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Foothills of the Himalayas

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,036

A scenic delight, this tour visits Darjeeling and Gangtok both offering gorgeous views of the Himalayan Mountain peaks as well as tea plantations, forests, and old Buddhist monasteries.


Darjeeling , located in West Bengal, which is internationally acclaimed as one of the best hill stations in the world at 2050 metres/6700 feet, is covered with pine trees and orchids as well as tea plantations and surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery.

Tucked away in the foothills of the Himalayas, Sikkim is a Himalayan wonderland with its lovely views, exotic orchids and its forest-trails. It is a virtual Shangri La overlooked by Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak. Buddhism is the predominant religion here, with many fine old monasteries rich with frescoes and religious paintings In Gangtok, the delightfully quaint capital, are pagoda like roofs of many buildings and the presence of crimson robed monks in the bazaars.

Start off with arrival from Delhi at Bagdogra airport and travel by road to Darjeeling. The next morning brings a full day of sightseeing in Darjeeling including the Himalayan Zoo with its good collection of animals, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute created by Sherpa Tensing of Everest fame, the Museum of Everest Expedition, the Tibetan Self Help Centre for Tibetan refugees, the Emporium of Tibetan Handicrafts and after lunch, the Ghoom Monastery with its 15 feet high statue of Buddha.

The next day drive north to Gangtok, once the capital of the independent state of Sikkim, now part of India situated at 1800 metres/5800 feet. The afternoon is at leisure. The next morning, visit the Enchey Monastery built in the 1840’s, the Deer Park, The Government Institute of Cottage industries and the Research Institute of Tibetology established in 1958 involving research into Buddhism and Tibetan culture. After lunch, travel outside Gangtok to the Rumtek Monastery established in the 16th Century with the world’s largest collection of Buddhist books and manuscripts and the largest monastery in Sikkim with its community of monks.

Travel back by road to Bagdogra airport the next morning for the return flight to Delhi.

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,036

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Day 1

Delhi to Darjeeling

Today you will fly from Delhi to Bagdogra (flight not included). Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport, you will be met by Goway's local representative and transferred by road to Darjeeling. You will check in at the hotel in Darjeeling for 2 nights' accommodation.

The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Windamere Hotel

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    Windamere Hotel



    Windamere Hotel was established in the 19th century as a cozy boarding house for bachelor English and Scottish tea planters, it was converted into a hotel just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Well known to sophisticated travellers the world over, the Windamere ...

    Windamere Hotel was established in the 19th century as a cozy boarding house for bachelor English and Scottish tea planters, it was converted into a hotel just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Well known to sophisticated travellers the world over, the Windamere is famous for its unique ambience and charm. It is situated on Observatory Hill, a Darjeeling landmark, believed to be the focus and repository of life-enhancing cosmic energies.

    Facilities

    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 2

Darjeeling

This morning, after breakfast, you will visit the Himalayan Zoo and see red pandas, black bears, yaks, and the famous snow leopard. Later, visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Museum of Everest Expedition, and the Tibetan Self Help Centre, followed by a visit to the Emporium of Tibetan Handicrafts.
After lunch, you will visit the Ghoom Monastery.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Darjeeling to Gangtok

After breakfast, a morning drive through semi-tropical forests, cardamom plantations, and small villages will bring you to Gangtok, once the capital of the Kingdom of Sikkim. You will check in at the hotel in Gangtok for 2 nights' accommodation.

The remainder of your day will be at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Nor-Khill Hotel

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    Nor-Khill Hotel



    Nor-Khill Hotel is a luxury heritage hotel situated in the heart of Gangtok town, 5000 feet up in the Himalayas. The deluxe rooms and suites offer splendid views of the mountains and valleys. The hotel makes an ideal back to explore the spectacular mountain scenery, ...

    Nor-Khill Hotel is a luxury heritage hotel situated in the heart of Gangtok town, 5000 feet up in the Himalayas. The deluxe rooms and suites offer splendid views of the mountains and valleys. The hotel makes an ideal back to explore the spectacular mountain scenery, pine forests and ancient monasteries. It is within walking distance of the famous M.G road (High Street) as well as cafes, restaurants and bars.

    Facilities

    • Babysitting Service
    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Library
    • Room Service
    • Spa

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Day 4

Gangtok

This morning, after breakfast, you will visit the Enchey Monastery, the Deer Park, the Government Institute of Cottage Industry, and the Research Institute of Tobetology. In the afternoon, you will visit the Rumtek Monastery, situated 24 km from Gangtok and built by the late Gyalwa Karmapa, the head of the Kagyu Sect.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Gangtok to Delhi

After breakfast, you will travel by road to Bagdogra Airport for your connecting flight to Delhi. (Flight not included.)

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Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary
  • Meet and greet services
  • Transport by AC standard car for transfers, sightseeing and excursions
  • English speaking local guide for sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Entrances to the monuments as per the itinerary
  • All presently applicable taxes

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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