to India (New Delhi)
Around Midnight arrive in
Delhi. The cosmopolitan city and
capital New Delhi is the main gateway for travellers. Upon arrival, you will be
met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to
Delhi - Bagdogra (by air) - Pemayangtse (about 135 kms)
Today we will drive to the airport for the flight from New Delhi to Bagdogra. Sikkim is the second smallest state in
India. Sikkim, in the East Himalayas
is sandwiched between
Nepal to its West and
Bhutan to its
East. In the North is Tibet/China.
Sikkim has so rich of flora,
fauna and a diverse ethnic and cultural population as no other
state in India. After we arrive in Bagdogra we will drive through the forests and tea gardens
and proceed to our today's destination Pemayangtse (The perfect
Sublime Lotus). We visit the headquarters of the Nyingama
sect in Pemayangtse.
In the morning after viewing the sunrise on
we will visit Pemayangtse and Sanga Choling Monasteries
- which are prime birding sites. The birds we will see are Mountain
Hawk Eagle, Black Eagle, Himalayan Griffon, Common, Oriental
and Indian Cuckoo, White-throated Needletail, Grey-headed
Woodpecker, Lesser Yellow Nape, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler,
Hoary-throated and Rusty-fronted Barwing, Striated, Grey-sided
and Greater Necklaced Laughing Thrush, Rufous-winged and White-browed
Fulvetta, Whiskered Yuhina, Cutia, White-browed Shrike-Babbler,
Rufous Sibia, Blyth's, Ashy-throated, Lemon-rumped and Yellow-browed
Warbler, Dark-breasted Rosefinch and Red-headed Bullfinch
- Kalimpong (about 90 kms)
Today we will drive from Pemayangtse to Kalimpong.
a remote hill station has been a meeting point of the once
"three closed lands" on the trade route to Tibet. The beautiful
mountain scenery and the abundance of flowers have made Kalimpong
an attractive resort. The lifestyles of the local people reflect
the social and religious influences of its neighbouring nations,
Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. We visit the monastery
at Tripai which houses a library of tibetan manuscripts and
Tankhas. It belongs to the yellow Hat sect. We drive up to
Darpin Dara, the highest point in Kalimpong with superb views
over the plains.
Today we will drive to Lava Forests, Rushet Forests, and Neora
Forests. Lava is the prime birding destination in this region.
It is situated at the altitude of 2100 m. This area is surrounded
by the large tract of forests. One can see Crested Goshawk,
Eurasian Sparrow hawk, Eurasian Buzzard, Black Eagle, Mountain
Hawk Eagle, Kalij Pheasant, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Large Hawk
Cuckoo, Greenbilled Malkoha, Brown Wood Owl, Golden throated
Barbet, Striated Bulbul, etc. After visiting this area we
drive back to Kalimpong.
- Rangeet Valley - Damthang Forests - Ravangla (about 240
Today we will drive through the Teesta and Rangit Valley
towards Damthang Forests. Enroute we will stop and look for
Red Junglefowl, Dollarbird, Great Barbet, Greater Yellownape,
Orange bellied Leafbird, Common Lora, Blue Rock Thrush, Chestnut
bellied Rock Thrush, Oriental White eye etc. At the Damthang
Forest we will view some birds. Some of the birds we will
see are Eurasian Buzzard, Eurasian Kestrel, Grey winged Blackbird,
Buff barred Warbler, Blyth Leaf Warbler, Grey hooded Warbler,
Black faced Warbler, Rufous gorgeted Flycatcher, Red flanked
Bluetail, Blue fronted Redstart, Grey Bushchat, White throated
Fantail, Chestnut tailed Minla, Red tailed Minla and more.
Then we will drive to Rabangla.
- Pemayangtse (about 45 kms)
In the morning we will drive to Menam forests of Oak, Chestnuts,
Magnolia and Rhododendrons, likely to spot some of the species
of birds as seen at Damthang. In the afternoon drive to Pemayangtse.
Arrive Pemayangtse in the evening.
- Gangtok (about 120 km)
The capital of Sikkim "Gangtok" lies on a ridge overlooking
the Ranipool River. Gangtok ("High Hill") lies at an altitude
of 1760 m. Gangtok is surrounded by Kanchenjunga range. We
visit Tsuk-la-Khang, the royal chapel standing on a high bridge.
This is the major place of worship and has large and impressive
collection of scriptures. We also visit the institute of cottage
industries as here wide range of local handicrafts in Lepcha
style is produced.
Today we drive to the monastery of
Enchey. This monastery
is believed to be 200 years old. The monks of this monastery
belong to the
Mahayana Buddhism. After the visit of Enchey
monastery we drive to
Martham Village-Resort, here we have
afternoon at leisure. Here one can have nice walk or have
a ride on the local horses of this area.
Today we visit the unique Research Institute of
on a hilltop. It was established in 1958 to promote research
on Tibet and Mahayana Buddhism. Here we will see the biggest
collection of Tibetan scripts and an excellent collection
of rare Tankhas, bronze and cult objects. We also visit orchid
Sanctuary which is lying south of the institute. This Sanctuary
contains over 450 indigenous species. Sikkim is considered
paradise for orchid lovers. After the visit of sanctuary we
walk through the bazaars of Gangtok through the area of old
palace and visit the monastery Gylwa. The main attraction
of our excursion remains today the monastery of Rumtek.
monastery was built as a true copy of the Tibetan monastery
in recent years. Rumtek is the headquarters of Red hat sect
of Tibetan lamaistic Buddhism.
- Darjeeling (about 100 km)
After the breakfast we proceed north of the state through
the coniferous forests and terraced tea gardens and arrive
in Darjeeling (Darjeeling).
Darjeeling (place of the thunderbolt)
has spectacular scenery. Due to its altitude of 2134m and
soothing temperature in Summer Darjeeling has become a famous
hill resort in India. By clear weather we can enjoy the impressive/
unforgettable views of
Very early in the morning we drive to Tiger Hill (around 11
km) to enjoy the sunrise at the Tiger hill. Tiger hill (2590
m.) is the highest point in this area. There is a breathtaking
view of the sunrise on Kanchenjunga.
Mount Everest (8842)
is also visible on a clear day. The moments of sunrise from
Tiger Hill are described by most of the visitors as unforgettable.
In the afternoon we explore Darjeeling and its surroundings.
We visit the village Lablong and the institute of mountaineering
where we get the detailed information about the natural surrounding
and its habitants of this area.
(about 85 kms)
Today we will drive to
Yuksum and spend the whole day birding
around Yuksom. Some of the birds you are likely to see are:
Mountain Hawk Eagle, Crimson breasted Woodpecker, Maroon Oriole,
Short-billed and Grey chinned Minevets, Himalayan Bulbul,
Red -tailed Minla, White-naped Yuhina, various Thrushes, Grey
winged Blackbird, various Tits, White tailed Nuthatch, and
various sunbirds, and various bushcats.
- Darjeeling - Bagdogra (about 150 kms)
Today we drive back to Darjeeling via Jorthang and Naya Bazaar.
Through the wild
Teesta valley we will drive back to Bagdogra.
- New Delhi (by air)
In the afternoon we drive to the airport for the flight from
Bagdogra to New Delhi. The rest of the day at leisure (opportunity
for the last shopping or enjoy a massage in the Hotel) After
dinner we leave the hotel for the Airport.
Around midnight flight to home destination.
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