6 Days 5 Nights
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Welcome to your ‘Northeast Special’ tour. On arrival at the airport in Bagdogra, meet and greet by our representative. Later, proceed towards Gangtok - the capital of Sikkim. Located, 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 travelling to North Sikkim. Surrounded by Monasteries and Orchids, Gangtok is truly a travellers delight. On arrival, check into your hotel. Rest of the evening is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight in Gangtok.
After early morning breakfast, we proceed to visit Tsomgo Lake - located 35 km from Gangtok at an altitude of 12,400 feet. The lake derives its waters from melting snows off the surrounding mountains Legends say that lamas could forecast the future by studying the colour of the lake’s waters. Also, visit Baba Mandir - located at an altitude of 13,123 ft built in the memory of brave soldier Baba Harbhajan Singh. It is believed that the temple has wish-fulfilling powers. Later, drive back to your hotel in Gangtok. The rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight stay in Gangtok.
After breakfast, proceed towards Kalimpong located in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal. On arrival, check into your hotel. Later, afternoon proceeds for a half day city tour of Kalimpong visiting Zang Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery, Tharpa Choling Monastery, Thongs Gumpa and flower nurseries. Zang Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery: This site holds great religious significance for the Tibetan Buddhism followers. The monastery is a fine example of the Buddhist style of architecture, which is simple yet splendid. Tharpa Choling Monastery: founded in the year 1912 by Domo Geshe Rinpoche, is counted amongst the oldest Gelugpa monasteries in the country. Perched on a hilltop in Kalimpong, this beautiful Gompa with its colourful idols of the presiding deity creates a perfect peaceful ambience. Thongs Gumpa: The Gompa was founded in 1678, but the present main building, surrounded by 220 small
prayer wheels, was built in the 19th century after the Gorkhas rampaged across Sikkim. Flower nurseries: These flower nurseries are engaged in exporting beautiful and exotic flowers. It is the only place in entire West Bengal where a number of commercial flower nurseries are located. Later, drive back to your hotel in Kalimpong. The rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight stay in Kalimpong.
After breakfast, proceed towards Darjeeling - Standing high in the Himalayas at an altitude of 2134m, ‘Dorje Ling’, or place of the Thunderbolt, offers breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks, with the Kanchendzonga rising higher than all the others. On arrival, check into your hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure to explore the beautiful city on your own. Overnight in Darjeeling.
Early morning visit Tiger Hill to see a beautiful sunrise and Himalayan Range like Kanchendzonga (world third highest mountain). One can see the horizon changing colors just before sunrise and then the entire Himalayan range turn golden. Also, visit Ghoom Monastery which 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. Later, drive back to your hotel. After breakfast, proceed on a half day city tour of Darjeeling visiting Himalayan Mountaineering Institute(closed on Thursday) which was started by Tenzing Norgay after he climbed Mt. Everest, Zoological Park(closed on Thursday), Tibetan Refugee Centre(closed on Sunday), Tenzing Rock, Gombu Rock and Happy Valley Tea Estate(from outside). The rest of the evening is at Leisure for Independent activities. Overnight in Darjeeling.
Today, we conclude our ‘Northeast Special’ tour. You will be transferred to Airport in Bagdogra with sweet
memories of the tour.