Day 01: 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.
Day 02: Darjeeling, sightseeing
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 inhabited by rare representatives of Himayalyan funa and those are 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, Tea Garden and Tea Factory, Peace Pegoda. Then in the evening we come back to the hotel. Leisure overnight.
Day 03: Transfer from Darjeeling to Pelling: 130 km, 5-6 hrs
Upon our breakfast, we drive for 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 lies 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. The Monastery was founded by Chahdor Namgyal in 1705. It 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-mar.
Day 04: Transfer from Peling to Yuksom Village: 25 km, 2 hrs
Today's our point of destination is Yuksom Village. On the way, we pay our visit to 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 which means Great Lake. The water is placid and crystal clear. Not a single leaf can be seen floating upon the lake. The ancient belief is that 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 for overnight.
Day 05: Yuksom, sightseeing
Upon today's juncture, we are going to spend in Yuksom, former capital of Sikkim. Yuksom was the first capital of Sikkim established in 1642 AD by Phuntsog Namgyal who was the first Chogyal, the then temporal and religious king of Sikkim. Yuksom means the meeting point of the three Lamas.
The town lies at the head of the Khangchendzonga National Park and is also the base camp for trekking to Mt. Khangchendzonga. Upon the completion of breakfast, our strolling starts with a walk to Dubdi Monastery. After sightseeing we will come back to our hotel for lunch. After lunch, we engage on sightseeing of the Throne of the first King of Sikkim. Then village walk around Yuksom in the evening.
Day 06: Transfer to Gangtok: 130 km, 6 hrs
Today after breakfast, we will be escorted to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. The drive to Gangtok passes lush green fields of the famous large Sikkimese Cardamoms as well as Golden Rice.
On the way to Gangtok, we offer our visit to Tashiding Monastery and Bon Buddhist Monastery. At evening, we check in at Hotel and have leisure overnight.
Day 07: Gangtok, sightseeing
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 greet us at this point. Some distant north, Sikkim monasteries along the North Sikkim highway are also visible from this point. Our next visit will be at Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom, Research Institute of Tibetology world-renowned for Tibetan Buddhism founded by Dalai Lama, Rumtek Monastery. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Transfer 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.
Day 09: Kalimpong Sightseeing
Our excursion within Kalimpong will be at Shri Diwakar Vahara Institute of Kalimpong and some other sightseeing places like Dello View point and Hat Bazar. Overnight at Kalimpong. There are a few Tibetan Buddhist Gompas in Kalimpong as well. Among them are Tharpa Choling Gompa belonging to the Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, Thongsa Gompa, of Bhutanese Monastery, Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa, five km south of the town centre at the end of the ridge, consecrated by the Dalai Lama.
In the evening, the 47km drive takes us back to Darjeeling. Overnight at Darjeeling.
Day 10: Farewell Sikkim-Darjeeling!!!
The Trip comes at an end today. Hence upon our 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.