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Places Covered: Darjeeling - Tarey Bhir - Rinchenpong - Yuksom - Kewzing - Marthan - Gangtok - Kalimpong.
Arrival at Bagdogra Airport. Meet our representative and drive towards Darjeeling. Darjeeling, one of the most beautiful hill station is generally called the “ Queens of the hills”. It has all attributes of a queen like glamour and beauty of evergreen hills around, green tea gardens at her feet and Mt. Kanchenjunga as her crown. In Sanskrit, Durjaya linga means “Shiva of invincible power who rules the Himalayas”. Darjeeling is northern district of West Bengal, which shares its border with Sikkim in the north, Nepal in the west, Bhutan in the east and Bangladesh and plains of Bengal in the south. Overnight at hotel.
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, drive to Turuk village. On the way to Turuk Village we come across beautiful Tea Gardens and many villages. And after crossing Teesta river we will enter Sikkim through Melli Check point and from that end we drive up hill towards Turuk the place where you are going to spend a night. This place used to be a Mint to produce notes and currency for the Government of Sikkim, Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. And place was famous for the King to develop his Hunting skill King used to invite his guest for the hunting in this place and also you must not miss Tarey vhir fom where you can see Kalimpong in front of you. Most animal you can see are Goral , Thar Mountain goats and rabbits Deer and Leopards. Over night at Turuk Kothi Resort.(4-5hrs drive altitude 1250 mtr).
After breakfast drive toward Rinchenpong , which lies in the buffer zone area of the famous Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in the west Sikkim. In 1928, captain Lloyd was deputed to the Sikkim frontier in connection with the dispute on the Nepal and Sikkim border. he together with Mr. J.W Grant, the commercial resident at Malda came up to Rinchenpong in this connection. After lunch or late afternoon a pleasant walk through the village and explore village life. over night at Yangsum farm house.(4-5hrs drive altitude 1400 mtr).
After Breakfast, drive to Pelling. On the way to Pelling visit alpine cheese factory at Dentam and one can explore Dentam village local market. After lunch visit Pemayangtse Monastery,"the sublime lotus' Built in 1745 by highly ranked tantric monk Latsun Chempo. Monastery belongs to the Nyingmapa sect and is the most important monastery of west of Sikkim. Then we take a beautiful hike to Rabdentse Palace where exists the ruins of Second palace of Sikkim which was shifted from Yuksom during late 17th century. Over night at hotel (2-3hrs drive altitude 2100 mtr).
After breakfast, drive to Yuksom and on the way to Yuksom visit Khecheopalri Lake which is considered one of the sacred lakes in Sikkim by both Buddhist and Hindus. The lake remains hidden under the rich forest cover. It is believed that lake itself is the right foot print of goddess Tara. We then drive to Yuksom and on the way we visit Khangchendzonga water fall originated from Mt Khangchendzonga. Overnight at hotel (2-3hrs drive altitude 1900 mtr).
After Breakfast visit throne of Norbughang which is the birth place of Denzong (Sikkim) Yuksom was the first capital of Sikkim and the place where the First Chogyal (King) of Sikkim was consecrated in 1641 A.D by three high ranking abbots. Yuksom is also the starting point to many famous treks. We then drive to Kewzing village Home stay. On the way to Home stay we visit Phamroong water falls and also we will visit the famous Tashiding Monastery it was built during mid 17th century and once Guru Rimpoche had blessed the sacred land of Sikkim during 8th century from the same spot where monastery is situated. Bhum chu is the main ceremony of the monastery and monastery is also famous for the holy Chorten known as 'thong -wa-rang-drol' which literally means 'saviors by mere sight" it is believed that the mere act of beholding is supposed to have washed away all the sins of the devotees. We then Drive to Kewzing home stay. Overnight at homestay (2-3hrs drive altitude 1700 mtr).
After Breakfast drive to Martam village. The village Martam is famous for it's paddy fields where they grow best rice in Sikkim. Even kings were fond of the rice grown in Martam and had paddy field in martam too. After lunch take stroll or a hike and explore Martam village which is a very peaceful place. Over night at Martam village Resort (3-4hrs drive altitude 1400 mtr).
After breakfast, drive to Gangtok which is the fourth and present capital of Sikkim. On the way we visit very famous Rumtek Monastery which belongs to the Karma Kargyupa sect .Monastery was built in 1717 and it was renovated in 1960 by the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa. And after this visit we drive to Gangtok. On arrival at Gangtok, take a sightseeing of some attractions such as Tibetology the museum, Handicraft and Handloom , Do-Drool Chortan, Flower show and Enchey Monastery. Later, can explore the Gangtok Town. 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. Explore local market in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
Proceed for Kalimpong sightseeing after breakfast. Visit the magnificent towering monastery of Zang Dog Palri on the Durpin Dara, which has a commanding view of Kalimpong town and the surrounding region. If the day is clear we will be able to see the ranges of Kanchenjunga and also some of the Bhutanese hills. Flower Nursery - Kalimpong is called the "City of Flower" as the climate of this city is ideal for the cultivation for flower and plants. Deolo Hills - the highest point of Kalimpong and it located at the North East of the town. Dr. Graham’s Homes - this famous school was established by a Scottish Missionary – Rev. Dr. John Anderson Graham in 1900 with a mere six orphans. Mangal Dham - An excellent temple complex built in the memory of late Guruji Mangal Dasji and dedicated to Lord Krishna. Gaden Tharpa Choling Monastery - a Gelugpa monastery situated at the hilltop in Kalimpong, India. The monastery was founded by Domo Geshe Rinpoche Ngawang Kalsang in 1912. Tsonga Monastery - the oldest monsatery in Kalimpong which was built in 1692. It’s also known as the Bhutan Monastery and located near to Mangal Dham, Lepcha Museum - The museum is situated about a kilometer away from the town. Various articles of worship, original lepcha musical instruments and many other articles can be seen here, Himalayan Hand Made Paper Industry - manufacture Japanese style handmade paper from a non tree shrub, the species of Daphne know as Argalee (local name) or Lokta (in Nepal). Over night at hotel.
Get driven to the nearest Bagdogra airport.
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STARTS FROM US$ - ON PER PERSON BASIS:
Premium – With 5 Star Equivalent Hotels - $ 2420
Deluxe – With 4 Star Equivalent Hotels – $ 1980
Superior – With 3 Star Equivalent Hotels - $ 1540
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