An 88km drive takes around 3.5hours to reach Darjeeling, the “Queen of the hill stations”, its name is 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 & 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 depart to Kalimpong (4000 Ft), a drive of 50kms, 2.5hrs to Kalimpong. Also called the garden of flowers, this town has almost everything- scenic beauty, flowers, greenery, waters, mists, clouds, etc. Reach Kalimpong & check in at the hotel. 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, proceed for a full day of 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, Kalim Temple, 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 on to Mangal Dham Temple constructed in memory of the late Guru Shree (108) Mangal Dasji and dedicated to Lord Krishna. Evening free to go to the market or just take a walk thru the market & overnight stay at Kalimpong.
After breakfast, depart for a drive 76kms & 2.5hrs to reach, Gangtok (5500ft) - the Land of the Pristine and unspoiled natural beauty – Sikkim, with alpine landscapes, and thick luxuriant forests, rivers in torrent and peaceful lakes. Arrive at Gangtok (5500 Ft) by afternoon. Check-in at Hotel. (1400hrs-1700hrs) After lunch, visit to Cottage Industries, Started during the time of the Chogyals of Sikkim, as a venture to preserve, protect and propagate the authentic Sikkimese arts, handicrafts, and skills of local and village artisans, and it has become one of the major attractions for people visiting Sikkim where beautiful souvenirs like carpets, hand-carved tables (chokes), traditional handicrafts, furniture, handlooms carpets, and other products are produced & exhibited for sale. Flower Show, at one end and below the Ridge Park is the Flower Exhibition Centre which holds the annual Orchid show. The area is not very large but it has amazing collections of flowers of many different types, if you are a flower lover, then this is the place for you. But the best time is between March to June when the Orchids are in full bloom and put on display, 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 Jhakhri Waterfalls. Return back to the hotel by evening. Relax & refresh yourself & then walk to the mall which is just 5 minutes away & overnight stay at Gangtok.
After breakfast, proceed to Tsomgo Lake (12,313 ft), a 40kms drive that takes 2.5 hrs. 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.
Drop After breakfast, check out from the hotel & proceed to Bagdogra Airport/NJP Railway Station for onward destination.