Duration: 4 NIGHTS & 5 DAYS
Package Code: AMAZING NORTH EAST 4N - 5D
Places Covered: DARJEELING (2N) - GANGTOK (2N)
PACKAGE COST PER PERSON ON TWIN SHARING BASIS (EXCEPT FESTIVE SEASONS & LONG WEEKEND PERIOD)
Uttarakhand formerly Uttaranchal, is a state in the northern part of India. It is often referred to as the Land of the Gods due to the many holy Hindu temples and pilgrimage centres found throughout the state. Uttarakhand is mainly known for its natural beauty of the Himalayas, the Bhabhar and the Terai. On 9 November 2000, this 27th state of the Republic of India was carved out of the Himalayan and adjoining northwestern districts of Uttar Pradesh. It borders the Tibet Autonomous Region on the north; the Mahakali Zone of the Far-Western Region, Nepal on the east; and the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh to the south and Himachal Pradesh to the northwest. The state is divided into two divisions, Garhwal and Kumaon, with a total of 13 districts. The provisional capital of Uttarakhand is Dehradun, the largest city in the region, which is a railhead. The high court of the state is in Nainital.
Archaeological evidence support the existence of humans in the region since prehistoric times. Among the first major dynasties of Garhwal and Kumaon were the Kunindas in the 2nd century BCE who practised an early form of Shaivism. Ashokan edicts at Kalsi show the early presence of Buddhism in this region. During the medieval period the region was consolidated under the Kumaon and Garhwal kingdom. By 1803 the region fell to the Gurkha Empire of Nepal and with the conclusion of the Anglo-Nepalese War in 1816 most of modern Uttarakhand was ceded to the British as part of the Treaty of Sugauli. Although the erstwhile hill kingdoms of Garhwal and Kumaon were traditional rivals, the proximity of different neighbouring ethnic groups and the inseparable and complementary nature of their geography, economy, culture, language, and traditions created strong bonds between the two regions which further strengthened during the movement for statehood in the 1990s.
The natives of the state are generally called either Garhwali or Kumaoni depending on their place of origin. According to the 2011 census of India, Uttarakhand has a population of 10,116,752, making it the 19th most populous state in India. A large portion of the population consists of Rajputs and Brahmins. More than 88% of the population follow Hinduism. Muslims are the largest minority in the state with Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, and Jains being the other major religions. Garhwali and Kumaoni are the two main regional languages, whereas Hindi is the most widely spoken language.
Two of the most important rivers in Hinduism originate in the region, the Ganga at Gangotri and the Yamuna at Yamunotri. These two along with Badrinath and Kedarnath form the Chota Char Dham, a holy pilgrimage for the Hindus. The state hosts the Bengal tiger in Jim Corbett National Park, the oldest national park of the Indian subcontinent. The Valley of Flowers, a Unesco World Heritage Site located here, is known for the variety and rarity of the flowers and plants found there.
DAY 01 : BAGDOGRA / NEW JALPAIGURI – DARJEELING
Arrive at Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri Railway station and proceed to Darjeeling. Check into hotel, evening is free to roam around Mall road or local Shopping center. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 02 : DARJEELING
During early morning proceed to Tiger Hill to view sunrise over Kanchendzonga Peak (subject to clear weather). On the way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Peace memorial & Batasia Loop. Return back to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast proceed for the next round of sightseeing to Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Ropeway, Tensing Gumpo Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center (Closed on Sunday), Tea Estate, Natural History Museum (Sunday Closed), Peace Pagoda. Return to hotel by evening. Evening at free to stroll around the around Mall road or the Local market area. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 03 : DARJEELING – GANGTOK
After breakfast we proceed to Gangtok (100 kms / 3 to 3.5 hrs). On arrival check into hotel. Enjoy half day city sightseeing in Gangtok. Evening is at leisure for relaxing or shopping. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 04 : GANGTOK
After breakfast we proceed to an excursion to Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir nearly 40 kilometers away and 2 hours drive along the Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary, the home to the red panda and the blood pheasant with Rhododendron and other alpine trees which is situated at an elevation of 3753 meters / 12310 feet. The Lake is oval shaped lake nearly 50 feet deep, generally covered in snow for most of the year. This lake is home to the Brahmin ducks & many migratory birds. Nearby is the sacred Baba Mandir known to be a very holy site for all. Nathu La Pass to Republic of China is nearly 20 kilometers and is an optional tour. Arrive at Gangtok by evening. Evening is free to roam around M G Road (Mall) or local Shopping center. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 05 : GANGTOK – BAGDOGRA / NEW JALPAIGURI
After breakfast we say good bye to the Eastern Himalaya and proceed to Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri Railway station for your onward journey. Tour ends with sweet memories of the tour with TPH Tours & Travels.