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40Download holiday itineraries fromwww.mountainkingdoms.come: info@mountainkingdoms.comT his fabulous trip takes us first to the archetypal hill station of Darjeeling. Here we will visit some of its most famous tea gardens, ride the iconic 'toy train', visit Observatory Hill with its fantastic back drop of Mount Kangchenjunga and wander the bustling mall with its echoes of the Raj. Moving on we will visit the only tea estate in Sikkim and stay in a heritage farm house on a working farm in idyllic country. Sikkim is a country as famed for its rich flora and many exotic orchids as it is for its Buddhist culture. We will visit Sikkim's ancient capital and many of its ornate Buddhist monasteries as well as visiting the modern day capital, Gangtok. As a fitting finale to this trip we will travel to enchanting Kalimpong, a veritable melting pot of Himalayan cultures, where we will stay in a quirky hotel with many historical echoes. T his exciting new itinerary in the eastern Himalaya offers many delights. In Darjeeling, a typical Indian hill station, we will enjoy great views of Mount Kangchenjunga and have the opportunity to ride the 'toy train'. We then continue to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, an important centre of Buddhism, and equally renowned for its orchids as for its architectural heritage with many fine and interesting monasteries. We then drive through tea plantations to cross the border into Bhutan, a beautiful and unspoiled country with a vibrant tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Here we will marvel at the magnificent fortified dzongs and will visit the most important monasteries in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, as well as some more intimate, smaller temples. We will also enjoy some lovely gentle walks in both Darjeeling and Bhutan, such as the hike up to the dramatically situated Tiger's Nest Monastery. The spring departure also attends the vibrant Paro festival in Bhutan.Tea Gardens of Sikkim & DarjeelingA delightfully relaxed trip visiting the Himalayan home of the 'champagne of teas'. Travels in Sikkim & BhutanVisit lively Darjeeling and dip a toe into the fascinating Buddhist cultures of Sikkim and Bhutan.Sanga Choeling Monastery, Tea Gardens of Sikkim & Darjeeling, Ann SainsburyGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clients£2,140£2,195£2,595£2,935Land OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedSat 16 Apr - Sat 30 Apr 11Sat 15 Oct - Sat 29 Oct 11Sat 17 Dec - Sat 31 DecDay Walks: 7 Local Leader Accommodation (nts): Hotels: 5 Train: 1Lodges/Guesthouses: 7Optional: Single Room £650Insurance: £95 Trek | Duration: 15 DaysGrade: GentleFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comDay Walks: 3 Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 13Optional: Single Room £545Insurance: £95 Trek | Duration: 15 Days£2,375£2,825Land OnlyFlight IncludedFri 11 Mar - Fri 25 Mar 11Sat 15 Oct - Sat 29 Oct 11FestivalMar departure onlyGrade: GentleGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clientsFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comOther Christmas trips - see pages 12, 14, 26, 30, 32, 36, 45, 50, 51, 52 & 73Northeast India The Indian Subcontinent

41telephone: 0845 330 8579 (local call rate, UK only)international telephone: +44 1453 844 400www.mountainkingdoms.comThe Indian Subcontinent Northeast IndiaA lighting from the overnight sleeper train from Calcutta, we drive into the Himalayan foothills to the atmospheric British Raj hill station of Darjeeling. A short distance from here we begin our trek, through villages and rhododendron forests to reach the crest of the Singalila Ridge. Following the broad ridge line we trek northwards for five days, with Kangchenjunga in view, before transferring into Sikkim itself by road. Now well acclimatised, we continue to trek deeper into the Himalaya, camping in beautiful meadows surrounded by magnificent high peaks. The Goecha La pass 4,900m/16,000ft, strewn with prayer flags, makes a truly memorable sunrise viewpoint across to Kangchenjunga.L eaving Calcutta, we take the sleeper train westward to Siliguri and then drive to the bustling bazaar town of Kalimpong, with its rich trading heritage. Entering Sikkim we spend time in the ancient Kindgom's capital, Gangtok, and visit the impressive Rumtek Monastery before travelling to Darjeeling. Here we embark on a trek once taken by officers of the British Raj, escaping the summer heat of the plains. Following, in parts, the border between India and Nepal, the trail has stupendous views of the world's third highest mountain, Kangchenjunga (8,586m/28,168ft) and the broader Himalayan chain. Once back in Darjeeling we enjoy a ride on the famous 'toy train' and a final sunrise over Kangchenjunga from nearby Tiger Hill. C reated for Mountain Kingdoms by a British ex-pat who has many years experience of travelling in Nagaland, this is truly a unique tour. From Calcutta we fly to Dibrugarh, on the banks of the Brahmaputra, and travel on into Nagaland, home to 16 traditional warrior tribes. We will be warmly welcomed by the head man and village people who consider the comfort and well-being of their guests to be a matter of honour and prestige. We will stay in village accommodation, including a tree house, take gentle nature walks and have the opportunity to see and share a way of life largely unaffected by the 21st century.Extend your holiday - why not consider visiting Kaziranga National Park one of India's very best game parks? Detailed information and prices available from our office: 0845 330 8579Kangchenjunga, Goecha La & Singalila Ridge A classic trek in the shadow of mighty Kangchenjunga (8,586m/28,169ft). Singalila Ridge Top Walk A Himalayan trekking gem, offering magnificent panoramic views, including, on a clear day, Everest herself. Nagaland - India's Northeast Frontier A unique journey into the heart of the tribal lands of the Nagas. £1,735£1,820£1,530£1,610£2,850£2,310£2,425£2,095£2,195£3,385Land OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedSat 09 Apr - Mon 02 May 11Sat 15 Oct - Mon 07 Nov 11Sat 24 Mar - Mon 16 Apr 12Sat 09 Apr - Mon 25 Apr 11Sat 01 Oct - Mon 17 Oct 11Sat 31 Mar - Mon 16 Apr 12Sat 19 Nov - Sun 04 Dec 11On Trek: 14 days Local Leader:Accommodation (nts): Hotels: 7 Camping: 13 Train: 1Optional: Single Room £295 Single Tent £90Insurance: £99On Trek: 6 days Local Leader:Accommodation (nts): Hotels: 8 Camping: 6 Train: 1Optional: Single Room £295 Single Tent £55Insurance: £95Appointed Leader: John EdwardsAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 2 Lodges: 4 Homestays: 3 Camping: 5Optional: Single Room £365Insurance: £77Trek | Duration: 24 DaysTrek | Duration: 17 DaysCultural Tour | Duration: 16 DaysGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clientsGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clientsGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clientsGrade: Vigorous/StrenuousGrade: Moderate Views of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu from the Singalila Ridge, Andrew ChartersFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comSee Kangchenjunga from the Nepalese side - see page 37Other Cultural Tours - see pages 12, 13, 20, 26, 42, 43, 47, 50, 51, 53, 58