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Best of Sikkim and Darjeeling Tour
Holiday Moods Adventures Pvt. Ltd is top rated by National Geographic Adventure Magazine as one of the "BEST ADVENTURE TRAVEL COMPANIES on Earth” with 100% client satisfaction. Incepted in 1997, we are a Himalayan specialist adventure & cultural travel outfitter promoting India and extensions to Nepal, Tibet & Bhutan.

We are also the winner of the National Tourism Award for “The Most Innovative Adventure Activity Tour Operator” for the year 2007 – 08

DARJEELING - It is famously known as the “Queen of the Hills” and is one of the most beautiful hill stations of India. The cool climate of Darjeeling provides a delightfully different experience from most other parts of India. In 1835, Darjeeling was given to the East India Company by the King of Sikkim. The real fun in coming to Darjeeling is on the toy train. It takes six to seven hours to cover a distance of 82 kms and the slow speed gives you enough time to watch and appreciate the beauty which nature has provided it. This train passes through the Forests, waterfalls, over deep valleys and through the mountains and tunnels. Darjeeling has plenty of tourist spots in and around the city. Tiger hills is the highest point in the area which provides the most exotic view of the Kanchenjunga peaks.
 
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Itinerary Details
Day 1: ARRIVAL AT BAGDOGRA/NJP-DARJEELING
Darjeeling Reception at NJP/Bagdogra and drive to Darjeeling (Alt 7100Ft/2100M), 90km in 3hrs. Check in at Hotel. Free Evening Overnight at Darjeeling.

Day 2: IN DARJEELING
Local tour in Darjeeling covering morning 3 points – Tiger Hill Sunrise Point, Batasia Loop and Ghoom Monastery. Afternoon visit 7 points covering Darjeeling Zoo and Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Tea garden, Tenzing rock and Gombu Rock, Tibetan Refugee center (Closed on Sunday) and Ava Art Gallery. Free evening at Mall for Shopping. Overnight at Darjeeling.

PELLING: - The pleasant little town of Pelling is famous for magnificent view of the snow-capped mountains of Kanchenjunga. Pelling is about 133 km away from Siliguri and 125km from Gangtok and well connected by bus and jeep services. Placid Pelling pulls most of the visitors for its representative status in history, nature and culture of the state. Situated at an altitude of 6,800 ft, it offers good view of entire mountain ranges including the Koktang, Kumbhakarna, Rathong, Kabru, Dom, Kanchenjunga, Pandim, Zopuno, Shimbho, Narsing, Siniyalchu and others. Pelling is as close as you can get to Kanchenjunga without leaving the material comfort of good hotels and due to its advantageous location, many hotels and lodges have come up in and around Pelling offering various categories of accommodation.

Day 3: DARJEELING - PELLING
Drive to Pelling in west Sikkim via Naya Bazaar (Alt 6100ft/1830M), 135kms in 4hrs. Check in at Hotel. Afternoon free. Overnight at Pelling.

Day 4: : IN PELLING
Full day Pelling local tour covering Pemayangtse Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake, Kunchenjungha Falls and Rimbi Falls, Dentham Valley, Tsangey Falls and Sinsore Bridge. Free evening at Pelling Overnight at Pelling.

GANGTOK: - The capital of Sikkim, is a unique hill resort of northeast India and undoubtedly one of the most oft-visited ones. Perched on the ridge of a hill at an altitude of 1700 mt, Gangtok is famous for its scenic beauty and spectacular views of the Kanchenjunga, their highest mountain in the world. The town offers a mild temperate climate with a temperature of around 23 degree centigrade in Summer and around 6 degree centigrade during winter. Officially the population of Gangtok is around 50,000 but actually the number is at least double that figure.
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The principle language in Gangtok as in other parts of the region is Nepali. But Hindi, English, Bengali and Tibetan are also spoken and understood by a large part of the population.

Day 5: PELLING - GANGTOK
After breakfast drive to Gangtok via Jorthang (Alt 5500Ft /1650M) - 140kms in 4.5hrs. Check in at Hotel. Free evening Overnight stay at Gangtok.

Day 6: EXCURSION OF TSONGO LAKE
Gangtok to Tsongo Lake (Alt 12000ft/3600M) excursion to enjoy snow at alpine lake and back to Hotel. 42kms in 2.5hrs (One way). Afternoon free. (Nathula Pass Optional trip) Overnight at Gangtok.

Day 7: GANGTOK - KALIMPONG
Full Day Gangtok City tour. Visit Government Institute of Cottage Industry (Closed on Sunday, 2nd Saturday), Orchid House, Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology, Dodurl Chorten, Rumtek Monastery, Botanical Garden, and Santi View Point. Check out and drive to Kalimpong (Alt 4100ft /1250M) - 95kms in 3hrs. Free evening. Overnight at Kalimpong.

Gangtok KALIMPONG: - At an altitude of 1250m, this tranquil hill station is located on top of a ridge on the east of river Tista. Kalimpong offers many good treks for the adventures. The travel attraction of this place also includes monasteries, orchid-nurseries and overall, the exquisite view over the surrounding countryside. The distance between Kalimpong and Siliguri is 70km. Kalimpong is famous for its indigenous handicraft. The artisans here produce Tibetan and Bhutanese handicraft and jewelry that are much admired in the country and abroad. If you want to go for a shopping-spree for crafts during your tour, Kalimpong is the place. The shops at Kalimpong sell traditional handicrafts such as woodcarvings, copperware like feng-sui bells, tapestry bags, scrolls, paintings and Tibetan jewelry. The town and its surrounding area was ruled by Bhutan for about a century and a half before it was annexed by the British in 1965.

