Darjeeling Sikkim in 10 DaysItinerary Code : LSA01
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Tour Highlight : Name: Darjeeling Sikkim in 10 Days Tour Code: LSA01 Duration: 9 Nights 10 days Places Covered: Darjeeling (2 Nights), Pelling (2 Nights), Gangtok (2+1 Nights), Lachung (2 Nights)
Places Covered : DarjeelingGangtokPellingLachung
Day 1 Bagdogra Airport / NJP Station to Darjeeling, 75 km in 3 Hrs.
Our representative cordially receives you on arrival at Siliguri (NJP Rail Station / Bagdogra IXB) and helps you to board the car.
The journey to Darjeeling (Alt 6825Ft / 2050M) follows the traditional Hill Cart Road that runs all along the forested hills, small villages and beautiful tea gardens. On the way, you might have a chance to see the famous Toy train chugging its way on the zig-zag track. Take a short break at Kurseong to see the beautiful valley covered with lush green tea gardens and proceed to Darjeeling. The Queen of the Hills – greets you with all its grandeur: the great view of mountains and valleys dotted with tea gardens and forests, and a blend of traditional heritage and modern cultures. Check into your hotel. Overnight at Darjeeling.
Day 2 Local tour in Darjeeling
Early morning visit to Tiger Hill at 8442ft above sea level to experience the unforgettable sight of Sunrise over the Kanchenjunga Mountains. Visit Ghoom Monastery – one of the oldest Monasteries in Darjeeling on your way back to the hotel. Car service from 4.00 AM to 7.30 AM.
Recommended - The Batasia Loop, a spiral railway track which enables the popular toy train to make a descent of about 1000 Feet, also features a memorial in homage to the Gorkha soldiers who fought for our country. You will get a majestic view of the entire Darjeeling town and the mountain range from the Loop.
After breakfast visit Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park (Closed on Thursday) to see some rare collections of high-altitude Himalayan species like Snow leopard, clouded Leopard, Siberian Tiger, Red Panda and many rare mammals and birds in the natural surroundings. Visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday) to see the priceless collection of mountaineering gears used by legendary climbers in the Himalayas. After that, we take you to the Tea garden on the undulating valleys for viewing the scenic landscape and tea plucking and processing (seasonal) then proceed to Tenzing Rock and Gombu Rock for some fun rock climbing activities. Now we take you to Bhutia Basti to procure the traditional handicraft items made by the local people. Visit the Japanese Temple dedicated to Lord Buddha and constructed in 1972. If you are lucky, you may be able to witness the puja at the time of your visit. Nearby is also the Peace Pagoda which has 4 avatars of Buddha, in the postures of sleeping, sitting, standing and meditating. Climb up the stairs to the top of the pagoda for a panoramic view. Back to Hotel for Lunch. Car service from 9 AM to 1 PM.
Recommended: Free afternoon to roam around on your own in the local market for shopping and a leisurely evening at the Mall
Day 3 - Darjeeling to Pelling, 80 Kms in 3 Hrs
Check out and board your vehicle to Pelling. The city of Pelling lies in West Sikkim. At an altitude of 7175 feet, it offers excellent views of the Kanchenjungha mountain range. The road to Pelling – or Pemayangtse, as it is also popularly known – passes through the border township of Melli and Jorethang. Melli is one of the few towns in India that lies across the border of two states. Jorethang is a small town that is situated on the Rangeet river in South Sikkim. On arrival, check into your hotel. Overnight at Pelling.
Day 4 - Pelling City Local Tour
After breakfast, we will take you on a discovery tour of Pelling, which will cover the most popular local tourist spots. Darap village is located about 8 km away and is inhabited mainly by the traditional Limboo tribe, although there are locals who belong to other communities as well. Rimbi waterfalls and Orange Gardens are located close to each other. Famous for orange and cardamom plantations, you can spend some time here enjoying the serenity of the Rimbi river.
