Sikkim and Darjeeling Safaris
Darjeeling became a hill station of prominence during the days of the British and still has numerous buildings and Hotels from the pre independence era. This safari begins and finishes at Darjeeling, visiting the Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim in between. The views of the Eastern Himalayas on this route are incomparable.
New Delhi - Bagdogra - Kalimpong - Gangtok - Martam - Pemayangtse - Darjeeling - Bagdogra - Delhi
Day by Day Itinerary
DAY 01 : DELHI-BAGDOGRA-KALIMPONG
Board a morning flight from Delhi to Bagdogra. Drive from Bagdogra to Kalimpong. Check into Hotel Himalaya View or similar.
DAY 02 : KALIMPONG
Breakfast in hotel. Full day city sightseeing tour of Kalimpong. Lunch, dinner and overnight in hotel.
DAY 03: KALIMPONG-GANGTOK
After breakfast half day city sightseeing tour of Kalimpong monastery and market. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon drive to Gangtok en-route visiting the Rumtek monastery where one can find some of the most unique art objects of the world. Check into Hotel Norkhill, Gangtok or similar for dinner and overnight.
DAY 04: GANGTOK
Breakfast in hotel. Full day city sightseeing tour of Gangtok. Visit Do-Drul Chorten, one of the most important ‘stupas’ of Sikkim, Saramsa Garden, the home of Sikkim’s many exotic orchids and other rare tropical plants, Ganesh Tok and the Phodong Monastery which is amongst the six major monasteries of Sikkim. Lunch en-route.
DAY 05 : GANGTOK-MARTAM
Breakfast in hotel. Morning sightseeing tour of Gangtok. Visit Tashi View Point, Enchey monastery, Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom and Research Institute of Tibetology. After lunch drive to Martam. Check into Martam Village Resort for dinner and overnight.
DAY 06 : MARTAM-PEMAYANGTSE
After breakfast drive to Pemayangtse. The drive from Martam to Pemayangtse is 141kms 05-06 hours journey. After 03 hours you come to the tea plantations of Temi Takru. The sprawling hills with the tea bushes are a pleasant sight to see. Visit the tea factory if time permits. Picnic lunch at the gardens. Thereafter continue your drive to Pemayangtse. Check into Hotel Mount Pandim. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
DAY 07: PEMAYANGTSE-DARJEELING
The morning view of the mountain peaks from Mt. Pandim hotel is breathtaking. The prominent peaks visible are Rathong, Kabru Dome, Talung, Kangchendzonga and Pandim. Breakfast in hotel. After breakfast view the Pemayangtse monastery. This 2000mts-height monastery of the Nyingmapa sect is a magnificent wonder of the 17th century. After lunch drive to Darjeeling and check into hotel New Elgin for dinner and overnight.
DAY 08: DARJEELING
Breakfast in hotel. Morning sightseeing of Tibetan SOS Village, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the zoo. Lunch at hotel. Evening visit the tea factory, Ghoom Monastery and take a toy train ride to Darjeeling if time permits. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 09: DARJEELING
Early morning sightseeing of Tiger Hill. Witness the famous sunrise from the hill. Return to the hotel. Rest of the day free for shopping and exploring the city. Lunch, dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 10 : DARJEELING-BAGDOGRA-DELHI
Drive to Bagdogra to board the connecting flight 9W 602 to Delhi. Departure Bagdogra - 1430 hours. Arrival Delhi - 1630 hours.