Queens of Hills and Valleys Sikkim and Darjeeling 10 night 11 days
Queen of Hills & Valley (10N11D)
Itinerary: Darjeeling 2N Pelling 2N Gangtok 4N Lachen 1N Lachung 1N (10N11D)
Day 01: NJP/BAGDOGRA TO DARJEELING (6700 FTS/90 KMS/3-4 HRS)
Arrival at NJP/Bagdogra Airport. Meet our representatives and drive to Darjeeling. Upon arrival at Darjeeling, check into Hotel. Free & Leisure time / walk around town area and the Mall (Chowrasta). Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 02: DARJEELING SIGHTSEEING
Early morning(3 am) drive to Tiger Hill (8500 fts) for sunrise view over the mountains. View 4 Giants of Himalaya i.e. Mt.Everest,Mt.Makalu,Mt.Lhotse and Mt.Khangchendzonga (all above 8000 mtrs) from Tiger Hill. Drive back to Town. Visit Ghoom Monastery (Gelug order of Tibetan Buddhism) and Batasia Loop(Gorkha war memorial) Back to Hotel for Breakfast and recess (1 hr). After breakfast go for a mixed point sightseeing of Japanese Temple, Peace pagoda, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park & Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Tenzing & Gombu Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center (Closed on Sunday) & Happy Valley Tea Estate and Factory. Free & Leisure time or walk around the Mall (Chowrasta)
Day 03: DARJEELING TO PELLING (6250 FTS/125 KMS/ 4-5 HRS.)
Breakfast at the Hotel and Checkout. Drive to Pelling via Teesta,Melli, Jorethang. Lunch at Jorethang. Upon arrival at Pelling,check into the Hotel. Free & Leisure time or walk around the locality. Overnight stay at Hotel/ Homestay.
Day 04: PELLING SIGHTSEEING
Breakfast at Hotel. After Breakfast drive to Khangchendzonga waterfalls (23 kms/1 ½ hrs) Enroute see Rimbi waterfalls. Drive to Khechupalri Lake (16 kms/40 minutes from KWF)- Sacred and wish fulling lake amidst a deep and rich forest. Drive back to Pelling (28 kms/1 ½ hrs) Lunch at Hotel in Pelling. After Lunch, visit Pemayangtse monastery (Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism/310 yrs old)
Visit Rabdentse palace ruins (02nd capital of Sikkim)- 30 minutes easy walk from the main road through the forest/ CC footpath. Drive back to Pelling (20 minutes)Overnight stay at Hotel/Homestay.\\
Day 05: PELLING TO GANGTOK (5500 FTS/125 KMS/ 5- 6 HRS)
Breakfast at Hotel & check out. Drive to Ravangla (50 kms/2 hrs) Visit Tathagata Tshal(Buddha Park), Lunch at Ravangla. Drive to Gangtok (64 kms/3 hrs),upon arrival check in to the hotel. Free & Leisure time. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 06: GTK-TSHANGU LAKE (12500 FTS) BABA HARBHAJAN SINGH MANDIR (13150 FTS) NATHULA PASS (14500 FTS)
Breakfast at Hotel. Drive to Tshangu Lake (40 kms)- Oval shaped Sacred Lake enroute Nathula Pass (Indo - Chinese Border). Drive to Nathula Pass (15 kms further) enroute visit Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir. Explore Around the pass. Drive back to Gangtok via same route(55 kms). Free & Leisure time to stroll in the market area. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 07: GANGTOK TO LACHEN (9000 FTS/127 KMS/5 HRS)
Breakfast at Hotel & check out. Drive to Lachen (9000 fts/127 kkms/5 hrs) Enroute stop by butterfly waterfalls and drive to Rangrang (1 hrs from WF),Lunch at Rangrang. Enroute stop by the Naga waterfalls. Drive to Chungthang and further to Lachen. Overnight stay at Hotel/Homestay.
Day 08: LACHEN TO LACHUNG (8850 FTS/50 KMS/2 HRS)
Start at 04 a.m and drive to Gurudongmar Lake (65 kms/17400 fts) Enroute stop by Thangu village (14300 fts/22 kms from Lachen/Last settlement on the frontier) Permit entry formalities. Visit Gurudongamar lake,spend around an hour and drive back to Lachen for lunch.
