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Sikkim tribal tour

Places Covered :Kolkota,Bagdogra,Darjeeling,Pemayangtse, Gangtok,New Jalpaiguri

Day 01 : Kolkata :Arrive Kolkata. Met upon arrival and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02 : kolkata / Bagdogra - Darjeeling (Flight/Car)
Morning after breakfast transfer to domestic airport to board flight for Bagdogra. Met upon arrival and drive to reach Darjeeling (2134 M) by covering approx. 110 kms in 4 - 5 hrs. The route winds its way through tea estates. There is a narrow gauge railway line running parallel and crisscrossing the road. Darjeeling is called the jewel in the crown. Upon arrival check into hotel for overnight stay.

Day 03 : Darjeeling
Morning visit Tiger Hill to see the sunrise and also get the best view of the world's third highest mountain Kanchenjunga and other peaks. On the way back visit Ghoom Monastery Enshrining Maitreyee Buddha. After breakfast proceed for a ride in the famous toy train for half an hour. Visit Botanical Gardens, Observatory Hill, mountaineering institute to know the history and the equipment and used in the first conquest of Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norge. Visit Zoological Park to see the Siberian Tigers. Llamas, Himalayan Black Bear and Panda. Visit tea estates and Tibetan Refugee self-help centre for woolen carpet and leather products. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 04 : Darjeeling / Pemayangtse
After breakfast drive to Pemayangste (5 -6 hrs approx). Today's drive is truly a naturalist's delight. The hill sides and mountain slopes of Sikkim are strewn with bright patches of myriad colors. Afternoon at leisure. Evening bird watch at Rabdenste palace ruins. Leading ornithologists Dr. Salim Ali had spotted about 120 species of Himalayan birds in this small area. Overnight in hotel.

Day 05 : Pemayangste
Early morning we trek 3 kms uphill to visit the Sanga Choelling monastery perched on a hill top. On reaching, view the sunrise and excellent view of the khanchendzonga & the adjoining peaks. From here the Nepal valley can also be seen. Later visit the Pemayangste monastery, also known as the "Perfect sublime lotus" is one of the oldest in Sikkim.

Afternoon excursion to Kachoepatri lake a distance of 27 kms to be covered In almost 2 hrs. Considered holy by the locals. Although surrounded by thick forest, one might be surprised not to find a single leaf on the lake. Visit the monastery nearby. Return to hotel to watch the dusk (setting sun) from the hotel.

Day 06 : Pemayangste / Gangtok (1660 M) via Tashiding Monastery
After breakfast drive to Gangtok (5 - 6 hrs approx) enroute visit the Tashiding monastery, a short trek from the main road . On arrival in Gangtok check-in hotel. Late afternoon visit the handicraft centre, the institute of Tibetology, Orchid sanctuary and Do - drul chorten. Overnight in hotel.
Day 07 : Gangtok
Early morning visit hanumatok to view another sunrise over Khanchendzonga & the adjoining peaks. After breakfast leave for excursion to Rumtek Monastery - the grandest of the monasteries in Sikkim and in wealth. It is about 45 minute drive from Gangtok. Return to Gangtok. Evening discover the local market. Overnight in hotel.

Day 08 :: Gangtok / New Jalpaiguri
After early breakfast transfer to New Jalpaiguri railway station in time to connect overnight train to Bhubaneshwar. Dep: 1500 hrs. Overnight on board train.

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Day 01: Arrival transfer from Bagdogra to Darjeeling. O/N Hotel.

Day 02: Early morning excursion to Tiger Hill to view sunrise over Mt.Kunchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. After breakfast sightseeing tour of Darjeeling visiting Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoological Park, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre, the nearest tea garden to witness the orthodox manufacturing process of Darjeeling tea. Afternoon walk around The Mall and local market on foot. O/N Hotel.

Day 03: Take a walk to Yigacholing Ghoom Monastery via Aloobari Buddhist Monastery. Yigcholing Monastery enshrines the famous statue of Maitreya Buddha (the coming Buddha). Drive or walk back to the Hotel. Afternoon visit Japanese Peace Pagoda and return to hotel via Jalapahar road. O/N Hotel.

Day 04: Transfer to Pelling (Alt.2300 mtrs). The drive is steep down hill till Nayabazaar on the Sikkim side, passing through tea gardens. The distance till Nayabazar is about 28 kms. From Nayabazar to Legship is more or less flat running just on top fo River Rangeet, passing through terraced farms and lush sub-tropicala vegetation till you reach Legship, appx. 22 kms. from Nayabazaar. From Legship to Pelling is all the way up hill passing through terraced farms and occasional villages and haamlets till you reach Pelling or Pemayangtse. O/n Hotel.

Day 05: Early morning take a short hike (40 minutes) to Sangacholing Monastery which is situated on the ridge above Pelling and is one of the oldesdt monasteries in Sikkim. Later visit Pemayangtse Monastery and walk to the ruins of Rabdentse the second palace of erstwhile Sikkim. O/N Hotel.

Day 06: Trek from Pelling to Kechipalri Lake with back up vehicle. Kechipalri lake remains hidden in the rich forest cover and believed to be the sacred by the local. After lunch, trek further to Yuksom with back up vehicle. Yuksom was the first capital of Sikkim where the first Chogyal of the Kingdom of Sikim was consecrated in 1641 AD by three learned Lamas. The evidence of the consecration ceremony is still intact at Norbugang Chorten in the form of stone seats and foot print of the Head Lama on a Stone. Yuksom is also the starting pont of famous trekking trail viz Dzongri or Gochela. O/N Hotel.

Day 07: Take a short hike (40 minutes) to Dubdi Monastery which is located on a hill top above Yuksom surrounded by verdant dense forest. It can be appproached by trekking only, negotiating steep slope. O/N Hotel.

Day 08: Drive to Gangtok. O/N Hotel.

Day 09: The sightseeing tour of Gangtok includes visit to the Namgyel Institute of Tibetology, Handicraft Emporium, Enchey Monastery, Flower show and later walk around the town of Gangtok.

Day 10: Drive to Rumtek. In Rumtek visit the famous Dharma Chakra Centre the seat of His Holiness Karmapa. Later take a short walk to the surrounding ethnic Lepcha and Bhutia villages to see their local culture. In the evening attend Cultural Show - this show can be arranged for a group of 6 pax and above. O/N Shambhala Mountain Resort.

Day 11: Drive to Kalimpong via River Teesta. The sightseeing tour in Kalimpong visiting Zandogpalri Phobrang Monastery, Deolo Hill to enjoy the aweinspring views of the plains, River Teesta and Rangeet. Later visit at flower nursery. O/N Hotel.

Day 12: Drive to Bagdogra for outbound flight.