IND – 12: Darjeeling – Sikkim – Kalimpong

Sikkim is the second smallest and least populous state of India, nestled in the Himalayas. The thumb-shaped state is characterized by wholly mountainous terrain. Almost the entire state is hilly, with an elevation ranging from 280 metres (920 ft) to 8,585 metres (28,000 ft). Kangchenjunga is the highest mountain point of Sikkim, it is also the third highest in World. Sikkim is always attracts visitors with its natural beauty. Its legendry mountains, landscape and monasteries are famous for tourist’s point of view. There have several magical mountain lakes.

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Brief Itinerary



01 Fly to Bhadrapur. Then, drive to Darjeeling.
02 Excursion to Tiger Hill. Sightseeing tour in Darjeeling.
03 Drive to Kalimpong (85 km, 3 hrs approx.). Visit around there.
04 Visit Durpin Dara Monastery. Later, drive to Pemayangtse (133 km, 5 hrs approx).
05 Excursion to Khechopari Lake. Sightseeing tour in the afternoon.
06 Drive to Gangtok (130 km,, 6 hrs approx). Visit around there.
07 Sightseeing tour in Gangtok.
08 Departure transfer to the airport.

Day 01:

Fly to Bhadrapur. Then, drive to Darjeeling.
After 45 minutes of flight takes you to Bhadrapur. You will be welcomed by our local representative at the airport and then, drive to Darjeeling. Darjeeling is a hilly destination of north east India and is about 150 km from Bhadrapur. On reaching, transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02:

Excursion to Tiger Hill. Sightseeing tour in Darjeeling.
An early start (as early as 4am) is recommended for the visit to Tiger Hill, situated around 11 km from Darjeeling. It takes about an hour to reach this miniature plateau from which to view the sun's first rays breaking over mighty Kanchenjunga (8586m) and Mount Everest further into the distance (weather permits). Later, visit Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop.

Ghoom Monastery or Ghoom Monastery is the popular name of Yiga Choeling Monastery located at Ghoom. It is 8 km far from Darjeeling city centre. The monastery follows the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. There is a 15-feet high statue of "Maitreya Buddha" (Coming Buddha) in the monastery. It contains images of Buddha’s disciples, Chenrezi and Chongapa.
The Batasia Loop is a spiral railway created to lower the gradient of ascent of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. There is also a memorial to the Gorkha soldiers of the Indian Army who sacrificed their lives after the Indian Independence in 1947.[1]. From the Batasia Loop one can get a panoramic view of Darjeeling town with the Kanchenjunga and other snowy mountains in the back-drop.

At the end of the day, visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute & Zoo and Tibetan Self Help Center. Back to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03:

Drive to Kalimpong (85 km, 3 hrs approx.). Visit around there.
After breakfast, drive to Kalimpong, which is around 85km drive through picturesque tea garden, especially the one at Peshok. Along the way, among other stop, we can stop at Triveni view point, to see the view of the confluence of Teesta and Rangeet rivers at a point that is known as Lover's Meet. On reaching, check in to the hotel. Visit the flower nurseries, Dr.Graham’s Homes, a well respected boarding school built in 1900s. Visit Trongsa Gompa or Bhutanese monastery and more time for stroll in the bazaar. Rest of the day free.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04:

Visit Durpin Dara Monastery. Later, drive to Pemayangtse (133 km, 5 hrs approx).
After breakfast, visit Durpin Dara for amazing views of the plains, and nearby you can visit Zang Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa temple. Then, drive to Pemayangtse. Visit Pemayangtse Monastery in the afternoon.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Excursion to Khechopari Lake. Sightseeing tour in the afternoon.
After breakfast drive to Khechoperi Lake which is also known as the wishing lake, and is considered very sacred and no water sport or other activities besides prayer and worship are allowed around it. Later, visit Rabdantse Ruin. Rabdentse Ruins was the second capital of the past Kingdom of Sikkim after Yuksom and until the year 1814 AD. The state has been ruled by the king of Sikkim from this place. The ruinsis located very close to Pemayangste Monastery, west Sikkim. It is an archaeological site to be visited by all the people.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06: Drive to Gangtok (130 km,, 6 hrs approx). Visit around there.
Post breakfast, drive Pemayangtse to Gangtok. Today, we will drive through Ravangla. In Ravangla one can visit the Bon - Pa Monastery founded by Tunpa Shenrab Miwoche, which is the only Bon – Pa Monastery in Sikkim. On reaching Gangtok, check in to the hotel. Later, visit Rumtek Monastery. . It is known as the world’s richest monastery and is home to the community of monks and where they perform the rituals and practices of the Karma Kagyulineage. A Golden Stupa contains the relics of the 16th Karmapa. Opposite that building is a college, Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07: Sightseeing tour in Gangtok.
Morning, visit Tsuklakhang Monastery (better known as Royal Monastery). The Royal Chapel of the Chogyals is the main centre for prayers with an assembly hall in the centre and large depository of Buddhist scriptures and literature and contains altars which are orated with Buddha, Bodhisattvas and Tantric deities. Tsukhalang Palace which served as a location for coronation, marriages and victory ceremonies among Sikkim royalty. Later, visit Cottage Industry, Research Institute of Tibetology.

After lunch, visit Dodrul Chorten. Do Drul Chorten is the most significant and perhaps the biggest stupa in Sikkim. Located near Gangtok, Do Drul Chorten makes a major part of the itinerary in the East Sikkim. In 1945, this holy stupa was built under the direction of Late Truslshi Rimpoche, who was the head of Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Do Drul Stupa was built in compliance with the desire revealed by Dud-Zom Rinpoche in 1944.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08: Departure transfer to the airport.
Day free until departure transfer to the airport (Bagdogra / Bhadrapur Airport) for onward journey.

Note: Airfare, taxes and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

Cost Include
- All necessary airport transfers
- Twin sharing accommodation on breakfast basis in hotels
- All sightseeing with English speaking local guide
- All activities & excursions as per itinerary
- Monument Entrance fee.
- All Applicable surface transfer by private non AC vehicle
Cost Exclude
- Any international airfare and airport taxes
- India entry visa fees
- Insurance and Tips
- Bottled drinks
- Emergency/Rescue in any form
- Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Any cost arise due to flight cancellation, landslide, road blockage, political disturbance etc
- Any other arrangements not mentioned in the above cost include section
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- Sikkim Tour
- Darjeeling / Sikkim / Kalimpong
- Buddhism Tour
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