SIKKIM is a small mountain state in eastern Himalayas of India. Sikkim is located between 28o 07'48" and 27o04'46" north latitudes, and 88o00’58" and 88o55'25" east longitudes. It is bounded by Tibet on the north, Nepal on the west, Bhutan on the east and West Bengal lies to its south. It is the least populous state in the union. Sikkim is strategically important for India. It lies astride the shortest route from India to Tibet. Sikkim is a land of rich and varied scenic beauty, magnificent mountains, eternal snows, dark forests, green fertile valleys, raging torrents and calm, placid lakes. Her magnificent variety of flora and fauna are the naturalist's dream; the steep variations in elevation and rainfall give rise to a glorious multitude of species within a comparatively limited area. The scenic grandeur of mighty snow-capped peaks, the highest of which is the 28,162 feet Kanchanjunga on the Nepal-Sikkim border, has been a symbol of romantic awe and wonder for the people. It is the world's third highest peak. Kanchanjunga has five satellite peaks: Jano, Kabru, Pandim, Narsim, Simiolchu. Two principle mountain ranges are the Singilela and Chola, which start in the north and continue, following a more or less southerly direction. Between these ranges are the principle rivers, the Rangit and the Teesta, forming the main channels of drainage. These rivers are fed by the monsoon rains as well as by melting glaciers.
Day 1 Arrival in Delhi (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Fly to Delhi- Welcome to India. Meet & greet by the local representative. Check in hotel.
Day 2 Delhi- Bagdogra Darjeeling (4-hr drive) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your domestic flight to Bagdogra. Our tour guide will meet and welcome you at the airport and then transfer you on a journey drive through picturesque tea gardens to the world renowned hill station, Darjeeling. Perched on an altitude of 2134m, Darjeeling is set amidst a majestic backdrop of the great Himalayan peak of Kanchenjunga (3rd highest peak in the world at 8586m) and is regarded as the Queen of East India. After dinner, free at leisure to visit the local bazaar.
Day 3 Darjeeling (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Depart hotel at about 4am for Tiger Hill (2585m) for sun rising view and a panoramic view of the spectacular snow-clad mountain peaks of the Himalayan Range. After which, back to hotel for your breakfast and then visit the Himalayan Zoological Park. The zoo serves as a breeding center for snow leopards and red pandas, as well as a home for mountain yaks, Himalayan black bears and Siberian Tigers. Visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, located within this zoo, which was founded in 1954 to commemorate history’s first successful conquest of Mt. Everest in 1953 by ‘Darjeeling’s son’, Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary. Then after, visit to the Ghoom Monastery, built in 1850 by Lama Sharb, which enshrines a 15ft. Statue of Maitreya Buddha. Then proceed to Tibetan Refugee Center.
Day 4 Darjeeling Pelling (4-hr drive) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This morning, proceed to Pelling (2105m). You will enjoy a spectacular mountain drive through inspiring natural scenery – lush vibrant hills, leaping waterfalls, small villages and all beneath the gorgeous backdrop of the mighty Himalayan peaks. Pelling is indeed a nice place away from the hustle, bustle and noise. Here, you can have a breathtaking view of Mt Kanchenjunga in the clear day. After lunch, visit the placid & clear Khecheopari, means Wishing, Lake and Rabdanste Ruins. Rabdanste Ruins are now being preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India and have been declared as a monument.
Day 5 Pelling (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This morning begins your sightseeing with visit to Rimbi Falls and Kanchenjunga Falls. After lunch, visit the Pemayangtse Monastery, one of the oldest and important monasteries in Sikkim. Pamayantse Monastery is situated less than a kilometer from Pelling. The monastery houses numerous religious idols and other objects of worship, most of which are priceless because of their antiquity.
Day 6 Pelling Gangtok (5-hr drive) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Bid farewell to Pelling and leave for Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Tucked away in the clouds, Gangtok is spread out on a ridge 1520m above sea level, and looks something out of a fairy tale with houses precariously balanced on the slopes of steep hills. Apart from the gorgeous view of deep valleys, waterfalls and snow-capped mountain ranges that separate from neighbouring Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal. En-route, visit another important monastery in Sikkim, Tashiding Monastery. This monastery lies nestled on the top of a hill that looms up between the Rathong River and the Rangit River and is surrounded by a profusion of prayer flags that flutter in the air. ** walking up to the monastery takes approximately 45 mins per way.
Day 7 Gangtok Tsomgo Lake (2 hrs drive) Gangtok (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, drive to Tsomgo Lake, also means as “The Source of the Lake” (3,780m). The lake derives its water from melting snows off the surrounding mountains, which is one of the famous sacred lakes in Sikkim, situated near the borders of Tibet’s. Back to Gantok, visit the Tibetogy, Handicraft centre and Sikkim Flower Exhibition Centre where a wide range of rare species of orchids display (Seasonal).
Day 8 Gangtok -Drive to Bagdogra Airport and fly to Delhi and fly home (Breakfast,)
After breakfast, we leave Bagdogra Airport for your domestic flight back to Delhi. Continue fly home.
Domestic air ticket Delhi-Bagdogra-Delhi
All Transportation AC / Qulise/ Innova/ Xylo or Mini Tourist Bus
Guide/ leader (Experienced Tour Guide will lead the tour).
All monument fees, Permit arrangement, All taxes and VAT.
3Star hotel accommodation as Delhi, Darjeeling, Pelling and Gangtok
All meals as per itinerary
Himalayan toy train ride in Darjeeling
Cost does not includes:
Air ticket from your home country and return(Can be arranged with us), personal expenditure like, beverages, laundry, telephone, personal travel insurance, tips for guide & driver.