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Echoes of the Raj
Exploring the Himalayas!!
Experience North East

The North East is a life source – with a wealth of color, culture, spirituality, and raw energy to infuse a traveler with its exotic vibrance and opulence. This trip showcases you the marvelous state of Sikkim embracing and welcoming you to its mountains and monasteries. Richly belssed with a wide gamut of cultural diversities; Sikkim culture and walking tour opens doors of traditions, beliefs, languages and people. We start from the ever busy capital of India; New Delhi and fly over the lower himalayas to the picturesque and upstart modern city of Gangtok, and explore its traditions upclose. Next in line we travel inland to heavenly lakes, mesmerising monasteries and exotic tea gardens. A trip with us will give you an insight of a land long unknown to civilizations and discovered by only a handful of travelers from around the globe.

Trip Overview

Duration : 13 Days adventure
Highlights : Crowded cities, rhino herds, Tiger families, rain forests & colonial retreats
Best Season : March to May & October to November
Type of Journey : Overland safari

Day 01 & 02: Arrive in New Delhi International Airport / Fly to Bagdogra & Drive to Darjeeling:
Arrive in New Delhi International Airport, where you will be met by our representative who will assist and escort you to your pre-booked hotel in the city. The following morning we check out from the hotel right after breakfast and transfer to the airport for our flight to Bagdogra. On arrival at Bagdogra airfield, we step out of the terminal where we will be met by the local representative with whom we will drive to Gangtok. The scenic drive takes around 4-5 hrs overland to our first stop of the night at Gangtok.

Gangtok – Sikkim: Capital of the Sikkim kingdom, Gantok is located in the eastern Himalayan range at an altitude of 1800m. The town population of around 01 million belongs to different ethnicities such as Indians, Nepalis, Lepcha’s and Bhutia. Ruled by the Chogyals till 1975, Gangtok became a major stopover on the trade route between Lhasa and Kolkata.

Day 03: Gangtok Sightseeing:
Morning excursion to the Rumtek Monastery - the largest monastery of its kind in Sikkim and the main seat of the Karma Kagyu lineage, followed by a sightseeing tour of Gangtok visiting the Research Institute of Tibetology. This internationally acclaimed centre of Tibetan Studies & Research houses a vast collection of rare Buddhist books and an orchid sanctuary, where one can see many of the 454 species of Orchids found in Sikkim. Evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel.

Day 04: Gangtok – Tshangu Lake – Gangtok:
This day we will drive to Tsongmo Lake right after breakfast. The lake is also known as Changu Lake and loosely means as “source of lake”. Situated around 40 kilometers from the capital city of Gangtok, the altitude rises upto 3780 meters above sea level. A km long and fifteen meters deep, the oval lake is considered sacred by the locals and is controlled by the Indian Army because of its close proximity with the International border. Drive back to the city and later in the evening viist the busy market of Gangtok for a stroll and a meal of Sikkimese delicacies at the local restaurant. Overnight in hotel.

Day 05: Gangtok to Pemayantse & Pelling,
We start from Gangtok to the Buddhist monastic town of Pemayangtse. A drive of around 140 kilometers, we will be in the town by mid afternoon. In Pemayangtse we will check in at the hotel and later begin the sightseeing of the monastery. Revered by Tibetans, the monastery complex is given an added charm by colorful flags, green surroundings and simple cultured people that makes this place a virtual heaven on earth. The monastery was built by Lhatsun Chempo – a revered lama and stands at an elevation of 2084 meters above sea level. Inside the temple, you will be amazed to see ancient antique idols, scriptures and sculptures with decorated painting works. We will also visit the ruined Rabdentse palace – the former capital of Sikkim (during 1814 AD). We later drive to Pelling for our overnight stay. Overnight in hotel.

Day 06: Pelling sightseeing & drive to Yuksom: (35 km’s / 1-2 hrs drive):
We begin the day with a drive to Yuksom and on the way take a detour to the Kheochalpari lake. This high altitude lake was originally known as Kha-Chot-Palri which loosely means as the heaven of Guru Padmasambhava. The lake is an integral part of of the much revered valley of Demazong meaning valley of rice. We explore the lake area and later head to the Yuksom valley. On arrival in Yuksom, we will transfer to the hotel for our overnight stay.

