Originally just a cluster of villages that was administered intermittently by Nepal and Sikkim, Darjeeling grew in prominence during the mid 19th century when, because of its climate, the British first established a hill station there after leasing it from the Chogyal of Sikkim and later discovered that the area was particularly well suited for tea plantations. In 1849, the British annexed the area and Darjeeling became a part of British India. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was opened in 1881 (it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the town became the de-facto summer capital of India during the days when the Raj was governed from Calcutta.
Because it was a popular hill station during the days of the Raj, a lovely Victorian town was built among the Himalayan foothills, the remnants of which are still visible around the Chowrasta and Darjeeling remains a popular summer and fall resort for the natives of Kolkata today. For foreign tourists, the main attractions are the cultural diversity (many Tibetan refugees moved here after Tibet was annexed by China and they co-exist with the descendants of the many Nepali and Bihari laborers brought to work in the tea plantations), the beautiful views (including the wonderful vista view of Kanchenjunga), a variety of trekking options, and the opportunity to cool down after a stint in the plains. The town is also a jumping off point for travelers heading to Sikkim.4 Days Queen of Hills Sightseeing in Darjeeling.
What is included in the tour
- Accommodation in all places
- Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner (AP)
- Personal Car (Car accommodation only 04 pax)
- Full Sightseeing as per itinerary
What is NOT included in the tour
- Places Entrance fee and expenses of personal nature
- Camera Charges/Jeep/Camel/Elephant Ride Charges.
- Non Ac Car,Driving Allowance
- Toll Tax, Parking, Driver Allowance
- All Taxes (Including 5% GST)
Darjeeling Package with Kalimpong, Kalimpong Sightseeing, Grahams Home, Lava Excursion, Lava visit, Kalimpong sightseeing
Day - 01 - Arrival at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) and transfer to Darjeeling - Situated at an elevation of 2123 meters / 70001 feet, the land of breathtaking beauty, amidst rolling tea gardens, crowned by the majestic Himalayas – This international destination is popularly known as the Queen of the hills - Jewel in the crown of the Eastern Himalayas with mesmerizing beauty offers spectacular views of the Mount Everest, Mount Kanchendzonga and the rest of spectacular Himalayan range - Reach Darjeeling and check into the hotel - In the evening one is free to stroll around Mall / local market - Over night stay at Darjeeling
Day - 02 - Excursion to Mirik - Mirik is a relatively new destination famous for the beautiful view of the world famous Darjeeling Tea Gardens, Sumendu lake an artificial lake is another attraction for Mirik. One can enjoy boating in the lake or can take a short pony ride at the lake side. On the way to Mirik or while coming back stopover at Pashupati Fatak(Indian side) for market (Nepal side) visit - total drive is approximately 120 kilometers and is nearly 05 hours drive - Evening free for your own - Stroll around the famous Mall at Darjeeling - night stay at Darjeeling
Day – 03 - Darjeeling Local Sight Seeing & Transfer to Kalimpong – Early morning at around 3:45 AM drive to 8000 feet / 2440 meters through primitive forests of oak, magnolia to Tiger Hill to view sunrise over Kanchendzonga Peak (subject to clear weather) – On the way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Peace memorial & Batasia Loop – On the way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Peace memorial & Batasia Loop – Back to hotel for breakfast - After breakfast rest for half an hour After breakfast next round of sight seeing - Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Tensing Rock – Transfer to Kalimpong -Kalimpong is a quieter destination - Situated on the Himalayas at an elevation of 1243 meters / 4078 feet, it is a Hill Station buzzing with fun, frolic and offers spectacular views – check inn to Hotel - Evening you are free for stroll around the bazaar area. Night stay at Kalimpong.
Day - 04 - Kalimpong Local Sightseeing – Early morning breakfast - Kalimpong weather is milder and pleasant for most part of the year - Kalimpong offers monasteries, temples, tourist complexes, heritage buildings, parks, flower nurseries, heritage schools, charitable institutes - Start with Zang Dhok Palri or Durpin Monastery – Army Golf Course - Nursery - Deollo - Hanuman Tok - Dr Grahams Home (school with high standard of education) etc - One can spend 02 - 03 hours in Kalimpong and enjoy the lunch at any of the restaurant like Orchid, etc and back to hotel – Heritage buildings are Gouripur House and Morgan House, etc - Evening free to stroll around Kalimpong bazaar for shopping of handicrafts and relics - Over night stay at Kalimpong
Day - 04 - Lava Excursion - - Next start the day for sightseeing with a drive of nearly 35 kilometers to Lava - Lava is roughly 32 kilometers from Kalimpong - Lava and Loleygaon are two quaint mountain hamlets and surrounded by Neora Valley National Park - Altitude of Lava is 7700 feet while Loleygaon (Kaffer) is at 5500 feet - They are 22 kilometers apart - Of late Lolaygaon roads are bad hence the excursion is limited to Lava only - Birds like Blue Robins, Fulvetta, Finch, Wren Babblers can be spotted - Lava Monastery (the original name is Lava Jamgyong Kongtrul Monastery) ambience with typical Tibetan architecture is serene and wonderful - Nature Interpretation Center of Neora Valley National Park can also be visited - Back to Kalimpong – Evening free to stroll around Kalimpong bazaar for shopping of handicrafts and relics - Over night stay at Hotel in Kalimpong
Day - 05 – Departure to Bagdogra Airport (IXB) or New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) Via Siliguri - Drive to Siliguri, on the way to Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) - - Early morning breakfast - Next drive - It is approximately 95 kilometers and is nearly 03 - 03½ hours drive - After breakfast transfer to Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Stand (Junction) - The drive is through hills and with scenic beauty – Stoppage at Chitrey for a cup of Tea is advisable if time permits – One stop at Coronation bridge if time permits - Drive to Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) via Siliguri - Guest are advised to start early and not to rush - Forwarding Journey