Essence of India Tour programs with Singapore Airlines


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Trip cost includes:

- Round trip air, including fuel surcharges and taxes from New York or Los Angeles

- Accommodation on a twin share basis

- Daily breakfast

- Airport / railway station transfers in India

- Sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned vehicles, with English speaking local guides

- Entrance fees to all monuments listed in the itinerary

- Local taxes & service charges on the above

Not included are visa fees, personal expenses of all kinds, travel insurance, meals other than breakfast.


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Rhinos, Tea & Monasteries

Largely undiscovered in the eastern corner of India is an area of extraordinary natural beauty. Explore national parks rich in exotic flora, birds and wildlife, verdant tea plantations in the foothills of snow capped Himalayan peaks and mountain landscapes dotted with ancient Buddhist monasteries. Travel on a 100 year old steam train as it puffs and pants its way up from the plains to the hills and discover a way of life that seems to be untouched by modern development.

Rhinoceros in Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India
View from Darjeeling, Himalayas

Tour Itinerary

Trip Highlights include:

  • Calcutta, a city of amazing contrasts

  • Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site

  • Himalayan landscapes at Kalimpong, Darjeeling & Sikkim

  • 19th century narrow gauge steam train in Darjeeling

  • Ancient Buddhist monasteries and palaces

  • Gangtok, picturesque capital of Sikkim

  • Stopover in Singapore

Day 1: USA to Singapore Shortly after noon today, catch your Singapore Airlines flight to Asia. Arrive in Singapore two days later after crossing the International Dateline.
Day 3: Singapore The day is free for you to enjoy Singapore, a modern city and yet distinctly Oriental. A special visitors’ pass is included for transportation and entrance fees to important sights around the city. Fly to Calcutta (Kolkata) in the evening.
Day 4: Calcutta (Kolkata) In the morning take an orientation tour of the city, well known for its colonial era buildings, Hindu temples, museums and art galleries.
Day 5: Calcutta to Guwahati and Kaziranga Fly from Calcutta to Guwahati, and then travel by road past tea plantations and the Assamese countryside to Kaziranga National Park .
Days 6 & 7: Kaziranga National Park Framed by the mighty Brahmaputra River, the park’s lowlands and tall thickets of elephant grass is the ideal habitat for the Indian One-Horned Rhino and a host of other wildlife. Enjoy two days at the park – go on an early morning elephant back safari to get real close to the rhinos, followed by a jeep trip deep in the jungle with ample opportunity to spot birds and animals that live in this unique sub-Himalayan terrain.
Day 8: Kaziranga to Darjeeling Return to Guwahati and fly to Bagdogra, the gateway to Darjeeling, famous all over the world for its tea!
Day 9: Darjeeling Surrounded by lofty Himalayan mountains, Darjeeling is a popular retreat from the plains of India. Spend the day exploring the town or going for a hike in the woods nearby.
Day 10: Darjeeling to Kalimpong Take a 3-hour ride on the famous World Heritage listed Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, as the narrow gauge locomotive steams its way through the forests, tunnels and mountains, past waterfalls and over deep valleys before arriving in Kurseong. After a short break, travel by road onwards to Kalimpong.
Day 11: Kalimpong At 4,000 ft. above sea level, Kalimpong offers excellent views of Mt Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks. Besides the Tibetan Monastery, visit the small village of Lava at Neora National Park.
Day 12: Kalimpong to Pelling Hugging the scenic Teesta River much of the way, catch some breathtaking scenery as the mountain road climbs up into Sikkim.
Day 15: Pemayangtse to Yuksom Visit the ancient monasteries at Pemayangtse and Sangye Choling, then walk through thick forests to the ruins of the Rabdanste Palace. Later, travel further north to the village of Yuksam, nestled at the base of high, forest-covered mountains.
Day 15: Yuksom to Ravangala High above the town, prayer flags announce the site of the Nyingma Dubdi monastery, built in 1701. From the end of the paved road, a path threads past water wheels and a small river and rises through the forest to arrive at the dramatically situated Gompa, looking out over Yuksam. Continue to the monastery of Tashiding, the tea plantations at Ravangala.
Day 16: Ravangala to Gangtok After strolling through lush green tea plantations travel by road to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.
Day 16: Gangtok Situated on a hill Gangtok’s streets are lined with brightly painted pagoda roofed houses. Visit the famous Rumtek Monastery, the stupas Dul-dul-chorten and the research institute of Tibetology.
Day 17: Gangtok to Singapore Leave Gangtok and drive back to Bagdogra. Fly to Calcutta and in the evening on to Singapore.
Day 18: Singapore to USA Land in Singapore early this morning for your connecting flight to the US, arriving the same day.

Calcutta, Kaziranga National Park (Assam), Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Sikkim

18 Days from $3,644

Calcutta, Kaziranga (Assam) National Park, Darjeeling, Sikkim tour itinerary

Steam locomotive on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway still runs today!
Steam locomotive on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway still runs today!

Buddhist monastery, Sikkim
Buddhist monastery, Sikkim

1/1 - 3/31/17 $3,788 $4,050
4/1 - 5/31/17 $3,691 $3,766
6/1 - 8/31/17 $3,822 $4,091
9/1 - 9/30/17 $3,644 $3,755
10/1 - 11/30/17 $4,182 $4,491
12/1 - 12/31/17 $4,422 $4,710
1/1 - 3/31/18 $4,291 $4,566
Single occupancy surcharge on request

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We offer two categories of accommodation: Silver hotels are carefully selected for their excellent value - all  rooms have private facilities. Gold hotels are better located, offer more spacious rooms with better amenities and a higher standard of service.
 The departure date determines the price applicable. All prices are per person and based on twin-share accommodation.

A $100 surcharge applies for bookings made within 30 days of the departure date.

One-horned Indian Rhino at Kaziranga National Park
One-horned Indian Rhino at Kaziranga National Park

Calcutta's Victoria Memorial
Calcutta's Victoria Memorial

Archery is a popular sport in Sikkim
Archery is a popular sport in Sikkim


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