Explore Darjeeling, Gangtok, and Kalimpong, three of the Eastern Himalayas' most popular destinations. Darjeeling is surrounded on three sides by Sikkim in the north, Nepal in the west, and Bhutan in the east, with the 8,586-meter Mt. Khangchendzonga towering over the northern horizon. The town is known as the "Queen of the Hills," and the popular Darjeeling Tea is named after it. Take a trip on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Railway. One of the most striking examples of Darjeeling's British Raj influence is the toy train. Gangtok, which sits at an elevation of 1750 meters, became the state capital in the mid-nineteenth century and has seen rapid growth since then. Huge government buildings adorned with traditional Buddhist symbols dominate the downtown area. People traveling to North Sikkim can also stop in Gangtok for a rest. Gangtok, surrounded by monasteries and orchids, is a true traveler's paradise. Kalimpong's location, at an altitude of 1250 meters, is perfect for a fun, relaxing getaway. Kalimpong orchids and gladioli are well-known due to the nice climate. The Kalimpong area was part of the Sikkim raja's empire until the early 1700s.
Bagdogra/New Jalpaiguri (NJP) – Darjeeling
You will be assisted at Bagdogra airport by our representative and will be transferred to Darjeeling, once the summer capital of India. Darjeeling provides a unique blend of vibrant nature and charming Himalayan people. This small town, surrounded by tea gardens, faces some of the Himalayas' highest peaks. After brief leisure, stroll around town to get a feel of the new world you've found. Stay overnight at your hotel.
Darjeeling (Local Sightseeing of best points)
Early morning start for Tiger Hill to watch the spectacular sunrise and its amazing effects on the Mt. Kanchendzonga (Worlds 3rd highest peak), Visit Batashia Loop War Memorial while returning to the Hotel and Ghoom Monastery. After breakfast, visit Darjeeling's top attractions, including the Japanese Temple, Peace Pagoda, Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tibetan Refugee Self-help Center, and Rock Hand. Afterwards visit to the Mall (Chowrasta) and the local market (City Life). Overnight stay at the hotel.
Darjeeling - Gangtok
Morning proceed to Gangtok (112kms/4hrs), at an altitude of 5500ft. Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim and famous for its beautiful monasteries and landscapes. Evening free for individual activity and for brief leisure. Stay overnight at your hotel.
Early morning proceed to visit Hanuman Tak, Ganesh Tak, Tashi view Point (These three points are famous for watching beautiful early morning view on Mt Kanchenjunga). After breakfast best point sightseeing tour in and around this capital city of Sikkim, covering Chortan, Stupa, Institute of Tibetology Institute of Handicrafts and handlooms along with Rumtek Monastery & Dharma Chakra Centre (24Kms/45Mins), the sect of the Kargyupa Sect – one of the 4 major Tibetan Buddhist Sect,& Flower Show. Overnight at Hotel.
Excursion trip to Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir
After breakfast half-day trip to Tsomgo lake (12400ft), which is only 32 kms from Gangtok City, the oval shaped lake is almost about 1Km long, and 15 mtrs deep. The lake is considered sacred by the local people,After that visit 18 kms from the lake Baba Mandir, (temple of disappeared army personal) and back to Gangtok. Evening free at Gangtok for shopping and individual activity. Overnight at hotel. (Optional tour is, Nathula the Indo-Chaina border is 20 kms. from Tsomgo Lake - subject to availability of special permit for Indian tourist only)
Gangtok to Kalimpong
Morning transfer to Kalimpong (85kms/03hrs), another quiet hill station in Eastern Himalaya. Kalimpong is famous for its Orchids & Nurseries and some of the rarest cacti & Orchids can be seen. Oak, Maple and Chestnut stretch up the ridge as far as the eye can reach. On arrival, check in at your hotel. Later enjoy a half day sightseeing in & around Kalimpong covering Durpin Dhara, Zong Dong Palri Fo-Brong Monastery and flower & Orchid Nursaries and Kalimpong Market. Overnight at Hotel.
Kalimpong – Bagdogra/New Jalpaiguri
Morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Gangtok/New Jalpaiguri railway station ( 75kms/3hrs). Tour ends.