Explore Darjeeling, Gangtok and Kalimpong, three of the most popular destinations in the Eastern Himalayas. Darjeeling, with the 8,586 meter Mt. Khangchendzonga looming over the northern horizon, is hemmed in by Sikkim in the north, Nepal in the west and Bhutan in the east. The town is known as the "Queen of the Hills" and gives its name to the celebrated Darjeeling Tea. Enjoy a ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, recognized as a World Heritage Railway by the UNESCO. The toy train is one of the most striking examples of Darjeeling's British Raj influence. Perhaps, the most famous attraction of Darjeeling is the sunrise from the Tiger Hill. Like Darjeeling and Kalimpong, Sikkim is also a popular tour destination, it takes about 4 hours to reach Gangtok of Sikkim. The drive from Darjeeling to Sikkim is on a winding up-hill mountain road with the views of scenic hills. There are also some famous Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Gangtok, which are prime attractions to the Buddhists.
The tour begins upon our arrival at Darjeeling, and which way we come to Darjeeling depends upon from where we are travelling. Himalayan Glacier's local representative will greet us at Bhadrapur Airport (Nepal Border), if we're coming via Nepal or at Phuentsholing (Bhutan Border) if we are coming via Bhutan or at Bagdogra Airport, if we are flying from Delhi or Calcutta. In case, we are taking a train to the nearest railway station, either at New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri, Himalayan Glacier's local representative will welcome us at the respective stations.
Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount concern while 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, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group 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.
What Is Included
- 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 Is Not Included
- 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
Our all accommodations will be trip cost inclusive in three star hotel on twin share basis. Further, accommodations will be chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, and location. Himalayan Glacier employs New Elgin Hotel or similar in Darjeeling, Norkhill Hotel or Similar in Gangtok, and Himalayan Hotel or similar in Kalimpong. Since the tour is designed on twin sharing basis, we share room with our fellow traveler. In case our preference for single rooms or in case of odd number of group members, Himalayan Glacier manages single supplement upon the cost of USD 455.
Day to Day Itinerary
Arrival in Darjeeling:
Upon arrival, our esteemed Sikkim and Darjeeling tour begins today. At the dawn, we meet the local representative at Phuntsholing (Bhutan Border) or Bhadrapur Airport (Nepal Border) or Bagdogra Airport (flights connects from Delhi and Kolkata). Our guide escorts us to Darjeeling. We check in at Hotel at Darjeeling. Leisure overnight.
Today early in the morning, we pay our visit to Tiger Hill to see the view of sun rise over Mt Kanchendzonga. While returning, we make our visit to Yiga-Choling (Ghoom) Monastery as well. Upon the completion of strolling around the monsatery we return to the Hotel for Darjeeling Tea Breakfast. After breakfast, we will be escorted for sightseeing around Darjeeling. Some of the places we visit include Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center, Tea Garden and Tea Factory, Peace Pegoda. Then in the evening we come back to the hotel. Leisure overnight.
Drive to Gangtok:
Today after breakfast, we take a 4-5 hrs drive (105 km) from Darjeeling to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Check in at hotel at Gangtok. Leisure overnight.
Today early morning, we visit Tashi View point about 8 km from Gangtok. It is a resting shed. Astounding view of Khangchendzonga and the Siniolchu Range is the main attractive of this point. The distant north Sikkim monasteries are also visible from this point along the North Sikkim highway. Then we back to the hotel for breakfast. After having breakfast, we pay our tour visit to Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms or Government Institute of Cottage Industries, Enchey Monastery, Research Institute of Tibetology, Rumtek Monastery in evening free at Leisure wal around Gangtok Market. Leisure overnight.
Drive to Kalimpong: 80 km, 3-4 hrs
Today upon our breakfast, we drive 80 km from Gangtok to Kalimpong, a small town established for the Trade with Bhutan and Tibet by India. Check in at Hotel at Kalimpong. 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.
Today after breakfast, we will be escorted to Phuntsholing (Bhutan Border) or Bhadrapur Airport (Nepal Border) or Bagdogra Airport (flights connects from Delhi and Kolkata) for our flight for onward tour with wonderful memories of tour of Sikkim Kalimpong and Darjeeling.
Visa and Travel Procedures
All visitors need a visa for India, except citizens of neighboring countries Nepal and Bhutan. Indian visa must be obtained from the Indian Embassy in your home country before traveling to India.
All our meals are included during our stay in the tour. A variety of meals available will be served in most hotels – the most popular being Indian, Chinese, continental and local food.
Best time to visit this region is from September till June. We keep July and August as Monsoon.
Trip Start Dates and Price
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