Tour S/01 2-3 nights Kalimpong Exploration

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Sikkim & Darjeeling – Overview

Wedged between Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and the North Bengal Plains of India, this region is a tangled mass of mountains drained by the Teesta, and Rangit Rivers.

From the visitors angle, Sikkim Himalayas include the geographical area of Sikkim, Darjeeling and Kalimpong.
The grain of the country rises from near sea level to 8500 meters, in a short distance, forming a giant amphitheater, hewn as it were from the great mountains. This provides an arc of the most magnificent snow clad mountains as a backdrop to your holidays.

This region is connected to Delhi, , Calcutta, Guwahati by daily air services. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra. Train service from NJP railway station are avalable to all parts of India.

Sikkim

Small but beautiful, Sikkim is the Jewel of the Eastern Himalayas, spread below the crowning glory of the 8534 meters high, Mount Kanchenjunga; which is not just a mountain, but the Sikkimese protective deity.

Amidst the grandeur of the mountain peaks, lush valleys fast flowing rivers, terraced fields, live a friendly people with deep belief in their culture and religion. This region offers her visitors rare and singular experience. Forest and flora, Buddhist culture and hill top monastries, thriving bazars, ancient handicrafts, holy lakes, and the delights if high altitude treks, can all be yours, within the span of a few days.

All this and more in a land peopled by an amazing ethnic mix of beautiful, cheerful, Lepcha , Tibetan, and Nepali people forming a unique sub- culture of their own.

Sikkim is a restricted area but is open to foreign tourists for 15 days at a time. Foreign nationals can easily get a Sikkim entry permit endorsed on their India visa, by applying for the same to the nearest Indian mission.Entry permits are now also available at the Entry check posts at Rangpo and Malli. Contact us in case of difficulty.

Gangtok – Monasteries,bazaars, Alpine lakes & flora

The capital of Sikkim, is located in the shadow of the Chola Range at an altitude of 1767 m. It has a rich cultural heritage, bustling modern bazaar, exotic handicrafts, and lovely people. The main attractions are:-

  • Rumtek Monastery, for its gilded “chorten”, traditional architecture, exquisite paintings, intricate woodwork, treasures of manuscripts and icons.
  • The Tibetology Institute, displaying Buddhist icons, religious paintings, and literature.
  • The Directorate of Handicrafts, where ancient skills are kept alive.
  • The old bazaar for atmosphere.
  • Day trip to the holy Tsangu Lake at 3800 m altitude, on the old trade route to Tibet, with its rugged snow peaks, mountain & valley views, and the Kyangnosla Nature Park, for Alpine Flora.
  • Day trip to the Buddhist monasteries at Phodong and Labarang.
  • International flower show showcasing Himalayan flowers & orchids

TOUR DETAILS

Kalimpong, is an exotic town of beautiful people, mystical and enchanting, ruled by Bhutan for 155 years, and annexed by the British in 1865, it was developed as a centre of the wool trade with Tibet.

This trade flourished until the Chinese took control of Tibet, in the 1950’s The Lepchas, who were the original inhabitants, were subjected to Bhutanese, Tibetan, British, and Nepalese influences. A gentle and docile people, they have almost lost their identity, and are now called “The vanishing tribe”. However history has left behind a fascinating ethnic blend of Lepcha, Bhutia and Nepalese people. Here Buddhism rubs shoulders with Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.

Gumpas, churches, temples, monasteries, monks and missionaries; all coexist in a jovial and tolerant society. Flower and orchid nurseries, colonial bungalows, churches of the “Raj”, and Buddhist monasteries are there to explore. A quaint bustling bazaar, is a Pandora’s box of surprises. Kalimpong is a wanderer’s delight. Buddhist tankhas, hand beaten silver, Bhutanese weaves, Chinese lamps, hand crafted paper, Lepcha daggers, Nepali Khukaris and Buddhist masks, are some of the shopping attractions.

The Wednesday and Saturday “Hat”, or village market, brings together people from surrounding areas, selling an amazing variety of products.

 

ITENERIES

Tour S/01 A: 02 Nights Explore Kalimpong

Day 01: Pick up from Bagdogra/ NJP/Darjeel;ing/ Gangtok/ West Sikkim/ Phuntsholing. Met by car with driver. Drive to kalimpong. Check in at Gurudongma house/hotel. In the evening walking exploration of fascinating bazaar. Overnight

Day 02: Kalimpong exploration: Car with driver provided for local sightseeing. On request take a guided walking tour. Overnight Gurudongma House/hotel

Day 03: Drive to next destination. Car with driver on request.

Tour S/01 B: 03 nights Explore Kalimpong

Day 01: Pick up from Bagdogra/ NJP/Darjeel;ing/ Gangtok/ West Sikkim/ Phuntsholing. Met by car with driver. Drive to kalimpong. Check in at Gurudongma house/hotel. In the evening walking exploration of fascinating bazaar. Overnight

Day 02: Kalimpong exploration: Car with driver for local sightseeing. On request Guided driving cum walking tour. Overnight Gurudongma House/hotel

Day 03: Kalimpong Nature & Culture trek: Explore the countryside close to Kalimpong , get a peep into the lifestyle of rural folks.

Take a 03 hrs easy trek to visit a local village; home to warm, friendly, hospitable hard working village folks. Get an insight into agriculture & live stock farming, and get to know about the cultivation of ginger, broomsticks & vegetables.

You will walk along a gently descending trail, passing through lovely bio diverse forests. All the way there are magnificent views of the Khangchendzonga Range. (Weather permitting) and the mighty Teesta River winding its way from Sikkim.

At the village meet village folks, go round the village and enjoy an ethnic lunch. Stay overnight at a village homestay, or drive back to Kalimpong, for overnight at Gurudongma house/hotel.

Day 04: Drive to next destination. Car with driver on request.

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