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Visit the attractive hills beauty of Darjeeling to make your honeymoon
holidays unforgettable with this special Himalayan travel package. Also get
a spiritual trip to famous Buddhist monasteries of Gangtok and Kalimponga
with your family and friends in India.
Day - 1 - Arrive Delhi
Qutub Minar, Delhi Arrive by International flight, after traditional
'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would assist you at airport &
transfer to hotel for check in.
Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds
the ancient with modern. Its strategic location was the prime reasons why
successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. In fact, more
mythological cities are believed to be here, like the city of Indraprastha
from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, founded around 5000 BC. Numerous monuments
were built over several centuries by different rulers like Qutub-ud-din
Aibek, Alauddin Khilji, Tughlaks, Humayun & Shah Jahan, who built the
Walled City Shah Jahanabad.
Later in first half of 20th century much of New Delhi was planned by Sir
Edwin Lutyens, who laid out a grandiose central administrative area as a
testament to British rule in India. The division in walled city & New
Delhi also marks the division in life styles. Overnight Hotel - Delhi (B)
Day - 2 - Delhi - Bagdogara (Flight) - Darjeeling (110 km - 03 hr)
Today we will take Flight to Bagdogara & drive to Darjeeling, Queen of
India's hill stations. Its setting is one of incomparable beauty. A
Victorian town of old world charm 'discovered' by the British. It is
surrounded by fragrant tea gardens which seem to flow over the layered
slopes like emerald swells on a rough sea.
Overnight Hotel - Darjeeling (B, D)
Day - 3 - Darjeeling
Full Day Tour - Today morning we visit Tiger Hill, famous for its
magnificent view of Kanchenjunga, Mt. Everest & other eastern Himalayan
peaks especially at the time of sunrise. On our way back we first visit
Ghoom, as the name suggests it is gloomy & clammy with perpetual fog. A
Tibetan village, one can hear the foghorn-like sounds of Buddhist monks
blowing their giant Gyeling pipes from the rooftops of the nearby
Yiga-Choling ' Yellow Hat' Buddhist Temple. Later we visit the two Buddhist
monasteries Chholing & Darli.
After some rest we take a ride of toy train of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
(DHR), now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also visit the Mountaineering
Institute, created by the late Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who conquered Mt
Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary. A display of equipment used on the climb is
one of the highlights.. Next we visit the Tibet Handicraft Centre & the
beautiful Tea gardens. In the evening visit the Observatory Hill known
locally as Makal-Babu-Ko-Thaan. According to legend, a Red Hat Buddhist
Monastery called Dorje Ling, or 'place of the Thunderbolt', stood at this
very spot. The Nepalese destroyed it in the 19th century, now the Shivas &
Buddhists share the temple that stands there today. Overnight Hotel -
Darjeeling (B, D)
Day - 4 - Darjeeling - Gangtok (95 km- 03 hr)
Enchey Monastery, Gangtok Today we drive to Gangtok, a fairytale capital in
the clouds, balances precariously on Steep Mountain slopes, Surrounded by
lush rice terraces, swifts flowing rivers & distant snow views. It is
situated in the lower Himalayas & was a small hamlet until the
construction of the Enchey Monastery in 1840 made it a pilgrimage center. It
became a major stopover between Tibet & British India at the end of the
19th century. It is also a centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture & learning
with numerous monasteries & religious educational.
Half Day Tour - Later we take a tour of Gangtok, visiting Research
Institute of Tibetology, organization dedicated to furthering Tibetan
studies, Buddhist philosophy & region. It attracts scholars from all
over the world. It houses a rare collection of 30,000 books, Tantric
documents, rare manuscripts written in gold on the bark of a poisonous tree,
antique thanks & 200 icons, all prized objects of art for the Buddhism.
Overnight Hotel - Gangtok (B, D)
Day - 5 - Gangtok
Full Day Tour - Today we take an excursion tour to Tsongo Lake, considered
extremely sacred by the local people. The place is a paradise for bird
lovers with large number of Blue Whistling Thrush, Redstarts & Fork
tails around. It hosts a number of migratory birds prominent among which is
the Brahminy ducks. The word Tsongo in Bhutia language means source of the
lake. Next we visit Do Drul Chorten, are two exquisite Stupas, the
Dul-dul-Chorten, was built to commemorate the victory of good over evil. The
Jhang Club Chorten was built to perpetuate the memory of a great
spiritualist of today. Thrul-Shik Rinpoche an ardent devotee of Buddha &
one of his best interpreters died in 1962, the stupa immortalizes Rinpoche
in the land of his birth. Next we visit Rumtek Monastery, meandering roads
through emerald green rice terraces, lays Rumtek, the main monastery of
Kagyud or 'Black Hat' sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Built in 1959 by His
Holiness the 16th Reincarnated Gyalwa Karmapa, it is a replica of Tsurphu
Monastery from the Kham region of Tibet.