Day 07: Sightseeing in Yuksom:
We spend the day in exploring the Yuksom valley and begin with a visit to the Kartok monastery. Situated opposite the Kartok Lake, the gompa (monastery) was named after a Buddhist Lama who was part of the coronation of the maiden ruler of Sikkim. Next we will visit the Dubdi monastery after a half n hour walk to a hilltop. Established in 1701, the monastery is oldest and the first one to have been built in Sikkim. It houses the Nyingma sect of Buddhist religion and was set up by rthe Chogyals (rulers of Sikkim). Also called as the Hermit’s cell, the sacred temple is perched at a height of 2000 meters above sea level and boasts of lovely images of gods and saints as well as a beautiful collection of books, texts and manuscripts. We wrap up the day with a visit to another monastery known as: Tashiding Monastery. Constructed in the 18th century by Ngadak Sempa Chempo – one of the three Buddhist Lalams to have ordained the First ruler of Sikkim, the sacred monastery was blessed by Guru Padmasambhava for its beauty and nature. We explore this last monastery listed on our itinerary and later head back to the hotel for a well deserved rest and overnight stay.

Day 09: Yuksom to Kalimpong: (Drive overland for 06 to 07 hrs):
There is time for a relaxed breakfast before setting off for a 07 hour long drive through tea plantations to Kalimpong. Kalimpong has long been an important market town and a meeting place for traders from Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and the lowlands of Bengal. The temperate climate, fine mountain views, gardens, a number of gompas and a busy bazaar make this an attractive place to relax. We arrive in Kalimpong and spend the evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel.

Day 10: In Kalimpong:
A day to explore Kalimpong. Kalimpong straddles a north easterly ride, flanked by two rivers: on the west the Rangit, draining the Sigalila range and on the east, the Reli, which joins the Teesta River further south. We explore and drive to the monastery view point of Rinkingpong Hill, at 1400 meters and one of the two lookout points over the Kalimpong area. The hillsides around Kalimpong are still well-forested and are home to 400 species of orchids, a third of all the Himalayan species of rhododendrons and thousands of other flowering plants. We would hope to visit at least one of the many nurseries on our way back into Kalimpong. After lunch, we can explore the bazaars where there are many shops selling Tibetan, Sikkimese and Bhutanese handicrafts. Overnight hotel.

Day 11: Kalimpong to Darjeeling: (Overland drive):
We drive to Darjeeling for a two night stay there. Arriving in Darjeeling early in the afternoon. We check in t the hotel and later begin half a day sightseeing around the town. Darjeeling, the ‘Land of the Celestial Thunderbolt’ . At an altitude of 2134m (7000ft) it is considerably cooler than the plains, though decidedly wet in summer. The first tea bushes were planted in the surrounding Himalayan hills in the same year the town was established and by 1881 the railway line from Siliguri to Darjeeling meant that tea could more easily be brought to market. You can still ride the rails today, chugging through forests of rhododendrons and curving around tea plantations. Overnight in hotel.

In Darjeeling:
Early this morning visit Tiger Hill, Enjoy a cup of Darjeeling tea while admiring exotic views of the Kanchenjunga peaks. On a clear day you can see the peak of Mount Everest. Try the pleasant two hour walk back down and then visit Ghoom Monastery, the Zoological Park and the local market. Later visit The Mall, with its Victorian gothic architecture, views of the Himalaya from Obsevatory Hill, And, of course, there’s an almost limitless supply of excellent tea to keep you refreshed along the way.

Day 13: Darjeeling to Bagdogra & Fly Delhi.
Your tour of the Eastern Himalayas, ends with a transfer to Bagdogra Airport in time to board your flight for New Delhi, on arrival you will be met and transferred to a hotel for wash-n-change followed by an Indian meal. Later in the night, we will transfer you to the International airport for your flight to home country.

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