Kenilworth, United Kingdom Oct 2018
We all thoroughly enjoyed a well organised and executed tour TID 159: Best of Sikkim, Darjeeling & Kalimpong 11 days (oct 17-27, 2008) Dear Santosh, Thought you might like some feedback on
Visit Tea Garden, view of Mt.Kanchanjunga, Toy train, Dali Monastery,Padma Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.
This trip allows you to visit the scenic hill stations and terraced tea gardens of Darjeeling and Sikkim on a cultural journey through the Himalayan foothills. The renowned hill station of Darjeeling still retains the charm of the British Raj in India with its mild climate and laid back allure. Hills and valleys steeped in color intermingle with vast stretches of rolling green tea gardens, which at a distance looks like a green carpet of nature. Whichever way you look, in Darjeeling, green is the clarion color. Presiding over all this is Mt. Kanchanjunga – the third highest mountain on earth – with spectacular views and an aura of magic that leaves one’s senses intoxicated!
Travel to Gangtok, Sikkim, to visit the nearby Rumtek Monastery. Stay overnight in Martham Village Lodge and experience the rural life surrounding it. Finally, visit Kalimpong, a once-thriving trade destination between Britain, India and Tibet. Our local guides help you discover the markets and outlying villages, allowing you to relish its culture on the upswing.
Day 1: Arrive – Darjeeling (D)
Arrive by flight in Bagdogra airport or in NJP/Siliguri train station. Upon arrival, you are met by our representative and transfered to Darjeeling, which takes over 3 hrs. After high tea in the evening, take a stroll around Chowrastha Mall. Overnight in hotel New Elgin or similar.
Day 2: In Darjeeling (B/L/D)
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 drive back to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon take a joy-ride on a toy train to Ghoom, which makes en-route stop at Batasia loop. On the way back, visit Old Ghoom monastery and the sprawling Dali Monastery complex. Free evening.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Darjeeling – Gangtok (B/L/D)
Drive through the tea gardens and descend to sub-tropical Teesta valley and enter Sikkim at Rangpo. After permit formalities, continue drive to Gangtok the capital of Sikkim (appox 4hr drive). Visit the institute of Tibetology and Deorali Dodrup Chorten monastery. In the evening at Gangtok, walk through MG Marg and visit Lal Bazaar and food market. Overnight in Gangtok at Norkhil or Netuk House.
Day 4: In Gangtok Tour – Martham (B/L/D)
This morning in Gangtok, visit the Enchey Monastery, drive to View Points such as Tashi view and Ganesh Tok, followed by visit of Flower Exhibition and stroll along the promontory near the White Hall and Palace complex. Before lunch, visit the Cottage Industries showroom and workshop and drive for about 1 hr to Rumtek monastery on the opposite ridge. After visiting the Rumtek, transfer short distance away to Martham, where you can get an glance at rural sikkim.
Overnight in Village Resort built with thatched roofs and mud walls, that blend with the rural setting.
Day 5: Martham to Kalimpong (B/L/D)
From Martham, descend to the Teesta river valley and following the river downstream for a while, and climb up the hills of Kalimpong (total 3hr drive). After check-in and lunch at the hotel, drive to visit the Durpin Dara view point with a brief look at the monastery nearby. Visit Bhutanese Trongsa Monastery, Orchid & Flower nursery, Churches and homes of the colonial era, Dr Grahams Homes campus, Deolo Hill view points, and the exotic local bazaar.
Overnight in Himalayan Hotel.
Day 6: Bagdogra – Departure (B)
The drive from Kalimopong to Siliguri, NJP or Bagdogra airport, which takes about 2 ½ hr. Depending on your departure timing, transfer with our Guide and driver.
Group SizePrivate with your Own Group
Trip AccommodationBest available 3 * Hotels
RouteDarjeeling, Sikkim, Kalimpong
Trip Type Cultural and Moderate Trekking
Best MonthsJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Prices & Dates
800 Per Person
Base on group size (3pax US$ 800) (2 pax US$ 850). (Single person US$ 1630).
Single Room supplement US$ 325.
Private Journeys for independent travel with your own dates.
- Accommodation with all meals starting with first dinner and breakfast on the last day.
- All transportation and transfer by Jeep/SUV with driver
- English speaking Guide.
- Entrance fees and permits.
- Indian Visa
Hotels in Darjeeling
Hotels in Gangtok
Hotels in Kalimpong
Sonam Tshering Bhutia is the operation head and look after the office affairs of Wind Horse Tours of Sikkim, Darjeeling and Doars region. Under his supervision, the office was established in 2005 and after 2 years the office was relocated in Gangtok, Sikkim. This also reinforce our core ideal of having local partner. He is a partner and MD of the Sikkim and Darjeeling office.
He is originally from Darjeeling. He is also among those who started as a travel guide in 2007. Naturally, the attraction towards this trade, can largely be contributed to the place, Darjeeling itself. Hardly anyone can escape from its charms – majestic Mt Kanchenjunga, its colourful history, lush green tea garden imbibed an eternal love for this trade, and a desire to pass on this love to every one. As a guide he visited every nook and corner of the region and this is what stands in good stead when he takes the guests on tour to this region.
He has his schooling in Darjeeling and later he completed his Bachelor degree with Geography as major. To reaffirm his conviction and desire for travel trade he completed his Master in Tourism also.
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.