Joanna and Alejandro’s two week trip to the North-east
Delhi, IndiaDelhi, India
Gangtok, IndiaGangtok, Sikkim, India
Pelling, IndiaPelling, Sikkim, India
Namchi, IndiaNamchi, Sikkim, India
Darjeeling, IndiaDarjeeling, West Bengal, India
Kolkata, IndiaKolkata, West Bengal, India
Varanasi, IndiaVaranasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Joanna and Alejandro had explored North India on their first trip to India. On their second trip, they wanted to try something different and go off the beaten path. We were happy to recommend the North-east. Very few travelers choose to visit the North-east during their time in India, but those who do are glad they did.
Why go there?
The North-east is consists of seven small states. Each has a unique culture. The environment is lush and the food delicious. Since it’s relatively undiscovered, it’s also quite affordable. You can go trekking, sight-seeing, rafting or just idle away with a mug of millet-beer. The region has very friendly locals, and some interesting tribes. Its a perfect destination to get to know the people and their rich culture and heritage.
Alejandro and Joanna chose to visit one of the seven sisters, the state of Sikkim. They also traveled to Darjeeling and Kolkata in West Bengal, and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Being on a budget trip they stayed in a combination of home-stays and hostels, and used local buses and trains as there main mode of transport.
What they felt
Here’s what Alejandro had to say : “I had the best of the experiences traveling with the company, the hotels were always excellent.”
If you’re looking for an exciting off-beat trip, then the North East is for you. We can customise the trip to your budget and length of stay. You can even choose a more active trip of trekking and adventure sports.
- Day 1 - 3Gangtok
The capital of Sikkim, Gangtok is the biggest city in Sikkim . A Buddhist pilgrimage site it is dotted with beautiful monasteries. It is also the entry point to a key trading route with ChinaHotel Pandim, GangtokDay 4 - 6Ravangla
Ravangla is a small little hill-station situated at an elevation of 7000 ft. Ravangla is a great little town to walk around. Visit the Buddha park during your timehereHilltop Rabong Retreat, RavanglaDay 7 - 8Pelling
Pelling is another small town in the North east. A great town to walk around in the midst of Nature. Pelling is also known for it's great view of the Himalayas and the formidable Kanchenjunga.Day 9 - 10Namchi
Namchi is the district headquarter of South Sikkim, and is situated at an elevation of 4300 Ft. It is known for the largest statue of the Buddha Padmansabhava. Namchi also has a couple of amazing parks that must absolutely be visited. The Shiva Park and the Samdruptse Park.Hotel Kava Suites, NamchiDay 11 - 13Darjeeling
Darjeeling is a small town West Bengal situated at the foothills of the Himalayas. Darjeeling is famous for it's iconic toy train and tea plantations. It's backdrop Mt. Kanchenjuga is one of the highest mountains in the worldHotel Sangri La, DarjeelingDay 14 - 15Kolkata
The capital of West Bengal and once the former capital of the British India. Kolkata is one of the biggest cities in India and is known for it's great architecture and culture and street food. It is a city which seems to be still be stuck in the 70's.Red Brick Residency, Kolkata
- Day 15 - 17Varanasi
The city is an assault on your senses. Varanasi is a city that slowly
grows on you. Once you've spent enough time in the city, visited the various ghats and seen life and death coexisting so peacefully, Varanasi unconventional charm will win you over.Stops hostel, Varanasi