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Enchanting Sikkim & Darjeeling Tour - 08 Days

The Indian states of Sikkim and Darjeeling are characterized by massive tea plantations everywhere.

Akin to its very nomenclature, the "Enchanting Sikkim & Darjeeling Tours" is a truly enchanting and compact trip that familiarizes you to the two stunning hill stations in the Indian state of West Bengal. While Sikkim is beautifully tucked under the canopy of the mighty Kanchenjunga (8586 m), Darjeeling is another equally enticing town known for its lush tea garden, Tiger Hill and a plethora of British styled schools. Throughout this tour, you will not only witness some of the famed historical and cultural sites here but also get seriously intimate with the verdant terrace farms, hot springs, narrow curvy roads and yes the concoction of nature and culture.

The trip begins with an hour's flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, a small town in proximity to Nepal's eastern border with India. You will find our representative waiting for you at the airport. You better get hand and glove with him because he is the one who is going to be your guiding star throughout this tour. From Bhadrapur we take a private car and drive all the way to Kakarvitta, another town right at Nepal's eastern border with India. After some custom and immigration formalities here, we then drive ahead entering the Indian premises (state) of West Bengal. Our destination for the day is Gangtok, the beautiful capital of Sikkim. At Gangtok we explore the several renowned sites like - Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms or Government Institute of Cottage Industries, Enchey Monastery, The Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology, Rumtek Monastery, Tashi View Point etc. There are even more in store once we drive to Darjeeling, also known as "the queen of hills". Tiger Hill, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center, Tea Garden and Tea Factory, Darjeeling Peace Pagoda etc. are some of the sites we will be exploring in Darjeeling. On a happy note, we drive back to Bhadrapur and then board on a flight to Kathmandu.

 

OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing (1400m)

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (91m/1 hr) and drive from Bhadrapur to Gangtok (1650m/4-5 hrs)

Day 04: Sightseeing in Gangtok

Day 05: Drive from Sikkim to Darjeeling (2050m/4-5 hrs)

Day 06: Sightseeing in Darjeeling

Day 07: Drive from Darjeeling to Bhadrapur (91m/4-5 hrs) and flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu

Day 08: Final departure

 

  Important  Snippets  

The itinerary prescribed above is the standard template of the trip plan offered by Marron Treks which can be readily customized to match the guests’ preferences. However, the guests are expected to understand that the execution of the trip plan might be circumvented by an array of uncontrollable factors like bad weather, political turmoil, strikes, blockades and other unforeseen contingencies. Besides, the domestic flights in Nepal could be subjected to delays or cancellations owing to adverse weather conditions or technical glitches. It is worth mentioning that the flights cannot be operated in the condition where the visibility is less than 1600 meters. Under such abnormal circumstances, the trip plans might undergo slight or sharp alterations, taking into consideration, the best interest of the clients. Wherever the changes are made, Marron Treks cannot be held responsible for the consequences. Nevertheless, we shall endeavor our level best to make sure that the trip is carried out with respect to the original trip specifics.


Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, the only international airport in Nepal.Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by a representative from Marron Treks and then transferred to your designated hotel. Once at the hotel, you are greeted with welcome drinks. We will then have a quick pre-trip meeting, where you are briefed on the trip itineraries and some formalities that ought to be pursued. Depending on the time remaining, you can either rest or stroll around the vicinity of your hotel to get the feel of this busy, colorful and energetic capital of Nepal. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.

 


Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing (1400m)Boudhanath Stupa, the gigantic stupa in Kathmandu Nepal, regarded as the one of the most revered sites for Buddhist pilgrims in Nepal.

Let’s savor the succulent breakfast and get ready for a guided tour to the historic, religious and cultural sites of Kathmandu. Hop in to our transport vehicle with an experienced city guide and drive through the hullabaloo of Kathmandu. Our guide will be taking you to visit the renowned sites listed in the UNESCO world’s heritage list- the Pasupatinath Temple (The Most Revered Hindu Shrine), Boudhanath (The Maha Stupa) and Kathmandu (Basantapur) Durbar Square . After this interesting and informative tour, drive back to the hotel. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.

