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9 Days SIKKIM SPLENDOR

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9 Days SIKKIM SPLENDOR

This classical Darjeeling and Sikkim tour, taking you to the highlights of India’s eastern states. The tour begins in Darjeeling, famous for its surrounding Tea Gardens and Himalayan view points, before continuing on to two of Sikkim’s highlights, Pelling and Gangtok . In a limited period of time you can visit most places of interest, the scenic beauty, the flora & fauna and the people and the rich cultural heritage of prominent Eastern India.

DAY 1

ARRIVAL BAGDOGRA

Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport you met & greeted by our representative and drive to Darjeeling , that is one in every of the foremost brilliant hill resorts within the world .Evening unengaged to explore this Hill Queen. Check in and relax. Overnight in Darjeeling

Darjeeling,02 Nights
DAY 2

DARJEELING

Early morning visit Tiger Hill: - It is 13 kms from Darjeeling and one can see beautiful sunrise and Himalayan Range like Kanchandzonga, Mount Everest etc. One can see the horizon changing colors just before sunrise and then the entire Himalayan range turn golden. It is truly a majestic sight. And then visit Ghoom Monastery: - This is oldest Monastery in the area which was built in 1875 and one can see the image of Mythey Buddha 15ft. height on the way back from Tiger Hill . return Hotel for Breakfast and then proceed for Toy train ride. later visit Tibetan Self- Helf Centre or Refugee Centre: - This institute is run by Tibetan Refugees to preserve their handicrafts and one can see making of Tibetan Carpets, Leather work, Paintings and Wooden work etc. Read more

Darjeeling ,02 Nights
DAY 3

DARJEELING – PELLING

Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Pelling , mountain village which lies in the western districts of Sikkim. This village is situated at an altitude of 2000 mts(approx) and the distance from this village to the mount Kanchandzonga, as a crow flies…is 26 kms approx. Afternoon visit Pemayangtse monastery -2.5 Kms. from Pelling and standing at 2085m. The Perfect Sublime Lotus, perched on a wooded hilltop, commands the most sublime view of the Khangchendzong. Built during the late 17th century, it is one of the oldest and most important monasteries of the Nyingmapa order of Buddhism in Sikkim. To the present day, it is only the monks of this monastery who enjoy the title of ‘Tasang’ or pure monks. The importance of this monastery grew with time and reached its peak when only monks from this monastery could anoint the reigning sovereign of the land with holy water. Pemayangtse monastery follows the Mindroling tradition besides holding the lineage of Lhatsun Chenpo. Mindroling monastery was founded by Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje whose famous daughter Jetsun Migyur Paldon lived near Pemayangtse and taught there during her exile. Her stone throne is still to be seen in this monastery, which has 108 monks. The main attraction of the monastery is the wooden replica of Zangdog Palri; the celestial abode of Guru Padmasambhava built by Serdup Lhundrup Dorje Rinpoche in 1971. The annual chaam (monk dance) is held here on the 28th and 29th day of the 12th month of the Tibetan lunar calendar and Rabdentse:- Sikkim’s second capital. The ruins of Rabdantse are worth exploring. The winding track through the forest brings you to a small set of ruins of the early town and eventually on the ruins of the palace with Chorten (stupa) nearby. Farther afield are the Changay Falls. Read more

Pelling,01 Night
DAY 4

PELLING – YUKSOM

Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Yuksom en-route visiting the Khecheopalri Lake is a Holy Lake for Buddhists in West Sikkim, in Sikkim, the tiny Himalayan former Buddhist Kingdom in eastern India, now and a part of the democratic republic. Khechipalri is also considered as a wish fulfilling lake and has thousands of non-Buddhist believers who pray here. The real name of the lake is Sho Dzo Sho, meaning “Oh Lady, Sit Here”, but is commonly known as Khachoedpaldri Lake because it sits on the lap of Khachoedpaldri, a very sacred hill.The origin of the lake as narrated in the sacred scriptures of Sikkimese Buddhism starts after the Nepali invasion of the medieval kingdom in the 1780s. The Nepali army destroyed the original (third) palace of the Namgyal Dynasty situated at Rabdentse. Continue drive to Yuksom. Overnight in Yuksom Read more

