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Enchanted Darjeeling Tour
Traveling to the Himalayas is the most amazing and unusual excursion. Visiting these places, it is felt that while you are there, you will comprehend all the wisdom of the East, which reveals to you all its secrets and riddles!
Upon arrival in Delhi , a representative of the Sushant Travels will meet and transfer to another terminal to board a flight to Bagdogra. Upon arrival in Bagdogra - a meeting with a representative of the Sushant Travels and transfer to the hotel according to the program. On the way visit the Bokar monastery (Bokar Ngedon Chokhor Ling), located on the hill , where one of the two main existing directions is studied and practiced - Mahayana Buddhism. Recreation. Overnight at hotel Darjeeling .
After an early breakfast, guests will take a walk on the pedestrian promenade of Mall Street (about 30 minutes), climb the Observatory Hill - a viewing platform with a panoramic view of the city, as well as a visit to the Hindu temple Mahakal, located on the site of the previously destroyed in this place Buddhist the monastery of Bhutia Busti. The temple is a popular pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists, and is unique in that Buddhist monks and Hindu brahmanas bless each other side by side. The territory of the temple is decorated with a huge number of prayer flags lungt, which create an atmosphere in the fairy tales. Walking tour (20 -25 min) to the monastery of Bhutiya Basti Karma Dorjee Choling. The monastery was restored in the 30s of the XX century and stores valuable collections of manuscripts, including the original of the famous book "The Tibetan Book of the Dead." Then visit the temple of Dhirdam , dedicated to the Indian god five-sided Shiva. Then walk on a 130-year-old toy train - one of the last in the world, working on coal, on a narrow-gauge railway, during which guests can enjoy the high peaks of the Himalayan mountains , impenetrable jungle, green valleys and tea plantations. In 1999, this railway was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Museum of the Railroad. (* Departure of the train at 12:30, the possibility of a trip is subject to check on the date of the excursion.) Then tour to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute . Briton Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953 were the first to conquer Everest. Later, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay founded the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) in Darjeeling, which is engaged in the preparation of climbers and the organization of ascents. At the institute there is a museum dedicated to the history of the conquest of Everest, starting with the first unhappy British expeditions that started from Darjeeling in 1922-23. Here you can see the layout of the Himalayan Mountains, as well as the equipment that famous climbers used to conquer the peaks. Also visit the Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park (closed on Thursdays), famous for red pandas, snow leopards and Amur tigers donated to the zoo by Nikita Khrushchev in 1960. (* Optionally, for an additional fee, take a walk on the first cable car in India. During an hour's walk along this road you can enjoy the view of the mighty mountains and picturesque tea plantations.) Return to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Darjeeling.
Early rise and an hour and a half drive to Tiger Hills (2,585 m), from where a magnificent panorama of the Himalayas opens *. Observation of the sunrise, which stains the peaks of Makala (8475m), Janu (7710m), Kanchenjunga (8585m) and Everest (8848m, (on a clear sunny day)) in a golden-orange color. * The possibility of an excursion is specified in the rainy season (July - September) and in winter (December - February). Then visit the monastery of Ghum , dedicated to Domo Geshe Rinpoche from Tibet. The monastery was built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso, and in its reconstruction participated Nicholas Roerich. Return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and transfer to Pelling, a small mountain village located in the Eastern Sikkim district. On the way visit the tea plantation, where you can observe the process of harvesting tea in the field, drying and sorting according to its quality. Due to the unique climatic conditions Darjeeling tea has a characteristic tender muscat taste and exquisite aroma, distinguishing it from other varieties, grown at lower altitudes. The tea collected here is one of the most expensive in the world. Then on the way visit the park Lamahatta. Across the road of a small village with developed eco-tourism and offering accommodation for tourists, on the hillside is a beautiful well-kept park - tall pine trees and colorful prayer flags lang. Local residents believe that the wind, playing with prayer flags clears the spaces about and people's thoughts. If desired, you can climb a wooden watchtower, from where you can see a wonderful view of the mountains and the surrounding area. Upon arrival in Pelling, check-in at the hotel, rest. Night in Peling.
An early hike and a walking tour (45 minutes) through the forest to the Sanga Choeling Monastery - one of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim, was founded in 1697 by Lama Lhatsun Chemo. The name of the monastery is translated as "an island or a place of secret teaching." The monastery is located on the top of the hill and is surrounded by peace. Then visit the Monastery of Pemayangtse - one of the oldest and most significant monasteries of the Nyingam tradition or the "school of old transports" - one of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery is located at an altitude of 2100 meters, and from it opens a beautiful view of the ruins of the former capital of the kingdom of Sikkim, destroyed by Nepalese Rabdance. In the monastery there is a statue of the founder of the Tibetan tantric tradition, revered by the Second Buddha of our era, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), as well as numerous sculptures, frescoes and objects of worship, most of which are priceless, and on the third floor a wooden sculpture with a height of three meters - the heavenly palace, the posthumous abode of Padmasambhava. After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and transfer to Yuksom . On the way visit the Khecheopalri Desire Lake, which is a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus, and which is also called the Tara lake, as according to legend the lake was formed in the footprints of the goddess Tara. On the way visit the Rambi Falls. Upon arrival in Yuksom, the first capital of the Kingdom of Sikkim, a walk through the pine forest to the Chorten Norbugang - a huge stone throne built in 1641 to commemorate the coronation of the first King Phuntsog Namgyal, the founder of the dynasty that ruled the kingdom of Sikkim until 1975, when Sikkim became a member in the composition of India. The throne keeps the stamp of the foot of the Supreme Lama, as evidence of an ancient ceremony. Then check into the hotel. Recreation, free time, which can be used for self-walking and exploring the area. Overnight hotel in Yuksom.
