JOURNEY THROUGH EASTERN HIMALAYAS

Tour cost not valid for the period 20th December – 08th January and other festive seasons.

DAY 01: DELHI / BAGDOGRA- BAGDOGRA / DARJEELING

Arrive Bagdogra. Assistance at the airport on arrival and later drive on to Darjeeling by car (65 kms / 2-3 hrs)

Standing high in the Himalayas at an altitude of 2134m, ‘Dorje Ling’, or place of the Thunderbolt, offers breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks, with the Kanchendzonga rising higher than all the others. Often referred to as the “Queen of the Hills”, it remains just as alluring with its tiny waterfalls, little villages and a narrow gauge railway track. Surrounded by World Famous Tea Gardens and snow capped mountains, Darjeeling remains one of the most exotic destinations. Graeme Westlake in his book ‘An introduction to hill stations on India’ refers to Darjeeling as having “A view Scarcely Unrivalled on Earth”.

Overnight in Darjeeling

DAY 02: IN DARJEELING

Early morning: Visit Tiger Hill & Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop Return to hotel for breakfast

Morning: City tour of Darjeeling visiting Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoological Park ,Tibetan Refugee Centre , Tenzing Rock, Gombu Rock.

Afternoon: Free

Overnight in Darjeeling

DAY 03: DARJEELING / PELLING

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Pelling by car (75 Kms / 4 hrs). Upon arrival, check-in at hotel Pelling is situated at an altitude of 2,080 m above sea level and at a distance of 120 kms from Gangtok and about 2 kms beyond Pemayangtse. Pelling is another serene, mountain village which lies in the western districts of Sikkim. Pelling is famous for the magnificent views of snow capped mountains of Kangchandzonga range. The distance from this village to the mount Kanchandzonga as a crow flies…is 26 kms approx.

Afternoon: Sightseeing in Pelling visiting Khechipalri Lake, Rambi Falls, Kanchenjunga Falls, Pemayangste Monastery and Rabtense Ruins

Overnight in Pelling

DAY 04: IN PELLING

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for morning tour of Pelling.

Visit Pemayangste Monastery 2.5 Kms from Pelling and standing at 2085m. The Perfect Sublime Lotus, perched on a wooded hilltop, commands the most sublime view of the Khangchendzong. Built during the late 17th century, it is one of the oldest and most important monasteries of the Nyingmapa order of Buddhism in Sikkim. To the present day, it is only the monks of this monastery who enjoy the title of ‘Tasang’ or pure monks. The importance of this monastery grew with time and reached its peak when only monks from this monastery could anoint the reigning sovereign of the land with holy water.

Pemayangtse monastery follows the Mindroling tradition besides holding the lineage of Lhatsun Chenpo. Mindroling monastery was founded by Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje whose famous daughter Jetsun Migyur Paldon lived near Pemayangtse and taught there during her exile. Her stone throne is still to be seen in this monastery, which has 108 monks. The main attraction of the monastery is the wooden replica of Zangdog Palri; the celestial abode of Guru Padmasambhava built by Serdup Lhundrup Dorje Rinpoche in 1971. The annual chaam (monk dance) is held here on the 28th and 29th day of the 12th month of the Tibetan lunar calendar.

Rabdentse- Sikkim’s second capital. The ruins of Rabdantse are worth exploring. The winding track through the forest brings you to a small set of ruins of the early town and eventually on the ruins of the palace with Chorten (stupa) nearby. Further are the Changay Falls.

Afternoon: Free at leisure.

Overnight in Pelling

DAY 05: PELLING / GANGTOK

After breakfast drive from Pelling to Gangtok by car (127 Kms/5 Hrs approx) upon arrival, check-in at hotel

At an altitude of 1750m, Gangtok became the state capital in the mid 19th century and has undergone rapid development since then. The downtown area is dominated by huge government buildings decorated with traditional Buddhist symbols. Gangtok is also a resting ground for people traveling to North Sikkim. Surrounded by Monasteries and Orchids, Gangtok is truly a traveller’s delight.

Afternoon: Sightseeing tour of Gangtok visiting Rumtek Monastery, Do Drul Chorten (Stupa), Flower Show, Research Institute of Tibetology and Cottage Industry.

Overnight in Gangtok

DAY 06: IN GANGTOK

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for day excursion to Nathula pass & Tsomgo Lake.
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 passes through the Tsomgo Lake. It is one of the highest motorable roads in the world and is richly surrounded by alpine flora.

Overnight in Gangtok

DAY 07: GANGTOK / KALIMPONG

After breakfast drive from Gangtok to Kalimpong (80 kms / 3 hrs). Upon arrival, check-in at hotel Situated at an altitude of 1250m, Kalimpong’s location is ideal for a pleasant, relaxed getaway. Its clement weather has made Kalimpong’s orchids and gladiole well renowned. Up to the early 1700s, the Kalimpong area was part of the Sikkim raja’s domain. In the early 18th century, the Bhutan king also took it over. In 1865, after the Anglo-Bhutan War, it was annexed to Darjeeling. Scottish Missionaries came here in the late 1800s. The town thrived as a wool trading center with Tibet till 1950s. Today it’s a quiet hill resort and a haven for retired people.

Afternoon: Sightseeing in Kalimpong visiting Flower Nurseries, Zang Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery, Durpin Dara, Tharpa Choling Monastery and Thongsa Gumpa.

Overnight in Kalimpong

DAY 08: KELIMPONG / BAGDOGRA- BAGDOGRA / DELHI

After a leisure breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Bagdogra airport by car in time to board flight to onward destination

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