Glimpses of Darjeeling and Sikkim

Glimpses of Darjeeling and Sikkim 5 Days / 4 Nights


Trip Type:
Sikkim and Darjeeling Classic Circuits

5 Days

Trip Starts:
Darjeeling (D)

Trip Ends:
Departure (B)

Hotel and resorts

Best Time For Travel:
March to November

Trip Over View

Sikkim and Darjeeling are most people’s favorite hill station lying in the foothills of the East Himalayas. The The trip can be taken as post or pre-trip of your Bhutan or Nepal tour. Bagdogra airport connects this region with Kolkatta, Delhi and Guwahati. If you are traveling from or to Nepal, Bhadrapur airport, about one hour drive from Bagdogra serves as your gateway. If coming from Bhutan, one can take an overland drive from Phuntsoling. Every year, tourism in Sikkim and Darjeeling gets better attracting a good number of travelers, trekkers, adventure enthusiasts, honeymooners or simply someone who love to be in its tranquil atmosphere and serene and untouched natural beauty ought to visit the places. There cannot be any better combination of any other places than Sikkim and Darjeeling to fully enjoy the natural world.

This short trip is prepared by us to get a glimpse of Darjeeling and Sikkim as the name suggest. So deepen your travel experience with High Asia Tours where you will not only visit places but also learn more on culture and lifestyle of both Sikkim and Darjeeling reflecting strong influences from the neighboring countries of Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet.


Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Darjeeling. (D).

Day 02: Darjeeling Sightseeing. (B/L/D).

Day 03: Drive to Gangtok. (B/L/D).

Day 04: Gangtok & Rumtek Sightseeing. (B/L/D).

Day 05: Departure. (B).

Day 01: Arrival in Darjeeling (D)
Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport, we meet our representative and drive to Darjeeling which is about 3 and ½ hour’s drive along the mountainous road. We pass through tea plantations, quaint villages and occasionally alongside the famous train's track. Check in to hotel and take a rest. In the evening, after a cup of Darjeeling tea, we stroll in Chowrasta mall - the town square. You can also rent horses for a ride around. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 02: Darjeeling Sightseeing (B/L/D)
Wake up early in the morning - before dawn and after a cup of tea, drive for 15 km to reach to Tiger Hill and see the amazing colors of the sunrise on Kanchenjunga. At 2,550m, Tiger Hill commands superb views of the mountains and valleys of the eastern Himalayas. Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu are visible in the far distance on clear days. We return to the hotel for breakfast and later visit other attractions such as Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, which houses a considerable collection of items used by early Mt. Everest explorers and Darjeeling Zoo housing several interesting Himalayan species including snow leopards and red pandas. We also visit Tibetan Self-Help Center and nearby tea plantations. After lunch, we take a short train ride on 120 year old steam train, Darjeeling Hill Railway and then stop to visit Ghoom monastery on the way back. The rest of the day is free to browse Chowrasta again or walk down to the Lower Bazaar where the local residents shop for produce, fabrics and spices. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Gangtok (B/L/D)
We have an early departure for our steep tour through a series of tea plantations to the tropical Teesta Valley. We pass through Sal forests and Cinchona (quinine bark) plantations, stopping briefly at Teesta bridge checkpoint to show our Sikkim entry documents before continuing onwards to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Upon arrival at Gangtok, check in to hotel and after a rest; embark on the tour of the capital of this lost Himalayan Kingdom. We visit the institute of Tibetology, Deorali Gompa and take a walk to Lal Bazaar where locals and people from all parts of Sikkim come to buy and sell produce.

Day 04: Gangtok & Rumtek Sightseeing (B/L/D)
Today’s tour includes the two hundred year old Enchey monastery, viewpoint to see Mt. Kanchenjunga, Orchid nursery and a handicrafts workshop and showroom. After lunch, we drive to Rumtek Monastery on the opposite side of the valley from Gangtok. Rumtek is the seat of the Tibetan Kagyugpa sect of monks and a major center for Tibetan religious studies. The 16th Gwalpa Karmapa, the head of the Kagyugpa sect, took refuge in Rumtek after Chinese invasion of Tibet in the 1950's; he and his followers escaped with whatever statues, Thangka paintings and scriptures they could take and built the Rumtek monastery as a replica of the Tsurpu monastery that they had left behind in Tibet. From Rumtek, we continue to the pleasant Martham Village for overnight stay . Martham Village lies on a ridge at 1,450m/4.428 ft on the other side of the valley. We stay in comfortable cottages built in the local style with impressive views over a quiet valley of terraced rice paddies. The nearby village and the school offer a glimpse of an idyllic lifestyle in a perfect rural setting.

Day 05: Departure (B)
After breakfast, we leave Martham in time to take your flight back to your destination.

  • Includes

    • Accommodation on twin sharing in a moderate graded hotel or resort.
    • Three meals a day.
    • All transfers and tour by a private vehicle.
    • English speaking local guide.
    • Sightseeing admission fees.
    • Sikkim permits.


    • Drinks, tipping and other expenses of personal nature such as laundry, phone etc.
    • Airfares or transportation to and out of Bagdogra airport.
    • Extra expenses or loss due to nature and unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, delay, illness, civil unrest, inclement weather etc.
    • Travel Insurance.