Early ascension and walking tour (about an hour) is the oldest operating monastery of Dubdi , founded in 1701. The monastery houses a large collection of ancient manuscripts, and the walls of the monastery are richly decorated with paintings of tantric deities, and there is still an image of Lama Chenpo - one of the three lamas that blessed the first monarch. Returning to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, eviction from the hotel and transfer to Gangtok - a modern capital on a picturesque road with beautiful mountain scenery. On the way visit the Tashiding Monastery- one of the most mysterious and mystical places of Sikkim. The monastery is on the top of the mountain, in the place where the arrow dropped by the great teacher Padmasabhava fell. Nearly a thousand years after this event, during the coronation ceremony of the first ruler of Sikkim, a bright beam of light appeared on the site of the future monastery, shining over the summit of Kanchenjunga. Behind the monastery, there is a chorten stupa, in which a particle of the ashes of the Buddha was laid, and the simple contemplation of this stupa cleanses all the sins of man. In the monastery itself is stored a magical pitcher with holy water sealed in the 17th century, which miraculously never empties. Every year during the holiday with his disclosure, oracle priests foreshadow the future of Sikkim for the level of water in it - a lack or excess of water foretells a threat to prosperity and peace. Next visit to the only monastery in Sikkim ancient Tibetan religion Bon - ancestral religion, Tibetans, influenced the formation came in the 7th century in Tibet Buddhism, which in turn later influenced the evolution of coupons. Concerning the essence of the religion of the Bon and the place that it occupies in the system of the Tibetan teachings, there are very different opinions. Some consider couples a mixture of shamanistic and animistic beliefs, others a mixture of Hinduism and the philosophy of the Buddhist school Nyingma - the oldest Buddhist order in Tibet. In some publications, Bon is called "Bon Buddhism" and even "the fifth school of Tibetan Buddhism." Further visit to the Buddha's garden "Tathagata Tsal" , in which there is a forty meter statue of Buddha Shakyamuni , timed to the year 2550 of the birth of Siddhartha Gautama. The statue was erected for 7 years and was solemnly lit by Dalai Lama XIV in 2013. Inside the statue are beautiful murals depicting the life (and former lives) of the Buddha. Upon arrival in Gangtok, check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, visit one of the most significant monasteries of Sikkim - Rumtek , which is home to a significant monastic community. Here is the Supreme Institute of Buddhism of Sri Nalanda and many sacred objects, including the Golden Stupa containing the relics of the Karmapa 16. It is believed that Rumtek was founded in the 16th century. However, by the 20th century, only ruins remained from the monastery, and the sixteenth Karmapa (head of the Kagyu school) restored him in the 60s, after fleeing from Tibet. The monastery in Sikkim is almost an exact copy of the Tibetan monastery of Tsurphu, the former residence of the Karmapa. Then return to Gangtok and visit Chorten Do Drool - one of the most important and large stupas in Sikkim, about which there are 108 prayer wheels with the mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum" and the huge statues of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). Further on the program excursion to the Institute of Tibetology - was founded in 1958, the only institution in the world that promotes Mahayana Buddhism and also research and development of the culture, language and traditions of Tibet. It has a valuable collection of tanks, objects of worship and life, sacred relics. The institute houses the Library of Tibetan Manuscripts , where the most significant collection of manuscripts is collected, exported from Tibet. There are more than 30,000 ancient documents available for study here.Then a short walk along the cable car, from where you can see wonderful views of the whole Gangtok. The excursion will continue with a visit to the monastery of Enchi, which belongs to the Nigmap school. The walls of the monastery and the prayer hall are painted with amazing frescoes, and the building itself in the form of a Chinese pagoda is located high above Gangtok, from which there are beautiful views of the city and Kanchenjunga. According to legend, this place was blessed by Lama Druptab Karpo, the master of Tantra, known for having mastered the art of levitation. Return to the hotel. Overnight at hotel Gangtok.
After breakfast, transfer to Kalimpong - a mountain resort located on picturesque hills at an altitude of 1200, famous Buddhist monasteries, breeding of tea and flowers. In Kalimpong, Rabindra Nath Tagore often visited, and from 1948 until his death in 1955, Elena Ivanovna Roerich lived here at the villa of Crooketi and her son, Oriental scholar Yu.N. Roerich. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel, then go on a tour of Kalimpong with a visit to the flower greenhouse and the monastery of Zang Dhok Palri Phodang. The monastery is famous for its rare collection of Tibetan Buddhist manuscripts and an excellent private library for studying Tibetan and other Himalayan languages and culture. The prayer hall inside the monastery is decorated with frescoes, here is also a rare three-dimensional mandala, which symbolizes the sphere of dwelling of the gods or the so-called "pure lands of buddhas". In a small garden near the monastery there is a white stupa, built by monks at the cremation site of Elena Roerich, in which part of her ashes are kept. From the monastery there is a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. Then visit the monastery of Tharpa Choling, located on the hill Tirpai. The monastery belongs to the Tibetan Buddhist school of Gelugpa (yellow-capped monks), to which the current Dalai Lama belongs. At the end of the tour, visit the Dello Hills observation platform, which offers a beautiful view of the mountains and the valley, and (if the hosts allow) the Roerich family house museum "Crooketi House" restored by the Italian Roerich society of volunteers. Check in hotel. Overnight at the hotel.