Darjeeling is a town in India's West Bengal state, in the Himalayan foothills. Once a summer resort for the British Raj elite, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, or “Toy Train,” completed in 1881. It's famed for the distinctive black tea grown on plantations that dot its surrounding slopes. Its backdrop is Mt. Kanchenjunga, among the world’s highest peaks.
Gangtok is the capital of the mountainous northern Indian state of Sikkim. Established as a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the 1840s, the city became capital of an independent monarchy after British rule ended, but joined India in 1975. Today, it remains a Tibetan Buddhist center and a base for hikers organizing permits and transport for treks through Sikkim’s Himalayan mountain ranges.
Lachung is a mountain village close to the Tibetan border, in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. It's divided by the Lachung River. The village is home to the 19th-century Buddhist Lachung Monastery, surrounded by apple orchards. Nearby, the Yumthang Valley's Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary protects many species of rhododendron. The valley is also known for its waterfalls, pine forests and hot springs.
Heartily welcome you at jalpaiguri railway station / Bagdogra airport. Both the airport and the railway station connects siliguri, which is the gateway of Sikkim, Darjeeling and many more tourist destinations of north Bengal. It is also the transit point for air, road and rail traffic to the neighboring countries of Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. It is famous for its four t s: tea, transport, tourism and timber. Start your journey towards Darjeeling (6710 ft.), situated in west Bengal. After a picturesque journey through misty mountains reach your destination, at the -queen of hills. Check-in to hotel & move out to explore Darjeeling mall. Pip out at caventers or at glenarys- to take a sip of coffee, doughnuts, or a bite of yummy sausages. Return to hotel. Spend overnight at hotel in Darjeeling.
Today get ready early morning by 4 a.m to witness the spectacular sunrise over mt. Khangchendzongha(28,208 ft. ,worlds 3rd highest peak ) at tiger hill. Its a destination by itself offering not just great views during sunrise; its a place where you can soak yourself with himalayan serenity anytime during the day. Thrill yourself by visiting world famous ghoom monastery and batasia loop on your way back. Batasia loop is fascinating to watch the toy train with its way round the loop. The war memorial constructed in the memory of brave sons of darjeeling who died in different wars since 1947, is worth a visit. A glorious view of snowy peak and town can be seen from this place. After a sumptuous breakfast visit himalayan mountaineering institute, p.n. Zoological park (thursday closed), tenzing rock, Tibetan refugee self-help centre (sunday closed)tea garden, Japanese temple, peace pagoda and ropeway (ticket cost not included and will be approx rs.180 per person-directly payable).
After a delightful breakfast proceed to picturesque drive to Gangtok (5,480 ft.). On arrival check-in to your hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure. Evening stroll in the MG marg by your own. Spend overnight at hotel in Gangtok.
After a sumptuous breakfast visit tsomgo lake (12,400 ft.) & baba mandir (13,200 ft.) Which is 55 kms one way from gangtok city. Spend overnight at hotel in gangtok. (if due to landslide or bad road condition tsomgo lake is closed then alternate sightseeing will be provided). Supplementary cost for nathula pass : rs 5000/- per vehicle *issuance of permit for nathula pass depends upon the availability. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday. If the guest wants to avail the nathula pass then they will have to inform us minimum 3 days prior to the trip. Once the permit is issued and due to any weather condition if the roads are closed then the charges would be non refundable*
Early morning breakfast – Next start for North Sikkim package tour – Leave Gangtok at about 10 A M proceed to Lachung 119 kilometres – 4 ½ hours – 5 ½ hours – Lachung is situated at an altitude of 8600 feet - On the way stop and enjoy a few wonderful locations like Tashi Viewpoint, Kabi Lungstok, Naga Waterfalls, confluence of Lachen chu and Lachung Chu at Chungthang, Twin Waterfalls and Bhim Nala Waterfalls - The roads are colored with full bloom of Primulae, Rhododendrons and many other Alpine flowers Guest specially during spring – Guest are likely to reach Lachung at late afternoon or early evening - Check into the hotel / resort - Evening free to stroll around the village - Dinner will be served at about 8 PM – Overnight stay at Lachung.
After breakfast drive towards Yumthang situated at an elevation of nearly 11800 feet - On the way you may visit the famous hot spring which is known for its curative properties of skin diseases - Yumthang is a valley near the river Lachung Chu surrounded by mountains where the tree line ends - In spring the valley erupts in riots of colors as Primulae, Rhododendrons and many other Alpine flowers in full bloom along with snow covered valley except in autumn - Return to resort at Lachung for Lunch - Back to Gangtok - 125 kilometers, 4 – 5 hours drive - On the way stops at Singhik and Mangan - Back to Gangtok Evening free to roam around M G Road (Mall) or local Shopping center - Over Night stay at Gangtok.
Transfer to Pelling nearly 140 kilometres 4 -- 4 ½ - hours drive - The drive is easy due to the scenic beauty around - Guest can stop for photograph - Check in to the hotel - Pelling is at an altitude of 6800 feet / 2072 meters - On a clear day guest can get a clear view of Himalayan range and the snow capped peaks of mount Kanchenjunga, mount Pandim, mount Kabru, etc - Check into Hotel -after refreshment go for Pelling locsl sight seeing Places of visit are Rimbi water Falls, Rimbi Rock Garden, Kechopalri Lake, it is one of the holy Buddhist lake and it is believed that any wish in front of the lake comes true - Myth is that when a leaf falls on the placid clear water surface, it is picked by a bird and thus the water surface is always free of leaves, Kechopalri Monastery, Kanchenjunga water Falls, , Evening one is free to stroll around this small settlement - Evening free to roam around the helipad or Shopping centre - Over Night stay at Pelling.
After breakfast at hotel and then forwarding journey to Darjeeling – The road is scenic and pass through Gyalsing and Jorethang - Transfer to Darjeeling takes nearly 135 Kilometers 3 – 3 ½ hours – It is situated t an height of 2123 meters / 70001 feet - It is a land of breathtaking beauty, sloping tea gardens with spectacular views of the Mount Everest is the Queen of the hills – Darjeeling is home to many international Schools and few of the internationally famous site like Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, etc – It is also home to the famous World Heritage train – The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) - Check into hotel – Evening free - Over Night stay at Darjeeling
After breakfast checkout from Hotel and Transfer to Bagdogra Airport for onward journey.