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Sikkim & Darjeeling - 7 Days

Sikkim & Darjeeling
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Sikkim, a state of India, located in the northeastern part of the country, in the eastern Himalayas. It is one of the smallest states in India. Sikkim is bordered by the Tibet Autonomous Region of China to the north and northeast, by Bhutan to the southeast, by the Indian state of West Bengal to the south, and by Nepal to the west. The capital, Gangtok, is in the southeastern part of the state.

More than two-fifths of Sikkim is forested. Sal (a type of hardwood), pandanus, palms, bamboos, ferns, and orchids are common in the subtropical forests found below about 5,000 feet (1,500 metres). In the temperate forests (5,000 to 13,000 feet (1,500 to 4,000 metres), oak, laurel, maple, chestnut, magnolia, alder, birch, rhododendron, fir, hemlock, and spruce predominate. Alpine tundra replaces forest at the higher elevations.

Sikkim has a rich and varied animal life, including black bears, brown bears, red pandas, numerous species of deer, blue sheep, gorals (small goatlike mammals), and Tibetan antelope. Tigers, leopards, and lesser cats are also found. Birdlife includes pheasants, partridges, quail, eagles, barbets, Himalayan cuckoos, Tibetan black crows, and minivets. Sikkim has several national parks and a number of wildlife sanctuaries, which provide a protected environment for the state’s diverse flora and fauna. The Kanchenjunga National Park (established in 1977), near the peak from which it draws its name, is among the largest of India’s high-elevation conservation areas.

DARJEELING is one of the prettiest hill stations in India located in northern part of West Bengal. It’s all about magnificent views of snow-capped Kanchenjunga, torrents flowing down the mountain slopes, lovely tea gardens, landscapes with firs, pines & ferns, and all that combined with friendly people and modern yet colonial charm.

Numerous sprawling tea estates in Darjeeling produce world’s best tea, and for which Darjeeling is revered world over. The amazing narrow gauge Toy Train – an engineering marvel of 1880s which could overcome the steep gradients and curves of the mountains and provided a scenic railway transportation in the hills, is another attraction that draws people in millions.
Residents are mostly immigrant Nepalese (predominantly Gorkhas), Tibetans, as well as some Lepchas and Bhutias from Sikkim.

The great majority of Sikkim’s population is rural, living in scattered hamlets and villages. Gangtok is Sikkim’s largest settlement. Other notable towns include Singtam, Rangpo, Jorethang, Naya Bazar, Mangan, Gyalshing, and Namchi.

Roads, though not extensive, are the primary mode of travel. Ropeways, which are similar to ski lifts, also have been provided at many points. The capital of Gangtok is nearly 75 miles (120 km) from the nearest airport, at Baghdogra, and 70 miles (110 km) from the railhead at Shiliguri, both in West Bengal.

Sikkim’s cultural life, though showing strong Tibetan influences, retains a character derived from the various tribes of Sikkim and their pre-Buddhist customs. The most important festival of the year is the two-day Phanglhapsol festival in August or September, in which masked dancers perform in honour of Kanchenjunga, the presiding deity. The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (1958), in Gangtok, has one of the largest collections of Tibetan books in the world. Many monasteries are repositories of wall paintings, thang-kas (religious paintings mounted on brocade), bronze images, and other artworks.

Travelers embarking on a journey of Sikkim discover a mystical wonderland of spectacular natural beauty. The panoramic perfection of the snow-capped Himalayas, the heady scent of flower-bedecked meadows, the vibrant culture and joyous festivals, the infinite variety of its flora and fauna makes it a holiday that is at once fascinating and challenging.

DARJEELING

There are countless tourist places here including great viewpoints offering magnificent views of Kanchenjunga snow peaks, Buddhist monasteries, historical churches, temples, rolling tea estates on mountain slopes, museums, art galleries, parks & gardens, waterfalls, cable car ride offering you stunning views of the mountain landscapes and tea gardens below, and more.