Yuksom, 02 Nights
DAY 5

YUKSOM

After breakfast visit Dubdi Monastery, one of the oldest monastery in Sikkim, is located at the top of a hill about an hour's walk from Yuksam. Also known as the Hermit's Cell after its reclusive founder Lhatsun Namkha Jigme, it was built by the followers of the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The trail to Dubdi winds through lush forests high above the village, offering scenic overlooks and impressive mountain views. For bird watchers, an early morning or late afternoon visit is particularly rewarding. Dubdi means 'the retreat and then visit Norbughang Chorten: True to the prophecy of Tibet's founder of Buddhism, Guru Rimpoche, some nine centuries prior, three learned Lamas, Lhatsun Namkha Jigme, Kathok Rigzin Chenpo, Nga-Dak Sempa Chenpo, gathered at Yuksam in 1642 from various directions and enthroned Chogyal Phuntsog as the first religious king of Sikkim. A stone throne shaded by a 300 year old fir still stands here today. A foot print in stone in front of the throne is said to belong to Lhatsun Namkha Jigme, and a nearby chorten (stupa) contains soil and water from all over Sikkim. Thus Yuksam occupies an important place in Sikkimese history as the first capital, and Norbugang as an historic cultural site maintained by the Archeological Survey of India. Norbugang is easily reached on a 15 minute walk from Yuksom. Overnight in Hotel. Read more

Yuksom, 02 Nights
DAY 6

YUKSOM – GANGTOK

Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Tashiding and visit Tashiding Monastery This is another important monastery belonging to the Nyingmapa order and is about 40 Kms. from Gyalshing by road via Legship (West Sikkim). It lies nestled on the top of a hill that looms up between the Rathong River and the Rangit River and is surrounded by a profusion of Prayer flags that flutter in the air. There are also many chortans dedicated to some Chogyals and some religious personalities of Sikkim. Carved skillfully on stone plates surrounding th emonastery are holly Buddhist mantras like "Om Mane Padme Hum" by the master crafts man Yanchong Lodil. The monastery was built in 1717 by Ngadak Sempa Chembo during the reign of the third Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal. The sacred ceremony of Bumchu is held here at midnight of the 14th & 15th of the first Tibetan month. Continue your drive to reach Gangkok, At an altitude of 1750m, Gangtok became the state capital in the mid 19th century and has undergone rapid development since then.The downtown area is dominated by huge government buildings decorated with traditional Buddhist symbols. Gangtok is also a resting ground for people traveling to North Sikkim. Surrounded by Monasteries and Orchids, Gangtok is truly a travellers delight. Overnight in Gangkok Read more

Gangtok ,02 Nights
DAY 7

GANGTOK

Breakfast at the hotel and proceed for Full day excursion to Phodong and Labrang Monasteries, Phensang Monastery and back.This monastery is in North Sikkim 28 kms, from Gangtok. The original monastery has been rebuilt and is today one of the most beautiful monasteries in Sikkim. It possesses the old mural paintings and has around 260 monks. Like the Ralong and Rumtek the main annual Puja is performed on the 28th & 29th days of the tenth month of the Tibetan Calender when the religious dances are performed. Overnight in Gangkok Read more

