|Destination:||India||Trip Cost:||$850 USD|
|Group size:||2-12 people||Max-Altitude:||1,650m/5,410ft|
|Arrival on:||Sikkim, India||Departure from:||Bagdogra, India|
|Accommodation:||Three star hotel|
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.
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.
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.