Steeped in natural exuberance and sheer tranquility, Sikkim in the north-eastern region of India is beautiful hill retreat. Its lush tea plantations, gurgling rivulets, mighty mountain peaks and a stunning backdrop of grand Himalayan ranges make it one of the most mesmerizing sites in the region. On this 7 days tour to Sikkim explore the treasures of the town so tranquil and partake the bonhomie of its cultural settlement.
Day 1: Arrival at NJP/ Bagdogra- Darjeeling
Upon your arrival at Bagdogra Airport/ New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, meet our representative awaiting just outside the arrival hall, past the customs area & currency shops. Later commence your drive to Darjeeling and on arrival check in at a hotel where our representative will brief you about tour starting day after. En-route set on a journey to the soulful environs of Mirik Lake via Nepal Border; a popular tourist destination, Mirik is nestled in picturesque hills of Darjeeling and is known for its soothing climate and natural splendor. Enjoy relaxed time in the lap of nature before you reach your hotel in Darjeeling.
Welcome to the graceful environs of Darjeeling; once the summer capital of India, Darjeeling is a land blessed with eternal beauty and charm. Indulge in the aroma therapy of its tea gardens where the fresh fragrance of new tea leaves will rejuvenate and creates an impeccable memory of your North-East India tour. A walk around the town will introduce you to the fabulous environs and the cultural buoyancy of the people living in it.
Day 2: Darjeeling
Commence a full day local sightseeing covering Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Garden (Closed on Thursday) to see the endangered species of Red Panda, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday) to learn some basic skills required for mountaineering and Tibetan Refugee Self-help Center (Closed on Sunday). Next, on the sightseeing tour visit Ropeway from where you can enjoy beautiful vistas of the hills and the valleys of Darjeeling. Tenzing and Gombu Rock are ideal for rock climbers and visit to beauteous Tea Estates are quintessential of all Darjeeling tours. Peace Pagoda, Natural History Museum (SundayClosed) and Rock Garden will be all the other highlights of your day’s sightseeing tour in the region. After an eventful day return to your hotel in Darjeeling for overnight stay.
Day 3: Darjeeling- Kalimpong
Early morning start for Tiger Hill to watch the spectacular sunrise from the peak and to enjoy the almost surreal sight of golden rays of sun bring alive the mighty peak of Mt. Kanchendzonga (Worlds 3rd highest peak). On your way back to the hotel you will be taken for a quick sightseeing tour to Ghoom Monastery and Batashia Loop War Memorial. At Ghoom Monastery bow to the 15 feet high statue of Lord Buddha and further move towards Batisia Loop War Memorial over a hilltop.
Next proceed towards Kalimpong. A beautiful hill resort perched in the lap of eastern Himalaya; Kalimpong overlooks the roaring Teesta River and the splendid Khangchendzonga. Unlike the much talked about Darjeeling, Kalimpong attracts with its solace and untouched beauty. Other attractions include tranquil retreats, temples and churches, magnificent vistas of Himalayan ranges, Buddha shops and more. Stretches of Oak, Maple and chestnut cover the hills creating a beautiful sight. Relax and rejuvenate in region today enjoying beautiful views from the windowpane of your hotel room.
At Kalimpong the day brings an enthralling sightseeing tour on which you will first visit Forest Museum followed by visit to Deolo Hill, Dr Graham Homes School, Durpin Monastery, Mangaldham and Pine View Nurseries (Cactus Only). The best attraction remains its Orchids & Nurseries where you can spot some of the some of the rarest cacti & Orchids here.
Day 4: Kalimpong- Pelling
Today’s journey brings you to Pelling the town of breathtaking views of Himalayas and Kanchenjanga. A great retreat of serenity and solace, Pelling will unleash its share of treasures today on a sightseeing tour. Depart for sightseeing tour of the region and visit cascading Rimbi waterfalls, Rimbi Rock Garden, also visit placid Kechopalri Lake followed by visit to Kanchanjunga waterfalls.
Next you will be transferred to Gangtok. Located in Shivalik Hills of eastern Himalayan range, Gangtok enjoys delightful mild temperate climate year round. A popular Buddhist pilgrimage site and a land embellished with nature’s bounty, Gangtok is an idyllic holiday destination. Evening will be free for individual activity and leisure.
Today you will be going for a stroll across its prominent sites. On the city tour first visit Dro-dul Chorten Stupa; built in 1954 the stupa is studded with 108 Mani Lhakor (prayer wheels). Next visit Institute of Tibetology (Closed on Sunday) and Institute of Handicrafts and handlooms (Closed on Sunday) to get some insight into the cultural existence at Gangtok. While in the vicinity a visit to Rumtek Monastery to view a fabulous golden statue of Buddha inside. Finally conclude the tour with a visit to Dharma Chakra Centre (24Kms/45Mins), the sect of the Kagyu order – one of the 4 major Tibetan Buddhist Sect.
Morning at Gangtok brings a half day trip to placid Tsomgo Lake. At 12400ft the lake is only 32kms from Gangtok City and is almost about 1km long, oval in shape and 15 mtrs deep. Considered sacred by the locals, the lake is serene and beautiful creating a tranquilizing effect all around it. A visit to the banks of Tsomgo Lake will leave you revitalized and thus you will be directed to your next destination for the day, the Baba Harvajan Singh Mandir.
Evening will be free you to be able to enjoy shopping or indulge in individual activities.
Day 7: Gangtok- NJP/Bagdogra- Departure
On the last day of your Mystical Flavors of Sikkim tour you will be escorted to Bagdogra Airport/New Jalpaiguri Railway Station for your onwards journey.
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