Eastern Himalayan Foothills Darjeeling & Sikkim Tour (8D7N)

 

Suitable Months:

Jan – Jun, Sep – Dec

 

 

Trip Type:

This is a sightseeing trip Sightseeing

 

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Detox your mind, release your soul and rejuvenate your body when you step into Darjeeling, a beauty located in West Bengal of India. Surrounded by lush tea plantations and lovely Victorian-style architecture passed down from the British India era, Darjeeling used to be a very popular hill station during the days of the Raj. Its popularity has not diminished over the years and is now a popular summer and fall resort for the natives of Kolkata and even tourists.

Located further up is its equally popular neighbor, Sikkim. The name of Sikkim has been coined from the words “Su Him” which means beautiful home. Indeed, Sikkim has been blessed by snow-capped mountains, lush green valleys and pristine lakes as well as intricately built monasteries.

Join us on this tour to be treated to the extravaganza of the natural beauty of Darjeeling and Sikkim. Be away from the hustle and bustle and connect yourself to the marvels of nature!

 

Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

  • Qutub MinarUpon your arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be met by our representative and begin a half-day sightseeing tour of Delhi city.
  • Visit Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, made of red sandstone and marble. Construction of this Islamic monument began in 1192 and was completed in 1368.
  • Drive through the India Gate which is a war memorial with the names of 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in World War I inscribed on the memorial arch.
  • Drive past the Presidential House, the official home of the President of India.
  • Check in at the hotel.
  • India GateAfter a quick freshen up, visit Raj Ghat, a black marble memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of India.
  • Drive through the Old Delhi area to have a glimpse of the lifestyle of the locals.
  • Overnight in Delhi.

Meals provided: -

Accommodation: Gulnar Hotel or similar, Delhi

 

 

Day 2: Delhi – Bagdogra – Darjeeling

  • Makaibari Tea EstatesAfter breakfast, we will transfer to the airport to board the domestic flight to Bagdogra.
    • Estimated flight time: 1hr 30mins
  • Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport, we will be met by the local guide and drive to Darjeeling.
    • Estimated driving time: approx 3.5hrs
  • Enroute to Darjeeling, visit Makaibari Tea Estates, the world’s first tea factory at 1859. Teas grown on the misty heights of Darjeeling, popularly known as the ‘Champagne of Tea’ are famous world over for their exquisite taste.
  • Overnight in Darjeeling.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Summit Grace Hotel or similar, Darjeeling

 

Day 3: Darjeeling

  • Sunrise at Tiger HillEarly in the morning, drive to Tiger Hill for sunrise.
  • Upon reaching Tiger Hill, walk for about 2 hours over easy pace and terrain to reach the summit to view the spectacular sunrise over the panoramic Kanchenjunga Ranges.
  • After the sunrise, visit Ghoom Monastery which is the oldest Tibetan monastery in Darjeeling built in 1875.
  • Back to the hotel for breakfast.
  • After breakfast, enjoy a toy train ride from Ghoom to Darjeeling. Darjeeling used to be a popular hill station and the toy train is of lasting significance to its glorious past.
    • Duration of train ride: 50 mins
  • Toy train ride from Ghoom to DarjeelingAfter the ride, begin our exhilarating city tour.
  • Visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute which was started in Darjeeling when Tenzing Norgay climbed Everest to give training on mountaineering and other adventure sports related to mountaineering. Equipment used by Mr. Tenzing Norgay was on display too.
  • Visit Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park where one can see rare Himalayan animals like Snow Leopard, Tibetan Wolf, Tibetan Yak, Himalayan Black Bear and several varieties of birds.
  • Visit Tibetan Self-help Centre which is run by Tibetan Refugees to preserve their handicrafts and you can see the making of Tibetan Carpets, leather work, paintings and wooden work and etc.
  • Wrap up the city tour by exploring The Mall which is the town centre of Darjeeling. You can choose to either chill up at one of the many cafes or enjoy shopping at the shops to get some souvenirs for your loved ones at home.
  • Overnight in Darjeeling.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Summit Grace Hotel or similar, Darjeeling

 

Day 4: Darjeeling – Pelling

  • After breakfast, drive to Pelling.
    • Estimated driving time: approx 4 hrs
  • Pemayangtse MonasteryVisit Pemayangtse Monastery, also known as The Perfect Sublime Lotus. It is perched on a wooded hilltop and commands the most sublime view of the Khanchendzonga ranges. Built during the late 17th century, it is one of the oldest and most important monasteries of the Nyingmapa order of Buddhism in Sikkim.
  • Visit Rabdentse which is Sikkim’s second capital. The capital city was destroyed by the invading Gurkha army and only the ruins of the palace and the chortens are seen here now. The Rabdentse ruins are part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit in Sikkim.
  • Overnight in Pelling.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Newa Regency or similar, Pelling

