Welcome to India. Upon arrival at the International airport, you are met and are transferred to your hotel. Kolkata or Calcutta, the capital of West Bengal, is situated along the banks of the Hooghly river. Calcutta's, 300 years history traces to the landing of Robert Clive on the banks of the Hooghly. Calcutta now called 'Kolkata' was the first headquarters of the East India Company - the British trading establishment which later formed the foothold of the British Empire in this country. Kolkata as an important historical trading port attracted several communities and one can still see the influence of the Chinese, Jewish and Armenian communities. Overnight in Kolkata
Morning, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kolkata. The Tour begins from the Victoria Memorial, the best introduction to that era, foundation laid in 1906 by The Prince of Wales (later King George V) and opened in 1921 by the Duke of Windsor. Visit the Indian museum (closed on Mondays), built in 1875, its certainly the largest and probably the best museum in India and one of the best in Asia, displaying priceless relics of ancient civilizations. Other attractions include St. Pauls Cathedral, built between 1839 and 1847 and the British legacy - Fort William completed in 1781. Drive past the Raj Bhawan, built in 1799 and 1805 by Marquis Wellesley and High Court completed in 1872, has a tower (55 mts) high which was copied from the Staadhaus at Ypres, Belgium.In the afternoon visit 'The Missionaries of Charity', founded by Mother Teresa in 1950, home for old people, children and all human beings. Overnight in Kolkata.
Early morning (at 0400 hrs), drive to Tiger Hill from where one can get a glimpse of a spectacular sun rise over the snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas. On a clear day, even Mount Everest is visible. While driving back to the hotel, visit the Tibetan Ghoom Monastery. This is probably the most famous monastery in Darjeeling and it enshrines an image of Maitreya Buddha (the coming Buddha).(Note: A view of Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga can be impacted by weather conditions).After breakfast at your hotel, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Darjeeling. The sightseeing covers Lebong village, which was the highest race course in the World, the Mountaineering Institute (closed on Thursdays), the house of Tensing Norgay (the Everest hero) and the Botanical Gardens, a representative collection of Himalayan plants, flowers and orchids. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Darjeeling.
Drive from Darjeeling to Kalimpong (51 kms-2 hours). On arrival check-in at hotel.In the afternoon, sightseeing tour of Kalimpong. Visit Zang-dog-phalri-Fo-brang Monastery, built with facilities for debating, thanka painting etc. Also, visit the Tirpai Monastery, Flower Nursery and Market. Overnight in Kalimpong.
Morning sightseeing tour of Bhubaneshwar starts from the great Lingaraja temple, dated to the 11th century A.D., which soars above the city and dominates the landscape. The Mukteswara Temple, a 10th century gem of a temple, is richly sculpted with later phases of the Kalinga school of temple architecture. The temple gateway is an arched masterpiece with excellent decorative details engraved on the archway. Later visit the 11th century Raja Rani Temple set in picturesque surroundings, famous for its sculptural excellence. The Parasurameswara Temple built in 650 A.D. and the Vaital Temple devoted to Tantric Cults are also worth a visit.The afternoon is free to relax. Overnight in Bhubaneshwar.
Morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi begins with a visit to Jama Mosque, the largest mosque in India, built in 1650 AD. This is followed by a drive past the Red Fort (Closed on Mondays) (1639-48), built by Emperor Shah Jahan, creator of The Taj Mahal. Later proceed to Raj Ghat - the site of the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.Afternoon sightseeing tour of New Delhi begins with a drive past Safdarjangs Tomb (1753 AD) while we are on the way to the Qutab Minar (1193 A.D.). This striking medieval tower of victory, built by the slave dynasty, is 73 m high. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of Quwat-ul-Islam mosque, stands the Iron pillar which has stood the vagaries of weather and has not rusted for over 1500 years. Continue your tour to visit the Humayun's Tomb. Later drive through the Embassy area, Diplomatic enclave, stop for a quick photo shoot at India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidential Estate formerly Viceroy's House) and Connaught Place, New Delhi's main shopping area. Late in the evening transfer to International airport for flight to onward destination.