Sikkim Darjeeling 7D6N 35,800THB (excluded all air tickets)

Sikkim Darjeeling
7D6N
Tour Price 1,022USD
(excluded all air tickets)
1-7 May 2016

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Day 1 : Bangkok – Kolkata – Bagdogra – Gangtok
– SpiceJet SG84 Bangkok (05:10) – Kolkata (06:10) 2h30m
– Indigo 6E 503 Kolkata (10:30) – Bagdogra (11:45) 1h15m
Arrival at Bagdogra Airport. 
Have Lunch at restaurant in Siliguri (Chinese food)
Drive to Gangtok.
Evening reach Gangtok – the capital of Sikkim. Check in to Hotel.
Dinner in restaurant at MG Marg the shopping & walking street.
Overnight in Gangtok.
Hotel: Mintokling / Bella Casa / Nettle & Ferns / or similar
 
Day 2 : Gangtok – Lachung (Alt: 9,600ft or 3,000m)
Breakfast at hotel restaurant.
Drive to Magan – a town and the headquarters of North Sikkim district.
Lunch in the restaurant in Magan.
Stop over at Singhik, the best view point in North Sikkim to see Mt. Kangchenjunga – the 3rd highest mountain in the world.
Stop for tea break at Chungthang.
Arrival Lachung Village. Lachung is a town and hill station in northeast Sikkim, India. It is located in the North Sikkim district near the border with Tibet. Lachung has been described as the “most picturesque village of Sikkim” by British explorer Joseph Dalton Hooker in his definitive, The Himalayan Journal (1855).
Dinner in Hotel restaurant.
Overnight in Lachung.
Hotel: Etho Metho) / Lecoxy Hotel / Highlander Inn / or similar
 
Day 3 : Lachung – Yumthang – Zero Point – Lachung – Gangtok (126km/5-6hrs)
Breakfast in hotel restaurant.
Drive to Yumthang Valley. The Yumthang Valley is a grazing pasture surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in the North Sikkim. It is at an elevation of 3,564 metres (11,693 ft) above msl at a distance of 150 kilometres (93 mi) from the state capital Gangtok.
It is popularly known as ‘Valley of Flowers’ and is home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, which has over twenty-four species of the rhododendron, the state flower. A tributary of the river Teesta flows past the valley and the town of Lachung. During the spring months, the area blooms with rhododendrons, primulas, poppies, iris and other flora.
The colourful rhododendron bloom (May-June), soaring snow-capped peaks, and herds of wandering yaks makes this an idyllic location.
We will drive up to Yumesamdong, Zero point from Yumthang Valley. Yumesamdong, Zero Point is the last accessible area for tourist. It will full of snow during spring.
Then Drive back to hotel in Lachung for lunch.
After lunch, drive back to Gangtok.
Evening, have dinner in the restaurant in Gangtok.
Overnight in Gangtok.
Hotel: Mintokling / Bella Casa / Nettle & Ferns / or similar
 
Day 4 : Gangtok – Changu Lake
Breakfast at hotel restaurant.
Drive to Tsomgo Lake.
Tsomgo Lake also known as Changu Lake, is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim, some 40 kilometres (25 mi) from the capital Gangtok on the Gangtok-Nathula highway. Further, the road to Nathu La skirts the lake on the north side. The Chinese border crossing is only some 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east-northeast in a straight line, but some 18 kilometres (11 mi) by road. The lake is located at an elevation of 3,753 m (12,313 ft). The lake surface reflects different colours with change of seasons and is held in great reverence by the local Sikkimese people.
In Bhutia language the name Tsomgo is made of two words ‘Tso’ meaning “lake” and ‘Mgo’ meaning “head” which gives the literal meaning as “source of the lake”.
Lunch at the food stall around Changu Lake.
Afternoon, drive back to Gangtok. Enjoy riding Ropeway in Gangtok.
Evening, have dinner in a restaurant.
Overnight in Gangtok.
Hotel: Mentokling / Bella Casa / Nettle & Ferns / or similar
 
Day 5 : Gangtok – Rumtek Monastery – Darjeeling
Breakfast at hotel restaurant.
Visit Rumtek Monastery. The largest monastery in Sikkim, Rumtek Monastery is the seat of the Karmapa Lama, the third highest monk in Tibetan Buddhism. It also serves as one of the most important seats of the Kagyu (Black Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet and is also known as Dharmachakra Centre.
Located about 23 km from Gangtok, the monastery was built by the fourth King of Sikkim under the supervision of the ninth Karmapa (head of the Karma Kagyu sect).
At an elevation of almost 5000 ft and surrounded by lush green landscape, the monastery is a visual treat besides offering spiritual solace.
The architectural design is almost identical to the original Kagyu headquarters in Tibet. The Kagyu (also called Kagyupa or Kagyud) school is one of six main schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
The beautiful monastery enshrines a golden stupa which contains relics like statues and paintings that belong to the 16th Karmapa. The importance of the monastery increased immensely after China annexed Tibet leading to many religious gurus relocating from Tibet to Sikkim. It houses religious art objects and some of the world’s most unique religious scriptures.
There are important Buddhist buildings near the monastery like the Nalanda Institute of Higher Buddhist studies and less than a kilometre uphill from the monastery is a hermitage where monks go to meditate for a period of up to three years. A brief walk downhill from the main monastery takes you to the site of the old monastery which was destroyed in a fire but it was later restored.
It is believed that the first Karmapa meditated for many years in a cave and ten thousand fairies offered him a strand of hair each after they congratulated him for his feat. The strands of hair were woven in to a black hat and it has been passed down over the generations and it still remains in the Rumtek Monastery. Worn by following Karmapas during ceremonies, the hat is said to fly away unless it is held by hand or kept in a box.
Lunch in a restaurant on the way to Darjeeling.
Afternoon, visit Tea Garden.
Evening arrival Darjeeling. Check in to Hotel.
Dinner in restaurant.
Overnight in Darjeeling
Hotel: Nirvana Hotel / Summit Spa & Resort / or similar
 
