the Land of the Pristine and the unspoiled natural beauty of Sikkim, with alpine landscapes and thick luxuriant forests, rivers in torrent and peaceful lakes, a journey of 130kms & takes 5hrs to reach Gangtok, arrive at the hotel & check-in. Relax & refresh yourself & then walk to the mall which is just 5 minutes away & overnight stay at Gangtok.
This lake is located very close to Nathula Pass which is the entry point to China termed the “Silk Route & remains frozen for most parts of the year. Legend has it that the Lamas used to forecast the future by studying the color of the lake's waters. Enjoy the surroundings, majestic snowy peaks which feed the lake, and the clean fresh air, back to Gangtok by 3 pm for a late lunch. Evening free for leisure or go shopping for Sikkimese traditional handicrafts & overnight stay at Gangtok.
After breakfast, visit Tashi View Point to view Mt. Khangchendzonga. Situated 8kms from the town, this point offers a breathtaking view of the majestic peak & surrounding hills. Also can be seen are the monasteries at Phodong & Labrang. On the return visit Hanuman Tok (7200 Ft), a temple devoted to Hanuman. From the temple, you can also get a bird’s eye view of the Selep waterworks which supply drinking water to Gangtok town. Near this temple which is maintained by the Army, is Lukshyama- the royal cremation grounds of the erstwhile royal family of Sikkim. Then go to Ganesh Tok (6500Ft), a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha which is so small in size that it can hardly accommodate one person & one has to crawl to get inside, The Handicraft & Handloom Showroom, which promotes traditional arts & crafts, a veritable storehouse of exquisite carpets, blankets, shawls in “Lepcha” weaves; The Flower Show, which contains over 200 species of orchids set amidst a beautiful landscape; Do-Drul Chorten (Stupa) which is one of the most important stupas of Sikkim, built by the head of the Nyingma order- Trullshi Rimpoche in 1945. It contains rare details of Dorji Phupa, Holy Books, and Mantras and is encircled by 108 prayer wheels; The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology built in 1958 in traditional style, is a renowned worldwide center for the study of the Mahayana Buddhist philosophy & religion, a treasure house of rare “Thanks”, statues, over 200 Buddhist icons and prized objects of art & finally Ban Jhakri Waterfalls, back to the hotel by late afternoon, Overnight stay at Gangtok.
After breakfast at 9 am, proceed to Pelling (6800 Ft), a 5hour journey (112kms) via Ravangla (6800 Ft), a small township & transit point to various destinations in South & West Sikkim, situated at the base of Meenam Hill (10300 Ft). Arrive at Pelling by 2-3 pm & check in at the hotel. This is one of the closest points to the Kanchenjunga range & one can see it upfront touching the sky from Pelling & overnight stay at Pelling.
Leave early for the Khecheopalri Lake, also called the “Wish Fulfilling Lake”. It lies in a depression surrounded by prayer flags & forested hills & then goes to the Rimbi Falls, Rock Garden & Khangchendzonga waterfalls. After lunch, proceed to The Pemayangtse Monastery (7021 Ft), 2.5kms from Pelling. Built during the late 17th century, it is one of the oldest & most important monasteries of the Nyingmapa order of Buddhism in Sikkim. Even today, it is only the monks of this monastery who enjoy the title of ‘Tasting’ or pure monks. The monastery follows the Mindroling tradition & has 108 monks. The main attraction of the monastery is the wooden replica of Zangdog Palri, the celestial abode of Guru Padmasambhava, built by Serdup L Dorje Rinpoche in 1971, Rabdentse Ruins - the second capital of the erstwhile King of Sikkim till 1814 A.D. This is also very close to the Pemyangtse Monastery, a 30mins walk from the main road. The scenic view from the top of the ruins scanning across the deep valley, to the mystic heights of the Kanchenjunga range is something to be cherished & etched in memory & Helipad Ground, back to the hotel by evening & overnight stay at Pelling.
After Breakfast, proceed to Darjeeling (7100 ft), a 72kms drive taking around 3-4hours to reach, the “Queen of the hill stations”, its name derived from “Dorje-Line” which means the place of “Dorje”, the mystic thunderbolt. After a very scenic drive thru the mountains, tea gardens, etc. Reach Darjeeling by afternoon & check in at the hotel. Spend the evening lazing around or walk up to the mall area & overnight stay at Darjeeling.
Start the day at 4 am with an early morning trip to Tiger Hill (7800 Ft) to catch the sunrise from behind the majestic Kanchenjunga range. On the way return back to visit the Ghoom Monastery & Batasia Loop, and back to the hotel for breakfast. (09:00 AM TO 03:00PM) After breakfast, proceed for a half-day Darjeeling local sightseeing at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Ropeway, Zoo, Tenzing Rock, Tibetan Refugees Self Help Centre, Tea Garden (outer view) & Japanese Temple. Back to the hotel by evening; take a walk to “Chowrasta” the center point of the Mall area. You can do some window shopping & overnight stay at Darjeeling.
After breakfast departs to Kalimpong (4000 Ft), a drive of 50kms & takes 2.5 hrs to reach Kalimpong. Also called the garden of flowers, this town has almost everything- scenic beauty, flowers, greenery, waters, mists, clouds, etc. Arrive by afternoon & check in at the hotel. After lunch, proceed for a half day local sightseeing of Durpin Hill (which has the famous Zong Dog Palri Fo- Brang Monastery which belongs to the same Buddhist sect as the present Dalai Lama), Pine View Point, Dr. Graham's Homes complex with its historic church & well-maintained grounds founded in 1900 by Rev. Dr. J A Graham, a Scottish missionary, Delo Hill (5556 ft) appears to be the roof- of- the- world is the highest point in Kalimpong. Delo also has the town’s picturesque water reservoir. Then go to Mangal Dham Temple constructed in memory of the late Guru Shree (108) Mangal Dasji and dedicated to Lord Krishna. Evening free at leisure with a visit to the market. Where you do some curio shopping, buy some Kalimpong Cheese & lollypops of Swiss technology from “Larks” or just take a walk thru the market & overnight stay at Kalimpong.
After breakfast, checkout from the hotel & proceed to Bagdogra Airport/NJP Railway Station for onward destination.