Destinations: Darjeeling (2) – Pelling (1) – Gangtok (2) – Kalimpong (1)
Duration: 06 Nights / 07 Days
Day 01: Bagdogra to Darjeeling (approx. 95 kms / 3.5 hrs)
Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport you will be met by your local English-speaking representative and transferred to your Darjeeling hotel.
Day 02: Darjeeling
Rise early this morning and drive by jeep to view the sunrise over Mt. Khangchendzonga at Tiger Hill. Afterwards visit Ghoom Monastery, also known as Yiga Choling, where a 5m-high statue of the Maitreya Buddha (future Buddha) is enshrined. After breakfast take a ride through the hills on the UNESCO World Heritage listed Toy Train, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, to Ghoom. This afternoon tour the city of Darjeeling starting with the Himalayan Mountaineering institute where you will see the equipment used by Mr Tenzing Norgay, the first man along with Edmunt Hillary, to climb Mt. Everest in 1953. Located below the institute is the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, established to conserve Himalayan fauna. At this zoo you may see the Siberian tiger, red panda or the Tibetan wolves.
End the day with a visit to the Tibetan Refugees Self-Help Centre, a rehabilitation centre for Tibetan refugees where you can view the process of making Tibetan carpets, paintings and wood work.
Day 03: Darjeeling to Pelling Drive (approx. 75 kms / 3 hrs)
After breakfast you will leave for Pelling, in the state of Sikkim.
Pelling is a serene mountain village well known for the magnificent views of entire mountain ranges including Mt. Khangchendzonga. Sikkim is bound by Tibet (China) in the north, West Bengal in the south, Tibet and Bhutan in the east and Nepal in the west. This afternoon you will visit the , Sikkim’s second capital. The ruins of Rabdantse are worth exploring. The winding track through the forest brings you to a small set of ruins of the early town and eventually on the ruins of the palace with Chorten (stupa) nearby. Farther afield are the Changay Falls.
Pemayangtse is perched at an altitude of 2,084m and is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim. Originally built for ‘ta-sang’ lamas (the purest of monks), the monastery now serves the entire community. One of the major attractions of the Pemayangtse Monastery is a seven-tiered painted wooden structure, portraying Guru Rimpoche’s Heavenly Palace ‘Santopalri’.
Later visit Mindroling tradition besides holding the lineage of Lhatsun Chenpo. Mindroling monastery was founded by Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje whose famous daughter Jetsun Migyur Paldon lived near Pemayangtse and taught there during her exile. Her stone throne is still to be seen in this monastery, which has 108 monks. The main attraction of the monastery is the wooden replica of Zangdog Palri; the celestial abode of Guru Padmasambhava built by Serdup Lhundrup Dorje Rinpoche in 1971. The annual chaam (monk dance) is held here on the 28th and 29th day of the 12th month of the Tibetan lunar calendar.
Day 04: Pelling to Gangtok Drive (approx. 125 kms / 5 hrs)
This morning commence the drive to Gangtok, at an altitude of 1,677m, visiting Tashiding Monastery en route. The monastery was founded in 1717 by one of the three lamas who brought Buddhism to Sikkim. It provides breathtaking views of the scenery below.
Upon arrival check-in to your hotel
Day 05: Gangtok Sightseeing
After breakfast embark on a city tour of Gangtok, Visiting Rumtek Monastery, The Enchey Monastery, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Directorate of Handloom and Handicrafts.
Day 06: Gangtok – Kalimpong (approx. 80 kms / 3 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Kalimpong.
At an altitude of 1250m, Kalimpong’s location is ideal for a pleasant, relaxed getaway. Its clement weather has made Kalimpong’s orchids and gladiole well renowned.
Up to the early 1700s, the Kalimpong area was part of the Sikkim raja’s domain. In the early 18th century, the Bhutan king also took it over. In 1865, after the Anglo-Bhutan War, it was annexed to Darjeeling. Scottish Missionaries came here in the late 1800s. The town thrived as a wool trading centre with Tibet till 1950s. Today it’s a quiet hill resort and a haven for retired people.
Afternoon enjoy city tour of Kalimpong. visiting Flower Nurseries, Zang Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery , Tharpa Choling Monastery, Thongsa Gumpa- this monastery is of Bhutanese origin and built around 1692. It is the oldest in Kalimpong. The original structure was destroyed in the inter-clan wars before the British arrived
Day 07: Kalimpong to Bagdogra airport drive (approx. 85 kms / 3 hrs)
After check-out of your hotel this morning you will be transferred to Bagdogra airport where your arrangements end.