A short visit to Darjeeling, Kalimpong & Gangtok.
During British Raj era, the hill station of Darjeeling, Kalimpong enjoyed special prerogative as an ideal getaway from scorching summer of the plains. Till date it still has remnant of those Raj Era in form of quaint Churches, tea garden, toy train etc. With addition of Sikkim, steeply immersed in its own indigenous history in the list this journey takes you on the roller coaster ride to the kaleidoscope of vibrant endemic cultures of North east India,
The odyssey start with the transfer from Bagdogra to Darjeeling. After visiting the land marks of Darjeeling and if weather permits, unforgettable sight of sun rise and vista of eastern Himalayan range from Tiger hill early in the morning, this journey takes its course to Gangtok, capital of Sikkim, erstwhile kingdom of Chogyal dynasty, The capital is filled with many attractions and dotted with various monasteries under the watchful eyes of Mt Kanchenjunga. After breezily traversing these attractions. The next port of call is Kalimpong, which boast of flower nurseries, schools, and spectacular vista from the hill top of Deolo.
Day 1: Arrive – Darjeeling
On arrival in Bagdogra/NJP meet your Guide and dive to Darjeeling. Darjeeling is one of India’s most beautiful hill stations and affectionately called ‘Queen of Hills’. This enchanting town perched on a beautiful ridge with magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga range. Upon arrival check in to the hotel and the evening is free to stroll around Chowrastha Mall and visit the local Bazaar. Overnight in Darjeeling
Day 2: Darjeeling Tour – Gangtok. (Darjeeling to Gangtok – 95 km. / 3 -4 hours drive)
After breakfast, visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute/museum of mountaineering expeditions and the Himalayan Zoological Park within its premises and the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre. After lunch visit the Japanese peace Pagoda and drive to Gangtok, en-route visit the beautiful Dali monastery and continue to Gangtok. On arrival we might just have time to take a walk on the MG Marg Avenue and visit the Lal Bazaar vegetable and food market. Overnight in Gangtok.
Day 3: Around Gangtok.
After breakfast visit the Enchey monastery, followed by some view points, from where we may get spectacular views of the city and the snow-capped peaks of Kanchendzonga. Also visit a flower exposition and walk along the garden/ promenade to view to the Palace and temples used by Chogyals (Kings of Sikkim). Later, stop by at the Cottage Industry, where you can see and buy the traditional handicrafts. In the afternoon, visit Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and the Dodrul Chorten monastery. The rest of the afternoon is free to make visit as per your interest.
Overnight in Gangtok.
Day 4: Gangtok – Rumtek – Kalimpong ( 1,250 m./4,125 ft Gangtok to Kalimpong – 75 km. 3 hrs drive).
After breakfast, drive down to the valley floor and up the opposite ridge to Rumtek monastery, the seat of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism (45minutes). The monastery is the largest in Sikkim, and a replica of its Karmapa’s monastery in Tsurphu, Tibet. Following the visit of Rumtek monastery, we continue our journey to Kalimpong. Once a prominent center for trade with Tibet, with a year-round temperate climate, it is home of many flower nurseries. This afternoon, visit the ridge tops for spectacular views from Deolo & Rinkingpong (Durpin Dara) hills. Visit local monasteries (especially Zongdogpaldri Monastery) and stroll around the town. If time permits, we will also take a peek inside the Dr. Grahams Homes’ campus, a boarding school founded by the Rev. Dr. John A. Graham, a Scottish missionary in 1900.
Overnight in Kalimpong.
Day 5: Kalimpong – Departure (Kalimpong to Bagdogra – 85 km. / 2-3 hours)
Departure transfer to the Bagdogra airport in time for your flight.
Group SizePrivate with your Own Group
MealsFirst class accommodations require that you include at least breakfast and dinner or all meals but others accommodation do not have such requirements.
RouteDarjeeling-Gangtok-Kalimpong. Wind Horse uses comfortable SUV (Jeep) transport for travel in Sikkim and Darjeeling, which can fit up to 3 guests, plus a driver and a guide. However, if the groups are large and require more than two vehicles, we can rent small buses with 8-12 passenger capacity.
Trip TypePrivate with your own Group
Trip SeasonsBest time for this trip: Best in spring or fall (Mar, April, May, Oct & till mid Nov). Median Season would be Sep, late Nov, Dec, Jan and Feb. Lean season will be from June till August (likelihood of rains).
Best MonthsMarch, April, October, November
Good MonthsJanuary, February, May, September, December
Lean MonthsJune, July, August
Prices & Dates
Costs available on request based on group size and travel dates.
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- All meals (or you can also choose to include just breakfast and dinner)
- All transfer and ground tranportation by good quality private vehicle depending on group size
- All sightseeing with entrance fees of listed attractions.
- Local Wind Horse Tour Guide throughout the trip.
- Sikkim permit can be arranged at the entry point.
- Indian Visa.
- Personal expenses such as bar / beverages, laundry, gifts, tips etc.
Depending on your budget, you can choose from first class resorts to budget accommodations.
Hotels in Darjeeling
Hotels in Gangtok
Hotels in Kalimpong
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.