Safari at Gorumara National Park for wildlife, Highlights of Darjeeling,Kalimpong
Local markets, towns, monasteries,Travel through rural areas of Lava and Kalimpong,
Landscapes of rolling hills and tea estates.
Darjeeling has held promises of unlimited fascination for travelers who have ventured into the wants for boding domains from the Maharajas of India to the British era till date as a summer reatreat known as the Queen of the hills. For the most part of its long and tumultuous history Darjeeling remained renowned for its tea plantation for the rest of the world owing to the formidable natural climate that sequestered this nature’s owned paradise. Let us make your trip bit different visiting the highest point Tiger hill, local home in Kalingpong and experiencing wildlife safari in Gorumara.
Day 1: Arrive – Gorumara/Lataguri 120 km 3 hrs (D)
Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport/N.J.P train station, you are met by our guide and driven to Latuguri (about 150km/ 3hrs drive). The road climbs up from Siliguri, crossing the Bhagpool towards Phuntsholing but the small town of Chalsa, we take a side road of around 12kms through lush tea estates and paddy fields to Lalitguri. Gorumara national park is just adjacent to Lalitguri, where the resorts are located.
Overnight in a Resort.
Day 2: In Gorumari, Lataguri (B/L/D)
In the morning take a safari inside the Gorumara national park (10Kms). As you pass through the dense forests you may come across the herd of elephants/Bisons crossing your way. The watchtower beside the Forest Rest House gives a panoramic view of the entire park and the Murti Valley. Most common animals in the area are one horned Indian rhino, Elephant, Indian Bison (commonly known as Gaur), Leopards (locally known as Chitabagh), Rock Python, Malayan Giant Squirrel and deer as they regularly come to the salt reservoir just below the tower. Drive to Chapramari wildlife sanctuary (30kms) via Murti. Inside the Chapramari forests there is a small pond, where mostly the elephants and the Indian Bisons come to drink water. The forest rest house inside gives a magnificent view of the pond surrounded by forests. Return to your lodge at Lalitguri.
Overnight in a resort at Lataguri.
Day 3: Lataguri – Kalimpong (B/L/D)
After breakfast, drive to Kalimpong via Lava town (130km/ 4- 5hrs drive). The drive goes through series of tea gardens, river valleys and many small picturesque hill side villages. Stop at Lava to enjoy the breathtaking landscape that surrounds you. Lava is one of the most picturesque rural town in the Darjeeling Himalayas, situated at an altitude of 2100m. You may also wish to visit Lava Monastery and continue your drive to Kalimpong through the pine forests. This evening, stroll through the township of Kalimpong (1250m), once an important trading center between Bhutan, Sikkim & Tibet.
Overnight in hotel, Kalimpong
Day 4: Around Kalimpong (B/L/D)
After breakfast, visit Durpin Dara for amazing views of the plains, and nearby you can visit Zang Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa temple. Drive up to Delo hill for bird’s eye view of Kalimpong town. On a clear day, you can also see magnificent view of Mt. Kanchendzonga from these view points. Later visit the flower nurseries, Dr.Graham’s Homes, a well respected boarding school built in 1900s. Visit Trongsa Gompa or Bhutanese monastery and more time for stroll in the bazaar.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Kalimpong – Darjeeling 85 km 2 hrs 2134m (B/L/D)
After breakfast drive to Darjeeling(2134m), which is around 85kms/2-3hrs drive through picturesque tea garden, especially the one at Peshok. Along the way, among other stop, we can stop at Triveni view point, to see the view of the confluence of Teesta and Rangeet rivers at a point that is known as Lover’s Meet.Upon arrival in Darjeeling, check into your hotel. After high tea in the evening, stroll around Chowrasta Mall.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Around Darjeeling (B/L/D)
Early this morning (before dawn), drive to Tiger Hill (14 km) to get a magnificent view of sunrise over the mt. Kanchendzonga and other peaks of eastern Himalaya (weather permitting). On your way back to the hotel visit Yiga cheoling monastery at Ghoom build in the year 1850 – oldest in the town. After breakfast, take a toy train up to Ghoom. Later visit Padmaja Naidu zoological park, known for its successful breeding of snow leopards and some other Himalayan species. Nearby visit Everest museum at Himalayan mountaineering institute, followed by visit to Tibetan refugee self help centre. In the evening, explore the local markets at Darjeeling and visit tea shops.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Darjeeling – Departure.
After breakfast, drive to Bagdogra airport/NJP train station for return or extend into Sikkim/Bhutan or other destinations.
Group SizePrivate travels with any number of participants.
MealsAll meals starting with first dinner and last breakfast. Or it can be done to include just breakfast and Dinner
Trip AccommodationIn best available 3* to 4* Hotels
Trip Type Cultural Tour
Trip SeasonsAny date (through-out the year). Best from Feb till May & from Oct till Dec. Gorumara Park is typically closed from 16 June to 15 September.
Best MonthsMarch, October, November
Good MonthsJanuary, February, April, May, August, September, December
Lean MonthsJune, July
Prices & Dates
Starting from USD$ 560
Please request cost after deciding on the choice of hotels, group size & travel date.
For larger groups, contact us for special quote.
Private Journeys for independent travel with your own dates.
- All meals.
- All Private transfers and transportation by good quality vehicle.
- Sightseeing with entrance fees.
- Local Wind Horse Tour Guide.
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Anand Thapa who hail from Jaigoan – one horse town that border with south west commercial hub, Phuentsholing, Bhutan. He had his schooling in Bhutan. Later he went to Darjeeling to pursue further education. With the lush green tea garden, colonial churches and looming Mt Kanchenjunga captured his imagination, this is how travelling struck him deep.
After his studies, he went to Kathmandu and to different cities in India, making a living doing odds jobs. Finally, he joined Wind Horse tours overlooking the affairs of guests relations, marketing in 2013. Meeting and interaction with guests from different walk of life have fuelled his passion to a new height and claims to be a huge influence as a learning experience.
Dawa Lama hails from queen of hills – Darjeeling. He is well versed in cultural aspects but his love for mountains, wilderness of Trek is more profound. For his love for the trek, he treaded many paths less travelled. He feels at peace and at home in mountains and he believes that being in mountain is being close to his root and to his very existence. To give wings to his passion, he enlisted in mountaineering course in H.M.I. Darjeeling and disaster management course and completed in flying colours after one and half years .
Following the tradition, he started as a a cultural guide in 2008, simultaneously, he was pursuing his degree course also and completed in 2004. His early education was in school run by Jesuits father. He grew up watching the sun rises at far horizon of eastern Himalayas from Tiger hill, which still is one of his favorite place.
Nima Dhondup Bhutia is the senior most guide for Darjeeling, Sikkim and Doars Tour. From past political turmoil to changing tourism scenario in the region, he has seen it all from close quarter. His career as guide started from 1980, and going great gun still. His experience along with amicable nature and soft-spokenness brings forth a subtle difference in every tour that he conducts.
He was born and brought up in Tibetan Self-help camp in Darjeeling, when it was still quaint and serene towns unlike now. He still remember fondly the days of yore and growing changes that the time dictates. He graduated from one of prestigious school – Mt Hermon school in 1977. You will still find vestige of old school of English in his accent.