The magnificent Kanchanjungha Falls is a treat and perfect for a photo stop. Next, you move on to the holy Khecheopelri Lake, which is shaped almost like a footprint and is believed to be sacred by the Buddhists. It is said that the surface is always pristine as birds in the area pluck up any leaves that drift to fall on it.
After a halt for lunch, visit the famous Pemayangtse monastery which was founded in 1705. The Helipad viewpoint offers exciting, panoramic views of the Kanchenjungha range. The Glass Skywalk is the first of its kind in India, a transparent structure constructed with glass. Feel the thrill when you walk across it and look down to see the valley and the mountain range before you. At the end of an eventful day, return to your hotel for a free evening. Car service from 9 AM to 4.30 PM. Overnight at Pelling.
Day 5 – Pelling to Gangtok, 130 Kms in 4.5 Hrs
After breakfast, check out and board the vehicle to proceed to Gangtok. From Pelling, the road to Gangtok passes through Melli and Jorethang once again. An alternative, slightly longer route passes by Legship, the outskirts of Ravangla town and Singtam.
Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim. It is a modern city but with a great history and tradition. At 1,650 meters, Gangtok offers excellent weather throughout the year and offers multiple tourist attractions in and around the city. We assist you in check-in at the hotel. Overnight at Gangtok.
Recommended: Visit M.G Marg, the main promenade of the city. There are plenty of shops and eateries on the nicely decorated road where locals and tourists visit during the evening. Visit MG Marg is to be self-arranged and not included in our cost.
Day 6 - Tsongo Lake Day Tour
After a heavy breakfast, we take you to the famous Tsongo Lake at 12000 ft (3600M). We start around 8.30 AM in the morning from the hotel. You have the whole day to enjoy the snow and Yak ride at the scenic high-altitude alpine lake near the Indo-Tibet border. The 1 km long and 15m deep lake is considered sacred to the local people. The pristine clear water remains frozen during winter. Have fun with the snow and enjoy an exciting Yak ride around the lake. Back to Hotel by 2.30 PM for lunch and have a leisurely afternoon or roam around the market for personal activities. Car service from 8.30 AM to 2.30 PM.
Recommended: Trip for Indian tourists to legendary Baba Mandir and Nathula Pass on the Indo-China border can be arranged on specific days on specific request with an add-on cost.
Day 7 – Travel to Lachung via Mangan and Chungthang, 124 km in 7 hours.
This morning drive to Lachung in North Sikkim (Alt 8075 Ft / 2425 M). On the way, visit Singhik, Seven Sisters Waterfall and stop for a while at Chungthang village, situated at the confluence of Lachen and Lachung rivers. You can take a lunch break en route. On arrival, check into your hotel. Overnight at Lachung.
Day 8 - Lachung to Yumthang Valley Excursion 25kms in 1.5hrs (One Way)
Early morning drive to Yumthang Valley (Alt 11925Ft / 3575M), an Alpine flower valley in North Sikkim. In the springtime, it is a flourishing green vale covered with flowers of many different varieties, chief among them being rhododendrons. In winter, the same valley is blanketed with snow and becomes an ethereal image in white and brown. Enjoy the scenic landscape and walk down to the Hot springs which are supposed to carry medicinal value. Drive back to Lachung for Lunch. Drive back to Lachung for Lunch. Free evening to roam around the village and river valley. Overnight at Lachung.
Recommended: Trip for Indian tourists to Yumesamdong Valley (Alt 15750Ft / 4725M) - From Yumthang Valley you can drive for another 30kms in 1.5hr to Yumesamdong or Zero Point close to Tibet Border on specific request with add-on cost.
Day 9 - Lachung to Gangtok, 125kms in 5hrs
Check out from Lachung and drive back to Gangtok (Alt 5550Ft / 1675M) via Chungthang. Check-in at the hotel by late afternoon. Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 10 - Return to Bagdogra / NJP in 130 Kms in 4 Hrs
Check out from Gangtok and drive back to NJP/Bagdogra in time for your departure train/flight. Farewell and tour end.