Popularly known as the Queen of Hills, Darjeeling is located in the Shivalik hills of the lower range of the Himalayas. Tourists throng to Darjeeling throughout the year to enjoy its cool weather, mystical Himalayan mountains, beautiful hills and more. Each sight in this town is picture-perfect. Darjeeling is perfect for honeymoons or romantic getaways. It offered - serene atmosphere, view of the snowline, scented pines and a golden colored brew called the Darjeeling tea.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrival At Bagdogra & Proceed To Gangtok (130 Kms/approx 4 Hrs)
Upon your meet and greet with our representative at Bagdogra Airport or at NJP Railway Station, a transfer will be arranged to the peaceful hill station of Gangtok. Check in at your hotel in this beautiful destination and start to get familiar with your surroundings. In the evening, set out on a shopping spree along the roads of main market area M.G Marg. Overnight stay in Gangtok.
Distance From Bagdogra Airport To Gangtok: 130 kms/5 hrs
Day 2: Gangtok – Tshangu Lake & Baba Mandir Excursion
After breakfast, prepare for a full day excursion to glacial Tsomgo Lake (12,310 feet), and the temple of Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir (a very holy site for all) – at a short distance of only 40 kms from Gangtok. Home to the Brahmini ducks and many migratory birds, the 1 kilometer long lake is oval shaped and nearly 50 feet deep. The surface reflects different colours with change of seasons and is held in great reverence by the local Sikkimese folk. Spend the evening in Gangtok for some recreational activities such as shopping and a delicious local dinner. Overnight stay in Gangtok.
Sites Visited: Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir (if the lake is closed due a landslide or any other reason, alternate sightseeing will be provided).
Day 3: Gangtok To Lachung (125 Kms/approx 5 Hrs)
After breakfast, check out from hotel & drive to Lachung at a height of 8610 ft, embraced by snow capped mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling streams and apple orchards is the perfect holiday destination. Lachung is famous for its apples, peaches and apricots.
Enroute visit Singhik. The view point lies just on the road side from where is seen a very picturesque view of mount Silnoulchu.
Seven Sisters Waterfalls on the National Highway leading to North Sikkim, a set of 7 waterfall cascades and a popular stopover on Gangtok - Lachung route.
Naga Waterfalls a popular tourist spot on way to Lachung from Gangtok.
On arrival check in at hotel & evening free for leisure.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Travel from Gangtok to Lachung
Day 4: Transfer From Pelling & Gangtok Local Sight Seeing (Half Day)
Early Morning breakfast Pelling to Gangtok Transfer, nearly 140 kilometers and it is 4 ½ to 5 hours drive. Reach Gangtok and check into Hotel. City tour of Gangtok sightseeing will be for half day hence the drive will be easy and comfortable - Visit to Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom, Research Institute of Tibetology, Do Drul Chorten (Stupa), Enchey Monastery, White Hall, Flower Show, etc. Back to hotel evening free to roam around M G Road (Mall) or local Shopping center or discotheque. Overnight stay at Gangtok.
Yumthang Valley which sits at an elevation of 3,500 metres above sea-level, so naturally home to many beautiful Himalayan flowers. Yumthang Valley is extremely picturesque, ...
Travel from Lachung to Gangtok
Day 5: Gangtok To Darjeeling (100 Kms/approx 3 Hrs)
After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed for local sightseeing by covering the most interesting places such as Tashi View Point which offers a sweeping view of Kanchenjunga snow peaks on a clear day. In the opposite mountains, you can see the Phodong and Labrang monasteries.
Secondly visit Ganesh Tok, which is the highest point around Gangtok (6500ft) which can be reached after 6-7 km steep ascend from the main town situated next to the telivision tower on the mall hill nestled on gangtok Nathula Road.
Hanuman Tok known for its wonderful serene ambience and a viewing area that offers spectacular view of Kanchenjunga range.
The Ridge is a flat wonderful stretch of road just above the Gangtok Town. The ridge is lined with plants and trees which when in bloom are a riot of colours.
Cottage Industry and Handicraft Centre is known for its souvenirs like carpets, hand carved tables (choktses), traditional handcrafts, furniture, handlooms carpets and other products are produced & exhibited for sale.
Do-Drul Chorten encircled by 108 prayer wheels & one of the most important and biggest stupas found in Sikkim.
Nam Nang View Point (Ropeway on direct payment basis) situated in the vicinity of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly, one can have very good walk from Nam-Nang View point to Sikkim Press & experience the breath taking view of the dense forest and lush green valley.
Ranka Monastery a splendid architecture symbolizes the traditional Tibetan tradition. The entire place is done in bright colours, which will surely catch your attention the moment you spot it.
Enchey monastery (200 years old) the site on which the monastery stands is believed to be blessed by the famous tantric master Druptob Karpo.
Later visit the Ban Jhakri Waterfall, a 100-foot waterfall is located in a landscaped park. There is also a manmade lake here with a dragon at the center. The entire park is themed on Shaman culture and you can see Sikkimese architecture visible all across the park.
Thereafter leave by surface to Darjeeling spread in ribbons over a steep mountain ridge, surrounded by emerald-green tea plantations and towered over by the majestic Khangchendzonga (8598m), Darjeeling is the definitive Indian hill station.
Gangtok is a beautiful hill town and the capital of north-eastern state of Sikkim. This is one place which many tourists like to combine along with a visit to Darjeeling. In ...
Travel from Gangtok to Darjeeling
Day 6: Darjeeling Sightseeing
Early morning at 04:00 visit Kanchenjunga Mountain the third highest peak in the world, with an elevation of 8,586 m. The mountain is regarded very sacred. You can have a spectacular view of the peak “Tiger Hills”.
On the way back visit Ghoom Monastery, one of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Darjeeling built in 1850.
Return to hotel for Breakfast.
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing covering the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park - one of India’s best was established to study, conserve and preserve Himalayan fauna. Housed within its rocky and forested environment are species such as Himalayan bears, clouded leopards, red pandas and Tibetan wolves. The zoo, and its attached snow leopard–breeding centre (closed to the public), are home to the world’s largest single captive population of snow leopards.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday) was built as a tribute to Tenzing so that he could impart his skills to all those who pursued climbing activities in the Himalayas.
Japanese Temple & Peace Pagoda has two storied white building built in a traditional Japanese style. Close to the temple is the Peace Pagoda that showcases four avatars of Lord Buddha. From the top of the Pagoda, you get a panoramic views of Darjeeling landscape including the Kanchenjunga range.