North East Delight with Kalimpong

8 Nights Itinerary Covering: Darjeeling – Kalimpong – Pelling – Gangtok


Overview

Blessed with abundance of natural beauty, bliss, adventure and charming experiences, North East India is the setting for a delightful holiday. The landscape is dotted with scenic views, holy shrines, monasteries, lakes, hills and so much more. Our specially-crafted 9-day North East Delight with Kalimpong tour offers a truly unforgettable family holiday as well as a romantic honeymoon. The view of the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga is spectacular as is a refreshing walk amid tea gardens. The bliss of the unspoiled locales is matchless. Explore the thrills of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Pelling and Gangtok with the North East India holiday itinerary.

Note: This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific needs. Contact us if you want modifications so that we could tailor a holiday to suit your need for an unforgettable India tour.

Highlights

  • Delve in bliss of Darjeeling and its notable monasteries
  • Sunset view of Mt Kanchenjunga from Tiger Hill
  • Ride the Darjeeling Ropeway enjoying the views
  • Go sightseeing in Kalimpong including Pine View Nursery
  • Adore Pelling’s scenic beauty
  • Explore the marvelous sites of Pelling
  • Sightseeing in Gangtok along with exploring markets
  • Enjoy yak rides along Tsomgo Lake in Gangtok

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival and transfer to Darjeeling

Arrive at Bagdogra airport/ Jalpaiguri railway station/ Tenzing Norgay bus stand. Here you will be meet by our tour representative who will assist you with transfer to Darjeeling.

Set at 2050m in the lap of Himalayas, Darjeeling is named as the 'Queen of Hills'. Owing to its exotic location, attractions and tourist spots the hill town is popular as a romantic honeymoon destination as well as family vacation spots in India. The prime highlights are Darjeeling Himalayan Railway- a UNESCO World Heritage Site and several tea estates.

Upon arrival, check-in at a pre-booked hotel. You can opt either to relax at the hotel or choose to go shopping or for a leisurely walk.

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 2 - Darjeeling local sightseeing (half day)

Start the day at pre-dawn. Around 3:45 AM proceed towards Tiger Hill. The lookout lies at the height of 8,500ft surrounded by natural beauty. Revel in the enchanting views of sunrise over the snow-covered Himalayan ranges, especially Mt Kanchenjunga (world's third highest peak). In-addition, if it is a clear day you may also have an opportunity to see the world's highest peak, Mount Everest.

Thereafter, on your way back to hotel, visit the Ghoom Monastery, War Memorial and Batasia Loop. The Tibetan Buddhist Gompa, Ghoom is home to some lovely thangkas on the walls and rare Buddhist manuscripts. Batasia Loop is a scenic as well as technically important point of the Darjeeling Toy Train. The scenic garden is home to War Memorial, built in order to pay tribute to Gorkha soldiers of Darjeeling. Enjoy the views while you walk amid the scenic bliss.

Later get to the hotel room, have breakfast and relax. Proceed for local sightseeing in Darjeeling. Cover places including Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (closed on Thursday), Passenger Ropeway, Tenzing and Gumbo Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center, Tea Estate, Natural history museum (Sunday closed) and Peace Pagoda.

The unmissable highlights of the day tour is Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, among the highest Zoos in India. It's the habitat of Red Panda, Siberian Tiger and Snow Leopard and the endangered species of fauna. Later, proceed for a visit to the Tea Estate as Darjeeling has quite a reputation for varieties in teas of different flavors and tastes. Dating back to the British Raj, the tea gardens are scenic as well as historical sites.

Next, board the Passenger Ropeway to enjoy a bird's view of the spectacular beauty of the town, tea estates and the meandering River Rangeet. Check out the Bengal Natural History Museum- to take a look at marvelous exhibits of flora and fauna. Proceed to the last stop of the day, the Peace Pagoda. Designed by Nichidatsu Fujii, the simple structure is a symbol of world peace, to unite people of all caste and religion.

