Glimpses of Mt Kanchendzonga: Sikkim, Kalimpong and Darjeeling Tour-10 days
The 10 days tour covers the mostly preferred and developed places by British Empire in India. The tour basically revolves around the magnetic views of Kanchenjunga.
Sikkim, a former kingdom with fascinating Himalayas is situated in Eastern Himalayas spreading below Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,534m), the third highest mountain in the world. Sikkim squeezed in between the mountainous kingdoms of Bhutan and Nepal offers a wide potential in tourism that has yet largely remained unexploited. With multicultural touch, this yet to be explored tiny state in India is full of snow-capped mountains, lush green tropical and temperate forests, gurgling streams and the rich flora and fauna - a true Shangri-La.
Another hot spot within this trip is Kalimpong. Kalimpong is famous for ethnic and cultural melting point. With its majestic Nepalese cultural setting accommodates Indian polity, Hinduism and Buddhism. This small town in North East India is also hub of trade between Nepal and Bhutan.
Darjeeling, another hot spot of this trip is internationally known for its tea industry. Situated in North East India, just south of Sikkim, Darjeeling provides the perfect ambiance of a hill resort with its mild climate. With the magical aura of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Darjeeling intoxicates the nature enthusiasts within nature's peaceful milieu.
This trip overall leave visitors in a state of pure blessedness.
Important Note and Optional Activities
Your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Day to Day Itinerary
Arrival in Darjeeling:
Today your exciting tour to Sikkim and Darjeeling begins. Representative of our crew meets you at the point of your arrival. Transfer to Darjeeling. Check in at the hotel and leisure overnight.
Today starts with the transfer to Tiger Hill at early morning to see the view of sunrise over Mt. Kanchendzonga. At the back to the hotel way we will visit Yiga-Choling (Ghoom). Then, after breakfast out sightseeing around Darjeeling starts. We will visit Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, inhabited by rare representatives of Himalayan fauna: Siberian tiger, Himalayan black bear, red panda, snow leopard and many other animal and bird species. Next places for visiting are Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center, also known as a major center for the production of Tibetan carpets, woodwork and leather goods, and famous Tea Garden and Tea Factory of Darjeeling.
Transfer from Darjeeling to Pelling (130 km, 5-6 hours):
After breakfast we depart to Pelling, a small town in western Sikkim. There are a few interesting places for visiting on our way. First place is Pemayangtse Monastery, the premier monastery of Sikkim. It lays near about 118 km from Gangtok at the altitude 2085 m. It is the second oldest monastery of Sikkim and belongs to Nyingmapa Buddhist school. Monastery was founded by Chahdor Namgyal in 1705. There are contains numerous antique idols and objects of worship. Annual Chaam dance is held on the 28th and 29th day of the 12th month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. Dressed in costumes of rare magnificence the lamas represent Mahakala and Guru Drag-dmar. The dance ends on the third day with the unfurling of the Ghyo-ku - a gigantic embroidered Buddhist scroll as the devotees bend down. Next place is Rabdenste Palace Ruins. There was second capital of Sikkim in the past. Tensung Namgyal, the 2nd spiritual leader of Sikkim, established it in the late seventeenth century. Presently the Rabdentse Palace is ruined, but preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India. Check in at Hotel at evening time and leisure overnight.
Transfer to Yuksom Village 35 km, 4 hrs with Khechopalri Lake:
Today's point of destination is Yuksom Village. On the way we are going to visit Khechopalri Lake, one of a few sacred lakes of Sikkim. The name Khechopalri means "Lake of birds in pleasant mountains", but Sikkimese call it Tsho-Sho aslo, what means "Great Lake". The water is placid and crystal clear. Not a single leaf can be seen floating: there is an ancient belief, if a leaf drops on the surface of the water it is picked by a bird. Khechopalri lake lies in a depression (1780m) surrounded by prayer flags and forested hills. The tranquillity of the lake is mood elevating. Check in at Hotel at Yuksom. Check in the hotel in Yuksom
We are going to spend this day in Yuksom, former capital of Sikkim. Day starts with a walk to Dubdi Monastery after breakfast. After sightseeing we will come back to our hotel for lunch. And afternoon awther . Then by lunch back to the Hotel. After lunch we will do sightseeing of the Throne of the first King of Sikkim. Then walk around Yuksom village in the evening.
Transfer to Gangtok (130 km, 6 hours):
Today after breakfast we have a transfer to the capital of Sikkim - Gangtok. On the way to Gangtok we will visit Tashiding Monastery, Buddha Park and Bon Buddist Monastry. At evening time check in at Hotel and leisure overnight.
