Darjeeling Gangtok Lachung – 7 DaysItinerary Code : LS708
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Tour Highlight : Name: Darjeeling Gangtok Lachung – 7 Days Tour Code: LS708 Duration: 6 Nights 7 days Places Covered: Darjeeling (2 Nights), Gangtok (2+1 Nights), Lachung (1 Night)
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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 a 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.
Recommended: Free afternoon on your own to roam around the local market for shopping and a leisurely evening at the Mall.
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 that enables the famous 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 the 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.
Day 3 - Darjeeling to Gangtok, 110 Kms in 4 Hrs - and Local Gangtok Tour
After an early breakfast, check out and drive to Gangtok (Alt 5550Ft / 1675M) in East Sikkim via – Peshok Road – Teesta, and Rongpo. The exciting journey runs through the winding road cutting across the valleys, hills, and villages, and follows the course of the Teesta River. Take a refreshing break at the “Lovers View Point” at Peshok Road and watch the magnificent bird’s eye view of the confluence Teesta and Rangit rivers. You enter Sikkim through the Rongpo border and soon reach Ranipool. From Ranipool climb up towards Gangtok about 10 km away.
Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim. It is a modern city but with a great history and tradition. At 1,650 meters, Gangtok offers excellent weather throughout the year and offers multiple tourist attractions in and around the city. We assist you to check in at the hotel.
Half Day Local City tour of Gangtok - After a quick lunch, board your vehicle and we will take you on a tour to explore Gangtok town. It has much to offer, like the picturesque Banjhakri Falls, and serene Gonjang Monastery. The famous Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (Closed on Sunday) is a museum on all things related to Tibet and was formally opened on 1st October 1958 by the then Indian Prime Minister Shri Jawaharlal Nehru. Do Dul Chorten is a stupa built in 1945 by Trulshik Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism.
The Government Institute of Cottage Industry (Closed on Sundays and 2nd Saturdays), was set up during the reign of the Chogyals of Sikkim with the intention to preserve the art and work of the local artisans. You can see hand-painted masks, beautifully woven carpets, shawls, and other such local handicrafts. Visit the well-known Flower Exhibition Centre or Orchid House and discover the numerous varieties of colorful blooms. Car service from 1 PM to 4.30 PM. Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 4 – Tsongo Lake Day Tour
After a heavy breakfast, we take you to the famous Tsongo Lake at 12000 ft (3600M). We start around 8.30 AM in the morning from the hotel. You have the whole day to enjoy the snow and Yak ride at the scenic high-altitude alpine lake near the Indo-Tibet border. The 1 km long and 15m deep lake is considered sacred to the local people. The pristine clear water remains frozen during winter. Have fun with the snow and enjoy an exciting Yak ride around the lake. Back to Hotel by 2.30 PM for lunch and have a leisurely afternoon or roam around the market for personal activities. Car service from 8.30 AM to 2.30 PM.
Recommended: Trip for Indian tourists to legendary Baba Mandir and Nathula Pass on the Indo-China border can be arranged on specific days on specific request with an add-on cost.
Recommended: Visit M.G Marg, the main promenade of the city. There are plenty of shops and eateries on the nicely decorated road where locals and tourists visit during the evening. A visit to MG Marg is to be self-arranged and not included in our cost.
Day 5 - Travel to Lachung via Mangan and Chungthang, 124 km in 7 hours.
This morning drive to Lachung in North Sikkim (Alt 8075 Ft / 2425 M). On the way, visit Singhik, Seven Sisters Waterfall, and stop at Chungthang village, situated at the confluence of Lachen and Lachung rivers. You can take a lunch break en route. On arrival, check into your hotel. Overnight at Lachung.
Day 6 - Lachung to Yumthang Valley Excursion 25kms in 1.5hrs (One Way)
Early morning drive to Yumthang Valley (Alt 11925Ft / 3575M), an Alpine flower valley in North Sikkim. In the springtime, it is a flourishing green vale covered with flowers of wide different varieties, chief among them being rhododendrons. In winter, the same valley is blanketed with snow and becomes an ethereal image in white and brown. Enjoy the scenic landscape and walk down to the Hot springs which are supposed to carry medicinal value. Drive back to Lachung for Lunch.
Recommended: Trip for Indian tourists to Yumesamdong Valley (Alt 15750Ft / 4725M) - From Yumthang Valley you can drive for another 30kms in 1.5hr to Yumesamdong or Zero Point close to Tibet Border on specific request with add-on cost.
Lachung to Gangtok, 125kms in 5hrs - Check out from Lachung and drive back to Gangtok (Alt 5550Ft / 1675M) via Chungthang. Check-in at the hotel by late afternoon. Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 5 - Return to Bagdogra / NJP in 130 Kms in 4 Hrs
Check out from Gangtok and drive back to NJP/Bagdogra in time for your departure train/flight. Farewell and tour end.