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India Circuit

Kolkata - Kathmandu

16 DAYS THROUGH India, Nepal
PRICE:
$1,230 (USD) + 480 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
16 days
ACCOM:
20% Camping
80% Hotels
PHYSICAL:
TRIP CODE:
ZAK
DEPOSIT:
$350 (USD)

Itinerary

Day 1 - Kolkata ( 13th Dec 2017 )

Border Information: If you are joining the trip in Kolkata, you will most likely enter India at Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (IATA code: CCU).

Today is a free day to explore the sights, sounds and flavours of the incredible city of Kolkata. There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm - please look for a note from your tour leader when you arrive at the hotel giving more details about this meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Kolkata before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Kolkata.

In Kolkata we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

2 nights to explore Kolkata, India's most enigmatic and bewildering city

INR 200
Optional

Overland through West Bengal across the Gangetic plains

Free
Optional

Visit the Eden Gardens, the most famous and iconic cricket stadium in India

Free
Optional

See the famous Howrah Bridge over the Hooghly River, thought to be the busiest bridge in the world with 150,000 pedestrians and 100,000 vehicles crossing every day

Free
Optional Discover the incredible array of art and historical artefacts on display at the Indian Museum in Kolkata, the largest and oldest museum in India INR 200
Optional Head out on a fantastic photographic tour of Kolkata, exploring the hidden gems, back streets, and photogenic spots of the city with a superb local guide INR 2000
Optional Explore the vast fields and parks of the Maidan (the 'lungs of Kolkata') and observe daily life away from the chaos of the city Free
Optional Visit and support the Usthi Foundation's school and farm for impoverished children in Kolkata, and see the amazing work they do (if available) USD 10
Optional See the huge white marble Victoria Memorial, built in the early 20th century by the British Viceroy of India and a grandiose reminder of Kolkata's colonial past INR 200
Optional

Visit the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Centre, a museum illustrating the life and work of the famous and controversial missionary

Free
Day 2 - Overnight train to Siliguri, Kolkata ( 14th Dec 2017 )

During the day we will have free time to independently explore Kolkata, and we have the opportunity to take an optional photographical tour of the city.

Whilst in Kolkata, your leader will assist you in arranging you Sikkim permit (you will need to bring passport photos and a photocopy of your passport photo page).

We will meet in the evening to head to the train station and board our overnight train to Siliguri - accommodation tonight will be on the train, where there are basic bunk beds with sheets provided.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included Experience a local overnight train from Kolkata to Siliguri Included in Kitty
Day 3-5 - Darjeeling ( 15th Dec 2017 to 17th Dec 2017 )

We will arrive into Siliguri at around 9:00am this morning, meeting our jeeps and drivers at the station for our onward journey through the narrow winding roads to Darjeeling. The town of Darjeeling is really more a collection of villages situated on a high ridge, linked by a series of steps and winding lanes and surrounded by rice and tea terraces.

Jeeps are used in this region rather than our overland truck as they are perfect for the narrow, steep and winding roads of the area. We will continue with the jeeps all the way until the trip returns to Siliguri (after Gangtok).

Estimated Drive Time (in jeeps) - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

We will spend 3 nights in Darjeeling, giving us plenty of time to relax, enjoy the surrounding area and take part in some optional activities.

In Darjeeling we will stay in a local hotel.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Scenic train ride through the stunning Darjeeling foothills

INR 470
Optional

Overland to Silguri

Free
Optional

Toy train from Siliguri to Darjeeling

Free
Optional

3 nights stay in Darjeeling to explore the surrounding hills

Free
Optional

See the museum at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, containing many exhibits from mountaineering history and the grave of Tenzing Norgay, one of the first men to summit Mount Everest

INR 100
Optional

Take an early jeep trip to Tiger Hill, where you can get an incredible sunrise view of Kangchenjunda, the 3rd-highest mountain in the world

INR 250
Day 6-8 - Karmi Farm ( 18th Dec 2017 to 20th Dec 2017 )

Today we will have one last free morning to explore Darjeeling. After lunch we will leave in our jeeps for Karmi Farm, a tea plantation located in a remote rural area nearby.

Estimated Drive Time (in jeeps) - 3-4 hours.

We will stay at Karmi Farm for 3 nights, which gives us lots of free time to enjoy some fantastic hikes around the region, visit the Karmi Farm Clinic charitable project, go bird watching and to relax and take in the stunning views from the lodge.

In Karmi Farm we will stay in a guest lodge.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit to the Karmi Farm charity project

Included in Kitty
Included

Trekking in the foothills of Darjeeling

Included in Kitty
Day 9-10 - Gangtok ( 21st Dec 2017 to 22nd Dec 2017 )

After breakfast we will leave Karmi Farm in our jeeps and continue to Gangtok, the hilltop capital of Sikkim.

Estimated Drive Time (in jeeps) - 5-7 hours.

