Gangtok is one of the more popular hill destinations in India's northeast region. Most travelers visit Gangtok with the idea of catching a glimpse of the spectacular Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. Gangtok roughly means 'Majestic or Lofty Hill'. 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.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Njp Railway / Ixb Airport/tenzing Norgay Bus Stand (Junction) To Gangtok
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.
Day 3: Gangtok To Pelling (130 Kms/approx 3 Hrs)
After breakfast, prepare for your transfer to Pelling (6000 ft). Check in to your hotel and get familiar with your surroundings. Your evening is free for leisure. Overnight at hotel in Pelling.
Distance from Gangtok to Pelling: 118 kms/4 hrs.
Travel from Gangtok to Pelling
Day 4: Pelling Full Day Tour
After breakfast, prepare for a lovely drive to Yuksom (5840 ft/1780 mts), the first capital of Sikkim. On your way, get ready for some exquisite panoramic sightseeing of Darap Village, Rimbi Waterfalls and Khecheopalri Lake (6000 ft/1829 mts) - a holy Buddhist lake and it is believed that any wish made in front of the lake comes true. Rumor also has it that when a leaf falls on its placid water surface, it is picked by a bird instantly and thus the water surface is always free of leaves. The routes are thickly forested and the botanical and zoological richness is inspiring. Upon arriving at Yuksom (the meeting place of three monks), set out on an exploration of Sewaro Rock Garden & Khachoedpalri Lake, Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabdantse Ruins, and New Helipad Ground. Evening Back to Pelling and Overnight at Hotel.
Distance from Pelling to Yuksom: 35 kms/2 hrs.
Day 5: Pelling To Kalimpong (125 Kms/approx 3 Hrs)
After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed to Kalimpong, located at an altitude of 4,100ft. Because of its relatively lower altitude compared to Darjeeling or Gangtok, the weather is milder and pleasant for most part of the year. And therefore it suits all tourists who are looking for such pleasant weather combined with magnificent views of Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan snow peaks, sweeping landscapes and lush greenery.
On arrival check in at Hotel & day free for leisure on own.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Travel from Pelling to Kalimpong
Day 6: Kalimpong Sightseeing
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing by visiting the Mangal Dham which is spread over a sprawling 2 acres in the peaceful locales of Kalimpong, this temple-cum-prayer hall was built in the memory of Shri 108 Mangaldasji Maharaj based on the principle of social upliftment. Deolo Hill-the highest point of Kalimpong with an altitude of about 5,500ft with a 8-acre lush parkland with manicured flower gardens and several view points with breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga & Durpin hill.
Dr. Graham's Homes an orphanage cum school for the destitute Anglo Indian children.
Army Golf Course - a scenic 9-hole golf course which was conceived and laid by the army authorities. You can see the golf course from the roadside Watershed View Point. From here you also get splendid views of the mountains as well as Loleygaon.
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. Ganesh Tok...
Day 7: Kalimpong To Darjeeling (50 Kms/approx 2 Hrs)
After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed 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.
On arrival check in at hotel & day free for leisure on own.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Travel from Kalimpong to Darjeeling
Day 8: Darjeeling Sightseeing
Early morning tour to Tiger Hills (8482 Feet / 2586 Meters at around 4 AM) to view sunrise over Kanchendzonga Peak (subject to clear weather). On way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop. After breakfast go for a half-day sight seeing of Japanese Temple, Peace pagoda, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park & Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Darjeeling Ropeway Ride (Ticket cost not included & will be approx INR 180.00 per person) Tenzing & Gombu Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center (Closed on Sunday) & panoramic view of Tea Estate. Overnight at Hotel.