One of the finest of hill states India has to offer. This area is known for its buddhist influence. This can be ideally clubbed together with Bhutan by road from Bagdogra to Phuntsholing-Paro-Thimpu-Punakha-Paro. Formerly the English would get away to the hills to beat the Indian summers. So the region of Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya have great colonial influence. Present day its the centre for Buddhist learning and some great monasteries. This region of Sikkim, Darjeeling and Kalimpong besides the cultural diversity is also home to some fine treks both hard and easy categories. The entire Himalayan belt is easily visible from any point in this region on a sunny day. Its also home to the world famous Tea Gardens of India and its rich Tea manufacturing industry. The region is accessible from kolkata and and from New Delhi. You also have the opportunity to stay at some of the finest tea estates in the region and witness first hand their hospitality.
Day 01: Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Transfer to Hotel for overnight.
Day 02: Delhi
After Breakfast, we visit new Delhi, where you shall visit the Humayun’s Tomb, The Parliament Buildings, India Gate and Qutub Minar. In the afternoon we visit Old Delhi. Here you shall visit The Jama Masjid Mosque, the Red Fort, Streets of Chandani Chowk and Raj Ghat. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 03: Delhi – Bagdogra – Darjeeling
After Breakfast, you take the flight to Bagdorgra where you are greeted and driven to Darjeeling. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 04: Darjeeling
After Breakfast, we visit Tiger Hill, Aloobari monastery and the Botanical Garden. In the afternoon we visit HMI and the evening is free to walk through the mall. Overnight at the Hotel
Day 05: Darjeeling – Pemayangtse
After Breakfast, we leave for Pemayangtse (perfect sublime lotus) along a very scenic road. On arrival check in at Hotel. In the afternoon we visit Sikkim’s second oldest Monastery with an exceptional collection of religious artworks including an exquisite wooden sculpture on the top floor depicting the heavenly Palace of Uru Rimppoche. The Rabdanste, the ruined Palace of the 17th-18th century Capital of Sikkim. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 06: Pemayangtse – Yuksum
After Breakfast, we leave for Yuksum, where the first Chogyal was crowned in 1641. On arrival check in Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 07: Yuksum – Gangtok
After Breakfast, we leave for Gangtok or “High Hill” with fine views of the Kangchendzonga Range. On arrival check in at Hotel. We visit the Enchey Buddhist Prayer Flags monastery which is 200 years old. The site was blessed by the great tantric master, Lama Druptab Karpa, known for his flying powers. It is the site of religious dances held in the 12th month of the Tibetian Calendar. Research Institute of Tibetology, famous in the world for research activities on the language and culture of Tibet. Purba –Chorten, has one of the most important Stupa in Sikkim and its golden apex is visible from many points in Gangtok. Orchid sanctuary, has over 200 species of orchids amidst beautiful landscape. Deer Park, a popular view point has Deers and Red Pandas and other Animals. A big statue of Buddha adorns the park and is replica of the image in Sarnath. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 08: Gangtok – Rumtek
After Breakfast, we leave for Rumtek. On arrival check in at Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 09: Rumtek
After Breakfast, we visit the Rumtek Monastery built in the 4th Chigyal was damaged in an earthquake and was rebuilt. The 16th century Gyalwa H.H Karmapa, after he escaped from Tibet, settled and lived in this monastery till completion of Dharma Chakra centre nearby. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 10: Rumtek – Kalimpong
After Breakfast, we leave for Kalimpong. It has been, once, the meeting point of the “Three Closed Land” on the trade route to Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal. On arrival check in at Hotel. In the afternoon we visit the traditional market where every Wednesday and Saturday, draws colourful villagers who come to sell fruits, unfamiliar vegetables, traditional medicines, woollen cloth, yarn and much more. Kalimpong excels in producing Orchids, Amaryllis, Roses, Cacti, Dahlias and Gladioli. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 11: Kalimpong
After Breakfast, we visit the monastery, the oldest, the Thongsa Gompa, the Tharpa Choling and the Dr. Graham’s homes, which was started by the missionary Dr. John Anderson in 1990 when he admitted 6 needy children. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 12: Kalimpong – Bagdogra-Delhi
After Breakfast, we leave for Bagdogra. Noon transfer to domestic Airport to connect flight to Delhi. On arrival transfer to city for final shopping. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 13: Delhi
Transfer to the International Airport for flight to Home destination.