Later we visit Himalayan Zoological Park also known as Bulbuley. It has
paved cement path that passes by fenced open air enclosure housing the Red
Pandas, barking deer & bears in a semi natural habitat. Next Government
Institute of Cottage Industries (GICI), which produces crafts in authentic
Sikkimese designs. Hand woven Tibetan carpets sprout dragons in natural
dyes, Sikkimese-style tables called Choktse are expertly carved &
colored in red & gold. Also explore Lal bazaar, melody of colour.
Various ethnic groups from different villages gather to haggle, bargain,
gossip their wares. Overnight Hotel - Gangtok (B, D)
Day - 6 - Gangtok
Excursion Phodang (30 kms each way) - Today we take an excursion to
Phodang, original monastery has been rebuilt & like Ralong & Rurntek
the main annual Puja is performed here on the 28th & 29th days of the
tenth month of the lunar calendar with religious dances being the main
attraction. Overnight Hotel - Gangtok
Day - 7 - Gangtok - Rumtek (24 km - 01 hr)
Today we drive to Rumtek, also called the Dharmachakra Centre, is a Tibetan
Buddhist monastery Originally built by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje in the
year 1740. It served as the main seat of the Karma Kagyu lineage in Sikkim.
But when the 16th Karmapa arrived in Sikkim in 1959, after fleeing before
the Chinese occupation of Tibet, it was in ruins. Despite being offered
other sites, the Karmapa decided to rebuild Rumtek. To him, the site
possessed many auspicious qualities & was surrounded by the most
favorable attributes. For example Flowing streams, mountains behind, a snow
range in front, & a river below. Overnight Hotel - Rumtek (B, D)
Day - 8 - Rumtek - Kalimpong
Tourists at Gangtok Today we drive to Kalimpong, an incredible stunning
backdrop of towering snow capped peaks. This exotic town of beautiful
people, mystical & enchanting, with a rare ethnic blend of hill people.
It also houses several Buddhist monasteries which hold a number of rare
Tibetan Buddhist scriptures. It was ruled by Bhutan for 155 years & was
annexed by the British only in 1865, after which it flourished as a centre
of wool trade with Tibet. Here Buddhism rubs shoulders with Hinduism &
Christianity. Gumpas, unusual churches, temples & missionaries coexist
in a jovial society. Overnight Hotel - Kalimpong (B, D)
Day - 9 - Kalimpong
Full Day Local tour - Today we visit Thongsa Gompa also known as the
Bhutanese Monastery. It is the oldest monastery in Kalimpong & was
founded in the year 1692. Though the old structure was destroyed by the
Gorkhas, it was rebuilt on the same site. Next visit the Zong Dog Palri
Fo-Brang Gompa, which is on the Durpin hill & is famous for the Tibetan
wall paintings. It also has a religious debating society along with a school
of Tibetan medicine.
Later we visit Tharpa Choeling Monastery founded in 1937 & belongs to
the Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect of Tibetan monastery. This Monastery houses
many old scriptures & literary works. Next Dr Graham's Home, mission
school was founded by Scottish missionary Dr. John Anderson Graham in 1900.
The purpose of the school was to educate children of the tea garden workers
& poor labourers. We also visit few nurseries around town. Overnight
Hotel - Kalimpong (B, D)
Day - 10 - Kalimpong - Bagdogara (75 km - 2 hr)
Today we drive to Bagdogara to take a fight for onward destination. This is
a wonderful drive & initially you follow the turbulent Teesta.
Our tour concludes : We thanks you for your patronage & look forward
serve you again in near future.
Above Package Includes :
Package Does Not Include :
- 09 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- Breakfast & meals as per the itinerary.
- Non A/C transportation as per the itinerary.
- Local English speaking Guide for the Tour
- Applicable taxes.
- Any Monument entry fee & camera fee (wherever Applicable)
- Any airfare or airport tax.
- Optional Tours
- Any expense of personal nature such as hard-soft drinks, laundry,
phone-fax calls, tips etc.
- Any other expense not mentioned in the "Package includes".