Detailed Itinerary for BEST HIMALAYA TOUR 09 Nights/10 Days
Day 1: ARRIVAL NJP RAILWAY STATION / (IXB) BAGDOGRA AIRPORT - GANGTOK
On arrival at NJP Railway Station / Bagdogra Airport you will be received by our office executive who will assist you to board your vehicle to Gangtok (5500 Ft /1677 Mts, 130 Kms / 4 -5 Hrs). Upon arrival proceed to the hotel for check-in; the evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay at Gangtok.
Day 2: FULL DAY EXCURSION TO TSHANGU LAKE / BABA MANDIR – GANGTOK
After breakfast, in the morning, start for excursion to Tshangu Lake (12400Ft / 3780 Mts / 43Kms in 3Hrs one way from Gangtok) & through Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary and Baba Mandir (13100Ft / 3994 Mts / 16Kms in 1Hrs one way from Tshangu Lake) (no entry for foreigner national, they are allowed to visit till Tshangu Lake, with a valid permit. They also have to be 02 & above is number to visit Tshangu Lake). Situated at a height of 12400Ft / 3780 Mts / 43Kms in 3Hrs one way, with an average depth of 50 ft. The cool water of the Lake is perfectly attuned with the scenic beauty around. Back to Gangtok and Overnight at Gangtok. (Incase of Landslide or due to any other reasons if Tshangu Lake is closed then an alternate sightseeing will be provided) Optional Nathula(14140 Ft / 4310 Mts / 20 Kms in 1Hrs one way from Tshangu Lake) Baba Mandir (13100Ft / 3994 Mts / 16Kms in 1Hrs one way from Tshangu Lake) is an Indo China border, controlled by the Indian Army & is situated approx 20 Kms ahead of Tshangu Lake at an height of 14140 Ft / 4310. The journey to Nathula & Baba Mandir is same up to 16 Kms. At this point the right arm of the “V” which is 4 Kms takes one to Baba Mandir & left arm of the “V” which is 4 Kms takes one to Nathula. One can opt for Nathula Excursion by paying a supplement cost which varies from month to month. Nathula permit gets confirmed 24 hrs prior to the journey date & it is subjected to permit availability as it is allotted as per lottery. Nathula is closed on Monday & Tuesday for tourist. Organising the permit at the last moment is not possible & a clear window of 72 Hrs with proper documents is required to process the permit. To process the permit we would require 04 Passport Size Photograph & photo proof identity card such as Voter Id / Passport / Driving License. Pan card & Adhar card is not accepted as identity proof by authorities. There is no refund, incase the permit is confirmed by Sikkim tourism & due to whatsoever reason (Land slide, Heavy rain fall, VIP Movement, Health issue etc) one is not able to visit.
Day 3: GANGTOK TO LACHUNG
After breakfast in the morning transfer to Lachung – Nearly 130 kilometers and five hours’ drive – Check into hotel at Lachung - Evening free to visit Lachung Monastery - Overnight stay at Lachung.
Day 4: FULL DAY EXCURSION TO YUMTHANG VALLEY – LACHUNG
After breakfast you leave for Yumthang (Yumthang is a large valley surrounded by mountains where the tree line ends. In April, May and June the valley erupts in a riot of colours as rhododendrons, primulae and many other Alpine Flowers are in full bloom. In winters, Yumthang is somber with snow all around and the snow clad mountains adds to the ethereal beauty) one way. You can pay a visit to the famous hot spring on the way. Return to Lachung for lunch. After lunch you will depart for local sightseeing at Lachung. This includes visit to Lachung Monastery and waterfalls. Return to hotel for Dinner (around 8 pm) and overnight stay at Lachung.
Day 5: LACHUNG – GANGTOK
After breakfast you will depart for Gangtok stopping on the way at many places between Singhik and Mangan to see the Kanchendzonga Range. These locations offer majestic view of Mt. Pandim, Mt Kabru, Mt. Simvo, Mt. Jopuno, Mt Kanchendzonga and Mt. Siniolchu. On arrival check-in at hotel in overnight stay at Gangtok.
Day 6: HALF DAY SIGHTSEEING GANGTOK – PELLING
After breakfast at hotel you will depart for half day city tour covering Jhakri waterfall, later visit Research Institute of Tibetology (Closed on Sunday & govt. Holidays), Do-Drul Chorten, Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom (Closed on Sunday & Govt. Holidays), Flower Show. Afternoon transfer to Transfer to Pelling – A drive of 140 kilometers 4-5 hours through scenic road – Check in to the hotel – Pelling is situated at an altitude of 2072 meters / 6800 feet - On a clear day guest can get a clear view of Himalayan range with snow capped mount Pandim, Kumbhakarna, Rathong, Khangchendzonga, Zopuno, Shimbho, Narsing, Sinolchu etc - It is one of the exotic settlement with varieties of Rhododendron, Orchids, historical sites, short trek routes and wildlife – Its botanical and zoological richness is inspiring and the scenic view from the top of the ridge across deep valley to the heights of Kanchendzonga ranges is something to be seen to be believed - Yuksom, Ravangla, Rinchenpong and Namchi are some of the tourist spot nearby – Check into hotel - Evening free to roam around the small settlement - Over Night stay at Pelling.
Day 7: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING – PELLING
After breakfast at hotel – Drive for Full Day Sight Seeing. Full day sightseeing which includes Pemayangtse Monastery, Rimbi Water Falls, and Kanchenjunga falls, Khecheopalri Lake, Darap Village, Rimbi Rock Garden, New Helipad & Kanchenjunga view Tower. Over Night stay at Pelling.
Day 8: PELLING – DARJEELING
Morning transfer to to Darjeeling (7380 Ft/ 2250 Mts/ 125 Kms/ 4 Hrs) Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. The evening is free for leisure, overnight stay at Darjeeling.
Day 9: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING (03 POINT + 07 POINT) – DARJEELING
Early morning excursion to Tiger Hill (8364 Ft / 2550 Mts) at around 3:45 am for viewing sunrise over Kanchendzonga Peak (if the weather is favorable), while returning visit to Ghoom Monastery, Peace Memorial, and Batasia Loop. After breakfast at the hotel you will depart for Half day city tour of Darjeeling. This includes sightseeing at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (closed on Thursday), Ropeway, Tenzing and Gombu Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center (closed on Sunday), Tea Estate, Peace Pagoda. Overnight stay at Darjeeling.
Day 10: DARJEELING – DEPARTURE NJP RAILWAY STATION / IXB BAGDOGRA AIRPORT
After breakfast at hotel transfer to NJP Railway Station / Bagdogra Airport for your onward journey. As you go home let the everlasting memory of the radiant Himalayas and this beautiful serene place linger in your mind and prompt you now and again to revisit this place.