On your arrival at Bagdogra airport/ Jalpaiguiri railway station/ Tenzing Norgay bus stand, meet our tour representative and straight away drive to Darjeeling.
Settled at a height up to 2050m, Darjeeling is listed among the most popular honeymoon destinations in India. The marvelous hill station attracts thousands of visitors from all parts of India and across the globe.
Referred to as the ‘queen of hills’, the exotic location has a number of attractions and tourist spots. The prime highlights of the place are Darjeeling Himalayan Railway- a UNESCO World Heritage Site and several tea estates. The hill station has all what a traveler requires for a perfect holiday.
Later, Check-in at a pre-booked hotel and settle down. In the evening either you can loosen up or go out for shopping. Some of the unique buys of Darjeeling are amazing kitchen wares, variety of teas, brass statue, woven fabrics and shimmering accessories.
Overnight stay in the hotel.
Get up early in the morning, around 3:45am, to drive to Tiger hill which is up to 8, 500ft surrounded by gorgeous beauty all around. Explore the highest point of the region and adore enchanting views from top, the snow-covered Himalayan ranges, Kanchenjunga (the third highest peak. In-addition, if it is a clear day you may also have an opportunity to see the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest.
Thereafter, on your way back to hotel, visit Ghoom Monastery and War Memorial and Batasia Loop. One among the most sanctified monasteries in Sikkim is the Ghoom monastery; a Tibetan Buddhist Gompa. You can check some lovely thangkas on the walls and rare Buddhist manuscripts inside the monastery. Another attraction, Batasia Loop, a scenic garden which is home to War Memorial, built in order to pay tribute to Gorkha soldiers of Darjeeling.
Get back to the hotel room, have breakfast and relax. Again get ready for local sightseeing in Darjeeling. We take you to some of the important places of interest in Darjeeling including Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (closed on Thursday), Passenger Ropeway, Tenzing and Gumbo Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center, Tea Estate, Natural history museum (Sunday closed) and Peace Pagoda.
Listed among the highest Zoos in India, Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park houses some rarely seen species of Red Panda, Siberian Tiger and Snow Leopard. The park was put up specially to conserve these endangered species of fauna. The best part of the Zoo is its lush greenery and serenity.
Talking about Tea Estate visit, there are a number of Tea estates in Darjeeling which boasts of varieties in teas of different flavors and tastes. In fact, large numbers of the families in Darjeeling are dependent on employment wages of these Tea Estates.
Other places of interest-
One of the finest ways to adore the beautiful Darjeeling is by Passenger Ropeway; India’s first passenger ropeway. Enjoy scenic views of mountains in Sikkim, River Rangeet and well-maintained green farms; Bengal Natural History Museum- exhibits a rich display of flora and fauna; Peace Pagoda- one of the most important places in Darjeeling that deserves your visit is Peace Pagoda. It was put up by Nichidatsu Fujii, as a symbol of world peace, to unite people of all caste and religion. The structure of the building symbolizes simplicity and sanctity.
Return back to your hotel and relax. Rest of the evening is free for you, either you can relax or just stroll around. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Today, post an unhurried breakfast, check-out from the hotel and get transferred to Kalimpong.
Overlooking the Teesta River, Kalimpong is an amazing hill station, located at a height up to 1250m above the sea level. The hill station houses numerous beautiful ancient monasteries, holy shrines and well-reputed educational institutions.
You c an also enjoy the location as a great picnic spot. Not to forget the wonderful markets which are full with Tibetan jewelries, artifacts, copperwares, handicrafts, masks and items made from bone.
Upon reaching Kalimpong, check-in at a booked hotel and settle down. Later, in the evening, you are free to roam around near by nurseries or shop at local markets. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Fourth day is set out to explore Kalimpong. Take your morning breakfast and proceed through scenic road to Forest museum (closed on Thursday), Deolo Hill, Hanuman Mandir, Dr. Graham Homes (school), Durpin Monastery, Mangaldham and Pine view nursery.
Scale the highest point of the region, 1704m above the sea level, Deolo hill; one among the two hills in between which Kalimpong town is setup. Relish some cherry time at Deolo hill, along with spectacular views of Kanchenjunga and scenic surrounding.
Durpin Monastery is another major attraction to visit in Kalimpong. The monastery is placed on Durpin Dara hill with two big cylinders each roughly 10ft high, on both the sides. As you turn the cylinders by a crank, the lever is so arranged that a bell would ring on each turn. You also get to see a row of prayer wheels.
One of the best features of Kalimpong is its various attractive nurseries. Visit the Pine view nursery boasting of a great collection of cactus in whole Asia. The breathtaking range of cactus would surely make you wonder about the cactus as a possibility in North Eastern parts too.
Get back to your hotel for overnight stay.
On fifth day of your Darjeeling- Kalimpong- Pelling- Gangtok tour, check out from the hotel and travel to Pelling via Jorethang (a town in South Sikkim).
Entirely surrounded by appealing scenery, Pelling is another important town that should not be missed during your trip. The place is popular for spectacular views of Himalayan range with snow-capped mount Pandim, Rathong, Kanchenjunga and Siniolchu and adding on to its beauty is the salubrious weather.
Situated at an altitude up to 2072m, there are several scenic places to explore in Pelling as when it comes to attractions, the place has a whole lot. From well-known monasteries to pristine lakes, the Pelling houses a number of attractions. Not to forget the varieties of Rhododendron and orchids making it a wonder land for plant lovers.
Afterwards, check-in at a hotel and rest down. You can spend your evening either by walking around the small town or go for markets which are full with hand woven carpets, traditional motifs, shawls and blankets in Lepcha leaves, Buddhist religious items, thangkas and paper products.
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