Gangtok is a municipality, the capital and the largest town of the Indian state of Sikkim. It also is the headquarters of the East Sikkim district. Gangtok is located in the eastern Himalayan range, at an elevation of 1,650 m (5,410 ft). The town’s population of 100,000 belongs to different ethnicities such as Nepali, Lepchas and Bhutia. Nestled within higher peaks of the Himalaya and enjoying a year-round mild temperate climate, Gangtok is at the centre of Sikkim’s tourism industry. Gangtok rose to prominence as a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site after the construction of the Enchey Monastery in 1840. In 1894, the ruling Sikkimese Chogyal, Thutob Namgyal, transferred the capital to Gangtok. In the early 20th century, Gangtok became a major stopover on the trade route between Lhasa in Tibet and cities such as Kolkata (then Calcutta) in British India. After India won its independence from Britain in 1947, Sikkim chose to remain an independent monarchy, with Gangtok as its capital. In 1975, after the integration with the union of India, Gangtok was made India’s twenty-second state capital.
Right at the foothills of the Himalayas, Darjeeling attracts all those who wish to experience life as it once was before the days of modernization. While lovers and honeymooners travel to the town and book themselves in cozy cottages to enjoy private time away from the city, the tired travellers go soul searching in the hills.
The most popular activities in Darjeeling were once trekking, camping and bird watching, but over the years, a new discovery has been made. White water rafting is fast becoming the most popular activity in Darjeeling. Unmatched in thrill and action, this is the best way to experience the gushing waters of the Teesta and Rangeet rivers.
With the incredible views of the Kanchenjunga from the Tiger Hill, the quaint monasteries of Darjeeling and Ghoom, and that spiritual shopping experience you’ll enjoy at Tibetan Refugee Centre and the curio shops on the Mall, there’s way more to Darjeeling than one may think.
We recommend finding yourself a quiet corner to spend your afternoon reveling in solitude and peace. Watch the sun set over the hills bathing the evening in ethereal light. Don’t forget to mark a perfect ending to your Darjeeling tour – with a ride on the Toy Train watching the hills amble by as the train chugs through the mountainside. It’s pure magic.
Day 01: Bagdogra Airport / NJP Railway Station – Gangtok ( Approx – 130 kms 4 hrs)
Assistance on arrival at Bagdogra Airport / NJP Railway Station and transfer to Gangtok . Rest of the day free or at own. Overnight in Gangtok.
Day 02: Gangtok – Sightseeing (Approx – 52 kms)
Post breakfast embark on an excursion trip to Tsomgo Lake (12,400 ft.) , Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial (13200 ft). Overnight in Gangtok.
Day 03: Gangtok – Sightseeing – Darjeeling (Approx – 65 kms 2 hrs)
After breakfast embark on a half day local sightseeing tour of Gangtok covering Rumtek Monastery, Do-Drul Chorten, Institute of Tibetology, Handicraft Centre, and Flower Show. Later return to hotel and take the transfer to Darjeeling ‘The Queen of the Hills’. Check-in to your hotel on arrival. Rest of the day free or can be spent at the Mall (Chowrastha). Overnight in Darjeeling.
Day 04: Darjeeling – Sightseeing
Early Morning (at 04:00 am) visit to Tiger hill to watch the spectacular sunrise over Mt. Khangchendzonga (28,208 ft. Worlds third highest peak), on your way back we see Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop. After breakfast embark on a sightseeing tour of Darjeeling covering – Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (closed on Thursday), Tenzing Rock, Tibetan Refugee selfhelp Centre (closed on Sunday), Tea Garden (outer view). Evening free at own. Overnight in Darjeeling.
Day 05: Darjeeling – Bagdogra Airport / NJP Railway Station (Approx – 80 kms 3 hrs)
Post breakfast take the departure transfer to Bagdogra Airport / NJP Railway Station for your onward journey.