Gangtok ,02 Nights
DAY 8

GANGTOK – KALIMPONG

Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Kalimpong. Enroute visit Rumtek Monastery: -24 Kms. From Gangtok is the awe –inspiring Rumtek Monastery the world Dharma chakra Centre and the seat of His Holiness, the Gyalwa Karmapa, who is the head of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism. Behind the main monastery is the lavishly decorated Karmae Nalanda Institute of Buddhist Studies, which attracts students from the world over. Opposite the entrance to the Institute is a small hall featuring a beautiful jewel studded Chorten the Golden Stupa, which contains the ashes and remains of His Holiness the xvi Gyalwa Karmapa. According to legend, it is believed that after years of meditation, the first Karmapa was said to have been visited by ten thousand fairies who came to congratulate him each of whom offered a strand of her hair as a gift. These were said to have been woven into a black hat, which was passed down and is still at the Rumtek Monastery today. It is said that unless held on to by the wearer (who of course, cannot be anyone else but the Karmapa) or kept in a box, the hat would fly away. Continue to reach Kalimpong,At an altitude of 1250m, Kalimpong’s location is ideal for a pleasant , relaxed getaway. Its clement weather has made Kalimpong’s orchids and gladiole well renowned. Up to the early 1700s, the Kalimpong area was part of the Sikkim raja’s domain.In the early 18th century, the Bhutan king also took it over. In 1865, after the Anglo-Bhutan War, it was annexed to Darjeeling. Scottish Missionaries came here in the late 1800s. The town thrived as a wool trading center with Tibet till 1950s. Today it’s a quiet hill resort and a haven for retired people. Afternoon city tour of Kalimpong. Covering Flower Nurseries: - The climate of Kalimpong is ideal for the cultivation of flowers and plants. Kalimpong is famous for its nurseries which export exotice flowers like Amaryllis lilies, Anthuriums, Roses gerberas, Dahilias, Gladiolias as well as Orchids and Cacti. Zang Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery – This is a fairly new monastery located in Durpin Dara, from here one can get an exclusive panoramic view of the town and surroundings. The prayer room inside the monastery is adorned with wall paintings and there is a rare three-dimensional mandala upstairs. Tharpa Choling Monastery at Tirpai hill on route to Dr.Graham’s Home belongs to the Yellow Hat sect of Lamas to which the present Dalai Lama belongs. Thongsa Gumpa: this monastery is of Bhutanese origin and built around 1692. It is the oldest in Kalimpong.The original structure was destroyed in the inter-clan wars before the British arrived. Overnight in Kalimpong Read more

Kalimpong ,01 Night
DAY 9

KALIMPONG – BAGDOGRA

Breakfast at the hotel and drive to BAGDOGRA airport to connect your onward flight

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Darjeeling
Day 3
Location pelling
Hotel DE Regency
Day 4
Location Yuksom
Day 6
Location Gangtok
Day 8
Location Kalimpong

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation on Twin share
  • Local guides
  • Toy train ride
  • Information services

Package excludes

  • Any special meal other than those specified in the itinerary and has been quoted as “OPTIONAL”
  • Any alcoholic/non alcoholic drinks including mineral water during meals
  • Entrances fees, Camera fees, Porter-age, Tips, Gratuities etc
  • Things of personal nature like laundry, telephone, spa, drinks, room service etc.
  • Visa fees
  • Any kind of Insurance
  • Any Domestic/International flight charges
  • Any other supplement or item which is not listed in above inclusions

More information

  • For entering Sikkim a normal Inner Line permit is required.
  • This permit can be obtained on any one of the following procedures:
  • At the time of applying for the Indian Visa itself, the clients need to mention that they will visit Sikkim and accordingly a 15 days inner line permit is stamped on the visa.
  • On arrival in Darjeeling we need to produce the original passport with valid Indian Visa at the District Magistrates office and a 15 days inner line permit can be granted. It takes half day.
  • While entering Sikkim the permits can be issued on the spot at Rangpoo Check Post (while going to Gangtok) or Melli Check Post (while going to Pelling). It takes 20 minutes to 1 hour depending on group size. A serial numbered form at the check post needs to be filled and submitted along with photocopies of passport and Indian visa and 02 passport size snaps.
  • The following can be granted Inner Line permits to visit Sikkim ONLY by the Ministry of External Affa

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CAYLA, Canada

I'm now back in canada after a more than 3 weeks of a much enjoyable trip in south india. I wanted to thank you very sincerely for your very good and truly efficient organization which has definitely contributed to the perfect smoothness of this trip. Everything was perfect: a very efficiently planned schedule, an itinerary perfectly adapted to what I wanted to see... Read more

MORS MARIA, Poland

We would like to thank you and everyone involved for organising our recent tour to India. Our driver Saravanan was marvellous. His driving skills were meticulous and he was interesting companionship. We found the tour to be a perfect pace for us and the upgrade to the Innova the right choice. The guides all provided very comprehensive and interesting commentaries together with some humour thrown in.. Read more

Gertie Rutten, Belgium

Thank you so much for introducing me to India. It has been a wonderful experience in so many ways – the countryside, the temples, the food, the company of like-minded travellers. Your care and spirituality allowed me to open up to it all.

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