03 NIGHTS GANGTOK, 01 NIGHT LACHEN, 01 NIGHT LACHUNG, 02 NIGHTS DARJEELING
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03 NIGHTS GANGTOK, 01 NIGHT LACHEN, 01 NIGHT LACHUNG, 02 NIGHTS DARJEELING
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 Gangtok. Thereafter you will depart towards your dream destinations. Throughout your journey, you can enjoy the versatility of 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.
On arrival Check-in to hotel then after checking in to your hotel and after freshening up. Evening free to roam around M G Road (Mall) or local Shopping center.
Overnight stay at Gangtok.
The next day, You need to get up early, get fresh, and have a heavy breakfast till 7.30 am. You will be picked up from Hotel in Gangtok & then proceed for a full day excursion of Tsomgo Lake. Tsomgo Lake, also known as Changu Lake is a glacial lake in Sikkim. The name Tsomgo means ‘Source of water’. It’s located 40kms from Gangtok town and leads to Nathula Pass. This is one of the few high-altitude lakes in India. Before 1962, this was part of the old trade route between India and China. It takes about 2 hours by car from Gangtok to reach the lake along the Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary, the home to the red panda and the blood pheasant with Rhododendron and other alpine trees along the road – Situated at an elevation of 3753 meters / 12310 feet – The Lake is oval shaped lake nearly 50 feet deep – Generally covered in snow for most of the year – This lake is home to the Brahmini ducks & many migratory birds – Enjoy playing in snow and Yak Ride. Proceed further to Legendary Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir (“Hero of Nathula” An Indian soldier who was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra medal for his bravery and known for doing his duty still after death). Nearby is the sacred Baba Mandir known to be a very holy site for all. You can take a ride on colorfully adorned yaks and ponies. There is also a 957-meter long ropeway (cable car) that carries passengers from the lake to a hilltop nearby. You should reach Tsomgolake before noon because in the afternoon the weather here usually starts getting bad. Additionally, Nathula Pass (14,140 ft.) which is the Indo Chinese border can be combined in this trip on request by the passengers at an extra cost.
** Kindly note the following points regarding visit to Nathula**
In the evening, return from Tsomgo Lake to Gangtok.
Overnight stay at Gangtok.
After an early breakfast, we will proceed to Lachen. The route meanders through small villages with valleys up to forest grove of KabiLangchuk. Shinghik comes next with its promises of one of the most glorious views of Kunchanjungha. Situated at an altitude of over 4000ft Singhik offers a desired break to the travelers on the way to Lachen. Visit Chungthang- the confluence of Lachen Chu and Lachun Chu (river) and Vimnala falls waterfalls on your way to Lachen.
Overnight stay at Lachen.
Early morning drive to Thangu Village (4100m / 13450ft), a remote high altitude village of Tibetan Nomads and also proceed further to Chopta Valley (4000m / 13124ft) to get some breathtaking view of alpine valley of frozen rivers. From Chopta Valley drive for another 30kms in 1.5hr to Gurudongmar Lake (5225m / 17143ft) close to Tibet Border, one of the highest and biggest freshwater lakes in Sikkim and back to Lachen for a late lunch. Check out from Lachen and drive further to Lachung via Chungthang. En-route visit Chungthang confluence of Lachen Chu and Lachun Chu and Vimnala Water Falls. Lachung is another remote high altitude village of Tibetan and Bhutia people in North Sikkim with towering rocky snow peaks, vibrant rhododendron valley, lush green yak pastures, perennial waterfalls, hot springs and the base for exploring the alpine valley of Yumthang and Yumesamdong close to the Tibetan plateau.
Overnight stay at Lachung.
Early morning drive to Yumthang Valley, an alpine flower valley in North Sikkim. Enjoy the scenic landscape and hot Spring. The valley is covered with snow from January to March & with rhododendrons during April & May. Enroute visit Sulphur Hot Spring having medicinal values.
Please note: A drive further for 30kms to Yumesamdong (4725m / 15503ft) or Zero Point close to Tibet Border, one of the highest motorable roads in Sikkim is NOT included in this package and has additional charges which need to be paid on prior notice.
Lunch at a hotel in Lachung.After lunch visit Handicraft Centre &Lachung Monastery. Later drive back to Gangtok, In the evening arrive at Gangtok and check into the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel in Gangtok.
After having a hearty meal we continue our journey to the QUEEN OF HILLS ‘DARJEELING’ board your vehicle to Darjeeling. (7380 Ft / 2250 Mts, 100 km / 3 Hrs). After reaching and checking in to your hotel and freshening up, come up to Chowrasta Mall, sit on a peripheral bench for a while, relax & enjoy the ambiance and watch the activities. Then take a stroll along the scenic Mall Road (Bhanu Sarani) and complete a circle. If you reach in the morning half or early afternoon, you will have time to walk up the Observatory Hill behind the Mall and go to the famous Mahakal Temple on top and enjoy the views & sunset.
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 colors 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 ChomolHari. 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 donation 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 the 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 honor 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 providing 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.
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 Rangeetriver, 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.
Tea Garden: An old tea estate that exports all its produce to Harrods in London and a 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.
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 handcrafted 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.
After early morning breakfast, depart for (IXB) Bagdogra Airport for the onward connection.