Welcome to India. On arrival, you are received and transferred to your hotel. Hotel check-in time is 12 noon. Delhi is the capital of modern India. Many dynasties and rulers have flourished on its regal soil over the last 3000 years. The legacy still survives in many monuments varying from the 13th century mausoleum of the Lodi Kings to the buildings of British India's imperial past like the Parliament House and the Presidential Estate. The rest of the day is free you to relax. Overnight in Delhi.
At early dawn you set off for Tiger Hill, located about 13 kms from town and at an altitude of 2,590 meters. Tiger Hill offers a magnificent view of the sun as it rises over the Kanchenjunga peak in the eastern Himalayan mountain range. On a clear day, even Mount Everest is visible. While driving back to the hotel, visit the Tibetan Ghoom Monastery. This is probably the most famous monastery in Darjeeling and it enshrines an image of Maitreya Buddha. Note: A view of Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga can be impacted by weather conditions).After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Darjeeling. The sightseeing covers Lebong village, which was the highest race course in the World, the Mountaineering Institute (closed on Thursdays), the house of Tensing Norgay (the Everest hero) and the Botanical Gardens, a representative collection of Himalayan plants, flowers and orchids. The afternoon is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Darjeeling.
Post breakfast this morning, drive to Gangtok (125 kms - 6 hours). En route visit the largest monastery of the area, Rumtek. Belonging to the Kargyudppa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, this monastery is also the seat of His Holiness the Late Gyalwa Karmappa, who has the largest following in the west. During the return journey, visit the Governmant Institute of Tibetology.Gangtok, at an altitude of 1780 meters, is the capital of Sikkim. The mighty Kanchenjunga provides a stunning backdrop to this quaint town. Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight stay in Gangtok.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, post which you proceed for local sightseeing. Visit the Government Institute of Cottage Industry (closed on Sundays), the Deer Park, Tashiling, the Enchey Monastery and the market. Dinner and overnight in Gangtok.
Drive to Kalimpong this morning (80 kms - 3 hours). Kalimpong is a small and bustling bazaar town set amidst the rolling foothills and deep valleys of the Himalayas. Check into your hotel and enjoy lunch.In the afternoon you proceed for local sightseeing. Visit Zang-dog-phalri-Fo-brang Monastery with its facilities for debating and thanka paintings. Also visit the Tirpai Monastery, Flower Nursery and Market. Dinner and overnight stay in Kalimpong.
Drive from Kalimpong to Bagdogra (79 kms-3 hours) airport in time to board flight for Delhi.On arrival at Delhi, you are met and are transferred from the domestic airport to International airport for your onward flight.