DARJEELING – THE QUEEN OF HILLS

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

4 Nights, 5 Days

Views

55

Maximum Seats

100

About the Tour

Nestled between glistening Mt Kanchenjunga and lush green tea plantations, Darjeeling is fondly called “Queen of the Hills”.

The history of Darjeeling is intertwined with that of Nepal, Sikkim, British India, and Bhutan. Until the early 19th century, the hilly area around Darjeeling was controlled by the Kingdom of Sikkim while the plains around Siliguri were intermittently occupied by the kingdom of Nepal. After independence, in 1947, Darjeeling was merged with West Bengal. In the 1980s, the ethnic population demanded for a separate state for Gorkhas, leading to political tensions and the issue is still being hotly debated.

Noted for its tea industry, views of the majestic Kangchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountain, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Darjeeling has several British-style public schools, which attract children from all over India and a few neighbouring countries. Some of the best boarding schools in Darjeeling are St. Paul’s, Loreto Convent, St. Joseph’s, Goethals Memorial School and many more.

Top sights to see in Darjeeling are namely Tiger Hills, a major attraction. If you can’t face a dawn trip to Tiger Hill, take an early-morning stroll around Bhanu Bhakta Sarani. Observatory Hill and Bhutia Busty Gompa are places of worship, sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus. Riding between the tea towns of Kurseong and Darjeeling is the charming Toy Train.

The predominant religions of Darjeeling are Shaivite Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhism, followed by Christianity. Due to the varied mix of cultures in Darjeeling, the local and ethnic food of Darjeeling is also quite varied. Rice, noodles and potatoes seem to make up the dominant part of the cuisine partly due to the cold climate. Another popular food is ‘Thukpa’ which is of Tibetan origins.

 

When to go?

Jan: Ideal for navigating the dense mangrove forests of the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve.

Mar–May & Oct–Dec: Best for hill views, trekking and spring blooms.

Oct–Mar: Best time for avoiding the heat on the lower southern plains.

Cost – Price per person in ₹:

Category2 Persons4 Persons6 PersonsHotel in Gangtok Hotel in Darjeeling
2 star19,000/-₹ 18,500/-₹ 18,000/-Rigz Lindsay Himalayan Heights
3 star21,500/-₹ 20,000/-₹ 19,000/-Pradhan ResidencyHimalayan Retreat

Tour Overview

Day 1

Arrival and Transfer to Darjeeling

Our representative will be there to receive the Guest at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Stand (Junction) – He will be assisting for the transfer - Darjeeling - Nearly 105 kilometers 3 ½ - 4 hours drive – At an height of 2123 meters / 70001 feet lies the land of breathtaking beauty, sloping tea gardens with spectacular views of the Mount Everest is the Queen of the hills – It is also home to the famous World Heritage train – The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) - Check into hotel – Evening free to roam around Mall or local Shopping center - Over Night stay at Darjeeling.
Day 2

Darjeeling Local Sight Seeing (Half Day)

Early morning at around 3:45 AM drive to 8000 feet / 2440 meters through primitive forests of oak, magnolia to Tiger Hillto view sunrise over Kanchendzonga Peak (subject to clear weather) – On the way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Peace memorial & Batasia Loop – Back to hotel for break fast - After breakfast next round of sight seeing - Half Day city tour includes Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Ropeway, Tensing Gumpo Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center (Closed on Sunday), Tea Estate, Natural History Museum (Sunday Closed), Peace Pagoda – Back to hotel – Evening free to stroll around the Mall area or Chowk Bazaar - Overnight stay at Darjeeling.
Day 3

Transfer to Gangtok &Gangtok Local Sight Seeing (Half Day)

Morning breakfast – Transfer to Gangtok – Nearly 135 Kilometers 3 – 3 ½ hours drive - Sikkim's modern capital Gangtok is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the country! Situated at an altitude of 5500 feet above sea level and on eastern Himalayan range. Wreathed in clouds, it remains a base for hikers organizing permits and transport for treks through Sikkim’s Himalayan mountain ranges. Enchanting, alluring and bustling, Gangtok is mesmerizing. Blessed with the spectacular views of Mt. Kangchenjunga, the 3rd highest peak in the word which rises with an elevation of 8,586 m (28, 169 ft). It is called Five Treasures of Snow after its five high peaks, and has always been worshipped by the people of Darjeeling and Sikkim. Apart from this, there are many breathtaking spots in the bustling town such as the glacial Tsomgo lake (Changu Lake) - a restricted area permit is required to visit with only Indian citizens permitted to travel onward to the Tibetan border post at Nathu La Pass. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is the most prestigious research institute of its kind in the world, NIT is a treasure of vast collection of rare Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts, statues and rare Thankas (colourful tapestries used in Buddhist liturgy). Among India’s better-maintained zoos, the Himalayan Zoological Park occupies an entire hillside. The star attraction is a pair of red pandas, Sikkim’s animal emblem, looking a little like small foxes. Then there is Tashi viewpoint, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Flower exhibition centre displaying the rich flora and fauna of the gorgeous town. Another reason that Gangtok is a popular tourist destination is its reputation for best Tibetan food. Crowd favourite includes momos (dumplings) and rich noodle soups including thukpa, yathuk and bhathuk. Unusually for India, beef is popular. Tomato Achar, Gundruk ko Achar, Shimi ka Achar are fresh and delicious. Check into Hotel – Drive for visit to Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom, Research Institute of Tibetology, Do Drul Chorten (Stupa), Enchey Monastery,White Hall, Flower Show, one , etc – Back to hotel – Evening free - Over Night stay at Gangtok.
Day 4

Departure – Gangtok to Siliguri

Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Stand (Junction) - Morning breakfast - After breakfast transfer to Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Stand (Junction) - Nearly 135 kilometers 4 ½ - 5 hours drive – Guest are advised to start early and not to rush - Forwarding Journey.
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