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Darjeeling and Sikkim Tour

Duration : 11 Days

Destination : Delhi - Bagdogra - Darjeeling - Pemayangste - Gangtok - Kalimpong

Day 01 – Arrive Delhi
Meeting and greetings on arrival at Delhi's international airport and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02 - At Delhi
Morning after breakfast combined tour of Old and New Delhi.
Old Delhi visiting Red Fort - The red sand stone walls of Lal Quila, the Red Fort extend for 2 km and vary in height from 18m on the river side to 33m on the city side. Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. The Red Fort dates from the peak of Mughal power. The Mughal reign from Delhi was a short one. Aurangzeb was the first and the last emperor to rule from here. Jama Masjid- the Great Mosque of Old Delhi was

both the largest and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan. Begun in 1644, the mosque was not completed until 1658. It has three gateways, four angle towers and two minarets standing 40m (133ft) high constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. The courtyard of the mosque can hold 25,000 people. Take a rickshaw ride to Chandni Chowk - the main street of Old Delhi - the colourful shopping bazaar just opposite the Red Fort and visit Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi after his assassination in 1948. Book the Tour

New Delhi visiting Qutab Minar – 234 feet high tower. The Qutab Minar itself is a soaring tower of victory that was started in 1193, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi. It is nearly 73m(243ft) high and tapers from a 15m(50ft) diameter base to just 2.5m(9ft) at the top. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone, the fourth and the fifth of marble & sandstone. Also visit the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun. Built in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum, the Persian-born

senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, this is a wonderful early example of Mughal architecture. The elements in its design – a squat building, high arched entrances that let in light, topped by a bulbous dome and surrounded by formal gardens – were to be refined over the years to the magnificence of the Taj Mahal in Agra. Drive past India Gate (War Memorial), President's House, which was once the Viceroy's Palace, Parliament House and Secretariat buildings.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 – Delhi to Bagdogra – Fly
Morning after breakfast at the hotel transfer to Delhi's domestic airport in order to board Bagdogra bound flight.
Met upon arrival at Bagdogra Airport and transfer to the hotel at Silliguri for overnight stay.

Day 04 – Silliguri to Darjeeling
Morning after breakfast at the hotel transfer to Silliguri Railway Station to board Hill Toy Train for Darjeeling at 9 AM. Full day on board the train through the hills and enjoyed beautiful views of the surroundings.

We recommend not to travel by this toy train from Silliguri to Darjeeling as takes almost 10 hours to Darjeeling. We suggest you travel by road to Darjeeling in around 3 hours than enjoy at short ride while in Darjeeling to Ghoom for an experience.

Darjeeling : Situated at 2134 m above sea level, Darjeeling was acquired by the British from the Raja of Sikkim as a gift around a hundred and fifty years ago, and developed it as a rest and recreational center for their troops. Today the town retains many of the legacies of the British Government.

Day 05 – At Darjeeling
Early morning excursion to Tiger Hill and Ghoom Monastery - Tiger Hill : An early morning trip to the Tiger Hill promises an unique experience. A view of the sunrise amidst the Himalayan range has earned it an international fame. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.

After breakfast tour of Tibetan Refugee Centre, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoo. Afternoon visit Happy Valley. Overnight at the hotel. : It was founded in 1954 after the historic conquest of Everest on the 29th of May in 1953, when two people set foot atop Mount Everest. They were, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa from Darjeeling and Sir Edmund Hillary from New Zealand. Himalayan Zoological Park and Snow Leopard Breeding Centre : About 2 km. from the town, this high altitude wild life park and new home of India's only collection of the Siberian Tiger, Himalayan Black Bear.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06 – Darjeeling to Pemayangste
Morning after breakfast at the hotel in Darjeeling proceed to Pemayangste (2085 mts). Check in at the hotel on arrival. Afternoon visit Pemayangste Monastery. This is a premier monastery of Sikkim built in the 17th century. Later short walk to Sangabhholing Monastery located on a hillock.. On a clear day the view of the mountain range is breathtaking. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 07 – Pemayangste / Gangtok
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive through semi tropical forest, cardamom plantation and small villages to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Arrive and check in at the hotel for overnight stay.

Gangtok : This fairytale capital of Sikkim in the clouds, balanced precariously on steep mountain slopes, surrounded by lush rice terraces, swift flowing, gurgling, foaming rivers and distant snow views, Gangtok reflects unique ambience which derives from its happy blend of tradition and modernity. Alongside the deeply felt presence of stupas and monasteries, Gangtok also bustles like any other town. But with many of these oasis of quite, those unexpected pockets of peace exists everywhere.

Day 08 – At Gangtok
Morning after breakfast at the hotel tour of Rumtek Monastery, Tibetology & Do Drul Chorten. Afternoon visit Enchey Monastery and cottage Industry. Overnight at the hotel. Rumtek Monastery : The 24 km drive from the capital to Rumtek Monastery is, in itself, worth the effort. Changing vistas of mountains unfold at every bend and there are delightful vignettes of the hamlets and fields of the people of rural Sikkim. Institute of Tibetology : This organization is dedicated to furthering Tibetan studies, Buddhist philosophy and religion. Enchey Monastery : An important seat of the Nyingmapa order, the Enchey Monastery is built on the site blessed by Lama Druptob Karpo, a tantric master known for his power of flying. Do-Drul Chorten : One of the most important stupa of Sikkim, it was built by Trulshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingmapa order of Tibetan Buddhism, in 1945. Inside the stupa, there are complete mandala sets of Dorjee Phurba (Bajra Kilaya), a set of Kan-gyur relics (holy books), Zung (mantras) and other religious objects

Day 09 – Gangtok / Kalimpong
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Kalimpong and check in at hotel. Afternoon free to explore Kalimpong on your own. Overnight at the hotel. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, the town of Kalimpong is situated at an altitude of 1,250 m. Forming a triangle with its most illustrious neighbours, Darjeeling and Gangtok, it is in the northern part of the state of West Bengal.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 – Kalimpong / Bagdogra to Delhi
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to Bagdogra airport in order to board your flight for Delhi. Met upon arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the evening free to relax. Overnight at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 – Depart Delhi
Transfer to the airport in time to board flight for onward destination.