• The Northeast: Darjeeling, Kalimpong, & Gangtok

EDVENTURE EXPLAINED

Why did we choose Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and Gangtok?

The northeastern region of India provides a glimpse into the Himalayan landscape with its distinct culture and way of life. The visitors not only get a chance to walk through the lush tea gardens but also observe the Himalayan flora and fauna in one of India’s remotest regions. From splendid views of the snow-clad mountains and valleys to subliminal atmosphere of the Buddhist monasteries, a trip to Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and Gangtok offer a variety of experiences to students.

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What does this journey offer?

This educational journey to Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and Gangtok provides students a chance to explore the Himalayan region at its best. With a wide variety of flora and fauna, Northeast India is characterised by a unique ecosystem. By trekking through Deolo Hills in Kalimpong, walking through tea gardens in Darjeeling, and hiking alongside Lake Tsomgo, the students will not only enjoy the tranquility of natural surroundings but also appreciate the lifestyle patterns of local inhabitants living in rough terrains. Moreover, this journey will help students to learn about colonial past as well as understand the value of caring for the poor through visiting Dr. Graham’ Home — a century-old British school.

Core Lessons/
Inspiration:

  • Mountain Ecosystem
  • Buddhist Beliefs & Practices
  • Agro-Commercial Production
  • Caring for the Underprivileged

THINGS TO DO

The Northeast: Darjeeling, Kalimpong, & Gangtok

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VISIT
  • Darjeeling
  • Kalimpong
  • Gangtok
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LEARN
  • Physical Geography
  • Himalayan Flora & Fauna
  • Large-Scale Cultivation of Tea
  • Textile Manufacturing
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ENJOY
  • Strolling in Tea Gardens
  • Sunrise View at Tiger Hill
  • Riding on Gangtok Ropeway
  • Shopping at M G Marg
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BE INSPIRED
  • Thriving Industrial Units
  • Horticulture & Preservation of Flora
  • Trekking & Mountaineering Expeditions
  • Life in the Himalayas
  • Community Service

ITINERARY

DAY 1: HOME CITY – BAGDOGRA - DARJEELING

  • Arrival at Bagdogra Airport
  • Transfer to Darjeeling
  • Lunch enroute at Restaurant in Siliguri
  • Late evening arrival in Darjeeling
  • Journey Orientation and Team Division
  • Briefing on Student Media Projects
  • Evening free to stroll around Mall & explore this Hill Queen.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Darjeeling

DAY 2: DARJEELING

  • Early Morning visit to Tiger Hill
  • On way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop
  • Back to hotel for breakfast
  • Freshen up and rest till lunch
  • Lunch in the hotel
  • After lunch visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), PNZ Zoological Park (closed on Thursday) Tenzing Rock, Tibetan Refuge Centre (closed on Sunday), Tea Gardens
  • Evening visit to Mall road
  • Work on Student Media Projects
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Darjeeling

DAY 3: DARJEELING - KALIMPONG

  • Breakfast in the Hotel followed by check out
  • Transfer to Kalimpong (57 KMS / 2.5 HRS)
  • Noon arrival in Kalimpong
  • Hotel check in followed by lunch
  • After lunch, enjoy half day tour of Kalimpong
  • Visit Deolo Hills, Dr. Graham's Home and Flower Nurseries
  • Free time for shopping in Kalimpong
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Darjeeling

DAY 4: KALIMPONG - GANGTOK

  • Breakfast in the hotel followed by check out
  • After early breakfast drive to Gangtok- "The Capital City of Sikkim".
  • On arrival check-in to hotel followed by lunch
  • Evening leisure
  • Overnight at hotel in Gangtok

DAY 5: GANGTOK

  • After breakfast excursion trip to Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir
  • Packed Lunch
  • Evening return to Gangtok
  • Overnight stay in the Hotel in Gangtok

DAY 6: GANGTOK

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Depart for local sight seeing in Gangtok: Flower Exhibition Centre, Do Drul Chorten Stupa, Monastery, Ropeway, Textile Factory.
  • Packed lunch
  • Shopping in the evening at MG Market
  • Work on Student Media Projects
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Gangtok

DAY 7: GANGTOK – BAGDOGRA - HOME CITY

  • Early breakfast in the hotel followed by check out
  • Transfer to Bagdogra for return journey
  • Lunch enroute in Siliguri/packed lunch/lunch allowance
  • Afternoon arrival at Bagdogra Airport
  • Arrival in home city

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q Who can attend this program?

    A

    Any student of your school in the age group of 7-17years (Class II- XII) is welcome to join this program provided the child faces no serious medical conditions which may be difficult to address satisfactorily during the journey. Also, any adult who is not a member of the school staff or management is not allowed to join the school group.

  • Q What are the requirements for the accompanying teachers for a student group?

    A

    As teachers are the legally appointed guardians of the students for the entire course of the journey, it is advisable that the selected teacher/s are experienced and have the capacity to address issues related to student safety, well-being and behavior. Physical fitness and travel experience are added advantage as most programs are fast-paced and hectic.

  • Q What is the recommended teacher: student ratio?

    A

    The accepted industry practice is of 1 adult per 10 students (1:10).

  • Q What about our students’ safety during the journey?

    A

    Underpinning each EdTerra journey is the concern to address student safety at all levels. Being an ISO 9001: 2008 company, EdTerra complies with globally accepted standards for efficient processes, including rigorous safety standards.

  • Q How can the parents stay in touch with their children during the journey?

    A

    The accompanying EdTerra Journey Mentor provides daily updates on the EdTerra Facebook page (like us at edterraindia), along with photographs of the day’s activities for parents to keep a track of the journey progress. Parents are also provided with contact details of the hotels where students will be staying during the journey. The school may permit students to carry their mobiles or share the number of the lead teacher.

  • Q Can students meet/visit/stay back with their relatives or friends?

    A

    On account of student safety, EdTerra does not allow any child to meet/visit any relatives during the journey. For every EdTerra journey the rule is simple, you move out of your school/city as a group and you return as a group.

  • Q What kind of food can we expect during our journey?

    A

    EdTerra provides wholesome and hygienic food during the journey. An ample variety of local cuisine is provided as a part of the travel experience.

  • Q What kind of clothing should students carry for the journey?

    A

    Depending on the location and time/season of travel, EdTerra will provide an exhaustive to-pack list, enabling students to pack appropriately for the journey.

  • Q Do you undertake overnight travel?

    A

    Depending upon the program selected, distance from home city and duration of the program, overnight travel may be considered as an option for travel to/ from the destination.

  • Q What is the minimum group size required to conduct a journey?

    A

    EdTerra journeys operate on a minimum group size of 30 paying pax, and multiples thereof.

GALLERY

The Northeast: Darjeeling, Kalimpong, & Gangtok

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