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Long Sikkim Darjeeling Tour 11 Days

Itinerary Code : LSB21

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Duration : 10 Nights / 11 Days

Tour Highlight : Name – Long Sikkim Darjeeling Tour 11 Days  Tour Code : LSB21  Duration : 10 Nights 11 days Places Covered : Darjeeling (3 Nights), Gangtok (2+2 Nights), Lachen (1 Night), Lachung (2 Nights)

Places Covered : DarjeelingGangtokLachenLachung

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 – Day Excursion to Mirik, 50 Kms in 2 Hrs (One Way).

After 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 stopover 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. Overnight at Darjeeling.

Day 4 - 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 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. 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 5 - 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 6 - Travel to Lachen via Mangan and Chungthang, 130 km in 7 hours.
This morning drive to Lachen in North Sikkim (Alt 9175Ft / 2750M). On the way, visit Singhik, Seven Sisters Waterfall and stop for a while 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 Lachen.
Day 7 - Lachen to Thangu, Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake (for Indians Only), Total 120kms in 6hrs – Early morning drive to Thangu Village (Alt 13625Ft / 4100M), a remote high altitude village of Tibetan Nomads and proceed further to Chopta Valley (Alt 13325Ft / 4000M) to get some breathtaking views of the alpine valley of frozen rivers. From Chopta Valley, drive for another 30kms in 1.5hr to Gurudongmar Lake (Alt 17375Ft / 5225M) close to Tibet Border, one of the Highest and biggest freshwater lakes in Sikkim. As the air at this altitude is quite thin, it is advisable to linger here for a very short while before heading back. Back to Lachen for Lunch. 
Lachen to Lachung, 50kms in 2.5hrs – Check out from Lachen and drive further to Lachung (Alt 8075Ft / 2425M), once again travelling via Chungthang Confluence and Vimnala Water Falls. Check-in at the hotel. Free evening. Overnight at Lachung.
Day 8 - 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 many 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. Free evening to roam around the village and river valley. Overnight at Lachung.
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. 

Day 9 - 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 10 – 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. 
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 11 - 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. 

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