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India: Darjeeling

4 DaysStarting at $3,295

Overview

The quiet remoteness of the Himalayas is so addictive that it’s hard to leave. So we say don’t.

Add our Darjeeling extension to your Bhutan trip, and take full advantage of the rare chance to explore this part of the world. Located in India’s West Bengal state, Darjeeling is world- famous for its namesake tea – but it’s also the mountaineers’ gateway to the world’s tallest peaks and a garden spot of the first order. Our unforgettable visit includes three glorious nights at a luxury tea estate.

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Highlights

DAY 1-2 – PARO - DARJEELING
You’ll rediscover the long-lost thrill of looking out of your airplane window as you make the scenic flight from Paro to Bagdogra along the edge of the Himalayas. Glenburn, our luxury estate hotel for the duration of our visit, is just a three hour drive away at the far northeastern tip of India, just across the River Teesta from Sikkim. After settling, we’re invited to a cooking instruction in the gourmet restaurant's open kitchen. 

The “Toy Train” is an engineering marvel with UNESCO World Heritage Status. With rails that are just two feet apart, it’s the narrowest of narrow gauges, and its route through the foothills of the Himalayas makes for a stunning journey. We’ll also arrange visits to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the Tibetan Refugee Center where the shopping for traditional crafts is especially fine. At a Tea Tasting Session, you discover the differences in aroma, flavor and appearance of tea manufactured in different ways, at different times of year. 

DAY 3-4 – DARJEELING
Your naturalist guide will lead you to Bora Gaon village and into the Simbong Forest. It’s a habitat rich with birds and butterflies. Our gradual 3,000-descent ends at the River Rungeet where you can go fishing, paddle in the rock pools or get in some croquet or beach cricket. And we love the spectacular walk across the Manjitar Suspension Bridge. Two hundred feet across and 100 feet over the river, it’s an adventure all its own. The following day, we'll transfer you to Bagdogra for your flight to Bangkok or Delhi. 
 
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Map

  • Starting Point:

    Darjeeling – – Lobby of Glenburn Tea Estate
  • Ending Point:

    Darjeeling – – Lobby of Glenburn Tea Estate

Why Choose Classic Journeys


We believe in creating authentic connections by immersing you into the history and culture of a people and place. So we find the most well-connected local guides who share their relationships and knowledge with us. And with them, we handcraft walking tours in cinematic settings that allow you to see the world on foot and at eye level.

It's why Travel + Leisure magazine has named Classic Journeys as the #1 World's Best Tour Operator multiple times, and the editors of T+L say, "Classic Journeys provides unbeatable access to experiences around the globe." Here's what that access means for you every time you travel with us.

  • Experience the world on foot and at eye level. Each day, join your guide on the most cinematic footpaths in the region.
  • Exceptional full-time local guides who become your well-connected friend. Our amazing guides are with you throughout each day of the tour, share their lifelong connections as well as engaging anecdotes about the history and culture of the region.
  • Small groups that provide you unrivaled access. An average of fewer than 10 guests per departure means we can offer you special access to sites like Stonehenge so you experience the stone circle when it's closed to the general public, a guided visit to Zion Narrows that other companies cannot arrange because of larger group sizes, and vineyard walks with a count and countess in Tuscany.
  • Award-winning hotels are waiting for you at the end of every day. Luxuriate in the finest and most distinctive accommodations in the region you're exploring, including rainforest lodges, 16th century villas, and award-winning properties that show up on World's Best and Gold lists.
  • Eat like (and with) the locals. Food is a foolproof way into the hearts, homes and history of the places you visit with us. From gourmet picnics to coveted local restaurants, our meals offer you opportunities to explore native food traditions and fine dining.
  • Handcrafted itineraries with all activities included. With our long-term friendships, we know our walking tour regions more personally than anyone else. So you get thoughtfully curated itineraries that combine explorations of the villages, organic farms, archeological sites and the people who know them best.
  • Sustainable travel that supports the places you're visiting. We put our local currency into the pockets of the people who live where we travel. It's your guarantee that you'll have authentic, up-close experiences on your trip. Best of all, our person-to-person approach helps sustain their ways of life.

 

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Family Departure

Select our “Family Departure” to travel with other families.

Internal Airfare

This trip includes internal flights, which are priced separately from the land tour. The total cost for the internal flights are approximately $495 per person.

What’s Included

  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Guided activities on a sharing basis
  • Admissions to historic sites and scheduled events as detailed in the daily itinerary 
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • All land transportation during the trip 

Above & Beyond Benefits

Privileged Access Events

  • One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.