Sikkim, himalayan landscape
To heal the soul a journey into the land of Sikkim is good medicine. Full of rhododendrons and wild rivers that come down from the high mountains, it is famous for its Buddhist monasteries built in the hills. Rumtek monastery, near Gangtok, is one of the most visited. In January, February, March, July and December, these places of worship are hugely important holidays.
Day 01: Arrival in Kolkata
Upon arrival, meet with the staff of our staff for presentations. Then transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Kolkata / Bagdogra / Darjeeling
Breakfast and flight to Bagdogra. Upon arrival, meet with the staff of our staff. Drive to Darjeeling, during the trip, you can admire the immense tea plantations. Darjeeling (mt. 2200), already appreciated by the British in the nineteenth century for its climate and for its excellent tea grown in the green valleys of the Himalayas is now the refuge of many Tibetans fled Chinese occupation of their country. The city is famous for the high quality tea. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Darjeeling
Before dawn, departure for the Tiger Hill (mt. 2585) on Mount Kanchendzonga, to enjoy the sunrise on a magnificent 360 ° view of the Himalayas. Stop at Batasia Loop and visit of the Ghoom monastery of 1850 that houses a huge image of Maitreya. Breakfast and visit to a processing center of tea. Visit the Tibetan retreat center, pacro zoo Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Tenzing Norgay. In the afternoon transfer to the station to catch the Toy Train to Darjeerling. This famous colonial-era train, narrow gauge, climbs, at a rate of 10 Km./h., Going from 1,790 mt. to 2365 mt. the Himalayan foothills; the rail trail, opened in 1874 by the UNESCO. The train crosses landscapes of great showmanship among the tea crops of excellent quality. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Darjeeling / Pelling (Km. 140 - about 5/6 hours)
Darjeeling (mt. 2200), in West Bengal, Victorian holiday resort, in the green valleys of the Himalayas, has altitudes from 1791 to 2365 m.s.l.m. In the lower town is the colorful bazaars frequented by people of various ethnic groups from neighboring villages. The city is also home to many Tibetans fled after the Chinese occupation of their country. Before dawn, leaving for excursion to Tiger Hill (mt. 2585) on Mount Kanchendzonga, to enjoy the sunrise over a landscape that offers a magnificent 360 ° Himalayas. Stop at Batasia Loop and visit of the Ghoom monastery of 1850 with a huge image of Maitreya, the future Buddha. Breakfast and visit to a processing center of tea. In the afternoon departure to Pelling from where you can see the sacred Mount Kanchenjunga (mt. 8586). Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Pelling
At an altitude of 2,085 m.s.l.m. at the foot of the 'Himalayas, Sikkim, Pelling is popular for its panoramic view of Mount Kangchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, for its ancient monasteries and the Khecheopalri lake which, according to popular belief, wish-fulfilling. Visit the Buddhist monastery of Pemayangtse, one of the oldest in the country, had built in 1705; It is the most important gompa of Sikkim and belongs to the Nyingma school; inside, a wonderful collection of Buddhist idols, including ancient holy books, thangkas and sculptures. Rabdantse visit to the ruins (with the royal palace ruins) with views of the Kanchenjunga. In the afternoon, short walk to the Sanga Choling Gompa, 1697, at 2,300 mt. above Pelling. Distance from the center 4 Km., The climb takes 40 minutes walk to get to the monastery. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Pelling / Gangtok (Km. 120 - about 5/6 hours)
Breakfast and departure to Gangtok (mt. 1200), capital of Sikkim, along a nice mountain road between lush forests. Stop to visit the famous Rumtek Monastery, the main seat of the "Black Hat sect" established in Tibet in 'twelfth century. The monastery, the largest in Sikkim, is home to a community of monks and is the place where the rites and sacred practices of the Karma Kagyu. Many sacred objects are housed within the complex, and one of the most beautiful is the golden stupa, 4 meters high and studded with turquoise and coral, which contains the precious relics of His Holiness the sixteenth Karmapa. After the visit departure to Gangtok. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Gangtok
Breakfast and tour of the city, including the Enchey Monastery, a small Gompa half of the nineteenth century which houses more than 100 monks. Do visit Drul Chorten, one of the most important of Sikkim with its 108 prayer wheels which pilgrims rotate a sign of devotion. Visit the sanctuary of Orchids that are the flower symbol of Sikkim. Free time. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Gangtok / Kalimpong (km.75 - about 2 hours)
Breakfast and departure to Kalimpong through a green landscape. Kalimpong, with a grand view over Kanchenjunga, is an important center for horticulture of orchids. In the afternoon visit of Tenth Mile, where you can buy, among other things, silk brocade, jewels and Tibetan fabrics and Wednesday and Saturday becomes the star for its market. Alternatively, visit significant sites and monasteries in the area (such as the monastery of Tharpa Choling, the Church of Santa Teresa built in 1929 on the architectural model of a gompa). Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 09: Kalimpong / Bagdogra / Kolkata
At 5:00 in the morning we see the prayer in the monastery Trongsa of 1692. After breakfast, drive to the Bagdogra airport (Km. 80 3/4 hours) In the afternoon departure and arrival in Kolkata. Meeting with the staff of our staff for presentations. Hotel accommodation. Free afternoon to relax or to personal initiatives. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Breakfast. Visit to Calcutta, the largest colonial town of the East and of the British Raj model capital. Visit the Kalighat, 1809, typically Bengali and dedicated to the goddess Kali; visit the tomb of Mother Teresa, one of the orphanages cared by the Missionary Sisters of Charity. In the afternoon visit to the flower market and the district of the creators of the terracotta statues gods. Back at the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 11: Departure from Kolkata
After breakfast, depart for the airport. on boarding for the return flight home.
We inform you that all our trips may be changed, if required, according to your needs!