Today early morning we are going at Tashi View point, near about 8 km from Gangtok. Astounding view of Khangchendzonga and the Siniolchu Range is the main attraction of this point. Some distant north Sikkim monasteries along the North Sikkim highway are also visible from this point. We are coming back to the hotel for breakfast. Now we are ready to start our today's program. First we will visit Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms (also known as Government Institute of Cottage Industries), established by Government to promote the manufacturing and selling of authentic and traditional arts and handicraft: blankets and shawls in "Lepcha" weaves, thankas, wooden decoration etc. Next point is Enchey Monastery. This small hermitage was built by lama Druptob Karpo (renowned for his power of flying) after he flew at this place from Maenam Hill in South Sikkim more than 200 years ago. Also we can not go by Research Institute of Tibetology, a world-renowned research center for Tibetan Buddhism. There is rare collection of antique like statues, antic manuscripts, thangkas etc. This Institute was founded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1957. And along toward evening we will visit Rumtek Monastery. It lays near about 24 km From Gangtok in a lovely landscape. The first monastery was built in 1717 by Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal, but then was destroyed by the earthquake and aging. His Holiness 16th Gyalwa Karmapa constructed the second monastery in 1960. Overnight in the hotel.
Transfer to Kalimpong (80 km, 3-4 hours):
Today after breakfast we have a transfer from Gangtok to Kalimpong. This small town is established like a trading node between Bhutan and Tibet. Check in at the hotel and leisure overnight.
At kalimpong, There are few Tibetan Buddhist Gompas in Kalimpong as well. Among them are, the Tharpa Choling Gompa Durbin Monastry and other sightseeing places like Dello View point and Hat Bazar ( this was the Bazar in old days when they use to have trade to Tibet the horses use to stop here and the Silk route to Tibet starts from Here). Then, the evening will be leisure free. Overnight at Kalimpong.
Farewell to Sikkim!!!
Today after breakfast we be delivered to Bagdogra Airport for flight to Delhi and Kolkata, Bhadrapur Airport( Nepal Border) or Phuntsholing( Bhutan Border) for our flight onward. Our warm memories of this journey in Sikkim, Kalimpong and Darjeeling will leave with us.
- All airport/hotel transfers
- Welcome drinks
- Accommodation in 3 star hotel on twin sharing basis
- All meals
- Transportation by Tavera AC Vehicle and Sightseeing in Gangtok with Maruti Van (as Government rule) on the basis 3-4pax in one vehicle.
- Services of English speaking escorts/guide all throughout the tour
- Monuments fees & Entry Fees during sightseeing
- Services of porters at Airport and hotels
- Toy Train Ride as for the ticket available
- All government and local taxes
What's Not Include
- Indian visa fee
- Air or train fare to and from Sikkim
- Vehicle will be used only for 8hours or 180km in a Day
- Meals apart from the itinerary above
- Excess baggage charges
- Expenses of personal nature such as laundry, alcohols, tips etc
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Any extra activities & optional tours, apart from the Itinerary
- Tips for guides and porters
- Any other expenses incurred in the tour apart from those mention in the cost include part
All accommodations are in three star hotels on twin sharing basis. The trip cost is inclusive. All accomodations are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard of service, quality of food and excellence of location. Himalayan Glacier employs 4 star hotels in India and those are New Elgin Hotel or Similar in Darjeeling, and Norkhill Hotel or Similar in Gangtok.
Since the tour is designed on twin sharing basis, we share room with our fellow traveler. But in case of your preference for single rooms or in case of odd number of group members, Himalayan Glacier charge USD 325 as single supplement.
All our meals are included during our stay in the tour. A variety of meals are available in most hotels and the most popular dishes are Indian, Chinese, continental and local food.
Visa and Travel Procedures
All visitors need a visa for India, except citizens of neighboring countries Nepal and Bhutan. Your Indian visa must be obtained from the Indian Embassy in your home country before arriving in India.
Soon after first light your guide will knock on your door and will offer you a nice cup of warm tea. After freshening up, you will be picked up by your jeep to some high view point. After approximately 2-3 hours of morning walking you will take a breakfast it the hotel and continue day with main sightseeing program. After a relaxing lunch, you will typically spend 3-4 more for sightseeing and acquaintance with local culture. Finally, it`s off to bed for a well earned night`s rest before starting all over again the next day.
Trip Start Dates
We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date.
Best time to visit this region is from September till June. We keep July and August as Monsoon.
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us.