 

 

Day 5: Pelling – Gangtok

  • GangtokAfter breakfast, drive to Gangtok.
    • Estimated driving time: approx 5.5 hrs
  • Gangtok became the state capital in the mid-19th century and has undergone rapid development since then. Surrounded by monasteries and orchids, Gangtok is truly a traveller’s delight.
  • Free and easy for the rest of the day. You can proceed to MG Marg nearby which is a long stretch of open air mall in Gangtok.
  • Overnight in Gangtok.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Ttakshang Residency or similar, Gangtok

 

Day 6: Gangtok

  • Rumtek MonasteryAfter breakfast, begin our full day city tour of Gangtok.
  • Visit Rumtek Monastery, the largest monastery in Sikkim which is home to a community of monks where they perform the rituals and practices of the Karma Kagyu lineage.
  • Visit Enchey Monastery which is nestled within lush woods with a spectacular view of Gangtok town.
  • Visit Namgyal Institute Of Tibetology that promotes research in Mahayana Buddhism and the language and tradition of Tibet.
  • Visit Directorate Of Handloom And Handicrafts which is set up to promote traditional Sikkimese art and handicrafts.
  • Overnight in Gangtok.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Ttakshang Residency or similar, Gangtok

 

Day 7: Gangtok – KalimpongKalimpong Flower Nurseries

  • After breakfast, drive to Kalimpong.
    • Estimated driving time: approx 3 hrs
  • Visit the colourful flower nurseries. The climate of Kalimpong is ideal for the cultivation of flowers and plants. Kalimpong is famous for its nurseries which export exotic flowers like Amaryllis lilies, Anthuriums, Roses gerberas, Dahilias, Gladiolias as well as Orchids and Cacti.
  • Visit Zang Dhok Palri Phodang Monastery where you can get an exclusive panoramic view of the town and surroundings.
  • Zang Dhok Palri Phodang MonasteryVisit Tharpa Choling Monastery at Tirpai hill en route to Dr. Graham’s Home. This monastery belongs to the Yellow Hat sect of Lamas to which the present Dalai Lama belongs.
  • Visit Thongsa Gompa, a monastery of Bhutanese origin and built around 1692. It is the oldest in Kalimpong.
  • Overnight in Kalimpong.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Kalimpong Park Hotel or similar, Kalimpong

 

Day 8: Kalimpong – Bagdogra – Delhi & Departure (midnight flight)

  • After breakfast, drive to Bagdogra to board the domestic flight to Delhi.
    • Estimated driving time: approx 3 hrs
    • Flight time to Delhi: 2 hrs 25 mins
  • Upon arrival in Delhi, proceed for last minute shopping.
  • Wrap up the trip with an authentic farewell dinner.
  • Proceed to Delhi International Airport to board the flight back home, bringing back nice memories of Darjeeling and Sikkim that can last for a long time.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price

Please contact us for pricing.

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details)

Highlights

  • Soak in the old world charm of the Delhi City
  • Savour the fragrant tea which Darjeeling is famous for
  • Marvel at the spectacular sunrise over the Kanchenjunga Ranges at Tiger Hill
  • Enjoy a toy train ride to relive the glamour of the hill stations
  • Get up close and personal with the rare Himalayan animals at the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
  • Be captivated by the sheer architecture of the centuries-old monasteries
  • Happy shopping for Sikkimese arts and handicrafts
  • Bask in the bright and colourful flower nurseries

Package Inclusions

  • 7 nights’ accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with daily breakfast and dinner at 3 star hotels (except for Delhi which is on bed and breakfast basis)
  • English speaking local tour guides
  • Assistance on arrival/departure at airports /hotels
  • Transportation for airport transfers and excursions in private air-conditioned car
  • Toy train ride at Darjeeling
  • One-time Entrance tickets in Darjeeling/Gangtok/Pelling
  • Applicable goverment service tax

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore – Delhi – Singapore) and airport tax
  • India Tourist Visa fee (SGD 80 + application form + 2 passport-sized photos; apply in Singapore)
  • Domestic airfare (Delhi – Bagdogra – Delhi) and airport tax (currrent available airfare is estimated at around USD 148 per person)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Camera Fees at the monuments
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, drinking water, dessert, laundry
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, political situation, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for driver/guide
  • Optional tours

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

Singapore to Delhi:

Air India (AI 381) 0915hrs – 1230hrs

 

Delhi to Singapore:

Air India (AI 380) 0005hrs – 0800hrs

 

 

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