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Sikkim Tour Package
For many decades, Sikkim was called the last Himalayan Shangrila because of its remoteness and possession of one of the most spectacular mountain panoramas of the Himalayas. In the Sikkim landscape, the beautiful snow profile of the Kanchenjunga mountain (8598 m) is dominant, which can be seen from almost anywhere in the state. Tibetan lamas (priests, monks) brought here Buddhism in the 15th century, and now the Sikkim hills are decorated with ancient monasteries, stupas and prayer flags. Buddhism of the Mahayana direction is here the state religion. The capital of Sikkim is Gangtok, here they speak Nepali and Hindi. This beautiful state, its green valleys, its snow-capped peaks, the festively decorated monasteries, the prayer flags fluttering in the fresh mountain wind, the luminous faces of the Bodhisattva statues, the peaceful tranquility of Buddhist monks, are worth taking to an unforgettable journey.
Places to cover : Delhi-Darjeeling-Pemayangtse-Gangtok-Kalimpong
Meeting with the representative of Sushant Travels at the exit from Delhi International Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. Day 02 Flight of Delhi / Bagdogra. Transfer Bagdogra / Darjeeling (93 km, 3 hours)
After breakfast - transfer to the airport and boarding a flight to Bagdogra. Arrival in Bagdogra and transfer to Darjeeling. Darjeeling - a mountain resort, a favorite place for the summer holidays of the English in colonial times, is a wonderful starting point for entering Sikkim (the city is located near the border of West Bengal and Sikkim), and opens up the richest tourist opportunities for the traveler. The city is located in the foothills of the Himalayas at an altitude of 2134 m above sea level. Darjeeling is on the long, narrow mountain range of the Sikkim Himalayas. In the north of it - Sikkim, Bangladesh - to the south, Bhutan, and Nepal - to the east and west. The main attraction of Darjeeling is the views of the Himalayas, the pearl of which is the third highest peak in the world in Kanchenjunga (8598m). Darjeeling is also one of several places, who visited and in which lived famous spiritual and cultural figures - Elena and Nicholas Roerich. Accommodation and overnight at the hotel.
Early morning excursion to the Tigry Hill . Tigry Hill is 11 km from Darjeeling at an altitude of 25,890 m above sea level, the hill overlooks the whole of the Himalayas 360 degrees, here come before dawn to admire how the rising sun stains the peaks of the Himalayan ridge. Among these peaks are Kanchenjunga and Everest (8,848 m), which is 200 km from Darjeeling. The view at dawn is worth it to get up at 4 am. Next - a sightseeing tour of Darjeeling. Chowvrasta- means "crossroads" - this is the center of commercial activity. Hence the Mall Road begins. This is the heart of the Victorian Darjeeling. Observatory Hill - Observatory Hill is sacred for both Buddhists and Hindus. Once there was a monastery Dorje Ling, which gave the name of the city. According to legend, lightning struck the hill and the Buddhist lama called this place Dorje Ling - the place of the lightning strike. Today, followers of both religions come here to the Mahakali temple. Here are a few sanctuaries, a huge number of flags fluttering in the wind. The monastery of Bhutia Basti looks beautiful against the backdrop of Kanchenjunga. Once the monastery was on the Observatory hill but was moved in the 19th century. There are beautiful murals on the walls, there is also a copy of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, but it is not always possible to get permission to look at it.
The Temple of Dirdh is the most striking Hindu temple in Darjeeling. Its structure resembles the famous Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu. Mining Institute Tenzing Norgay - was founded in 1954. Here is the amazing Museum of Everest, which holds the history of ascents to the highest peak in the world. Here you can get acquainted with the biographies of climbers, see the flags that were first deployed over the summit of Everest. Also, there is the Mountain Museum, which houses a three-dimensional model of the Himalayas, mountain fauna, and historical mountain equipment. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast transfer from Darjeeling to Pemayangtse (height 2083 m. Arrival, accommodation, rest.) Pmayangtse is located on the slope of a mountain range with stunning views of Kanchenjunga, and therefore attracts many tourists.
