Duration :- 16 Nights / 17 Days
Destination :- Bagdogra – Kalimpong – Lava – Gangtok – Lachung – Yumthung – Ravangla – Yuksom – Darjeeling – Mirik
Day 01: Reaching Bagdogra/Bhadrapur (Nepal)/ NJP and moving to Kalimpong
Transferred to hotel after arriving at Bagdogra/Bhadrapur (Nepal)/ NJP. You will get free time for the full day to roam around and know about the place.
Day 02: from Kalimpong to Lava
Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery, Thongsha Gumpha, built in 1630AD and many nurseries will be the destinations to be visited in the morning. Driving through the crisscross road you will be carried to the land of untapped lava in the afternoon and then the night at Forest Lodge.
Day 03: towards Gangtok
After breakfast, move on to Gangtok through beautiful roads. The scenic beauty of Himalayan landscapes and snow clad Mountains will attract you for sure. Also you will get to see many Buddhist prayer flags flattering on the roadside shrines. On the way you can see plenty of Orchids, population and the roaring waters of river Teesta and after that night will be spent at the Heritage Hotel.
Day 04: going towards Lachung
After a refreshing breakfast, you will drive along the meandering road to Lachung Valley and will visit the Kabi Lungchok, the historic battle field , Phodong Monastery and Holy rock at Chungthang, said to be blessed by Guru Rimpoche; on the way. As the journey of 125km ends you will reach this small yet awfully beautiful valley, occupied by the Bhutia people and is on the bank of river Lachung Chu. After that spend the night at the resort.
Day 05: Seeing Lachung and Yumthung
Yumthung valley is a pasture land, situated at an altitude of 2500m and you will be carried away to it in the early morning. It is adjoining Singba Forest Reserve, lined up with beautiful family of Rhododendron, which blooms during the month of May. A few hundred meters away from the road by crossing River Lachung over a pedestrian bridge you can find Yumthung near a sulphur springs and bathing pools. After that you will come back and spend the night in Lachung.
Day 06: Arrive at Gangtok
You can freely explore the village, the Lachung Monastery and the village handicraft industry in the day time and then will be transferred back to Gangtok in the afternoon. Spend that night at Heritage Hotel in Gangtok.
Day 07: Second day stay in Gangtok
Reach Tashi View point, to view sun rising in the horizon early in the morning. Get a glimpse of colourful face of Gangtok and its soundings as you start your journey. First Tsuklakhang (The Royal Chapel) will be visited and then Rumtek Monastery (seat of Karmapa Lama who heads the Kagyupa sect of Buddhism). On the way, we will visit Namgyal Tibetology to see the beautiful Thankas and then spend the night in the Village Resort.
Day 08: Seeing Ravangla
Early morning you will move towards the base of Menam Hill through the enigmatic countryside of Gangtok. It’s a transit point of the trekkers to Menam & Borong Hill. Rolang Monastery will also be visited which is 235 years old and built on the land blessed by Ninth Karmapa. Village resort will be the rest place.
Day 09: Wandering towards Yuksom
On the way to Yuksom you will visit Tashiding Monastery, which is situated in a high ridge, amidst mountain and dense forest. Night hold in hotel.
Day 10: In Yuksom
To see the coronation throne of the first Chogyal of Sikkim we will walk past the small village to the Norbu Gang Chorten in the morning and then walk around in the village of this small unexplored hill station. Night will be spent in the same hotel of Yuksom.
Day 11: Driving to Pelling
Your next destination will be Pelling (32km) on the way to which you will visit Khechopalri Lake (wishing lake). Check into hotel after reaching Pelling and spend the night there.
Day 12: A day in Pelling
The second oldest monastery of Sikkim, Sanga-Choling Monastery will be visited in the morning and on the way you can visit the old and sacred Pemayangste Monastery and discover its richness. The Rabdentse ruins, the second capital Sikkim will be visited and the night will be spent in the Resort.
Day 13: Exploring Darjeeling
Leave for Darjeeling in the morning through the twisting turning road. Enjoy the lush green tea gardens on the way and check into hotel to take rest for the day. You can enjoy the JOY RIDE on World Heritage, TOY TRAIN, and late afternoon and then spend the night at Heritage Hotel.
Day 14: Another day in Darjeeling
The full day is free for you to enjoy the ambience of the Darjeeling, which still showcases old British Glories. In the afternoon visit Lebong Race Course (highest race course of the world), Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, where lies the equipments of Sherpa Tenzing Norgey and on your way back visit the snow lion breeding centre at Padmaja Naidu Zoo. That night too will be spent at Heritage Hotel.
Day 15: Another Beautiful day in Darjeeling
Drive to Tiger Hill for spectacular sunrise in the early morning from Mt.Khanchenjunga. On the way back visit Batasia Loop and Ghoom Monastery which is famous for Maytree Buddha (coming Buddha). You will be free for shopping or other activities in the afternoon and then spend the night at Heritage Hotel.
Day 16: Visitig Mirik
Drive to Mirik and then visit Zorpokhri to see the salamander (pre-historic reptiles) by enjoying the misty climate. Later on reach Mirik and stay there for the night.
Day 17: Move away from Mirik
You will be transferred for your onward destination for departure in the early morning and here the tour ends.