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Tea Plantation, Munnar, Kerala, India

Darjeeling and Sikkim Discovery



10 Days

Prices Start from

$4,636pp (ex. flights)

Suitable for

Adventure Traveller Family Gatherings Photographers

This scenic holiday idea in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas has been created for those with an interest in the history of the British Indian Empire, the colonial outpost of Darjeeling and the neighbouring region of Sikkim.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Darjeeling, India 1

Experience the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Take the slow and scenic train ride to Ghoom Monastery.

Tea Plantation, Munnar, Kerala, India 2

Taste World Famous Darjeeling Tea

Witness the processing of Darjeeling tea followed by a tea tasting.

Sunrise at Mount Kanchenjunga, Sikkim, India 3

View the Glorious Peaks of Kanchenjunga

Catch a glimpse of the mighty Mount Kanchenjunga, India’s highest mountain.

Yak, Tsomgo Lake, Gangtok, Sikkim, India 4

Experience Spectacular Landscapes

Venture to Sikkim’s frontier and visit the sacred glacial Tsomgo Lake.


Why we like it

Starting in the cultural city of Kolkata, accompanied by an English speaking specialist guide, you navigate the winding streets to delve into its very heart. Having explored the history and discovered Kolkata’s ‘bookshop culture’, continue your journey into the Himalayan foothills to visit Darjeeling. A dear friend to Steppes Travel, Husna Prakash who runs Glenburn Tea Estate provides you with behind the scenes access and specially curated tours. Over the border in Sikkim discover dramatic landscapes home to glaciers, alpine meadows and thousands of varieties of wildflowers.

Included as Standard

Airport VIP meet and greet, a bottle of wine on arrival, a spa treatment, a dedicated member of our team available 24/7, an upgrade at one of your chosen hotels and cars with Wi-Fi connectivity.

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    Kolkata - Bagdogra - Gangtok

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  • Day 7

    Gangtok - Darjeeling

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  • Day 10

    Darjeeling - Bagdogra - Kolkata

Day 1


Rajmahal under the bridge, Calcutta, India

Visit the thriving city of Kolkata and learn about its colonial past

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Day 3


Day 4

Kolkata - Bagdogra - Gangtok

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Day 6


Sunrise, Mount Kanchenjunga, Sikkim, India

Whilst in Gangtok, visit Rumtek Monastery, known for its beautiful monastic paintings and intricate woodwork.

Day 7

Gangtok - Darjeeling

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Day 9


Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Darjeeling, India

Take a ride on the Darjeeling Mountain Railway to visit the Yiga-Choling Monastery.

Day 10

Darjeeling - Bagdogra - Kolkata

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Victoria Memorial, , Kolkata , India
Kolkata, India

Explore Kolkata - the City of Arts, Culture and Cuisine

Kolkata, still commonly referred to as Calcutta is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, and regarded as an artistic and cultural hub. Kolkata’s colonial past can be found on every corner, but it’s the combinations of that history and modern advances that make this friendly metropolis a unique Indian experience.

A private guide is the only way to find out the most about a city, whilst gaining an insight into life as a local. Weave your way through the flower market in the early morning light, one of the largest wholesale markets of India. Take a walking tour of the colonial buildings, the old post office, the stark white Victoria Memorial and the grand Governor’s residence.

In addition to its history, Kolkata is also known for its cuisine and world-class restaurants.

Tea Pickers, Darjeeling, India
Darjeeling, India

Delight in the Hill-Station of Darjeeling

A short flight from Kolkata brings you to Bagdogra, located at the northern reaches of the flat plains. The only way is up as you travel the winding hairpin turns into the foothills. Seated above the Rungeet River and overlooking the mighty mountain ranges, Darjeeling is heavenly. The hill station was built by the British Raj from as early as 1835. Enjoy fresh Darjeeling tea at the Glenburn plantation, a 150-year-old colonial house. Take a ride on the Darjeeling Mountain Railway to visit the Yiga-Choling Monastery near Ghoom which houses famous Buddhist scriptures. Participate in specially curated tours and activities that elevate this holiday to beyond the standard tour.

Sunrise, Mount Kanchenjunga, Sikkim, India
Sikkim, India

Cross the Border into Sikkim

Cross into permit controlled Sikkim, separated from the rest of India by the Rungeet River. Sikkim was the last state to give up its monarchy and integrate into India. The capital city of Gangtok has a spectacular setting with fine views over the Himalayan mountain ranges.

Whilst in Gangtok, visit Rumtek Monastery, known for its beautiful monastic paintings and intricate woodwork. Take a scenic walk across the farmed terraces. Visit beautiful orchid-laden forests with orchids in full bloom between April and June.


