If we are looking for a tour in the paradise of Indian Himalayas, look no further - join Planner Adventure Holiday's Sikkim and Darjeeling Tour in the lap of world's third highest mountain Mt. Kangchendzonga (8586m/28,162 ft). Sikkim and Darjeeling provide the perfect setting of Himalaya Mountains with their gentle climate, green hills, pine forests, and valleys with long long stretches of green tea gardens. Sikkim is a region influenced by Buddhism. With number of Buddhists temples, monasteries and learning centers, Sikkim depicts the culture and value of the Sikkimese version of Buddhism. A stronghold of Tibetan Buddhism, Sikkim is home to over two hundred monasteries, mostly inhabited by the Lepchas, Nepalese, Tibetans, Indians, and Bhutanese. The region was opened to the foreigners only recently. Darjeeling, chosen by the British Raj as their hill resort for its mild climate and scenic beauty, is still a popular hill station both among the Indian and international travelers.
The tour begins with our arrival at Darjeeling, and which way we lamd to Darjeeling depends on from where we are travelling. Planner Adventure Holiday's local representative greets us at Bhadrapur Airport (Nepal Border), if we are 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 meet us at the respective stations. From Darjeeling, we head toward Kalimpong, and then to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Then we move on to Pelling and also visit the Khechopalri Lake. While returning back to Darjeeling, we make a sightseeing tour of various places including Mt. Kanchendzonga.
Day 01: Arrival and transfer to Kalimpong
Our Sikkim and Darjeeling tour begins today. In the morning, we meet the local representative from Planner Adventure Holidays at Phuntsholing (Bhutan Border- 250Km 6 hours) or Bhadrapur Airport (Nepal Border- 140km 5 hours) or Bagdogra Airport (flights connect from Delhi and Kolkata-78km 3hours). At our arrival we will be escorted to Kalimpong. Check in at Hotel at Kalimpong.
Day 02: Kalimpong Sightseeing and transfer to Gangtok
Today at first, we pay our visit to some of sightseeing places in Kalimpong like Dello View point and Hat Bazar. There are few Tibetan Buddhist Gompas in Kalimpong as well. Among them are, the Tharpa Choling Gompa. After sightseeing we have to take break for lunch. After lunch we will drive for Gangtok. (75km 3hours). Check in at Hotel at Gangtok.
Day 03: Sightseeing in Gangtok: 130 km, 6 hrs
Today early morning, we make our first visit to Tashi View point about 8 km From Gangtok. It is a resting shed. Astounding views of Khangchendzonga and the Siniolchu Range are the main attractive of this point. The distant north Sikkim monasteries are also visible from this point along the North Sikkim highway. Then, we come back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, we visit at Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms or Government Institute of Cottage Industries, Enchey Monastery, Research Institute of Tibetology, and Rumtek Monastery. Overnight in Gangtok.
Day 04: Transfer from Gangtok to Pelling: 126km, 4 hrs
Today at the completion of our early breakfast, we will be escorted to Pelling. Pelling is a small town in western Sikkim. The drive will be 126km and will take 6 hours including sightseeing. On the way, we pay our visit to Pemayangtse Monastery, and Rabdenste Palace Ruins. Overnight in Pelling
Day 05: Khechopalri Lake
Upon our breakfast, we visit to Khechopalri Lake. The name Khechopalri means Lake of birds in pleasant mountains, but Sikkimese call it Tsho-Sho which means Great Lake.The lake is the foot print of Goddess Tara. Khechopalri lake (1780m) lies in a depression surrounded by prayer flags and forested hills. The tranquility of the lake is mood elevating. After the visit to the lake, we come to the hotel for lunch. After lunch we head for Darjeeling. Pelling to Darjeeling, the drive is of 105km and will take 5hours. Check in at Hotel at Darjeeling.
Day 06: Darjeeling Sightseeing
Today early in the morning, we will be at Tiger Hill to see the view of sun rise over Mt Kanchendzonga. On our return trip, we also visit at Yiga-Choling(Ghoom) monastery. After breakfast, we make a sightseeing trip around Darjeeling, some of the places we visit within Darjeeling include Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tea Garden and Tea Factory. Then in the evening walk around Darjeeling and then farewell dinner at Darjeeling’s oldest Restaurant (Glenary’s)
Day 07: Farewell Sikkim - Kalimpong - Darjeeling
Our whole trip comes to an end today! Upon the completion of our breakfast we will be escorted to Phuntsholing (Bhutan Border- 280km will take 7hours) or Bhadrapur Airport (Nepal Border- 130km will take 5hours) or Bagdogra Airport (flights connect from Delhi and Kolkata- 95 km will take 4hours) for our flight for onward tour.
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