New Delhi (1) - Kalimpong (2) - Pelling (1) - West Sikkim Trek (1) - Rinchenpong (2) - Darjeeling (1) - Guwahati (1) - Manas National Park (3) - New Delhi (1)
Your two-week family holiday in India's North East begins rather undramatically in New Delhi, a convenient entry point into India. After resting, recovering and exploring a little bit of the city, you fly eastwards to begin your holiday in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. As you climb steadily into the mountains, your first stop is at the quaint hill-town of Kalimpong. Friendly people, beautiful orchids and colourful markets make for a lovely way to acclimatise.
From Kalimpong, you drive north into the former Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim (now a part of India) where you come face to face with its most evocative symbol - Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world - at Pelling. This is the start point of your two day family trek, where mild to moderate walks take you through rhododendron forest and beautiful meadows. Your trek brings you to a small village where you stay (in comfort) with a farming family for a few days participating in daily activities and learning the Sikkimese way of life.
Then drive southwards to the region's most popular and populated hill town - Darjeeling. This is a good place to stop for a meal, peep into some chocolate shops and tea boutiques, browse through history, and wait for it...to jump aboard the Darjeeling Railway, a cliff-hugging, mountain toy train. Skip town and stay on a working tea estate in a planter's bungalow, and learning all about tea. Finally fly east into Assam and cross the mighty Brahmaputra River into the lowland jungles of Manas National Park. Here either by jeep or on elephant-back, have rare opportunity to see one of the world's most endangered mammals - the one-horned rhino, and learn about Manas' conservation success stories.
On this family program, we show you and your children a safe, enjoyable and learning-filled holiday in a beautiful part of the country that lies in the valleys and foothills of the Eastern Himalayas.
Two active weeks in the Eastern Himalayas offering a mix of monasteries, easy treks and walks, wildlife safaris, farm-stays, tea estates, and a delightful mountain railway - a perfect combination of unique experiences to share with your children in India.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
August - March
Families with tweens; younger couples and older couples with moderate fitness levels
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