Places Covered: Darjeeling-Mirik-Kalimpong-Gangtok-Lachung-Yumthang-Tsongmo Lake
Upon our arrival at the nearest airports Bagdora where our assistant will meet you with transport to Darjeeling - about 3-4 hours. The journey through Assam tea plantations and tiny villages takes us to Darjeeling. Built on top of a ridge, Darjeeling faces the Himalayas and provides a broad introduction to Nepalese culture in addition to its old colonial feel. Overnight comfortable stay in your hotel in Darjeeling (2130m)
Early morning drive to the Tiger hill. Situated at an altitude of 2590 meters Tiger hill has earned international fame for the magnificent view of the sunrise. The majestic peak Kanchenjunga (8596 mtrs) rears up flanked by Mt.Kabru and Mt Pandim to the far left are Everest, Makalu and Lhotse. Other peaks visible from here are Mt. Jano, Mt. Nar sing, Mt. Frey peak, Mt. Sinolchu etc. After Tiger Hill visit Yiga Choling Monastery of Ghoom. Take a joy ride in the famous Darjeeling "Toy Train", titled World Heritage Site by UNESCO. After breakfast visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, a high altitude wildlife Zoo with the most successful captive breeding center for Snow leopard and Red Panda. After this visit, you may proceed to Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center and then Tea Garden. Evening free for market Overnight at Hotel
After breakfast, head towards Mirik. Mirik is a beautiful hill town of Darjeeling district and a frequently visited tourist hub of West Bengal. Mirik Lake is the central attraction of Mirik and this is where you are likely to spend most of your time. This 1.25km natural lake is known as Sumendu Lake. The lake is at the lowest altitude in Mirik (at 4,900ft). Far ahead towards north you can see the mountains, and on a clear day you can even get nice views of the Kanchenjunga snow peaks. There is a lovely 80-ft long arch footbridge bridge across the center of the lake which joins the eastern bank with the western bank. One of the most popular activities in the lake is paddle boating. Another popular activity here is horse riding which is a favorite to the children. Bokar Ngedon Chokhor Ling monastery, located at the highest point of Mirik at an altitude of 5,800ft. The monastery follows the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism which is the most widely practiced one. Back to Darjeeling. Overnight at hotel
After breakfast drive to Kalimpong. Kalimpong considered as the oldest town in hills of Darjeeling was once the head quarter of Bhutanese Governor, the word Kalim means “ Minister” and pong is “stronghold”. It is also called Kalibong or the “Black spur” by the locals and to the local Lepcha it is known as Ka (we) –LEM (play) – PONG ( ridge), ” The ridge where we play”. Kalimpong was silk route to the Tibet and also famous center of eastern and central Tibetan wool trade. Before check in to the hotel we will visit flower nursery and after lunch we will visit church ,Thongsa Bhutanese Monastery and very famous Durpin Gumba and local market in the evening. Overnight at Hotel
Transfer to Gangtok. After Breakfast, drive to Gangtok which is the fourth and present capital of Sikkim. On the way we visit very famous Rumtek Monastery which is belong to Karma Kargyupa sect. Monastery was built in 1717 and it was renovated in 1960 by Gyalwa Karmapa sixtheen. And after this visit we drive to Gangtok and after lunch we will explore Gangtok town and local market. Over night at hotel
After breakfast drive to North Sikkim. Enroute visit Phodong Monastery. Built by the Chogyal Gyrumed Namgyal in the early eighteenth century, it is one of the important monasteries of Sikkim following the Kagyupa sect. The journey is lined with magnificent waterfalls and lush green forests. Overnight hotel
After breakfast drive to Yumthang. The road runs along the valley with snow capped mountains rising high up on either side. The journey is lit up with flaming Rhododendrons and other mountain flowers. A visit to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, the only place where R. niveum, the state tree of Sikkim is found. The entire stretch to Yumthang valley and beyond to Yumesamdong have hillsides covered with white R. ciliatum, purple R. niveum, R. arboreum, and forests of R. hodgsonii and R. thomsonii, all growing in their native habitats – here you are in Rhododendron heaven. Yumthang is a wide valley where the local herdsmen from Lachung camp their herds of yaks and cattle during summer. Return to Lachung. Overnight hotel
Back to Gangtok Overnight at hotel
The lake is about 1 km long and oval in shape, 50ft deep . This is an alpine zone and snowbound from December to April and the lake is regarded extremely Holy and head of all lakes in Sikkim and attracts 99% of tourists visiting Gangtok, Sikkim. Tsomgo Lake is literally known as "source of the lake " in Bhutia language. It lies on the Gangtok Nathu-La highway. It falls in the restricted area and hence an inner line permit is required by Indians to visit this place. Back to hotel
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing such as Hanuman Tok, Ganesh Tok, Himalayan Zoological Park, Gangtok Ropeway, Tashi View Point, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Enchey Monastery, Do drul Chorten, Handicraft & Handloom Centre, Permanent Flower Show. Explore local Market in the evening. Overnight at hotel
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