Darjeeling is a hill station situated in the far northeast of India, in Sikkim. A holiday here offers the chance to visit Buddhist monasteries, shop in bustling bazaars and visit the ...
- Departs: london
- Arrives: delhi, India
- Departs: delhi, India
- Arrives: london
- As Per Itinerary
- As Per Itinerary
- Enjoy a tour in comfort
- Various activities inlcuded in the tour
- Experience an amazing toy train ride
Like many other hill stations, Darjeeling rose into prominence during the British Raj when it was developed as a major rest and recreation centre. Until the 19th century, Darjeeling (derived from Dorje Ling, meaning the place of the thunderbolt) was part of Sikkim. In 1817, Sikkim conceded the rights to use the place as a health sanitarium to the British after they helped to settle a rather disastrous dispute between Sikkim and Nepal. The imprint of the English on Darjeeling is indelible and can be seen in its gardens, tea estates, hotels and lifestyle.
The tour starts in Delhi and finishes in Gangtok and comprises 8 nights’ and 9 days.
- Delhi - Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Old and New Delhi
- Darjeeling- Refugee Handicraft Centre, Zoological Park, Tiger Hill, Visit to Tea Plantation, Toy Train Ride
- Gangktok - Full Day City Tour
Day 1 - Arrival In Delhi
This morning you will arrive at Delhi’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a representative will meet you as you exit the arrival terminal building and transfer you to your hotel. Where you will proceed for check-in.
India's capital and a major gateway into the country, contemporary Delhi is today a truly cosmopolitan city that juxtaposes modern and traditional with a graciousness that is her very own unique heritage. Historical capital of influential dynasties down the ages, the site of as many as seven different cities whose legacies one can see.
Today spend your day relaxing at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 - Delhi
After breakfast proceed for a full day combined city tour of Old and New Delhi. (The Guide will meet you at the hotel at approximately 0900 hrs. unless you request otherwise). In Old Delhi you will visit the 17th century Jama Masjid and walk through the narrow, winding lanes of colourful and bustling Chandni Chowk. You have the option of taking a rickshaw ride through these bazaars. Also visit the Mughal Empire’s most opulent fort, the Red Fort for a photo stop. Visit Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
Afternoon proceed to New Delhi. Drive past The Presidential Palace, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys, the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war and a drive along the Rajpath past the Parliament House and secretarial buildings. Visit Qutab Minar, the 12th century tower of victory built by a slave king and prototype of all minars (towers) in India. Also visit the 16th century Humayun’s tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 – Delhi - Bagdogra - Darjeeling
Today transfer to the airport to board flight for Bagdogra.
On arrival at Bagdogra airport, drive to Darjeeling
DARJEELING -Standing high in the Himalayas at an altitude of 2134m, ‘Dorje Ling’, or place of the Thunderbolt, offers breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks, with the Kanchendzonga rising higher than all the others. Often referred to as the “Queen of the Hills”, it remains just as alluring with its tiny waterfalls, little villages and a narrow gauge railway track. Surrounded by World Famous Tea Gardens and snow-capped mountains, Darjeeling remains one of the most exotic destinations. Graeme Westlake in his book ‘An introduction to hill stations on India’ refers to Darjeeling as having “A view Scarcely Unrivalled on Earth”.
Upon arrival at Darjeeling check in at the hotel.
Today spend your day relaxing at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel
Day 4 – Darjeeling
After breakfast visit the Tibetan Refugee Handicraft Centre (Closed on Sunday), the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Everest Museum (Closed on Thursday) .
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute/Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park : The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was started in Darjeeling when Tenzing Norgay climbed Everest to give training to learn Mountaineering and other adventure sports related to mountaineering and in that Institute one can see equipment etc.used by Mr. Tenzing Norgay and Everest Museum having complete details on Everest attached to institute one can visit Himalayan Zoological Park where one can see Himalayan animals like Snow Leopard, Tibetan Wolf, Tibetan Yak, Himalayan Black Bear and several varieties of birds.
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.
Lunch at the hotel.
You will also get the chance to visit the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (Closed on Thursday) which is internationally recognized for its conservation and breeding of the endangered snow leopard.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 - Darjeeling
Take an early morning excursion to Tiger Hill (weather permitting). Located 13 km from Darjeeling and at an altitude of 2590 m this spot is famed for the magnificent views of the sunrise over the great Eastern Himalayan Mountains and Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. Return to Darjeeling enroute visiting Ghoom Monastery,
Return to the hotel for breakfast and proceed for toy train ride up to Ghoom and return by jeep. (Subject to operation of this train & availability of the seats)
Later visit to tea plantation (Regarding Tea Estate/Garden Sunday is the weekly holidays as such on Monday at Tea Estate/Garden there is no processing & during winter i.e. middle of Nov till Mar at Tea Estate there is no plucking or processing, one can just see the tea plantation only during this period. During festival period i.e. Durga Puja/Diwali festival tea garden will remain closed for 7-8 days. Since December being winter time & during winter one can just see the tea plantation only.)
Lunch, Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 - Darjeeling- Gangtok
Breakfast at the hotel.
Spend the morning at leisure and after lunch, drive along the scenic route to Gangtok.
Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim, a garden State, lying at the foot of the Kanchenjunga mountains. Rich in thick green forests, Sikkim abounds in birds and butterflies, varieties of orchids, rhododendrons and wild flowers and magnificent view of the Himalayas. Gangtok is literally the ‘lofty hill’ set amidst the clouds and mists of the splendorous Himalayas
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 7 - Gangtok
Proceed for a full day city tour of Gangtok including an excursion to Rumtek Monastery.
Rumtek Monastery – 24 kms from Gangtok is an awe inspiring 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.
The Enchey Monastery:-Perched on a ridge above Gangtok, the Enchey Monastery is nestled within lush woods with a spectacular view of Gangtok town. Built in 1910 on the site of the hermitage of the great tantric saint, Lama Drutob Karpo, who was renowned for his powers of levitation, this monastery houses the monks of the Nyingmapa Order of Tibetan Buddhism.
Namgyal Institute Of Tibetology:-Amidst a serene surrounding of oak, birch and ash lies the unique organization established in1958. Built in traditional style, the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology promotes research in Mahayana Buddhism and the language and tradition of Tibet. It has one of the world’s largest collections of rare books and manuscripts on Mahayana Buddhism. The Institute also has a retail outlets where related books and commercially produced religious art and craft of Tibet can be bought.
Adjacent to the institute are two exquisite stupas, the Do Drul Chorten, built to commemorate the victory of good over evil and the Jhang Chub Chorten, built in the memory of Thrukshik Rinpoche, an ardent devotee, a great spiritualist and interpreter of Buddhism. Near the Chorten are housed two giant statues of Lord Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rimpoche, the patron saint of Sikkim.
Directorate Of Handloom And Handicrafts – This Directorate was set up to promote traditional Sikkimese art and handicrafts. Exquisitely carved wooden friezes, intricate bamboo work, along with beautiful hand woven carpets and handlooms are on exhibit here. Visitors can not only purchase these items here but also see the artisans at work. Among others, a favourite item here is the choktse a wooden table with carved panels that can be folded into a portable pack.
Lunch, Dinner and overnight at the hotel
Day 8 –Gangtok to Bagdogra to Delhi
Post breakfast depart by surface to Bagdogra Airport (93 kms / 03 Hrs) to connect flight to Delhi. (Packed lunch from the hotel).
Upon arrival in Delhi, a representative will meet you as you exit the arrival terminal building and transfer you to your hotel. Where you will proceed for check-in
Day 9: Delhi – Departure
Today morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Delhi International Airport to connect flight for onward destination.