|Jeep Safari in Himalayas
Destinations Covered: Delhi - Darjeeling - Pemayangtse - Martham - Gangtok - Kalimpong - Phuntsoling - Thimpu - Punakha - Paro
13 Nights / 14 Days
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Meeting & assistance on arrival at international airport and transfer to hotel. On arrival, check in at the hotel.
Delhi: India’s capital and major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the modern. Its Strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. It is not surprising then that what constitutes Delhi today is a conglomerate of seven cities. Down the ages the region in and around modern Delhi saw Lalkot built in the mid-11th century, Siri established by Allauddin Khilji, Tughlakabad, and Ferozabad built by the Tughlaks followed by the city of the Lodis and then came Shahjahanabad, capital of the Mughals under Shah Jahan.
New Delhi reflects the legacy the British left behind, distinction between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. But wherever the visitor goes he will invariably confront the city’s past.
The throbbing present of Delhi pulls one out of reflections on a mute past. The divisions in the walled city and New Delhi also mark the varied lifestyles. The walled city is all traditions, where as New Delhi in contrast, is a city living up to contemporary international standards. Delhi also serves as the major gateway for touring the internationally known tourism destinations of Agra and Jaipur.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi
Full day city of Old and New Delhi visiting the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, and drive past Govt. buildings, India Gate. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Delhi – Bagdogra - Darjeeling
Transfer from hotel to airport to connect flight to Bagdogra. On arrival, transfer to Darjeeling (03-hour drive). On arrival, check in at the hotel.
DARJEELING:Located on a ridge at 2134 m and surrounded by forested hills and tea plantations, Darjeeling has been a popular hill station since the British established it in the mid-1800s.With its idyllic setting, exhilarating climate and stunning views of the Kanchenjunga peaks it also attracts trekkers. It is a fascinating town where one can see Buddhist monasteries, visit tea plantations, bargain-hunt or go trekking. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Darjeeling
Early morning wake up around 0430 hrs and drive for about 30 minutes to see the dawn views over the Kanchenjunga (8,548m) massive and other Eastern Himalayan peak from the Famous Tiger Hill, incidentally Tiger Hill is the highest point of this area (2,540m) and is about 11 kms from Darjeeling. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Darjeeling - Pemayangtse
Morning drive to Pemayangtse (2,045m), the drive takes about 06 - 07 hrs. The first part of the drive is through some very spectacular Tea Gardens over a gradually descending road. On arrival, check in at the hotel.
Pemayangtse:Located in the western part of Sikkim, Pemayangtse is a small but important Buddhist pilgrim center. It is a beautiful place surrounded by natural splendour of Eastern Himalayas. Pemayangtse offers fascinating views of the mighty Kanchenjunga peak that overlooks the town. For the adventure lovers, there are many hiking and trekking trails in the vicinity of this city. The region around Pemayangtse was once the stronghold of Nyingamapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism who established the state of Sikkim with major centers near the present-day. At that time, the kingdom of Sikkim included, besides the modern state of Sikkim, areas of Tibet, Bhutan, and some areas in Himalayan foothills including Darjeeling. That power is not there now, but the remnants of this glorious past are enough to signify its importance. This city enjoys a pleasant Alpine climate with short and mild summers and cold winters. The period between March and May is the best time to visit this little town. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Pemayangtse - Martham
Morning drive to Martham (1,800m) 04 hours. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Martham - Gangtok
Morning drive to Gangtok (1,600m) 06 hours, through the heart of Sikkim. The drive is over a winding road and occasionally passes through the Cardamom plantations and Orange orchards. On arrival, check in at the hotel.
Gangtok:Gangtok City is the capital of the Indian state of Sikkim. Gangtok is a beautiful city nestled among the Himalayan ranges and is a premier tourist spot in North-Eastern India. At an elevation of 5,480 feet above sea level Gangtok city experiences a temperate climate throughout the year. Gangtok city also functions as the administrative epicenter of East Sikkim district.
Gangtok city overlooks the Ranikhola river-which meanders in the valley below the city. The roads of Gangtok city are steep as they are cut from the side of the mountain.
The buildings of the town is constructed on artificially compacted ground alongside the roads. The snow clad Kanchenjunga mountain can be seen from the east of Gangtok city. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Gangtok
Early morning wake up to once again witness another spectacular sunrise of the Kanchenjunga massif from Tashi viewpoint, which is, located 16 kms from Gangtok. Return to hotel for breakfast followed by drive to Rumtek Monastery which is situated 24 kms from Gangtok and is the seat of the KAGYU - PA SECT of Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Gangtok - Kalimpong
Morning drive to Kalimpong (1,250m) 03 hrs, The road winds its way through the hill side following the Teesta all along the way passing through some of the most beautiful countryside in this region. On arrival, check in at the hotel.
KALIMPONG: 51 km from Darjeeling, Kalimpong is a bustling bazaar town set at an altitude of 1250 m among the rolling foothills and deep valleys of the Himalayas. Its attractions include three monasteries, lovely churches, orchid nurseries and fine views over the countryside. The surroundings are ideal for long peaceful walks. A flower festival is held in Kalimpong every October.
Afternoon visit Kalimpong. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Kalimpong - Phuntsoling
Morning drive to Phuntsoling (5-hour drive to the border of Bhutan, Phuntsoling). On arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Phuntsoling - Thimphu
Morning drive to Thimphu. The capital town passing countryside, through villages & paddy fields. On arrival, check in at the hotel. After noon sightseeing of Thimphu valley, visiting Tashichhodzong" the seat of the government memorial chorten. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Thimphu - Punakha
Morning in Thimphu visit to national library, which has fascinating collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts, the painting school; famous for traditional medicine institute; where centuries old healing arts still practiced. Later drive to Punakha. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: Punakha - Paro
Morning drive to Paro. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Paro is a picturesque valley with quaint clusters of hamlets paddy fields. The town still maintains traditions by way of architecture & the simple way of life. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14: Departure Paro
The flight from Paro is one of the most spectacular of the mountain flight. One can see Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu & other peaks of Bhutan such as Chomolhari, Jichu Darke & Tsrim Khang. Assistance at airport drives to the hotel.
In time departure transfer from Hotel to International airport to connect flight for onward destination.