Sikkim and Darjeeling Overland Tour-5 days
Darjeeling Tea Garden
The tour encompasses the best legacy of former British Empire in India. The deeper we traverse into Sikkim and Darjeeling the more we intertwined with nature.
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.
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 Sikkim:
Upon our arrival in Skikkm, we will be greeted by crew member from Himalayan Glacier. Our tour to Sikkim and Darjeeling begins the moments the representative from Himalayan Glacier escorts us through enticing views of tea states to Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim. Upon arrival at Gangtok, we check in at hotel and leisure overnight.
Today early in the morning, we make our excursion at Tashi View point, near about 8km 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. After having short excursion, we return back to the hotel for breakfast. At this juncture, 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 to be visited 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. Further, we also do not miss the opportunity to be at Research Institute of Tibetology, a world-renowned research center for Tibetan Buddhism. The research institute showcases the rare collection of antique like statues, antic manuscripts, thangkas etc. This Institute was founded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1957. Along in the evening, we will visit Rumtek Monastery which 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 Darjeeling:
Today after breakfast we will be escorted from Gangtok to Darjeeling - "The Queen of Hills". Upon arrival we check in hotel and have leisure overnight.
Today, our journey begin with our short excursion to Tiger Hill at early morning to see the view of sunrise over Mt. Kanchendzonga. Upnon return to the hotel way, we will visit Yiga-Choling (Ghoom). Then, after breakfast we stroll around Darjeeling for sightseeing. At this juncture, we 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. Our next visit will be at 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.
Farewell to Sikkim!!!
Today after breakfast we will be escorted to Bagdogra Airport for our flight onward. We return to our destination keeping enticing memories of Sikkim and Darjeeling.
- 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.
At dawn we will be served with a nice cup of warm tea. Upon our refreshment we will be escorted on our jeep to some high view point. After approximately 2-3 hours of morning excursion, we will take a breakfast and continue day with main sightseeing program. After a relaxing lunch, we will typically spend 3-4 more hours for sightseeing and acquaintance with local culture. Finally, we will have a best good night before starting all over again the next day's trip.
Best time to visit this region is from September till June. We keep July and August as Monsoon.
Trip Start Dates & Price
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