Best of Sikkim-Darjeeling

Sikkim, a small Himalayan State lying North-East. Sikkim is a dream that one can realize and enjoy, now that the area is open to all. It is a state cloaked in the mystery of remoteness, and far away from the din and bustle of the modern world. It is a place full of Buddhist monasteries, landscapes, flora & fauna. The magical lure of Sikkim has always been attracting people all over the world. Its legendary mountains, landscape that defy imagination, all culminates into a masterpiece of the Creator. Famous for Kanchendzonga, the third highest mountain in the world at 8,598m, the mountain kingdom of Sikkim has a tremendous variety of plant and wildlife besides a diverse ethnic mix of peoples with rich cultural traditions.

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Name of Program : Best of Sikkim-Darjeeling.
Place to Visit : Arrival Bagdogra – Darjeeling – Pelling – Gangtok-Kalimpong – Bagdogra Airport.
Duration : 8 Nights
Best Time :
 Oct – Sept. (Except Monsoon).
Highest Point:  2123 m
Trek Grade: Easy (Cultural Program)
Price: On Request

Day 1: Arrival Bagdogra – Darjeeling (90 km/ 3 H) :
On arrival at Bagdogra airport meet to our representative and transfer to Darjeeling. Darjeeling, founded by the British Raj as a hill retreat and sanatorium, Darjeeling is known as the “Queen Of Hill”, the finest hill resort of the raj. Famous for its delicate tea, the hills all around the town are draped in lush green tea gardens which give the impression of a huge carpet. Panorama of the Hills its location on a 7000ft ridge with clear views of the Kanchendzonga range makes it a perfect place to escape the pre-monsoon heat of the plains. The earliest British settlers here revealed in its cool temperatures, fresh breezes and crisp mornings.  Wandering around the promenades of Chowrasta and the mall today, you are surrounded by the echoes of Darjeeling’s past. The British-style solid stone houses are complimented by more fanciful wooden fronted buildings that are more like idealized Swiss chalets with their steep roofs. Hotels old and new crowd the centre of the town but can still hardly accommodated the rush of visitors in real seasons.  The remarkable “Joy Train” or Darjeeling Himalayan Railway chugs up from the plains of Siliguri in an exciting eight hour journey through picturesque landscape which involves more than 7000ft, of ascent. The faster but less unusual transport around the hill is provided by jeeps which can take you on breath taking beautiful trips along the torturous narrow roads of the district.

Day 2: Darjeeling Sightseeing:
Very early in the morning (4 am) drive to Tiger hill around 16 km. form Darjeeling. Enjoying the sunrise from the Tiger Hill this is the best time to explore the Mount Khangchendzonga (8,586m). Though the best view depends absolutely on the luck because of unpredictable foggy climate, but that doesn’t damage the enthusiasm of tourist to wake up in the early hours of the morning even in the chilling cold. The complete Kanchenzongha range can be viewed from Batasia loop which is also a war memorial. On the way back we visit Ghoom (Yiga-Choling) Monastery. More correctly known as Yiga Choling Gompa, this is probably the most famous monastery in Darjeeling, just below Hill Cart road and the train station near Ghoom. It enshrines an image of the Maitreya Buddha. Foreigners are allowed to enter the shrine and take photographs. As Ghoom is frequently swathed in mists, and the monastery is old and dark, it is often affectionately called Gloom monastery. Drive back to hotel, take breakfast later visit Tibetan Refugee Help Self Center, Zoo, The Padmaja Naidu Zoological Garden which is adjacent to H.M.I boasts the most diversified collection of birds and animals. Tourist can catch a glimpse of the great Siberian Tiger to snow Leopard, Red Panda, Yak, Tahr, Wolves and a number of colorful birds. HMI, set upon the top of Birch Hill is the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, was established in the year of 1954 after the conquest of Mount Everest by Tenging Norgay and Edmund Hillary in 1953 is located nearly. Besides providing training to aspiring mountaineers the institute house a museum which has an impressive collection of photograph and equipment related to mountaineering.  Rest of the time Chowrasta the local “Mall Road” Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Darjeeling-Melli-Jorthang or Nayabazar-Gezing- Pemayangtse Monastery -Pelling:
After an early breakfast drive to Pelling cross the West Bangal border via Melli, over a brige on the Tista River, on the way we have a good chance to see the whole panoramic view of this valley along with the Kanchdzonga peaks, at Melli, show the permit and enter Sikkim, lunch at Jorthang than continue drive to Gezing, from there take left turn to ascend to Pelling, just 2km before the Pelling visit the Pemayangtse Monastery, Pelling is a fast growing to be an urban settlement due to tourist influx situated at an altitude 6800 ft. it offer a good view of the entire mountain ranges of Kanchendzonga. Pemayangtse Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in the state, originally established by Lhatsun Chempo, one of the revered Lamas to have performed the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal (Religious Monarch) of Sikkim, Rabdentse Ruins, this was the second capital of the erstwhile Kingdom of Sikkim after Yuksom, On arrival check in hotel.

