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A storehouse of natural bounties and cultural heritage, North East India is spectacular in every sense of the word. A holiday in the Eastern Himalayas spent capturing magnificent vistas and making friends with locals is sure to be a unique experience. Pick this North East India package by Make My Trip to come here, without having to deal with the hassles of planning a tour. Covering Gangtok, Pelling and Darjeeling, this itinerary includes sightseeing at prominent points of interest like Flower Show Centre, Darap Village, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Darjeeling Zoological Park. A visit to Do-Drul Chorten, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and Ghoom Monastery will be a glimpse into the rich Buddhist culture.
Day 1 : Gangtok
After reaching the Bagdogra Airport, you would be greeted by a MakeMyTrip representative and then you would travel to the hotel in Gangtok. The pleasant drive should take around 4 hours.
After reaching Gangtok, you would check-in at the hotel and then, spend the rest of the day at leisure. You could choose to explore the city on your own in the evening or spend the time enjoying the view of the valley from the hotel. For those wishing to know if luck favours them, a visit to the Casino (own expense) can be an exciting way to enjoy your evening before ending the day with a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel with a delicious dinner.
Day 2 : Gangtok
After enjoying the breakfast at the hotel, you would be picked up from the hotel at around 9 am and leave for a visit to the Changu Lake.
The lake derives its waters from melting snow of the mountains, a beautiful sight to witness. Earlier, the lamas used to study the colour of water and predict the future, a darker colour would indicate troublesome time in the coming year. Despite the colour that flows in the lake on your visit, the view of the lake and the surrounding mountains would surely leave a lasting impression.
You would also be visiting the Baba Mandir, a shrine dedicated to ‘Baba Harbhajan Singh’, a soldier of the Indian Army. He died in 1968 and the shrine was made to honour his wishes (he requested one of his friends in the dreams, for a Samadhi to be made for him). It is also believed that he guards the international boundary between India and China, and protects the people. Many people also hold the belief that the place has a healing spirit, and a bottle of water left there, could cure illness after consumption.
After returning back to Gangtok, you could explore the town on your own.
Later, return to the hotel for a delicious dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 3 : Gangtok
After breakfast you would go and explore Gangtok. You would be picked up from the hotel around 10 am. The city offers the opportunity to enjoy good food, shopping and to have memorable experience. Visit the most beautiful monastery in Sikkim, the Rumtek Monastery. After this, you would also visit the Do-Drul Chorten. You would also visit the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology that researches the religion, history, language, art and culture of Tibet and Tibetans. The museum and the library on the premises offer an insight into the culture.
The culture of any place is clearly visible in its art and handicraft. The Cottage Industry in Gangtok is no exception. Later, you would visit the Flower Exhibition Centre that houses a huge variety of flora. The center also holds an annual Orchid show and the indoor flower show is a very colorful experience.Next destination to visit is the Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom. You could pick-up shawls, carpets, the traditional choktse tables and other gifts items which deeply reflect the art of state.
Later, you would return to the hotel after the eventful day. Enjoy a delectable dinner at the hotel with an overnight stay.
Day 4 : Gangtok - Namchi - Pelling (127 kilometres| 6 hours)
In the morning after the breakfast, embark on a drive to Pelling which is approximately a six-hours from Gangtok. To cut the long journey short, enjoy a short stopover at the Char Dham & Samdruptse Hill in Namchi. At the Char Dham, you can see an 87 feet long statue of Lord Shiva surrounded by a replica of the 12 Jyotirlingas (a devotional object representing the god Shiva) and four Dhams (names of four pilgrimage sites in India). Apart from Chardham temple, here you can see Sai Baba Temple, Kirateshwar statue, etc. You would also get an opportunity to visit the Samdruptse Hill to see the 45m-high statue of Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) tinted with shimmering copper. Keep some time aside to see the fading historical photos of old Sikkim on the base of the statue and prayer room.Having explored the attractions of Namchi, continue your holiday to Pelling.
Later in the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner with an overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 5 : Pelling - Darjeeling (110 kilometres | 5 hours)
After breakfast, proceed for half day sightseeing to Waterfalls & Khecheopalri Lake (30 Kms / 6000 Ft / 1829 Mts).Afternoon, depart for Darjeeling
Rambi Waterfall and Darap Village which is a tiny hamlet of the Limboo community and many other small families like Bhutias, Chettris, Tamangs, Rais, Gurungs and Lepcha. With the background of the beautiful hills, Darpa Village boasts of solitary places, far away from the urban cacophony.
Thereafter, visit Khecheopalri Lake, one of the largest and biggest lakes in Sikkim. Most magical part of the lake is that despite its location amidst the forest, the surface of the lake remains clean. If any leave falls, the birds quickly pick it up. Before heading to the hotel, you will be also visiting Kanchenjunga Fall and Rock Garden.
Having explored the iconic attractions, head towards Darjeeling for an overnight stay at the hotel with a delicious dinner.
Day 6 : Darjeeling
Early morning, approx. 4.00 AM, you will visit Tiger Hill before the break of dawn, to see the sun rise over Mount Everest, the highest mountain peak in the world (subject to clear weather).On your way back stop at the Ghoom Monastery, the holiest monastery in Darjeeling and Batasia Loop. Return to hotel for breakfast. You will be driven Japanese Temple, Peace pagoda, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute & Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoogical Park (Closed on Thursday).
Visit to Happy Valley Tea estate.
Evening return to your hotel or walk around the streets of the colonial city Darjeeling. Enjoy a delectble dinner at the hotel with a comfortable Overnight stay.Note : If the local sightseeing is falling on Thursday (Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Zoological park is closed) we will provide visit to Dali Monastery and Ava Art gallery.
Also, if the local sightseeing is falling on Sunday (Tibetan Refugee Centre is closed) we will provide visit to Ava Art Gallery.
Day 7 : Darjeeling - Bagdogra (90 kilometers|3 hours)
After a leisure breakfast, drive to Bagdogra on time for flight to onward destination.
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* Some Advance Percentage of total booking amount
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Cancellation & Refund Policy :
* Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
* Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.
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