The tour encompasses the best legacy of former British Empire in India. The deeper we traverse into Sikkim and Darjeeling the more we intertwined with nature.
Sikkim, a former kingdom with fascinating Himalayas is situated in Eastern Himalayas spreading below Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,534m), the third highest mountain in the world. Sikkim squeezed in between the mountainous kingdoms of Bhutan and Nepal offers a wide potential in tourism that has yet largely remained unexploited. With multicultural touch, this yet to be explored tiny state in India is full of snow-capped mountains, lush green tropical and temperate forests, gurgling streams and the rich flora and fauna - a true Shangri-La.
Darjeeling, another hot spot of this trip is internationally known for its tea industry. Situated in North East India, just south of Sikkim, Darjeeling provides the perfect ambiance of a hill resort with its mild climate. With the magical aura of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Darjeeling intoxicates the nature enthusiasts within nature's peaceful milieu.
Day 01: Arrival in Sikkim:
Upon our arrival in Skikkm, we will be greeted by crew member from Pariwar Holidays. Our tour to Sikkim and Darjeeling begins the moments the representative from Pariwar Holidays escorts us through enticing views of tea states to Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim. Upon arrival at Gangtok, we check in at hotel and leisure overnight.
Day 02: Gangtok sightseeing:
Today early in the morning, we make our excursion at Tashi View point, near about 8km from Gangtok. Astounding view of Khangchendzonga and the Siniolchu Range is the main attraction of this point. Some distant north, Sikkim monasteries along the North Sikkim highway are also visible from this point. After having short excursion, we return back to the hotel for breakfast. At this juncture, we are ready to start our today's program.
First we will visit Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms (also known as Government Institute of Cottage Industries), established by government to promote the manufacturing and selling of authentic and traditional arts and handicraft: blankets and shawls in "Lepcha" weaves, thankas, wooden decoration etc. Next point to be visited is Enchey Monastery. This small hermitage was built by lama Druptob Karpo (renowned for his power of flying) after he flew at this place from Maenam Hill in South Sikkim more than 200 years ago. Further, we also do not miss the opportunity to be at Research Institute of Tibetology, a world-renowned research center for Tibetan Buddhism. The research institute showcases the rare collection of antique like statues, antic manuscripts, thangkas etc. This Institute was founded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1957. Along in the evening, we will visit Rumtek Monastery which lays near about 24 km From Gangtok in a lovely landscape. The first monastery was built in 1717 by Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal, but then was destroyed by the earthquake and aging. His holiness 16th Gyalwa Karmapa constructed the second monastery in 1960. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 03: Transfer to Darjeeling:
Today after breakfast we will be escorted from Gangtok to Darjeeling - "The Queen of Hills". Upon arrival we check in hotel and have leisure overnight.
Day 04: Darjeeling sightseeing:
Today, our journey begin with our short excursion to Tiger Hill at early morning to see the view of sunrise over Mt. Kanchendzonga. Upnon return to the hotel way, we will visit Yiga-Choling (Ghoom). Then, after breakfast we stroll around Darjeeling for sightseeing. At this juncture, we visit Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, inhabited by rare representatives of Himalayan fauna: Siberian tiger, Himalayan black bear, red panda, snow leopard and many other animal and bird species. Our next visit will be at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center, also known as a major center for the production of Tibetan carpets, woodwork and leather goods, and famous Tea Garden and Tea Factory of Darjeeling.
Day 05: Farewell to Sikkim!!!
Today after breakfast we will be escorted to Bagdogra Airport for our flight onward. We return to our destination keeping enticing memories of Sikkim and Darjeeling.
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Great trip.my guide from Pariwar Holidays was knowledgable, patient, Educated and conscientioous I made the right chioce in picking Pariwar Holidays for a trip of a lifetime. The trip was very memorable and enjoyable. I will be sure to use them again for my next trek.