Around midnight arrival in New Delhi. The cosmopolitan city and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travellers. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel.
In the morning we drive to the airport for the flight to Bagdogra. After the arrival in Bagdogra we proceed north of the state through the coniferous forests and terraced tea gardens to Darjeeling. Darjeeling (place of the thunderbolt) has spectacular scenery. Due to its altitude of 2134 m and soothing temperature in summers Darjeeling has become a famous hill resort in India. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Darjeeling. In the evening enjoy the beautiful surroundings at Darjeeling.
Very early in the morning we drive to Tiger Hill (around 11 km) to enjoy the sunrise. Tiger Hill (2590 m) is the highest point in this area. There is a breathtaking view of the sunrise on the Kanchenjunga mountains. Mount Everest (8842 m) is also visible on a clear day. The moments of sunrise from Tiger Hill are described by most of the visitors as unforgettable. After viewing the Tiger Hill we visit the Yiga Choling monastery, built in 1850. It has the 14ft. Maitriya Buddha statue. After visiting monastery drive back to the hotel. After having breakfast we visit the institute of Mountaineering where we get the detailed information about the natural surrounding and the habitants of this area and Zoological Park where you can see the rare Himalayan animals like the Snow leopard, Tibetan Wolf, Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda, Siberian Tiger etc.
Today we leave the state of West Bengal and drive through the forests and tea gardens to Pemayangtse (The perfect Sublime Lotus) in Sikkim. Sikkim is the second smallest state in India. Sikkim, in the East Himalayas is sandwiched between Nepal to its west and Bhutan to its east. Sikkim has so rich of flora, fauna and a diverse ethnic and cultural population as no other state in India.
Today after having breakfast we visit the headquarter of the Nyingama sect in Pemayangtse and drive to Gangtok.
Day 5: Gangtok
Today we have full day sightseeing in Gangtok. In Gangtok, we will visit the Rumtek Monastery, Tibetology Institute, Enchey Monastery and Bazaar. After having sightseeing in Gangtok, drive back to Martam. The Enchey monastery is believed to be 200 years old. The monks of this monastery belong to the Mahayana Buddhism. The unique Research Institute of Tibetology is situated on a hilltop which was established in 1958 to promote research on Tibet and Mahayana Buddhism. Here we will see the biggest collection of Tibetan scripts and an excellent collection of rare Tankhas, bronze and cult objects.