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Nepal to Darjeeling tour

Nepal to 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

Nepal to Darjeeling tour offers an enriching journey through diverse landscapes and cultural experiences. Beginning in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, the adventure unfolds amidst ancient UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Swayambhunath and Patan Durbar Square, showcasing the country's rich history. 

From Kathmandu, travelers make their way to Darjeeling, India, known for its verdant tea gardens, colonial charm, and panoramic views of the Himalayas. Exploring Darjeeling involves traversing the iconic Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, sampling teas at the Happy Valley Tea Estate, and soaking in the local culture along Mall Road. Amidst visits to landmarks like the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Tiger Hill for sunrise views and day excursion to Mirik, this tour ensures a blend of natural beauty, history, and cultural immersion. Nepal to Darjeeling tour culminates as a remarkable journey marked by a tapestry of diverse experiences, captivating landscapes, and enriching cultural encounters.

Nepal to Darjeeling tour Highlights

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive on winding roads to Darjeeling.
  • Visit Happy Valley Tea Estate in Darjeeling which produces world famous tea.
  • Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Toy Train ride, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Explore around the Ghum Monastery, one of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.
  • Witness Mt. Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling, the world's third highest peak.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (40 min) & drive to Darjeeling (2045m/3-4 hrs drive)
Day 4: Explore Darjeeling (2045m)
Day 5: Day to Excursions Mirik (1494m/5-6 hrs)
Day 6: Drive to Bhadrapur (3-4 hrs) & fly to Kathmandu (1300m/40 min)
Day 7: Final Departure

Arrive in Kathmandu and one of our representatives will receive you and then transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the time is free to explore the city where your hotel is located which is usually at Thamel – the popular tourist hub in Kathmandu where every needs and facilities for the tourist are located like hotels, pubs, restaurants, departmental stores, trek gear shops etc. Or you can simply rest at your hotel if you are jet lagged and get ready for an amazing Himalayan Journey. 

Hotel

After breakfast, you have a full day to explore the city and its cultural treasures. Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel then your city guide shall meet you at the hotel’s lobby to start up the tour. Head to Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple. Located atop a hill, Swayambhunath offers panoramic views of the city and is considered one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal. 

 

Then proceed to Patan Durbar Square, located in the city of Lalitpur, just south of Kathmandu. This ancient square is known for its well-preserved Newari architecture, palaces, temples, and courtyards. Explore the Krishna Mandir, the Patan Museum, and the various temples and sculptures within the square.

 

Next, visit Pashupatinath Temple, one of the holiest Hindu temples in Nepal and an important pilgrimage site for devotees of Lord Shiva. Afterward, proceed to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then back to your hotel.

Hotel
Breakfast included

Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and drive to the border town of Kakarbhita in West Bengal, India. Then our representatives will meet you then transfer to Darjeeling. The journey takes around 3-4 hours, offering scenic views of the countryside and the Himalayas. Upon arrival, check into your hotel or accommodation in Darjeeling. Evening is free for leisure. You can explore the local markets or enjoy the serene ambiance of Darjeeling. 

Hotel
Breakfast included

Early morning excursion to Tiger Hill to witness the mesmerizing sunrise over the Himalayas. Enjoy panoramic views of Mount Kanchenjunga and other peaks. Visit Ghoom Monastery, known for its ancient Tibetan Buddhist artifacts and the Maitreya Buddha statue. After breakfast explore Batasia Loop and the War Memorial, offering scenic vistas and historical insights into Darjeeling's past.

Visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) and the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, home to endangered species like the Red Panda and Snow Leopard. Then back to hotel.

Hotel
Breakfast included

Drive to Mirik, a serene hill station known for its scenic beauty and Sumendu Lake. Enjoy boating and leisure time amidst nature. Visit Pashupati Nagar, a nearby market famous for inexpensive shopping. Then drive back to Darjeeling.

Hotel
Breakfast included

Check out from your hotel after breakfast and drive back to Bhadrapur Airport for your return flight to Kathmandu, carrying cherished memories of your Darjeeling tour. 

Hotel
Breakfast included

The trip concludes and our office representatives will take you to the international airport in Kathmandu to catch your onward flight to your next destination or fly back home. You need to be at least 3 hours before your flight time at the airport.

Thank you for visiting Nepal and we hope your Himalayan Holiday has come true. Have a safe flight back home!

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 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 and Darjeeling.
  • All applicable tourist entrance and monumental fees during the sightseeing in Nepal andDarjeeling.
  • 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.
  • Other expenses of personal nature.
  • Tipping.

FAQ's

1. Where is Darjeeling?
Darjeeling is a town located in the Indian state of West Bengal, situated in the northern part of the state near the border with Nepal and the Indian state of Sikkim.

2. How long is the Nepal to Darjeeling tour?
Nepal to Darjeeling tour typically lasts for 7 days in total, including travel time.

3. What are the must-visit attractions during the tour?
Some must-visit attractions during the Nepal to Darjeeling tour are Pashupatinath Temple, Chitwan National Park, Mount Everest, Tiger Hill, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

4. Is a visa required for Nepal and Darjeeling?
Yes, a visa is required for both Nepal and Darjeeling. You can obtain a Nepal visa upon arrival at the airport or apply in advance at the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu.

5. What is the best time to go on this tour?
The best time to go on the Nepal to Darjeeling tour is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is pleasant and the views are clear.

6. What activities can be done during the tour?
During the tour, you can engage in activities like cultural tours, visiting ancient temples and monasteries, exploring tea gardens, and enjoying the scenic beauty of the Himalayas.

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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