Spend a perfect holiday in North East which commences upon arrival at the New Jalpaiguri station. 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”. check-in at the comfortable hotel room for a relaxing overnight stay
Begin your day in the comfortable room and embark on a sightseeing tour of Darjeeling. 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 area’s oldest Monastery, built in 1875. On your way back from Tiger Hill, you can see the 15 feet tall image of Buddha. Further 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), Japanese Temple, and Peace Pagoda. Return to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Today, you have the entire day to explore the wonders of Pelling. Start your trip by visiting the Pemayangtse Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim. Believed to be three hundred years old, the monastery features beautiful sculptures and paintings with an ancient scroll of Padmasambhava’s eight incarnations. Next, proceed to Rabdentse Ruins where you can see a stone throne, which comprises of 3 standing stones, called Namphogang. After visiting Rabdentse Ruins, head to the Rambi Waterfall and then to Darap Village which is a tiny hamlet of the Limboo community and many other small families like Bhutias, Chettris, Tamangs, Rais, Gurungs and Lepcha. With the background of the beautiful hills, Darpa Village boasts of solitary places, far away from the urban cacophony. Thereafter, visit Khecheopalri Lake, one of the largest and biggest lakes in Sikkim. Most magical part of the lake is that despite its location amidst the forest, the surface of the lake remains clean. If any leave falls, the birds quickly pick it up. Before heading to the hotel, you will be also visiting Kanchenjunga Fall and Rock Garden. As the day comes to an end, return to the comfortable hotel for a relaxing overnight stay.
Today, full day sightseeing at Pelling visiting Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabdentse Ruins, Rambi Waterfall, Darap Village, Khechipalri Lake, Kanchenjunga Fall and Rock Garden.
Today morning, check out of the hotel and proceed to Gangtok. Check in the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. In the morning, embark on a drive to Gangtok which is approximately a three hours from Kalimpong. 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 traveller’s 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) and Flower Show Complex. Having explored the iconic attractions, you can return to the hotel for an overnight stay
In the morning, head out on an excursion to witness the gems of Sikkim. You will be first visiting the Changu or Tsomgo Lake which is barely 35 kilometres from Gangtok. The stunning view of the crystal clear lake amidst the snowy summits is a sight to behold. Next, visit Baba Mandir after traveling for 18 kilometres cutting and running through the snow-capped mountains. Baba Mandir is a memorial commemorated to the brave Sepoy of Indian Army who lost his life around 30 years back in this region. Having explored the iconic attractions, you can return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel in Gangtok and drive to Lachung enroute visiting villages and waterfalls. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel and excursion to Yumthang Valley, also known as the Sikkim Valley & back. The Yumthang Valley or Sikkim Valley of Flowers sanctuary, is a nature sanctuary with river, hot springs, yaks and grazing pasture on rolling meadows surrounded by the Himalayan mountains. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Gangtok.Arrive Gangtok by late evening. Overnight at hotel.
In this morning after breakfast, check-out from the hotel. Later drive back to new jalguripai station, for your onwards journey.
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