Day 01: Arrive New Jalpaiguri / Darjeeling (90 Kms – 03 Hrs drive)

On arrival at Bagdogra/New Jalpaiguri railway station, you will be greeted and escorted by IHM staff and board the train to Darjeeling.

The miniature train, given heritage status by UNESCO, covers the distance of 88 km between New Jalpaiguri station and Darjeeling. This fascinating narrow gauge steam engine train still operates with the original steam engine and the loops and the zigzags along the route are remarkable feats of engineering. The Short journey from Darjeeling town to Ghoom (the nearest station), becomes a joy ride in itself. The Toy Train is considered an engineering marvel and some prefer to call it one of the wonders of the world, to be preserved forever.

Arrive Darjeeling and transfer to the Hotel.

Darjeeling in India owes' its grandeur to its natural beauty, its clean fresh mountain air. One can enjoy seeing snow covered Kanchenjunga and Everest Peaks from Darjeeling. The town is best known for its fabulous views of India's highest, and the world's third-highest peak, the Kanchenjunga, and its tea plantations.

Rest of the day is free.

Overnight in the Hotel.

Day 02: Darjeeling

After breakfast, enjoy the sightseeing of Darjeeling

Drive to Tiger Hill,

The highest spot in the area at 2590m, Tiger Hill is near Ghoom, about 11km from Darjeeling. The hill is famous for its magnificent dawn views over Kanchenjunga and other eastern Himalayan peaks. On a clear day even Mount Everest is visible.

Later board the train till Ghoom. Visit the Ghoom Monastery to see a 15-foot high statue of Maitreya Buddha.

Ghoom Monastery- More correctly known as Yogachoeling Gompa, this is probably the most famous monastery in Darjeeling and is about 8 km south of town, just below Hill Cart road and the train station near Ghoom. It enshrines an image of the Maitreya Buddha. Foreigners are allowed to enter the shrine and take photographs. As Ghoom is frequently swathed in mists, and the monastery is old and dark, it is often affectionately called Gloom monastery. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) & Museums - About two km from the town, the HMI runs courses to train mountaineers, and maintains a couple of interesting museums.

The Mountaineering Museum contains a collection of historic mountaineering equipment, specimens of Himalayan flora and fauna and a relief model of the Himalaya. The Everest Museum next door traces the history of attempts on the great peak.

Tibetan Refugee Center - Established in 1959, the centre comprises a home for the aged, and orphanage, school, hospital and craft workshops that produce carpets of pure ladakhi wool, woodcarving, leather work and wool items. The weaving and dyeing shops and the wood carving shop are particularly interesting.

Overnight in the Hotel

Day 03: Darjeeling / Gangtok (95 Kms – 03 Hrs drive))

After breakfast drive to Gangtok.

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 traveller’s delight.

Rest of the day is free.

Overnight in the Hotel.

Day 04: Gangtok

After breakfast enjoy the sightseeing tour of Gangtok

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.

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.

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.

Overnight in the Hotel.

Day 05: Gangtok

After breakfast, drive to Tsongmo lake.
The Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim, India, some 40 kilometers (25 mi) away from Gangtok, the capital of the state of Sikkim. Its elevation is 3,780 m (12,400 ft). During the winter season the lake remains frozen. The lake surface reflects different colours with change of seasons. The lake is held in great reverence by the local Sikkimese people. Buddhist monks prognosticated the future of the country after studying the changing colours of the lake.

Overnight in the Hotel.

Day 06: Gangtok

After breakfast, drive to Bagdogra airport/NewJalpaiguri railway station to board the flight/train to onward destination.

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