 


Bhadrapur Airport is located in the Jhapa district of Nepal.Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (91m/1 hr) and drive from Bhadrapur to Gangtok (1650m/4-5 hrs)

After breakfast you will be driven to the domestic wing of Tribhuwan airport. You board a flight to Bhadrapur, which is a small city located near Nepal's eastern border with India. Within an hour you will find yourself at a very unsophisticated looking airport of Bhadrapur. A representative from Marron Treks will receive you who will accompany you throughout the tour in India. We drive on a private car to Kakarvitta, which is the last town before Nepal's eastern border with India. We have to wait here for sometime until a custom and immigration formalities are sorted out. Crossing Kakarvitta, we immediately enter the Indian state of West Bengal. Our drive continues to Siliguri, a busy Indian town, where we possibly halt for lunch. The post lunch drive commences towards Gangtok, a beautiful hill station cum the capital of Sikkim state. The road to Gangtok comprises of treacherous hair-pin curves. As you glance out of the car's window you can see the snaky tracks below which you just traversed. In about 4-5 hours you will reach Gangtok. One can clearly feel the chill of the elevation. We have an extra day here tomorrow, so we can get  ourselves well rested and take a sound sleep. Overnight at a hotel in Gangtok; breakfast included.

 


Day 04: Sightseeing in GangtokThe Tashi View Point is located in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.

Activities for the day include:

  • Early morning visit to Tashi View Point located about 8 kms from Gangtok. Astounding views of Khangchendzonga and the Siniolchu Range. The distant north Sikkim monasteries are also visible from this point along the North Sikkim highway. Drive back to hotel for breakfast.
  •   After breakfast visit the following renowned sites-

     


Special bamboo products reflecting the authentic design style from Sikkim.A. Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms or Government Institute of Cottage Industries

Established by the government of Sikkim to promote the manufacturing and sales of authentic and traditional arts and handicraft, handlooms,  exquisite carpets, blankets and shawls in "Lepcha" weaves, furniture (Choksies), thankas (special paintings), bamboo products reflecting the  authentic design style from Sikkim. Visiting hours - Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am. to 12.30 pm/ 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm (closed on Sundays, second Saturdays and government holidays).

 


B. Enchey MonasteryThe Enchey Monastery of Gangtok, Sikkim is believed to be built by Lama Druptob Karpo renowned for his purported power of flying.

Located 3 kms away from the city centre, this small hermitage is believed to be built by Lama Druptob Karpo (renowned for his purported power of flying)  after he flew at this spot from Maenam Hill in South Sikkim, during the reign of Sidkeong Tulku, 1909-1910, nearly 200 years ago. The present monastery was built in the form of Chinese Pagoda. It follows Nyingmapa order. The annual ceremony (puja) is observed with religious masked dances on the 18h and 19th day of December (11th month of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar).


 

The Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology is a world-renowned research centre for Tibetan Buddhism and is well stocked with rare books and manuscripts on Buddhism.C. The Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology

The Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology is a world-renowned research centre for Tibetan Buddhism and is well stocked with rare books and manuscripts on Buddhism. The institute also preserves antique collection like - coins, statues, rosaries, brass bells, dorjis and thankas. Besides, one can also witness an astounding collection of nearly 30,000 volumes of literatures on the subjects like astrology, philosophy, magic and religion. The institute conducts research in the fields of language and culture of Tibet. The foundation was laid in 1957 by the "Dalai Lama" and was inaugurated by the then prime minister of India, "Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru",  in October 1958. It also has a number of religious arts and crafts work available for sale. It's vast wealth of Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts attract scholars from all corners of the world. The institute is open from 10.00 am. to 4.00 pm.( every Monday to Saturday) and is closed on Sunday/ second Saturday/ government holidays.

 


D. Rumtek MonasteryRumtek Monastery in located about 24 kms away from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.

It is located about 24 kms away from Gangtok. The monastery is boisterously poised on a fascinating landscape. The first monastery was built in 1717 A.D at Rumtek by the then king, Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal, but was unfortunately devastated by the earthquake during that period. Late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa constructed the second monastery in 1960. It is the headquarters of the Kagyu-pa (Red Hat) sect of the Tibetan lamaistic Buddhism. It is an excellent replica of the original Kagyu headquarters at Tsurpu in Tibet. It houses some of the world's most unique art objects, ancient manuscripts and icons. Above the Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre, is a hermitage where the monks go into complete seclusion for meditation for a period of three years. The "Chaam" (religious masked dance) is performed on the 10 th day of the 5th month of the Tibetan Calendar, in presence of the eight manifestations of "Guru Rimpoche". Prayer time:  4 am. and 6 pm.

Unless its already too dark, we can spare sometime of the evening at Tashi View Point. Overnight at a hotel in Gangtok; breakfast included.
 


Darjeeling, a small school town and a stunningly beautiful hill station in the Indian state of West Bengal.Day 05: Drive from Sikkim to Darjeeling (2050m/4-5 hrs)

After breakfast we bid farewell to Gangtok and get our wheels going along the familiar twist and turns until we arrive at another stunning hilly paradise, Darjeeling. Owing to the uncommon natural beauty one can witness here, Darjeeling is often referred as "the queen of hills" by its visitors. The long drive has perhaps made us a little fatigued, so its better if we check in to our hotel and rest. We have a busy day tomorrow, packed with plenty of entertaining activities. Overnight at a hotel in Darjeeling; breakfast included.

