- Jacqueline B
Kenilworth, United Kingdom Oct 2018We all thoroughly enjoyed a well organised and executed tour ( We all thoroughly enjoyed a well organised and executed tour)5 " " TID 159: Best of Sikkim, Darjeeling & Kalimpong 11 days (oct 17-27, 2008) Dear Santosh, Thought you might like some feedback on our Sikkim tour. We all thoroughly enjoyed a well organised and executed tour with one exception that I will talk about later. The guide Naresh and driver Tenzing were both excellent.
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×
Jacqueline BTID 159: Best of Sikkim, Darjeeling & Kalimpong 11 days (oct 17-27, 2008) Dear Santosh, Thought you might like some feedback on our Sikkim tour. We all thoroughly enjoyed a well organised and executed tour with one exception that I will talk about later. The guide Naresh and driver Tenzing were both excellent. The driver for north Sikkim, Tsiling (not sure if spelling correct) was also very good. Naresh was friendly, courteous, efficient and knowledgeable and came up trumps in our time of crisis (see below). Hotels in Darjeeling, Yuksom, Pelling, Gangtok and Kalimpong were all very good - nice rooms, heaters where necessary, good friendly service and excellent food. Which brings me to the hotel in Lachung, the Fortuna. I appreciate that in India we can always expect the unexpected. However, having had such good hotels before Lachung, the Fortuna was a bit of a shock. As it was a last minute booking because of problems at the Sonam Palgey, I wondered if you or any of your representatives have actually visited this hotel previously. I do realise that this area is in the early stage of developing for tourism and that is one of its charms. However I did make a note of some things that it should be possible for the hotel to improve. On the positive side, the bathrooms were good and had efficient hot water heaters. The food was good as I have mentioned above and the boy who provided room service, Prakash, couldn't have been more helpful. I look forward to your comments on the above. To end on a positive note, the discomfort in Lachung didn't spoil what was an exciting and wonderful holiday thoroughly enjoyed by all of us. Thankyou. Regards,
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
Arrive by flight in Bagdogra airport or in NJP/Siliguri train station meet our representative and transfer to Darjeeling, popularly known as the ‘Queen of hills’. Evening is free to take a stroll around the Chourastha Mall. Overnight in Darjeeling.
Day 2: In Darjeeling
Visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park & Snow Leopard Breeding Centre, walk down to Tibetan Self-help center and visit a tea estate. 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. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Darjeeling.
Day 3: Darjeeling – Gangtok
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 walk through MG Marg and visit the Lal Bazaar food market. Overnight in Gangtok.
Day 4: In Gangtok Tour – Martam
This morning 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, visit the Cottage Industries showroom and workshop and drive to Rumtek monastery on the opposite ridge. After visiting the Rumtek, transfer short distance away to Martam village, where you can get a glance of rural sikkim.
Overnight in Martam.
Day 5: Martam to Kalimpong
From Martham, descend to the Teesta river valley and following the river downstream for a while, climb up the hills of Kalimpong. After check-in and lunch, 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 Kalimpong.
Day 6: Bagdogra – Departure
The drive from Kalimopong to NJP or Bagdogra takes about 3 hrs. 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.
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- 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
Reviews / Testimonials
- Jacqueline B
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