Known for the tea of the same name, Darjeeling is situated among Mt. Kanchenjunga and the great-eastern Himalaya. Travelling from Darjeeling into Pelling and Gangtok in the state of Sikkim, you will see colonial mansions, churches and Buddhist and Hindu temples. Here you are surrounded by beautiful gardens and can enjoy food that is a blend of Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian cuisines.
This is a private short stay package for the independent traveller.
DAY 1: BAGDOGRA TO DARJEELING
Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport you will be transferred to your Darjeeling hotel (approximately 3.5 hours).
DAY 2: DARJEELING
Rise early to visit Tiger Hill and Ghoom Monastery. Later, take a ride through the hills on the UNESCO World Heritage listed Toy Train. This afternoon tour Darjeeling, visiting the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park and the Tibetan Refugees Self-Help Centre. (B,L)
DAY 3: DARJEELING TO PELLING
Head north to Pelling, crossing into the state of Sikkim (approximately 6 hours). This afternoon, visit Khecheopalri Lake, which Buddhists believe is the emanation of a goddess. (B,L)
DAY 4: PELLING
Visit the Pemayangtse Monastery, the Rabdentse Ruins and Tashiding Monastery before driving to Gangtok (approximately 7.5 hours). A lunch box will be provided by your hotel in Pelling for today’s journey. (B,L)
DAY 5: PELLING TO GANGTOK
Visit the Rumtek and Enchey Monasteries, the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and the adjacent Do Drul and Jhang Chub Chortens. End the day at the Directorate of Handloom and Handicrafts, established to promote traditional Sikkimese art and handicrafts. (B,L)
DAY 6: GANGTOK
After breakfast, drive to Kalimpong (approximately 3 hours). Enjoy a city tour of Kalimpong including flower nurseries, the Sang Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery, offering panoramic views of the surrounding town and the Tharpa Choling Monastery, home to the Yellow Hat sect, to which the Dalai Lama belongs. Finish the day at the Thongsa Gumpa, a Bhutanese monastery and the oldest in Kalimpong. (B,L)
DAY 7: GANGTOK TO BAGDOGRA
After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Bagdogra airport (approximately 3 hours) where your arrangements end. (B)
#Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.
Note: Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park closed Thursdays year round. The Enchey Monastery, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Directorate of Handloom and Handicrafts and Tibetan Refugees Self-Help Centre are closed Sundays year round.