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Tea Testing Tour

( 08 DAYS / 07 NIGHTS )

Day 1: Arrive Kolkata

Arrive Kolkata. Meet & Greet on arrival at Airport & transfer to hotel. Check-in to hotel & rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay will be at Kolkata.

Day 2: Kolkata

After breakfast start for full day Kolkata city tour. Drive pass Howrah Bridge, Belur Math, Vivekananda Setu, Dakshineswar Temple, Drive pass GPO, Writers Building, Eden Garden Stadium, Rajbhawan, Visit Indian Museum, St. Pauls Cathedral Church, Victoria Memorial Hall & Mother House. Overnight stay will be at Kolkata.

Day 3: Kolkata - Bagdogra (Airport) / Darjeeling

After breakfast check out from hotel and transfer to the Airport for flight to Bagdogra. Arrive at Bagdogra airport and the representative form the Glenburn Tea Estate will arrange for your transfer to Glenburn Tea Estate Two rivers and a valley, two leaves and a bud. Acre upon acre of rolling tea bush and fores. A house on a hill, a Himalayan sunrise and a tea garden that still marches to a century-old beat. Started by a Scottish tea company in 1860, Glenburn has now passed into the hands of one of India's pioneering tea planting families - The Prakashes, who have over the years come to be known as the - Chaiwala family, which literally means 'tea planters'. Evening free for leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 4: At Glenburn Tea Estate (Full day Tea Garden Walking Tour)

Morning you are taken on full day Tea Tour which can be adjusted to suit guest. Most of the walking is down hill, and the duration of walking can range from 1.5 hours to 3 hours, and difficulty from moderate to tough, depending on the route one takes. Guests may also drive the entire route, stopping along the way for short walks at various points of interest. The tour starts with an audio-visual presentation on the history of Glenburn, and a brief overview of how tea is grown, manufactured and tasted.

Day 5: At Glenburn Tea Estate

Walking is along a flat, well-defined path. Total walking time approx. 2 hours. A four-wheel drive jeep will take you down through the Simbong Forest to the River Rung Dung. Cross the river over a small suspension bridge, which takes you into the Badamtam Forest. Walk along the forest path, following the River Rungeet. On the way, our naturalist will help you identify the birds, butterflies, occasional animals, and the rich plant life found in the forest. You will also walk through a forest village, and have the option to walk down to the sandy banks of the river. After about an hour's walk, you will reach the Manjitar Suspension Footbridge, leading the way across the River Rungeet into the old royal kingdom of Sikkim. This spectacular structure was built by the British in 1902, after the original cane bridge was washed away by the floods of 1899. About 200 feet across, and at least 100 feet above the river, crossing this footbridge is an adventure in itself! A black and white photograph of the original cane bridge taken some time during the last century by Robert Phillips can be seen on the Glenburn front verandah. Cross the bridge into Sikkim and wander around Manjitar Village, stop for a cup of tea in one of the village 'dhaabas' (tea shops), and visit the local Shiv Temple. At 4:30 pm everyday, a volleyball match takes place between the local police force and the villagers. Our guests are welcomed as spectators, sipping cups of hot tea from the local "dhaaba".

Day 6: At Glenburn Tea Estate (Day Excursion to Darjeeling Town)

Steeped in British colonial history, the hill station of Darjeeling stands at a height of 6,000 feet, with the magnificent Mount Kanchenjunga as a backdrop. Take a ride on the famous Toy Train Railway from Darjeeling Town, through the picturesque Batasia Loop and then to the neighboring towns of Ghoomand Kurseong. Wander through the Mall, shop for local crafts and antiques along the way, drop into the famous Das Studios for a peek at their collection of old black and white photographs from the area, and stop for a cup of tea of coffee at Keventers or Glenary's, two famous old cafeterias on the Mall. Visit the grand old Planter's Club, once the Palace of a local Maharaja, and enjoy the views of the surrounding hillside (Glenburn included!) from Chowrasta, where the bandstand still conjures up old colonial memories of days gone by. Lunch can be taken at a number of places - Glenary's has a nice cafeteria as well as a multi-cuisine restaurant, but you could also try a more typical local restaurant, for a traditional 'momo and thugpa' meal. Whatever you feel like doing, our experienced guide will lead you to the right place! In the afternoon, drive a little out of the main town to theLebong Contonment area, where the original Lebong Race Course remains.

Day 7: Glenburn Tea Estate - Bagdogra - Kolkata

After breakfast on time drive to Bagdogra airport to board flight to Kolkata. On arrival met and transfer to the hotel near airport. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Kolkata - Onward destination

After breakfast day free at leisure for last minute packaging. Later on time transfer to the airport to board onward destination flight and memories of an enjoyable visit to India.

  • Accommodation on Single/Twin/Triple sharing basis as per the itinerary & requirement.
  • Daily buffet breakfast at the hotel. Welcome or Farewell Dinner at New Delhi.
  • Private chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • All meals at Glenburn Tea Estate.
  • Services of an Excellent English Speaking local guide as per the itinerary.
  • Airfare for the sector Kolkata – Bagdogra in economy class.
  • Service of our representative on arrival /departure at airport/railway station.
  • Mineral water bottles during intercity drives.
  • All presently applicable govt. taxes

Exclusion:

Any international airfare/trainfare, VISA fee, Entrance fee, Camera/Video Camera fee, if any. Any tips/gratuities to hotel/service staff, Portage, any expenditure of personal nature viz. alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, internet/fax/telephone usage, laundry, shopping or any other item not specifically mentioned in “Inclusion” column above.