Darjeeling and Kalimpong in 5 DaysItinerary Code : LS509
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Tour Highlight : Name: Darjeeling – Kalimpong in 5 Days Tour Code: LS509 Duration: 4 Nights 5 days Places Covered : Darjeeling (2 Nights), Kalimpong (2 Nights)
Places Covered : DarjeelingKalimpong
Day 1 Bagdogra Airport / NJP Station to Darjeeling, 75 km in 3 Hrs.
Our representative cordially receives you on arrival at Siliguri (NJP Rail Station / Bagdogra IXB) and helps you to board the car.
The journey to Darjeeling (Alt 6825Ft / 2050M) follows the traditional Hill Cart Road that runs all along the forested hills, small villages and beautiful tea gardens. On the way, you might have a chance to see the famous Toy train chugging its way on the zig-zag track. Take a short break at Kurseong to see the beautiful valley covered with lush green tea garden and proceed to Darjeeling. The Queen of the Hills – greets you with all its grandeur: the great view of mountains and valleys dotted with tea gardens and forests, and a blend of traditional heritage and modern cultures. Check into your hotel. Overnight at Darjeeling.
Day 2 Local tour in Darjeeling
Early morning visit to Tiger Hill at 8442ft above sea level to experience the unforgettable sight of Sunrise over the Kanchenjunga Mountains. Visit Ghoom Monastery – one of the oldest Monasteries in Darjeeling on your way back to the hotel. Car service from 4.00 AM to 7.30 AM
Recommended - The Batasia Loop, a spiral railway track which enables the popular toy train to make a descent of about 1000 Feet, also features a memorial in homage to the Gorkha soldiers who fought for our country. You will get a majestic view of the entire Darjeeling town and the mountain range from the Loop.
After breakfast visit Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park (Closed on Thursday) to see some rare collections of high altitude Himalayan species like Snow leopard, clouded Leopard, Siberian Tiger, Red Panda and many rare mammals and birds in the natural surroundings. Visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday) to see the priceless collection of mountaineering gears used by legendary climbers in the Himalayas. After that, we take you to the Tea garden on the undulating valleys for viewing the scenic landscape and tea plucking and processing (seasonal) then proceed to Tenzing Rock and Gombu Rock for some fun rock climbing activities. Now we take you to Bhutia Basti to procure the traditional handicraft items made by the local people. Visit the Japanese Temple dedicated to Lord Buddha and constructed in 1972. If you are lucky, you may be able to witness the puja at the time of your visit. Nearby is also the Peace Pagoda which has 4 avatars of Buddha, in the postures of sleeping, sitting, standing and meditating. Climb up the stairs to the top of the pagoda for a panoramic view. Back to Hotel for Lunch. Car service from 9 AM to 1 PM. Overnight at Darjeeling.
Recommended: Free afternoon to roam around on your own the local market for shopping and a leisurely evening at the Mall
Day 3 – Transfer to Kalimpong, 55 Kms in 2 Hrs
Today, after breakfast, check out and board the vehicle to drive to Kalimpong (Alt 4100 Ft/ 1250 M). Travel via Jorebungalow, Peshok and Teesta Bazaar. Check into your hotel and enjoy a leisurely evening. Overnight at Kalimpong.
Recommended – Free afternoon to roam around the local market on your own for shopping.
Day 4 - Local tour in Kalimpong
After a hearty breakfast, get ready to explore all that this quaint hillside town has to offer. Drive to Durpin Dara Hill which offers a panoramic view of Kalimpong town with the Kanchenjungha range beyond it, tea gardens along the slopes and Teesta and Reang rivers meandering below. ‘Durpin’ means binocular and ‘Dara’ literally means hill. Visit the Zang Dhok Palri Phodang Monastery at Durpin. The monastery has rare Buddhist manuscripts on Tibetology and religious murals.
Visit the renowned Army Golf Course. After lunch, proceed towards Deolo View Point or Deolo Hill, which is very famous amongst the tourists and a great place to spend some time. Apart from some magnificent views, children can enjoy some moments on horseback and there are also some food stalls to keep tourists engaged. The Science Centre is a short distance away. Established in 2008, it houses several models based on science and works of many scientists. There is also a garden outdoors with activities to keep children occupied, like swings made of tyres, climbing ropes and even some mini replicas of dinosaurs.
Keep time in hand for the most popular spot in Kalimpong – the Pine View Nursery. With over 1500 varieties of cactus and orchids, it is not only a botanist’s haven but a treat for all visitors. You will find cacti from all over the world. The Mangal Dham Temple was built in the memory of Guru Shri Mangal Dasji. Your visit will expose you to the peaceful ambience of the temple. Back to the hotel in the evening. Car service from 9 AM to 4.30 PM.
Day 5 - Return to Bagdogra / NJP, 70 Kms in 2 Hrs
Check out from Kalimpong and drive back to NJP/Bagdogra in time for your departure train/flight. Farewell and tour end.