Kalimpong, located on a ridge overlooking the Teesta River, is a tourist destination owing to its temperate climate and proximity to popular tourist locations in the region. Horticulture is also important to Kalimpong: it has a flower market notable for its wide array of orchids; nurseries, which export Himalayan grown flower bulbs, tubers and rhizomes, contribute to the economy of Kalimpong.Home to ethnic Nepalis, indigenous ethnic groups and non-native migrants from other parts of India, the town also is a religious centre of Buddhism. The Buddhist monastery Zang Dhok Palri Phodang holds a number of rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.
Darjeeling situated northern part of west Bengal, similar in geography that of Sikkim, Darjeeling shares it's boarder district with Sikkim in the north, Nepal in the West and Bhutan in the east. Darjeeling famous for it's natural beauty and vast stretches of lush green tea gardens, and only Himalayan Railway, known to the locals as the Toy Train, is now a world heritage which was listed in by the UNESCO in 1999. Riding on this train almost 88 km is not that faster way to get to Darjeeling from New Jalpaiguri but indeed a life time experience. The railway one the way to Darjeeling at Ghoom (2438m) is one of highest railway station in the world.
Sikkim Gangok is he capital of Sikkim and was originally home to the Lepchas, a tribal people people though to have migrated from the hills of Assam around the 13th centuray. The land occupies the west side of a long ridge flanking the Ranipool River. The scenery is spectacular and there are excellent views of the entire Kanchunjunga range from many points in the vincity. Many people expect Sikkim to be a smaller version of Kathmandu, overflowing with ancient temples , palaces, monasteries, and narrow colourful bazaars. It is an interesting and pleasant place to stay and people here are exceptionally friendly.
Transportation: From Kathmandu, take the one hour flight to Bhadrapur (the nearest Nepalese airport to Darjeeling), drive to Kakarvitta (Nepal/Indian boarder 34km), to Silguri (36km) and to Darjeeling (77 km, about 2 ½ hrs drive). Darjeeling is also connected by road with Sikkim (120km) and Bhutan (200km). Darjeeling is about 90 km from Bagdogra, the nearest airport, where schedule flights operate from New Delhi, Calcutta and Guwahati The nearest rail heads are Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri (88km) which are connected to Calcutta, New Delhi, Guwahati and other major cities in India.
Day 1: New Jalpaiguri/Bagdogra – Darjeeling
Pick- up from Bagdogra Airport to be taken to Darjeeling (7100 Ft), the “Queen of the hill stations, its name derived from “Dorje-Line” which means the place of “Dorje”, the mystic thunderbolt. Covering a distance of 88 kms over a drive of 3.5 hrs along winding roads. It is an experience of unforgettable beauty. Check-in at Hotel. Overnight stay.
Day 2: In Darjeeling
Start the day at 4am with an early morning trip to Tiger Hill (7800 Ft) to catch the sunrise from behind the majestic Kunchenjunga range. On the way back visit the Ghoom Monastery & Batasia Loop. Back to the hotel for breakfast.
After lunch, proceed for a half day sightseeing of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Ropeway, Zoo, Tenzing Rock, Labong Race Course, Tea Garden & Tibetan Refugees Self Help Centre.. Back to the Hotel by evening. Take a walk to “Chowrasta” the centre point of the Mall area. Do some window shopping.
Day 3: Darjeeling to Mirik -Thurbu Tea Garden , Pashupati and back.
After breakfast proceed to Mirik lake 2 hours driving distance on the way visit Thurbu Tea garden, and beautiful valley, visit Pashupati (India-Nepal Boarder), Mirik lake, boating and horse riding lunch and back to Darjeeling by evening overnight stay
Day 4:Darjeeling to Gangtok
Leave by 8 am for a 3hr 30mins journey to the Land of the Pristine and unspoilt natural beauty – Sikkim , with alpine landscapes and thick luxuriant forests, rivers in torrent and peaceful lakes. Arrive at Gangtok (5500 Ft) by lunchtime. Check-in at Hotel.