After breakfast in the morning - an excursion to the Monastery of Pemayangtse. Gampa Pemayangtse is a few kilometers above the top of the city. The name of the monastery means "Pure Lotus". It is one of the oldest and most significant monasteries of the state. The name is more than suitable for him, with finished proportions, decorated with the exquisite painting of windows, doors, and columns. The monastery was founded in 1705 by the monks of the Nyingmapa Order, initiated by the Indian guru Padmasambhava. On the top floor of the gompa is a seven-story model of the Padmasambhava monastery, decorated with rainbows, dragons and a full pantheon of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. After the tour, transfer to Gangtok. Gangtok- the modern capital of Sikkim (from the middle of the 19th century). As a basis for its name is taken Sikkim word "mountain peak". The city descends the slope of a long ridge of hills along the Ranipul River. The surrounding view is spectacular, from many points in the city is visible Kanchenjunga. The city is good for staying in it and exploring the surroundings. Arrival, check-in, rest and overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, visit the Rumtek Monastery, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and Chorten Do-Drul. In the afternoon - Enchey Monastery, as well as the Directorate of Crafts (shopping center), Tashing, White Hall and Lall Market. Overnight at hotel Gangtok. Rumtek Monastery was built by His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa (14th) when he migrated from Tibet in 1962. The monastery was completed in 1962. It is located 26 km from Gangtok. The monastery is the official seat of the throne of the spiritual leader of the Order of the Kagyu (black-capped), the Karmapa of 17th Ogien Trinley Dorje, who fled from Tibet. There are beautiful paintings, as well as huge statues of Shakyamuni and Mahakala, as well as a huge throne that awaits the 17th Karmapa. Rumtek is also famous for his dancing masks during a number of holidays - Drupchen (May-June), Gutor Chaam (February-March).
The Institute of Tibetology Namgyal is the most prestigious institution of this subject. Founded in 1958 and built in the traditional Tibetan style, this institute conducts research in the Mahayana areas of Buddhism and Tibetan culture. It contains a vast collection of rare Buddhist books, manuscripts, statuettes, tanks, sacred objects.
Chorten or Stupa Do-Drul was built by Trishi Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma order in 1945. Around Do-drila, one of the most important stupas in the state 108 Mani-Lakor (prayer wheels). The wheels turn by the hands of believers singing the prayer "Om mani padme hum" - about the treasure of the lotus, to appeal to the Bodhisattva. Monastic monasteries and statues of Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) are also located around. Monastery Enchey Important place for the Order of Nyungma, as it contains the throne of the head of the Order. The monastery was built with the blessing of Lama Druptob Karpo, the master of Tantra, known for having mastered the power of flight. The monastery is located high above Gangtok and from it beautiful views of Gangtok and Kanchenjunga open. His prayer halls are beautifully painted, a huge statue of Shakyamuni, images of Mahakala and other tantric deities. The Directorate of Crafts - founded to maintain and disseminate national arts and crafts, is a storehouse of woolen carpets, shawls, inlaid tables, etc., etc.
After breakfast - transfer to Kalimpong, in the afternoon - an excursion to Kalimpong, which will include the Durpin Monastery of Dara Tkhara Choling, a greenhouse and a market. Monastery Zong Dog Palry Fo-Brang, which is simply called Durpin Gompa , because it is located about 5 km from the city at the top of the Durpin Hill (1327 m). The monastery was built by Dudzom Rinpoche in 1957 and belongs to the Nyingmap Order (Tibetan Buddhism of Mahayana). Here you can see impressive wall and ceiling murals in the main hall and interesting mandalas on the third floor. Flower greenhouses - in the city and next to it there are many flower greenhouses (here grow 80% of Indian gladioli, as well as varieties of orchids). Also visit the market of Kalimpong, the main market days of which are on Saturday and Wednesday.