Sikkim beautifully houses alpine meadows, glaciers and various varieties of flora and fauna endemic to the Himalayas. Meticulously designed 8 Days Best of Sikkim & Darjeeling tour lets you explore the best of what the Indian Himalayas have on offer — shimmering lakes, lustrous waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, vast green tea estates, monasteries and colorful mountain lifestyle, and many more. Book the Best of Sikkim Darjeeling package and get ready for a memorable vacation.
Fly to Delhi- Welcome to India. Meet & greet by the local representative. Check in hotel.
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 (world's 3rd tallest peak at 8,586m) and is regarded as the Queen of East India. After dinner, free at leisure to visit the local bazaar.
Depart hotel at about 4am for Tiger Hill (2,585m) for sun rise view and a panoramic view of the spectacular snow-clad mountain peaks of the Himalayan Range. After the sunrise view, 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 first successful conquest of Mt. Everest in 1953 by Sherpa 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. Evening is free and overnight stay in the hotel.
In the 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.
After breakfast, the tour begins with sightseeing and 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.
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.
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).
After breakfast, leave for Bagdogra Airport for your domestic flight back to Delhi and continue to fly home.
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