OVERVIEW- From the pristine range of Himalayas and hill stations, mighty Brahmaputra, ancient tribes, wildlife sanctuaries to the living culture and emerald tea estates and spices, Northeast India is a gem to be discovered. Darjeeling and Gangtok are the famous summer hill stations of the region. Darjeeling lies at an average elevation of 2100 meters above sea level amidst a picturesque location in the foothills of Mount Kanchenjunga. The Tibetan word ‘Darjeeling’ literally translates to ‘Land of the Thunderbolt’ and combines the best of Bengali culture and the Gorkha Nepalese culture. Placed amidst the Shiwalik hills, Gangtok, the capital city of the Sikkim can also give you a spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, at a distant skyline. The pristine hill station nestled in mountains and clouds is also a base for a whole lot of trekkers to the Himalayan mountain ranges. The name meaning hill-top, Gangtok can be safely said to be one of the most beautiful hill stations in the country.
BAGDOGRA- Bagdogra in West Bengal is small town heavenly view of the great eastern Himalayan range. It is well connected by air from with Delhi and Kolkata. It lays approximately 90 kms from Darjeeling town. Being a tea growing area it attracts tourists from all over world to have a spectacular array of tea. It also offers adventure sport such as fishing and angling and white water rafting in the rapids of the Teesta River.
DARJEELING- Darjeeling, one of the most famous hill stations of India; is located in the state of West Bengal. The Darjeeling town is located at an elevation of about 6710 feet. Darjeeling is situated on the Shiwalik Hills, which forms the lower range of the Himalayan Mountains. Sitting atop a ridge with awe inspiring views of Mount Khangchendzonga, Darjeeling is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in India.
GANGTOK- Gangtok is a major hill station and largest town in the state of Sikkim at a height of 5500 feet. Gangtok is a prominent Buddhist pilgrimage site. The place is also famous for its unexplored beauty. It offers great view of Kanchenjunga which is the third highest peak of the world. The place features a great blend of ethnicity and religions.
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Tour Destination: Bagdogra – Darjeeling – Gangtok - Bagdogra
Travel Duration: 05 Nights/06 Days
DAY 1: BAGDOGRA - DARJEELING- Today drive to Queen of Hills- Darjeeling. Transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon visit
DARJEELING HIMALAYAN RAILWAY- The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) is also known as the ‘Toy Train’. It is a narrow gauge rail that is 2ft in width and runs between Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri and was built in the years between 1879 and 1881. In 1999, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
DARJEELING ROPEWAY- From the ropeway of Darjeeling which is also known as the Rangeet Valley Passenger Cable Car, you can have mind blowing view of the valley below, see the spread of lush tea gardens, dense forests, mountain streams in their full flow, waterfalls, and the awesome snow peaks at the background.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure or you can go for a leisure walk around the place.
Overnight at Hotel
DAY 2: DARJEELING- After breakfast, visit the city of Darjeeling.
SINGALILA NATIONAL PARK- Located at an altitude of approximately 2134 meters above sea level the National Park is situated in the highest regions of West Bengal. The park is known for its amazing peaks and the panoramic views of the lesser Himalayas. The National Park is famous as a trekker’s paradise with a large verity of mountainous vegetation, fauna, and birds.
PARMESAN NADIA ZOOLOGICAL PARK- Known for its famous Red Panda and Snow Leopard breeding program, the park is spread in an area of 67.56 acres. It is the largest high altitude zoos in India and some of the rare and endangered species in the zoo are snow leopards, red pandas, Himalayan Salamanders, Tibetan wolf, Himalayan mountain goat and Siberian tigers.
HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINEERING INSTITUTE- The Institute was created by the late Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who conquered Mt Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953. A display of equipment used on the climb is one of the highlights.
OBSERVATORY HILL- It is a famous view point and tourist attraction in Darjeeling. The location is famous for its magnificent views of Kanchendzonga and the ancient temple dedicated to Mahakaal or Lord Shiva.
JAPANESE PEACE PAGODA- Built during 1885-1985 by a Japanese Buddhist monk Nichidatsu Fuji. The Buddhist shrine is located amidst some really enticing locations and is built in a beautiful white structure with golden colored sculptures.
TEA ESTATE- Spread across a massive area of 437-acres, and situated at an elevation of 2,100 meters above sea level, the Tea Estate is one of the major tourist attractions in Darjeeling. The place is located amidst some of the most breath taking surroundings in India. It also houses one of the highest tea factories in the world.
