Beautiful Himalayas [Gangtok Pelling Darjeeling 8 Days]Itinerary Code : LS805
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Tour Highlight : Name: Beautiful Himalayas [Gangtok Pelling Darjeeling 8 Days] Tour Code: LS805 Duration: 7 Nights 8 days Places Covered: Gangtok (3 Nights), Pelling (2 Nights), Darjeeling (2 Nights)
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Day 1 - Bagdogra Airport / NJP Station to Gangtok, 125 km in 4 Hrs.
Our representative cordially receives you on arrival at Siliguri (NJP Rail Station / Bagdogra IXB) and helps you to board the car.
The exciting journey to Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, runs through the winding road cutting across the valleys, hills and villages and follows the course of Teesta River. 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. Overnight at Gangtok.
Recommended: Visit M.G Marg, the main promenade of the city. There are plenty of shops and eateries in the nicely decorated road where locals and tourists visit during the evening. Visit MG Marg is to be self-arranged and not included in our cost.
Day 2 – 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 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 snow and enjoy an exciting Yak ride around the lake. Back to Hotel by 2.30 PM for lunch and have a leisure 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 Indo-China border can be arranged on specific days on specific request with add on cost.
Day 3 - Gangtok City Local Tour
After breakfast, board your vehicle and we will take you on a full day’s tour to explore Gangtok town. It has much to offer, like the picturesque Banjhakri Falls, 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.
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 handicraft. Visit the well known Flower Exhibition Centre or Orchid House and discover the numerous varieties of colourful blooms. Stop and take a ride on the Ropeway (ride charges directly payable) if you have time.
After a break for lunch, drive about 8 Kms to visit Tashi View Point for a breathtaking view of the Kanchanjungha range. En route, stop at the enchanting Bakthang Waterfall. End the day with a visit to Ganesh Tok, a small but well-known temple. Back to your hotel and free evening. Car service from 9 AM to 4.30 PM. Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 4 - Gangtok to Pelling, 130 Kms in 4.5 Hrs
After a hearty breakfast, check out and board the vehicle to proceed to Pelling. From Gangtok, the road to Pelling – or Pemayangtse, as it is also popularly known as – passes through Singtam, the outskirts of Ravangla town and Legship. The city of Pelling lies in West Sikkim. At an altitude of 7175 feet, it offers excellent views of the Kanchenjungha mountain range. On arrival, check into your hotel. Overnight at Pelling.
Recommended – En route, you may opt to visit Temi Tea Estate and Samdruptse Statue. Situated about 30 km from Ravangla town, Temi the only Tea garden in the state of Sikkim. Samdruptse is the tallest statue of Guru Padmasambhava, one of the founding fathers of Tibetan Buddhism. This detour can be availed at an additional cost – to be decided beforehand.
Day 5 - Pelling City Local Tour
After breakfast, we will take you on a discovery tour of Pelling, which will cover the most popular local tourist spots. Darap village is located about 8 km away and is inhabited mainly by the traditional Limboo tribe, although there are locals who belong to other communities as well. Rimbi waterfalls and Orange garden are located close to each other. Famous for orange and cardamom plantations, you can spend some time here enjoying the serenity of the Rimbi river.
The magnificent Kanchanjungha Falls is a treat and perfect for a photo stop. Next, you move on to the holy Khecheopelri Lake, which is shaped almost like a footprint and believed to be sacred by the Buddhists. It is said that the surface is always pristine as birds in the area pluck up any leaves that drift to fall on it.
After a halt for lunch, visit the famous Pemayangtse monastery which was founded in 1705. The Helipad viewpoint offers exciting, panoramic views of the Kanchenjungha range. The Glass Skywalk is the first of its kind in India, a transparent structure constructed with glass. Feel the thrill when you walk across it and look down to see the valley and the mountain range before you. At the end of an eventful day, return to your hotel for a free evening. Car service from 9 AM to 4.30 PM. Overnight at Pelling.
Day 6 – Pelling to Darjeeling, 80 Kms in 3 Hrs.
After breakfast, board your vehicle to proceed to Darjeeling (Alt 6825Ft / 2050M). The road to Darjeeling passes through the township of Jorethang, which is situated on the Rangeet river in South Sikkim. En route, you will pass by Happy Valley Tea Estate. 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: You may either spend a leisurely afternoon in the Darjeeling Mall on your own, shopping and dropping into the famous Nathmulls tea shop for a refreshing cuppa of any of the multitude variety of teas on offer. Or, you may wish to visit Rock Garden and Ganga Maiya Park. This will require a vehicle and is not included in our cost.
Day 7 - 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.
Recommended: Free afternoon to roam around the local market on your own for shopping and a leisurely evening at the Mall.
Day 8 - Return to Bagdogra / NJP, 75 Kms in 3 Hrs
Check out from Darjeeling and drive back to NJP/Bagdogra in time for your departure train/flight. Farewell and tour end.