Day 01: ARRIVE DELHI

On arrival at Delhi International airport you will be met and assisted by our company executive and transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

 

 

Day 02: DELHI – BAGDOGRA (BY FLIGHT) BAGDOGRA – GANGTOK (120 KMS / 05 HRS)

Morning after breakfast transfer to the airport to connect flight for Bagdogra. Upon arrival meet with and drive to Gangtok. Check in to the 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. Overnight in Hotel.

 

 

DAY 03: GANGTOK

Breakfast at the hotel and proceed for Excursions

Rumtek Monastery: -24 Kms. from Gangtok is the awe -inspiring Rumtek Monastery, the world Dharma chakra Centre and the seat of His Holiness, the Gyalwa Karmapa, who is the head of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism. Behind the main monastery is the lavishly decorated Karmae Nalanda Institute of Buddhist Studies, which attracts students from the world over. Opposite the entrance to the Institute is a small hall featuring a beautiful jewel studded Chorten the Golden Stupa, which contains the ashes and remains of His Holiness the xvi Gyalwa Karmapa. According to legend, it is believed that after years of meditation, the first Karmapa was said to have been visited by ten thousand fairies who came to congratulate him each of whom offered a strand of her hair as a gift. These were said to have been woven into a black hat, which was passed down and is still at the Rumtek Monastery today.


The Enchey Monastery: -Perched on a ridge above Gangtok, the Enchey Monastery is nestled within lush woods with a spectacular view of Gangtok town. Built in 1910 on the site of the hermitage of the great tantric saint, Lama Drutob Karpo, who was renowned for his powers of levitation, this monastery houses the monks of the Nyingmapa Order of Tibetan Buddhism.


Namgyal Institute of Tibetology: -Amidst a serene surrounding of oak, birch and ash lies the unique organization established in1958. Built in traditional style, the namgyal Institute of Tibetology promotes research in Mahayana Buddhism and the language and tradition of Tibet. It has one of the world’s largest collections of rare books and manuscripts on Mahayana Buddhism. The Institute also has retail outlets where related books and commercially produced religious art and craft of Tibet can be bought.


Directorate of Handloom and Handicrafts: -This Directorate was set up to promote traditional Sikkimese art and handicrafts. Exquisitely carved wooden friezes, intricate bamboo work, along with beautiful hand woven carpets and handlooms are on exhibit here. Visitors can not only purchase these items here but also see the artisans at work. Among others, a favourite item here is the choktse a wooden table with carved panels that can be folded into a portable pack. Overnight stay at hotel.

 

 

DAY 04: GANGTOK – PELLING (127 KMS / 5 HRS)

After breakfast drive to Pelling, Upon arrival check into the hotel. 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 the distance from this village to the mount Kanchandzonga, as a crow flies is 26 kms approx. Overnight stay at hotel.

 

 

DAY 05: PELLING

After breakfast Proceed for Excursion


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. Farther afield are the Changay Falls.


Khecheopalri Lake is a Holy Lake for Buddhists in West Sikkim, in Sikkim, the tiny Himalayan former Buddhist Kingdom in eastern India, now a part of the democratic republic. Khachoedpaldri is also considered as a wish fulfilling lake and has thousands of non-Buddhist believers who pray here. The real name of the lake is Sho Dzo Sho, meaning “Oh Lady, Sit Here”, but is commonly known as Khachoedpaldri Lake because it sits on the lap of Khachoedpaldri, a very sacred hill. Overnight stay at hotel.

 

 

Day 06: PELLING – DARJEELING (75 KMS / 4 HRS)

Breakfast at hotel drive to Darjeeling, Upon arrival check into the hotel. 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 the distance from this village to the mount Kanchandzonga, as a crow flies…is 26 kms approx. Overnight stay at hotel.

 

 

DAY 07: DARJEELING

Early morning visit Tiger Hill and Ghoom Monastery. Tiger Hill :- It is 13 kms from Darjeeling and one can see 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. Ghoom Monastery:- This 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. After breakfast proceed for city tour


Himalayan Mountaineering Institute/Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park & Snow Leopard Breeding Centre:- (Closed on Thursdays)


The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was started in Darjeeling when Tenzing Norgay climbed Everest to give training to learn Mountaineering and other adventure sports related to mountaineering and in that Institute one can see equipment etc.used by Mr. Tenzing Norgay and Everest Museum having complete details on Everest attached to institute one can visit Himalayan Zoological Park where one can see Himalayan animals like Snow Leopard, Tibetan Wolf, Tibetan Yak, Himalayan Black Bear and several varieties of birds.


Tibetan Self- Helf Centre Or Refugee Centre:- (Closed on Sundays) This institute is run by Tibetan Refugees to preserve their handicrafts and one can see making of Tibetan Carpets, Leather work, Paintings and Wooden work etc. Overnight at hotel.

 

 

DAY 08: DARJEELING

After breakfast proceed to the Darjeeling Railway station to enjoy World Heritage Toy Train ride up to Ghoom.


