Darjeeling and Gangtok are both situated at a height but are dissimilar. While Darjeeling has overtones of colonial legacy mixed with Hindu and Buddhist cultures, Gangtok is quintessentially Buddhist. Visit Gangtok and it seems as if you time has stood still. Sample the best of both in a 4 Nights and 5 Days Darjeeling Gangtok Holiday. A typical itinerary would be as follows:
Day 01: Bagdogra/New Jalpaiguri – Gangtok
Fly into Bagdogra airport or arrive at the New Jalpaiguri railway station and our Namaste India Trip representative welcomes you and takes you along with other members of the group to Gangtok. The Sun is low when you arrive and this gives you time to refresh yourself and then take a stroll through the local marketplace. Stay overnight in your hotel room, the air fragrant with incense from the many temples around.
Day 02: Gangtok Sightseeing
Enjoy a typical Sikkim breakfast and then set out to see the sights. You start with Tsomgo Lake in East Sikkim, which may be covered with ice depending on the weather and the season. After that you visit the Baba Harbhajan Temple and then go on to the Nathu La Pass from where you have a glimpse of the Chinese border. The view from a height of 4310 metres is simply astounding. You might also cherish the fact that you are standing on the famous Silk Route. Visit to the Nathu Pass depends on the day you arrive and on the Indian Army granting a pass since it is closed in winter and on Mondays and Tuesdays. Anyway, NamasteIndiaTrip takes care of the necessary permissions. After the soul-lifting visit to the Pass, the group returns to the hotel for rest. You could explore the monasteries like the Enchey Monastery to get a taste of Tibetan culture if you have the time.
Day 03: Gangtok – Darjeeling
A hearty breakfast refreshes you for the onward trip to Darjeeling over scenic countryside. Check into your room and then relax or stroll along the Mall. If you like you can go for a ride on the Toy train and then buy something from the local markets to remember your trip.
Day 04: Darjeeling Sightseeing
Rise at 3 AM and set off for Tiger Hill. You and hundreds of other tourists wait with bated breath for the Sunrise over Kanchenjunga. This is one of the most beautiful sights as the white peaks slowly turn pink and then gold as the Sun puts in an appearance, bathing the entire area in a golden glow. On your return, you stop at the Ghoom Monastery and have a dekko at Batasia Loop. After lunch it is time to visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Zoological Gardens, take a ride on the Ropeway and visit the Happy Valley Tea Estate to sample and buy fine Darjeeling tea. Round off the day with a visit to the Japanese Temple, the Peace Pagoda and the Gombu Rock. Rest for the night in your room.
Day 05: Jalpaiguri/Bagdogra
Tour ends after breakfast and you are assisted for your New Jalpaiguri/Bagdogra travel for return home.