Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Route:- Bagdogra - Gangtok(2) - Kalimpong(1) - Darjeeling(2) - Bagdogra.
Summarized Itinerary :-
Day-1 Arrival at Gangtok and Rumtek Visit.
Day-2 Ex-Gangtok - Tshangu Lake visit and Baba Mandir excursion.
Day-3 Gangtok Local Sightseeing and Kalimpong transfer.
Day-4 Kalimpong - Darjeeling transfer and Local Darjeeling Sightseeing.
Day-5 Ex-Darjeeling - Tiger Hill, Ghoom Monastery and Local Visits.
Bagdogra to Gangtok -121 kms (4 hrs).
Gangtok to Kalimpong -73 kms (3 hrs).
Kalimpong to Darjeeling -51 kms (1.5 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.
Kalimpong - Kalimpong is about Buddhist Monasteries, Hindu Temples, and Christian Churches. Flowers, Orchids and exotic flora, old colonial bungalows, scenic view points and snow peak views, (clearer in winter).
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. Given time visit Rumtek monastery (16th Century and one of the most significant in Sikkim) in the evening.
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.
After breakfast do Local Sightseeing like Hanuman Tok, Tashi View Point, Rumtek Monastery (If not visited on day 1), Jhakri Water Fall, Droul Chorthen, Research Institute of Tibetology, Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom, Flower Show etc. Gangtok to Kalimpong (3000+ ft asl - 73 kms -rumtek hours). Afternoon visit Deolo Hills, Dr.Graham’s Home, Flower Nurseries, Jang – Dong - Palriffo Brang and Durbin Dara Hills. Evening can enjoy White Water Rafting in the River Teesta.
Proceed to Darjeeling (7000+ ft asl - 49.1 kms - 1 hr 45 mins), 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.