The Darjeeling-Sikkim Tour combines two of the best destinations in the North eastern Himalayas. Darjeeling is one of the most popular hill stations from where you can see the majestic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world, along with other giant peaks. Darjeeling is also home to Botanical Gardens, Mountaineering Institute and home of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. Kalimpong is another beautiful town popular for schools, museums and monasteries.
Sikkim is a beautiful town blessed with superb nature and culture. It consist of 70% of all the flowering species of India and is a vantage point to observe snow-capped mountains, lush green tropical and temperate forests and rich Sikkimese culture.
Fly Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and drive to Darjeeling
The flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur takes about 45 minutes. You will then take a drive from Bhadrapur to Kakarivitta (Eastern Border town of Nepal). After some custom formalities, drive to Darjeeling by jeep which takes about four and half hours.
Overnight stay in hotel in Darjeeling.
Full day sightseeing of Darjeeling
Early morning visit to Tiger Hill to see the sunrise and also get the best view of the world's third highest mountain, Kanchenjunga and other peaks. On our way back we will visit Ghoom Monastery that is home to Maitreyee Buddha.
After breakfast proceed for a ride in the famous Darjeeling toy train for half an hour. We will further visit Botanical Gardens, Observatory Hill, mountaineering institute to know the history and the equipment and used in the first conquest of Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norge. Then you will visit Zoological Park to see the Siberian Tigers, tea estates. Stay overnight in Darjeeling.
Drive to Gangtok via Kalimpong
After morning breakfast, we will drive to Kalimpong. We will spend the first few hours touring Forest Museum, Deolo Hill, Dr Graham Homes School, Durpin Monastary in Kalimpong.
After lunch, we will head towards Gangtok in Sikkim. Overnight stay in a hotel in Gangtok
Full sightseeing tours in Gangtok (Sikkim)
We will visit the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms, Research Institute of Tibetology, Rumtek Monastery, Orchid Sanctuary, Deer Park, Botanical Garden among others.
Institute of Tibetology was established in 1958 to promote research on the language and culture of Tibet, as well as Mahayana Buddhism. The museum houses a number of exotic ritualistic chortens, brass bells, dorjis, rosaries, rare thangkas and vast collection of rare Lepcha and Tibetan, religious manuscript.
Rumtek Monastery belongs to the sect of the Gyalwa Karmapa Lama. The monastery is a magnificent example of Tibetan Monastic art and was built by His Holiness, Gyalwa Karmapa. It is a close replica of the H.H. Karmapa's monastery at Tsorphu in Tibet and houses some of the world's most unique religious art objects. The sacred Tsomgo Lake (elevation 3780 m) is situated 38 km to the east of Gangtok amidst picturesque mountains.a a Tibetan Buddhist lamasery of the Nyingmapa order, is a 95 km drive from Kalimpong.
Orchid Sanctuary: Orchid Sanctuary has a collection of 454 species of orchid found in Sikkim.
Do-drul Chorten (Stupa): Situated on a hillock, it is a five minutes drive from Gangtok town and was built by late Trulshik Rimpoche in 1946, head of the Nyingmapa order, to invoke the Gods for the peace and tranquility in the State. Set of Kagyur holy books, relics, complete mantras, rare mandalas of Dorjee Phurba (Bajra Kilaya) and other religious objects are found inside the Chorten. There is a monastery close by called “Guru Lakhang” with the state of Guru Padmasambhava and Guru Snong Zisil Gnen, the incarnated one of the first.
Overnight stay in a hotel in Gangtok.
Drive from Gangtok to Pemayangtse (Pelling)
The journey takes about 4 to 4 and a half hours. The drive today will be through bank of perennial river Teesta and many beautiful places of tourist interests
Free day in Pemayangtse or Pelling
We will spend today sightseeing around Pemayangtse. We will visit Pemyangtse Monastery which is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, located on a hilltop at a height of 6840 ft. as well as enjoy mountain views of the world's 3rd highest peak of Mount Khanchendzonga. Other places of interest include Sangachoeling Monastery, Dabdi Monastery and Tashiding Monastery.
Depart for Kathmandu
Drive from to Kakarivitta via Kalimpong which takes about 5 hours. You will then drive to Bhadrapur via Kakarivitta and fly from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.