Day 6 : Darjeeling
Darjeeling is a town and a municipality in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located in the Mahabharat Range or Lesser Himalaya at an elevation of 6,700 ft (2,042.2 m). It is noted for its tea industry, the spectacular views of Kangchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountain, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Darjeeling is the headquarters of Darjeeling district which has a partially autonomous status within the state of West Bengal.
At dawn, visit Tiger Hill (2,590 m) to see the sunrise over Himalayas. It has a panoramic view of Mount Everest and Mt. Kangchenjunga together.
On the way back to hotel, visit Ghoom Monastery or Ghum Monastery. It is the popular name of Yiga Choeling Monastery located at Ghoom at an elevation of 8,000 feet, 8 km from Darjeeling.
The monastery follows the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. There is a 15-feet high statue of “Maitreya Buddha” (Coming Buddha) in the monastery. It contains images of Buddha’s disciples, Chenrezi and Chongapa.
It was built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso and is the largest of the three monasteries in Ghoom.
Back to hotel for breakfast in hotel restaurant.
Then have lunch in the restaurant.
Visit Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (also called the Darjeeling Zoo) is a 67.56-acre (27.3 ha) zoo in the town of Darjeeling. The zoo was opened in 1958, and an average elevation of 7,000 feet (2,134 m), is the largest high altitude zoo in India. It specializes in breeding animals adapted to alpine conditions, and has successful captive breeding programs for the snow leopard, the critically endangered Himalayan wolf and the red panda.
Then visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI Darjeeling) was established on November 4, 1954 to encourage mountaineering as an organized sport in India. The first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary sparked a keen interest in establishing mountaineering as a well-respected endeavor for people in the region. With the impetus provided by the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, HMI was established in Darjeeling. Tenzing Norgay was the first director of field training for HMI.
Afternoon, follow the Toy Train route to Batasia Loop. The loop is 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from Darjeeling, below Ghum. There is also a memorial to the Gorkha soldiers of the Indian Army who sacrificed their lives after the Indian Independence in 1947. From the Batasia Loop one can get a panoramic view of Darjeeling town with the Kanchenjunga and other snowy mountains in the back-drop. Then visit Ghum Station, where is the highest altitude station for narrow gauge railway in India. You can visit a museum on the first floor of the station building with larger exhibits in the old goods yard. Once this was the railway station at highest altitude overall.
Optional
For whom who is interested to ride the toy train. We can help you buying ticket and transfer to the Darjeeling station. Train ticket is excluded from tour cost. The price is starting from 1,800rs (as of Feb 2016).
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway built between 1879 and 1881, also known as the “Toy Train”, is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge railway. The train starts from Darjeeling Station. Then go to make a turn at Batasia Loop. Stop for 20 min at Ghum Station for passengers to visit the train museum. Then back to Darjeeling station.
Dinner in restaurant.
Enjoy shopping on the Chowrasta, the popular walking street in Darjeeling. If have time, you can walk up to the Observation Hill near Chowrasta square. Magnificent views of snow-clad peaks, including Mount Kanchenjunga, are visible from the Observatory Hill.
Overnight in Darjeeling
Hotel: Nirvana Hotel / Summit Spa & Resort / or similar
 
Day 7 : Darjeeling – Bagdogra – Kolkata- Bangkok
Breakfast in hotel restaurant.
Drive to Siliguri(3hrs).
Lunch in restaurant.
Transfer to Bagdoggra Airport.
– SpiceJet SG624 Bagdogra (14:45) – Kolkata (15:55) Duration 1h10m
– Indigo 6E77 CCU (20:45) – BKK (00:55)

************* Program is subject to change without prior notice **************
 
Tour Price 35,800THB (1,022USD) per person from group of 2 persons and above.
Hotel Single Supplement 11,500 THB (330USD)
Price is valid till May 2016. The price is subject to change without prior notice.
 
Tour Price included
1. Twin sharing basis in the mentioned hotel.
2. All Transportation from Bagdogra Airport to Bagdogra Airport.
3. All Permits
4. All meals mentioned in the program.
5. Local English Speaking guide.
6. Entrance fee
7. Cable car riding in Gangtok
 
Tour price excluded
1. All air tickets.
2. India Visa
3. Toy Train ticket in Darjeeling. (Starting from 1,800 rupees/person – updated as of Feb 2016)
4. Personal expenses.
5. Any cost apart from mentioned above.
6. Any tips.

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