6 Days North East India Tour
ROUTE: Gangtok – Kalimpong - Darjeeling
Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days
Darjeeling, Gangtok and Kalimpong are a magnificent blend of tranquility, luxuriant hills, and panoramic sights and on top of that the thrilling attractiveness of the impressive Kanchanjunga. All these wonderful hill stations are popular for amazing ambiance, iconic monasteries, holy shrines, pristine lakes and they suggest wonderful vision of the extended plains placed below. This short tour is an amazing mélange of scenic beauty, entertainment options and tourist attractions. Our collection of destinations and their attractions is amazingly planned for those who are looking for a good outing with their dear ones. Get familiar with monasteries of Gangtok, nurseries of Kalimpong and tea farms of Darjeeling.
ARRIVAL IN GANGTOK
On your arrival at Bagdodra airport / Jalpaiguri railway station, meet our DIH tour representative and get escorted to pre-booked hotel in Gangtok.
Revered as the ‘land of monasteries, Gangtok is one of the top tourist destinations to visit in India. The city boasts of number of iconic monasteries, educational institutions, striking valleys and wonderful sanctuaries. With its breathtaking attractions, Gangtok allures travelers from all parts of India and across the globe. The place has much to offer when it comes to attractions.
You may visit Rumtek Monastery; largest Gompa in Sikkim, Saramsa Garden (a beautiful garden where you can see number of fruits and flowers planted), Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary (wonderful sanctuary famous for varied flora and fauna) and Yumthang valley (the valley is home to Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary where there are 24 species of Rhododendron).Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel in Gangtok
EXCURSIONS TO TSOMGO LAKE
After breakfast, proceed for short trip to Tsomgo Lake; one of the most popular tourist spots settled at an attitude up to 12, 400ft. The lake receives its water from the melting of snows of the mountains. The lake holds great religious importance among locals. Legends say that, Buddhist monks in earlier times predicted the future after the study of color of water.
With some good, memories return back to hotel. Rest of the day you can either shop at the lively bazaars of Gangtok or just loosen up in the hotel room.
Well, if you are in Gangtok, shopping becomes a must-do thing. The best-buys of the place are handicrafts, locally made artifacts, Tibetan carpets, shimmering jewelries, Sikkim tea, alpine cheese, black cardamom and other traditional outfits.
GANGTOK - KALIMPONG
On third day, have breakfast and embark on a half-day sightseeing tour to Gangtok and later in the evening proceed to Kalimpong.
During your Gangtok tour, you visit Directorate of handicraft handlooms Emporium; one among the few best places to shop in state Sikkim. Boasting of traditional motifs, Tibetan carpets and other excellent handicrafts including Thankas, Choksee and locally made furniture, the center was put up with an objective behind, to preserve and propagate the brilliant artifacts of local artisans. All the stuff you get here is unique and under your budget.
Next you visit Research Institute of Tibetlogy which initially was referred to as Namgyal Institute of Tibetology; one of the most important places in Gangtok that deserves your visit where you get to discover about the very culture, spirit and essence of land with massive collection of Tibetan works popular all around the world and a museum of Tibetan Iconography and religious art.
In today’s time, the institute is known worldwide and has become a great place to hold series of lectures and International conferences on Tibetan and Buddhist studies.
Further, visit Do Drul Chorten which is one of the most important and magnificent stupas in Sikkim holding Kangyur relics (holy books) and other religious objects.
Then we take you to the must-visit monastery in Gangtok, Sikkim, Enchey monastery; an important seat of the Nyingmapa order of Vajrayana school of Buddhism.
After travelling in and around Gangtok, straight away travel to Kalimpong. Situated on a ridge, overlooking Teesta River, Kalimpong is rich in terms of horticulture. From notable Buddhist monasteries to sanctified spots, Kalimpong has a lot to keep you engaged. It is a perfect place for history buffs.
Upon reaching Kalimpong, check-in at a hotel and settle down. Rest of the evening is at leisure or you can also roam around the attractive nurseries and local markets which are full with paintings, statues, thankas and items made from bone.