TOY TRAIN

The spectacular landscape unfolds as the 2-foot gauge Darjeeling Himalayan railway, opened in 1881, labours at about 10 mph criss-crossing the road. It has tiny 4-wheel locomotives (some over 100 years old) like living legends. One can experience the sound, smell and romance of a bygone era. DHR is a work of genius and technological achievement of 1881. It has social and cultural importance. It is beautiful and has outstanding universal appeal. Based on its unique features, it is considered to be of lasting significance to mankind.


After Lunch Walk to the Observatory Hill and Bhutia Busty Monastery


Observatory Hill is a hill near Chowrasta square, or The Mall as it is popularly known, in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. Magnificent views of snow-clad peaks, including Mount Kanchenjunga are visible from Observatory Hill. The Bhutia Busty monastery was originally located here. Now the hill has the temple of Mahakala. Two important arteries of the town, Nehru Road and Bhanubhakta Sarani, meet at Chowrasta. Rising abruptly from Chowrasta is the hill-top. Situated atop is the ancient temple of Mahakal, a cave sacred to worshippers of Shiva. In Sanskrit, the word 'Durjay Ling', means 'Shiva of invincible prowess, who rules the Himalayas.' There is a suggestion that the name Darjeeling could have emanated from this name.The place where the Mahakal Temple stands was once occupied by a Buddhist monastery. It is still a place of great sanctity for the Bhutias. Bells ring in the midst of fluttering flags, which are used to pray in the shrine. However, one has to be a bit wary of the mischievous monkeys teeming at Observatory Hill.


Bhutia Busty monastery or Karmaa Dorjee Chyoling monastery is a Buddhist monastery located in Darjeeling, India. It belongs to the Red Sect of Buddhist Lamas. Originally a branch of the Nygmapa sect's Phodang Monastery in Sikkim, it was transferred to Darjeeling in 1879. The original location was on the Obsevatory Hill. It was destroyed by a nepaleese invasion in the 19th century. The monastery relocared to its present location. However, the monastery in new location was also destroyed in an earthquake in 1934. Chogyal of Sikkim helped rebuilding it. The monastery has a collection of old Buddhist scripts.

 

 

DAY 09: DARJEELING – BAGDOGRA (93 KMS / 3.5 HRS) BAGDOGRA – KOLKATA (BY FLIGHT)

Morning after breakfast transfer to the airport to connect flight for Kolkata. Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Overnight in Hotel.

 

 

Day 10 KOLKATA SIGHSTEEING + DEPART

After breakfast we start the day with the flower market, walk on the famous Howrah Bridge - It’s a feat in modern engineering and technology. Constructed in 1874 over the river Hooghly, the bridge joins the twin cities of Howrah and Kolkata (Calcutta). In year 1871,, drive pass the Dalhousie Square to see some of the Coloinal Buildings (Writers Building, St. John's Church, GPO,Calcutta High Court, Raj Bhawan) and Mother Teresa's House. Afternoon Indian Musuem built in 1874, is the oldest museum in India and has one of the rare collections of archeological things. and Victoria Memorial is a huge white-marble structure and the cherish able remains of the British Raj in India. The structure, which is now floodlit in the night, gives a fascinating site. It has been now converted in a museum. Later transfer to the International airport to connect flight for your onward destination. DEPART

 

 



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Tour Duration : 9 Nights / 10 Days


Destinations Covered: Delhi - Gangtok - Pelling - Darjeeling - Kolkata


Package Highlights:

• Enjoy ride in Toy Train

• Explore Tibetan culture

• Visit to Mother Teresa Orphanage

• Excursion to Rumtek Monastery from Gangtok

• Excursion to Khecheopalri Lake from Pelling Early morning Sunrise Visit to Tiger Hill




Package Inclusions:

• Accommodation on Twin/double sharing room basis

• On arrival meeting & assistance by our office Representative

• Indian Traditional Welcome

• Daily buffet breakfast except Gangtok, Pelling and Darjeeling on half board basis

• All transfers / tours and excursions by non A/C vehicle except Delhi / Kolkata by A/c Vehicle

• Welcome dinner in Delhi

• Toy train between Darjeeling to Ghoom

• Excursion to Rumtek Monastery from Gangtok

• Excursion to Khecheopalri Lake from Pelling

• Early morning Sunrise Visit to Tiger Hill

• Visit to Mother Teresa House in Kolkata

• Farewell dinner in Kolkata

• Services of English speaking local guide during sightseeing tour

• One bottle of mineral water will be provided on a daily basis on vehicle

• All currently applicable taxes




Package Exclusions:

• Inland/International flight charges

• Things of personal nature like laundry, telephone etc

• Any meals except specified in above inclusions

• Monuments entrances fees

• Camera fee

• All other than those listed in above inclusions



Visit:

Delhi - Gangtok - Pelling - Darjeeling - Kolkata




Nestling in the grandeur and beauty of towering snow-capped mountains; with the mighty Kanchenjunga (King of the Mountains) dominating the somber, snowy sentinels, lies a jewel of a town -- elegant, sophisticated and incredibly beautiful; the name of Tibetan origin means where Indra's thunderbolt or scepter rested, (Dodi-thunder bolt, Ling-place). In Sanskrit, the name, derived from the world 'Durjay Ling', means 'Siva of invincible prowess, who rules the Himalayas'. The official name of the town is Darjeeling.





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