03NIGHTS DARJEELING, 02NIGHTS KALIMPONG, 01NIGHTS TAKDAH
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03NIGHTS DARJEELING, 02NIGHTS KALIMPONG, 01NIGHTS TAKDAH
15-30 Minutes after arrival at the Bagdogra Airport / NJP Railway Station
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On arrival at (IXB) Bagdogra Airport, our representative will warmly welcome you on arrival and assist you to the vehicle for the further journey to Kalimpong. Thereafter you will depart towards your dream destinations. Throughout your journey, you can enjoy the versatility in climate. Pleasant weather will win your heart completely. On the way, you will pass through beautiful natural heritage and more of all this journey offers magnificent views of the mountains, valleys and village life, the forest, waterfalls and hills covered with tea gardens.
Overnight stay at Kalimpong.
Deolo Hill: This is the major attraction in East Kalimpong. The tourism department has created an 8-acre lush parkland with manicured flower gardens and several viewpoints with breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga, Durpin hill, Kalimpong Township, and the valley with rivers flowing through them. Deolo hill is the highest point of Kalimpong with an altitude of about 5,500ft. There is a GTA (erstwhile DGHC) lodge here and a multi-cuisine restaurant. Children can also take pony rides. At one corner of the lawn are stalls offering coffee and snacks. Overall a great place to have a picnic or just relax. Entry fee: Rs. 10/- for day visitors.
Science City: It is located less than a kilometer away from Deolo Hills, the highest point in Kalimpong. It is located at an altitude of 5,590 feet from the sea level and this Science Centre is about 9 KM to the north of the Kalimpong town and covers an area of 7 acres of hilly land. Jurassic Park at Science Center, Kalimpong Image It has scientific objects for display and awareness, a place of tremendous joy to children. Various examples of science and science live working models are presented here. Children get ample information on the various aspects of science. The life and works of various Scientists are exhibited here. It’s a sheer place of “science – magic” for children. Games area at Science Center, Kalimpong The Science City also has a garden with various outdoor activities like tire-swings, climbing ropes, see-saws, along with models of dinosaurs like a little Jurassic Park. It provides great joy to all visitors especially because of its location being on a hilltop and especially it’s a place of great joy to children.
Durpin Hill: Offering the panoramic view of the town of Kalimpong, the snow-clad Himalayan ranges of West Sikkim, the Teesta River, and its valleys, Durpin Dara Hill also has a golf course and the Zang Dhok Palri Monastery. There is also a famous botanical garden there.
Kanchenjunga ViewPoint: From here you get magnificent views of Kanchenjunga and the entire mountain range, rivers Teesta and Rangeet flowing below, neighboring areas like Peshoke tea estate, Takdah cantonment, western Sikkim, Nathu-la, Tiger hilltop, Kurseong, Siliguri etc.
Durbin Monastery: This Tibetan monastery is located on the Durpin hill and hence such name. The actual name is Zang Dog Palri monastery. It was built in 1972 and has some rare Buddhist scripts that were brought here by the Dalai Lama from Tibet. From the upper terrace of the monastery, you get magnificent views of Kalimpong town with Kanchenjunga in the background, the valley and the plains, Teesta & Reang rivers flowing down, and lovely tea estates of the Peshok area.
Pine View Nursery: It has great collections of cactus and ornamental plants. You get a great view of Kalimpong town from the backside lawn. Entry fee: Rs. 10/- per person.
Overnight stay a Kalimpong.
The tour starts to Takdah early from Darjeeling because you will need to cover three exotic places full of natural flora & fauna, and of course lovely views, landscapes, and tea gardens. There won’t be great eateries along the way, after having your breakfast.
The first destination is Takdah a small village about 28 km from Darjeeling and located at an altitude of 4,000ft. It takes about 1 hour 20 minutes to reach Takdah. The first visit is the lovely Orchid Centre at Takdah. Out of the wide range of orchids, you can also see the Himalayan orchids here at Takdah. This orchid center once used to be one of the best in the whole of Asia.
