North East India Special

North India With Nepal Special

Duration: 08nights and 09 days
Sketch routing: Gangtok – Lachung – Pelling – Darjeeling

Detailed itinerary

Day 01: Arrival njp railway / ixb airport - gangtok
On arrival at njp railway station / ixb airport, you will be met by representative of raj travel consultants and transferred to gangtok. (130 kms / 4 hrs), gangtok (5500 ft) the capital of sikkim, sikkim - the land of the pristine and un spoilt natural beauty with alpine landscapes and thick luxuriant forests, rivers in torrent and peaceful lakes. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Gangtok
After breakfast proceed to tosomgo lake (12,210 ft), a 40 km drive which takes 2.5 hrs. This lake is located very close to nathulla pass which is the entry point to china termed as the “silk route” & remains frozen for most parts of the year. Legend has it that the lamas use to forecast the future by studying the colors of the lakes waters. Enjoy the surroundings, majestic snowy peaks which feed the lake and the clean fresh air. Return gangtok. Day at leisure.

Day 03: Gangtok - lachung
Leave early for lachung (8610 ft), a distance of 117 kms. On the way stop naga waterfalls; the confluence of lachen chu & lachung chu at chungthang- the starting point of the river teesta. Chungthang is predominantly a lepcha region, the nodal junction for the two passes- lachen & lachung. Stop at the twin waterfalls & bhim nala waterfalls before reaching lachung. Lachung is an exquisite valley town, resplendent in its crown of snow capped mountains,  waterfalls & sparkling streams.  Check into hotel. Afternoon to explore around lachung village with a visit to the lachung monastery, overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Lachung - gangtok
After breakfast proceed to yumthang (11800 ft) a 23 kms drive taking 1.5hrs. This is where the tree line ends & the rhododendron groves cover the landscape in a surreal shade. Also called the valley of flowers as in spring wild alpine flowers carpet the land. In winter there is snow all around that adds to the ethereal beauty. This place is also known for its hot springs which have healing medicinal properties after lunch transfer to gangtok reach by the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05: Gangtok - Pelling
After breakfast visit rumtek monastery, 24 kms from gangtok was built in 1960 by his holiness the late 16th gyalwa karmapa & this is a replica of the original kagyurpa monastery in tibet, a must see for every visitor, the seat of the  “kagyu order” . Behind the monastery is the lavishly decorated karmae nalanda institute of buddhist studies which attracts students from the world over. Here one can find the most unique religious scriptures & art objects of the world. After lunch onwards to pelling (6800 ft 116 kms / 5 hrs), via ravangla (6800 ft), a small township & transit point to various destinations in south & west sikkim, situated at the base of meenam hill (10300 ft). Overnight at hotel in peeling.

Day 06: Pelling
Full day sightseeing of  rimbi waterfalls, rimbi hydel project, khecheopari lake also called the “wish fulfilling lake & kanchenjunga falls. Back to hotel for lunch. After lunch you cover pemayangtse monastery (7021 ft) 2.5 kms from pelling. Built during the late 17th century, it is one of the oldest & most important monasteries of the nyingmapa order of buddhism in sikkim, and then changay falls, singsor bridge & dentam village. Overnight at hotel.

North India With Nepal Special

Day 07: Pelling - Darjeeling
Aafter breakfast proceed to darjeeling (7100 ft 125 kms / 5 hrs), a 72 kms drive taking around 3-4 hours, the “queen of the hill stations”, its name derived from “dorje-line” which means the place of  “dorje”, the mystic thunderbolt. After a very scenic drive thru the mountains, tea gardens etc, reach darjeeling by late afternoon  overnight at hotel in darjeeling.

Day 08: Darjeeling
Early morning start at 4 am to tiger hill (7800 ft) to see the sunrise. On return visit the ghoom monastery & batasia loop.  Return hotel for breakfast. Afternoon go for a half-day sight seeing of padmaja naidu himalayan zoological park   tenzing & gombu rock, tibetan refugee self-help center (closed on sunday) & tea estate. Overnight at hotel.

Day 09: Darjeeling - njp railway / ixb airport
Transfer to njp railway station / ixb airport, (100 kms / 3 hrs) for onwards connection.

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