Day 01: Arrival and Reception:- At NJP Railway Station to Gangtok Via Sevok-Tista Bazaar - 125kms in 4hrs
We receive you on arrival at NJP Rly Station and help you to board the car.
We drive to Gangtok along the NH 31A. The landscape changes dramatically as we leave Siliguri and run through the dense forests Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary, the natural play ground of wild elephant, tiger and deer. We reach Sevok just at the base of the hills. See the gorgeous view of Tista river as it comes out from the deep gorge of the Himalayas and spreads itself in the vast plains on North Bengal. Now the journey follows the winding roads along the meandering emerald green River Tista. Spend some time on some scenic spots on the way to enjoy the landscape. Gangtok the capital town of Sikkim the earlier Himalayan Kingdom welcomes you with its typical traditional Hospitality.
We assist you to check in at hotel. Get refreshed and have free leisure evening. We recommend a relaxed evening with short walk around The Mall to enjoy the typical hill city life of Gangtok in the twilights.
Day 02: Gangtok 3 + 7 Points City tour
Visit 3 famous view points at TASHI VIEW POINT, GANESH TOK and HANUMAN TOK from where you can see the panoramic view of entire Gangtok town and valley along with the magnificent Kunchenjungha. Visit to the temple at Honuman Tok to offer prayer.
Today after breakfast we take you to a full day city tour in and around Gangtok. Visit GOVERNMENT INSTITUTE OF COTTAGE INDUSTRY (Closed on Sunday, 2nd Saturday) where beautiful souvenirs like carpets, hand carved tables (choktses), traditional handcrafts, furniture, hand looms carpets and other products are produced & exhibited for sale. VISIT ORCHID HOUSE to see or buy some rare orchids and ornamental plants. We also take you to SIKKIM RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TIBETOLOGY, which holds world's largest collection of books and rare manuscripts on the subject of Mahayana Buddhism plus many religious works of art and incredibly finely executed silk embroidered Thangkas (paintings). Just beside the institute is the DODURL CHORTEN encircled by 108 prayer wheels built by late Trulsi Rimpoche in 1945-46. This is one of the most important and biggest stupas found in Sikkim.
Now we take you to the most important religious place of Sikkim - THE RUMTEK DHARMA CHAKRA CENTER, 24kms from Gangtok. Built in 1960 by His Holiness the late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa it is a replica of the original Kagyurpa Monastery in Tsurphu, Tibet, the seat of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa Rinpoche, head of the Karmapa sub sect of Kargyudpa order of Tibetan Buddhism. It now functions as the headquarters of the Dharma Chakra Religious Centre. Walk to the Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies just adjacent to the Monastery Building.
While coming back from Rumtek visit JAWAHARLAL NEHRU BOTANICAL GARDEN to see the collection of well tended tropical and temperate plants and orchids. Stop for a while at the SHANTI VIEW POINT to enjoy the panoramic view of the Gangtok valley. Back to hotel, evening free over night stay at hotel.
Day 03: Gangtok to Tsongo Lake 42kms in 2.5hrs (One way)
After a heavy breakfast we take you to famous Tsongo Lake at 12000ft (3600M). We start at 7.30 AM in the morning from hotel. You have whole day to enjoy snow and Yak ride at the scenic high altitude alpine lake near Indo-Tibet border. The 1 km long and 15m deep lake is considered sacred to the local people. The pristine clear water remains frozen during winter. Have fun with snow and enjoy exciting Yak ride around the lake.
Drive further to the legendary Babamandir from Tsongo Lake on the way to Nathu-la - Jelepla pass at an altitude of over 13,000 feet. It was built in memory of a soldier in the 23rd Punjab Regiment, who drowned in a stream near the spot. Legend says he later appeared in a dream to one of his colleagues where he requested that a temple be built in his memory.
Back to Hotel and have a leisure evening or roam around the market for personal activities. Over night stay at hotel in Gangtok.
Day 04: Gangtok to Darjeeling Via Tista Bazaar-Ghoom - 110kms in 4hrs
After breakfast we proceed to Darjeeling. The first phase of the journey passes through the fascinating river valleys of Tista. Take a refreshing break at the view point near Tistabazaar and watch the magnificent bird eye view of the confluence of both the rivers. Now we proceed via Peshok. The view of the fascinating tea gardens at Peshok with the Kanchenjunga snow range will demand you to stop a while for a refreshing break. From Peshok the road goes through the misty pine forests before you reach Darjeeling. Darjeeling- the Queen of hills - greets you with all its grandeur: The great view of mountains and valleys dotted with tea gardens and forests, and a blend of traditional heritage and modern cultures.
AWe assist you to check in at hotel. Get refreshed and have free leisure evening. We recommend a relaxed evening with short walk around The Mall to enjoy the Typical Hill life of Darjeeling Town in a painted landscape.
Day 05: Darjeeling 3 points + 7 Points tour
Early morning visit to TIGER HILL at 8442ft above sea level to experience the unforgettable sight of Sunrise over the snow peaks of Kunchenjungha Mountains. The summit at Tiger Hill also commands a fine view of the vast plains of North Bengal, the mountain ridges slowly descending to the plains, several courses of majore rivers of North Bengal like Tista, Mahananda and Balasan along with dense forest covers of Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary. Visit GHOOM MONASTERY - one of the oldest Monasteries in Darjeeling and also BATASIA LOOP - the picturesque garden and War Memorial with the backdrop of snow ranges - on your way back to hotel.
After breakfast We would now take you to PADMAJA NAIDU ZOOLOGICAL PARK (CLOSED ON THURSDAY) to see some rare collections of high altitude Himalayan species like Snow leopard, clouded Leopard, Siberian Tiger, Red Panda and many rare mammal and birds in the natural surroundings. Visit HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINEERING INSTITUTE (CLOSED ON THURSDAY) to see the priceless collection of mountaineering gears used by legendary climbers in the Himalayas. After that we take you to the TEA GARDEN on the undulating valleys for viewing the scenic landscape with tea plucking and processing (SEASONAL) then proceed to TENZING ROCK AND GOMBU ROCK for some fun rock climbing activities. Now we take you to the TIBETAN REFUGEE CENTER (CLOSED ON SUNDAY) to procure the traditional handicraft items made by the local people. and ROPEWAY RIDE, PEACE PAGODA AND JAPENES TEMPAL Back to Hotel. Over night stay in Darjeeling hotel.
Day 06: Darjeeling to NJP 90kms in 3hrs
We check out from Hotel after breakfast. Today your tour with Majestic Vacation concludes with your transfer to NJP Station. We help you to board your train back home. Farewell and tour ends.