DARJEELING MALL- The Chowrasta or the Mall is the town center in Darjeeling. This is a lovely little flat area, a public square where four roads meet. This public place is where you would like to lounge & bake in the sun, sit and watch the wonderful views of the mountain range and see many locals and tourists hanging around.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 3: DARJEELING - GANGTOK- Early morning at 4am, excursion trip visiting
TIGER HILL- Located at the highest point in Darjeeling area, Tiger Hill is best known for the dazzling sunrise view of the Kanchenjunga and the snow covered peaks of the entire eastern Himalayan range. On a clear day you can even see the Mount Everest from here. Tiger Hill is located 11km from the Darjeeling Town
GHOOM MONASTERY- On your way back, visit Ghoom Monastery- also called Yiga Choeling monastery, it is one of Darjeeling’s oldest gompas. Belonging to the Yellow sect of Buddhism, the construction of this monastery started in 1850. The statue of Maitreya Buddha, Lord Buddha of the future is the main attraction here.
BATASIA LOOP- The War memorial, lying in the well-maintained garden, bounded by Batasia Loop. The memorial is built in the memory of Gorkha martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the wars to save their country.
In the evening drive to Gangtok. Transfer to hotel. Later if you want, you can visit the very popular M G Road (Mall) to indulge in shopping and collecting memorabilia. Get your hands on woolen clothes, Thangka paintings, handicrafts and more
Overnight at Hotel
DAY 4: GANGTOK- After breakfast at hotel, visit the Gangtok City
RUMTEK MONAESTRY- This is the largest monastery in Sikkim. Rumtek Monastery is the seat of the Karmapa Lama, the third highest monk in Tibetan Buddhism. It also serves as one of the most important seats of the Kagyu (Black Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet and is also known as Dharmachakra Centre.
GANESH TOK AND HANUMAN TOK- Located near Tashi View point, Ganesh Tok is a temple dedicated to Ganesha and Hanuman Tok is a temple of God Hanuman. The temple is famous among tourist. People visit the temple to offer prayers and also to enjoy the beautiful view. There is a circular balcony around the temple and a viewing lounge to soak in the view. You can see the majestic mountains, rolling hills and Gangtok town from here.
ENCHEY MONASTERY- This is a religious site of the Nyingma order. Enchey literally means Solitary. This Monastery was built with the intention that no other construction would be allowed near it. It is said that the site has been blessed by Lama Drupko Karpo, a revered tantric master reputed for his power to fly.
DO DRUL CHORTEN- This was built by Trulshi Rimpoche. He was the head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism. The golden-colored dome is the highlight of the structure. You can spot lamas engrossed in their prayers. One of the important stupas in Sikkim with two huge statues of Guru Rimpoche.
TASHI VIEW POINT- This was built by the late King of Sikkim Tashi Namgyal. One can have a clear view of the Himalayan range, besides Mt. Khanchendzonga on a clear day. Tourist can enjoy the scenic view of mount Kanchendzonga, mount Siniolchu and the whole of Himalayan range.
RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TIBETOLOGY- Perched on the top of a beautiful hill, the Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology was established in 1958 to promote research into the Mahayana sect of Buddhism and Tibetan language and culture.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 5: GANGTOK - BAGDOGRA- After breakfast go on the excursion trip to
TSOMGO LAKE- Changu Lake, lying at an elevation of 12,400 feet above the sea level is a glacial lake, which is 37 km away from Gangtok. This stunning attraction, it is frequently visited by Brahmin ducks and other colorful migratory birds. This oval-shaped lake is 50 feet deep and is covered with snow all round the year.
BABA MANDIR- Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial War temple, around 20 km from here. Originally a war memorial, built in the memory of soldier Harbhajan Singh of the 23rd Punjab Regiment, who sacrificed his life in the Indo-China was of year 1962, it slowly turned into a temple. It was constructed in 1983 by the Indian Army after the deceased soldier appeared in the dream of his soldier friend.
In the evening, you can visit the Mall Road.
Overnight at hotel
DAY 6: GANGTOK – BAGDOGRA/SILIGURI- After breakfast, later travel back to Bagdogra Airport/Siliguri Railway Station to catch your flight/train towards onward destination.
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Bagdogra at a Glance
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