|Day 1 Delhi
Arrival in Delhi and transfer to hotel. Check in at Noon. Relax for the rest of
Day 2 Delhi
After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, visiting the Jama
Masjid (1465 A.D.); then drive through the fabled Chandni Chowk (Silver Street)
and see the Red Fort, Rajghat, where the "Father of the nation", Mahatma
Gandhi, was cremated; the 72 metre high Qutab Minar, the 1500-year-old Iron Pillar,
government buildings, the President's House, Parliament House, India Gate, Laxmi
Narayan Temple, and last but not least Delhi's main shopping centre, Connaught
Place. Ample time will be available to appreciate this lovely city which resembles
a vast and beautiful park.
Day 3 Delhi - Darjeeling
After breakfast, fly to Bagdogra, a three hour drive from Bagdogra airport; an
area covered with tea gardens and buildings that are a legacy of the days of British
rule in India, Darjeeling is still unspoiled and pristine. After check-in at the
hotel, the rest of the day is free.
Day 4 Darjeeling
Very early wake-up call to watch the sunrise from Tiger Hill. After breakfast,
visit the Yiga Chotang Buddhist Monastery at Ghoom - 6 km. above Darjeeling, pure
and unspoiled , standing at an altitude of 7,407 ft. In the afternoon, take a
sightseeing tour of Darjeeling, including Lebong Village which has the highest
race course in the world, and the Mountaineering Institute on Birch Hill, which
trains climbers of any nation. After lunch take the "Toy Train" ride
up to Ghoom and back by Car/Jeep (Please note that the train is subject to being
Day 5 Darjeeling - Gangtok
After breakfast, drive to Gangtok. In the afternoon, take a city tour of Gangtok,
the capital of Sikkim. Visit the White Memorial Hall, the Residency, which is
the house for the Political Officer of the Government of India. An excellent view
of the mountains can be had from this point. Visit the White Memorial Hall, the
Research Institute of Tibetology which has a library of more than 30,000 books
on Buddhism, astrology, medicine, philosophy and Tankhas (religious paintings
on cloth), Deer Park - a walking excursion - built to commemorate the Buddha’s
reincarnation as a musk deer, Enchey Monastery, Cottage Industry, Do Drul Chorten
and the Market.
Day 6 Gangtok- Kalimpong via the Rumtek Monastery
In the morning visit the Rumtek monastery with its many historical documents on
Buddhism and then continue to Kalimpong. In the afternoon take a city tour of
Kalimpong, which was once a starting point for the land route to Tibet and still
retains its Tibetan flavour. It is noted for its good schools and cultural institutions
and for its Tibetan Monastery on Tirpai Hill. Bhutias and Tibetans trade their
wares in the central market square.
Day 7 Kalimpong-Darjeeling-Delhi
Transfer from Kalimpong to Bagdogra for flight to Delhi. On arrival, transfer
to hotel. Rest of the day free.
Day 8 Delhi
Leave Delhi for onward destination in the afternoon.