Sikkim and Darjeeling Tour-7 days
Darjeeling Tea Garden
If we are looking for a tour in the paradise of Indian Himalayas, look no further - join Himalayan Glacier's Sikkim and Darjeeling Tour in the lap of world's third highest mountain Mt. Kangchendzonga (8586m/28,162 ft). Sikkim and Darjeeling provide the perfect setting of Himalaya Mountains with their gentle climate, green hills, pine forests, and valleys with long long stretches of green tea gardens. Sikkim is a region influenced by Buddhism. With number of Buddhists temples, monasteries and learning centers, Sikkim depicts the culture and value of the Sikkimese version of Buddhism. A stronghold of Tibetan Buddhism, Sikkim is home to over two hundred monasteries, mostly inhabited by the Lepchas, Nepalese, Tibetans, Indians, and Bhutanese. The region was opened to the foreigners only recently. Darjeeling, chosen by the British Raj as their hill resort for its mild climate and scenic beauty, is still a popular hill station both among the Indian and international travelers.
The tour begins with our arrival at Darjeeling, and which way we lamd to Darjeeling depends on from where we are travelling. Himalyan Glacier's local representative greets us at Bhadrapur Airport (Nepal Border), if we are 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, Himalya Glacier's local representative will meet us at the respective stations. From Darjeeling, we head toward Kalimpong, and then to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Then we move on to Pelling and also visit the Khechopalri Lake. While returning back to Darjeeling, we make a sightseeing tour of various places including Mt. Kanchendzonga.
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 and transfer to Kalimpong:
Our Sikkim and Darjeeling tour begins today. In the morning, we meet the local representative from Himalayan Glacier at Phuntsholing (Bhutan Border) or Bhadrapur Airport (Nepal Border) or Bagdogra Airport (flights connect from Delhi and Kolkata). At our arrival we will be escorted to Kalimpong. Check in at Hotel at Kalimpong. Leisure overnight.
Kalimpong Sightseeing and transfer to Gangtok:
Today at first, we pay our visit to some of sightseeing places in Kalimpong like Dello View point and Hat Bazar. There are few Tibetan Buddhist Gompas in Kalimpong as well. Among them are, the Tharpa Choling Gompa. After sightseeing we have to break forLunch. After lunch we will driver for Gangtok. Check in at Hotel at Gangtok and have Leisure overnight.
Sightseeing in Gangtok: 130 km, 6 hrs
Today at the fresh morning, we make our first visit to Tashi View point about 8 km From Gangtok. It is a resting shed. Astounding views of Khangchendzonga and the Siniolchu Range are the main attractive of this point. The distant north Sikkim monasteries are also visible from this point along the North Sikkim highway. Then, we come back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, we visit at Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms or Government Institute of Cottage Industries, Enchey Monastery, Research Institute of Tibetology, and Rumtek Monastery. Over night in Gangtok.
Transfer from Gangtok to Pelling: 126km, 4 hrs
Today at the completion of our early breakfast, we will be escorted to Pelling. Pelling is a small town in western Sikkim. The drive will be 126km and will take 4 hours. On the way, we pay our visit to Pemayangtse Monastery, and Rabdenste Palace Ruins. Over night in Pelling
Upon our breakfast, we visit to Khechopalri Lake. The name Khechopalri means Lake of birds in pleasant mountains, but Sikkimese call it Tsho-Sho which means Great Lake. Khechopalri lake (1780m) lies in a depression surrounded by prayer flags and forested hills. The tranquility of the lake is mood elevating. After the visit to the lake, we come to the hotel for lunch. After lunch we head for Darjeeling.
Today early in the morning, we will be at Tiger Hill to see the view of sun rise over Mt Kanchendzonga. On our return trip, we also visit at Yiga-Choling(Ghoom) monastery. After breakfast, we make a sightseeing trip around Darjeeling, some of the places we visit within Darjeeling include Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tea Garden and Tea Factory. In the evening back to the hotel.
Farewell Sikkim - Kalimpong - Darjeeling:
Our whole tirip comes to an end today! Upon the completion of our breakfast we will be escorted to Phuntsholing (Bhutan Border) or Bhadrapur Airport (Nepal Border) or Bagdogra Airport (flights connect from Delhi and Kolkata) for our flight for onward tour.
- 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 and single sharing basis including the trip cost and are 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, Himalayan Hotel or similar in Kalimpong.
Since the tour is designed on twin sharing basis, we share room with our fellow travelers. In case of our preference for single rooms or in case of odd number of group members, Himalayan Glacier makes arrangement for single Supplement upon the cost of USD 455.
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
We as an international visitor requires visa for India. Entry permit does not require for citizens of neighboring countries Nepal and Bhutan. We have to obtain visa for India from the Indian Embassy in our home country before traveling to traveling to 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.
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