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Places Covered: Darjeeling-Mirik-Kalimpong-Gangtok-Lachung-Yumthang-Tsongmo Lake. About the Package: Access the most intriguing and uninhabited locations populated by birds and insects. The Snow capped mountains in the vicinity will surely calm you mind. The laid back folks as they ramble on about their daily chores and heart stoppingly beautiful locations will leave you twitching with excitement. Group size of minimun 2 pax required.
Upon our arrival at the nearest airport Bagdogra, where our assistant will meet you with transport to Darjeeling - about 3 hours. The journey through tea plantations and tiny villages takes us to Darjeeling. Built on top of a ridge, Darjeeling faces the Himalayasand provides a broad introduction to Nepalese culture in addition to its old colonial feel. Overnight comfortable stay in your hotel in Darjeeling (6700 ft.)
Early morning (@04:00AM), drive to the Tiger hill. Situated at an altitude of 8442 ft. 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. 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. You may take a joy ride in the famous Darjeeling "Toy Train", titled World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 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. Also visit 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 transfer to Kalimpong (3,950 ft.). On arrival, enjoy half day tour of Kalimpong Visiting Mangal Dham, Deolo Hill, Golf Garden, Durbin Monastery & Pine View Nursery. One can do Paragliding after reaching Deolo Hill on the direct/spot payment basis. After sightseeing, check in to hotel. Evening free. Overnight stay at Kalimpong.
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 Hotel in Gangtok and after lunch we will explore Gangtok town and local market. Overnight 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. You may also visit Zero Point – Yume Samdong (15,000 ft) by directly dealing with the Driver. Return to Lachung. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Gangtok. On arrval, check in to Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. 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 both Indians & Foreigners to visit this place. Back to hotel.
After breakfast, we drive to visit Institute of Tibetology at Deorali. The Institute of Tibetology was established in the year 1958 to promote research on the language and culture of Tibet as well as Mahayana Buddhism. It is home to a collection of almost 30,000 volumes on diverse subjects like astrology, philosophy, tantric and religion. Its vast wealth of Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts as well as statues and Thangkhas attracts scholars from all corners of the world. After this we check in the hotel and after lunch visit to the Enchey monastery, Institute of Cottage and handloom Industries run by the Government of Sikkim and then pay a visit to the flower show and drive to view the mountains from Tashi View point and walk down to explore Gangtok town. Overnight at hotel.
Drive to the nearest airport.
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STARTS FROM US$ - ON PER PERSON BASIS (MINIMUM PARTICIPANT 02 PERSON):
Premium – With 5 Star Equivalent Hotels - $ 2200
Deluxe – With 4 Star Equivalent Hotels – $ 1800
Superior – With 3 Star Equivalent Hotels - $ 1400
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Tour once commenced will strictly go as per the itinerary finalised. In case of events and circumstances beyond our control, we reserve the right to change all or parts of the contents of the itinerary for safety and well being of our esteemed passengers.
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Please note – Irrespective of above mentioned cancellations slabs – in case of cancellation of tour services after the booking is made with us – a minimum 10% service charges would be applicable.
In case you cancel the trip after commencement refund would be restricted to a limited amount that too would depend on the amount that we would be able to recover from the hoteliers we patronize. For unused hotel accommodation, chartered transportation and missed meals etc. we do not bear any responsibility to refund.
Where as in case of Cancellation before the commencement, it will take atleast two weeks time to refund the said amount.
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Any person who has a contagious disease is forbidden to travel, any person found during the tour with such a disease will be asked to leave the tour and will have to make their own arrangements to return home.