Day 1: Airport to Darjeeling. Arrive Bagdogra or Bhadrapur Airport. Drive to “Queen of Hills”. Darjeeling through forest and tea plantations. You are likely to see the famous Himalayan Toy Train on this drive as it chugs uphill. Check-in Hotel.
Day 2: Darjeeling. Early morning drive to Tiger Hill for Sunrise. On the return way visit Ghoom monastery and Batasia Loop. Return to Hotel for Breakfast. Visit Mountaineering Institute, Himalayan Zoological Park, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center, nearest Tea Garden and view points.
Day 3: Darjeeling - Pemayangtse. Drive to Pemayangtse via Melli check post, Jorethang (gateway to south and west Sikkim) and Legship.
Day 4: Pemayangtse - Yuksam. Early morning visit monastery. Full day excursion to Khechopalri Lake and to Yuksam and back to Hotel. Yuksam is the first capital of Sikkim, where the first coronation has taken place. It is also the base camp for trekking route to Kanchenjunga National Park.
Day 5: Yuksam - Gangtok. Drive to Gangtok (6-7 hrs) via Legship, Kewzing and Singtam. Check-in Hotel. Evening walk around town.
Day 6: Gangtok. Gangtok, capital of Sikkim, meaning ‘Hill Top’ was established in 1716. Interesting sightseeing areas are Enchay Monastery (212 years old) built on a site blessed by Lama Druptab Karpo, a tantric master known for his power of flying, the Directorate of Tibetology, Chorten etc. Afternoon visit to Rumtek Monastery (24 km). First built in 1717 AD it was rebuilt by His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa of Kagyupa sect, the 16th Incarnation. Since his death in 1982, the devotees waited for fifteen years to discover the 17th incarnate in Tibet. He is in India, but yet to come to his monastery in Sikkim. The style of the monastery is traditional, a copy of its Tibetan origin.
Day 7: Gangtok. Days excursion to Phodong and Labrang Monastery in North Sikkim. It is 38 km drive from Gangtok.
Day 8: Gangtok - Departure. Drive to Bagdogra or Bhadrapur Airport. End of the tour.
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