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Darjeeling and Sikkim Trek

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This itinerary can be enjoyed by anyone who is in good physical health and not necessarily with experience of trekking. The best season is April when the forests of rhododendrons are in bloom! The tour combines some stunning views of the Himalayas during the trek, a visit to the tea centre of Darjeeling and a taste of Sikkim's Buddhist Monasteries and Culture.
Mountain Magic - The Singalila and Sikkim Trek

Day 1.      Arrival in Delhi
A warm welcome awaits you at the Delhi I.G.I. Airport. Meet and transfer to your hotel of choice for overnight stay.

Humanyu Tomb Delhi
Humanyu Tomb Delhi

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Day 2.      Delhi
Full day sightseeing in Delhi. You could include some of the following: Old Delhi, Red Fort, the Jama Masjid Mosque, with a rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk visiting the Spice, Wedding and Silver Markets and then the Birla Temple if you wish before lunch. Then a drive through New Delhi to see the Parliament Buildings of Sir Edwin Lutyens, India Gate and Humayun's Tomb. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 3.      Delhi - Bagdogra - Darjeeling
Morning departure to the domestic airport for your flight to Bagdogra airport. You will be received at the airport for the drive up to Darjeeling (04 Hrs) Upon arrival check in at the Hotel for your overnight stay.

Tea Plantation Darjeeling
Tea Plantation Darjeeling

Day 4.      Darjeeling
Morning visit Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park to see the Snow Leopards and Red Pandas, then a visit to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Everest Museum and the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center. In the afternoon take a toy train ride to Ghoom, 11 km from Darjeeling and the 2nd highest railway station in the world. Overnight stay at your hotel.

Day 5.      Darjeeling to Manaybhanjyang to Tonglu      3015 m
After breakfast drive to Manebhanjyang, around 03 Hrs for the starting point for your Singalila trek. After lunch start for Tonglu trekking uphill and passing the surrounding villages. Tonglu offers good views of Darjeeling and Kurseong towns and the Kanchenzunga mountain range. Overnight at a lodge or trekker's huts.

Couple in Darjeeling

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Day 6.      Tonglu to Kalpokhari      3100 m (04/05 Hrs)
Your morning trek will take your through forests of rhododendron and local villages to Kalipokhari which literarily means black lake, a place which is considered to be sacred by the local people. Overnight at trekker's huts.

Day 7.      Kalpokhari to Sandakphu      3636 m (04 Hrs)
After a leisurely morning continue the trek to Sandakphu, (this is a very steep climb) the highest point on the trek. Sandakphu commands breathtaking views of Mt. Everest and the Kanchenzunga range. Overnight at trekker's huts.

Kanchenzunga Range

Day 8.      Sandakphu
Full day at Sandakphu for you to explore the area which offers the most scenic surroundings and commands the best views that the trek has to offer.

Day 9.      Sandakphu to Molley      2900 m (04/ 05 Hrs)
From here you should have beautiful views of the early morning sunrise over the mountains when the first rays of light give a beautiful display of colour. After breakfast continue the trek along the Singalila ridge through rhododendron forests to Molley. Overnight at trekker's huts.

Day 10.      Molley to Phalut      3539 m (03/ 04 Hrs)
Morning trek uphill to Palut, the three country junction of Nepal, Sikkim and West Bengal. Palut also commands nice views of the snow capped mountains. Overnight at trekker's huts.

Trekkers at Phalut

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Day 11.      Phalut to Gorkhey      (02/ 03 Hrs)
Morning trek downhill through rhododendron and pine forest to Gorkhey, a very picturesque valley. In the afternoon explore Samden, the lost Valley, and visit local villages observing the lifestyle of the locals. Overnight at a trekker's hut.

Day 12.      Gorkhey to Siri Khola      (03/ 04 Hrs)
Morning trek to Siri Khola passing trough pine forest and local villages. Overnight at a trekker's hut.

Day 13.      Siri Khola to Rimbick to Darjeeling
A short morning trek to Rimbick from where you will drive back to Darjeeling (05/06 Hrs). Upon arrival check in at the Hotel for your overnight.

Toy Train Darjeeling
Toy Train Darjeeling

Day 14.      Darjeeling - Gangtok      (86 Km - 05 Hrs)
After an early breakfast, leave Darjeeling for the drive to Gangtok and check-in at hotel. After lunch a visit the Enchhey Monastery. Perched on a hill overlooking Gangtok and picturesquely surrounded by fluttering prayer flags is this serene Nyingma Gompa, built by the 8th Chogyal around 1840 on a site blessed by the great tantric master Lama Druptab Karpa who was credited with the ability to fly.

Do Drul Chorten, Gangtok

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This will be followed by a visit to the Do Drul Chorten, an awe-inspiring stupa, encircled by prayer wheels on spins while circumambulating clockwise offering the prayer "Om Mane Padme Hum Re". In the Chapel are two giant statues of Lord Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava, the patron saint of Sikkim. This will be followed by a visit to the Research Institute of Tibetology. The building accommodating the Institute is a classic example of Tibetan Architecture and is world reknowned for its rare books and documents on Bhuddhism. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 15.      Gangtok to Tinjure      (2433 m) - Drive / Trek
After breakfast drive to Tashi View Point (8 kms). From here you will trek for 13 Kms through the Fambonglho Forest Sanctuary. Lunch at the Camp / Rest house followed by a trek in the surrounding forest till evening. Dinner and overnight at the trekker's hut.

Monestary
Monestary

Day 16.      Tinjure - Rumtek - Gangtok      (Trek / Drive)
Early wake up for a view of the sunrise. After breakfast, a downhill trek of approx. 12 kms to Rumtek. Lunch in Rumtek at the Sambhala Resort. After lunch, a visit to the Rumtek Monastery, a replica of the Kagyurpa Monastery in Tsurpa, Tibet. Also known as the Dharma Karma Centre, and constructed by His Holiness the late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa in 1960, Rumtek is a splendid example of Tibetan Monastic art with its traditional architecture, exquisite paintings and intricate woodwork. The center also houses some of the world's most religious scriptures, manuscripts and religious art objects. A short fifteen minute walk downhill leads you to the Old Rumtek monastery, which was originally built in 1730 by the 9th Karmapa. Drive back to Gangtok (23 kms / 45 mins) for dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Day 17.      Gangtok - Bagdogra - Delhi
Morning transfer to Bagdogra (80 km - 04 hrs approx.) for your return flight to Delhi. Late evening transfer to the I.G.I. airport for your final departure.



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