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  Monastery Magic Tour of Sikkim, Darjeeling and Kalimpong

Sikkim approximately offers 200 monasteries or Gompas belonging to the Nyingma and Kagyu order. They have not only been influencing the cultural heritage and lifestyle of the people. Devoted Lamas dressed in red, chant ancient mantras/hymns to the rhythm of drums and trumpets while soft lights flicker from decorative lamps placed before statues. Also preserved here, are ancient Tibetan manuscripts, exquisitely carved wood work and icons of silver and gold.

Destinations Covered: Delhi - Bagdogra - Darjeeling - Gangtok - Kalimpong - Bagdogra
Duration: 6 Nights / 7 Days
Best Time to Visit: March - June & September - December

On arrival in Delhi transfer and check in to Hotel.

Early morning transfer to Domestic airport to catch a flight to Bagdogra. Meeting & assistance on arrival & transfer to Darjeeling situated 85kms from Bagdogra by road. Overnight at hotel in Darjeeling. Darjeeling is a town in India's West Bengal state, in the Himalayan foothills.

Early morning enjoy sunrise view from Tiger Hill. The view from this point is unforgettable, for colours changing from grey to pink and to luminous gold. Mt. Everest (8,848m), the world’s highest peak is visible from Tiger Hill. After breakfast, visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the house of Late Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who first climbed Mt. Everest with Edmund Hillary in 1953. Then visit Natural History Museum, Lloyd Botanical Garden established in 1878 and the Zoo, specializing in high altitude species. Afternoon visit Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre which produces and sells a wide range of Tibetan artifacts. You can see Tibetan craftsmen making traditional items like carpets, woolen boots, wood carvings & leather items. Overnight at the hotel in Darjeeling.

After breakfast proceed to Gangtok by road at a distance of 98kms. Gangtok is the capital of the mountainous northern Indian state of Sikkim. Established as a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the 1840s. Afternoon free at leisure and for local shopping. Overnight at the hotel.

Visit to Enchey Monastery - it is a beautiful monastery, in an equally beautiful setting, approached along an avenue of hundreds of multi-coloured prayer flags. Government Institute of Cottage Industries; here you can watch young students being taught the traditional art of thangkha paintings along with weaving, wood carving and carpet making. Also visit the Institute of Tibetology, housed in a beautiful building, built in traditional Tibetan style, with mural decorated columns and a wonderful smell of beeswax polish from the creaky wooden floor. Then drive through picturesque, terraced rice fields to the headquarter of Dharma Chakra Centres (Rumtek Monastery), the present seat of His Holiness, the Gyalwa Karmapa, head of the Kagyupa sect. Said to be the replica of the monastery at Tsurphu, Tibet with its traditional architecture, exquisite paintings, intricate wood work, housing treasures of manuscripts and icons. Rumtek is a splendid example of Tibetan monastic art. Overnight at the hotel in Gangtok.

Morning drive to Kalimpong 77kms from Gangtok. On arrival checkin to hotel. In the afternoon visit to Tharpa Choling Monastery, belonging to the Gelugpa sect of Dalai Lama. Then drive to Deolo Hill, the highest point in Kalimpong at 5,500 ft, which offers good view of the surrounding region. It also has two water reservoirs, the source of Kalimpong drinking water. Later visit to Zong-Dog Palri Fo-brang Monastery followed by visit to Gauripur House, the favorite retreat of Rabindra Nath Tagore who wrote many of his works here. Overnight at the hotel in Kalimpong.

Proceed to Bagdogra airport by road at a distance of 80 kms from Kalimpong, to catch a flight to Delhi for onward return flight connection. On arrival in Delhi either overnight at hotel if next day flight else head straight for return flight connection.


Disclaimer: Above is a standard itinerary. Final tour may vary depending upon the exact air, rail, road schedule and passenger requirement.