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  Panaromic Tour  (NTT-SK-003) | ITINERARY  
Trip Facts
Country: Sikkim Duration: 10 days
Area: Sikkim Activities: Tour
Max. Group Size: 10  Person Min. Group Size: 2 Person
Difficulty: Max. Altitude: 0  M.
Seasons: April - November

The state has beautiful land lush landscape, elevation ranges from 244 meters where the mountain begins, to the lofty peaks over 8000 meters.The rugged mountain scenery of Sikkim has unique geographical features. From certain vantage points, a single sweeping gaze can cover habitat almost at sea level altitudes, terraces fields carved from hillsides, densely forest ridges, and dazzling snows, towering and luminous peaks. Such a dramatic terrain is a spontaneous host to incredibly varied species from the natural world, a variety which covers “the lichens of the poles and palm of the tropics”. It is home to many rare animals and plants. The red panda, the Himalayan bear, the snow leopard and Yak are some of them. There are about 600 varieties of birds and more than 600 species of butterflies. One third is covered by forests containing plants now collected for their medical value

Itinerary:

Day 01.

Airport to Darjeeling.

Arrive Bagdogra or Bhadrapur Airport. Permit formalities. Drive to “Queen of Hills” Darjeeling through forest and Tea Plantations. You are likely to see the famous Himalayan Toy Train on this drive on this drive as it chugs uphill. Chick-in Hotel. Evening free.

Day 02.

Darjeeling.

Early morning drive to Tiger Hill to see sunrise. On the return journey visit Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop. Return to Hotel. Breakfast. Darjeeling sightseeing. Visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Himalayan Zoological Park, Observatory Hill, Refugee self help center, and view point. Evening walk around town.

Day 03.

Darjeeling.

Toy Train ride and Tea Garden tour to witness the manufacturing process in the factory. Evening free.

Day 04.

Darjeeling to Pemayangtse.

Drive to Pemayangtse through Melli check post, Jorethang (gateway to south and west Sikkim) and Legship. Check-in Hotel. Visit Pemayangtse Monastery. Evening walk around small town and quiet village area.

Day 05.

Pemayangtse to Yuksam.

Full day excursion to Khechopalri Lake and Yuksam, the first capital of Sikkim, where the first coronation has taken place. Return to Hotel.

Day 06.

Yuksam to Gangtok.

Drive to Gangtok (112 km.) 5-6 hrs. via; Legship, Kewzing and Singtam. Check-in Hotel. Evening walk around town.

Day 07.

Gangtok.

Early morning drive to Tashi View Point to see sunrise. Return to Hotel for breakfast. Gangtok sightseeing. Gangtok, capital of Sikkim, meaning ‘ Hill Top’ was established in 1716 A.D. Interesting sightseeing areas are Enchay Monastery (212 years old) built on a site blessed by Lama Druptab Karpo, a tantric manster known for his power of flying, Research Institute of Tibetology, Chorten etc. Afternoon visit to Rumtek Monastery (24 km.). First built in 1717 A.D. It was rebuilt by His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa of Kagyupa sect, the 16th. Incarnation. Since his death in 1982, the devotees waited for fifteen years to discover the 17th. Incarnate in Tibet. He is in India, but yet to come to his monastery in Sikkim. The style of the monastery is traditional, a copy of its Tibetan origin. Evening free.

Day 08.

Gangtok to Kalimpong.

Drive to Kalimpong (75 km.) 3 hrs. drive. Check-in Hotel. Once an active focal point of Tibetan trade. Kalimpong is ideal holiday town, mostly because of its balmy climate throughout the year. One can laze around in the tranquillity or go souvenir hunting at the market.

Day 09.

Kalimpong.

Full day sightseeing. Visit Universal Nurseries where cactus, orchids and amaryllis are grown, the New Buddhist Monastery Zand-Zog-Plarifo, the old town and the market. Evening free.

Day 10.

Kalimpong to Airport.

Drive to Bagdogra or Bhadrapur Airport. 2 to 4 hrs. drive.