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Sikkim The Eastern Crown

Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
Places Covered: Delhi - Darjeeling – Yuksum – Pelling – Rumtek – Gangtok – Kalimpong - Delhi

Starting from a fascinating hill station Darjeeling where you can visit Buddhist monasteries, tea plantation, then move to Sikkim a small and beautiful state of Himalayan regions of India, It is a tourist paradise for its natural beauty, culture and handcrafts. There are many famous Buddhist monasteries located inside Sikkim The trekking routes in Sikkim will not only take you through the most beautiful parts of this region where you can see lush green grasslands and deep alpine forests, but will also bring you close to some of the biggest and most beautiful monasteries present in the state.

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Early morning arrive Delhi by International flight.

After clearing the customs and immigration formalities, proceed towards the arrival hall, where you will be met by our Representative and accorded a traditional Indian Welcome.

Delhi is a city that defies a one-line description as the capital of India or as the capital of the world's largest democracy. Actually, Delhi is India in miniature; it is 3,287,263 sq. km of India's fantastic variety compressed into 1,483 sq. km.  Over the millennia, it has wooed rulers, attracted plunderers, and provided historians with so many details. Today, even as it preserves an enviable heritage, Delhi is a true cosmopolitan city, always on the move. Delhi remains the centre of power.  Once it was a city of royal power. Then it became the seat of colonial power. Later it was the seat of bureaucratic power. The seat of political power it has always been. Today it is emerging as an important centre for corporate power too. However, the most fascinating aspect of this city is its cosmopolitan nature.
Overnight in Delhi

Day 02: Delhi - Bagdogra (By Air) - Darjeeling (90 kms/2 hrs)

Assistance upon departure and transfer to domestic airport to board the flight to Bagdogra for Darjeeling by Flight

Darjeeling "Queens of Hill Stations" is internationally famous for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tea plantations date back to the mid 19th century as part of a British development of the area. The tea growers of the area developed distinctive hybrids of black tea and fermenting techniques, with manyblends considered among the world’s finest. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway connecting the townwith the plains was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 and is one of the few steam engines still inservice in India.
Overnight in Darjeeling

Day 03: Darjeeling

Early morning drive to to Tiger Hill for a watch the Sunrise over the Kunchanjungha. Ways back visit Batasia Loop and Ghoom Monastery. After lunch visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling Zoo, tea garden, Tenging rock, Ropeway point. In the afternoon visit to Rock garden and Gangamaya Park. Evening at leisure for independent activities.
Overnight in Darjeeling

Day 04: Darjeeling - Yuksom (123 kms/4-5 hrs)

This drive takes about 123 kms and 5 hrs. After passing through many small and big villages, tea gardens, small towns we reach Yuksom. This is where the first King of Sikkim was crowned in the year 1641. Upon arrival check in to hotel. After lunch you be taken for a sightseeing tour, where you can catch the beauties of this land. Yuksom is also the entry point of Khangchendzonga National Park. The place is also the base camp of mountaineering in Himalaya. You can also try out mountaineering, which is a lifetime experience in itself.

The Norbugang Chorten nearby still has the evidence of the consecration ceremony in the form of stone seats and a footprint of the head lama on a stone.

After returning to the hotel, relish delicious dinner and enjoy the camp fire.
Overnight in Yuksom          

Day 05 : Yuksom - Pelling (35 kms /1 hr)

Morning after breakfast drives to Pelling The pleasant little town of Pelling is famous for magnificent view of the snow-capped mountains of Kanchenjunga.

Placid Pelling pulls most of the visitors for its representative status in history, nature and culture of the state. Situated at an altitude of 6,800 ft, it offers good view of entire mountain ranges including the Koktang, Kumbhakarna, Rathong, Kabru, Dom, Kanchenjunga, Pandim, Zopuno, Shimbho, Narsing, Siniyalchu and others.

Pemayangtse Monastery: Pemayangtse literally means 'Perfect Sublime Lotus'. This is one of the oldest and most important monasteries of Sikkim. Founded in 1705, this monastery belongs to the Nyingma-pa sect. The three-storied building of the monastery houses a good collection of wall paintings and sculptures. On the third floor of the monastery, there is a seven-tiered painted wooden model of the abode of Guru Rimpoche, complete with rainbows, angels and the whole panoply of Buddha and bodhisattva. In January/ February every year, a religious dance called 'Cham' is performed in Pemayangtse
Overnight in Pelling

Day 06 : Pelling

Sangachoeling Monastery: 45 minutes walk from Pelling will take you to this second oldest monastery of Sikkim.

Khechepalri Lake: Khechepalri Lake is considered one of the sacred lakes of Sikkim. The lake remains hidden in the rich forest cover. It is believed that birds do not permit even a single leaf to float on the lake surface.
Overnight in Pelling

Day 07: Pelling - Rumtek (130 kms/4 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Rumtek Monastery 130, Rumtek is a famous monastery, all over the world, especially among the Tibetan Buddhists, and is situated near Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Originally called the Dharma Chakra Centre, it includes a beautiful shrine temple and a monastery for the monks. The 16th Karmapa built the monastery. The place got an existence in the Buddhist pilgrimage map, especially after Chinese habitation in Tibet and subsequent relocations of some Tibetan religious gurus to Sikkim.
Upon arrival check in to hotel. Evening participate in poona ceremoney
Overnight in Rumtek

Day 08: Rumtek - Gangtok - Rumtek (24 kms – One way / 1 hrs)

Morning after breakfast excursion to Gangtok. The state of Sikkim lies in the shadow of the mighty Kanchenjunga and its capital, Gangtok, is a picturesque mountain clinging town with monasteries, parks, pagoda style houses and colourful bazaars. Upon arrival sightseeing of Gangtok covering Tashi View Point, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Do Drul Choten, Flower Show, Cottage Industries, Ennchey Monastery, Later drive back to Rumtek.
Overnight in Rumtek

Day 09: Rumtek - Kalimpong (90 kms/2 hrs)

Morning after breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Kalimpong - situated at an altitude of 1250 meters between the Deolo and Durbindra Hills, Kalimpong is an ideal place for a quiet holiday amidst gently rolling hills and deep valleys at the foot of the mighty Himalayas. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Afternoon visit Durpin Dara; Flower nurseries Gouripur House; Swiss Welfare Dairy & Tibetan Monastery.
Overnight in Kalimpong

Day 10: Kalimpong - Bagdogra (145 kms/4 hrs) and fly to Delhi

Morning after breakfast drive to Bagdogra to board a flight to Delhi, assistance upon arrival and transfer to an airport hotel.
Overnight in Delhi

Day 11: Depart Delhi

On time transfer to airport to board the flight back to home.