 



Day 06: Sightseeing in Darjeeling

On the chilly morning at Darjeeling, we wake up only to be greeted with a steamy cup of coffee/tea. We then freshen ourselves. The sightseeing now begins with a drive along the narrow and curvy roads of this splendid hill-town. The activity for the day includes the visits to the following renowned sites:
 

 

A.Tiger HillTiger Hill, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Darjeeling, regarded as an exclusive vantage point to witness the sunrise.

Splendid view of sun rise over Mt. Kanchendzonga. On the return, visit Yiga-Choling Monastery (Ghoom). Drive back to the hotel for breakfast.


 

 



The zoo in Darjeeling preserves some of the most highly endangered animal species of Eastern Himalayas.B. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

this renowned zoological park is an abode to some of the most exclusive wildlives like - Siberian tiger, Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda, Snow Leopard and many other animals and bird species. There is also a Snow Leopard breeding center nearby.







C. Himalayan Mountaineering InstituteThe Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling, India houses the Everest Museum, Natural History Museum and exhibits a splendid display of Himalayan wildlife.

Besides being a training center for mountaineers, this institute also houses the Everest Museum, Natural History Museum and exhibits a splendid display of Himalayan wildlives.

 


 



Tibetan Refugee Center in Darjeeling is a major center for the production of Tibetan carpets, woodworks and various leather goods.D. Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center

This happens to be the major center for the production of Tibetan carpets, woodworks and various leather goods.

 

 

 

 


E. Tea Garden and Tea FactoryThe verdant tea garden of Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal is known for the production of aromatic tea leaves.

When we talk about Darjeeling, the first thing that pops up on our head is its aromatic tea. The locally produced CTC tea and the tea-leaves are famous throughout Asia. Today we visit this lush tea garden and the tea factory nearby to get a sense of how this popular product is actually processed.

 

 



The Peace Pagoda in Darjeeling is a symbol of peace and unity.F. Darjeeling Peace Pagoda

It is one of the Peace Pagodas designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds to help unite them in their search for world peace. Like most of the other Peace Pagodas, it was built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii (1885–1985), a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan-Myōhōji  Buddhist Order. Overnight at a hotel in Darjeeling; breakfast included.



 

 

Day 07: Drive from Darjeeling to Bhadrapur (91m/4-5 hrs) and flight from Thamel, a popular spot for souvenir shopping in Kathmandu, Nepal.Bhadrapur to Kathmandu

It's time now we say good bye to this lovely hill station. After an early breakfast we drive back to Bhadrapur airport. It's actually a long drive along the narrow and curvy roads for about 4-5 hours. We then board on a flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be received by a representative from Marron Treks and transferred to your hotel.  The remaining time is on your own. You would probably want to do some souvenir shopping at Thamel. In the evening, Marron Treks will host a farewell dinner party featuring a range of mouth watering Nepali cuisines, followed by a live cultural program. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast and dinner included.
 

 

Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.Day 08: Final Departure

Unless you would want to extend your trip and try out some of our other adventurous packages like  Bungy Jumping, Mountain Biking, Jungle Safari, White Water Rafting, Golfing & Paragliding etc. this will be your last day in Nepal. A representative from Marron Treks will escort you to the airport for the final departure to your homeland. Have a safe flight back home. Please let us know about your desire for trip extension so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

 



 

  Important  Snippets  

The itinerary prescribed above is the standard template of the trip plan offered by Marron Treks which can be readily customized to match the guests’ preferences. However, the guests are expected to understand that the execution of the trip plan might be circumvented by an array of uncontrollable factors like bad weather, political turmoil, strikes, blockades and other unforeseen contingencies. Besides, the domestic flights in Nepal could be subjected to delays or cancellations owing to adverse weather conditions or technical glitches. It is worth mentioning that the flights cannot be operated in the condition where the visibility is less than 1600 meters. Under such abnormal circumstances, the trip plans might undergo slight or sharp alterations, taking into consideration, the best interest of the clients. Wherever the changes are made, Marron Treks cannot be held responsible for the consequences. Nevertheless, we shall endeavor our level best to make sure that the trip is carried out with respect to the original trip specifics.


Accommodation

During Sikkim & Darjeeling Tour we opt you accommodate in 3 star or 5 star hotels like Hotel Royal Singhi (3 star), Hotel Manaslu (3 star), Radisson (5 star),  Yak & Yeti (5 star) or similar in Kathmandu City.
While you are on tours in Sikkim and Darjeeling, you will be accommodated in Hotel Dekeling or similar.

