Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal, lavishly rich with its history, culture, art, and traditions. The busy markets, grand buildings, exquisite culture attracts many tourists per annum.
Browse through our packages to get the most out of your visit to Kolkata, and experience the rich history and culture along with its amazing culinary scene and many more. Kolkata, also known as the cultural capital of India, still continues to spawn award-winning poets, writers, and Nobel Prize Winners.
Day 01:Arrival and visit to Park Street
Day 02:Victoria Memorial
Day 04:Old Chinatown
Day 05:Howrah Bridge and Historic North
Day 06:Kolkata Sightseeing
Day 01Arrival and visit to Park StreetAfter arriving in Kolkata, we will check into the hotel, freshen up and head to Park Street in Kolkata, the street that never sleeps. The street is home to many iconic eateries. The southern part of the street showcases historic tombs.
Day 02Victoria Memorial The memorial is a grand British-era structure and is constructed entirely with the use of White Marble. The memorial stands on 64 acres of land beside the Hooghly, nearby Jawaharlal Nehru Road or Chowringhee Road. Victoria Memorial was dedicated to Queen Victoria, built during the British Raj, and today is a museum, showcasing the history of the city, with paintings from the past alongside the weapons, sculptures, maps, coins, and so on from the British Colonial Days.
Day 03DharmatalaWe start our third day at New Market. It is the most popular market in the city. It was established in 1874 and is home to over 2,000 stores. Today, we will experience Kolkata’s vibrant bazaar culture. The Indian Museum, located within the same Dharmatala neighborhood, is the place to go for some history. The Maidan is the city’s largest public green space. The Shaheed Minar is standing 158-foot high and dates back to 1828.
Day 04Old ChinatownKolkata’s Old Chinatown, or Terreti Bazaar, is one of a kind in the entire India. This historic neighborhood preserves Kolkata’s unique cultural heritage, especially that of the local Chinese immigrant community. Start your day here early, at around 6.30 am, to dig into fresh breakfast street food.
Day 05Howrah Bridge and Historic NorthWe start the day at the Mallick Ghat Flower Market, which is over a century old and is believed to be India’s biggest flower market. It also happens to be located right below the Howrah Bridge, one of the world’s busiest bridges, and is a must-visit Kolkata attraction. After spending some time there, we leave to the city’s north, which is famous for its narrow lanes, heritage mansions, and rich history. Kumartuli is a narrow street filled with sculptors at work on a range of terracotta figures, from Hindu deities to decor pieces, and is a must-visit destination. We will stop by the Rabindra Bharati Museum, the ancestral home of Rabindranath Tagore, one of the most important figures in Bengali and Indian literature.
Day 06Kolkata Sightseeing Kolkata is also known to be India’s unofficial literary capital. College Street is a century-old hub of used books and is considered to be the world’s largest book market of its kind. The Indian Coffee House was once a regular haunt for intellectual figures such as Satyajit Ray, Amartya Sen, Rabindranath Tagore, Subhas Chandra Bose, and Sunil Gangopadhyay
After our visit, we will head to the airport/ railway station for our departure
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High altitudes pose challenges like lower oxygen levels, inducing symptoms such as headaches, nausea, lethargy, and breathlessness. These affect everyone, regardless of age or fitness. Acclimatization is crucial; avoid tranquilizers and antibiotics. Slow down activities, rest frequently, and reduce talking. Walk slowly, keep loads light, and observe silence with a smile. Consume liquids, avoid sudden exertion, and protect against cold. Don't bathe in streams, protect against dust and sun, and follow experienced guides. Prioritize rest, hydration, and warm clothing during winter.
Wi-Fi will be accessible in Kathmandu, but as we venture into the more secluded regions of Nepal, connectivity will be restricted. The tour guide will carry a satellite phone for emergency communication. Wi-Fi connection is more accessible in the Tibet region as well, while there are no such facilities in Mansarovar, and during the Parikrama.
Options for e-sims are widely available in supported devices for cellular data, while mainstream social media including WhatsApp and Facebook are prohibited in China. The use of VPNs may allow for seamless communication with family back home.
During May to September, temperatures in Nepal and Tibet range from 10 to 22°C during the day. Despite the moderate daytime temperatures, the intense sun at high altitudes can create a much warmer sensation. Nighttime temperatures may drop significantly, reaching as low as -5°C.
As altitude increases, the body requires time to adapt to lower oxygen levels through a process known as acclimatization. Proper acclimatization is crucial for maintaining health and ensuring a comfortable journey at high altitudes. Most individuals are affected by the reduced oxygen levels at elevations exceeding 2,500 meters. Diamox (Acetazolamide) has proven to be highly effective in facilitating acclimatization and countering High Altitude Sickness. Further details will be provided closer to the journey.
Please consult your doctor and undergo a medical examination before embarking on the Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar yatra. Given the high altitudes, it is advisable to begin exercises such as walking, jogging, yoga, and breathing exercises at least a month prior to ensure a successful journey.
The Touch Kailash Team will be providing a Duffel Bag, a 25l Backpack, and a Down Jacket (on a refundable basis), upon your arrival in Kathmandu.
Carry a small waist pouch or document bag to organize essential documents:
- Passport with photocopies
- Identity card
- Diary for addresses and contacts
- Ball pens with spare refills
- Travel cheques, credit cards & currency
- Airline/Railway tickets/vouchers
- Any other personal documents
- Big bag for equipment
- Small light trek bag
- Water bottle/Thermos flask (1 liter)
- Enough clothing for the entire journey, including trek suits, leisure wear, jogging trousers, T-shirts, polar fleece, shirts, salwar kameez, etc.
- Wool socks, thick tights, wool monkey cap, scarves, warm light gloves
- Wool/thermal long underwear
- Rainwear (umbrella or raincoat)
- Sports comfortable shoes/trainers (Nike, Adidas, etc.) with a spare pair
- A pair of light slippers
- Toiletries kit (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toilet rolls, towels, etc.)
- Sunscreen lotion/cream
- Facial tissues, wet wipes
- Plastic mug
- Dusk masks/face masks
Personal & General Items:
- Regular medicines
- Dark sunglasses
- Favorite food for energy (nuts, biscuits, powdered juice)
- Kapoor/Vicks/Inhaler, etc.
- Binoculars/Camera/extra batteries
- Milk powder for tea
First Aid Kit:
- Typical backpacking kit for minor injuries
- Lip balm/Mustard oil/Vaseline
- TCP, salt, mint, Vicks for sore throats
This journey encompasses urban, rural, and remote areas in Nepal and Tibet, resulting in varying accommodations and amenities. Whether it's five-star hotels and guest houses or camping in the breathtaking Himalayan regions under the care of our staff, you can be confident that we will consistently offer the best possible facilities in every instance.
All Travelers must ensure that their passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of tour completion.