Darjeeling and Sikkim is the most popular tour amongst the Indian tourist. This place is also one of the best hot spot within the Nepalese community, because of its close boundaries and ethnicity. Also the place is a great vacation destination for family, friends and couples. The elegant hills resides in the Northeastern side of Himalayan foothills of the Indian side and attracts large numbers of tourist across the continents.
Darjeeling and Sikkim lies beneath the benevolent gaze of Mount Kanchunjunga, the world's third highest mountain in the world. The place is a unique microcosm of the Himalaya and is a realm of amazing landscapes and exotic biodiversity. The place offers a remarkable variety in human cultures of diverse ethnic communities living harmoniously with nature.
Sikkim: Sikkim is a small Himalayan state of India in the eastern Himalayas surrounded by China and Tibet in the north. With a population 5, 50,000 people its rich culture of mixed ethnic groups of Lepchas, Bhutias, Limbus and Tibetans makes your visit a remarkable experience in your life. Kanchenjunga the world third highest peak which many of Sikkimese revered as the guardian deity attracts many thousand number of people each year from around the world. Apart from it Tsomgo Lake attracts many visitors when the lake is frozen especially during the winters. You will find many monasteries, and a sense of peace and tranquility. Most rare and unique orchid flower are found here. Sikkim is a multilingual, multi religious and multicultural state.
Darjeeling: Darjeeling: There is no finer place than Darjeeling to step yourself in the grandeur and beauty of the towering snowcapped mountains. Darjeeling which derived its present name from the local Tibetan name, Dorjee-Ling, which means place (Ling) of the Thuderbolt (Dorjee). The hill resides in the northern part of West Bengal, similar in geography that of Sikkim, with a population of 80 thousand. Darjeeling shares its boarder district with Sikkim in the north, Nepal in the West and Bhutan in the east. Darjeeling still retains an imperialistic touch although the British left about 60 years ago. Famous for its natural beauty and vast stretches of lush green tea gardens, and the 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.
Optional: One can also visit places of vicinity around Darjeeling like Kalimpong, Kurseong, and Mirik.
How to reach...
By Air: 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).
By Road: 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
By Rail: 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 to Darjeeling - (3.5 hrs/ 88 km / 2270 m)
Upon arrival you will be received by our representative at Bagdogra Airport. You will then drive to Darjeeling (7447 Ft), the “Queen of the hill station. The name Darjeeling is derived from “Dorje-Ling” 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: Explore Darjeeling Sightseeing
Start the day at 4am with an early morning trip to Tiger Hill (7800 Ft) to catch the sunrise from behind the majestic Kanchanjunga 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, Tenzing Rock, Labong Race Course, and Tea Garden & Tibetan Refugees Self Help Centre. Back to the Hotel by evening. Take a walk to “Chowrasta” the center point of the Mall area. Do some window shopping.
Day 3: Darjeeling to Gangtok (4 hrs drive / 127 kms / 1676 m)
Leave by 8 am for a 4 hours journey to the Land of the Pristine and unspoilt natural beauty. Sikkim , with alpine landscapes and thick luxuriant forests, rivers , torrents 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 4: Excursion to Tsomgo Lake (2.5 hrs /40 kms / 3753 m)
After breakfast proceed to Tsomgo Lake 3,753 m (12,313 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 5: Sikkim To Bagdogra/NJP
After breakfast drive for Bagdogra. Arrive Bagdogra and depart to next destination.
Optional: Bhutan Extension can aslo be done: Siliguri-Thimpu-Paro-Siliguri. See in Bhutan portion.
Note: Above tentative itinerary showing scheduled night stop; it is a guideline only. There is no refund for unused service whatsoever the reason be after the trip has begun. Logistic may change due to trial and other condition beyond our control.
Sikkim now has an airport at Pakyong village build recently in 2018. It is 35 km from Gangtok. Druk Air and SpiceJet have started their flights to Pakyong. The nearest airport is Bagdogra. Due to technical glitch the flight from Pakyong has temporarily stopped its operation. Will update you once flights are initiated by Indian government.
Tour cost: 2 pax: US$ 630 per person 3-5 pax US$ 595 per person 6-9 pax US$ 530 per person 10-15 pax US$ 505 per person Sgl Supplement: US$ 370 Cost inldudes: 01. 4 star Hotel accommodation on MAP basis - brekfast and Dinner as per itinerary 02. Sightseeing tour according to the programme. 03.Ground transportation 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 505
- Destinations : Sikkim & Darjeeling
- Max Elevation : 3500 m.
- Weather : Spring (April to May) is best time to visit
- Trip Duration : 5 days
- Trip Grade : Moderate
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