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Sikkim Darjeeling Tour

10 days, Sikkim

Sikkim, Darjeeling Tour
Visit world heritage sights in Kathmandu, Superb views of world Famous Mountain, Darjeeling The Queen hill of Himalaya, Famous tea garden, Mysteries Sikkim with Holy Tsmo Lake.Sikkim, an erstwhile Himalayan kingdom, now a state in India, is richly endowed with a prominently Buddhist culture dating back to the 7th century AD. It's unique location in the Himalayas and elevation ranging from 600 mtrs. To over 8000 mtrs spread over an area of 7000 sq. km. offers diverse flora and fauna ranging from sub-tropical to the alpine. Mt Khangchendzonga (8345 mtrs.), the third highest mountain in the world and the guardian deity of Sikkim looms majestically throughout the trip.

Darjeeling-"The Queen of the Himalayas" is a bustling tourist town renowned for its tea gardens, the Himalayan mountaineering Institute, the sunrise over the Himalayas from the Tiger Hill and imprints of the British Raj.


Detail


DAY 1:Arrival day in Kathmandu (Dinner)
Upon arrival, transferred to hotel for check in. At local time 3.30pm, First, we will visit Bouddhanath Stupa and then Swayambhunath Temple, said to be 2500 years stupa on a hillock, which offers a breath-taking view of Kathmandu City and you will also be able to see the beautiful sunset. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant and you will be free to stroll around the busy streets of Kathmandu. Stay overnight at Hotel Marshyangdi or similar.

DAY 2: Kathmandu - Bhadrapur (By air) Darjeeling (2134mtrs). Distance: 81 km | Time: 3 hrs approx. (BLD)
After breakfast, drive to airport and fly to Bhadrapur (45 min flight)Meet, meet assist drive to Darjeeling – "the Queen of the Himalayas", a bustling town with a nostalgic touch of the British past. Afternoon explore the markets.

DAY 3: Darjeeling. Full Day Sightseeing (BLD)
After breakfast enjoy a joy ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway from Darjeeling to Ghoom. The narrow gauge 'Toy Train' still operates on the original steam engines and the loops and zigzags along the mountainside. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a fascinating experience and is one the best ways to see Darjeeling.On return visit The Himalayan Zoo which houses the Himalayan fauna like the Red Panda, black bear, yaks, tigers, snow leopard etc. in their natural habitat, and the adjacent Himalayan Mountaineering Institute - a premier training centre for mountaineers and a museum detailing the ascent of the Mt. Everest by Tenzing Sherpa & Sir Edmund Hillary and numerous other expeditions.Also visit Tibetan Self Help Centre, a centre of training young people in the intricate art of Tibetan handicrafts and handlooms. The sales emporium is open to visitors to pick up souvenirs. The day's sightseeing is topped with a visit to a tea garden to observe the processing of some of the finest tea in the world.

DAY 4: Darjeeling – Pelling (2000 mtrs.)Distance: 73 km | Time: 3 hrs approx. (BLD)

Early morning drive to Tiger Hill to for a singular experience of the first rays of the sun bathing the Himalayas. On the return visit the Ghoom Monastery. Built in 1875 the monastery which follows the Gelugpa sect, houses one of the largest statue of the Maitreya Buddha-"the future Buddha".After breakfast start for Pelling in West Sikkim. The route follows a downhill drive to the Teesta – Rangit valley and then a climb up to Pelling, a busy tourist resort town. On arrival check in at the hotel and after lunch visit the Pemayangtse Monastery. Built in the 18th century AD, this monastery follows the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Pemayangtse - "the Sublime Lotus", also houses the famed "Zangdopalri", a fascinating model of the celestial abode of Guru Padma Sambhava, crafted single-handedly out of wood by the late Dungzim Rimpoche.

DAY 5: Pelling – Yuksom (1800 mtrs.) Distance: 55 km | Time: 2 ½ hrs (BLD)
After breakfast proceed to Khecheodpalri Lake, also known as the wishing lake. This unusually calm lake, located in the midst of a dense forest is considered very sacred and no water sport or other activities besides prayers and worship are allowed around it. On arrival check in at the hotel, thereafter a leisurely walks to explore this ancient village where the history of Sikkim started with the consecration of the first "Chogyal" or King in 1642. Visit the coronation throne used as a seat for the first King and the Norbughang Chorten (Stupa), which stood a mute witness to this historic event. Also take a hike up to the Dubdi monastery which is the oldest in Sikkim and was built after the coronation thus establishing Sikkim as a Buddhist state and installing the King as a defender of the Buddhist faith.

