Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim is located on a ridge at a height of 5500 feet. With a spectacular view of the Khangchendzonga, the town provides the perfect base for travel through the state.
The beauty of Darjeeling, situated at an altitude of 7100 ft, made the British make it a den for themselves. The hill city has retained its charms to mesmerize the visitors, along with the legacy the British left behind.
Day 01 - Bagdogra Airport / NJP Station to Gangtok, 125kms in 4 Hrs
Meet & Greet on our arrival and drive to Gangtok(Alt.5550Ft/1675M). The picturesque Teesta follows you all the way.
On arrival, check in to hotel. You could stroll about the neighborhood or shop at MG Marg in the evening.
Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 02 – Gangtok to Tsomgo Lake with Baba Mandir, and Nathula Pass Excursion
After breakfast , start for a full day trip to -
Tsomgo Lake (12400ft), which is only 32 kms from Gangtok City, the Lake is almost about 1Km long, oval in shape and 15 mtrs deep. The Lake is considered sacred by the local people. 12 kms further visit the
New Baba Harvajan Singh Mandir. believed to have wish-fulfilling powers. On Sundays a ‘langar’ is run at the temple which provides free meals to the visitors.
Nathula Pass, was a major corridor of passage between India and Tibet before it was closed in 1962. Located around 56 kms from Gangtok at an altitude of 14450 ft, the road to Nathula, one of the highest motorable roads, passes through the Tsomgo lake. On a clear day you can even see the road winding down the Chumbi valley.
Note: Nathula Pass visit will be on direct payment basis as because it depends on availability of permit from army and weather & road Condition.
Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 03 Gangtok City Tour
After breakfast, start for a tour in and around Gangtok. Visit
Tashi View Point built by Tashi Namgyal, offering a panoramis view of Mt Khang-chen-Dzonga
Gonjang Monastery, Gonjang Monastery near Tashi View Point was established in the year 1981. The founder is H.E. Tingkye Gonjang Rimpoche. He was recognised as an incarnation of Yolmo Terton Ngakchang Shakya Zangpo, a 15th century Nyingmapa Terton. The monastery follows Jangter tradition of Nyingmapa school of Tibeten Buddhism.
Do-drul Chorten, built by the Venerable Trullshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibeten Buddhism, in 1945. Inside the stupa, there are complete mandala set of Dorjee phurba (Vajra Kilaya), a set of Kang Gyur relic (Holy Book), complete 'Zung' (mantras) and other religious objects. Around the Chorten, there are 108 Mani Lhakor (Prayer Wheels).
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, The most prestigious research institute of its kind in the world, NIT is a treasure of vast collection of rare Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts, statues and rare Thankas (colourful tapestries used in Buddhist liturgy). Apart from an attractive museum, it has over 200 Buddhist icons and other prized objects of art.
Orchid House, the paradise made of orchids is located just below NIT and boasts a population of 250 exotic species of orchids.
Hur Huray Dara the Nam Nang view point provides a panoramic view of the lush forests and the vibrant green valley.
Tsuklakhang(Palace Monastery) located inside the palace of the Chogyals, the former rulers of Sikkim, it is the most accessible monastery within the city. Built in typical Sikkimese style, there are interesting murals and images of Buddhist pantheon.
White Memorial Hall, a typical british structure constructed in 1932 in memory of Claude White.
Flower Show Hall, a popular permanent exhibition of Sikkims diverse flowering fauna, located near the White Hall.
Gangtok Ropeway offering a breathtaking panoramic birds-eye view of the mountains and the valley.
Back to hotel and free evening to roam around MG Marg for shopping.
Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 04 - Gangtok to Darjeeling, 110kms in 4hrs
Check out from Gangtok and drive to Darjeeling (Alt 7100Ft/ 2100M). On arrival check in at Hotel. In the afternoon, stroll about and shop at -
Chowrasta & Darjeeling Mall The heart of Victorian Darjeeling, this place is the commercial hub, set on the ridge above Darjeeling town, dotted with numerous curio centers and other shops including fine blended Darjeeling tea.
Overnight at Darjeeling.
Day 05 - Full Day Darjeeling City Tour
Early morning visit to
Tiger Hill Sunrise Point for an unforgettable sunrise over the snow-covered peaks of the majestic Himalayas.
Batasia Loop is a loop or a spiral of a narrow gauge railway track where the Toy Train negotiates a sudden sharp descent from Ghoom. The place provides a breathtaking view of surrounding mountains.
Ghoom Monastery It follows the lineage of Sakya Sect of Vajrayana Buddhism and also has a small philosophical institute.
Ava Art Gallery established in 1965, by Bhopal Rao Sett and Ava Devi and exhibits fine art and embroidery works of Ava Devi.
Come back to hotel and have your breakfast. Then start for a city tour.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park the unique feature of this zoo is, it houses animals of high altitude and mostly from upper Himalayas. You can see some rare animals here like Red Pandas, Snow Leopards, Tibetan Wolf and lot more. The zoo contributes significantly to the breeding programs of endangered animals.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), HMI is a pilgrimage for all climbing enthusiasts of the world. Established in honor of Tenzing Norgay, it has a well stocked museum with mountaineering displays and many expedition artifacts.
Rock gardens a terraced garden at different levels that have been cut through the rocks by a waterfall with nice seating arrangements.
Japanis Temple and Peace Pagoda Located in the Jalapahar hill, the Japanese Temple is built in traditional Japanese style. Close to it is the Peace Pagoda where there are four large avatars of Lord Buddha. The view from the top is magnificent.
Tenzing Rock & Gombu Rock located at Lebong Cart Road and are also known as Monkey Rock. HMI imparts Rock climbing lessons.
Tibetan Refugee Self-help centre established on 1st October 1959, to rehabilitate the Tibetan refugees. Excellent carpets, woolens, wood and leather works are produced here.
Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway. From the ropeway you can have mind blowing view of the valley below, see the spread of lush tea gardens, dense forests, mountain streams in their full flow, waterfalls, and the awesome snow peaks at the background.
You can also enjoy the World UNESCO Heritage world famous Toy Train to Ghoom subject to track conditions.
Day 06 - Cherish your memories
You could have the morning to yourselves to stroll about in the mall. Later on, check out and drive to NJP / Bagdogra for return journey, and cherish your holiday forever.
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