Sikkim is a kingdom with many stunning Himalayan views which is situated in eastern Himalayan spreading below Mt. Kanchenjunga, which is the third highest mountain in the world. Sikkim is in between of the mountainous kingdoms of Bhutan and Nepal; which offers a wide potential in tourism with multi cultural touch this yet to be explored tiny state of India which is full of snow capped mountains, lush green tropical and temperate forests, gurgling streams and the rich flora and fauna.
Kalimpong is situated in the lap of Himalaya, it is one of the popular spots of west Bengal and tourists from various places use to visit it very often. Kalimpong is famous for its ethnic and cultural melting point. There we can found majestic Nepalese cultural setting; the region accommodates India polity Hinduism and Buddhism.
Darjeeling is another tourist area which is known for its tea industry. And it is situated in North east India. Darjeeling provides the perfect ambiance of a hill resort with its mild climate.
Day 04: Transfer to Yuksom village 35km. 4 hrs with Khechopalri Lake.
Day 10: Departure
Arrival in Darjeeling
After your arrival in Darjeeling your tour begins. In the morning, meet the representative member at Phutshaling or Bhadrapur airport (Nepal border) and Bagdogra airport (flight connects from Delhi to Kalkota) then transfer to Darjeeling. Stay night at hotel.
We start our day with short excursion to tiger hill at early morning to see the view of sunrise over. Mt. kanchendzonga then return back to the hotel. On the way we will visit Yiga- Choling, then, we will take breakfast after it we stroll around Darjeeling for sightseeing on following day, we will visit Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, inhabited by rare representative of Himalayan fauna; Siberian tiger, Himalayan back bear, red panda, snow leopard and many more other animals and bird species. Then our next visit will be at Himalayan mountaineering institute, Tibetan Refugee self- help center, also known as a major center for the production of Tibetan carpets, woodwork and leather goods and famous tea garden and tea factory of Darjeeling.
Transfer from Darjeeling to Pelling
Early morning after having breakfast we will depart to Pelling from Darjeeling. Pelling is a small town in western Sikkim. On the way we can see some interesting places for visiting. At first we will visit Pemayangtse monastery, the premier monastery of Sikkim, which is near from Gangtok(118km) at the altitude of 2085m. And it is the second oldest monastery of Sikkim and belongs to Nyingmapa Buddhist School. It was founded by Chahdor Namgyal in 1705. There are contains various antique idols and objects of worship. Next place is Rabdenste palace ruins. There was second capital of Sikkim in the past, Tensung Namgyal, the second spiritual leader of Sikkim, established in the late seventeenth century. Stay night in the hotel.
Transfer to Yuksom village 35km. 4 hrs with Khechopalri Lake.
Today our destination will be Yaksom village. On the way we will visit Khechopalri Lake, one of a few sacred lakes of Sikkim. The name Khechopalri means lake of birds in pleasant mountains but Sikkim’s call it Tsho –Sho also, which means great Lake. The water is placid and crystal clear. Not a single leaf can be seen floating it is said that at ancient time if a leaf drops on the surface of the water it is picked by a bird. Khechopalri lake lies in a depression surrounded by prayer flags and forested hills.
Today we will stay at Yuksom village. We start our day with a walk to Dubdi monastery after breakfast, after sightseeing we will come back to our hotel for Lunch. And at afternoon we will take a round of village of the throne of the first king of Sikkim.
Transfer to Gangtok
After our breakfast we will move towards to Gangtok. On the way we will visit Tashidling monastery, Buddha Park and Bon Buddhist monastery. Stay night at the hotel.
Today early morning after taking breakfast we make our excursion at Tashi view point, near about 8km from Gangtok. Amazing view of Khanchendzonga and the Siniolchu range is the main attraction of this point. Driving little distance north, Sikkim monasteries along the north Sikkim highway are also visible from this point. After taking short excursion, we return back to the hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast we will visit Directorate of Handicrafts and handlooms established by government to promote the manufacturing and selling of authentic and traditional arts and handicraft; shawls and blankets in “Lepcha” weaves, thankas, wooden decoration etc. Then we will visit Enchely monastery. it is said that this small hermitage was built by Lama Druptob karpo after he flew at this place from Maenam hill in south Sikkim more than 200 years ago. Then next visit is to at Research institute of Tibet logy, a world- renowned research center for Tibetan Buddhism. In this institute showcase there are rare collections of antique like statues, antic manuscripts, thangkas etc. And in the evening we will visit Rumtek monastery which lies near about 24km from Gangtok. The 1st monastery was built in 1717 by Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal, and it was destroyed by the earthquake. And Gyalwa karmapa constructed the second monastery in 1960. Stay night in the hotel.
Transfer to Kalimpong
After breakfast we will move to Kalimpong. This small town is established like a trading node between Bhutan and Tibet. Stay night at hotel.
Today we will visit Kalimpong. At Kalimpong there are few Tibetan Buddhist Gompas. Among them there are Tharpa Choling Gompa Durbin monastery and many more sightseeing places like Dello view point and Haat bazaar.
Today morning after breakfast we will deliver to Bagdogra airport to take a flight to Delhi and Kolkata, airport or phuntsholing airport for our flight onwards.