(1400hrs-1800hrs) After lunch, visit Cottage Industries, Flower Show & Rumtek Monastery, 24 kms from Gangtok was built in 1960 by His Holiness the Late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa & this is a replica of the original Kagyurpa Monastery in Tibet, a must see for every visitor, the seat of the “Kagyu Order” . Behind the Monastery is the lavishly decorated Karmae Nalanda Institute of Buddhist Studies which attracts students from the world over. Here one can find the most unique religious scriptures & art objects of the world. . Back to the hotel by evening. Overnight stay at Gangtok.
Day 5: Gangtok To Tsomgo Lake and back
After breakfast proceed to Tsomgo Lake (12,210 Ft), a 40 km drive which takes 2.5 hrs. This lake is located very close to Nathula Pass which is the entry point to China termed as the “Silk Route & remains frozen for most parts of the year. Legend has it that the Lamas use to forecast the future by studying the colour of the lakes waters. Enjoy the surroundings, majestic snowy peaks which feed the lake and the clean fresh air. Back to Gangtok by 3pm for a late lunch. Evening free for leisure or go shopping for Sikkimese traditional handicrafts. Overnight stay.
Day 6: Gangtok – full day sighseeing
After breakfast enjoy Gangtok sightseeing such as Banjhakri Water falls and Garden, Chorten Stupa, Tibetology, Ropeway ride (Cable car), Flower show and Sikkim Handicraft., Hanuman tok , Ganesh tok , Tashi view point , Hur huray Dara , Enchey monastery Bakthang falls , Gonjang monastery .
Day 7: GangtoK to Kalimpong
Leave Gangtok by 8.30am to reach Kalimpong (4000 Ft) by 11am, a drive of 76 kms, 2.5hrs. Kalimpong a beautiful hill Town in a peaceful environment and is aslo Also called the garden of flowers, this town has almost everything- scenic beauty, flowers, greenery, waters, mists, clouds etc. Checkin at Hotel.
After lunch proceed for a half day sightseeing of Durpin Hill (which has the famous Zong Dog Palri Fo- Brang Monastery which belongs to the same Buddhist sect as the present Dalai Lama) , Pine View Point, Dr Graham's Homes complex with its historic church & well maintained grounds founded in 1900 by Rev. Dr. J A Graham, a Scottish missionary, Delo Hill (5556 ft) appears to be the roof- of- the- world, is the highest point in Kalimpong. Delo also has the town’s picturesque water reservoir. Then on to Mangal Dham Temple constructed in memory of the late Guru Shree (108) Mangal Dasji and dedicated to Lord Krishna. Evening at leisure with a visit to the market.where you do some curio shopping, buy some Kalimpong Cheese & lollypops of Swiss technology from “Larks” or just take a walk thru the market. Overnight stay at Kalimpong.
Day 8: Kalimpong To Bagdogra/New Jalpai Guri
After Breakfast, checkout and Depart to Bagdogra / NJP.
Cost: 2 person: US$ 920 per person 3-4 person US$ 865 per person 6-9 person US$ 805 per person 10-16 person US$ 715 per person SGL supolement: US$ 425 Cost includes: 01. 4 star Hotel accommodation on MAP basis (breakfast and dinner) 02. Sightseeing tour according to the programme. 03. Required aircon ground transportation as per group size 04. Necessary travel permit 05. service of English speaking guide/excourt Cost does not include: 1. Visa fees, personal clothing and equipments, 2. Single supplement, airfare 3. excess baggage, personal accident insurance, emergency evacuation cost, medical box, 4. bottled beverages, laundry, tips
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- Price : USD 865
- Destinations : Gangtok, Tsomgo Lake & Kalimpong
- Max Elevation : 3500 m.
- Weather : Spring and Autumn are good time to visit this area
- Trip Duration : 8 days
- Trip Grade : Moderate
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