KALIMPONG - DARJEELING
Fourth day is set out to explore Kalimpong. After breakfast, leave the hotel and drive through scenic road to Deolo hill; listed among the important places of interest to visit in Kalimpong. Deolo hill is one of the two hills in between which the town Kalimpong is setup. Scale the highest point of the region, Deolo hill. From the top, relish the enchanting views of Teesta River, Relli valley and gorgeous surrounding.
Then you head to Hanuman mandir; a big statue of Lord Hanuman on a hill. It is a great place for Hanuman devotees. Afterwards, visit the popular school of the town, Dr. Graham’s homes (school). The school was opened with a motive to educate the children of tea workers and other poor kids. The Graham’s home is also a well-known shooting spot.
Later, proceed to some important tourist spots in Kalimpong including- Durbin Monastery which is placed on the Durbin Dara Hill. You also get to see prayer wheels on outside walls of the monastery; Manghal Dham, which a shrine cum a prayer hall. Dedicated to Lord Krishna the temple was raised by Shri Krishna Pranami in the memory of Guru Sri 108 Mangaldasji. The temple houses the statues of Prannath, Raj Shyamji and Mangaldasji.
Later on, get transferred to Darjeeling. Renowned as the ‘Queen of hills’, Darjeeling is an important tourist destination to visit in the state of West Bengal. The marvelous hill station is set up at an elevation of 7100ft with mountains and valleys all around and is best-known for salubrious weather, natural beauty, tea farms, monasteries, lakes, museums and a whole lot. The awe-inspiring views of Kanchenjunga, (the third highest mountain peak in the world) would totally leave you awestruck.
Darjeeling is also home to the famous World Heritage Train- Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The train passes through some rolling hills, green jungles and tea farms of Darjeeling.
On your arrival at Darjeeling, check-in at a hotel and relax. Further, in the evening you are free to walk around the local markets. Some of the unique buys of Darjeeling that shouldn’t be missed during your visit include variety of teas, amazing kitchen wares, brass statues, woven fabrics and shinning jewelries.
Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel in Darjeeling.
Today early morning get ready for some thrilling drive to Tiger Hill; at a height up to 8,500 ft. (On a clear day), cherish the mesmerizing natural beauty of the hill, the lush green jungles and the tranquil ambience. Usually, it is noted that, visitors stopover this hill to relish the wonderful sunrise. The ultimate view of golden sunrays falling over the snow covered Himalayan ranges would surely leave you awestruck.
From Tiger hill you can have a perfect view of Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. In case you are lucky, you may also get to see the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest.
Thereafter, on the way back to hotel room, visit the Ghoom monastery-built by Lama Sherpa Gyaltsho, the monastery belongs to Gelugpa (yellow hat) Sect. The monastery is highly revered among Buddhists and is storehouse to several Buddhist manuscripts. The highlights of the monastery are thangkas on the walls and around 4.57m high statue of Maithreya Buddha. The serenity of the place would surely provide you great peace and power; and then proceed to Batasia Loop and War Memorial.
Getting back to hotel for breakfast and relax for some time. After breakfast, get ready for a half day tour to Darjeeling. Begin with Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park which is famed for some rarely seen species including Red Panda, Siberian Tiger, Tibetan Wolf, Black Bear and Snow Leopard.
From the Cable Car, one can truly sense enchanting tea farms, breathtaking valley, waterfalls and the River Ranjeet and Ramman. Tea Estate- producing variety in teas, tea estates in Darjeeling are famous for their well-maintained farms where you can see different flavors, taste and aroma of teas (Sunday closed); Peace Pogoda- a Buddhist stupa/ monument specially put up to maintain peace and unite people of all religion and caste. Constructed under the guidance of a Buddhist monk, Nichidastu Fuji, the stupa stands for world peace.
Return back to hotel for overnight stay>
DARJEELING – SILIGURI - DEPARTURES
Today, after morning breakfast, check-out form the hotel and leave for Siliguri. Further, travel to Jalpaiguiri railway station/ Bagdogra airport/ Tenzing Norgay bus station, for your onward destination. The tour ends with the sweet memories with Delightful India Holidays.
Note:-This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific needs. Contact us if you want modifications so that we could tailor a holiday to suit your need for an unforgettable India tour.
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