Queen of Hills Darjeeling with Gangtok

5 Nights / 6 Days


Queen of the Hills - Darjeeling and Gangtok

Bagdogra – Darjeeling – Gangtok - Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a mesmerizing hill-station located in West Bengal, India. Located at an altitude of 6,700 ft, it carries a Tibetan vibe and has left every visitor agape with its spectacular views of the Mount Kanchenjunga (3rd highest mountain peak in the world). This is one place where you can find almost everything, be it mountains, monasteries, Hindu temples, lush tea etstates, rivers, adventure activities, wildlife, shopping and what not. Located close to Darjeeling is the pleasant hill town of Gangtok, the capital of north-eastern state of Sikkim, located at an altitude of 5,500 feet (approx.). It is a wonderland of valleys, snow-capped mountain peaks, diverse ethnicities and one of the main pilgrimage centres of Buddhists. This ‘5 nights and 6 days’ of Darjeeling and Gangtok tour covers the best tourist spots of these two cities to offer you an ultimate experience of the north eastern part of India nestled in the lap of the Himalayas.

Highlights

  1. Get breathtaking views of sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjunga from Tiger Hill in Darjeeling.
  2. Enjoy a heritage toy train ride in Darjeeling.
  3. Soak in the serene surroundings at Tsomgo Lake in Gangtok.
  4. Tashi View Point in Sikkim, both offering specatcular snow laden views of mountain Kanchenjunga (3rd highest mountain peak in the world).
  5. Spent time being close to nature in Kalimpong.
  6. Sight Buddhist culture in all the three destinations.

DAY 1
ARRIVE BAGDOGRA - DARJEELING (70 KMS./2.5 HRS APPROX.)
Arrive at Bagdogra airport. Upon arrival, meet our representative waiting at the arrival area. Then drive to Darjeeling. On arrival, check-in at hotel and relax.
Darjeeling (7100 Ft), 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 through the mountains, tea gardens, experiencing unforgettable beauty, you will reach Darjeeling. Check-in at hotel. Spend the evening lazing around or walk up to the mall area. Dinner and overnight stay at Darjeeling.

DAY 2
DARJEELING
Start the day at 4 am with an early morning trip to Tiger Hill (7800 Ft) to catch the sunrise from behind the majestic Kanchenjunga range. On the way back visit the Ghoom Monastery & Batasia Loop, back to the hotel for breakfast.
(09:00 AM TO 03:00 PM) After breakfast, proceed for a half day Darjeeling local sightseeing of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Ropeway, Zoo, Tenzing Rock, Tibetan Refugees Self Help Centre, Tea Garden (outer view) & Japanese Temple. Back to the hotel by evening; take a walk to “Chowrasta” the centre point of the Mall area. You can do some window shopping & overnight stay at Darjeeling.

DAY 3
DARJEELING – GANGTOK (100 KMS. /4 HRS APPROX.)
After breakfast, check-out and enjoy a round of The Heritage Toy Train Joy ride by Steam Locomotive in Darjeeling. Then drive to Gangtok.
Gangtok (5500 Ft) - the Land of the Pristine and unspoilt natural beauty of Sikkim, with alpine landscapes and thick luxuriant forests, rivers in torrent and peaceful lakes. It takes a journey of 130 kms & 5 hours to reach Gangtok. Upon arrival at the hotel, check-in. Relax & refresh yourself & then walk to the mall which is just 5 minutes away. Overnight stay at Gangtok.

DAY 4
GANGTOK
After breakfast, visit to Tashi View Point (6000 Ft) to get a breathtaking view of Mt. Khangchendzonga. Situated 8 kms from the town, this point offers a breathtaking view of the majestic peak & surrounding hills. Also can be seen are the monasteries at Phodong & Labrang. On the return visit Hanuman Tok (7200 Ft), temple devoted to Hanuman, and which is maintained by the Indian Army. From the temple you can also get a bird’s eye view of the Selep waterworks which supplies drinking water to the Gangtok town. Near this temple is Lukshyama - the royal cremation grounds of the erstwhile royal family of Sikkim. Then go to Ganesh Tok (6500 Ft), a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha, which is so small in size that it can hardly accommodate one person & one has to crawl to get inside. Next, proceed to The Handicraft & Handloom Showroom, which promotes traditional arts & crafts, a veritable storehouse of exquisite carpets, blankets, shawls in “Lepcha” weaves. The Flower Show, which contains over 200 species of orchids set amidst a beautiful landscape. And to Do-Drul Chorten (Stupa), which is one of the most important stupas of Sikkim, built by the head of the Nyingma order- Trullshi Rimpoche in 1945. It contains rare details of Dorji Phupa, Holy Books, Mantras and is encircled by 108 prayer wheels; The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology built in 1958 in traditional style, a renowned worldwide centre for the study of the Mahayana Buddhist philosophy & religion, a treasure house of rare “Thangkas”, statues, over 200 Buddhist icons and prized objects of art & finally Ban Jhakhri Waterfalls, back to the hotel by late afternoon, Overnight stay at Gangtok.
Evening free for leisure or go shopping for Sikkimese traditional handicrafts. Overnight stay at Gangtok.

DAY 5
GANGTOK - DAY TRIP TO TSOMGO LAKE (40 KMS. /2 HRS. APPROX., ONE WAY)
After breakfast, proceed to Tsomgo Lake (12,313 Ft). (Subject to availability of permit) This lake is located very close to Nathula Pass which is the entry point to China termed as the “Silk Route & remains frozen for most part of the year. Legend has it that the Lamas use to forecast the future by studying the colour of the lakes’ waters. Enjoy the surroundings, majestic snowy peaks which feed the lake and the clean fresh air, back to Gangtok by 3 pm for a late lunch. Evening free for leisure or go shopping for Sikkimese traditional handicrafts & overnight stay at Gangtok.
Evening free for leisure or go shopping for Sikkimese traditional handicrafts. Overnight stay at Gangtok.

DAY 6
DAY 6: GANGTOK - BAGDOGRA AIRPORT (130 KMS. /4.5 HRS APPROX.)
After breakfast, check-out of the hotel & proceed to Bagdogra Airport for onwards destination.



Package Includes -

  • 05 Nights accommodation at good 3 star hotels on Twin / Double Sharing basis.
  • Assistance at airports during arrivals and departures by GeTS Holidays Representative.
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner at all the Hotels
  • Jeep ride to Tsomgo Lake (Subject to availability of permit)
  • One time Toy Train Joy ride in Steam Locomotive
  • Transportation in a Private Non Air-conditioned small car, with professional driver
  • Bottled water in the car
  • All currently Applicable taxes, tolls, parking charges, driver’s allowances



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