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Day 1 : Flight Delhi/Calcutta Bagdogra - Darjeeling ( By Flight: IC879: 1035 - 1225 Hrs)
Morning transfer to the airport to connect the flight to Bagdogra. On reaching Bagdogra we will be received by the botany expert who will accompany us for rest of the tour in Sikkim and Darjeeling. Bagdogra to Darjeeling is a three hours drive uphill through tea gardens and small towns. We will occasionally meet the famous Darjeeling toy train, huffing and puffing across our road.
Day 2 : Darjeeling
Early morning visit Tiger Hill for fabulous sunrise views of Mt.Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world at 28,156 ft. Mt. Everest and a host of other Himalayan giants are also seen on the horizon. On our drive back to the hotel we will stop at Ghoom, a Tibetan-Buddhist monastery. After breakfast we shall visit the old botanical gardens to see their collection of rare orchids and other plants. After lunch visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Tibetan Refugee Camp and the local market. Evening we will have a lecture by Prof. Pradhan or Prof. Chettri from the Botany Dept. of the local University, on the flora of Darjeeling and surrounding areas.
Day 3 : Darjeeling - Teesta Valley
This valley is dotted with pretty Darjeeling tea plantations. It offers lovely views of the Kalimpong and Darjeeling hills. It is only a two hours drive from Darjeeling and on the way we will be crossing a forest of Crytomaria Japonica and other pine trees. Here we will visit one of the tea gardens and see the processing of the famous Darjeeling teas. After a picnic lunch at the tea garden we will visit the Takdah orchid nursery which offers many varieties of orchids. Evening we drive back to our hotel in Darjeeling.
Day 4 : Darjeeling - Kalimpong
This day we take the route via Mongpoo which is known for its unique Cinchona plantation where the factory produces Quinine, the medicine for malaria. This place became famous during the time of the British raj. At that time there was a dense forest and it had become a paradise for botanical students. After lunch we drive towards Kalimpong, crossing the Teesta river. We will be passing through dense forests of Teak and Sal trees. Overnight in Hotel Himalayan which is associated with many historical events and famous personalities like Prince Peter of Greece and Heinrich Harrer. In the 1920's it used to be home for Everest expeditions.
Day 5 : 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 take over of Tibet it was the center of India's wool trade with that country, with Tibetan caravans wending their way down from the Tibetan plateau to trade wool for manufactured goods. Today Kalimpong is a holiday resort for its fabulous mountain views, bird watching, and walks in the hills. We will also visit a Lepcha home and have hot lunch with them experiencing the culture and life style of these simple peace loving people.
Day 6 : Kalimpong - Pemayangste
Today's' 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 variety's 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. Over night will be in a government-run tourist lodge called Mount Pandim, situated on top of a hill at the altitude of 7000 feet. From your bedroom windows you can see the magnificent Kanchenjunga massif which is only 35 miles away as the crow flies.
Day 7 : Pemayangste to Yuksum
The original capital of Sikkim, the tiny hill town of Yuksum is the base for treks and climbing expeditions to Mount Kanchenjunga and other important peaks. This day we walk to the coronation throne, Dubdi Monastery and the nearby jungles to see wild orchids like the Coelogyne and Dendrobium, as well as the indigenous flora of Sikkim.
Day 8 : Yuksum - Gangtok
The 5 hour drive from Yuksum to Gangtok passes lush green fields the famous large Sikkimese Cardamoms as well as Golden Rice.
Day 9 : Gangtok
Perched atop a ridge at a height of 1520 m. lies Gangtok, a quaint, colorful town. This small modernized town is the capital of Sikkim. Here we 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.
Day 10 : Gangtok to Lachung (2679 m)
122 kms and 6 hours drive. This area was recently opened to foreign visitors. We will be seeing the breathtaking landscapes of the northern part of Sikkim. Our drive takes us through lush green bamboo thickets intermingled with tropical flora and we arrive at the historical place of "Kabi Logstok" where the Lepchas and Bhutias had their brotherhood treaty. Later we pass scattered villages and terraced paddy fields. A few kilometers before reaching Mangan ( the capital of north Sikkim), we will cross the Ranga Rang bridge which is said to be one of the highest bridges in Asia. After Mangan the landscapes turn even more interesting as we encounter magnificent water falls ascending down steep mountain walls.
Day 11 : Lachung - Yumthang (3658 m.)
24 kms 2 hr. drive. This day we visit Shingba Rhododendron sanctuary set at 12000 ft. Here we find different varieties of Rhododendrons like the Triflorum, Hodgsonii, Dalhousiae, Cilatum, Cinnbarinum, Campanulatum etc. Yumthang is also rich in sulphur springs and even the kings of Sikkim have made their own bathing huts. The air starts to get cooler as you enter the valley, with towering peaks closing in from all sides. From this point Tibet is only 25 kms as the crow flies. Evening return back to our lodge in Lachung.
Day 12 : Lachung - Lachen
48 kms 3 hr. drive. This day we visit Lachen. This is famous for it's monastery built in the early 1800 century and also for the wide open valley.
Day 13 : Lachung - Gangtok
After breakfast visit Lachung monastery. before commencing the return drive. On our return drive we will make stop at different places and take short hikes to explore the country side. We will have a picnic lunch at Singhik, famous for its clear and unobstructed views of Kanchenjunga and its neighboring peaks.
Day 14 : Gangtok - Changu
Full day excursion to Tsangu lake (12000 ft) and the Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary. Changu Primula Preservation Plot contains plants on the verge of extinction that have been brought from various parts of Sikkim. Tsangu lake (Changu) was also opened to foreign visitors very recently. It falls on the Nathula pass highway which was one of the old trade routes to Tibet.
Day 15 : Gangtok - Bagdogra( By Road) – Calcutta/Delhi (By Flight: IC 819: 0855 - 1300 Hrs)
The 5 hours drive from Gangtok to Bagdogra follows the Teesta river to connect with your flight to Delhi. Met on arrival and transfer to the airport.
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