamander, grey peacock pheasant and Tibetan wolf.
Afterwards, you visit the Tenzing Rock, a humongous natural rock that has been turned into a monument and dedicated to Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who along with Sir Edmund Hillary created history by climbing atop world’s highest mountain, the Mount Everest for the first time, in 1953. You will then visit the Tibetan Refugee self-help center, established in 1959 by the Tibetan refugees who escaped Tibet along with the 14th Dalai Lama. The refugees produce and sell several handicrafts items like carved wooden items, hand paintings on cloth items, knitted gloves, carpets, bags and aprons or handmade leather jackets.
The Tea Gardens are the next attraction that you will visit. You won’t be able to enter the plantations but even admiring the widespread stretches of tea gardens that envelope the mountains like a carpet is mesmerizing. The Tukvar, Aloobari and Steinthal tea estates are the first commercial tea gardens of Darjeeling that were planted during the British Era. As the commercial tea business required a lot of manual labor, people from Nepal were offered employment to plant the tea plants, tend to them, pluck the leaves and manufacture the powder. The Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple, commonly known as Japanese Peace Pagoda is the last tourist spot for the day. This pagoda showcases four different Avatars of Lord Buddha. It offers panoramic and astounding views of the tea gardens, Darjeeling town and the mighty Kanchenjunga peak.
After lunch, you are free to explore any other tourist spots you have in mind or simply set out to experience the local cuisine and culture. Overnight stay in Darjeeling.
After having breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and proceed towards Bagdogra International Airport if you are flying back home or New Jalpaiguri Railway Station if you are taking a train. You bid adieu to the hills of North East and take home beautiful memories that are worth reminiscing.
End of Hill Stations Tour in North East India