Trip Highlights

A day in the tea estates
Visit one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim
See the world’s largest statue at 118 feet of the Buddhist Padmasambhava
Explore the heritage forest with canopy walk
Great views of the Khangchendzonga range
Insight of Himalayan exploration and mountaineering

Trip overview:

Explore India’s northeast. The north east of India is a surprising. Tour in Sikkim & Darjeeling area and framed for superb mountain views, a floral spectacle in summer, birds and views of pristine forests. This trip is well designed to suit all activities along with culture, nature and adventure.

Day 1 (Arrive in the city of joy)

On Arrival at Kolkata Airport, you will meet an IndeBo representative who will assist you with your transfer to the hotel. After check in, there will be a briefing session about the tour. You will have rest of the day to yourself to relax. Later, enjoy your dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 (City of Palaces and City of Joy)

Visit the Victoria Memorial built by Lord Curzon as a marble memorial to Queen Victoria in 1905. It houses the memorabilia of the early days of the British Raj. Visit the temple dedicated to Kali, the demonic attribute of Parvathi at Kalighat. Drive past by Fort William, the Eden Gardens, the Dalhousie Square and the Writers Building. Also visit the Missionaries of Charity, the home of Late Mother Teresa.

Day 3 (From City of Joy to Queen of Hill Stations)

After breakfast transfer to the airport for the 90 minute flight to Bagdogra.Upon arrival in Bagdogra, you will be met by our representative before travelling to Darjeeling.You drive for 3.5 hours uphill to Darjeeling through tea plantations, villages and thick jungle.

Day 4 (Top of the Hill)

Early this morning, visit Tiger Hill to view the sunrise over Kanchenjunga.Relaxation acclimatization and sightseeing. Explore the sights of Darjeeling including visits to the Mountain Zoo, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Tibetan Refugee Centre. The mountaineering institute gives a fascinating insight into the history of Himalayan exploration and mountaineering. You may also take part in a tea tasting experience and visit the Tibetan Market.

Day 5 (Land of Shiva)

A small drive within the nature will take you to Namchi – famous for being home to the World’s largest statue of Padmasambhava, the patron saint of Sikkim, the city is also known for its Buddhist monasteries and beautiful mountain ranges. In the evening explore the local market and enjoy local yeti cuisine.

Day 6 (Foothills of Kanchendzonga)

We travel further north surrounded by wonderful scenery with great views of the Khangchendzonga range and cross the river Rangbong Khola. Here we enter Sikkim and complete border formalities. Later we take a break to visit one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, Pemayangtse, with its amazing “masterpiece”, before continuing on to Pelling. If time permits, we may also visit the second capital of Sikkim, Rabdentse with its impressive 17th-century ruins.

Day 7 (Explore the Pemayangtse Monastery)

Drive to the Pemayangtse Monastery and Rabdentse.Take in the beautiful views all around the range in Kanchendzonga from Pemayangtse.Rabdentse was the former royal capital of Sikkim.The ruins can be accessed on a 2km trek from Pelling.

Day 8 (World’s Largest Statue of Buddhist Padmasambhava)

Early morning breakfast, Drive to see the world’s largest statue at 118 feet of the Buddhist Padmasambhava. Visit Chemchey – Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure & ecotourism located on a hill top of Chemchey village. Explore the Tea state and local market. Enjoy local cultural programme in the evening.

Day 9 (On Cloud Nine)

Drive to Gangtok this morning, the capital city of Sikkim.A beautiful hill station nestled in the clouds and surrounded by greenery, deep valleys and a scenic view of the Kanchenjunga, you won’t want to give this one a miss!Gangtok is famous for its monasteries, stupas and the picturesque view of the Himalayas.The city acts is an epicentre for travellers who wish to explore Sikkim.You are then free for the rest of the day.

Day 10 (All about Buddhism)

Enjoy a full day sightseeing in Gangtok, visiting the Rumtek Monastery, Do Drul Chorten, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Directorate of Handicrafts and the Handloom and Enchey Monastery.

Day 11 (The tale of Monasteries)

This morning, set off for Kalimpong, a small hill station between Siliguri and Gangtok.Begin sightseeing in Kalimpong with the Tharpa Choling Monastery.Then visit Gompa, a Bhutanese monastery, and perhaps the oldest in Kalimpong.Next, go to Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery located 3 miles from the town centre.This monastery exhibits wall paintings and offers great views of the town.

Day 12 (The organic Estate)

After your morning breakfast drive to Lava, one of the entry points to the Neora Valley National Park with lovely view of the Jelep La and Reche La pass – Lava Monastery, Tiffin Dara, Neora Interpretation Centre are worth visiting. Lolegaon is known for the heritage forest with canopy walk – 12 kilometers from Lava at an altitude of 5500 feet with a great view of the Himalayan snow is worth watching.The panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga along with spots like Jhandi Dara offers beautiful views at sunrise. This small village in Eastern Himalaya famous for his natural beauty.

Day 13 (Kalimpong to Bagdogra)

Early morning transfer to Bagdogra. Arrive in Kolkata and transfer to International airport.Room for wash-and-change at the airport before the onward flight.
 
Cities Covered
Kolkata
Bagdogra
Darjeeling
Namchi
Pelling
Yuksom
Ravangla
Gangtok
Lava
Loleygaon
Kalimpong

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