On the following day we will have an included guided visit of the nearby Rumtek Dharma Monastery in the morning, leaving the afternoon free for you to independently explore Gangtok.

In Gangtok we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Travel to the far north, into the Himalayas in beautiful Sikkim

Included in Kitty
Optional

Stay overnight in the stunning Yamthung Valley in Sikkim

INR 1400
Included

Ride a yak at beautiful Tsomgo Lake in Sikkim

Included in Kitty
Optional

Explore the colourful Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok

INR 10
Included

Explore the incredible 18th-century Rumtek Monastery, the home of the Karmapa Lama, the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism

Included in Kitty
Day 11-12 - Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve ( 23rd Dec 2017 to 24th Dec 2017 )

Border Information: Exit India at Kakarbhitta, enter Nepal at Kakarbhitta.

Today we travel in our jeeps back to Siliguri, where we will finally join our Dragoman overland truck! We will then drive over the border into Nepal and continue onto Koshi National Park Wildlife Reserve.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours in the jeeps, 4-6 hours on the truck.

We will spend 2 nights in Koshi National Park birdwatching and enjoying the local wildlife. 

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Float down the Koshi river on a rubber boat - spend the day looking for warders and raptors and some Wild Water Buffaloes on the sand banks.

USD 44
Included

Stay at the beautiful Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp, exploring, relaxing and spotting the many different species of birdlife around the reserve. 

Included in Kitty
Day 13 - Bhaktapur ( 25th Dec 2017 )

Today we will leave the plains of the Terrai behind and head into th foothills of the Himalayas to the historic and beautiful town of Bhaktapur. 

Estimated Drive Time - 8 -9 hours.

In Bhaktapur we will stay in a small local hotel. 

 

Day 14 - Khatauti Khola ( 26th Dec 2017 )

This morning we are free to explore the historic centre of Bhaktapur and in the afternoon we will journey to Khatauti Khola, home to the Royal Beach Camp eco-adventure camp in the Nepalese mountains. 

There are several optional activities on offer here such as kayaking, rafting, hiking and mountain bikings or simply relax in the quiet surroundings. 

In Khatauti Khola we will camp at the Royal Beach Camp. 

Estimated Drive Time - 3 -4 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Overnight stay at the Royal Beach Camp outward bound centre in the Himalayas

USD 35
Optional

Whitewater rafting, kayaking and other mountain adventures in the Himalayas

USD 35
Optional Head out for half a day of canyoning in the gorges of the Trishuli River near Khatauti Khola USD 35
Day 15 - Kathmandu ( 27th Dec 2017 )

This morning we will spend some free time at the Royal Beach Camp to give us more time to take part in the optional adventure activities there, then after lunch we will drive the last stretch up to Kathmandu, the evocative capital of Nepal. 

In Kathmandu we stay in a comfortable local hotel. 

Estimate drive time - 3.- 4 hours

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Feast on a 9 course traditional Nepali meal

NPR 750
Optional

Discover Kathmandu on a guided city tour

NPR 100
Optional

Enjoy a scenic flight over Mount Everest

NPR 200
Optional

2 nights to enjoy the sights of Kathmandu

NPR 250
Optional

Visit the former royal palace of Narayanhiti and see the crown jewels of Nepal

NPR 500
Optional

Visit the sacred Hindu Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Nepal's unofficial national deity

NPR 1000
Optional Get out of the city and explore the nearby national park of Sundarijal, and see its idyllic waterfalls and rock formations NPR 250
Day 16 - Kathmandu ( 28th Dec 2017 )

Border Information: If you are finishing your trip in Kathmandu, you will most likely exit Nepal at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (IATA code: KTM).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Kathmandu. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

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Departing: 13 Dec 2017
Returning: 28 Dec 2017
Duration: 16 days
Route: Kolkata - Kathmandu
$1,230 + $480 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 10 Jan 2018
Returning: 25 Jan 2018
Duration: 16 days
Route: Kolkata - Kathmandu
$1,285 + $480 Kitty (USD)
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Returning: 8 Mar 2018
Duration: 16 days
Route: Kolkata - Kathmandu
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Returning: 29 Nov 2018
Duration: 16 days
Route: Kolkata - Kathmandu
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Returning: 27 Dec 2018
Duration: 16 days
Route: Kolkata - Kathmandu
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Departing: 9 Jan 2019
Returning: 24 Jan 2019
Duration: 16 days
Route: Kolkata - Kathmandu
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Departing: 13 Feb 2019
Returning: 28 Feb 2019
Duration: 16 days
Route: Kolkata - Kathmandu
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Returning: 28 Nov 2019
Duration: 16 days
Route: Kolkata - Kathmandu
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Departing: 11 Dec 2019
Returning: 26 Dec 2019
Duration: 16 days
Route: Kolkata - Kathmandu
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Simone E - 4th June 2015
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William O - 4th June 2015
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Mark H - 4th June 2015
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