Embark on a captivating journey to the Eastern Indian state of Sikkim, where Gangtok, the capital, unfolds its beauty against the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas. This expedition also includes the scenic paradise of Darjeeling, known as the 'Queen of Hill Stations.' With its breathtaking vistas, vibrant lifestyles, Buddhist shrines, and the allure of Darjeeling Tea, this itinerary promises an enchanting experience.
Arrive at Bagdogra Airport and transfer to Darjeeling (95 kms/3hrs). Once the summer capital of India, Darjeeling invites you to a mix of lively nature and charming Himalayan culture. Surrounded by tea gardens, take a rest and stroll around town to absorb the new culture. Overnight at Hotel.
Early morning, visit Tiger Hill for a spectacular sunrise over Mt. Kanchendzonga. Explore Ghoom Monastery and Batashia Loop War Memorial. After breakfast, embark on a half-day local sightseeing tour covering Padmaja N. Zoological Garden, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tibetan Refugee Self-help Center, and a stroll through the Mall and Local Market. Evening free for shopping and leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to Gangtok (105 kms/4hrs). At an altitude of 5500ft, Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is a beautiful town known for its monasteries and landscapes. Evening free for individual activities. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, embark on a half-day trip to Tsomgo Lake (12400ft), considered sacred by the locals. Visit Baba Mandir dedicated to soldier Harbhajan Singh. Enjoy the evening in Gangtok for shopping and personal activities.
After breakfast, transfer to Bagdogra Airport (115kms/5hrs) for your onward journey. Depart with memories of the enchanting Himalayan retreat.
The best time to visit Gangtok is between October and mid-December, ensuring clear views of the Himalayan peaks.From March to May, witness the lush Rhododendron flowers in full bloom. Darjeeling can be explored year-round, with cool weather ideal for sightseeing. Avoid the monsoon season due to common landslides.