Agartala, the capital of the tiny state of Tripura, is surrounded on three sides by hills. Visit the 19th century temple of Lord Jagannath and the Ujjayanta Palace built in the Mughal style by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya in 1901. It is now the State Legislative Assembly. The Palace is reputedly the largest building in the state with magnificent tiled floors and beautifully carved front doors.
Bhubaneshwar, which means “The Lord of the Universe”, is the modern capital of the State of Orissa. Once the capital of the Kalinga Empire, there are several sites in the vicinity which testifies the importance of the region far earlier than the 7th century when the Kalinga kings started their rule over this region and beyond. Strewn with a multitude of temples of various sizes, the earliest temples built in Bhubaneswar are the Brahmeswar and the , Parasurameshwar temples of the 7th century . The latter is famous for its latticed windows. The Mukteswar built in the 10th century has exquisite toranas, the 11th Century temples of Rajarani Temple have fine and detailed carvings while the magnificent Linga Raja temple also of the 11th century (can seen only from outside by non Hindus ) is the finest representation of Kalinga art.
Calcutta - India’s largest city, is the capital of West Bengal and was founded by the remarkable English merchant trader Job Charnock in 1690. City tour of Calcutta visiting the Victoria Memorial built by Lord Curzon as a marble memorial to Queen Victoria in 1905 houses the memorabilia of the early days of the British Raj. Visit the National Museum which houses the various art treasures of the land and the temple dedicated to Kali, the demonic attribute of Parvathi at Kalighat. Drive past by Fort William, the Eden Gardens, the Dalhousie Square and the Writers Building. Also visit the e Missionaries of Charity, the home of Late Mother Teresa.
You will be met on arrival at Bagdogra airport [you could have lunch at the airport hotel on direct payment]. Passport will be checked on arrival and later transfer to Darjeeling - hotel Windamere. Be sure to stop at Kerseong, and have a taste of your first cup of Darjeeling tea at the road side restaurant. Darjeeling (90 kms from Bagdogra) is at an elevation of 7000ft above the sea. The drive to Darjeeling is through interesting mountain country of brilliant red rhododendrons, charming white magnolias and majestic pines. The mountain slopes gently flow down in waves of green tea-bushes. The train of the Himalayan Railways carrying people can be seen chugging along the road side.
Gangtok (124 kms from Bagdogra) is the capital of the State of Sikkim. The city lies on a ridge overlooking the Ranipool river. The simple, ever-smiling hill people, colourful lamas, exotic monasteries and prayer flags fluttering in the wind combined with the scenic beauty of the Himalayan terrain provides a fascinating sight.