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Darjeeling & Sikkim

Code:   HT 01

Darjeeling & Sikkim

Duration : 06 Nights / 07 Days
Destinations Covered : Darjeeling - Pemayangtse - Gangtok - Kalimpong - Bagdogra

Day 01  : Arrive Bagdogra airport.
Assistance on arrival and transfer to Darjeeling.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 : Darjeeling
Morning visit Tiger Hill.
Darjeeling is famous for Tiger Hill, the highest point (2590 m) and an excellent spot to see the world’s third highest peak Kanchenjunga (8598 m) at sun-rise as its snowy peak emerges from darkness into light; Ghoom Buddhist Monastery enshrines the image of Maietrya’s Buddha. 

Afternoon city sightseeing tour,
Nestled in the Himalayas, at 2134 metres, Darjeeling surrounded by tea plantations is one of the most popular hill stations of India. Until the beginning of the 18th century, Darjeeling (then called Dorje Ling) was with the rajas of Sikkim.  It was invaded by by Gurkhas in 1780 and later by the British after series of war.  The major development of this pretty hill station took place between 1840-1857. The places of interest are the Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Museum, Botanical Gardens and Tibetan Refugees Self Help Centre.

Day 03  : Darjeeling-Pemayangtse drive, 79 km
Drive to Pemayangtse
On arrival, check-in at at the hotel.
Afternoon sightseeing tour.
Pemayangtse (West Sikkim), the second oldest and perhaps the most important monastery in Sikkim; stands at the height of 2085 metres.  It was founded during the reign of Sikkim’s first Chogyal by Gyalwa Lhatsun Chempo, one of the three lamas who performed the consecration ceremony at Yaksum in 1642. Pemayangtse belongs to the Nyingmapa sect and is the head of all such gompas in Sikkim.  The monastery has been reconstructed several times-in 1913 after it was damaged by an earthquake and once again it was completely re-modeled in the `60s.  

Day 04 : Pemayangtse-Gangtok drive, 137 km
Drive to Gangtok  and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Rest of the day free.

Day 05 : Gangtok
Morning visit Rhumtek Monastery.
Rhumtek Monastery : A 24 km drive through countryside brings to a monastery of great beauty and significance.  When the Chinese occupied Tibet, His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa, 16th incarnate of the original Gyalwa Karmapa of Tibet, and head of the Kagyupa Sect of Buddhist, took refuge in Sikkim. The Chogyal of Sikkim welcomed him and made him a gift of land to set up a new monastery. And so the beautiful Rhumtek Monastery was built, an exact replica of the monastery at Chhofuk in Tibet.

Afternoon city sightseeing tour.
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, 1600 metres above the sea level is a picturesque town which cascades down the mountain side from a ridge 1520 mts. high.  Gangtok means the Lofty Hill,  which has grown into a busy, bustling city with pagoda style houses, painted turquoise roofs and colourful people.

The day starts with a visit to the Enchey monastery, located about 1 km. This monastery was built by Lama Druptob Karpo, a tantric master known for his power of flying. Built in the early part of this century, it follows the Nyingmapa tradition and his a pagoda style architecture unique to the Sikkimese Monasteries.

The Institute of Tibetology : Set on the peaceful and secluded top of a forested hill, the Institute of Tibetology is a traditional Sikkimese style building that houses one of the finest collections of old Buddhist manuscripts and books. The institute’s museum has a vast collection of old tankhas, icons, prized object d’arts and objects used in ritual Tantric worship. Do-Drul Chorten (stupa houses the complete set of Holy Books, complete 'Zung' (mantras) and other religious objects. The Stupa was built in 1945. Around this Chorten are 10 prayer wheels.

Day 06 :  : Gangtok-Kalimpong drive, 80 km
Drive to Kalimpong and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Kalimpong.
Located at an altitude of 1250 metres, once the property of rajas of Sikkim, it became part of West Bengal in 19th century during rule of British.  Main attractions to visit this pretty town are Tharpa Choling Monastery belonging to Yellow Sect, established in 1922; Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery built in mid 1970s, Flower Nurseries, Sericulture Centre, Weekly markets held on Wednesday and Saturday and Thongsa Gompa, a Bhutanese Moanstery founded in 1692. 

Day 07 : Kalimpong-Bagdogra airport, 80 km
Transfer to Bagdogra airport for onward flight



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