On arrival at NJP Railway Station - IXB Airport, you will be met by our office representative and transferred to to Gangtok. (130 kms - 4 hrs), Gangtok (5500 Ft) the capital of Sikkim, Sikkim - the Land of the Pristine and un spoilt natural beauty with alpine landscapes and thick luxuriant forests, rivers in torrent and peaceful lakes.
After breakfast proceed to Tosomgo Lake (12,210 Ft), A 40 km drive which takes 2.5 hrs. This lake is located very close to Nathulla Pass which is the entry point to China termed as the Silk Route and remains frozen for most parts of the year. Legend has it that the Lamas use to forecast the future by studying the colors of the lakes waters. Enjoy the surroundings, majestic snowy peaks which feed the lake and the clean fresh air. Return Gangtok. Day at leisure.
Leave early for Lachung (8610 Ft), a distance of 117 kms. On the way stop Naga Waterfalls; the confluence of Lachen Chu and Lachung Chu at Chungthang- the starting point of the river Teesta. Chungthang is predominantly a Lepcha region, the nodal junction for the two passes - Lachen and Lachung. Stop at the Twin Waterfalls and Bhim Nala Waterfalls before reaching Lachung. Lachung is an exquisite valley town, resplendent in its crown of snow capped mountains, waterfalls and sparkling streams. Check into hotel. Afternoon to explore around Lachung village with a visit to the Lachung Monastery, Overnight at hotel.
After Breakfast proceed to Yumthang (11800 Ft) a 23 kms drive taking 1.5hrs. This is where the Tree Line ends and the rhododendron groves cover the landscape in a surreal shade. Also called the Valley of Flowers as in spring wild alpine flowers carpet the land. In winter there is snow all around that adds to the ethereal beauty. This place is also known for its Hot Springs which have healing medicinal properties after lunch transfer to Gangtok reach by the evening.
After breakfast visit Rumtek Monastery, 24 kms from Gangtok was built in 1960 by His Holiness the Late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa and this is a replica of the original Kagyurpa Monastery in Tibet, a must see for every visitor, the seat of the Kagyu . Behind the Monastery is the lavishly decorated Karmae Nalanda Institute of Buddhist Studies which attracts students from the world over. Here one can find the most unique religious scriptures and art objects of the world. After lunch Onwards to Pelling (6800 Ft 116 kms - 5 hrs), via Ravangla (6800 Ft), a small township and transit point to various destinations in South and West Sikkim, situated at the base of Meenam Hill (10300 Ft). Overnight at Hotel in Peeling.
Full day sightseeing of Rimbi Waterfalls, Rimbi Hydel Project, Khecheopari Lake also called the Wish Fulfilling Lake and Kanchenjunga Falls. Back to Hotel for Lunch. After lunch you cover Pemayangtse Monastery (7021 ft) 2.5 kms from Pelling. Built during the late 17th century, it is one of the oldest and most important monasteries of the Nyingmapa order of Buddhism in Sikkim, and then Changay Falls, Singsor Bridge and Dentam Village. Overnight at Hotel. (Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Aafter breakfast proceed to Darjeeling (7100 ft 125 kms / 5 hrs), a 72 kms drive taking around 3-4 hours, the Queen of the hill stations, its name derived from Dorje-Line which means the place of Dorje, the mystic thunderbolt. After a very scenic drive thru the mountains, tea gardens etc, reach Darjeeling by late afternoon Overnight at hotel in Darjeeling.
Early morning start at 4 am to Tiger Hill (7800 Ft) to see the sunrise. On return visit the Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop. Return hotel for breakfast. Afternoon go for a half-day sight seeing of Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park Tenzing and Gombu Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center (Closed on Sunday) and Tea Estate. Overnight at Hotel.