DAY 6: Yuksom - Gangtok (1700 mtrs.) Distance: 124 km.|Time: 4½ hours (approx.) (BLD)
The drive to Gangtok runs through the two most important watershed areas of Sikkim. First a downhill drive to cross the Rangit river and climb up to Ravangla (2000 mtrs) and then down to the Teesta valley and up again to Gangtok. The drive provides an experience of the mountainous terrain of Sikkim and the sharp altitudinal variations.Enroute visit the Tashiding monastery reached after a 45min walk from the road. Tashiding literally meaning the "Central Elevated Glory" is the most sacred monastery complex in Sikkim and was described by Guru Rimpoche as the heart of "Beyul Demazong". Built in 1716AD the complex is also the location of the "Thongwa Rongdol" Chorten. Just a sight of this sacred Stupa is said to wash away one's sins.

DAY 7: Gangtok Full Day Sightseeing (BLD)
The sightseeing for the day begins after breakfast with a visit to the Government Institute of Cottage Industry a centre that offers you the opportunity to observe the local artisans at work and their skills being imparted to young boys and girls. If you want to take back souvenirs, the institute's salesroom is well stocked with local handicraft and handloom products. Do-Drul Chorten - One of the most important stupas of Sikkim built by the late Venerable Trulsi Rimpoche in 1945-46, it contains a mandala of Dorji-Phurpa, holy texts, mantras and is encircled by 108 prayer wheels. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology - Situated close to the Chorten, this institute is a repository of the largest collection of Tibetan artifacts outside Tibet. Also renowned worldwide for the study of Buddhist philosophy and religion, it is a treasure house of rare Thankas, Buddhist icon and objects of art. Flower Show Pavilion - Situated on the ridge above the city, this centre displays the floral diversity of Sikkim. The famed orchids of the state are on display as also a stunning variety of seasonal flowers.In the afternoon visit the Rumtek Monastery, a magnificent Buddhist monastery established by the late Gyalwa Karmapa, the head of the Kagyupa sect. Built as an exact replica of the original Kagyu monastery in Tibet it is also the international headquarters of the Karma Kagyu centres.

DAY 8: Gangtok – Drive to Nepal border and transfer to Bhadrapur airport fly to Kathmandu. (BLD)
9Upon arrival in Kathmandu ,we would continue our journey to Nagarkot, 2300m above seal-level, this scenic spot, with a spectacular view of the sunset and Mount Everest can be seen on a clear day. In the evening, watch the sunset of the Himalayan at Nagarkot, Country villa Hotel or similar.

DAY 9: Nagarkot – Kathmandu (BLD)
We will awake to the beginning of a cold but stunningly spectacular dawn: the first rays of the sun firing the peaksa hellish red slowly lighting the Himalayas from Kachenjunga and Everest in the far East to the Annapurnas and Dwawlagiri in the West. After breakfast, drive to back to Kathmandu. , First, we will visit Patan (Lalitpur) – which is the oldest of the three major cities in Kathmandu Valley – famous for its Buddhist monuments, Hindu temples. Now we will be on our way to the ancient colossal stupa which is one of the biggest in the world and the center of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. It is named the Bouddhanath Stupa and then free to stroll around the busy streets of Kathmandu. Hotel Marshyangdi or similar.

DAY 10: Kathmandu -Fly back home
After breakfast, free at leisure till your transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Trip & Facts

    Trip Facts

  • Group Size:Minimum 2 Pax
  • Grade: Strenuous
  • Season: Spring & Autumn
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Tented Camp
  • Transportation: 4WD drive, Airplane
  • Walking Hours a day: 4 to 7 approximately
  • Duration: 10 Days

DAY 1:Arrival day in Kathmandu (Dinner)
DAY 2: Kathmandu - Bhadrapur (By air) Darjeeling (2134mtrs). Distance: 81 km | Time: 3 hrs approx. (BLD)
DAY 3: Darjeeling. Full Day Sightseeing (BLD)
DAY 4: Darjeeling – Pelling (2000 mtrs.)Distance: 73 km | Time: 3 hrs approx. (BLD)
DAY 5: Pelling – Yuksom (1800 mtrs.) Distance: 55 km | Time: 2 ½ hrs (BLD)
DAY 6: Yuksom - Gangtok (1700 mtrs.) Distance: 124 km.|Time: 4½ hours (approx.) (BLD)
DAY 7: Gangtok Full Day Sightseeing (BLD)
DAY 8: Gangtok – Drive to Nepal border and transfer to Bhadrapur airport fly to Kathmandu. (BLD)
DAY 9: Nagarkot – Kathmandu (BLD)
DAY 10: Kathmandu -Fly back home

Includes/Excludes

Cost includes:
Domestic airfare KTM-Bhadrapur-KTM
Tourism development fee
Airport pick up and drop-off
Hotel accommodation as per above itinerary
Service of licensed and trained guide
All meals and hot beverages
Local transportation as per above itinerary
National park/conservation area entry permits
All necessary documents permit (where applicable)
Coordination quick rescue service incase of emergency (cost covered by your insurance plan.

Cost does not includes:
Travel Insurance
Excess baggage charge if more then 18Kg and hand bag more then 5kg
Nepal visa fee, Sikkim -India visa fee
rescue charge (incase of emergency)
Drinks (cold and alcoholic)
Expenses of personal nature
Tipping for guide and driver.

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