A short visit to Sikkim & Darjeeling attending festival in Sikkim in Feburary or Dasai in Darjeeling(October)
A short stopover tour that gives you brief yet fulfilling introduction of Darjeeling and Sikkim. Aligning this sojourn with festival can add a new dimension to your experience. During festival this region burst into ambience of fun, gaiety and it lends glimpses into age old tradition and cultural values. Generally the two prominent festival – Dussera and Diwali fall during October and November respectively, which is also incidentally best autumn period to travel.
This itinerary is departure from standard tour. Unlike the rest, the odyssey start from Gangtok, capital city of Sikkim. The topography and late inclusion as one of Indian state in 1975 have influenced and assisted in retaining its traditional and cultural values. The city of Gangtok encompasses many attractions like handicraft and handloom directorate, institute of Tibetology and filled with many beautiful monasteries. After visiting these attractions and sights, the journey stops into queen of hills – Darjeeling. You can still see vestige of Raj Era in every bend that you pass through in form of quaint churches, Tea drinking culture and joy ride in Toy Train. Not to miss, weather permitting, is the early morning excursion to Tiger Hill to view beautiful sunrise at farthest horizon of snow clad peaks of eastern Himalayas.
Day 1: Arrive – Gangtok (D) (120 km 4 ½ hours 1780m)
Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport or NJP train station or in Siliguri town either with your own arrangements or after one of our trips, you are met by Wind Horse Guide and driven to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim (Approx. 120km/4hrs drive). Leave the sweltering plains of India and enter Sikkim at the base of the foothills in Rangpo, and then gradually climb up to the ridge town of Gangtok (1780m).Once an independent Himalayan kingdom, Sikkim was annexed by India in 1975, but the town still retains something of its traditional cultural values, giving us a rare opportunity to discover something of the cultural heritage of this lively hilltop town. In the evening, take a short walking tour through its MG Marg Avenue and browse the colorful Lal Bazaar food/vegetable market.
Overnight in hotel Norkhill or similar.
Day 2: Gangtok local visit – Darjeeling (B/D) 120 km 4 ½ hrs.
After breakfast at the hotel, visit Enchey monastery, Flower Exhibition, which is found almost through-out the year near Whitehall. Other places you may wish to visit is the Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom, where you can see traditional handicrafts in the making. Later visit Institute of Tibetology, a treasure house of rare Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts, statues and old thangkas. Nearby, also visit the the Dodrul Chorten monastery. Later continue your4 drive to Darjeeling. In the evening, stroll around Chowrastha Mall. Overnight at the hotel Mayfair Hill Resort.
Day 3: Darjeeling local visit (B/D)
Early this morning (before dawn), drive to Tiger Hill (14km/half hour drive) to see the magnificent view of sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjunga and other peaks of eastern Himalaya (Weather Permitting). On your way back to hotel, visit Yiga cheoling monastery at Ghoom, built in the year 1850- the oldest monastery in the town. Later visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park & Snow Leopard Breeding Centre, walk down to Tibetan Self-help center, visit a tea estate, and take a joy-ride on a toy train till Ghoom, which makes en-route stop at Batasia loop. In the evening, stroll around the Mall and visit local markets. Overnight at hotel May Fair Hill Resort.
Day 4: Darjeeling – Departure (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Bagdogra airport/ N.J.P train station or drop-off in Siliguri, for onwards destination.
Group SizePrivate travels with any number of participants.
MealsDaily breakfast and dinner at the hotel
Trip AccommodationBest available 3* Hotels
Trip TypePrivate with your own Group
Trip SeasonsAny date (through-out the year). Best time is from Feb till May & from Oct till Dec
Best MonthsJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Prices & Dates
Cost depending on your group size.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis with breakfast and Dinner.
- All transportation and transfer by Jeep/SUV with English speaking Guide.
- Entrance fees, toy train tickets and permits.
- Indian Visa
- Optional tips, Travel Insurance, bar/beverages laundry etc
Best available 3* hotels
Hotels in Darjeeling
Hotels in Gangtok
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.