Yak, Tsomgo Lake, Gangtok, Sikkim, India
Gangtok, India

Walk around Tsomgo Lake

A short drive from Gangtok, Tsomgo Lake or Changu Lake is found perched between the Himalayan mountains at an altitude of 12,400 ft. The lake is one of the most spectacular landscapes of Sikkim. The azure blue lake is highly revered by the local Buddhists and Hindus as a sacred lake. Many people don’t visit this area but we have included it in our holiday suggestion so that you can go for a walk, enjoy a picnic lunch and spend time in this spectacular scenery.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Glenburn Penthouse £££££

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  • Boutique

A long-awaited project from the owners of Glenburn Tea Estate, this elegant nine-bedroomed boutique hotel, colonial in style, is a perfect bolthole for anybody preferring home from home when staying in Calcutta. Occupying the top two floors of a sleek office building in the heart of the city, Glenburn Penthouse looks humble from the outside. Don’t be fooled by the exterior as the interiors will knock your socks off. From the rooftop terrace, gaze out over the impressive Victoria Memorial whilst taking a dip in the infinity pool.

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Glenburn Tea Estate £££££

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Surrounded by the Himalayas, The Glenburn Tea Estate is a heavenly, secluded hotel, situated one hour’s drive from the town of Darjeeling. This boutique hotel is very much part of a working tea estate that stretches over 1,600 acres with rivers and forests and spectacular mountain views & Guests are accommodated in one of two bungalows, each comprising four suites and common areas, gardens, verandas and terraces accessible to all guests.

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A faultless trip so brilliantly expedited and organised by Steppes Travel but with a major backup from those on the ground, in India.


Everything was simply wonderful. We had two great tiger sightings at Nagarhole and caught a glimpse of three fully grown cubs. The driver we had was really excellent and has looked after us so well. It is all simply wonderful.

Nagerhole, India

At no point did we feel anything but full confidence in Kate. We actually returned from India having enjoyed the week she arranged for us immensely. We stayed in beautiful places and had wonderful experiences. Thank you, Steppes has delighted us.


In a very short period of time, Charlotte was able to come up with an excellent itinerary, to keep us informed of reservations on a timely basis and to make changes to meet our requirements. She was always available either on the phone or through email exchanges which was most reassuring and hugely appreciated. A valuable asset!


Overall another amazing trip from Steppes Travel. We saw so many different sights and had so many new experiences. Would always highly recommend Steppes.

Steppes Travel

Dev Shree's rural location allowed us a glimpse of India off of the beaten track. We had a memorable afternoon wandering the small town.

Dev Shree - Rajasthan, India

A great itinerary for an introduction to India. It has given us lots of ideas and enthusiasm for a return trip.


We had an absolutely amazing time. Everything ran smoothly, all accommodation and other arrangements were fabulous and the contacts were such wonderful and professional people we feel we have made friends for life.


Outlining a trip and having Joe fill in the details and make suggestions or changes meant we had a wonderful experience.


All guides, drivers and vehicles were superb and it was such a great way to see everything and know everything. The service was excellent.


Joe was wonderful and very knowledgeable about India. He was patient with us as we made numerous changes to the itinerary and very quick to respond.  


Charlotte knows India extremely well. Very happy to answer even the most trivial of questions. Nothing is too much trouble.


Outlining a trip and having Joe fill in the details and make suggestions or changes meant we had a wonderful experience.


In Kathmandu, our guide Archie was fabulous. She was knowledgeable, thoughtful, fun, warm, open and a total pleasure to have with us. She really made sure we got the most out of our two days in Kathmandu - a real class act.


We had the most amazing holiday. Thank you to all at Steppes and a huge thank you for our surprise meal at Ministry of Crab. We are so grateful.

Sri Lanka

It was all very last minute from us so Kate did a great job in responding to a change in dates and negotiating a good deal.

Sri Lanka

Kate Hitchen's help in organising this trip was excellent. She was very knowledgable and tailor-made our trip to suit our three teenage children.

Sri Lanka

Kate Hitchen was excellent and managed to book and organise our trip to India perfectly, it was even better than expected. Thank you.


Everything went smoothly, we were met as arranged by extremely knowledgeable personnel. The guides and drivers came up to and exceeded, our expectations.


Joe was FANTASTIC! He really knew his stuff and really guided us to a terrific trip!


Naturalists at the two lodges responded well to the individual needs of us as their guests. I showed an interest in the local school in Kanha, and Chin took us there, introduced us to the head and showed us a classroom - very interesting and insightful into the local community.

Kanha National Park

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

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