Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Route:- Bagdogra - Gangtok(2) - Darjeeling(2) - Bagdogra.
Summarized Itinerary :-
Day-1 Arrival at Gangtok.
Day-2 Ex-Gangtok - Tshangu Lake and Baba Mandir excursion.
Day-3 Gangtok - Darjeeling transfer and Local Darjeeling Sightseeing.
Day-4 Ex-Darjeeling - Tiger Hill, Ghoom Monastery and Local Visits.
Bagdogra to Gangtok -121 kms (4 hrs).
Gangtok to Darjeeling -98 kms (3.5 hrs).
Darjeeling to Bagdogra -66 kms (2.5 hrs).
Destination Overview :-
Bagdogra - Bagdogra is visited for being a base point near Siliguri having an Airport from where guests access West Bengal Hills (Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Chalsa, Dooars etc.) and Sikkim (Gangtok, Pelling, North Sikkim etc).
Gangtok - The capital of Sikkim, Gangtok is a popular hill station destination in the East. This small town, lies atop a ridge, at an altitude of 5,000 ft asl and home to some important monasteries. Gangtok is also the access point to visit higher remote areas of North sikkim.
Darjeeling - Darjeeling (About 7000 ft) is a renowned British era hill station and has been visited for many a decades by tourists and is one of the popular tourist destinations. Darjeeling is internationally famous for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Arrive Gangtok (5000 + ft asl) by afternoon. Gangtok is capital of Sikkim and a popular tourist destination.
Here one can either undertake an excursion to Baba Mandir, Tshangu High Altitude Lake, Optional - Nathu-la Pass Indo Tibetan Border (closed on Mon, Tue) which offers most scenic beauty but is a bit strenuous and adventurous in terms of drives OR can do a leisurely local visits to Rumtek Monastery (If not visited on day 1), Enchey Monastery, Local Temples and View Points. Both can take a little more than half a day. Rest of the day one can visit local markets for shopping or just relax.
Proceed to Darjeeling (7000+ ft asl - 98 kms - 3.5 hrs). Darjeeling may feel crowded and cramped but is renowned for its close range Himalayan views (Oct - Mar) and tea plantations around. Evening one can make a visit to Himalayan Zoological Park & Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thur).
Early morning visit to Tiger Hills to view sunrise over Kanchendzonga Peak (subject to clear weather). On way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop. After breakfast can proceed for Local Sightseeing like Japanese Temple, Tea Estate etc. Evening explore local markets around Chow Rasta (Mall Road).
After breakfast, Depart for onward journey.