This 09 Nights/10 Days tour offers you a wonderful chance to discover the charm of the historical heritage monuments of the city of Joy – Kolkata, Darjeeling, Pelling, and Gangtok. Darjeeling, Pelling, and Gangtok are a magnificent blend of luxuriant hills, tranquility, panoramic sights, history, and adventure. And on top of that, the thrilling and spectacular views of the impressive Mount Kanchenjunga (the 3rd highest mountain peak in the world) leaves every visitor agape. Darjeeling and Gangtok are equally famous for stunning and peaceful monasteries, tea gardens and orchards. The three destinations are an ideal place if you want to be really close to nature amidst tranquil surroundings. This tour is a wonderful melange of majestic mountains, iconic monasteries, Hindu temples, lush tea estates, rivers, adventure activities, wildlife, shopping, and the list is endless. The tour will surely leave you enchanted and full of wonderful memories.
Upon arrival at Kolkata, our representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. Kolkata, also known as the City of Joy, was established in the year 1686. It is a city, located on the banks of Hooghly River that boasts remnants of the British Rule in India, which are evident through its Victorian style of architecture, trams and the nomenclature of the place.
After breakfast, visit the Dakshineshwar Kali Temple dedicated to goddess Kali (Dark Mother Goddess in Hinduism). Next, visit the St. Johns Church – the third oldest church of Kolkata - built-in 1787. While driving past Eden Gardens - the oldest and biggest cricket stadium of India, spend time clicking photographs. Visit the Mother Teresa's Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity (Closed on Thursdays). Mother Teresa devoted her entire life to serving the needy and destitute, hence established Missionaries of Charity. The organization, so far, has expanded its wings to over 100 countries. The mother's body is buried on the ground floor of this building and is visited by people from different corners of the globe. Then, drive past the St. Paul’s Cathedral built in 1847, inspired by the Indo-Gothic style of architecture. Next, visit the Victoria Memorial Hall (Closed on Mondays & National Holidays) - a huge marble museum made in memory of Queen Victoria to celebrate her 25 years of rule over India. In the evening, visit the Prinsep Ghat, overlooking the Hooghly River that offers beautiful sunset views.
After breakfast, this morning we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Bagdogra. Upon arrival, get driven to Darjeeling. Darjeeling (7100 ft), the “Queen of the hill stations” derives its name from “Dorje-Line” which means the place of “Dorje”, the mystic thunderbolt.
After a very scenic drive through the mountains and tea gardens, experiencing unforgettable beauty, you will reach Darjeeling. Check-in at the hotel. Spend the evening at leisure or walk up to the mall area.
Early in the morning get ready for a trip to the Tiger Hill (7800 Ft) to catch the sunrise views from behind the majestic Kanchenjunga range. On the way back, visit the Ghoom Monastery & Batasia Loop, then head back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, proceed for a half-day Darjeeling local sightseeing tour of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (closed on Thursday), Zoological Park (closed on Thursday), Ropeway, Zoo, Tibetan Refugees Self Help Centre, Tea Garden (outer view), and Japanese Temple. Back to the hotel by evening; take a walk to “Chowrasta” the center point of the Mall area. You can do some window shopping.
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and enjoy Heritage Toy Train Joy ride in Darjeeling. Then, proceed to Pelling (6800 Ft), via Ravangla (6800 Ft), a small township & transit point to various destinations in South & West Sikkim, situated at the base of Meenam Hill (10300 Ft). Arrive at Pelling by afternoon & check-in at the hotel. This is one of the closest points to the Kanchenjunga range & one can see it up close touching the sky from Pelling.
After an early breakfast at the hotel then leave for the Khecheopalri Lake, also called the “Wish Fulfilling Lake”. It lies in a depression surrounded by prayer flags & forested hills. Then, go to Rimbi Falls & Khangchendzonga waterfalls. After lunch, proceed to The Pemayangtse Monastery (7021 Ft), 2.5 km from Pelling. Built during the late 17th century, it is one of the oldest & most important monasteries of the Nyingmapa order of Buddhism in Sikkim. Even today, it is only the monks of this monastery who enjoy the title of ‘Tasang’ or pure monks. The monastery follows the Mindroling tradition and 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 L Dorje Rinpoche in 1971. Now, proceed to Rabdentse Ruins - the second capital of the erstwhile Kingdom of Sikkim till 1814 A.D. This is also very close to the Pemyangtse Monastery, 30 mins. walk from the main road. The scenic view from the top of the ruins scanning across the deep valley, to the mystic heights of the Kanchenjunga range is something to be cherished & etched in memory. Get back to the hotel by evening to stay.
This morning after breakfast, check-out and drive to Gangtok (5500 Ft), the land of the pristine and unspoiled natural beauty, with alpine landscapes and thick luxuriant forests, rivers in torrent and peaceful lakes.
Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Relax and refresh yourself, then later go for a walk to the mall which is just 5 minutes away.
After breakfast, pay a visit to Do-Drul Chorten (Stupa) which is one of the most important stupas of Sikkim, built by the head of the Nyingma order- Trullshi Rimpoche in 1945. It contains rare details of Dorji Phupa, Holy Books, Mantras and is encircled by 108 prayer wheels. Later, visit The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (closed on Sundays) built-in 1958 in traditional style, a renowned worldwide center for the study of the Mahayana Buddhist philosophy & religion and a treasure house of rare “Thankas”, statues, and over 200 Buddhist icons & prized objects of art. Afterward, head to Enchey Monastery - a 200-year old Buddhist monastery blessed by Lama Drupthob Karpo (an exponent of Tantric Art Buddhism). Next, visit the Cottage Industry and Handicraft Centre (closed on Sundays) where you will see local women busy in weaving carpets, designing handlooms, etc. Visit the Rumtek Monastery - a 3-storied monastery that houses wall murals, thangkas, golden miniature models of Buddha, silk paintings, a huge prayer hall and lots more for you to explore.
After breakfast, drive to Bagdogra Airport to board your flight to Kolkata.
On arrival, our company representative will drive you to the hotel in Kolkata.
After breakfast at the hotel, the rest of the day will be at leisure. Later, depending on your flight timing, we will transfer you to the airport for your onward journey.
|Duration||:||9 Nights / 10 Days|
|Starting price||:||1210 Per Person|
|Route||:||Kolkata - Darjeeling - Pelling - Gangtok - Kolkata|