Best of Darjeeling and Sikkim offers you an experience of the twin regions of Darjeeling and Sikkim in East India. Here you visit tea plantations of Darjeeling, explore monasteries of Sikkim, enjoy superb country side views and great hill station climate. Best of Darjeeling and Sikkim is a popular summer holiday traveller circuit where you arrive for pleasant climate, ancient monasteries and the best views.
Highlights of this holiday would be
Darjeeling (7000 ft asl) - Ghoom Monastery, Viewpoints, Peace pagoda, Himalayan Zoological Park (High altitude Zoo)
Pelling (6000 ft asl) - Pemayangtse Monastery, Holy Lake, Village visit, waterfall
Gangtok (5000 ft asl) - Rumtek Monastery, Enche Monastery, Flower Garden, Viewpoints, Nathu La Pass (Excursion)
Kalimpong (2000 ft asl) - Flower Nurseries, Viewpoints
Day 1 - Bagdogra Arrival and Travel to Gangtok Arrival at Bangdogra and transfer to Gangtok (5000 ft asl - 130 kms - 4 hours), the capital of Sikkim and a popular hill station for summer holiday travelers. Rest of the day is for you to spend at leisure.
Day 2 - Gangtok – Tshangu Lake and Baba Mandir Excursion Today you start an excursion to Tshangu Lake (12400 ft asl - 43 kms - 3 hours) and Baba Mandir (13100 ft asl - 16 Kms - 1 hour). The drive and the area are renowned for their exceptional Himalayan beauty and character.
Note: You can opt to visit Nathu La Pass - Indo - Tibetan border checkpost.
Day 3 - Gangtok local sightseeing. Travel to Pelling Today morning you undertake half day sightseeing covering Jhakri Water Falls along with Do-rul Chhorten, Research Institute of Tibetology (Closed on Sunday), Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom (Closed on Sunday) and Flower Show. In the afternoon, you travel to Pelling (5500 Ft - 116 Kms - 5 Hrs), a destination in West Sikkim renowned for its monasteries and good views.
Day 4 - Pelling and Yuksom Excursion Today you drive to Yuksom (5840 ft asl - 35 Kms - 2 hrs), the first capital of Sikkim. Enroute you visit Darap Village, Rimbi Water fall & Hydro Project, Khecheopalri Lake (6000 ft asl), a sacred Buddhist mountain lake. After spending time at Yuksom, you return to Pelling by late afternoon. Rest of the day is for you to spend at leisure exploring Pelling on your own.
Day 5 - Travel to Kalimpong Today you travel to Kalimpong (2000 ft asl - 115 Kms - 5 hrs), a destination renowned for its flower nurseries and viewpoints. Rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore Kalimpong on your own.
Day 6 - Kalimpong sightseeing and then travel to Darjeeling Today you explore Kalimpong to visit Dello hills, Flower Nurseries, Jang-Dong-Palriffo Brang and Durbin Dara Hills and later travel to Darjeeling (6710 ft asl - 70 Kms - 3 hours). You will reach Darjeeling by the evening.
Day 7 - Explore Darjeeling Today you take an early morning (around 4 AM) tour to Tiger Hills (8482 ft asl) to view sunrise over Kanchendzonga Peak (visible subject to clear weather). On your way back, visit Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop. Later in the day you visit Japanese Temple, Peace pagoda, Himalayan Zoological Park & Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tenzing & Gombu Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center & enjoy a panoramic view of Tea Estates enroute.
Note: You have an option to enjoy Darjeeling Ropeway Ride enroute.
Day 8 - Travel to Bagdogra Travel to Bagdogra Airport (100 Kms - 03 hrs) for onwards connection.
Note: You have an option to visit Mirik, a lakeside hill station enroute.
Why Is This Perfect for You
Best of Sikkim & Darjeeling has a bit of everything for everyone i.e. Himalayan Zoo, Monasteries, tea plantations, waterfalls, lakes, rafting, shopping etc. and therefore best suited for family travellers
When to Go
Though crowded during April-May, the holiday season, your visit wouldn’t be disappointing, thanks to the comfortable weather. The Kanchenjunga ranges are more clearly visible during Oct-March, which makes it the best time to visit. If you want to experience the snow, visit during the months of Jan-Feb.
Accommodation at 3* Hotels / Resorts with Breakfast
All Transfers & Sightseeing by 1 AC Luxury Vehicle (Scorpio / Xylo)