Arrive in Siliguri at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (68 km) / Bagdogra Airport (69 km) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Stand (62 km), met our tour representative. He would help you in taking an assisted transfer to Darjeeling.
Home to the World Heritage Train- the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) or the toy train, Darjeeling is an enchanting hill station. Lying at a height of 7100 feet above the sea level, Darjeeling has aromatic lush tea estates, tranquility in abundance, breathtaking scenery, Buddhist monasteries, bustling streets and several striking views.
After you arrive in Darjeeling, check- into the hotel. You can relax for a while. The evening is at leisure and you can spend it as per your own liking. Have a leisure walk up to the Mall or visit the local shopping centers to get your hands on some memorabilia. Over Night stay at Darjeeling.
Day 2 starts quite early. Get-up around 3:45 AM to drive towards Tiger Hill (11 km) to view sunrise over the Khangchendzonga Peak (subject to clear weather). One of the major attractions in Darjeeling, the route taking to you the hill, amid Oak forests, is an extremely refreshing one. It is advisable to start early top save yourself from traffic snarls up the hill. When the sun rises behind from the hill, it illuminates the Peak and looks like an orange-colored ball. Treat your eyes to the scenery and soak-in the tranquility.
On your way back, visit Ghoom Monastery- also called Yiga Choeling monastery, it is one of Darjeeling’s oldest gompas. Belonging to the Yellow sect of Buddhism, the construction of this monastery started in 1850. The statue of Maitreya Buddha, Lord Buddha of the future is the main attraction here. Next attraction is the War memorial, lying in the well-maintained garden, bounded by Batasia Loop. The memorial is built in the memory of Gorkha martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the wars to save their country. You can also opt for a ride in the toy train on the loop, offering enchanting landscape views.
Return to the hotel for breakfast and start the second leg of sightseeing including Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Ropeway, Tensing Gumpo Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center (Closed on Sunday), Tea Estate, Natural History Museum (Sunday Closed), Peace Pagoda
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park- Known all around the globe, it is popular for its conservation breeding programs of Red Panda, Tibetan Wolf, Snow Leopards and other endangered animal species of the Eastern Himalaya. Take a walk in the sprawling Tea estates to soak-in the serenity and refreshing aroma. The sight of greenery spread all around looks quite soothing. The Cable car ride on Darjeeling Rope way offers spectacular views Rangeet Valley. The white colored Peace-pagoda is a huge dome-like structure is another attraction here that has golden-colored Buddha statues in varied postures.
Overnight stay in Darjeeling
The day after breakfast is for a day’s trip to Mirik. Perched at an elevation of 1494 m above the sea level, Mirik is an off-beat destination that is becoming a popular tourist destination, near Darjeeling. The drive from Darjeeling to Mirik has a few scenic spots from where you can stop for photo opportunity. With Sumendu Lake in its mid-point, beautiful Mirik town is blessed with verdant tea gardens, landscaped gardens, cardamom groves and the mighty Himalayas. Spend the day here, indulging in activities like boating in Sumendu Lake and horse riding to explore the place.
In the evening, back to Darjeeling. On your way back, taka a stoppage at Pashupati Market (on the India-Nepal Border). You can get your hands on antiques, souvenirs, foreign goods and other knick-knacks.
in Darjeeling, the evening is free for visiting the Mall Road or the Local market area.
Overnight in Darjeeling.
Start your day with an early morning breakfast. Check-out formalities, followed by transfer to Kalimpong. Placed at the foothills of the Himalayas, the lush destination of Kalimpong is located at an altitude of 1250 meters above the sea level.
Offering a relaxed ambiance for a peaceful retreat, Kalimpong boasts of some of the most striking views of the Himalayan peaks. This bustling town has colonial-style architecture and Buddhist monasteries. The serenity spread all around the place attracts the tourists from all around. On arrival, complete the check-in formalities at the hotel.
Leave the hotel room to begin sightseeing in Kalimpong including the popular attractions such as Forest Museum (Closed On Thursday), Deolo Hill, Hanuman Mandir- a Hindu temple with a huge statue of Lord Hanuman that is near Durga temple, Dr Graham Homes, Durpin Monastery, Mangal Dham- another beautiful tranquil temple complex in Kalimpong that has temples of Lord Krishna and Guru Mangal Das Ji, Pine View Nurseries (Cactus Only)
Located on Durpin hill (1372 m), Durpin Gompa boasts of being the largest monastery of Kalimpong, formally known as Zangtok Pelri Phodang. Dalai Lama, in the year 1976, had consecrated this monastery. The Gompa is 5 km southwards of the town. When inside the monastery, do not miss the attractive religious murals. From the monastery’s terrace, enjoy nice views of Khangchendzonga. Started in 1900, by Dr JA Graham- a Scottish missionary, Dr Graham Homes is a school and an orphanage that co-educates children of the workers in tea-estates. The school structure is Scottish in architecture and the premise has a museum too. Once you get on the top of Deolo Hill, treat your eyes to the mesmerizing views of the Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain and the town. There is a well-maintained park too. Pony rides are offered for kids.
Stay overnight in Kalimpong.
Today, have your breakfast and begin driving towards Gangtok, the capital city of the north-eastern state of Sikkim.
Located at an elevation of 1600 meters above the sea level, the beautiful and peaceful hill town of Gangtok, is known to be one of the most popular tourist destinations of North-eastern region of the country. Its Buddhist monasteries, abundant lush scenery and pleasant climate allure honeymooners from all around. Hold hands in hands and admire the enchanting scenery of the town. Gangtok also houses a vast variety of butterflies, and colorful flowers like Orchids and Rhododendron.
On arrival, complete the check-in formalities at the hotel. Now you can rest for a while. The evening is at leisure. If you want, you can visit the very popular M G Road (Mall) to indulge in shopping and collecting memorabilia. Get your hands on woolen clothes, Thangka paintings, handicrafts and more. Overnight stay in Gangtok
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