Sikkim and Darjeeling are the two famous Himalayan regions in northeast India. Sikkim is one the least explored Himalaya regions. Darjeeling is an elegant hill town in the environs of the Himalayan Mountains in northeast Indian state.
The town is globally much-admired as one of the most scenic hill towns around the globe. It is in the lap of the third-highest hill peak Kanchenjunga and popularly known as the “Queen of Hills” due to its towering beautiful hill peaks. The beautiful town is also home to several wonderful tourist attractions which never fail to allure the vacationers.
In our list below, we have included some top classic trips in the northeast India. We have also included some handcrafted tours designed by Himalayan Glacier Travel Experts.
Here are listed the top three classic Sikkim-Darjeeling tours.
Sikkim and Darjeeling Overland Tour encompasses the best legacy of the former British Empire in India. Sikkim offers a wide potential in tourism that has yet largely remained unexploited. The deeper we traverse into Sikkim and Darjeeling the more we intertwined with nature. Sikkim, a former kingdom with the fascinating Himalayas is in Eastern Himalayas spreading below Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,534m), the third-highest mountain in the world.
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. Likewise, 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 entices nature enthusiasts.
Discover Sikkim and Darjeeling Tour is another choice if you are looking for a tour in the paradise of the Himalayas. This tour takes you into the heart of land Himalayan hill station that is Darjeeling situated in the lap of the world’s third-highest mountain Mt. Kangchendzonga (8586m). Sikkim and Darjeeling provide the perfect setting of the Himalaya mountains with their gentle climate, green hills, pine forests, and valleys with long stretches of green tea gardens. Sikkim is a region influenced by Buddhism.
With a number of Buddhist 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. Furthermore, Darjeeling, chosen by the British Raj as their hill resort for its mild climate and scenic beauty, is still a popular hill station among travelers.
Enchanting Sikkim, Kalimpong, and Darjeeling Tour is a getaway to explore Darjeeling, Gangtok, and Kalimpong, three of the most popular destinations in the Eastern Himalayas. Darjeeling, with the 8,586 meters 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. You can enjoy a ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
The 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 Tiger Hill. Like Darjeeling and Kalimpong, Sikkim is also a popular tourist destination, it takes about 4 hours to reach Gangtok of Sikkim. The drive from Darjeeling to Sikkim is on a winding uphill mountain road with views of scenic hills. There are also some famous Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Gangtok, which are prime attractions to the Buddhists.
These classic tours to northeast India will amaze you with the local culture, exotic views and serene environment. Furthermore, We also have some exclusive, locally-designed tailor-made trips to Darjeeling and Sikkim.
Under the Foothills of Mt. Kanchendzonga: Overland Tour
Under the Foothills of Mt. Kanchendzonga: Overland Tour helps you to discover Sikkim’s untouched timeless land with extraordinary beautiful soaring mountains, plunging rivers, lush tropical forests, vivid flowers, birds, butterflies, verdant terraced hillsides, simple stilted villages, and colorful temples and monasteries. You are traveling in a region that is full of amazing land of hidden valleys, mystical monasteries, snow-fed lakes, and mountain settings covered with flowers and forests.
In the same way, Darjeeling provides the perfect ambiance of a hill resort with its mild climate, verdant hills, and valleys interspersed with vast stretches of lush green tea gardens. Heavily influenced by British India, Darjeeling still carries imprints reminiscent of its colonial past. The toy train is one of the most striking examples of Darjeeling’s British Raj influence.
Furthermore, Sikkim is a region influenced by Buddhism, with a number of Buddhist temples, monasteries, and learning centers that depict the culture and value of the Sikkimese version of Buddhism. Indeed, you too enjoy the spectacular views of the Kanchendzonga region.
View of Mt. Kanchendzonga
View of Mt. Kanchendzonga also known as Dzongri Trek is the best choice for an extraordinary mountain adventure trek into the hinterlands of Mt. Kanchendzonga. The trek lies in Sikkim in the Eastern-Himalayan foothills bordering Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. The trek takes you from less than 4,000 ft to 16, 400 ft height within about 40km’s drive. It will be the best choice for those who wish to experience a truly spectacular alpine trek with forests of oak, chestnut, pine, maple, magnolia, and rhododendron.
The attractions of the trek include the great preview of a variety of Sikkim’s biodiversity encompassing beautiful rhododendron flowers, bird population, and some amazing views landscapes, and of course the majestic Himalayan peaks. The trail runs through the meadows of Dzongri at 4,000m with exceptional mountain views.
The snow-covered mountains, lush dense green valleys, and the extravaganza of nature’s beauty bewilder one’s soul. The trek route you undertake lies inside Kanchenjunga National Park. The trek would start from Yuksom. The destination is Dzongri which offers a great view of Kanchendzonga. Yuksom village is the last motorable point before we embark on the trek to Dzongri.
Glimpses of Mt Kanchendzonga: Sikkim, Kalimpong, and Darjeeling Tour
Glimpses of Mt Kanchendzonga: Sikkim, Kalimpong, and Darjeeling Tour cover the most preferred places by British Empire in India. The tour basically revolves around the magnetic views of Kanchenjunga. Sikkim, a former kingdom with the fascinating Himalayas is in Eastern Himalayas spreading below Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,534m), the third-highest mountain in the world.
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. Another hot spot within this trip is Kalimpong. Kalimpong is famous for its ethnic and cultural melting point. Its majestic Nepalese cultural setting accommodates Indian polity, Hinduism and Buddhism.
Darjeeling, another hot spot of this trip is internationally known for its tea industry. Darjeeling provides the perfect ambiance of a hill resort with its mild climate. With the magical aura of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Darjeeling intoxicates nature enthusiasts.
These enchanting regions of Darjeeling and Sikkim attracts hundreds of local and international tourists every year. If you are thinking about a tour to the northeast India, you can always plan a customized trek with Himalayan Glacier.