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.
Day 2: Delhi - Bagdogra (by air) - Darjeeling (about 100 km)
In the morning drive to the airport for the flight to Bagdogra. Upon arrival in Bagdogra we proceed through the forests and tea gardens to Darjeeling. Darjeeling (place of the thunderbolt) has spectacular scenery. Due to its altitude and soothing temperature in summers Darjeeling has become a famous hill resort in India. In the evening drive to the hotel in Darjeeling.
In the early morning you will drive to the Tiger Hill and 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. 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 having breakfast you can enjoy the toy train ride in Darjeeling to the Ghoom monastery. In the afternoon after having lunch you will visit the nearby surrounding areas in Darjeeling.
In the morning drive from Darjeeling to Pemayangtse in Sikkim. We enter through Naya Bazar Check point into the Sikkim. From the Check point the drive is only for the five hours to Pemayangtse. 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. In the evening arrive in Pemayangtse. Overnight stay in Pemayangtse.
In the morning after having breakfast drive to Yuksom. The first king of Sikkim was coronated in Yuksum. Enroute you will visit Pemayangtshe Monastery and Tashiding Monastery. Tashiding monastery belongs to Nyingmapa order and is nestled on the top of a hill that looms up between the Rathong river and the Rangit river. In the evening arrive at the hotel in Yuksum.
In the morning drive from Yuksum to Gangtok. The capital of Sikkim "Gangtok" lies on a ridge overlooking the Ranipool river. Gangtok ("High Hill") lies at an altitude of 1760 m and is surrounded by the Kanchenjunga range. In the evening arrive in Gangtok. Overnight stay at the Martam Resort in Gangtok.
In the morning you will drive to visit the beautiful Valley of Flowers at Yumthang, about 24 kms from Lachung. The snow peak mountains surround this beautiful Yumthang valley. Yumthang is also well known for its hot springs. To reach here one has to walk a few hundred yards from the road and cross the bridge on the river Lachung. The area is very beautiful and the mountains surrounding the area seems as if they are touching the heavens. After visiting the hot springs at Yumthang you will drive back to the hotel in Lachung.
In the morning after having breakfast we drive from Lachung to Gangtok. On the way you will visit the Waterfalls, the Tree Gate and the footmarks of Guru Rimpoche at Chunthang. In the evening arrive in Gangtok.
Today you will visit the Rumtek Monastery. Rumtek monastery was built as a true copy of a Tibetan monastery in recent years. Rumtek is the headquarter of Red hat sect of tibetan lamaistic Buddhism. After visiting the Rumtek monastery you will visit the unique Research Institute of Tibetology on a hilltop. This institute was established in the year 1958 to promote research on Tibet and Mahayana Buddhism. Here you will see the biggest collection of tibetan scripts and an excellent collection of rare Tankhas, bronze and cult objects. After having lunch you will visit Enchey Monastery. This monastery is believed to be 200 years old. The monks of this monastery belong to the Mahayana Buddhism. After visiting the monastery you will visit the Bazaar in Gangtok.
After having breakfast you will drive to Kalimpong. Kalimpong, a remote hill station has been a meeting point of the once "three closed lands" on the trade route to Tibet. The beautiful mountain scenery and the abundance of flowers have made Kalimpong an attractive resort. In the afternoon arrive in Kalimpong. After having lunch you will visit Doorpin Monastery and Bazaar in Gangtok.