Next is the lovely Rungli Rungliot Tea Gardens. The garden is surrounded by mountains and you can see the river Teesta flowing far away, a picturesque sight. The tea estate is about 2kms from the main market of Takdah.
Continue to Tinchuley, a small hamlet which is about 3kms from Takdah. Out of several attractions here, Tinchuley is famous for two things, wonderful views of the snow peaks of Kanchenjunga and orange orchards.
Lamahatta is another place for the lovely views of Kanchenjunga. However one of the key attractions here is the landscaped Roadside Garden. This is a sprawling manicured garden on the roadside with many flowering plantations, hedges, pathways, seating places, a gazebo for prayers or meditation, and even a watchtower to take a panoramic view. Transfer to hotel.
Overnight stay at Takdah
After breakfast at the hotel at Takdah, depart for Darjeeling.
Overnight stay at Darjeeling.
Early Morning (at 04:00 am) drive to Tiger hill (8,400 ft.) to watch the spectacular sunrise over Mt. Khangchendzongha (28,208 ft. Worlds 3rd highest peak), After breakfast relax for a while and then continue your tour visit to Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop.
Tiger Hill: Who doesn’t know about the magnificent view of sunrise from Tiger Hill. You will need to wake up by 3:30 am and take a vehicle. But the rewards are awesome. You can see the changing colours of the colossal Kanchenjunga snow peaks as the light strikes, it’s a place where you can soak yourself with Himalayan beauty. On a clear day, you can also get a glimpse of Mount Everest, Mount Makalu, and one of the most beautiful peaks of the world, Tibet’s Chomol Hari. Tiger Hill is 11kms away and at an altitude of more than 8,400ft. It takes about 40 minutes to reach the top where there is a view tower for watching sunrise. There is an entry fee.
Ghoom Monastery: You will visit one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries of Darjeeling located at a scenic location in the Ghoom area. It houses a12-foot tall statue of Maitreya Buddha which represents the Buddha of the future. This is one of the biggest and oldest statues of Buddha in the Darjeeling area. This statue was created with clay that was all brought from Tibet. In front of the Buddha’s statue, two huge oil lamps keep burning all the time and all through the year. No entry fee but a donation is required for taking photos inside.
Batasia Loop and the War Memorial: Batasia Loop is an engineering marvel located in the Ghoom area. This is where the toy train makes a double spiral loop to negotiate a drop of 1000 ft as it moves towards Darjeeling town. Amidst the beautiful garden where the railway track is laid in form of a loop, there is also a War Memorial. You can walk along the track and complete the loop yourself. I do it every time I am there. Or take the many pathways in the garden and walk around, enjoy the many flowers and the surroundings. It was constructed in honour of the Gorkha soldiers who sacrificed their lives in service of the nation. There is a nominal entry fee. Don’t miss the Samosas (fried vegetable pastries) that are sold near the entrance of Batasia Loop in the morning.
Japanese Temple & Peace Pagoda: Close to the Darjeeling town and in a scenic setting there is a temple built in a traditional Japanese style. About 100 yards away and in the same complex, there is a large Peace Pagoda that showcases four avatars of Buddha. The view of the mountain range and Darjeeling town from the top of the pagoda is spectacular. No entry fee. Caution: To save time, some drivers try to treat these two attractions as separate ones and count 2 instead of one. Don’t be deceived or you will miss out on one of the following.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute – Darjeeling Zoo – Natural History Museum: These are three attractions co-located in the same large compound. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was built to honor Tenzing Norgay’s triumph to the Everest and is dedicated to provide mountaineering and rock climbing lessons to students from all over the world. There is a mountaineering museum as well. The highlights of this museum include the artifacts from various Himalayan expeditions, the Everest section showcasing Tenzing’s personal belongings, an eagle found dead at 26,000 feet during the 1960 Everest expedition, a high power telescope that once belonged to Hitler and was used by the Institute etc. Darjeeling Zoo has many high-altitude Himalayan animals including Snow Leopard, Tibetan Wolf, Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda, yaks etc. And the Bengal Natural History Museum is great to know about the flora and fauna of Bengal including high altitude animals of the Himalayan region as well as of Darjeeling district. There is a combined entry ticket to visit all three attractions in one go.
