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Darjeeling & Sikkim - 5 nights/6 days

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Darjeeling hill town, also known as the “Queen of Hills” at British colonial time. The name Darjeeling derives from Tibetan and Tamang words ‘Dorje Ling’ meaning thunder bolt. This pleasant summer retreat hill town is nestled in the grandeur of the snow-capped Himalayan mountains and lush green tea gardens at an altitude of 2045 m in Mahabharat range bordering with Sikkim, Nepal and Bhutan.  It is noted for tea industry, the spectacular views of Kangchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built at the time of British colony.

Darjeeling and Sikkim is the part of India also known as a Gurkha land. Darjeeling and Sikkim is mostly famous for Green tea and scenic viei of Kanchanjunga Himalaya mountain range. Most of the people from Darjeeling and sikkim involve in tea farming.Tea farming is the one of the main occupation for a darjeeling and sikkim people. According to the Arts and Culture  people  follow a same as Nepali cultrure,speak Neplese language,wear a Nepali costumes because 75% of people are Nepali and 25% are Indian in Darjeeling and sikkim. People have their own language culturte and life style according to their cast (Magar, Gurung, Rai, Tamang, Limbu, Chettri, Brhaman etc )are from this place.They celebrate a main Neplese festivals Dashain.

Trip Highlights

Trip Type: Tour
Grade: Easy
Season: All season
Elevation: Max. 2300m.
Group Size: 5 pax to 16 pax
Trip Departure Date: date of your choice
Confirmed Group Member/s Min. 2 pax
Price: Resonable, Contact Us
Best Months: 12 months

Day 01: Kathmandu – Darjeeling:
Via  Badrapur or Bagdora airport from Delhi.

Then transfer  from the airport to Darjeeling will be by a private car. The 90 Km (56 miles) drive usually takes five hours and runs more or less parallel to the UNESCO protected “Toy Train.”  The road ends in Darjeeling, a town that sits on a ridge facing the Himalayan peaks, at some 2300 m.(7010 ft) above sea level. Darjeeling was founded by the British in 1833 as a refuge from the intense summer heat of Calcutta, and soon became a popular hill station during the British administration. A celebrated writer described the town as “one of the three jewels of the Raj,” To quote Mark Twain, Darjeeling is  “the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once-by even a glimpse would not give that glimpse for the shows of the rest of the world combined”.      O/N Hotel.

Day 02: Darjeeling:
AM:   Sight-seeing of Tiger Hill  famous for view the sunrise over the Himalayan Mountains , Yigacholing Ghoom Monastery, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Zoological Park, the Panda Breeding Center, the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center  and the nearest tea garden (orthodox manufacturing process of the Darjeeling tea).

PM:   Toy Train  special joy ride on the Batasia Loop (Darjeeling - Ghoom-Darjeeling). This miniature train, an engineering feat of the 19th century, is part of the  narrow gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) system, and has been operating daily since 1881. Now is the second railway site in the world to be inscribed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. O/N Hotel.   

Day 03: Darjeeling – Pelling/West Sikkim:
After breakfast  the tour will head towards  PELLING in West Sikkim. It is about 7 hours drive for the 95 km. (59 mile) to Pelling. The road first runs on top of the Teesta and Rangit rivers, passing through  tea gardens, terraced farms and lush sub tropical vegetation then to uphill course, running  through occasional villages, hamlets and dense forests. 

Pelling perched at 2100 m.(6400 ft) offers, on a clear day, a  magnificent view of the eastern Himalayas, including Kangchendzonga  (8598m. / 28,208 ft) the third highest peak in the world. In the interesting area around Pelling we will visit the famous Pemayangtse Monastery, located on a hill top at an altitude of 2131 m. (6500 ft), and containing a wooden masterpiece depicting the Maha Guru’s heavenly place. An uphill 45-minute trek leads to the  Sangacholing Monastery, while a short walk will lead to the ruins of Rabdentse, the second palace of erstwhile Sikkim.    
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Day 04: Pelling - Gangtok:
After breakfast, the tour heads for Gangtok, a distance of 123 Km (76 miles) requiring 6 to 7 hours of driving through the famous golden rice and cardamom fields of Sikkim. GANGTOK (1,870 m / 6,135 ft), is the fairytale capital of Sikkim, a town that hangs in the clouds, and balances precariously on steep mountain slopes. Surrounded by lush rice terraces, swift flowing rivers and distant snow views, Gangtok has become the political and economic hub of Sikkim with a population that has increased from 15,000 to more than 50,000 since it joined India in 1975. Late afternoon and evening will be at leisure, for walking around the town, visit the Lal Bazaar, and may be do some souvenir shopping. O/N Hotel.

Day 05: Gangtok Sightseeing And Kalimpong:
AM:  Sightseeing tour of Gangtok including the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Enchey Monastery, Government Institute of Cottage Industries and excursion to view point.

PM: After lunch the tour heads for another hill town of Kalimpong, a distance of 76 km (47 miles) requiring a 5 hour drive from Gangtok.  On route, visit to the Rumtek Monastery, the seat of HH Karmapa of the Kaygu order of Tibetan Buddhism, where one can admire some of the most unique religious art objects in the world. We will enjoy the spectacular drive alongside the Teesta River with its blue green water rushing over boulders before reaching KALIMPONG, a town that used to be a gateway to the old Tibet trade route, and still offers the charm of the old British Raj.

PM: Later in the afternoon the sightseeing tour of Kalimpong includes the Zandokpalri Phobrang Monastery, View Points, a flower nursery and walk around the local market. O/N Hotel.

Day 06: Kalimpong – Pashupatinagar - Badrapur or Bagdogra or Kakarvita:
AM:  After breakfast at the hotel drive back for further journey to Kathmandu or other destinations.

*Note: For detailed itinerary description contact us.
  • Transportation - All airport/hotel and overland transfers, sight-seeing tours by private coach. Nepal domestic flights.
  • Hotel & Lodges - Bed & breakfast basis.
  • Tour & Sight-seeing - All entry fees and  tour  guide.
  • Agency's service charge.
  • Visa Fee,  International Flights,
  • Your medical and rescue insurance,
  • Tips,
  • Other expenses of your personal nature and
  • Any other not stated as inclusive.