Sikkim and Darjeeling

The eastern Himalayas of India.

Gangtok, Lachung, Kalimpong, Darjeeling

12 days

£769 per person

Trip Info

Overview

Sikkim and Darjeeling offers pristine wilderness and a peaceful Buddhist lifestyle experience. Sikkim retains the feel of a remote Himalayan kingdom in the eastern Himalayas of India. A defining feature is the spectacular mountain range view of Mount Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak.

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"It was fantastic! A trip of a lifetime to meet wonderful people in a fascinating country, we’d love to go back again." Paul and Sandra Cheney, UK

Day 1 - Lunch, Dinner

New Delhi Airport | New Delhi Hotel

Meet our representative waiting for you at the airport, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. In the evening enjoy a complimentary dinner at the hotel.

New Delhi Airport

New Delhi Airport

Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner

New Delhi | Gangtok

Morning & Afternoon: Transfer to New Delhi Domestic Airport and fly to Bagdogra (2hr 10min). Drive to Gangtok (2hrs).

Gangtok

Gangtok

Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner

Gangtok

Morning & Afternoon: Enjoy a tour to Tsomgo Lake with your guide and visit the Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary.

Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake

Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner

Gangtok | Lachung

Morning & Afternoon: Drive to Lachung, which means ‘small mountain’. a beautiful village with views of snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and glittering streams.

Lachung

Lachung

Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner

Lachung

Morning & Afternoon: Visit the beautiful Yumthang valley, the monastery, handicraft centre and move around the village to get a glimpse of its culture and hot springs known for their medicinal value.

Lachung

Lachung

Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner

Lachung | Gangtok 

Morning: Drive to Gangtok and transfer to your hotel.

Afternoon: Rest of the day is free.

Gangtok

Gangtok

Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner

Gangtok

Morning: Tour Gangtok, the Research Institute of Tibetology, one of the world’s largest collections of Buddhist books and manuscripts. Do-drul Chorten, visit the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms and Enchey and Rumtek Monasteries.

Do-drul Chorten

Do-drul Chorten

Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner

Gangtok | Kalimpong 

Morning & Afternoon: Drive to Kalimpong. Enjoy a tour of the town visiting Flower Nurseries, orchids and large collections of cacti. Visit monasteries, Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa, Durpin Dara and Thongsa Monastery, a Bhutanese monastery.

Kalimpong

Kalimpong

Day - Breakfast, Dinner

Kalimpong | Darjeeling

Morning: Drive to Darjeeling

Afternoon: Visit the Happy Valley Tea Estate. Smell the aroma of one of the finest teas in the world, the “Champagne of Tea”.

Darjeeling

Darjeeling

Day 10 - Breakfast, Dinner

Darjeeling

Morning: An early start to visit Tiger Hill for a breathtaking sunrise, on the way back stop to visit Ghoom Monastery. After breakfast take a ride on the famous Toy Train.

Afternoon: Enjoy a visit to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and museum. See the Tibetan Refugee Centre.

Toy Train

Toy Train

Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner

Darjeeling | New Delhi

Morning & Afternoon: Drive to Bagdogra airport and fly to New Delhi. The rest of the day is free.

New Delhi

New Delhi

Day 12 - Breakfast

New Delhi Hotel | New Delhi Airport

Departure day: We provide a complimentary transfer to New Delhi Airport where our representative will help you and bid you farewell.

New Delhi Airport

New Delhi Airport

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Our Prices

Are based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. We offer reasonable quotes for single travellers and can save money for groups of two or more people, we want to tailor your holiday to suit your budget.

Included in your holiday

  • All accommodation
  • Local English speaking guides
  • All activities as per the itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • All transportation
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Internal flights: New Delhi to Bagdogra return
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 support from our local representatives

Excluded from your holiday

  • International flights – read about our flight advice
  • Travel insurance – read more
  • Personal expenses e.g. gifts, alcohol
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas and Vaccinations
  • Tips – read more
  • Please allow £15 to £25 per day for lunches and dinners not included.

Value for Money

We believe that value for money is important, we want you to travel with us again. When comparing prices, ensure you are comparing like for like as often there may be a cheaper option, but there may be hidden extras, fewer services or the quality may not be as good.

  • Day 1
    New Delhi Airport | New Delhi Hotel
  • Day 2
    New Delhi | Gangtok
  • Day 3
    Gangtok
  • Day 4
    Gangtok | Lachung
  • Day 5
    Lachung
  • Day 6
    Lachung | Gangtok 
  • Day 7
    Gangtok
  • Day 8
    Gangtok | Kalimpong 
  • Day
    Kalimpong | Darjeeling
  • Day 10
    Darjeeling
  • Day 11
    Darjeeling | New Delhi
  • Day 12
    New Delhi Hotel | New Delhi Airport

It’s Good to Know

We have assembled a list of all the things about this itinerary that are good to know, those things that you could have gone on holiday, not knowing, but feel better that you did.

Time Zone: GMT +5hr 30min

Language: Sikkimese, Nepali

Standards of Holiday Accommodation

 

 

When to Go to India

Our tailor made approach to your holiday offers you complete choice, for a rough guide of  the typical temperature and rainfall see Weather and Climate.

  • We can base your holiday to suit the dates you want to go.
  • We can offer some fixed date departures for customers wanting to join a group.
  • Some holidays must operate on certain dates if they contain time sensitive events like a course or a festival.
  • We can help solve the age-old problem of booking a holiday to get away from the crowds.

Tour Sikkim and Darjeeling

The best time to go is October to May.

Personalise your unique adventure

Tailor-made Holidays

We design trips around the needs, interests, and budgets of single travellers, couples, families, small groups, Scout groups and schools.

So, personalise your unique adventure with these add-ons and don’t hesitate to let our professional Travel Consultants know about any needs or interests that aren’t listed, we love a challenge!

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