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Exotic Darjeeling Tour Packages
The main treasure of Sikkim is the magnificent nature of the Himalayan foothills, still quite poorly affected by economic activity, for now. The antiquities of history are few, and all these sparkling pearls are collected in our carefully verified program. The largest Buddhist monasteries of Pelling, Rumtek and Ghum, the most beautiful mountain resorts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong, world famous tea plantations and orchid nurseries. Welcome to Sikkim - a kaleidoscope of contrasts, a mysterious and hard-to-reach principality!
Places to cover : Delhi-Bagdogra-Darjeeling-Pelling-Yuksom-Gangtok-Kalimpong
Independent transfer to Bagdogra. About 11.00 - flight to Bagdogra, the nearest airport to Sikkim. Meeting on arrival and transfer (without a guide) on private vehicles to Darjeeling, a beautiful mountain resort located at an altitude of 2,134 m and surrounded on all sides by world famous tea plantations. From the mountains, there are amazing views of the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga and the rivers that flow in the valleys. The journey takes about 3 hours (93 km). On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Excursion program in Darjeeling and the surrounding area for the whole day. Walking along the main street-promenade Tha Mall, climbing the Hill-Observatory - a viewing platform with a panoramic view of the city. Visiting the Hindu temple Mahakal, located on the site of the previously destroyed in this place Buddhist monastery Bhutiya Basti. The temple is a popular place of pilgrimage 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, which create an extraordinary atmosphere. Walk to the monastery of Karma Doji Chioling. The monastery was restored in the 30s of the XX century and stores valuable collections of manuscripts, including the original of the famous " Tibetan Book of the Dead ." A walk on the 130-year-old "toy" train is a coal - powered, narrow-gauge steam locomotive carries tourists from Darjeeling station down the serpentines. A good opportunity to enjoy beautiful views of the Himalayan mountains, green valleys, and tea plantations. In 1999, this railway was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List (on some days the train does not go, the trip may not take place). Visit the Museum of the Railroad. Excursion to the Himalayan Institute of Mountaineering, founded by the first Everest conqueror Tenzing Norgay. 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. Visit a local zoo where you can see a rare red panda. 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. Overnight at hotel in Darjeeling.
In the morning - a trip to Tiger Hill, towering at an altitude of 2590 meters about 12 km from the city. Survey of the majestic panorama of the Eastern Himalayas and Kanchenjunga. In good weather, even Everest can be seen from here. Excursion to the famous Buddhist monastery of Ghum. A trip to one of the famous tea plantations, where you can observe the process of harvesting tea in the field, drying and sorting according to its quality. Tea from Darjeeling is the best tea produced in India. Further on the way visit the Lamahatta park - high pine trees alternate with colorful prayer flags, a pleasant and well-groomed place. Further transfer to the village of Pelling (height about 2000 m), accommodation at the hotel. The distance is 75 km, the journey time is about 4 hours total. Overnight in Pelling.
An early hike and a walking tour (45 minutes) through the forest to the Sanga Cheoling monastery, which was founded in 1697 by Lama Lhatsun Chemo. An excursion to the Pemayangtse Buddhist monastery is also one of the oldest in Sikkim. Founded at the end of the XVII century, the mystical "gompa" of the current Nigmap towers above the surroundings in the environment of a coniferous forest. Only lamas from Pemayyondze retain the right to use the title "tasang" (purity of faith). During the Chogyal dynasty (princes of Sikkim), the consecration of power was entrusted exclusively to the abbot of this monastery. Today Pemayangtse is a magnificent three-story building, the walls of which are decorated with wonderful frescoes. After breakfast transfer to Yuxam. On the way visit the " Lake wish fulfillment " Khecheopalri, which is a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus, and is also called lake of Tara, as the legends lake was formed in the footprints of the goddess Tara. We will also see the Rambhi Falls. Upon arrival in Yuksam, the first capital of the Kingdom of Sikkim, a walk through the pine forest to Chorten Norbuhang - a huge stone throne built in 1641 to commemorate the coronation of the first King Puntsog Namgyal, the founder of the dynasty that ruled the kingdom until 1975, when Sikkim joined the composition of India. The throne keeps the stamp of the foot of the Supreme Lama, as evidence of an ancient ceremony. Accommodation at the hotel and rest.
Early ascent and walking tour (about an hour) to the oldest active 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. Moving to Gangtok (about 130 km, travel time about 4.5 hours) - the current capital of Sikkim. The road crosses several mountain valleys of striking beauty. Possible stops in the traditional villages of the Moldovan folk, short walks in picturesque places. Located at an altitude of 1750 m, Gangtok became the capital only in the middle of the XIX century. On the way visit the Tashiding Monastery - one of the most mysterious and mystical places of Sikkim. The monastery is on top of the mountain in place, where an arrow dropped by the great teacher Padmasambhava fell. Almost 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 is a Chorten stupa, in which a particle of the ashes of the Buddha was laid. In the monastery itself is stored a magical pitcher with holy water sealed in the 17th century, which miraculously never empties. Annually during the festival, when it is revealed, the oracle priests foreshadow the future of Sikkim according to the level of water in it - a lack or excess of water foresees a threat to prosperity and peace. Then visit the only monastery in Sikkim ancient Tibetan religion Bon. Visit the Buddha 's garden "Tathagata Tsal", in which there is a forty-meter statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, timed to the year 2550 by the birth of Siddhartha Gautama. The statue was erected for 7 years and was solemnly lit by the Dalai Lama XIV in 2013. Inside the statue are beautiful murals depicting the life (and former lives) of the Buddha. Overnight in Gangtok.
Excursion to the largest monastery of Sikkim - Rumtek, where the residence of His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa, the head of the Kagyupa current, is located. Tour of Gangtok. Institute of Tibetology, in the collection of which about 30 thousand volumes of interpretation of Mahayana Buddhism are collected; memorable Chorten Until drul; The Institute of Traditional Sikkim Crafts and Art. Visiting the monastery Enchei flowing nigmap, established on the site of the cave of the famous tantric mystic Lama Drutob Karpo. With towering over the city and the nearby valleys open hill majestic views on Kangchenjunga and the Himalayan peaks. Walk on the cable car Night in Gangtok.
Departure to Kalimpong, known in British times as a mountain resort and shopping center on the border of Sikkim, Bhutan, and India. The village, located at an altitude of 1,250 meters above sea level, is famous for its breathtaking panorama of the foothills of the Himalayas. The trip takes about 3 hours, the distance is 80 km. Hotel accommodation. Kalimpong still serves as an important center of cross-border trade, and a large bazaar is filled with wholesale bazaars with utensils for Buddhist temples. A short excursion to local attractions: the Protestant cathedral, in architecture and decoration which bizarrely joined Buddhism and Christianity ; kennel of orchids, the stupa in which the ashes of Helena Roerich, the Buddhist monastery Zang Duk Palri on the top of the mountain are supposedly stored, from where (according to inaccurate data) one can see the borders of Shambhala. Farewell night at the foot of the Himalayas.