Darjeeling Ropeway: You will board the cable car from Singamari located 3km away from the town center. The 45 minutes ride takes you from an altitude of 7,000ft to 800ft with a wonderful vista of a valley around Rangeet river, tea estates, and sweeping views of the snow peaks of the Himalayan range including Kanchenjunga. The ticket needs to be purchased. During high season, there may be long queues. So try to book in advance.
**Note: There is no confirmation for the ropeway if it functioning or not.
Tea Garden: An old tea estate that exports all its produce to Harrods in London and few other countries. You can see the delicate tea processing in the factory with the help of a guide and buy tea packets from its outlet. You won’t get this tea anywhere else in the country. There is no entry fee, however there is a fee for the guide.
Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center: A center and a factory established by the Tibetan refugees who fled Tibet and took refuge in Darjeeling. They not only live here but also produce varieties of exquisite handicraft items to make their livings. The hand-crafted items include jackets, carpets, gloves, aprons, bags, curios, cards, pouches, carved wooden items, Tibetan paintings etc. This is a great place to buy a gift or a souvenir for your friends and relatives. There is no entry fee.
Overnight stay at Darjeeling.
Excursion towards Pashupati Nagar (Indo-Nepal border) for shopping & Mirik Lake (Horse riding & Boat is available around the lake on direct payment basis).
Simana ViewPoint: In about 20 minutes from Sukhiapokhri, there is a wonderful viewpoint called the Simana ViewPoint – a 60 feet by 40 feet plateau and a viewing point. Simana in Nepali means border. This is the Indo-Nepal border area, the road itself belongs to India and the viewing area falls in Nepal. But you can freely cross over to get the views. From Simana for a long way towards Mirik, the road acts as the divider between India and Nepal. You can view places like Maneybhanjan from here and the beautiful mountains on a clear day. You can also see the narrow winding road leading to Sandakphu on the other side of the valley. Towards your right, you will be able to see the dazzling Kanchenjunga snow peaks.
Pashupati Market: Further down, you will reach the Pashupati Market entrance at the India-Nepal border. The main market is about a 1km walk from the border. You can either walk or take a Nepal taxi at the border to reach the main market (Rs. 200/- for a round trip). There are few shops right across the border, which you can check out in case you do not want to go all the way to the main market. Once you complete formalities with the border security, you will get to the road in Nepal that leads to the main market. This road continues to Kathmandu. Cameras are not allowed inside. Note that only Indians and Nepalese are allowed to cross over the border area here. Foreign nationals are not allowed to access this border. You are required to carry a photo ID in case you want to cross over the border and visit the shops. The market is full of imported electronic gadgets, jackets, perfumes & cosmetics, accessories, and clothes.
Gopaldhara Tea Estate: Having visited Simana and Pashupati Market, as you move on further towards Mirik, you will come across lovely landscapes full of tea gardens on your left. There are several small round hillock formations with pine trees on top making it a picture-perfect site. This is Gopaldhara Tea Estate. You can walk down the aisle through the tea gardens and reach a viewpoint from where you get a wonderful view of the gardens all around. On the opposite side of the road is Gopadhara Tea Stall. Halt for a while to taste a cup of tea. The tea served here is from Gopaldhara Tea Gardens. You can also buy packaged tea from the gardens from here.
Mirik: A small hill town is located further 12kms from Pashupati Market and at an average altitude of 5,000ft. After reaching Mirik, first visit the Mirik Monastery on top and then the Mirik Lake. These are the top attractions of the place. Sit along the bank of the lake and relax. You can also do boating in the lake (mostly paddle boats). Or walk over the arching footbridge and crossover to the other side (western bank) of the lake, turn left and take the walkway through the pine tree forest and enjoy the nature. Pony rides are also available around the lake and quite popular with children.
Overnight stay at Darjeeling.
After early morning breakfast, depart for (IXB) Bagdogra Airport for the onward connection.