Sikkim is a state in northeast India, bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. Part of the Himalayas, the area has a dramatic landscape that includes India’s highest mountain, 8,586m Kangchenjunga. Sikkim is also home to glaciers, alpine meadows and thousands of varieties of wildflowers. Steep paths lead to hilltop Buddhist monasteries such as Pemayangtse, which dates to the early 1700s
Day 01: NJP Rly Station / IXB Airport – Darjeeling (98 kms / 3 hrs)
On arrival at NJP Railway Station / IXB Airport you would be received warmly by one of our representatives. The Hill Cart Road (NH 55) connects Darjeeling with Siliguri. From here shall begin one of the most scenic and memorable road journeys of your life to the beautiful mountains of Darjeeling (6,710 ft.). The drive offers magnificent views of the mountains, valleys, village life and tea gardens along the way.On arrival Check-in at the hotel & rest of the day is at leisure.
If you reach Darjeeling in the afternoon, then after checking in to your hotel and freshening up, come up to Chowrasta Mall, sit on a peripheral bench for a while, relax & enjoy the ambience and watch the activities. Then take a stroll along the scenic Mall Road (Bhanu Sarani) and complete a circle.
If you reach in the morning half or early afternoon, you will have time to walk up the Observatory Hill behind the Mall and go to the famous Mahakal Temple on top and enjoy the views & sunset. Later visit old heritage shops buy some curios or souvenirs. In the evening, stroll along Nehru road that leads down from the Mall and is lined by all kinds of shops on both sides.
Overnight stay is at Darjeeling.
Day 02: Darjeeling Sightseeing - Gangtok (115 kms / 4 hrs)
To see the most magnificent view of sunrise from Tiger Hill. You will need to wake up by 4am and take the drive to watch the spectacular sunrise over Mt. Khangchendzongha (28,208 ft. Worlds 3rd highest peak). You can see the changing colors of the Kanchenjunga snow peaks as the light strikes. On a clear day you can also get a glimpse of Mount Everest, Mount Makalu and one of the most beautiful peaks of the world, Tibet's Chomol Hari.
On your way back visit Ghoom Monastery one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries of Darjeeling located at a scenic location in Ghoom area. It houses a 12-foot tall statue of Mayetriya Buddha which represents the Buddha of the future.
Next stop is at the Batasia Loop and the War Memorial. It is an engineering marvel located in Ghoom area. This is where the toy train makes a double spiral loop to negotiate a drop of 1000 ft as it moves towards Darjeeling town. Amidst the beautiful garden where the railway track is laid in form of a loop, there is also a War Memorial. It was constructed in honor of the Gorkha soldiers who sacrificed their lives in service of the nation. Dont miss the Samosas (fried vegetable pastries) that are sold near the entrance of Batasia Loop in the morning.
After breakfast visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), P.N. Zoological Park (Thursday closed) these are two attractions in the same complex, built to honor Tenzing Norgay. Visit the HMI museum showcasing Tenzings personal belongings, an eagle found dead at 26,000 feet during 1960 Everest expedition, a high power telescope that once belonged to Hitler and was used by the Institute etc. The zoo has many high altitude Himalayan animals including Snow Leopard, Tibetan Wolf, Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda, yaks etc. There is a combined entry fee.
Later afternoon proceed to picturesque drive to Gangtok (5,480 ft.). On arrival Check-in to your hotel. Overnight stay at Gangtok.
Day 03:Namchi Excursion (70 kms/3 hours)
After breakfast , enjoy the full day Namchi sightseeing covering Temi Tea, Samdruptse, Ralang Monastery, Boring Monastery and Siddhesvar dham - a miniature replica of the Indian Char dham located in our Country . Evening back to Gangtok
Day 04: Excursion to Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir
After breakfast start for an excursion to Tsomgo Lake (12,400 ft.) & Baba Mandir (13,200 ft.). ),a high altitude alpine lake close to Indo-China Border. Permits are made one day prior to visit. This is nearly 48 kms drive and takes nearly 2 hrs. The 1 km long and 15m deep lake is considered sacred to the local people. A temple of Lord Shiva is built on the lakeside - Primula flowers and other alpine plantation provide an immaculate beauty to this place. Till April it is full of snow and lay frozen. Enjoy playing in snow and Yak Ride.
Proceed further to Legendary Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir (Hero of Nathula an Indian soldier who was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra medal for his bravery and known for doing his duty still after death). Optional tour to Nathula Pass (Alt 14000Ft / 4200M) on China Border can also be arranged.
After lunch the rest of the day is free .In the evening one is free to stroll around M.G.Road or the Local Market.
Overnight stay at Gangtok.
(Nathula Pass optional @ INR 4000 per vehicle)
Day 05: Gangtok – NJP Rly Station / IXB Airport (125 kms / 4 hrs)
After breakfast check-out from hotel and drive to Siliguri, on the way to Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / (NJP) The drive is through hills and with scenic beauty. Stoppage at Rangpo / Chitrey or Melli for a cup of Tea is advisable if time permits. One may stop at Coronation Bridge to admire the Teesta River below.
Like all good things, your visit to The Delights of Himalaya come’s to an end. We will be happy to see you back. Do visit us because Sikkim/Darjeeling has more to offer. Our representative will help you with your exit formalities and bid you farewell.
Accommodation on twin Sharing Basis.
Meal Plan (as per mentioned above).
Exclusive Non a/c vehicle for transfers & sightseeing.
Vehicle will be available to guest as per itinerary only (point to point basis).
All permit fees & hotel taxes (as per itinerary).
Rates are valid for INDIAN NATIONALS only.
Air Fare / Train fare.
Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips & gratuity, mineral water, soft & hard drinks, rafting, rock climbing, paragliding, joy ride (Toy Train), porterage.
Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary.
Entrance Fees & Guide charges.
Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes), etc (to be borne by the client, which is directly payable on the spot).
Any increase in taxes or fuel price, leading to increase in cost on surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.
Room Heater Charges.
Anything which is not included in the inclusion.