Gangtok - Darjeeling
ITINERARY: 4 nights and 5 days
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IXB AIRPORT - GANGTOK
On arrival at Bagdogra Airport, you will be met by our office executive who will assist you to board your vehicle to Gangtok. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 02: GANGTOK
After breakfast, in the morning, start for excursion to Tshangu Lake (12,400 ft) & Baba Mandir (13,100 ft)
Another option is to go to Nathulais an Indo China border, controlled by the Indian Army & is situated approx 20 Kms ahead of Tshangu Lake at an height of 14,140 ft. The journey to Nathula & Baba Mandir is same up to 16 Kms.(The visit to Nathula comes with an extra cost. Please contact us for more details.
Nathula permit gets confirmed 24 hrs prior to the journey date & it is subjected to permit availability as it is allotted as per lottery. Nathula is closed on Monday & Tuesday for tourist. Organising the permit at the last moment is not possible & a clear window of 72 Hrs with proper documents is required to process the permit. To process the permit we would require 04 Passport Size Photograph & photo proof identity card such as Voter Id / Passport / Driving License. Pan card & Adhar card is not accepted as identity proof by authorities. There is no refund, incase the permit is confirmed by Sikkim tourism & due to whatsoever reason (Land slide, Heavy rain fall, VIP Movement, Health issue etc) one is not able to visit.
DAY 03: GANGTOK - DARJEELING
Morning we go for a half day sightseeing tour, covering Jhakri Water Falls along with Droul Chorthen, Research Institute of Tibetology (Closed on Sunday), Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom (Closed on Sunday) and Flower Show. Afternoon transfer to Darjeeling. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 04: DARJEELING
Early morning tour to Tiger Hills to view sunrise over Kanchendzonga Peak (subject to clear weather). On the way back we visit Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop. After breakfast go for a half-day sight seeing of Japanese Temple, Peace pagoda, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park & Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Darjeeling Ropeway Ride (Ticket cost not included & will be approx INR 180.00 per person) Tenzing & Gombu Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center (Closed on Sunday) & panoramic view of Tea Estate. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 05 : DARJEELING - IXB AIRPORT
Transfer to Bagdogra Airport for your journey home.
The new house, the hidden valley of rice, the garden of Indra - the goodly region. Sikkim lies in the mystical Himalayan land that the Chogyals left to India just 36 years ago. Delight your senses with a view of the snow-capped mountains and moss covered trees; excite yourself with mountain biking and Yak riding; come close to nature with birding and trekking; and revive your soul by interacting with simple folk in remote villages. Sikkim touches you in a unique way, and you will go back home a new person.
People of Sikkim
Irrespective of the tribe, class or community they belong to, Sikkimese are essentially simple folks. Like most hill-tribes they are untouched by consumerism and know how to live in harmony despite being from different communities. Sikkim is India's least populous state with the one of highest per capita income in the country. It is also one of the least densely populated states with only 76 persons per square kilometer. The people of Sikkim can be classified mainly as Lepchas, Bhutias, Nepalese and the others (Biharis, Jains, Marwaris etc.)
Culture of Sikkim
The Sikkimese celebrate all major Hindu festivals such as Diwali and Dussera. Nepali festivals like Tihar and Bhimsen Puja are common. Losar, Loosong, Saga Dawa, Lhabab Duechen, Drupka Teshi and Bhumchu are Buddhist festivals.
During the Losar (Tibetan New Year) most offices and educational institutions are closed for a week. Muslims celebrate Id-ul-fitr and Muharram. Christmas has also been promoted in Gangtok to attract tourists during the off-season. A favorite form of social celebration is the drinking of Shay-Chang (millet beer). Served in tall bamboo mugs, the drink is sipped through a bamboo pipe. It is made from millet grains and is non-toxic. It is reputed to be the best remedy to ward off the severe colds in the mountains and is known for its healing properties.
- Accommodation and all meals
- Government Service Tax as applicable (as on date 1/4/2016 it is 4.7%)
THINGS TO CARRY
*Please note that the Kit List mentioned is a standard one for all our Himalayan trips, hence one can make a few changes as per personal preferences.
In the event of any cancellation by you, the initial deposit amount paid, shall stand forfeited and further cancellation shall be levied as per the following terms:
- 6 weeks before date of departure: 20% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 4 to 6 weeks before date of departure: 50% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 2 to 4 weeks before date of departure: 80% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 2 weeks before date of departure: 100% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges (Will be considered as no show).
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