Explore Darjeeling, Gangtok and Kalimpong, three of the most popular destinations in the Eastern Himalayas. Darjeeling, with the 8,586 meter Mt. Khangchendzonga looming over the northern horizon, is hemmed in by Sikkim in the north, Nepal in the west and Bhutan in the east. The town is known as the "Queen of the Hills" and gives its name to the celebrated Darjeeling Tea. Enjoy a ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, recognized as a World Heritage Railway by the UNESCO. The toy train is one of the most striking examples of Darjeeling's British Raj influence. Perhaps, the most famous attraction of Darjeeling is the sunrise from the Tiger Hill. Like Darjeeling and Kalimpong, Sikkim is also a popular tour destination, it takes about 4 hours to reach Gangtok of Sikkim. The drive from Darjeeling to Sikkim is on a winding up-hill mountain road with the views of scenic hills. There are also some famous Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Gangtok, which are prime attractions to the Buddhists.
The tour begins upon our arrival at Darjeeling, and which way we come to Darjeeling depends upon from where we are travelling.Planner Adventure Holiday's local representative will greet us at Bhadrapur Airport (Nepal Border), if we're coming via Nepal or at Phuentsholing (Bhutan Border) if we are coming via Bhutan or at Bagdogra Airport, if we are flying from Delhi or Calcutta. In case, we are taking a train to the nearest railway station, either at New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri, Planner Adventure Holiday's local representative will welcome us at the respective stations.
Day 01: Arrival in Darjeeling
Upon arrival, our esteemed Sikkim and Darjeeling tour begins today. At the dawn, we meet the local representative at Phuntsholing (Bhutan Border) or Bhadrapur Airport (Nepal Border) or Bagdogra Airport (flights connects from Delhi and Kolkata). Our guide escorts us to Darjeeling. We check in at Hotel at Darjeeling. Leisure overnight.
Day 02: Darjeeling Sightseeing
Today early in the morning, we pay our visit to Tiger Hill to see the view of sun rise over Mt Kanchendzonga. While returning, we make our visit to Yiga-Choling (Ghoom) Monastery as well. Upon the completion of strolling around the monsatery we return to the Hotel for Darjeeling Tea Breakfast. After breakfast, we will be escorted for sightseeing around Darjeeling. Some of the places we visit include Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center, Tea Garden and Tea Factory, Peace Pegoda. Then in the evening we come back to the hotel. Leisure overnight.
Day 03: Drive to Gangtok
Today after breakfast, we take a 4-5 hrs drive (105 km) from Darjeeling to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Check in at hotel at Gangtok. Leisure overnight.
Day 04: Gangtok sightseeing
Today early morning, we visit Tashi View point about 8 km from Gangtok. It is a resting shed. Astounding view of Khangchendzonga and the Siniolchu Range is the main attractive of this point. The distant north Sikkim monasteries are also visible from this point along the North Sikkim highway. Then we back to the hotel for breakfast. After having breakfast, we pay our tour visit to Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms or Government Institute of Cottage Industries, Enchey Monastery, Research Institute of Tibetology, Rumtek Monastery in evening free at Leisure wal around Gangtok Market. Leisure overnight.
Day 05: Drive to Kalimpong: 80 km, 3-4 hrs
Today upon our breakfast, we drive 80 km from Gangtok to Kalimpong, a small town established for the Trade with Bhutan and Tibet by India. Check in at Hotel at Kalimpong. Leisure overnight.
Day 06: Kalimpong Sightseeing
At kalimpong, there are few Tibetan Buddhist Gompas in Kalimpong as well. Among them are, the Tharpa Choling Gompa Durbin Monastry and other sightseeing places like Dello View point and Hat Bazar ( this was the Bazar in old days when they use to have trade to Tibet the horses use to stop here and the Silk route to Tibet starts from Here). Then, the evening will be leisure free. Overnight at Kalimpong.
Day 07: Trip concludes
Today after breakfast, we will be escorted to Phuntsholing (Bhutan Border) or Bhadrapur Airport (Nepal Border) or Bagdogra Airport (flights connects from Delhi and Kolkata) for our flight for onward tour with wonderful memories of tour of Sikkim Kalimpong and Darjeeling.
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