06 Nights / 07 Days
Places visited: Biratnagar – Darjeeling – Pemayangtse – Gangtok – Kalimpong – Biratnagar
When the Maharaja of Sikkim gifted it to the British Governor General Bentinck “out of friendship in the 1800s, the British turned Darjeeling into a hill station. Now, almost two centuries later, The Queen of Hill Stations entices thousands of visitors to its fairy tale environs and leaves no one discontented. Once you leave the sweltering plains of West Bengal and start climbing up, you will begin to see the lofty green promontories ahead of you which will give you the feeling that you are entering an altogether different world. Brilliant red rhododendrons, charming white magnolias and majestic pines welcome you to this paradise. And all the while, the hill slopes descend in gentle waves of green tea bushes. All around you are sequestered vales and dales with sparkling streams, rivulets and gushing gorges. An intoxicating experience to be cherished for ever. You can also enjoy a ride on the old toy train that finds its way up hills from Siliguri in the plains to the town of Darjeeling. While here, you can enjoy the bustling sights and sounds of a small hill town/city as well as go for adventure outings further a field.
Day 1 – Fly Kathmandu to Biratnagar or Bhadrapur
Airport. On arrival at Biratnagar /Bharatpur Airport meet, assist and drive to Darjeeling. (5 1/2hrs) Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 – Darjeeling (2100m)
Visit Himalayan Zoo- Himalayan fauna in natural habitat, red panda, black bear, yaks and the famous show leopard/ Himalayan Mountaineering institute and Museum of Everest Expedition / Tibetan self help centre, training and sales Emporium of Tibetan handicrafts. Darjeeling-Pemayangste, (102km/4 1/2hrs) After lunch drive to Pemayansgte, West Sikkim. Overnight at hotel or Lodge
Day 3 – Pemayangtse (2085m)
Visit the Pemayangtse Monastery. This is a premier monastery of Sikkim built in the 17th century. A short walk to Sangobhholing Monastery (2km/45min) located on a hillock above the hotel. On a clear day the view of the mountain range is breathtaking . Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 – Pemayangtse -Gantok (1600m/117km / 4 1/2hrs)
Drive through semi tropical forests, cardamom plantation and small villages to Gangtok, once the capital of the kingdom of Sikkm, Free. Overnight at hotel
Day 5 – Gangtok
Full day sightseeing. Visit Enchey Monastery, Deer Park, Government institute of cottage Industry, Dodrul Chorten, Research institute of Tebetolagy.
Visit Rumtek Monastery, situated 24km this magnificent monastery was built by the late Gyalwa Karmapa, the head of the Kagyu sect. Overnight at hotel
Day 6 – Gangtok-Kalimpong (588m/85km / 2 1/2hrs)
Drive along the Rangit river valley to Kalimpong visit flower nurseries/local monastery/handicraft centre. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7 – Kalimpong-Biratnagar/Bhadrapur (221km / 6 1/2 hrs)
Early morning drive to Biratnagar/Bhaktapur airport and check in for your flight to Kathmandu.