Darjeeling is truly the Queen of Hills, for its exquisite charm, and beautiful scenic surroundings.

Day 1
Transfer to Gangtok

You will be received at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) or Bagdogra Airport, and assisted for the transfer to Gangtok – a nearly 120 Kilometers 4 hours drive

Gangtok, the capital of the 22nd State of India, Sikkim, is one of the most beautiful hill stations with varied options for tourist – Monastery, Orchids, High altitude Lake and butterflies – It has option for tourist of all ages

Check into your Hotel – Evening free to roam around M G Road (Mall) or local Shopping center

Overnight stay at Gangtok

Day 2
Excursion to Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir

After breakfast at hotel, proceed for excursion to Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir, a nearly 40 kilometers and 2 hours drive -Situated at an elevation of 3753 meters / 12310 feet

The Lake is oval shaped and nearly 50 feet deep

Generally covered in snow for most of the year, this lake is home to the Brahmini ducks & many migratory birds

The sacred Baba Mandir known to be a very holy site for all, is nearby

Transfer to Gangtok - Overnight stay at Gangtok

Day 3
Gangtok Sightseeing (Half Day) & Transfer to Pelling

Visit to Enchey Monastery, Barthang waterfalls, Nam Nang view point, Ropeway, Flower Show, Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom, Research Institute of Tibetology & Do Drul Chorten (Stupa).etc - Back to hotel

After lunch Drive to Pelling - 120 kilometers 4.5 Hours drive.

Pelling is at an altitude of 6800 feet / 2072 meters – On a clear day guest can get a clear view of Himalayan range with snow capped mount Pandim, Kumbhakarna, Rathong, Kanchenjunga, Zopuno, Shimbho, Narsing, Sinolchu etc

Overnight stay at Pelling

Day 4
Sightseeing at Pelling

Visit Rimbi waterfalls, Rimbi Rock Garden, and Kechopalri Lake, which is one of the holy Buddhist lake and it is believed that any wish in front of the lake comes true - Myth is that when a leaf falls on the placid clear water surface, it is picked by a bird and thus the water surface is always free of leaves

Also visit Kechopalri Monastery, Kanchenjunga water Falls, New Helipad, Rabdense Ruins & Kanchenjunga View tower etc – Back to hotel

Evening free to roam around the helipad or Shopping center

Overnight stay at Pelling

Day 5
Transfer to Darjeeling

After morning breakfast - Transfer to Darjeeling - Nearly 110 kilometers 4 hours drive

At an altitude of 2123 meters / 70001 feet lies the land of breathtaking beauty, sloping tea gardens with spectacular views of the Mount Everest is the Queen of the hills – It is also home to the famous World Heritage train – The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR)

Check into hotel - Overnight stay at Darjeeling

Day 6
Darjeeling Sunrise from Tiger Hill & Local Sightseeing

Early morning at around 3:45 AM drive to 8000 feet / 2440 meters through primitive forests of oak, magnolia to Tiger Hill to view sunrise over Kanchenjunga Peak (subject to clear weather) – On the way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Peace memorial & Batasia Loop

Back to hotel - After breakfast proceed to half day city tour which includes Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Ropeway, Tensing Gumpo Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center, Tea Estate, Natural History Museum, etc – Back to hotel

Evening free to stroll around the Mall area or Chowk Bazaar

Overnight stay at Darjeeling.

Day 7
Departure – Darjeeling to NJP / Bagdogra

After breakfast transfer to NJP / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) - Nearly 80 kilometers 3 hours drive, to catch your return train or flight home, with wonderful memories of the hills.

Package price Includes

  • Pick up and drop - New Jalpaiguri Railway station or Bagdogra airport
  • Accommodation for 6 nights 7 days
  • All transfers and tours as per itinerary
  • Daily Breakfast (6 days)

Services Excluded

  • Airfare
  • Tickets for tourist attractions or entrance at venues
  • Personal expenses

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