Program Code: GA-IPT01
Duration: 13 days
Start point: Bhadrapur
End point: Bhadrapur
Starting elevation: 101 m (331 ft.) at Bhadrapur
Apex elevation: 2,085meters (6,840 ft.) at Pemayngtse monastery
Mode of Travel: Flight/Land
When to go: Spring (February to May), Autumn (October to November)
Nestled in the lush green valleys and rolling mountains with miles of rich tea state having the flavor that equals nowhere in the world and majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga providing the ultimate bliss to this already sumptuous land, Darjeeling is one of the most popular holiday destinations around the world.
Often known as a “Queen of Hills” Darjeeling is a natural hill resort situated at the north east of India. The name ‘Darjeeling’ came from the Tibetan words, ‘dorje’ meaning thunderbolt (originally the scepter of Indra) and ‘ling’ a place or land, hence it is also ‘the land of the thunderbolt’. Although most of the architecture around the area is influenced by the British, due to the colonization in 1835 by East India Co, visitors can see the original Tibetan influence in the some of the buildings and monasteries. Darjeeling also consists of world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway where the century old miniature steam engine stills puffs its smoke along the winding mountainous tracks.
The tea gardens of Darjeeling provide the flavored Darjeeling tea admired all around the world. At 2,750 meters above sea level, Darjeeling has one of the highest tea gardens in the world. In this spectacular trip, we will also visit Pemayangtse Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist lamasery of the Nyingmapa Order and one of the oldest, Kicheopalri Lake which is scared to both Hindu’s and Buddhist’s alike. Another major attraction is Rumtek Monastery, the seat of the Gyalwa Karmapa Lama.
Day 01:Arrive at Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Day 03: Fly to Kathmandu/Bhadrapur
Day 04: Sightseeing in Darjeeling, Elevation: 2,050 m (6,730 ft.)
Day 05: Darjeeling /Gangtok
Day 06: Sightseeing in Gangtok, Elevation: 1,600 m (5,200 ft.)
Day 07: Ganthok/Pemayngtse
Day 08: Full day at Pemayngtse, Elevation: 2,085meters (6,840 ft.)
Day 09: Drive to Yuksom
Day 10: Drive Yuksom to Kalimpong
Day 11: Full day at Kalimpong
Day 12: Fly to Bhadrapur/Kathmandu
Day 13: Kathmandu/Departure