Darjeeling Pick-up from Bagdogra airport/NJP railway station & transfer to 72 km drive taking around 3.5 hrs to reach Darjeeling (7100 ft), 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. It is an experience of unforgettable beauty. 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 back visit the Ghoom Monastery & Batasia Loop, back to the hotel for breakfast. (09:00 AM TO 03:00 PM) 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.
Darjeeling After breakfast take a trip to “Mirik” (6000 Ft) – the newest hill station in the Darjeeling hills. Famous for its squash (the vegetable) & the picturesque lake, this quiet township is also surrounded by gardens that produce some of the finest teas. The lake offers boating and fishing apart from a view of snow-capped peaks. Enjoy the fulfilling experience of Nature in its purest form mingled with the unique culture prevalent here. Spend the rest of the day at Mirik to reach Darjeeling back by sunset & overnight stay at Darjeeling.
After breakfast, Leave by 8.30 am for a 96 km & 3hr 30mins journey to Gangtok (5500ft) the Land of the Pristine and unspoilt natural beauty – Sikkim with alpine landscapes and thick luxuriant forests, rivers in torrents and peaceful lakes. (1400hrs-1800hrs) After lunch, visit 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, it has become one of the major attractions for people visiting Sikkim where beautiful souvenirs like carpets, hand carved tables (choktses), traditional handcrafts, 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 centre 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. Evening free for leisure or go shopping for Sikkimese traditional handicrafts & overnight stay at Gangtok.
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.
Bagdogra/NJP drop After breakfast, checkout from the hotel & proceed to Bagdogra Airport/NJP Railway Station for onward destination.