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Darjeeling Sikkim Relaxed tour of 9 Days

Itinerary Code : LS911

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Duration : 8 Nights / 9 Days

Tour Highlight : Name: Darjeeling Sikkim Relaxed tour of 9 Days Tour Code: LS911 Duration: 8 Nights 9 days Places Covered: Darjeeling (3 Nights), Kalimpong (2 Nights), Gangtok (3 Nights)  

Places Covered : DarjeelingGangtokKalimpong

Day 1 Bagdogra Airport / NJP Station to Darjeeling, 75 kms 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 Kunchenjungha Mountains. Visit Ghoom Monastery – one of the oldest Monasteries in Darjeeling on your way back to hotel. Car service from 4.00AM to 7.30AM
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 9Am to 1PM. 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 – Day Excursion to Mirik, 50 Kms in 2 Hrs (One Way).

After a breakfast, board the vehicle and set out to explore Mirik, located at 5900 Ft. Mirik is a small town which has developed into a popular tourist place. The chief attraction here is the serene natural lake called Sumendu Lake. Fed by rain and spring water, this lake remains full all year round.  Spend a leisurely day strolling around the periphery of the lake, soaking in the views. Enjoy boating and horse riding activities which are available on direct payment. En route stop over at the Indo-Nepal border simana. You may visit the Pashupati Market in a separate vehicle at a nominal cost. Return to Darjeeling in the late afternoon. Overight at Darjeeling.

Day 4 - 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 5 - 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 wil 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 6 - Kalimpong to Gangtok, 80 Kms in 2.5 hrs 

After a hearty breakfast, check out from your hotel and proceed to Gangtok (Alt 5550Ft / 1675M) in East Sikkim. 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 kms away. 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 hotel. Overnight at Gangtok.

Recommended: Visit to 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 to MG Marg is to be self arranged and not included in our cost.
Day 7 – 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 8 – 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 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 8.30AM 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 9 - 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 ends. 

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