Day 08 : DEPARTURE
Morning visit to Durpin view point, Delo Top, Flower nurseries and Monastery. Return to Bagdogra or NJP 75kms in 2.5hrs.
PLACE STANDARD FIRST CLASS DELUXE HERITAGE LUXURY
DARJEELING Seven Seventeen Garuda Hotel The Retreat Swiss Hotel Anand Palace Vice Roy Hotel Fortune Central Fortune Nirvana New Elgin Mayfair Hill Resort
GANGTOK Rendezvous Hotel Blue Poppy Sikkim Retreat Heruka Hotel Sidlon Residency Chumbi Residency New Castle Orange Village Royal Demadzong Rhenok House Tamarind Hotel Norkhill Hotel Mayfair Spa Resort
PELLING Aryan Residency Phamrong Hotel Tashigang Resort De Regency Newa Regency Norbugang Resort Pachu Resort Mt Pandim Norbugang Resort (S Dlx rm) Norbugang House
KALIMPONG Holumba Heaven Garden Reach (New) Park Hotel Orchid Retreat Lillium Hotel Silver Oaks Himalayan Hotel Himalayan Hotel Silver Oaks Himalayan Hotel Silver Oaks
Lachung Fortuna Resort / Cliff View Fortuna Resort/ Cliff View Modern Residency Le Coxi Mayfair Yarlam Resort
Lachen Fortuna Resort Fortuna Resort Sinioulchu Lodge Le Coxi Apple Orchard


1. All accommodation on Single/ Twin/ Triple sharing basis.
2. Meal Plan – Daily breakfast in Standard
3. Daily breakfast and Dinner in First Class and Deluxe
4. All meals in Heritage & Luxury.
5. Sight Seeing As per the detailed itinerary.
6. Arrival Assistance.
7. All transfers & sightseeing by non-ac Vehicle as per the itinerary.
1. Entry / Camera Fees to Park and Monuments,
2. Additional Tour or Car Usage Beyond the Suggested Itinerary,
3. Ropeway Ride,
4. Boating
5. Yak Ride
6. Rafting
7. Toy Train Ride
8. Helicopter Ride
9. Airport Tax Or Porter Charge
10. Guide Or Escort Charge
11.Insurance Coverage
12. Mineral Water Or Beverage
13.Meal Out Side Hotel
14.Refreshment Cost On Arrival
15. Laundry Charge
16.Telephone Cost or anything of personal nature and not mentioned in the package.
17.Government Service Tax
IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT CAR AND HOTELS:

1. Since your tour covers different districts and states one single vehicle for the entire trip cannot be used. Local sight seeing tours in the above places are arranged in separate small cars (Maruti Van or Sumo Jeep as per availability) as per local taxi syndicate rule. These cars are used exclusively for you and take you to all the points mentioned in the package.
2. Due to restriction of vehicular movement in Gangtok town after 8AM we request the guests having a departure or Excursion to move from the hotel before 8AM, or else the car has to leave the hotel and would wait at the Taxi Stand after that.
3. The car service for the specific package is on contract basis as per tour details and not for full day. The full day availability of car can also be arranged on request with additional cost.
4. Due to high traffic restrictions in the hill stations (mainly in Darjeeling and Gangtok) the drivers remain under pressure. They can not stop on the road while driving through the city or can not go to certain places even if desired by the tourists. In the hill towns the car parking places are very limited. In some hotels cars are not allowed to go. Although we have selected such hotels where the car has a direct access, but the same can be changed following sudden traffic rule imposition in some specific time. In such cases our driver will take you to the nearest taxi stand and help you to reach hotel. We request you to kindly understand these issues and cooperate with the drivers and maintain the timings.

CLIMATE:
Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalayas experience a climate that varies right from Tropical to Tundra. This change can be felt in a matter of 5 to 6 hours journey. The temperature in the lower foothills vary from 4 0 C in winter up to 350 C in summer. Regions above 1500M up to 2500 M have an average temperature of Minimum 20 C and Maximum 120 C in winter and Minimum 120 C and Maximum 250 C in summer. The region above 6000m in Northern, Eastern and Western Sikkim remains under permanent snow throughout the year. Winter period in the hills Mid October to March and summer period is from May to July. Monsoon starts from July and continues till Mid September. Occasional rainfalls occur in early May and June. It is also one of the rainiest regions with an average rainfall of 350cm per annum. Best time to visit this region from September to December and March to June.

CLOTHING:
Heavy to very heavy woolen garments form Oct to March and light woolen garments during the rest of the year. Carrying rain proof jackets or umbrella at any time of the year will be beneficial.

PERMIT:
People visiting Tsongo Lake/ Nathula Pass are required to send photocopy of their valid Photo ID Proof of all (Passport/Voter Card/ Driving Lenience/ Pan Card for adult and school / birth certificate for children below 18 years) with 4 copies of Passport size Photographs to our office in advance in order to arrange the necessary permits. The original copies may be required to be shown on spot and should be carried during the tour.

EXTRA NOTE: All schedules and other information are subject to change without notice and to Government approval.