Return back to your hotel and relax. Rest of the evening is free for you, either you can relax or just stroll around. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 3 - Transfer to Kalimpong (48km/ around one and a half hour drive)

After an unhurried breakfast, check-out from the hotel. Get assisted with transfer to Kalimpong. Overlooking the Teesta River, the amazing hill town is among the most beautiful places in the North East India.

Upon reaching Kalimpong, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day is at your own leisure. Stroll through the town or shop at the local markets. The serene ambiance of the town refreshes your senses. It is replete with the bliss of the mountains, away from the hustle-bustle of cities. The markets are amazing. Take a look at handicrafts, especially fine things crafted from bone.

Return back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4 - Sightseeing in Kalimpong

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Later get ready for sightseeing. Pass through scenic road to Forest museum (closed on Thursday). Sightseeing tour includes visit to Deolo Hill, Hanuman Mandir, Dr. Graham Homes (school), Durpin Monastery, Mangaldham and Pine View Nursery.

The charming town of Kalimpong is set between Deolo Hills. Start the tour with a visit to the highest point of the region, Deolo Hills 1704 m above the sea level. Enjoy the picturesque views of the mountains, especially the Mt Kanchenjunga. Also, relish the taste of cherries cultivated here.

Next, proceed for a visit to the Durpin Monastery in the lap of Durpin Dara hill. The monastery is known for two big cylinders each roughly 10ft high, on both the sides. As you turn the cylinders by a crank, the lever is so arranged that a bell would ring on each turn. Also rotate the row of prayer wheels for divine blessings.

Among the best features of Kalimpong are the various attractive nurseries. Pay a visit to the Pine view nursery boasting of a great collection of cactus in whole Asia. The visit is incredible owing to the presence of cactus in the North Eastern hills.

After a well-spent day sightseeing, return to your hotel for overnight stay.

Day 5 - Transfer to Pelling

Start the day with hearty breakfast at the hotel. After that pack your bags and check out from the hotel. Proceed by road towards Pelling, the next stop of your North East holiday. En route pass by the beautiful Sikkimese town of Jorethang.

Heavenly scenery greets you upon reaching Pelling. Nestled amid spectacular views of Himalayas, at an altitude of 2072 m, the town is known for views of the snow-capped peaks of Pandim, Rathong, Kanchenjunga and Siniolchu. The charming places to visit in Pelling include ancient Tibetan monasteries, pristine lakes, meadows of varieties of Rhododendron and orchids.

On arrival, check-in at a hotel. Enjoy the comforts of your hotel as rest of the day is free at your own leisure. Spend the evening strolling through the small town or explore the colorful markets. Here find treasures of hand woven carpets, shawls and blankets in Lepcha leaves, Buddhist religious items, thangkas, traditional motifs, and paper products.

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 6 - Local Sightseeing in Pelling (full day)

Breakfast at the hotel greets you early in the day. After you are done, get ready for sightseeing on a full day excursion in Pelling. While the scenic beauty is the highlight of the charming town in North East India, important tourist spots are Rimbi waterfalls, Rimbi Rock Garden, Khecheoplalri Lake, Khecheopalri Monastery, Kanchenjunga waterfalls, Pemayangtse Monastery, and Rabdentse ruins.

Start sightseeing with the Khecheopalri Lake. Named among the holiest lakes in North East India as well as Pelling, the lake is revered by Buddhist as well as Hindu community. Known by names such as Kha-Chot-Palri, Wishing Lake and Sho Dzo Sho, it is a beautiful site with spiritual powers that soothes minds and souls. The lake is an important of the Buddhist religious circuit in North East India, especially Sikkim along with monasteries.

