Home to hills dolled up in green, valleys dotted with beautiful flowers, manicured tea gardens and captivating hills, Gangtok is certainly a paradise for the Travelers. Meet the driver at the airport and embark on 125 kilometres (approx 4-5 hours) long ride to reach Gangtok. Check in at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
In the morning around 7-8 AM, head out on an excursion to witness the gems of Sikkim. You will be first visiting the Changu or Tsomgo Lake which is barely 35 kilometres from Gangtok. The stunning view of the crystal clear lake amidst the snowy summits is a sight to behold.
Next, visit New Baba Mandir after traveling for 18 kilometres cutting and running through the snow-capped mountains. Having explored the iconic attractions, you can return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Important Info : The location of this place is such that bad weather, or other issues like sudden road blockages due to landslides, could impact a visit. Please keep this fact in mind while planning your day.
**Regarding Nathula Pass (supplement cost not included in the package cost)
Nathu La is an excursion from Gangtok and is located above Tsomgo Lake. This is a restricted area and special permits are required to visit the same. Permits are granted only between Wednesday and Sunday and can be cancelled anytime for security or weather conditions.
Very limited number of vehicles are granted permits for Nathu La therefore the same are subject to availability and are never guaranteed in advance.
The permits are applied only 01 day prior to the date of travel.
If you intend to visit Changu Lake, Baba Mandir and Nathula Pass, keep in mind that you would need to carry a valid ID proof (Pan Card and Aadhar Card are not accepted) and 4 passport size photographs to apply for the necessary permit.
Begin your day in the comfortable room and embark on a sightseeing tour of Gangtok. Visit the famous Rumtek Monastery (approx. 24 Kms from Gangtok), one of the largest monastery in Sikkim. Built somewhere in the 12th century, it is known for its architecture that bears a strong resemblance to the original one in Tsurphu, Tibet. Thereafter attend the famous Flower Show, an absolute treat to eyes. Next, make way to Do Drul Chorten, a dome-shaped Buddhist shrine. Built in 1945, Do Drul Chorten is known for its 108 prayer wheels and gold plated tower on the top of the Chorten. Thereafter, visit Institute of Tibetology which features a library and museum with a rare collection of statues, coins, thangkas Tibetan artwork, etc. Head to the Cottage Industry from where you could pick handloom products like bags and some traditional dresses. See the breath-taking Bakthang Falls cascading down into a pool. Further adding to its beauty is the mesmerizing scenic vistas of the mighty Himalayas at the background. Having explored the famous attractions of Gangtok, head back to the hotel for a relaxing overnight stay.
Alternate sightseeing to Tashi View Point will be provided instead of Tibetology & Cottage industry (closes on Saturday & Sunday).
In the morning, embark on a drive to Pelling which is approximately 6-7 hrs from Gangtok. To cut the long journey short, enjoy a short stopover at the Char Dham & Buddha Park in Namchi. At the Char Dham, you can see an 87 feet long statue of Lord Shiva surrounded by a replica of the 12 Jyotirlingas (a devotional object representing the god Shiva) and four Dhams (names of four pilgrimage sites in India). Apart from Chardham temple, here you can see Sai Baba Temple, Kirateshwar statue, etc.
Having explored the attractions of Namchi, continue your holiday to Pelling. Upon arrival in Pelling, reach the hotel for an overnight stay.
Today morning, proceed for a half day city tour visiting the Rambi Waterfall and Khecheopalri Lake. Later proceed for India’s first Sky Walk Experience in Pelling.
Having explored the iconic attractions, head towards Darjeeling for an overnight stay.
Around 4 AM, go for a visit to the Tiger Hill to witness the glorious sunrise over a spectacular stretch of the Himalayan mountains. After watching a spectacular sunrise, stop at the Batasia Loop and the Ghoom Monastery, which was built in 1850 and happens to be the oldest monastery of Darjeeling. The view of the valley from the monastery is as magnificent as the 15-foot clay statue of Lord Buddha that resides on the premises. Thereafter, head to the hotel for breakfast. .Satiated, prepare yourself for an excursion to the Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda, known for its elegant architecture and lush landscapes. Later visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, a place built in honour of Tenzing Norgay, who was one of the two people to reach the Mount Everest summit. Visit the museum, featuring mountaineering artifacts. Up next, visit the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, counted amongst the altitude zoos in India. While taking a stroll within the museum, you could see endangered species like red pandas, snow leopards, Tibetan wolf, etc. Later, you would return to the hotel for a relaxing overnight stay.
Important Info : As the number of vehicles allowed to visit Tiger Hill each morning is restricted, it is possible that during peak season your scheduled visit to Tiger Hill would have to be moved from early morning to another time during the day. This will also lead to change of itinerary for visiting Batasia Loop and Ghoom Monastery (both these points can covered the same day or any other day).
In case you are doing Darjeeling sightseeing on a Thursday, you will visit Dali Monastery & Ava Art Gallery instead of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
Drive to Bagdogra airport for return journey.