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SPLENDOURS OF THE EAST


Tour  Duration: 13 Nights/14 Days North East India Tour
Destinations Covered: Bagdogra - Kalimpong - Darjeeling - Pelling - Gangtok – Lachung

Day 01: Bagdogra/NJP – Kalimpong 80 kms 3 hours approx.

Assistance at the airport/railway station on arrival and drive to Kalimpong.

 

KALIMPONG

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.

 

Overnight at hotel


Day 02:
Kalimpong

Breakfast at the hotel and proceed for city tour visiting Zang Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery, Tharpa Choling Monastery, Thongsa Gumpa and flower nurseries.

 

Overnight at hotel

 

Day 03:  Kalimpong - Darjeeling 56 kms / 2 hours approx.

 

After breakfast drive to Darjeeling.

 

DARJEELING:

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 at hotel.

 

Day 04: Darjeeling

Early morning visit Tiger Hill to see a beautiful sunrise and Himalayan Range like Kanchandzonga, Mount Everest etc. One can see the horizon changing colors just before sunrise and then the entire Himalayan range turn golden. It is truly a majestic sight and Ghoom Monastery which is oldest Monastery in the area which was built in 1875 and one can see the image of Mythey Buddha 15ft. height on the way back from Tiger Hill.

 

Breakfast at the hotel and proceed for city tour visiting Himalayan Mountaineering Institute(closed on Thursday) which was started by Tenzing Norgay after he climbed Mt. Everest, Zoological Park(closed on Thursday), Tibetan Refugee Centre(closed on Sunday), Lebong, Tenzing Rock, Gombu Rock and Happy Valley Tea Estate(from outside).

 

Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 05: Darjeeling

 

Breakfast at the hotel and full day excursion to Mirik Lake

 

Mirik Lake: It is newly started hill station in West Bengal and situated 48 kms west of Darjeeling near Nepal border with a facility of boating at Mirik lake which is 1.25 kms long, it is a semi-artificial lake.  Drive from Darjeeling to Mirik is via natural forest & tea garden. The main tourist area, Krishna-Nagar, is south of the lake. A 10 minute walk takes you to Bokar Gompa, home to Mahayana monks. One can catch the sunrise and sunset from Rameetay Dara.

 

Overnight at hotel

 

Day 06: Darjeeling – Pelling 75 kms 3 hours approx.


Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Pelling.

                       

PELLING

Located at a distance of 120 kms from Gangtok Pelling is another serene, mountain village which lies in the western districts of Sikkim. This village is situated at an altitude of 2000 mts(approx) and commands a spectacular view of Mt.Kanchenjunga.

 

Afternoon walk to Sanga Choling Monastery 40 minutes walk one way to the hill top where this monastery is located and commands an excellent view of the Himalayas.

 

Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 07: Pelling

Breakfast at the hotel and proceed for city tour visiting Pemayangste Monastery, Rabtense Ruins, Khechipalri Lake, Kanchenjunga Fall and Rambi Falls.

 

Overnight at hotel

 

Day 08: Pelling – Gangtok 98 kms 4 hours approx.


Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Gangtok.


GANGTOK:

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 travellers delight.

 

Day 09: Gangtok

After breakfast proceed for city tour visiting Rumtek Monastery, Enchey Monastery, Do Drul Chorten, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology(closed on Sundays), Cottage Industry(closed on Sundays) and Flower Show Complex.

 

Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 10: Gangtok

Breakfast at the hotel and full day excursion to Changu Lake which is 35 Kms from Gangtok at an altitude of 12,400 feet. The lake derives its waters from melting snows off the surrounding mountains Legends say that lamas could forecast the future by studying the color of the lake’s waters.

 

Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 11: Gangtok – Lachung 117 kms 6 hours approx.

 

Breakfast at the hotel in Gangtok and drive to Lachung enroute Tashi view point, Kabi/Phodong Monastery, Mangan, Singik, Maltim.

 

Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 12: Lachung – Yumthang - Lachung

 

Breakfast at the hotel and excursion to Yumthang Valley & back. - The valley of flowers.  Flora, Fauna, Rhododendrons and Primulas and found in abundance.  Yumthang is the summer grazing grounds of the Yaks.  On the way back visit the Sulphur Hot Spring, considered to have medicinal properties.

 

Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 13: Lachung – Gangtok

 

Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Gangtok. Arrive Gangtok by late evening.

Overnight at hotel      

 

Day 14: Gangtok – Bagdogra/NJP 125 kms 4 hours approx.

Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Bagdogra/NJP in time for flight/train to onward destination.


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