Day 1: Bagdogra / New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling (93 kms in approximately 3 hours)
Meals: No Meal
On arriving at the airport or railway station, you shall be received by our representative and get transferred to your hotel. Here's what's in store for you.
Standing high in the Himalayas at an altitude of 2134 metres, Dorje Ling, or place of the Thunderbolt, offers breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks, with the Kanchendzonga rising higher than all the others. Often referred to as the 'Queen of the Hills', Darjeeling remains just as alluring with its tiny waterfalls, little villages and a narrow gauge railway track. Surrounded by World Famous Tea Gardens and snow-capped mountains, Darjeeling remains one of the most exotic destinations. Graeme Westlake in his book An Introduction to Hill Stations on India refers to Darjeeling as having A view Scarcely Unrivalled on Earth.
This morning, get up early to visit Tiger Hill to witness a beautiful sunrise and Himalayan Ranges like Kanchandzonga and Mount Everest. On a clear day, you can see the horizon changing colors just before sunrise and then the entire Himalayan range turn golden. From there, proceed to Ghoom Monastery, which is the areas oldest Monastery, built in 1875. On your way back from Tiger Hill, you can see the 15 feet tall image of Mythey Buddha.
Return to your hotel for a breakfast and proceed for a city tour visiting Himalayan Mountaineering Institute(closed on Thursday) which was started by Tenzing Norgay after he climbed Mt. Everest, Zoological Park (closed on Thursday), Tibetan Refugee Centre(closed on Sunday), Tenzing Rock, Gombu Rock and Tea Estate(from outside). Return to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 3: Darjeeling Gangtok (98 kms in 4 hours approximately)
After Breakfast at your hotel, drive to Gangtok. At an altitude of 1750m, Gangtok became the state capital in the mid-19th century and has undergone rapid development since then. The downtown area is dominated by huge government buildings decorated with traditional Buddhist symbols. Gangtok is also a resting ground for people traveling to North Sikkim. Surrounded by Monasteries and Orchids, Gangtok is truly a travellers delight.
In the afternoon, proceed for a sightseeing tour in Gangtok, visit Do Drul Chorten, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (closed on Sundays), Cottage Industry (closed on Sundays), Flower Show Complex and Rumtek Monastery.
After breakfast at the hotel, go for a full-day excursion to Changu Lake which is 35 km from Gangtok, and at an altitude of 12,400 feet. The lake derives its waters from melting snows off the surrounding mountains Legends has it that lamas could forecast the future by studying the colour of the lakes waters. Also visit Baba Mandir. Later, return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 5: Gangtok - Kalimpong (83 km in approximately 3 hours)
After Breakfast at your hotel, check-out and drive to Kalimpong.
At an altitude of 1250 metres, Kalimpongs location is ideal for a pleasant, relaxed getaway. Its clement weather has made Kalimpongs orchids and gladiole well renowned. Up to the early 1700s, the Kalimpong area was part of the Sikkim rajas 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 center with Tibet till 1950s. Today its a quiet hill resort and a haven for retired people.
In the afternoon, go for a sightseeing tour of Kalimpong, visiting Zang Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery, Tharpa Choling Monastery, Thongsa Gumpa and Flower Nurseries. In the evening, arrive at your Kalimpong hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.