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Best of Himalayas


Name of Tour : Best of Himalayas
Duration : 08 Nights / 09 Days
Places Covered : Bagdogra – Kalimpong – Gangtok – Tsomgo Lake – Pelling - Darjeeling - Mirik - Bagdogra


Day 1: Bagdogra>>Kalimpong

Pick- up from Bagdogra Airport/NJP to be taken to Kalimpong (4000 Ft) a drive of 80 kms also called the garden of flowers. This town has almost everything- scenic beauty, flowers, greenery, waters, mists, clouds etc. Check-in at Hotel. Overnight stay.

Day 2: Kalimpong>>Gangtok

After breakfast, go for a half day sightseeing of Durpin Hill (which has the famous Zong Dog PalriFo- Brang Monastery which belongs to the same Buddhist sect as the present Dalai Lama) , Jelapla View Point, Pine View Point, Dr Graham's Homes complex with its historic church & well maintained grounds founded in 1900 by Rev. Dr. J A Graham, a Scottish missionary, Delo Hill(5556 ft) appears to be the roof- of- the- world, is the highest point in Kalimpong. Delo also has the town’s picturesque water reservoir. Then on to MangalDham Temple constructed in memory of the late Guru Shree (108) MangalDasji and dedicated to Lord Krishna, Kalimpong Arts & Crafts Centre..Back to the hotel by lunch.

After lunch, depart for a 2hr 30mins journey to Gangtok (5500 Ft), Sikkim - the Land of the Pristine and unspoilt natural beauty with alpine landscapes and thick luxuriant forests, rivers in torrent and peaceful lakes. Checkin at Hotel. Rest of the day at Leisure, explore the city. Overnight stay.

Day 3: Gangtok-Tsomgo Lake-Gangtok

After breakfast proceed to TsomgoLake (12,210 Ft), a 40 km drive which takes 2.5 hrs. This lake is located very close to Nathula Pass which is the entry point to China termed as the “Silk Route & remains frozen for most parts of the year. Legend has it that the Lamas use to forecast the future by studying the colour of the lakes waters. Enjoy the surroundings, majestic snowy peaks which feed the lake and the clean fresh air. Back to Gangtok by 3pm for a late lunch. Evening free for leisure or go shopping for Sikkimese traditional handicrafts. Overnight stay.

Day 4: Gangtok

(0900hrs-1400hrs) After breakfast take a sightseeing trip to TheHandicraft & Handloom Showroom, which promotes traditional arts & crafts, a veritable storehouse of exquisite carpets, blankets, shawls in “Lepcha“ weaves ; The Flower Showwhich contains over 200 species of orchids set amidst a beautiful landscape; Nam Nang VP/Ropeway ; Do-DrulChorten (Stupa) which is one of the most important stupas of Sikkim, built by the head of the Nyingma order- TrullshiRimpoche in 1945. It contains rare details of DorjiPhupa, Holy Books, Mantras and is encircled by 108 prayer wheels ; The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology built in 1958 in traditional style, a renowned worldwide centre for the study of the Mahayana Buddhist philosophy & religion, a treasure house of rare “Thankas”, statues, over 200 Buddhist icons and prized objects of art& finally Rumtek Monastery, 24 kms from Gangtok was built in 1960 by His Holiness the Late 16thGyalwa Karmapa & this is a replica of the original Kagyurpa Monastery in Tibet, a must see for every visitor, the seat of the “Kagyu Order” . Behind the Monastery is the lavishly decorated KarmaeNalanda Institute of Buddhist Studies which attracts students from the world over. Here one can find the most unique religious scriptures & art objects of the world .Back to the hotel by late afternoon.Overnight stay.

Day 5: Gangtok>>Pelling

After breakfast at 9am, proceed toPelling (6800 Ft), a 5 hour journey (112 kms) via Ravangla (6800 Ft) , a small township & transit point to various destinations in South & West Sikkim, situated at the base of Meenam Hill (10300 Ft).

Arrive at Pelling&checkin at hotel. This is one of the closest points to the Khanchenjunga range & one can see it upfront touching the sky from Pelling. Proceed to ThePemayangtse Monastery (7021 Ft), 2.5 kms from Pelling. Built during the late 17th century, it is one of the oldest & most important monasteries of the Nyingmapa order of Buddhism in Sikkim. Even today, it is only the monks of this monastery who enjoy the title of ‘Tasang’ or pure monks. The monastery follows the Mindroling tradition & has 108 monks. The main attraction of the monastery is the wooden replica of ZangdogPalri , the celestial abode of Guru Padmasambhava, built by Serdup L Dorje Rinpoche in 1971. Back to the hotel.Overnight stay.

Day 6: Pelling

Leave early for the Khecheopalri Lake, also called the “Wish Fulfilling Lake”. It lies in a depression surrounded by prayer flags & forested hills. Then to the, Rimbi Falls, Rock Garden,Khangchendzonga water falls. Back to the Resort for lunch.

After lunch, proceed to Singshore Bridge, a drive of 26 kms from Pelling about 5kms ahead of Dentam towards Uttarey. Built over a gorge over a 1000 ft deep, the building of this suspension bridge was an engineering feat indeed & is also the second highest bridge in Asia. The bridge is ver close to Uttarey which is the base camp for Singilela Mountain Range trek.

Enroute to Singshore, stop to see the Sangay Falls in the TheDentam Valley (1500 m). The entire area is surrounded by forest of rhododendrons. On the return, a visit to the Cheese factory at Dentam Back by evening.Overnight stay.

Day 7: Pelling>>Darjeeling

Leave early for a visit to the Rabdentse Ruins - the second capital of the erstwhile King of Sikkim till 1814 A.D. This is also very close to the Pemyangtse Monastery, a 30mins walk from the main road. The scenic view from the top of the ruins scanning across the deep valley, to the mystic heights of the Khanchenjunga range is something to be cherished & etched in memory.

Day 8: Darjeeling>>Mirik>>Darjeeling

Start the day at 4am with an early morning trip to Tiger Hil