Tour S/06: 09 days The Heart of Darjeeling & Kalimpong

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TOUR DETAILS

Easy paced popular holiday, featuring Kurseong, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Samthar. Breathtaking snow views, spectacular sunrises, mountains, forests , hill stations of the “raj”, remote villages, Buddhist monasteries, shopping in exotic bazaars, tea gardens.

Toy train journey, walking, cooking, interaction with local people and more. Staying at selected atmospheric hotels/ home stays.

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Day 01: Bagdogra- Kurseong

Arrive at Bagdogra Airport. Met by your car with driver and driven to Kurseong. Check in at your hotel for lunch. In the evening explore the bazaar.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Kurseong – Darjeeling

sikkim-&-Darjeelingsikkim-&-Darjeeling-1Visit a premium Tea Estate Drive back to the hotel for lunch. After lunch transfer to rail station to board toy train. Travel by train from Kurseong to Darjeeling.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) conferred World Heritage status is a nineteenth century engineering feat. A journey by this “Toy Train” in a memorable experience. You will be traveling through forests, paddy cultivation, vast tea gardens, and tiny hamlets as well as hill towns of the “raj” period.

You will see breathtaking views, diverse flora, waterfalls, gurgling mountain streams, and the lovely people. The panorama unfolding at a leisurely pace out side your carriage window enables a peep into life styles of the Darjeeling Hills. You marvel at the builders of this unique railway, as the tiny “B” Type steam locomotive huffs and puffs uphill with just three carriages.

The highest point on this line is at Ghoom, at an elevation of 2225 m, where the ascent is achieved through a double loop.
Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight.

Day 03: Darjeeling

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Early morning visit tiger Hill 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 04: Darjeeling- Kalimpong

After breakfast drive to Kalimpong. Check in at hotel or home stay of choice Afternoon a guided walking tour of Kalimpong and the interesting bazar.

Day 05: Kalimpong

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Free day to explore Kalimpong on your own

Day 06: 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 07: Samthar : Nature & Culture Walk

sikkim-&-Darjeeling-14sikkim-&-Darjeeling-15Get 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. Overnight at Samthar Farm House.

Day 08: Samthar – trekking options

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Choose from several trekking options for guided day trek. Walk through forests, terraced fields, isolated hamlets and take in views of both mountains and plains. ( 04 hrs of easy to moderate trekking).

Alternatively, just relax , take cooking lessons, visit the village blacksmith, make an appointment with the shaman, learn how to make bamboo baskets or spend time with the children at the Awake & Shine School.

Day 09: 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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