3rd-9th February 2023 (Leaving Kolkata on 2nd) | From Kolkata | Maximum 10 places
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway From Sukna to Kurseong
We will arrive at New Jalpaiguri station after an overnight train from Kolkata. Here we will be met by the Darjeeling Walks team and will be transferred to the idyllic Sukna Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station. After the introductory story telling session, we board the train to traverse through the most scenic route of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
We offer you tea, snacks onboard, while our Explorers tell you engaging stories about the legacies of the DHR. This helps them to realise how crucial and significant the railway heritage is to the community.
Learning about its integral engineering feat and many intriguing stories, the train takes you through magnificent loops, zig-zags, forests, and astounding Himalayan valleys.
Upon reaching Kurseong, we will take you to the glorious Elysia Place. Following a tour of the DHR Headquarter, we engage people through artworks of the DHRS Members, such as David Charlesworth's, Martin Ferrabee's et al. This is followed by High Tea.
From Kurseong we will go to Darjeeling by road and check in to our Hotel.
Overnight at Darjeeling.
Summer Capital Walk & Gastronomy Experience
Today we will explore Darjeeling town through two different experiences.
As the erstwhile Summer Capital, Darjeeling charmed the English. It added the feather of a Himalayan Hamlet to the British Crown and transformed their Summer Experience into a fully functional seat of government and commerce. We will explore this story of transformation of Darjeeling under the Raj in the Summer Capital Walk after breakfast.
In the afternoon we will take you on a gastronomic journey through Darjeeling. While the Brits escorted their fish-n-chips, the Tibetans brought in their Chebureki. Bongs hopped in with their spicy delicacies that everyone set their hearts on. Call upon the Darjeeling Tea - the best champagne of the world to rejoice after the meal. On this tour, eat as you have never eaten before!
Overnight at Darjeeling.
Tea Pluckers' Day (Social Impact Tour)
Today we will leave Darjeeling for a tea garden.
Oral accounts and letters say that literally, the vagabonds from across the seas came to make a fortune here. Darjeeling Tea furnished them more than they could imagine. The intangible quality of craftsmanship and skilled labour behind the success of this drink will make you envious to live their life for a day. Experience the behind the scenes of Darjeeling Tea like no other.
Aiming to touch generations that have been affected due to several years of political turmoil in the hills, Tea Pluckers' Day addresses the ever-rising dialogue between a traveller and a local to fine-tune the synergy of a sustainable and responsible travelling initiative. More than just a tour, it is an exploration of daily life on a tea plantation. Discover stories of struggle and sustenance beyond the regular as part of this tour.
We will stay overnight at the tea garden bungalow.
Forest Hike and Stay at a Lepcha/Sherpa Village
Today we will check-in at one of the quaint Lepcha/Sherpa villages in the forest of Darjeeling at the lap of nature.
Nature travel is rejuvenating. It is rewarding for oneself stuck in the hustle-bustle of the regular. Here we will participate in up on our village walks, farm, and nursery experiences. Witness the Kanchenjunga Range while walking across the pine ridges, tea forests, boutique nurseries, riverside farm stays, and tiny Himalayan towns.
Overnight at the village.
Healing in the Himalayas- Meditative Experience in a Lepacha/Sherpa village & Tibetan/Nepali Cooking Experience
Today we stay at the Lepcha/Sherpa village.
Surrounded by absolute wilderness, located amidst a historical village set up by the once Rajah of Sikkim, this experience offers a multilayered solitude in the Darjeeling hills. Comprising of guided meditation, healing sessions, yoga, chanting, music therapy, farming experience, cooking experience et al, this offering is a complete paradise for people looking for peace while experiencing the slow life in the hills. The village centers around a three centuries old Monastery, that was blessed by the Rajah of Sikkim and also hosted a Royal Palace once upon a time. Ayurvedic practices and Tibetan medicinal practices are often cultivated there by the residing Monks. A Lepcha farming village hosted by an abundance of nature also offers a great sighting of fireflies at night.
This experience is followed by a hands on lesson for cooking Tibetan/Nepalese food.
Overnight stay at the Lepcha/Sherpa village
Free Day in Darjeeling. Optional Monastic Trail
Today we bid adieu to the Lepcha/Sherpa village and come back to Darjeeling.
This is a free day for everyone. You can take it at your own pace, do some shopping, check out some landmarks of Darjeeling or simply sit/stroll in the mall.
In the afternoon, there is an optional Monastic Trail on offer. Explore the monastic heritage in the Darjeeling hills continued down through the centuries as we take you around some of Darjeeling's most significant and illustrious monasteries. With fascinating folklore, discover these hidden dens of the Monks overlooking the magnificent hills of Eastern Himalayas.
Overnight at Darjeeling. We return to Kolkata the following morning.
All Accommodation (twin sharing) in Heritage Hotels, Tea Garden Bungalow and Village Guest Houses (this has to be twin-sharing)
All sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary
Personalised Welcome Kits
Any personal expenses | Any optional activities | Tips | COVID19 Tests of any nature | Travel Insurance | Early check-in/late check-out | Anything not mentioned in the "inclusions" | Any forcemajeure expenditure
Darjeeling Walks is created and established with a challenging hope of making a self sustainable and improved life in the hills through local employment, rejuvenation of indigenously grown art practices, cultural & historical places, re-development and maintenance of heritage and tourist attractions, taking utmost care of the great resources of natural surroundings and its inhabitants.
We, in this journey, want to rediscover the gateway to the once known Queen of the Hills and its warm, welcoming residents using tourism as a tool. The Darjeeling hills suffer from various issues including political turmoil, unemployment, lack of adequate infrastructure, lack of proper administration et al. With great wisdom, we aim to integrate local residents with tourists using alternative travel initiatives and minimise day-to-day constraints for the hills and its residents.