Tea, Timber, Tourism and Toy Train – 4Ts – the colonial hill station Darjeeling is known for these T’s!
One of the most sought after summer destinations in world – Darjeeling – is known as ‘The Queen of Hills’ for the natural beauty it holds.
This is the place, where the globally renowned brand Darjeeling Tea, is produced. The heartthrob of Darjeeling is Mall which is linked with the most happening place – Chowrasta. Chowrasta is a flat open square, a pedestrian only zone free of vehicular traffic and surrounded by colorful attractive shopping points with backdrop of awesome mountains and green valleys.
One can explore colonial-era architecture, Buddhist monasteries, and spot snow leopards, Royal Bengal Tiger and rare red pandas at the Padmaja Naidu Zoo. The adventurous can arrange a visit striking Singalila Ridge. The weather in Darjeeling is enjoyably cool and flawless for travel during spring, summer and autumn. One can come to enjoy the Darjeeling monsoon during the monsoon seasons and Darjeeling Chill in the winter.
Historical sites like Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Japanese Pegoda, and British era District Library, Ava Art Gallery, Burdwan Palace, etc. are icing over cake in a trip to Darjeeling.
Kalimpong is a pristine hill station in West Bengal which is famous for it’s simplicity and beauty. The panoramic hill views, monasteries and churches and Tibetan handicrafts etc. make Kalimpong a lovely hill town.The locations of the hill town that you might fall in love with are Durpin Monastery (Zang Dog Palri Monastery), Tharpa Choling Monastery, Thongsa Gompa, Mangal Dham, Hanuman Temple, Dharmodaya Vihar, Dello Hill, Durpin Dara, Jelepla View Point, 7th Mile View Point, Army Golf Course, Watershed View Point.
Lava, Lolegaon, Jhandi, Pedong, Reshop, Neora Valley National Park can be taken as the worthy places which are surrounding travel points of Kalimpong. These are the locations which can be accessed within a few hours drive from the town. Recently, a Royal Bengal Tiger was seen in Neora valley National Park area.
The colourful city of Gangtok spreads over a woody mountain that is ornamented with the Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the globe. Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan snow peaks can be viewed from various magnificent view points in and around Gangtok.
In fact every spur extending from this hill town offers a setting of a great sight. The heart-throb of the town is Mahatma Gandhi Road popularly known as M.G. Marg, that is a wide stretch of open walkway with proper beautiful sitting arrangements.
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Meet and Greet on arrival and transfer to Darjeeling via Kurseong. In Kurseong, guests can stopover for a while for a cup of tea at Kurseong Tourist Lodge. From here we drive further to Darjeeling. After arrival in Darjeeling, we check in at the hotel, following which the rest of the day can be spent at leisure. Overnight stay in Darjeeling
Early Morning at 04:00 AM we visit Tiger Hill, famous for sunrise over Mt. Kanchendzonga. On our way back, we visit Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop. From here we return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast we visit The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (closed on Thursday), PNZ Zoological Park (closed on Thursday) Tenzing Rock, Tibetans Refuge Centre (closed on Sunday), Tea Garden (outer view), Rope way, Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda. After the tour we return to the hotel. Overnight in Darjeeling
After breakfast we check out of our hotel in Darjeeling and transfer to Kalimpong. Enroute, guests can briefly stopover at the Teesta View Point. After arrival in Kalimpong, we visit The Dello Park, Golf Course, Mangal Dham and Pine View Nursery. After the tour, we check in at the hotel, following which the rest of the day be spent at leisure. Overnight in Kalimpong.
After breakfast we transfer to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. After arrival in Gangtok, we check into the hotel following which we start for Gangtok sightseeing covering Institute of Tibetology (closed on Sunday and Govt. holidays), Do Drul Chorten, Handicraft Emporium, (closed on Sunday and Govt. holidays) and Flower Show. After the tour, we return to the hotel following which the rest of the day can be spent at leisure. Overnight in Gangtok.
Today we go an excursion drive to Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir. Tsomgo Lake also known as Changu Lake is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim district, some 40 kilometres (25 mi) from the capital Gangtok. The lake is surrounded by steep mountains which are covered with snow during winter. During summer the snow cover melts and forms the source for the lake. From here we drive further to Baba Mandir. Baba Mandir is a shrine built in honour of Major “Baba” Harbhajan Singh who died in 1968. Many believe that his believe his spirit protects every soldier in the inhospitable high-altitude terrain of the Eastern Himalayas. After the tour we return to our hotel in Gangtok .Overnight in Gangtok.
Morning is free for the guest for packing & personal activities. After breakfast transfer to New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) for onward journey back home. Tour Ends