Welcome to Darjeeling
Spread in ribbons over a steep mountain ridge, surrounded by emerald-green tea plantations and towered over by majestic Khangchendzonga (8598m), Darjeeling is the definitive Indian hill station and is arguably West Bengal’s premier attraction. When you aren’t gazing open-mouthed at Khangchendzonga, you can explore colonial-era architecture, visit Buddhist monasteries, and spot snow leopards and red pandas at the... Read More
Top experiences in Darjeeling
7-Night Land of Pristine and Mystic Beauty from Siliguri
Day 1: Siliguri - Gangtok (D)Be picked up at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station or Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri and then transferr to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Begin to feel the effects of the increasing tranquility as you journey into the land of monastery, mystic rituals and festivals at an height of 5,480 feet. Check into your hotel, for a free evening and stay overnight at Keepsa Residency or Terrace Vally in Gangtok. Day 2: Gangtok - Tsomgo Lake (B,D)Wake up for breakfast and a day excursion to Tsomgo Lake nearly (2 hours drive). The Lake is oval shaped lake nearly 50 feet deep, generally covered in snow for most of the year the year. Head back to Gangtok and stay overnight in Gangtok. Day 3: Gangtok (B,D)After breakfast drive into the city of Gangtok for sightseeing. There you'll visit the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom, Research Institute of Tibetology, Do Drul Chorten Stupa, Rumtek Monastery Enchey Monastery, White Hall, Flower Show, and Tashi View Point, one of the finest falls close to Gangtok. Stay overnight in Gangtok. Day 4: Gangtok - Pelling (B,D)Transfer to Pelling. One can enjoy the spectacular Eastern Himalayan Range from Pelling. Stay at Norbughang Resort in Pelling. Day 5: Pelling (B,D)After breakfast start a full-day sightseeing and visit some of the most popular attractions including Pemayangtse Monastery, Rimbi Falls, Khecheopalri Lake, Sanga Choeling Monastery and Rabdentse Ruins. Overnight stay in Pelling. Day 6: Pelling - Darjeeling (B,D)Transfer to Darjeeling. Overnight stay at hotel Hermitage in Darjeeling. Day 7: Darjeeling (B,D)Early morning around 3:45 am drive to 8,000 feet through primitive forests of oak, magnolia to Tiger Hill to view sunrise over Kanchendzonga Peak (subject to clear weather). On the way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Peace memorial and Batasia Loop. Return to the hotel for breakfast and, after getting some rest, proceed for a city tour to visit Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Ropeway, Tenzing Gumpo Rock, Tea Estate, Natural History Museum, and Peace Pagoda. Also visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (closed on Thursday) and Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center (closed on Sunday). If the attraction is closed, you will go to the Japanese temple instead. Transfer back to the hotel for overnight stay in Darjeeling. Day 8: Darjeeling - Siliguri (B)There is no itinerary planned for the day. After breakfast transfer to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station or Bagdogra Airport for your journey onward.
Bagdogra Airport Pick up and drop to Darjeeling Hotel
On arriving at Bagdogra Airport you will meet our professionally friendly driver who will greet you at the arrival terminal exit gate with a placard of your name. You will than go ahead to board the vehicle & move to Darjeeling. The Diver will provide you a brief history of the town & assist you with your further information regarding the tour as well. The approximate road distance from Bagdogra to Darjeeling is 69 kms and it is just about 2-3 hours of drive keeping onto the National Highway 55.Enjoy the hill resort of the world & explore the hill mountains on your way.You will be arriving to the Darjeeling city center hotel safely along with the collection of memories on the way.
Darjeeling Half-Day Private Sightseeing Tour
Your tour begins with a pick-up from from your hotel. Meet your guide and drive to some of the main attractions of Darjeeling, which include: Himalayan Mountaineering institute and the Zoo Darjeeling ropeway Tenzing and Gombu Rocks Happy Valley Tea Estate Self help centre for the Tibetan refugees The Gorkha football stadium Lebong Race Course Get your camera ready to enjoy the beautiful Himalayan mountains. Start with Himalayan Mountaineering institute which is dedicated to Tenzing Norgay, the first person to climb Mt Everest. There is a museum which consists of various articles and his personal effects. Move towards the zoo where you can find animals like Himalayan black bear, red panda, yak, Tibetan wolf and snow leopard. You can enjoy the Darjeeling ropeway at an altitude of 7000 ft. View the river Rangeet and also the tea gardens along with the snow covered peaks. Afterwards, get ready for rock climbing at Tenzing and Gombu Rocks at a sita. Visit an old tea estate and learn about how it is termed as a tea plantation hub of the state. You can also purchase tea here. Finally, visit the Self-help center for the Tibetan refugees & The Gorkha football stadium. You can find the handcrafts, woolen clothes along with the view of the parade grounds. You will also visit Lebong Race Course, which is used for tournaments & festivals. At the end of your tour, you will be dropped back off to your hotel.
