Darjeeling is a gem of a place located in West Bengal, India. Located at an altitude of 6,700 ft, it carries a Tibetan vibe and has left every visitor open-mouthed 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, 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 Darjeeling Gangtok tour covers the best tourist spots of these cities to offer you an ultimate experience, you’ll remember for a lifetime.
ItineraryDay 1: NJP Rly Station/Bagodgra Airport – Darjeeling Stop At: Bagdogra AirportUpon arrival at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station / Bagdogra Airport, our representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel in Darjeeling. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day free. Overnight stay at the hotel.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: 3 star HotelDay 2: Darjeeling SightseeingStop At: Tiger Hill, Darjeeling, Darjeeling District, West BengalYour Darjeeling sightseeing tour includes the following activities:Early morning visit to the Tiger Hill (8,400 ft) to witness the breathtaking sunrise over the Mt. Kanchenjunga (3rd highest mountain peak). Breakfast at the hotel. The toy train ride from Darjeeling to Ghoom. Ghoom Monastery (7,407 ft) - the oldest Buddhist monastery of Darjeeling built in 1850. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (7,000 feet) built in respect to Sherpa Tenzin Norgay, who accomplished a climb to the Mount Everest (the world’s highest mountain) in 1953. Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park (7,000 ft) – the largest high altitude zoo in India. Tenzing Rock - a massive natural rock is named after Tenzing Norgay. Happy Valley Tea estate (6,900 ft.) where you see how tea is processed. Rangeet Valley Cable Car ride for a cable car ride over the the River Rangeet. Lunch at a local restaurant. Tibetan self-help centre (7,031 ft.) setup by Tibetan refugees in 1959. Gain a glimpse of Tibetan craft while you watch women weaving carpets. Japanese temple built in the year 1972 featuring a picture of Fujii Guruji, the founder of 'Nipponzan Myohoji' - a Buddhist order for world peace. Peace Pagoda that displays Lord Buddha in his four different forms. Overnight stay at the hotel.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling, Darjeeling District, West BengalVisitDuration: 45 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: 3 star HotelDay 3: Darjeeling – GangtokStop At: Japanese Buddhist TempleAfter breakfast, drive to Gangtok and on arrival, check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: 3 star HotelDay 4: Gangtok Local SightseeingStop At: Ganesh Tok View Point, Gangtok, East Sikkim, SikkimYour Darjeeling sightseeing tour includes the following activities:Breakfast at hotel. Ganesh Tok (6,500 ft.) - a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Ridge Park & Flower Exhibition Center - a wonderful stretch of various colorful flowers and plants. Best time to visit - April-May. Cottage Industry and Handicraft Centre wherein you can see Tibetan women engaged in weaving, crafting handlooms and designing woodcarving and paintings based on Sikkimese design. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology laid by 14th Dalai Lama in 1957. It comprises of a museum featuring coins, statues, thangkas (embroidered, hand-painted scrolls), Tibetan artworks, ancient manuscripts, and a Tibetan library. Lunch at the hotel. Dro-dul Chorten, a Stupa covered with a golden top dome built in 1945 by Trulshig Rinpoche, a respected Buddhist Lama. Enchey Monastery – around 200-years old monastery blessed by Lama Drupthob Karpo, an exponent of tantric art in Buddhism.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok, East Sikkim, SikkimVisitDuration: 30 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: 3 star HotelDay 5: Tsomgo Lake SightseeingStop At: Tsomgo Lake, Gangtok, East Sikkim, SikkimAfter breakfast, visit Tsomgo Lake (12,400 ft). A deep glacial lake, surrounded by sandy brown hills, reflecting different colors with changing seasons. Overnight stay at the hotel. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: 3 star hotelDay 6: New Jalpaiguri Rly Station / Bagdogra Airport Stop At: Bagdogra AirportAfter breakfast, transfer to the New Jalpaiguri railway station/Bagdogra Airport.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.