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Enchanting Sikkim & Darjeeling Tour

Enchanting Sikkim & Darjeeling Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Easy

  • Destination

    Destination: Nepal/India

  • Activities

    Activities: Cultural Sightseeing

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels

  • Meals

    Meals: Breakfast included

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Tiger hill Darjeeling (2,590 m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Akin to its very nomenclature, "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.

Enchanting Sikkim & Darjeeling Tours Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites tour in Kathmandu.
  • Scenic drive along the winding roads to Sikkim & Darjeeling.
  • Visit Gangtok- the capital of Sikkim & the most beautiful hill station town.
  • Discover the cultural heritage of Sikkim by visiting the Enchey Monastery and the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology.
  • Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed Darjeeling tea at Happy Valley Tea Estate.
  • Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Toy Train Ride, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Ghum Monastery visit, one of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. 
  • Witness spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjung, the world's third highest mountain.

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

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. 

Hotel

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), Swayambunath (The Monkey Temple), Boudhanath (The Maha Stupa) and Kathmandu (Basantapur) Durbar Square . After this interesting and informative tour, drive back to the hotel.

Hotel
Breakfast included

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.

Hotel
Breakfast included

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-

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 Monastery
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).

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 Monastery
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. 

Hotel
Breakfast included

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. 

Hotel
Breakfast included

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

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 Institute
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.

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 Factory
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.

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-My?h?ji  Buddhist Order.

Hotel
Breakfast included

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. 

Hotel
Breakfast included

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.

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • All applicable domestic airfare as specified in the itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation costs in Kathmandu, Sikkim and Darjeeling on "BB" basis with respect to the itinerary.
  • All ground transportation costs as prescribed in the itinerary.
  • Remuneration  to an experienced English speaking city guide for sightseeing in Nepal, Sikkim and Darjeeling.
  • All applicable tourist entrance and monumental fees during the sightseeing in Nepal and Sikkim & Darjeeling.
  • Complimentary farewell dinner with live Nepalese cultural show.

What is not included?

  • Personal Insurance for travel to Nepal.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal & India entry visa fees.
  • Bar bills & beverages.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation.
  • Tipping.
  • Other expenses of personal nature.

FAQ's

1. Where is Sikkim?
Sikkim is a state located in the northeastern part of India. It is situated in the eastern Himalayas, bordered by Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the north and northeast, Bhutan in the east, Nepal in the west, and West Bengal in the south. Gangtok is the capital and largest city of Sikkim.

2. Where is Darjeeling?
Darjeeling is a town in the Indian state of West Bengal, situated in the Lesser Himalayas in the northern part of the state. Darjeeling is a popular tourist destination and is famous for its tea industry, as it produces one of the finest teas in the world known as Darjeeling tea. The town is located around 310 kilometers (190 miles) away from Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal.

3. What are the must-visit attractions in Sikkim?
Some popular attractions in Sikkim include the stunning Tsomgo Lake, beautiful Yumthang Valley, historic Rumtek Monastery, and the vibrant capital city of Gangtok, famous for its panoramic views of the Himalayas.

4. What is the best time to visit Darjeeling for a tour?
The best time to visit Darjeeling is during the months of March to May and October to November, as the weather is mild and pleasant, allowing for clear views of the magnificent Kanchenjunga peak.

5. Are permits required to visit Sikkim as a tourist?
Yes, tourists visiting Sikkim require an Inner Line Permit (ILP) or Protected Area Permit (PAP), which can be obtained easily at the check posts or online. These permits are necessary to ensure the safety and smooth travel for tourists.

6. Can you suggest a popular trekking route in Sikkim?
The Goecha La Trek is a popular and scenic trek in Sikkim that offers breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga and other towering peaks. It is a challenging yet rewarding trek for adventure enthusiasts, encompassing stunning landscapes and diverse flora and fauna.

7. What are the famous tea gardens to visit in Darjeeling?
Darjeeling is renowned for its tea production, and some popular tea gardens to visit include the Happy Valley Tea Estate, Makaibari Tea Estate, Glenburn Tea Estate, and the Tumsong Tea Estate. These estates offer guided tours and tea tasting experiences, giving visitors insight into the region's tea culture.

Equipment


Packing will require some careful planning, as you'll be traveling through various landscapes and experiencing different activities. Here's a comprehensive packing list to help you prepare:

Clothing:

  • Lightweight, moisture-wicking and breathable clothing during summer
  • Warm jackets or sweater during winter
  • Long-sleeve shirts and pants for sun protection and to cover up during temple visits
  • Insulating layers for cooler evenings
  • Rain jacket or poncho (especially during the monsoon season)
  • Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
  • Flip-flops or sandals for casual wear
  • Swimsuit (if you plan to use the hotel pools)
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Socks and underwear

Travel Essentials:

  • Passport, visa, and photocopies
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Money belt or hidden pouch for valuables
  • Power adapter and voltage converter (Nepal uses the Type C and Type D electrical plugs)

Health and Personal Items:

  • Prescription medications and necessary medical supplies
  • First-aid kit with essentials like bandaids, antiseptic, pain relievers, and diarrhea medication
  • Insect repellent (for Chitwan National Park)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Towel and washcloth

Outdoor Gear 

  • Daypack or backpack for day trips
  • Water bottle with a purification system or purification tablets
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Multi-tool or pocket knife
  • Ziplock bags (for organizing and protecting items)

Miscellaneous:

  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Camera, extra batteries, and memory cards
  • Books or travel guides
  • Notebooks and pens
  • Travel pillow and earplugs (for more comfortable rest during long bus rides)
  • Also, consider the season and specific activities you'll be doing in each location, as weather conditions can vary.
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