S/ 07: 10 Nights Darjeeling- Western & south Sikkim, Kalimpong & Samthar

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Explore all the popular sights of Darjeeling, Western & South Sikkim, Kalimpong and Samthar Sikkim Breathtaking snow views, spectacular sunrises, mountains, forests , hill stations of the “raj”, remote villages, Buddhist monasteries, shopping in exotic bazaars, tea gardens, walking explorations, interaction with local people and more. Staying at selected atmospheric hotels/ home stays.

Featuring: Kurseong, Darjeeling, Pamayangtse, Kewzing, Rabang la- Samduptse, Turuk, Kalimpong, Lava and Samthar.

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Day 01: Bagdogra – Darjeeling, 2143 m

         

Arrive Bagdogra Airport by air

Met by your guide and transfer by car to Darjeeling via Kurseong. Visit Tea estate and factory, famous internationally for production of biodynamic tea.

Continue drive 18 Kms ( 1.30 hrs) to Darjeeling, through more tea estates, and small villages, climbing steadily to 2143, Mtrs, and reaching Darjeeling by late evening. Enroute we have a chance to see the Darjeeling Railway’s heritage toy train, which was opened in 1881, primarily for the tea traffic. The railway line is laid alongside the road, and to see the tiny steam engine huffing and puffing, uphill with just three carriages, is an unusual sight. The highest point on this line is at Ghoom, at an elevation of 2225 Mtrs, where the ascent is achieved through a double loop.

Upon arrival at Darjeeling Check in at your hotel for overnight.

Day 02: Darjeeling Exploration

Visit tiger Hill early morning for sunrise views. Thereafter take a half day guided tour of Darjeeling. Afternoon and evening is free for exploring the exotic bazaar and shopping.

Day 03: Darjeeling, 2143 m- Naya Bazar, 900 m- Pamayangtse
(W. Sikkim), 2080 m

Drive 21 kms in 1.15 hrs, through Tea estates to Naya Bazar on Sikkim border.

FOREIGN PASSPORT HOLDERS: Sikkim is restricted entry area, requiring a permit. Apply for your Sikkim entry visa when applying for the India Visa. We can also arrange to procure the permit at Siliguri upon arrival on Day 01.

After border documentation at Naya Bazar Check Post, drive 59 Kms through the scenic Rangit Valley, in 2.30 hrs, to check in at a village retreat ,close to Pamayangtse; with direct views of Mount Khangchendzonga.

In the afternoon sightseeing Rabantse and Pamayangtse Monastery. Overnight at Village Retreat.

Day 04: Pamayangtse exploration

Wake up early to view close-up, the sunrise on the great peaks of the Khangchendzonga group. Latter explore the local village. and visit the holy lake Khichepheri. Overnight at Village Retreat.

Day 05: Pamayangtse– Turuk, 1400 m via Rabang la and Samduptse

         

Wake up early to once again see the sunrise on the great peaks of the Khangchendzonga group. Later drive 50 Kms in 02 hrs to Kewzing, located amidst pristine forests at elevation of 1700 m. Take a easy nature trek to Doling Monastery, along a lovely forest trail Thereafter drive to Samduptse; famous for the largest statue of Guru Padmasambhava in the world, and the Namchi Rock Garden.

Continue for one hour to reach Turuk.- a small village at an altitude of 1400 m. A 160 years old heritage house and estate, surrounded by nine acres of flora, and lawns, at an off beat location.. Here time stands still and the air is filled with the fragrance of wild flowers and bird song. The tranquil surroundings offer quite walks, village explorations and bird watching. Check in at the atmospheric Heritage house. for overnight.

Day 06: Turuk Exploration

A day to relax and take quite walks to visit local homesteads, wonder at the diverse flora, learn some sikkimese recipes from your hostess and take a walk along the razor sharp edge of humongous cliff called Taray Bhir – with panoramic views Overnight at Turuk heritage house.

Day 07: Turuk- Kalimpong, 1400 m

         

Exit Sikkim at Malli and drive to Kalimpong in 2 hrs. Great views as you descend to the Teesta valley and again climb up along the forested road to Kalimpong.

Check in at Gurudongma House homestay in a lovely garden cottage Afternoon a guided walking tour of Kalimpong and the interesting bazar. Overnight at Gurudongma House homestay.

Day 08: Kalimpong Exploration

        

Free day to explore Kalimpong on your own. Guided trip arranged on request.

Budhist monasteries, flower nursery, atmospheric bazxaar, Hindu temples, Dr Grahams homes campus, hand made paper factory, Colonial bungalows and churches of the “raj” period, and more.

Day 09: Kalimpong – Lava – Lolegaon – Samthar

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Drive cum trek to the remote village of Samthar through virgin forests. Enroute visit Lava Buddhist Monastery.

Two short treks.( 2-3 hrs each). Biodiverse flora, isolated hamlets, terraced cultivation, mountain streams, and more.

Not interested in trekking.You can drive all the way in 3.30 hrs. Overnight at Samthar Farm House.

Day 10: Samthar : Nature & Culture Walk

         

Get up early for breathtaking sunrise views. After breakfast, take a easy guided Village exploration walk, (02 hrs) visiting Nepali and Lepcha homes peopled by Buddhist, Hindu and Christian folks. Visit the Awake & Shine School.

Day 11 Samthar to Bagdogra or any destination in Sikkim/ Bhutan

Drive to Bagdogra in 2.30 hrs to board your departure flight. Enquire about options of transfer to destinations in Sikkim and Bhutan.
TOUR ENDS.

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