- Weekend gateways
Welcome on arrival at Bagdogra Airport and transfer to Darjeeling (95kms/3hrs). Once the summer capital of India, Darjeeling is a land of infinite variety and charm. It will cater you a mix-experience of lively nature charming Himalayan people. It is the place of Dorje, the mystic thunderbolt of the Lama-Religion. Surrounded by Tea gardens; this little town faces some of the highest peaks of the Himalayas. Take a rest and then a walk around town to appreciate the new culture you are in. Overnight at Hotel.
Early morning start for Tiger Hill to watch the spectacular sunrise and its amazing effects on the Mt. Kanchendzonga (World's 3rd highest peak), Visit Ghoom Monastery and Batashia Loop War Memorial while returning to the Hotel. Breakfast at the Hotel followed by half day local Best points sightseeing covering Padmaja N. Zoological Garden (Closed on Thursday), Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Tibetan Refugee Self-help Center (Closed on Sunday), Ropeway (entry fees not included), walk around visit to the Mall and Local Market (Closed on Thursday). Evening Free for shopping & individual activity, overnight at hotel.
The Batasia Loop is a spiral railway created to lower the gradient of ascent of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. At this point, the track spirals around over itself through a tunnel and over a hilltop
Ghoom Monastery is one of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Darjeeling. It has Magnificent views of the snow capped peaks including the Kanchenjunga. One of the key attractions inside the monastery is the 15-foot model of the Lord Buddha which is known as The Maitreya Buddha or the Gyalwa Shampa which means the Buddha of the future. There is a large collection of Buddha's manus inside, that includes a 108-volume Kangyur - The Tibetan Buddhist Gospel.
The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was established in Darjeeling to encourage mountaineering as an organized sport in India. The first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary sparked a keen interest in establishing mountaineering as a well-respected endeavor for people in the region. Tenzing Norgay was the first director of field training for HMI.
These mountains offer a breath taking view of the surrounding areas. One can also enjoy the unforgettable view of the Sun Rise and Sun Set and admire the beauty of nature.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is a 67.56-acre zoo in the town of Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. The zoo was opened in 1958, and an average elevation of 7,000 feet, is the largest high altitude zoo in India
The Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre was started on October 2, 1959. Following the dramatic escape of His Holiness the Dalai Lama during that period of mayhem, thousands of our fellow countrymen, leaving hearth and home, fled into neighboring countries so they could live as free human beings. The overwhelming majority of the refugees had brought nothing with them apart from the clothes they wore and what little provisions they could carry with them as they began the long and difficult trek over the Himalayas.
Tiger Hill is located in Darjeeling, in the Indian State of West Bengal, and is the summit of Ghoom, the highest railway station in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Morning transfer to Gangtok (105kms/4hrs), en route visit Teesta. At an altitude of 5500ft Gangtok is the capital of the state of Sikkim is a beautiful and clean town promising of the best monasteries and landscapes.. Evening free for individual activity and leisure, overnight at hotel.
Morning starts the half day sightseeing in and around this capital city of Sikkim, covering Chortan, Stupa, Institute of Tibetology (Closed on Sunday), Institute of Handicrafts and handlooms (Closed on Sunday) and, after Roomtek Monastery & Dharma Chakra Centre (24Kms/45Mins), the sect of the Kagyu order – one of the 4 major Tibetan Buddhist Sect (24Kms/45Mins).
Quaint Hindu temple with sweeping hilltop views, plus a cafe offering drinks & light bites.
Directorate of Handicrafts & Handlooms (DHH) was established in 1957 in order to promote manufacture and sale of various handicrafts, carpets, furniture etc. It's located at the zero point
Hanuman Tok is a Hindu temple complex which is located in the upper reaches of Gangtok, the capital of the Indian state of Sikkim. The temple is dedicated to lord Hanuman, and maintained by the Indian army.
The park's statuary and other displays the Ban Jhakri, or traditional shamanic healer who worships spirits living in caves around the falls. Ban means "forest", and jhākri means "healer". Banjhakri Falls is a natural waterfall sourced from springs at higher elevation. The cascade is approximately 30 metres
Tashi View Point is a perfect place to witness the brilliant surroundings like mountains, valleys and Gangtok itself. This famous tourist point is located at a distance of 8 km from the town and is mostly known for offering some of the best sunrise and sunset views. On a clear day you can see the Kanchenjunga and Siniolchu Peaks. Glimpse of famous monasteries of Gangtok, Phodong and Labrang can also be seen from the view point.
Chorten Stupa, Which is also known as Dro-dul Chorten is in Gangtok . The stupa was built by Trulshik Rinpoche, in 1945. Inside this stupa, a complete set of Dorjee Phurba, Kangyur relics (Holy Books) and other religious objects are there. There are around 108 prayer wheels around the stupa. This chorten is regarded as one of the most important chortens of Sikkim. There are several other small stupas around the main one.
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is a Tibet museum in Gangtok, Sikkim, India. The foundation stone of the institute was laid by the 14th Dalai Lama on 10 February 1957 and it was opened officially by the Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawahar lal Nehru on 1 October 1958.The NIT library holds one of the largest collections of Tibetan works in the world outside Tibet and a museum of Tibetan iconography and religious art. The institute's main building is an imposing monument and a splendid example of Sikkimese architecture.NIT offer plenty of insight and knowledge about Tibetan culture to their visitors and is a must visit place.
AM start for a half day trip to Tsomgo lake (12400ft), which is only 32kms from Gangtok City, the lake is almost about 1Km long, oval in shape and 15 mtrs deep. The lake is considered sacred by the local people, further 12Kms is Baba Mandir dedicated to soldier Harbhajan Singh. Evening free at Gangtok for shopping and individual activity.
Major "Baba" Harbhajan Singh (30 August 1946 – 4 October 1968) was an Indian army soldier who died in 1968 near the Nathu La in eastern Sikkim, India. He is revered as the "Hero of Nathula" by soldiers of the Indian army, who built a shrine in his honour. He was accorded the status of saint by believers who refer to him as the Baba (saintly father).
Tsomgo Lake, also known as Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake, is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim, some 40 kilometres from the capital Gangtok.
Morning after breakfast transfer to Kalimpong (80Kms / 02 Hours) and later the Local Sight Seeing In and Around Kalimpong City, covering Zong Dog Palri Fo- Brong Monastery (Durpin Dara Monastery ) ,Flower & Orchid Nurseries, Dello Hill. Evening free for individual activity. Overnight at Hotel.
Deolo Hill is one of the two hills that the town of Kalimpong stands between. The hill is 1,704 meters above msl and is the highest point of Kalimpong town. The hill is located north east of the town. It is one of the 2 hills between which the town is sandwiched, the other one being Durpin hill.With bit of a hike ,It offer stunning views of the town,Teesta river and the beautiful Ralli valley.The place also offers stunning sunrise view of Khangchendzonga.
Morning after breakfast departure transfer to Bagdogra Airport (75 Kms / 03 Hours). Tour Ends with sweet memories...