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Tour : Flavour of the Hills
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Duration : 9 Nights/ 10 Days
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Places : Delhi-Bagdogra-Darjeeling- Gangtok-Kalimpong-Delhi
 
 
Day 01 Delhi
Arrive Delhi Meet & Greet at Airport & transfer to hotel, Over night hotel Delhi.

Day 02 Delhi
In the morning after breakfast we are ready for full day local sightseeing in Delhi Over night Delhi

Day 03 Delhi - Bagdogra
Pick- up by a NAC Maruti Van from Bagdogra Airport to be taken to Darjeeling (7100 Ft), the "Queen of the hill stations" , its name derived from "Dorje-Line" which means the place of "Dorje", the mystic thunderbolt. Covering a distance of 88 kms over a drive of 3.5 hrs along winding roads ,its an experience of unforgettable beauty. Checkin at "The Elgin".
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The Elgin - a 120 years old property, now given "Heritage Status" is located at 2 minutes walking distance from the mall. The Snug & Cosy feeling, Burma teak Furniture, Wooden floorboards and panelling, crackling log fireplaces, well thumbed volumes at the library, candle-lit dining tables with soft strains of the melodies wafting from the piano.. each has a story to tell - The story of the stylish lifestyle of its first owner, the Maharaja of Cooch Behar. Having 25 well appointed rooms equipped with Satellite TV, Direct Dial Phones & a view of Kanchenjunga, The Elgin also provides hospitality alongwith a flavour of history. Spend the evening lazing around or walk down to the mall to do some window-shopping. Night Halt at The Elgin,
Darjeeling.
Day 04 Darjeeling
Start the day at 4am with an early morning trip to Tiger Hill (7800 Ft) to catch the sunrise from behind the majestic Kunchenjunga range. On the way back visit the Ghoom Monastery & Batasia Loop. Back to the hotel for breakfast . Spend the rest of the day recouping the lost sleep. Walk to the mall, do some shopping or lazy around at "Chowrasta" - the meeting point. Night Halt at The Elgin, Darjeeling.

Day 05 Darjeeling
After breakfast take a trip to "Mirik" (6000 Ft) - the newest hill-station in the Darjeeling hills. Famous for its squash (the vegetable) & the picturesque lake, this quiet township is also surrounded by gardens which produce some of the finest teas. The lake offers boating and fishing apart from a view of snowcapped peaks. Enjoy the fulfilling experience of Nature in its purest form mingled with the unique culture prevalent here. Spend the rest of the day at Mirik to reach Darjeeling back by sunset. Night Halt at The Elgin, Darjeeling.

Day 06 Darjeeling - Sikkim
Leave by 8.30am for a 3hr 30mins journey to the Land of the Pristine and unspoilt natural beauty - Sikkim , with alpine landscapes and thick luxuriant forests, rivers in torrent and peaceful lakes. Arrive at Norkhill Gangtok (5500 Ft) by lunchtime- the erstwhile Guest house of the King of Sikkim, a Heritage Property. With rich traditional interiors, 25 rooms having Satellite TV, Direct Dial Phones etc., a Kanchenjunga view, Multicuisine Restaurant, there is no better place where one can experience a mix of Culture-Modern lifestyle-Natural beauty in the ambience of History.

Post lunch take a half day sightseeing trip to The Handicraft &
Handloom Showroom, which promotes traditional arts & crafts, a veritable storehouse of exquisite carpets, blankets, shawls in "Lepcha" weaves ; The Flower Show which contains over 200

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species of orchids set amidst a beautiful landscape; Enchey Monastery- built in 1910 on the site blessed by the great tantric master Lama Drutob Karpo, known for his flying powers, this monastery houses the monks of the Nyingmapa Order of Tibetan Buddhism ; Nam Nang VP/Ropeway ; Do-Drul Chorten (Stupa) which is one of the most important stupas of Sikkim, built by the head of the Nyingma order- Trullshi Rimpoche in 1945. It contains rare details of Dorji Phupa, Holy Books, Mantras and is encircled by 108 prayer wheels ; The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology built in 1958 in traditional style, a renowned worldwide centre for the study of the Mahayana Buddhist philosophy & religion, a treasure house of rare "Thankas", statues, over 200 Buddhist icons and prized objects of art Back to the hotel by evening. Night Halt at Norkhill, Gangtok.
Day 07 Gangtok
After breakfast proceed to Tsomgo Lake (12,210 Ft), a 40 km drive which takes 2.5 hrs. This lake is located very close to Nathula Pass which is the entry point to China termed as the "Silk Route & remains frozen for most parts of the year. Legend has it that the Lamas use to forecast the future by studying the colour of the lakes waters. Enjoy the surroundings, majestic snowy peaks which feed the lake and the clean fresh air. Back to Gangtok by 3pm for a late lunch. Evening free for leisure or go shopping for Sikkimese traditional handicrafts. Night Halt at Norkhill, Gangtok.

Day 08 Gangtok - Kalimpong
Leave Gangtok by 8.30am to reach Kalimpong (4000 Ft) by 11am, a drive of 76 kms, 2.5hrs. Also called the garden of flowers, this town has almost everything- scenic beauty, flowers, greenery, waters, mists, clouds etc..

Checkin at "The Silver Oaks", the only 4-star luxury hotel in Kalimpong, just 2 minutes from the Mall. Built originally in 1930, the present day building has been spruced up with modern amenities housing 23 fully equipped rooms, multicuisine restaurant etc.. The hotel has more glass than walls which allows the breathtaking beauty of the great outdoors to fill the indoors.

If you are in Kalimpong on a Wednesday/Saturday, walk down to the "Haat Bazaar" or local market - a place where villagers from all nearby villages come & sell/display their wares (right from handicrafts to food items). The market starts early morning by 6-7am & is on till 4pm. This is a unique extravaganza typical to rural regions, a cultural experience you will never forget.

After lunch proceed for a half day sightseeing of Durpin Hill (which has the famous Zong Dog Palri Fo- Brang Monastery which belongs to the same Buddhist sect as the present Dalai Lama) , Jelapla View Point, Pine View Point, Chitra Bhanu & Kalim Temple, Dr Graham's Homes complex with its historic church & well maintained grounds founded in 1900 by Rev. Dr. J A Graham, a Scottish missionary, Delo Hill (5556 ft) appears to be the roof- of- the- world, is the highest point in Kalimpong. Delo also has the town's picturesque water reservoir. Then on to Mangal Dham Temple constructed in memory of the late Guru Shree (108) Mangal Dasji and dedicated to Lord Krishna, Kalimpong Arts & Crafts Centre, Nature Interpretation Centre (Forest Museum). Evening at leisure with a visit to the market.where you do some curio shopping, buy some Kalimpong Cheese & lollypops of Swiss technology from "Larks" or just take a walk thru the market . Night halt at The Silver Oaks, Kalimpong.

Day 09 Kalimpong - Bagdogra
After Breakfast Depart to Bagdogra/NJP. Arrive Delhi transfer to
hotel at leisure Over night Delhi

Day 10 Delhi
Delhi Depart IGI Airport & catch international flight .tour end.
 
 
 
 
 
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