Day 4: Pelling-Yuksom:
After breakfast drive to Yuksom around 2 hrs drive, this was the first capital of Sikkim, where according to the historical records, the first Chogyal of the Kingdom of Sikkim was consecrated in 1641 AD by three learned lamas. The evidence of the consecration is still intact in Norbugang Chortan in the form of stone seats and a food prints of the Head Lama on a stone. Since the history of the State began from this place. On arrival check in hotel rest of the time visit Dubdi Monastery, this is the first monastery established soon after the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal. if the time is allowed visit Khecheopalri Lake. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Yuksom-Gangtok via Ravang-la:
Morning after breakfast drive to Gangtok via Ravang-la (2130m), at the base o Menam Hill is Ravang-la, a small township and transit to various tourist destinations in South & West Sikkim, and transit points for trekkers to Menam Hill and Borong. En route visit Bon Monastery, this is the rare sect in Mahayana Buddhism. On arrival check in hotel for overnight. Rest of the time free.

Day 6: Gangtok-Rumtek:
After breakfast full day sightseeing of the Capital City of Sikkim, Morning visit Rumtek Dharma Chakra Center, about 24 km from Gangtok the seat of the Kagyupa order, one of the 4 major Tibetan Buddhist sects. Since the late 1960s after the arrival of His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa the center house some of te world’s most unique religious scriptures and religious rare object. Later drive back to hotel for lunch, than continue visit Do-Drul Chorten (Stupa) The Do-Drul Chorten or Stupa was built by the Venerable Trullshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma-pa order of Tibetan Buddhism, in 194. Inside the stupa there are complete mandala set of Dorjee Phurba (Vajra Kilaya) a set of KangOyur relics (Holy Books). Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology, the most prestigious of it liking in India- the Buddhist institute is a treasure trove of vast collection or rare Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts, statues and rare Thankas (tapestries used in Buddhist liturgy). Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom, Enchey Monastery, Flower Festival, flower exhibitions are organized around the year at the Flower Show Venu near the White Memorial Hall Complex, Orchid Shows held during the spring season is one of the most popular shows organised in the state, Rest of the time visit M.G. Road (Lal Bazar) & local vegetable market, overnight at hotel.

Day 7: Gangtok-Kalimpong:
Morning drive to Kalimpong via Rangpo exit points where you have to verify you LIP. 2 hrs drive till the hotel at Kalimpong, on arrival check in hotel, later visit Cactus Nusury, Merry Church, Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery (Durbeen Moastery), Dr. Grahm Home School and week-end market. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8: Kalimpong:
Full day relax, Kalimpong is one among the many popular hill stations in India that has managed to keep its natural beauty even though it is a popular summer retreat for many people. The hill station not only boasts of many tourist attractions but is also known for the exotic orchids that cover entire hillsides. Hill Resorts in India offers attractive tour packages to this heavenly hill resort, so you can simply book a tour today and spend a great vacation in Kalimpong. Overnight at hotel.

Day 9: Kalimpong-Bagdogra Airport:
Breakfast at hotel, later drive to Bagdogra, take flight for onward destination. Back home with sweet memories.

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