Trailing through the Himalayan region, brings you directly in contact with the country and its people, and helps to foster an appreciation of the mountain environments. Traverse through the Great Himalayan Range and appreciate the sheer geographic diversity.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrival At Bagdogra & Proceed To Darjeeling (75 Kms/approx 2.5 Hrs)
Welcome at New Jalpaiguri railway station/ Bagdogra airport & 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 & evening free for leisure on own.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 2: 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.
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 "...
Day 3: Darjeeling To Kalimpong (50 Kms/approx 2 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.
Later 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...
Travel from Darjeeling to Kalimpong
Day 4: Kalimpong To Gangtok (80 Kms/approx 2.5 Hrs)
After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed to Gangtok located on a ridge at a height of 5500 feet, with a spectacular view of the Khangchendzonga, the town provides the perfect base for travel through the state.
On arrival check in at hotel.
Later proceed for 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 Kalimpong to Gangtok
Day 5: Full Day Sightseeing
After breakfast, proceed for a full day sightseeing tour by visiting the Beautiful Tsomgo lake. A winding road through rugged mountain terrain and sharp cliffs takes you to Tsomgo. The lake derives its water from the melting snows of the mountains surrounding the lake. Of legendary beauty, the lake looks different at different seasons. In winter the placid lake remains frozen with the area around it covered in snow while in late spring the profusion of flowers in bloom adds a riot of colours around the lake.
Baba Mandir dedicated to “Baba” Harbhajan Singh, who was a soldier of the Indian Army. He died near the Nathula Pass in eastern Sikkim. Two shrines have been built to show reverence to Baba Harbhajan Singh. The old one has been built at the site of the bunker, where Baba Harbhajan was posted during his tenure in the Indian Army. The new one has been built at close proximity from Changu Lake.
Rest of the evening free for shopping & individual activity.