Later, proceed towards the Pemayangtse Monastery. Among the most beautiful Buddhist Gompas, this one is said to be founded by the Lama Lhatsun Chempo mainly for 'ta-sang' lamas (the purest of monks). Pay a visit to feel the divine bliss as well as explore Buddhist antique idols, scriptures and sculptures. The seven-tiered painted wooden structure portraying Guru Rimpoche's Heavenly Palace, Santoplari is unmissable. The fascinating masterpieces is single handedly crafted by Late Dungzin Rimpoche in almost 5 years.

Next, visit the scenic Kanchenjunga Waterfalls, one of the famous tourist spots in Pelling. The sight of the cascading water from such a height in a pristine beauty. Move on towards the ruins of Rabdentse, declared to be a monument of National importance by Archaeological Survey of India. Among the important tourist sites in Sikkim, Rabdentse come under Buddhist pilgrimage that starts from Yuksom at Dubdi Monastery, then Norbugang Chorten, Tashiding Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery, Sangachoeling Monastery, ending at Khecheopalri Lake. The ruins are accessible only after a 2km trek through dense jungles and snow-covered mountains.

Return to hotel for rest. The evening is free of plans. Opt to stroll through the town or explore the bustling bazaars.

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 7 - Transfer to Gangtok/ local sightseeing in Gangtok (half day)

Today you will be proceeding towards your next destination of your North East holiday, Gangtok. Check-out from the hotel and proceed by road. Among the most beautiful places in North East India, the capital city of Sikkim find its place. It is known for ancient monasteries, picturesque valleys and wonderful sanctuaries, and attractions. Owing to its treasure of so many monasteries it was formerly known as the 'land of monasteries'.

Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and freshen up. Later, leave for half-day sightseeing.

Start with a visit to Rumtek Monastery, the largest Gompa in Sikkim. Visit the Saramsa Garden, a beauty known for cultivation of fruits and flowers. Next, explore the Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary, famous for varied flora and fauna. Pay a visit to the Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom Emporium, where there are amazing displays of artistic brilliance, especially Tibetan carpets, excellent handicrafts including Thankas, Choksee and locally-made furniture at very reasonable prices.

Next, visit the Research Institute of Tibetology to seek knowledge of the religion and other fascinating aspects of Buddhism. Bow your heads at Do Drul Chorten (Stupa). In the majestic monastery find Kangyur relics (holy books) and other religious objects. The 108 prayer wheels here which are turned during worship ceremony while chanting 'Om Mani Padme Hum' is said to invoke Bodhisattva.

Later, take blessings at Enchey Monastery. Built on the land blessed by Lama Druptab Karpo, the stupa belongs to Nyingmapa order of Vajrayana school of Buddhism.

After you are done with sightseeing, return your hotel. Spend the day at leisure or enjoy a stroll through MG mall road. Check-out the markets bustling with treasures including handicrafts, locally made artifacts, Tibetan carpets, alpine cheese, Sikkim tea, black cardamom, shimmering jewelries and other traditional outfits.

Stay the night at the hotel.

Day 8 - Excursion to Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir (full day)

Start the day with a leisurely breakfast and proceed for short trip to Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir.

Among the most popular tourist attractions in Gangtok, 38 km from the city, Tsomgo Lake is regarded as holy among Buddhists. At 12,400 ft, amid the snow covered mountains, the lake is fed by water from melting of snow from mountains. Legends say that future as predicted by Lamas by studying the lake. Here you can indulge in yak or mule rides while enjoying the spectacular bliss.

Lying close to the lake is the Baba Mandir. The pious shrine is nestled at 1300ft on the way to Nathula Pass. Referred to as the Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, the temple worships Indian soldier Baba Harbhajan Singh. The martyr is believed to be a deity that protects the land and the people.

After an amazing day, get back to Gangtok. Rest of the day is at your own leisure. Enjoy the serenity of the town on your walks.

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 9 - Departure Gangtok to Siliguri (around 115km/ around two hours drive)

The tour of north East India long with Kalimpong ends today. After breakfast, check-out from the hotel. Get assisted transfer to Jalpaiguri railway station or the Bagdogra airport, for your onward journey with fond memories.


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