Small-group Delhi High Tea Experience
Arrive to the host family’s home at 4:30pm, which is nestled in Chanakyapuri, a suburb of Lutyens Delhi and a stone's throw away from the British High Commission and the American Embassy. The decor is an ode to old-world glamor and a connoisseur's delight, redolent with the heritage and legacy of the family; the original builders of New Delhi. Every wall, surface, and corner have been elegantly curated in an eclectic mix of styles — Mughal, Persian and Kashmiri — woven together in perfect harmony. You will experience home cooked food with family recipes handed down like treasured secrets through many generations. The spices used by your chefs are a fragrant masala mix specially prepared for each dish. A selection of classic Indian teas will end each feast. This is a sensual treat that trails across the length and breadth of tea country from the verdant Doaars of Darjeeling to the blue Nilgiris of South India. From each region your host’s have sourced the finest varieties; black, white, and a range of green to summon the full gamut of Indian tea. The tea tasting will transport you to the exclusive tea gardens of Darjeeling, Assam, and Sikkim culminating with homemade special masala chai and savories. The tea event will end approximately at 7pm.
A Raft Journey: Thunder Down the Himalayan Foothills on Teesta River's White Water with Private Transfer
You will be picked from your hotel or fixed point within Darjeeling and driven to Teesta Bazar, where you will meet your instructor. After a brief introduction and important instructions, you’ll set out for your fun-filled and thrilling White Water Rafting adventure. Experienced river guides will take you on a safe journey down the river. Whether you are a seasoned rafter or a novice, at Teesta there are provisions and courses earmarked for both. Once you get your helmet, life jacket, a pair of oars and your raft, you’ll be ready to hit the challenging waters of the turbulent Teesta and Rangit. The River Teesta originates from Tso Lhamo Lake in North Sikkim at an altitude of over 5,330 meters and its tributary Rangit, originates from a glacier of Mount Kabru. Both finally meet at a place which is close to Teesta Bazar. This meeting point is known as Triveni. Your White Water Rafting experience will start from a point called the 7th Mile and continue down until Labarbote, which will take about 30 minutes to one hour (depending on the speed of the river). As you raft down Teesta, you will have wonderful views of the dense forests along the slope of the mountains, various birds, fish in the water, and small villages on both sides of the river. These views combined with the excitement of rafting through the torrents and foaming waters create an unforgettable experience. When your rafting journey ends at Labarbote point, you will be met and then driven back to your hotel / fixed point at Darjeeling.
6-Day Private Tour to Gangtok and Darjeeling from Kolkata Including Train Ride in Ghum
After departing Kolkata for your flight to Bagdogra, you’ll be driven to Darjeeling, a beautiful Himalayan city in West Bengal. The next day, head to Ghum (or Ghoom) and board the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (‘Toy Train’) to the summit to watch a gorgeous sunrise over the Himalayas.Your guide will then take you on a sightseeing tour of sites like Ghum Monastery (or Ghoom Monastery), the Batasia Loop War Memorial, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. In the evening, stroll through local markets with your guide and enjoy yummy Indian bites from food stalls (own expense).Your third and fourth days include free time and an enlightening sightseeing tour in Gangtok in the eastern Himalayas. On visits to several monasteries and religious institutions, you’ll learn about Tibetan Buddhism and browse collections of ancient artifacts and religious relics. You’ll then travel back to Kolkata to conclude your tour. Your knowledgeable local guide will teach you about the sites you visit, and you’ll have free time to explore on your own. You’ll stay in your choice of 4- or 5-star hotels, with daily breakfast and dinners and ground transportation by private, air-conditioned vehicle included. You can choose to pre-book your own flights or include them in the tour price. During your free time, you will have access to a private driver (at an additional cost).For details on each day of the tour, see the Itinerary section below.