NJP Rly Stn / IXB Airport â€“ Darjeeling (About 90 kms / 3 hrs) Meet & Greet on arrival at NJP / IXB & transfer to Darjeeling, is one of the most magnificent Hill Resorts in the World. On arrival check-in to your hotel & rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay will be at Darjeeling.
Darjeeling (Local sight seeing) Early Morning (at 04.00 am) drive to Tiger hill to watch the spectacular sunrise over Mt. Khangchendzonga (28,208 ft. worlds third highest peak), on your way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop. After breakfast visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, P.N. Zoological Park (closed on Thursday) Tenzing Rock, Tibetan Refugee self-help Centre (closed on Sunday), Tea Garden (outer view), and Japanese Temple. Evening free (walking tour of mall - suggested). Overnight stay will be at Darjeeling.
Darjeeling â€“ Kalimpong (57 kms / 2 hrs) sight seeing at Kalimpong After Breakfast transfer to Kalimpong. On arrival check-in to your hotel. After lunch enjoy half day tour of Kalimpong Visit Mangal Dham, Deolo Hill, Dr. Grahamâ€™s Home, Durbin Dhara Hills & Flowers Nurseries. Overnight stay will be at Kalimpong.
Kalimpong to Gangtok & sightseeing After Breakfast proceed for picturesque drive to Gangtok- â€œThe Capital City of Sikkimâ€. On arrival check-in to your hotel. After lunch proceed for a city tour visit Rumtek Monastery, Institute of Tibetology (closed on Sunday), Dro-dul Chorten, Flower Exhibition centre. Overnight stay will be at Gangtok.
Gangtok (Trip to Tsomgo Lake + Baba Mandir) Start for a half day trip of Tsomgo Lake (12,400 ft.) & Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial (13200 ft) 52 kms from Gangtok city. Tsomgo Lake freezes completely during the winter and is much revered by the locals. Overnight stay will be at Gangtok.
Gangtok â€“ NJP Rly Stn /IXB Airport (About 125 kms / 4 hrs) Morning free for packing & personal activities. Check out from hotel in time and take the departure transfer to NJP railway station / IXB airport for your onward journey.
Trip Ends With Sweet Memories !!!
Altitude- 1,250-1,600 metres for the town area. Countryside averages 1,600 metres. Maximum Rachela 3,152 metres.
Population- Approximate 40,000. Main ethnic groups are Nepali, Bhutia and Lepcha.
Climate- Summer: Mar to Jun 15°C -25°C. Sunny days, mild weather, flora in bloom.
Monsoons- Jul to Aug. Drifting clouds, rain and lush green.
Autumn & Winter- Sep to Feb 7°C -15°C. Blue skies, clear views of snow peaks, sunshine.
Rainfall- Average Annual 2030 mm (80 inches)
Season- All year round
Clothing- Tropical in Summer with a light sweater and rainwear. Woolens in Autumn and Winter. Parka jacket for Jan-Feb.
Language- English, Nepali, Hindi and Tibetan
Once the headquarters of a Bhutanese Governor, the word 'kalim' means King's Minister and 'Pong' - the stronghold of the King's minister. It is also called 'Kalibong' or the black spur by the hill people. 'Kalipong' in local dialect stands for 'Kaulim' which is a fibrous plant which grows in abundance in this region. The meaning that has found the most favour is the Lepcha meaning of the name - 'ridge where we play'. It is said that these local tribesmen used to organise field sports while not engaged in agricultural pursuits - hence its name. Somewhat secluded and tucked away in the corner under the big Darjeeling umbrella, Kalimpong offers a quiet and relaxed holiday against the backdrop of Kanchenjunga.
Kalimpong was originally part of Bhutan. In 1865, after the Anglo-Bhutan War, it was merged with Darjeeling, and became a sub-division of Darjeeling in 1916, and developed as a hill station. It flourished as a wool trading centre with Tibet till 1950, when the Chinese took over Tibet. It continues to be part of Darjeeling District, and is now an attractive tourist and educational centre.
Darjeeling is situated at an altitude of 2134 meters. The name of the town has been derived from "Darjeeling" meaning 'the place of the
Dorje - the Mystic.
Fifty-one km east of Darjeeling and at an altitude of 1250 metres lies Kalimpong, the former headquarters of the Bhutanese Governor..
Gangtok, the Capital of Sikkim, emerges through the clouds in the shadow of the mighty Kanchenjunga or Kangchendzonga.