Stunning snowcapped mountains, including the third highest in the world. Lush valleys, enchanting villages and ancient Tibetan monasteries. You’ll experience all of this, and more, on this Quick Escape journey to Sikkim and Darjeeling.
You’ll first visit Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, and the capital of the independent kingdom of Sikkim until its merger with India in 1975. Led by the Chogyal dynasty, of Tibetan Buddhist origin, this area remains heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Established by the 16th Karmapa, Rumtek Monastery, just to the south of Gangtok, is one of the highlights of visiting this region.
Darjeeling, once a summer capital under the British Raj, is world-renowned for its teas, and its tea plantations are a vital source of livelihood for the people of the Himalayan foothills. The region was also jumping-off point for many Himalayan mountaineering expeditions, and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, once headed by the Everest-conquering Tenzing Norgay, is located in Darjeeling. The scenic Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, with its lovely little toy train, travels between Siliguri and Darjeeling, and has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kalimpong, another hill station of the Raj, is a strategically located market town at the crossroads between Sikkim, Bhutan, Tibet and the Bengali plains. Kalimpong offers some great shopping, and like Darjeeling is a delightful blend of Raj architecture and Tibetan monasteries, with an added pinch of Bengali and Nepalese flavor.
Come see why the great climber-writer Fosco Maraini deemed this part of the world a “fairy tale.”
Day 1 | Arrival
Met on arrival and escorted to our hotel. Time permitting visit some sites in ‘New’ Delhi.
Day 2 | Delhi to Kalimpong
Early morning flight brings us to Bagdora/Siliguri from where we drive into the foothills of the Himalaya to the Hill-Station of Kalimpong.
Day 3 | To Gangtok
Beautiful mountain drive to the Capital of Sikkim. Sunset visit Enchey Monastery perched on a ridge above Gangtok, offering a spectacular view of town and Kanchenjunga.
Days 4 & 5 | Exploring Gangtok
Full day to continue exploration of the old frontier town, including visit to Rumtek monastery, founded by the 16th Karmapa.
Day 6 | To Pemayangtse
Today you will begin your drive west to Darjeeling with an overnight en route stop at Pelling. Here, visit Pemayangtse (sublime lotus) Monastery, one of the oldest in the State of Sikkim.
Day 7 | To Darjeeling.
Your visit to Darjeeling will offer you a magnificent views of Kanchenjunga.
Day 8 & 9 | In Darjeeling
Day to explore this beloved British Hill-Station and source of the famous “Darjeeling” tea.
Day 10 | Departure via Delhi
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Delhi and later to your international departure.
Trip Dates & Pricing
Dates:This is a private journey offered from January – May & September – December
2021 Land Cost:
2 Travelers: $4,885 per person
Internal Airfare: $210 per person
Single Supplement: $1,350 per person
NOTE: Land Price is based on Double Occupancy and
Internal Airfare is subject to change by airlines.
Moderate overland touring. This itinerary travels to the Himalayan foothills in Sikkim and Darjeeling with overnights at an altitude of 6,000 – 8,000 feet. This trip requires that participants are in good physical condition and participate in regular cardiovascular exercise. Anyone with a history of medical problems, particularly cardiac or respiratory, should consult a doctor before considering this tour.