ENCHANTING EAST INDIA

East India, INDIA

Darjeeling – Pelling – Gangtok 8 Nights / 9 Days

Day 01: NJP / Bandogra – Darjeeling. (4 Hrs Drive/ 90 Kms)

Arrive at NJP Rly. Stn / Bagdogra Airport & depart to Darjeeling. Darjeeling in northeast India provides the perfect ambiance of a hill resort with its mild climate and laid back charm. Its verdant hills and valleys are steeped in color, and are interspersed with vast stretches of lush green tea gardens. Arrival & check in to hotel. Evening free for the relaxation.

Day 02: Local Sightseeing

Mornings proceed to visit Rock Garden – It is situated about 10 kilometers from Darjeeling. The garden offers a beautiful view of a hill stream cascading over rocks along the slope, done up with flower gardens and sitting spaces at different levels. Gangamaya Park – Ganga Maya Park is further down the road, about 3 kilometres from the Rock Garden. It has a small lake where boating facilities are available, Gorkha folk dances are performed to entertain the tourists. Ghoom Monastery – Called Sakya Monastery, the monastery in Ghoom is located 8 km from Darjeeling. Sakya monastery is a historic as well as significant monastery of the Shakya Order. The original monastery was built during the early twentieth century.
Afternoon sightseeing of mix points of Darjeeling Himalayan Mountaineering Institute – A spot not to be missed is the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute created by the late Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who conquered Mt Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953. A display of equipment used on the climb is one of the highlights. A Zoological Garden ( Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ) nearby has an assortment of wildlife such as yaks, Siberian tigers and red pandas who call the region their home (Closed on Thrusday),Tenzing Rock – Tenzing Rock and Gombu Rock are situated on Lebong Cart road in Darjeeling and provide a challenging experience for the rock climbers. It is also known as monkey rock. The rock is named after Tenzin Sherpa and Nawang Gombu. Tenzing Sherpa climbed the Tenzing rock in the presence of Jawaharlal Nehru without taking any safety measures. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute conducts rock climbing courses on these rocks. Tea Garden(outer view) – Darjeeling Tea considered to be finest tea in the world especially when it came to aroma and delicacy of taste, named the “Champagne of the East”, not only has tea formed the backbone of the economy in the region, but ‘Darjeeling’ and ‘excellent tea’ have become synonymous, etc.

Day 03: Darjeeling – Tiger Hill

Early morning depart to see Sun Rise at Tiger Hill – Situated at an altitude of 2,590m (8,482 ft.) and 13-km from the town, this spot has earned international fame for the magnificent view of the sunrise over “Kanchenjunga” and the great Eastern Himalayan Mountains. Even Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, is visible from here. & 3 Points. Visit rest of the sightseeing like Mirik Lake – Mirik is being developed as a new hill station in the mountains. Tea estates, orange orchards and cardamom plantations surround Mirik.

Day 04: Darjeeling – Pelling (4 Hrs Drive / 118 Kms)

Check out & depart to Pelling. Arrival & check in. Evening time free for the relaxation & you can enjoy the beauty of Pelling. The pleasant little town of Pelling is famous for magnificent view of the snow-capped mountains of Kanchenjunga. Feels like you can literally stretch out your hands and touch the peak.

Day 05: Pelling

Full day free for the sightseeing of Pelling Darap valley, Rembi Water fall – On the way at a distance of 11 KM from Pelling this water fall is just 2 KM before the Sewaro Rock garden. Sewaro Rock Garden - this garden constructed by the side of the river. You can touch the water here. This rock garden is 13 KM from Pelling and 30 minutes drive. Kahgchenjunga Water fall -At a distance of 25 KM from Pelling it will take nearly one and half hour including the half hour stay at Sewaro Rock garden. You need to climb up little in steps to reach the foot of the water fall. Khechopalri wishing Lake -This Lake is located at a distance of 25 KM from Pelling and 9 KM from the Y junction ( other road goes towards Kahgchenjunga water fall ). This scared lake surrounded by prayer flags is worshiped by both Hindus and Buddhist. In the second part : Pemayangtse Monastery - Located at a distance of 2 KM from Pelling, this is the one of the oldest and important Nyingma monastery in Sikkim. There is an entry fee of Rs 20 to visit this monastery. At hill top from this Monastery you can get good view of Kangchenjunga and other hill rages. You can also get a distance view of Rabdentse Ruins from here. Rabdentse Ruins- At a distance of 3 KM from Pelling and within 1 KM distance from Pemayangtse Monastery there is the ruins of the fort or palace of second capital of Sikkim. This place is well maintained and preserved by Archaeological survey of India.

Day 06: Pelling – Gangtok (5 Hrs Drive / 132 Kms)

Check out & depart to Gangtok. Arrival & check in. Evening free for the relaxation. Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim. It is an incomparable hill resort of northeast regions of India and it is one of the most frequently visited places in India. Gangtok is situated on the ridge of a hillock at an altitude of 1,700 metre.

Day 07: Gangtok – Local sightseeing

Today excursion tour to Tshangu Lake & Baba Mandir – A lake is nestled amidst high peaks at an altitude of 12,400 ft. On winters, you will be able to witness the lake in a frozen state. Spend some time enjoying the beauty nature; you can also enjoy a yak ride, take pictures. We drive back to a fabled Baba Mandir. This is basically a temple of an army Captain Harbajan Singh who mysteriously vanished from the army camp but later is believed to have turned invisible but absolutely present who still continues his duty as an army officer and protects the border army from any unanticipated events.

Day 08: Gangtok – Local sightseeing

Today cover local sightseeing of 7 points of Gangtok (Only by Maruti Va).Rumtek Monastery, Botanical Garden,Chuten Stupa, Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology,Ropeway, Govt. Institute of Cottage Industry, Flower Show and Nam Nam Viewpoint.

Day 09: Gangtok – NJP/Bagdogra. (4 Hrs Drive / 110 Kms)

Check out & depart for the NJP Rly Stn / Bagdogra Airport for the further destination.

 

 

ADD on Lachung Details

Gangtok – Lachung – Gangtok 02 Nights

Day 01: Gangtok – Lachung (Drive time 05/6 hrs)

After breakfast check out & transfer to Lachung (8610 ft). Lachung is a very small town with scattered settlements, dominated mostly by Bhutias. There is also an army cantonment for the border protection. You can visit monastery, handicraft centre, go around for village. On your way visit Singhik View point, Seven Sister Waterfalls, Naga Water Falls. Lunch on the way. Check-in to your hotel on arrival. Overnight in Lachung.

Day 02: Lachung Local Sightseeing

After breakfast embark on an excursion trip to Yumthang-valley-At 24 kms from Lachung lies Yumthang, the rightfully called the Valley of Flowers as in Flowering season there blossoms vivid colours of variety of Rhododendrons, chimals and blue poppies, while you see the flower bed in summer, you see snow bed in the winter. On your way back visit Hot Spring. Afternoon could be spent interacting with the local people / visit to the local market. Overnight at Lachung.

Day 3: Lachung – Gangtok (Drive time 05/6 hrs)

After breakfast take the return transfer to Gangtok. Enroute see Bheema & Twin Falls. Check-in to your hotel on arrival. Overnight in Gangtok.