This itinerary will take you through an in depth discovery of two major world religions, Buddhism and Hinduism. In Hinduism, you will visit the sites of Konarak and Puri; Puri being one of the seven holy cities of the Hindus. And in Buddhism, you will visit the colourful monasteries of the North Eastern province of Sikkim, nestled in the Himalayas. This voyage of fantastic discovery will take you from the bustling cityscapes of Calcutta to the serene and calm forested areas of the mountainous Himalayas to the beaches of the Eastern Coast where, besides the temples, the surf on the beach can be pretty interesting too!.

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Prices subject to change without prior notice

Option1 : $ 1600.00 * Per person

Option2 : $ 2100.00 * Per person

Day 1 | In/Calcutta  (Flight, Surface)

Arrival in Calcutta airport and welcomed by a smiling Maavalan representative to be seamlessly checked in at your hotel to get over the jet lag.

You may change some amount of currency in Indian Rupees before coming out of the Airport at the banks at the Airport which remain open 24×7 The best way to overcome Jet leg is to adjust yourself with the new destination; if you arrive during the day, do not rest, enjoy the day (pool or massage) or if you arrive at night, then try to catch some sleep immediately.

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Day 2 | Calcutta

Your day begins in what is called the Cultural Capital of India. This is city has seen most Nobel laureates in the country and is known for Bengali New Wave cinema, an active literary life and intellectual discussions over endless cups at the famed Coffee house!.

Drive around Dalhousie Square discovering beautiful colonial architecture of the GPO, the Writer’s Building, the Governor’s House and the Fort William. Visit of the Victoria Memorial and the St Paul’s Cathedral.

Visiting places: Victoria Memorial, St Paul’s Cathedral, Indian Museum, Mother Teresa, Dalhousie Square

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Day 3 | Calcutta(Flight, Surface) (Flight, Surface)

You will visit Kumartuli where artisan sculptors fashion idols of Goddesses for a festival only to melt away into the Ganges soon after! Visit the house of Literature Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

Take a romantic boat ride on the Ganges close to the new Hooghly Bridge.

Try visiting a bookstore and strike up a conversation with a local. Bengalis are ever avid talkers and can be very interesting!.

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Day 4 | Kolkata–Bagdogra–Darjeeling  

Fly out to the Himalayas in Bengal. From Bagdogra, you will begin your picturesque ascent towards Bengal’s erstwhile summer capital, Darjeeling, the very name that conjures up images of tea gardens amidst misty mountains. This road crosses the railroad track several times that also goes up to Darjeeling. This particular railway is part of UNESCO and is a World Heritage Site!

When you check in at Darjeeling, make sure you taste the tea. It is really worth it!

Carry warm clothes in your hand baggage as it temperatures will fall considerably when you arrive at Darjeeling.

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Day 5 |Darjeeling 

We will take you for an early morning excursion to Tiger Hill (alt 2550 metres) from where on a clear day you can perceive Mt Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak on the planet. Then we will take you to the Tibetan monastery of Ghoom. In the afternoon, you will be taken for a joy ride on the World Heritage Site Railroad train! 

Visiting places: Tiger hill, Ghoom Monastery, World Heritage Railroad train ride.

Try some good Darjeeling tea at your hotel. Walk on the Mall road at Darjeeling in the evening is interesting.

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Day 6 | Darjeeling – Richenpong – Pemayangtse  

You will be driven through the beautiful town Richenpong which is of historical significance where the invading British army was stopped. This is the day you enter Buddhist Himalayan province of Sikkim, rich in colourful monasteries and ever smiling content people.

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Day 7 | Pemayangtse – Yuksom  (Surface)

The Pemayangtse Monastery near Pelling is one of the most famous and oldest monasteries of West Sikkim. Pemayangtse or “Sublime Lotus” belongs to the sect of Red Hats and the monastery has remarkable frescoes decorating its walls.

Hiking to Dubdhi monastery is recommended. Do not forget to wear Hiking shoes and carry water.

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Day 8 | Yuksom–Gangtok  (Surface)

Yuksom, meaning the meeting place of three monks, is a large village at an altitude of 1800 metres is also a mountaineering hub as it is the starting point for the ascent to Mt Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest peak on the planet in the Himalayas.

End of day, you will reach Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.

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Day 9 | Gangtok 

Gangtok was the capital of the earlier dynasty Namgyal and remains the capital of the eastern hill state of Sikkim. It is from here that silk trades took place with Tibet till the closing of the frontiers after the Sino-Indian war in 1962. Excursion to Rumtek monastery. Rumtek is the primary seat of the Karma Kagyu  lineage in Sikkim. The Rumtek monastery dating from the 16th century was rebuilt by the 16th Karmapa in 1959 with the help of the Sikkim Royalty and the Indian Government. It is the largest and arguably the most important monastery in Sikkim.

Excursion to Phodang monastery of Alexandra David Néel fame.

Visiting places: Rumtek Monastery

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Day 10 | Gangtok-Kalimpong  (Surface)

As you drive to Kalimpong, you will traverse from Sikkim back to West Bengal and to the Lesser Himalayas. Kalimpong is a beautiful low altitude pleasant climate hill station. We will take you to visit the Bhutanese Gompa Thongsa.

Visiting places: Bhutanese Monastery

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Day 11 | Kalimpong–Bagdogra–Calcutta   

You will fly back to the cultural capital of Kolkata to spend a night in this splendid metropolitan city.

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Day 12 | Calcutta – Bhubaneswar

Fly in to the capital of Orissa, Bhubaneswar. Despite having an essentially urban structure, Bhubaneswar is an ancient city where the oldest visible remnants go back 2500 years. We will take you to visit a tribal museum..

Visiting places: Tribal Museum

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Day 13 | Bhubaneswar

You will discover Kalinga architecture while you visit the Rajarani Temple with erotic sculptures and the famous living Lingaraja Temple (from the outside). You will also visit the Udayagiri and Khandagiri sites and the rock edicts of Asoka, sites that go back over two millennia!

Visiting places: Rajarani, Lingaraja Temples, Udaygiri, Khandagiri, Asoka rock edicts

Carry a pair of socks as you would have to take off your shoes to visit places of worship.

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Day 14 | Bhubaneswar–Konark–Puri

Konark is known for its magnificent Sun Temple which is a World Heritage Site. Built nearly 800 years ago, it is in the shape of a gigantic horse drawn chariot with intricately carved stone wheels, horses, walls and pillars depicting scenes from Hindu mythology, details from the quotidian and fine erotic sculptures.

Visiting places: Sun Temple

Carry a pair of socks as you would have to take off your shoes to visit places of worship.

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Day 15 | Puri 

Puri is one among the seven holy cities of India and is also known for its famous “Festival of Chariots”. Foreigners are not allowed to visit the Temple of Jagannath from inside as it is reserved for devotees only. But one can have a look at the enormous structure from a nearby rooftop. And if you are a beach person, surf is always up at Puri. Your hotel is right on the beach! Early in the morning, you can see the fishermen pulling up their catch from the sea.

Visiting places: Puri Temple, Fishermen’s village.

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Day 16 | Puri – Calcutta 

You will fly out to Kolkata from Puri. We will invite you for your last dinner and cocktail hosted by Maavaalan. At night you will be escorted to the international airport where you will take your flight back home.

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