Delight of Sikkim and Darjeeling

Trip Overview Delight of Sikkim and Darjeeling

Day 01: Kolkata    
Day 02: Kolkata – New Jalpaiguri   
Day 03: New Jalpaiguri to Kalimpong
Day 04: Kalimpong to Gangtok   
Day 05: Gangtok    
Day 06: Gangtok to Pelling
Day 07: Pelling 
Day 08: Pelling to Darjeeling  
Day 09: Darjeeling 
Day 10: Darjeeling to Kolkata 
Day 11: Kolkata
Day 12: Departure

Day 01: Kolkata    
On arrival at Kolkata airport, look for our representative waiting for you at the arrival area holding a placard of your name. Transfer to hotel overnight at hotel in Kolkata.

Day 02: Kolkata – New Jalpaiguri   
Morning after breakfast check-out and drive to board for the railway station, overnight at train.

Day 03: New Jalpaiguri to Kalimpong
Arrive at New Jalpaiguri railway station in the morning. On arrival, drive to Kalimpong. Arrive Kalimpong and check-in hotel. It is a laid back town for the Monasteries. On arrival we visit the Thongsa Monastery (Bhutanese monastery) founded in 1692 & the Tharpa Choling, the Yellow Hat (Gelugpa Order) Tibetan monastery, built in 1837 at Tirpai. Later we drive on to Siliguri, major trade center and gateway for Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Sikkim, the North -East India, Eastern Nepal and Bhutan. Overnight in Kalimpong. 
        
Day 04: Kalimpong to Gangtok   
Early Morning Breakfast – Drive to Gangtok nearly 70 kms (2-3 hours). Gangtok – The capital of the 22nd State of India, Sikkim. The road is along the River Teesta and is picturesque. Check into hotel at Gangtok. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 05: Gangtok   
Morning breakfast at hotel. Excursion to Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir nearly 40 kilometers and 2 hours drive along the Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary, the home to the red panda and the blood pheasant with Rhododendron and other alpine trees along the road, at an elevation of 3753 meters / 12310 feet. The Lake is oval shaped with depth of nearly 50 feet. The lake is generally covered with snow for most of the year. This lake is home to the Brahmini ducks & many migratory birds. Nearby is the sacred Baba Mandir known to be a very holy site for all.  Nathu La Pass to Republic of China is nearly 20 kilometers (optional tour). Back to Gangtok. Evening free to roam around M G Road (Mall) or local Shopping center. Over Night stay in Gangtok.

Day 06: Gangtok to Pelling
After a leisurely breakfast, check-out and drive to Pelling. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight in Pelling.

Day 07: Pelling 
After breakfast, on a sightseeing tour of Pelling covering - Darap Valley, Rimbi Water Falls, Rock Garden, Kanchenjunga Falls, Khachoedpalri Lake. Return to hotel. Afternoon visit Pemayangtse Monastery, rabdentse ruins. Overnight in Pelling.

Day 08: Pelling to Darjeeling
After breakfast, check-out and drive to Darjeeling. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure to walk around. Overnight in Darjeeling

Day 09: Darjeeling 
Early Morning (at 04:00 am) visit to Tiger hill to watch the spectacular sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjunga (28,208 ft. Worlds third highest peak). On the way back we see Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop. After breakfast embark on a sightseeing tour of Darjeeling. Enjoy a Joy Ride at the Toy Train covering - Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (closed on Thursday), Tenzing Rock, Tibetan Refugee selfhelp Centre (closed on Sundays), Tea Garden (outer view), and Japanese Peace Pagoda. Evening free or can be spent at the mall (Chowrastha). Overnight in Darjeeling.

Day 10: Darjeeling to Kolkata 
After an easy breakfast, check-out and drive to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station to board overnight train for Kolkata. Overnight in Train

Day 11: Kolkata
Arrive at Kolkata. On arrival, meet our representative waiting outside your compartment and transfer to hotel. After breakfast, check-out and proceed for a full-day city tour. Visit BBD Bagh – the Heritage area of Kolkata, Howrah Bridge, Shaheed Minar, Victoria Memorial, Indian Museum, Birla temple, Mother Teresa House, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Jain temple. Also enjoy a Short Tram ride (Subject to availability). 
In the afternoon, visit Old Jewish Synagogue of Kolkata. Overnight in Kolkata.

Day 12: Departure
After sightseeing, departure transfer to Kolkata airport to board flight.