Places Covered : Delhi - Darjeeling - Gangtok - Kalimpong - Delhi
: 5 Nights / 6 Days.
Day 01 : Delhi -
Depart Delhi by flight for Bagdogra. (nearest airport to Darjeeling).
Arrive at Bagdogra and you will be received at the airport and transferred to Darjeeling by Tempo Traveler/jeeps. A three hour drive uphill through tea gardens and small towns will take you to Darjeeling. You will occasionally meet the famous Darjeeling toy train, huffing and puffing across our road.
Overnight at Darjeeling.
Day 02 : Darjeeling
Early morning visit to Tiger Hill for fabulous sunrise views of Mt. Kanchenjunga (the third highest mountain in the world at 28,156 ft). Mt. Everest (The highest peak in the world) and a host of other Himalayan giants are also seen on the horizon. On your drive back to the hotel we will stop at Ghoom, a Tibetan-Buddhist monastery.
After breakfast visit the old botanical gardens to see their collection of rare orchids and other plants.
Enjoy toy train ride – subject to operation.
After lunch visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Tibetan Refugee Camp and the local market.
Overnight at Darjeeling.
Day 03 : Darjeeling – Gangtok
After breakfast, depart by the same car for Sikkim. The drive is truly a naturalist's delight. The hillsides and mountain slopes of Sikkim
are strewn with bright patches of myriad colors. The lower mountain slopes are abundant with lush green bamboo and ferns. The northern valleys are draped with wild cherry, oaks, chestnut, pines as well as magnolia varieties called Magnolia Campbeli and Michelia Doltsopa. The higher altitudes are abloom with 46 species of Rhododendrons. And of course, Sikkim's 600 variety's of orchid are everywhere. This day our 05 hour drive is interesting as we move upstream along the river Rangit through dense forests of sal and teak.
Arrive Gangtok- perched atop a ridge at a height of 1520 m., a quaint, colourful town. This small modernized town is the capital of Sikkim. An air of enchantment pervades in the entire atmosphere of the valley with its stupas, monasteries and its mysticism. In Gangtok, one very frequently comes across Lamas changing prayers to God, lined brightly painted pagoda-roofed houses, and of course, the sound of trumpets from the distant hill.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in the hotel.
Day 04 : Gangtok
After breakfast, visit the famous monastery of Rumtek which is the head quarters of the Kagyu sect. Later, we visit the Institute of Tibetology which has a collection of almost 30,000 volumes on diverse subjects like astrology, philosophy, magic and religion. After lunch we visit the Orchid Sanctuary which has over 200 species of temperate and intermediate orchids on beautifully landscaped grounds.
Return to the hotel for overnight.
Day 05 : Gangtok - Kalimpong
After breakfast, depart for Kalimpong - A hill station in the days of the British Raj, this charming town is two and half hours drive by road from Darjeeling. Before the Chinese took over Tibet it was the center of India's wool and silk trade with that country, with Tibetan caravans wending their way down from the Tibetan plateau to trade wool for manufactured goods. It has become a center for orchid and cactus nurseries, and exports these plants to different parts of the world.
Day 06 : Kalimpong - Bagdogra - Delhi
The 5 hours drive from Kalimpong to Bagdogra follows the Teesta river and we will be making stops to see the low altitude Himalayan flora. Tour concludes at Bagdogra airport.
Depart Bagdogra for Delhi. Arrive Delhi and
drop at your destination.
End of tour.