4 Nights 5 Days in Darjeeling and Gangtok

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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

 

Short Itinerary

Day 1 : NJP Rly Station / IXB Airport – Darjeeling (98 kms / 3 hrs)

Day 2 : Darjeeling Sightseeing - Gangtok (115 kms / 4 hrs)

Day 3 : Namchi Excursion (70 kms/3 hours)

Day 4 : Excursion to Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir

Day 5 : Gangtok – NJP Rly Station / IXB Airport (125 kms / 4 hrs)

Itinerary ()

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    Day 1 : 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.

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    Day 2 : 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.

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    Day 3 : 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

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    Day 4 : 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)

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    Day 5 : 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.

Inclusions

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.

Exclusions

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.

Insurance.

Anything which is not included in the inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Booking amount is non-refundable.

No refund of total trip amount will be provided on cancellation, 10 days prior to departure date.

50% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 11-20 days prior to scheduled departure date.

90% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 21-90 days prior to scheduled departure date.

100% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation, 90+ days prior to scheduled departure date.

If due to any unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control. Act of God, we won't be able to refund the complete amount.

For Cancellations/ Refund Request , kindly reply to the confirmation mail and get in touch with the Team. All cancellations will be considered only after the mail has been received.

Things To Pack

Down Jacket (Main jacket)

Raincoat/ Poncho

Inner Layer

Tshirt or Fleece

Track Pant

Extra pair of Socks

Woolen Cap

Rucksack (At least 40L)

Mufflers/ Neck Warmer

Extra pair of Clothes

Undergarments

Slippers

Power Bank

Sunscreen Lotion

Sunglasses

Torch

Water Bottle

Tissue Roll

Hand Sanitizer

Personal Toiletries

Medicines

First Aid Kit

*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season

Things To Know

#Cost is per person cost and is based on a minimum of 6 travelers

FAQs

Q. What will be the group size?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?

All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.

All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.

Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?

Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.

Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?

Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.

Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?

We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.

Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?

We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.

Q. Which shoes should I buy?

Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.

Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.

Q. What will be the type of accommodation?

It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.

Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?

Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.

Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?

It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.

Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?

After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.

Q. What type of food is served during the trek?

We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.

Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?

Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.

In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.

Q. Can we change the itinerary?

Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.

Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?

Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.

Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?

No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.

Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?

Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.

Q. Diamox is advisable or not?

Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.

Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.

Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?

It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.

Q. What will we do if it rains?

If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.

Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?

Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.

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