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

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$732 Multi-day & Extended Tours

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.

$83 Tours & Sightseeing

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.

$120 Food, Wine & Nightlife

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.

$1378.75 Multi-day & Extended Tours

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.

$196 Day Trips & Excursions

Explore Queen Of Hills Day Tour in Darjeeling

Get picked up from your hotel early in the morning at 4:30 am, meet your expert local guide and drive to Tiger Hill. Keep your camera ready as we start early for you to catch the perfect Sunrise on Tiger Hill, the highest point in the region. Capture the vastness of Mt. Everest and Mt. Kanchenjunga as the first rays of rising sun touch the snowy hills of the Eastern HImalayas. Let your guide help you understand local legend and stories of the place.From Tiger Hill, take a small trek uphill to visit the Sinchel temple, dedicated to Hindu Goddess Durga. Located in the middle of the forest, the temple has it's own charm and is often flocked with devotees. Return from the hill top and en route take a quick stop at Ghoom Monastery, one of Darjeeling’s oldest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. Visitors come to catch the glimpse of 15-foot tall statue of Buddha and the huge oil lamps that keep burning throughout the year.Proceed to visit the War memorial of Darjeeling, created in the honor of Gorkha soldiers. Click some breath-taking pictures and proceed back to the city center, locally known as Chowrasta. In the company of your guide, proceed to the best breakfast joint in the city, the Keventers. Devour the flavors of Northeast India and proceed to the Himalayan mountaineering Institute, a pilgrimage for climbing enthusiasts. Learn from your guide all about Tenzing Norgay and the first ever Mt. Everest expedition.Stop over for traditional lunch, proceed to the Mall road and take a pony ride,  and take in the beautiful simplicity of the scenery of Darjeeling. Walk past an array of boutiques, restaurants, and antique stores selling traditional garments, carpets, rugs, paintings, jewelry and much more. Explore the local side of Darjeeling as the sun starts to drop,  and relax with a chilled beer break at the “Buzz” restaurant. After your break, you will be dropped back to your hotel at 7 pm as the tour comes to an end.

$550 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Day Private Tour: Essene of North East India from Bagdogra

Day 01 : Bagdogra Airport - Darjeeling (Approx. 3 hrs)Meet and greet on arrival at Bagdogra Airport and drive to Darjeeling known as "the Queen of the Hills". Check in to your hotel on arrival. You can relax for the rest of the day or do some shopping at the popular mall Chowrasta. Overnight stay in Darjeeling. Day 02: Darjeeling Sightseeing TourAfter breakfast proceed to a sightseeing tour in Darjeeling that covers Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Tenzing Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self-help Centre, outside of Tea Garden and Japanese Peace Pagoda. Return to the hotel and take a break. After lunch continue sightseeing tour to Rock Garden and Ganga Maya Park. You will have your own personal time in the evening. Overnight in Darjeeling. Day 03: Darjeeling - Mirik - DarjeelingEarly Morning at 04:00 am leave for Tiger Hill to watch the spectacular sunrise over Mt. Khangchendzonga (28,208 ft.), the third highest peak in the world. En-route stopover Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop. After late breakfast join an excursion trip to Mirik Lake (5800 ft) via Pashupati Phatak (Nepal border) and back. Overnight in Darjeeling.Day 04: Darjeeling - Gangtok (Approx. 4 hrs) After breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel by our car and drive to Gangtok, “the Capital of Sikkim”. Check in to your hotel on arrival and take it easy for the rest of the day. Overnight in Gangtok.Day 05 : Gangtok SightseeingAfter breakfast we will join a half-day local sightseeing tour of Gangtok covering Rumtek Monastery, Dro-Dul Chorten, Institute of Tibetology, Handicraft Centre, and Flower Show. Overnight in Gangtok.Day 06 : Gangtok SightseeingStart your day with an excursion trip to Tsomgo Lake (12,400 ft.) and Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial (13200 ft). Overnight in Gangtok.Day 07 : Gangtok – Bagdogra Airport (Approx. 4 hrs)After breakfast we will take you back to Bagdogra Airport for your onward journey.