 

Meals

We arrange the best quality food for all members during Sikkim & Darjeeling Tour. Basically we recommend you local community foods of Sikkim so that you could enjoy the culture, the way of living of local people around there. Other than that many kind of Continental, Chinese, Italian and Indian cuisine like Pizza, Spaghetti, French Fries, Soups, Breads etc are also available in most of the places based upon your requirement.

 

Best Months

In general speaking, March-May & October-December is the best months for Sikkim & Darjeeling Tour. 

 

Our Guides

The Guides play a very active role at the time of trip. Marron Treks has experienced and helpful tour guides who make your trip enjoyable as well as successful. To make our visitors journey fruitful, the team of MarronTreks has got number of guides who have good knowledge about the culture, language, location of Sikkim & Darjeeling which would help our visitors to enjoy the full potential of the trail and communicate easily with the people along the trail.

 

Entry Formalities

Foreigners require an Inner Line Permit (ILP) in addition to normal Indian visa to enter Sikkim and can visit Gangtok, Rumtek, Phodang and Pemayangtse. No permit is required to enter & stay in Darjeeling & other parts of North Bengal including Kalimpomg.

All foreigners intending to visit Sikkim can avail of 15 days inner-line permit with a further 15 days extension available in Gangtok. Re-entry into Sikkim is not possible within 3 months of leaving Sikkim. Restricted area permit for individuals & groups for restricted areas i.e., Gangtok. Rumtek, Phodong, Pemagyantse can be obtained in advance from all Indian missions aboard, Sikkim tourism offices at Delhi, Calcutta, Siliguri & Gangtok, after furnishing requisite documents. A standard Permit allows one to visit Gangtok, Rumtek, Phodong and Pemagyantse. The permits are checked and the visas stamped while entering and leaving Sikkim.

 

Foreigners without a valid passport and permit are not allowed to enter Sikkim. The best and the easiest way to get the permit is when the individual/group is getting their Indian visa stamp on their passport. All they have to do is express their desire to visit Sikkim & the Indian missions abroad endorses the permit while granting the India visa.

 

Access

From Kathmandu, fly to Bhadrapur in the east Nepal (1 hour), then drive to Kakarbhitta (Nepal-India border, 34 km), to Siliguri (36 km) and to Gangtok (110 km, 3 hours 30 minutes). Gangtok is also connected by road with Darjeeling (5 hours) and Bhutan (7 hours). The closest Indian airport is at Bagdogra, 124 km from Gangtok, where scheduled flights operate from Kolkata, new Delhi and Guwahati. Taxis for Gangtok (4 hours) are available at the airport. Grand Sikkim Tourism development Corporation also operates daily helicopter flights from Bagdogra airport to Gangtok (20 minutes).The closest railway stations are Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri (121 km) which are connected to Kolkata,New delhi, Guwahati and other major Indian cities. Taxis and buses for Gangtok are available at Siliguri.

 

Travel Insurance

Before starting your journey with MarronTreks it is advised that you arrange your travel insurance before leaving your homeland. The main thing is to make sure your insurance covers you for both medical and evacuation costs. In some places it is not necessary but it would be better if you have the travel insurance with you all the time. That would make your trip safe and hassle free.

 

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Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop services.
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city.
  • All applicable domestic airfare as specified in the itinerary.
  • All ground transportation (private vehicle) costs as prescribed in the itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation costs in Kathmandu, Sikkim and Darjeeling on "BB" basis with respect to the itinerary.
  • Tourist entrance and monumental fees during the sightseeing in Nepal, Sikkim & Darjeeling as prescribed in the itinerary.
  • Company’s t-shirt, cap and a day pack (provided as complimentary gears).
  • Remuneration to an experienced English speaking city guide for sightseeing in Nepal, Sikkim & Darjeeling.
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the guide).
  • Personal insurance for crew members.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Farewell dinner with live Nepalese cultural program.

 

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and departure taxes.
  • Indian visa fee.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days costs US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days costs US $40 and $ 100 respectively. You will need a valid passport and 2 copies of your recent PP sized photos).
  • Personal insurance and other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, bottled water etc.).
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Lunch and dinner expenses.
  • Personal clothing and equipments.
  • Tip for tour guides, driver, hotel lobby staff and waiters. (Tipping is expected but not mandatory).
  • Cost incurred due to the addition of extra days or change in the real course of the itinerary because of bad weather conditions, political turmoil or any other unforeseen contingencies.
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the “Cost Includes” section above.

 Not Required...

 

Departure Date

Generally, the private tours do not have fixed departures. Please contact us directly and let us know about your preferred date for the trip. We will endeavor our best to ensure that your trip commences on the set date.





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