After Lunch, drive to Lachung (8850 fts/50 kms/2 hrs) Enroute stop by Bhim-nala Waterfalls. Upon arrival,check into Hotel for overnight stay. *Gurudongmar Lake is subjected to the availability of PAP/RAP and with extra costings.
Day 09: YUMTHANG VALLEY - (12000 FTS) YUME - SAMDONG - (15300 FTS) LACHUNG TO GANGTOK - (124 KMS / 5-6 HRS)
Start at 06 a.m and drive to Yume-Samdong/Zero Point (15300 fts/46 kms/3 hrs) Spend a time at the valley enjoying a snow. Drive back to Yumthang valley (12000 fts),considered a valley of flowers. A short hike of about 1 hr through the Pine & Rhododendron forest to Hot-Spring. Drive back to Lachung. Lunch at Lachung. After Lunch drive back to Gangtok (124 kms/5-6 hrs) via Mangan,Rangrang,Dikchu. Free & Leisure time. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 10: GANGTOK SIGHTSEEING
Breakfast at Hotel. Drive to Banjhakri eco-park (30 minutes from town) Visit Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (museum with collections or antique and rare Buddhism related items) Do Drul Chorten. Ropeway at Hur-huray dara. Back to Hotel for Lunch. After Lunch, visit Enchay Monestry/Flower show/Hanuman Tok/Ganesh tok/Tashi View Point (to see Mt.Khangchendzonga and other peaks)/Bakthang water falls.
Vehicle will drop you at the Market / Hotel. Free & Leisure time to stroll in the market.
Day 11: DEPARTURE TO NJP/BAGDOGRA (120 KMS/4-5 HOURS)
Breakfast at Hotel and Checkout. Drive to NJP or Bagdogra.
- Please carry original ID proof (Voter ID card / Pass-port / Driving License etc) for security purpose, issue of permits & hotel policy.
- The mentioned hotels will be confirmed as per room availability. Otherwise we will confirm similar category hotel.
1. Check-in & Check-out time 12:00 hrs.
2. If arrival of guest is by train at Railway Station, please be informed that our executive will be there to receive the guest at the exit gate (near enquiry counter) If you arrive at Airport our executive will be there at Exit Gate of the Airport.
3. On arrival of guests, we will provide them local contact number of our executive, who will handle the entire operation.
4. Do not leave your belongings in the vehicle unattended. We will not be responsible for losses occurring in such cases.
5. Some of the tourist spots might be closed due to different circumstances and in this case we will try to divert you to another tourist destinations. If your visit coincides with such holiday and you miss sightseeing and you want to undertake the same sightseeing on another day, there will be extra charges payable for the same.
6. Please maintain timing for sightseeing / transfers which will advisable by our executive.
Other necessities and information:
Due to the wide range of temperature and climatic conditions it is advisable to dress in layers. For protection against cold, layered clothing is better than one or two thick garments. Clothing should preferably be made from natural materials, which allow the body to breathe.
Bring comfortable sport shoes for light hikes & sightseeing; hiking boots for treks; semi formal shoes for dinners/appointments/functions.
We should bear in mind that the higher the altitude, the cooler the weather, and that with a brisk wind blowing down off the mountains, even a low-lying valley can become quite chilly. The Northern and the Western part have a much harsher climate, with summer monsoon rains and winter snowfalls which may block passes leading into tourist spots. Winter in Sikkim and Darjeeling is from mid-November till March, and at this time of the year the climate is dry and sunny for the most part, temperatures peaking at around 15c. in the daytime and falling below zero at night. The monsoon usually arrives in mid-June, with light rain falling mainly in the afternoons and evenings. At the end of September, after the last of the big rains, autumn suddenly arrives, and is a magnificent season for trekking until November.
Nepali, Hindi and English are commonly spoken in the main towns and are the principal medium of instruction in schools throughout the state.
Sikkim and Darjeeling are one of the safest destinations in the world however you should still exercise caution when visiting. Avoid drinking tap water which has not been boiled at all times as most water sources in Sikkim and Darjeeling are untreated. One can easily acquire affordable treated and bottled water. People prone to car sickness should bring appropriate medicine as the winding roads on the mountains have plenty of curves and turns. Bring any medication you take regularly, or might need to take for a periodically recurring condition, such as asthma.