Duration: 9 NIGHTS & 10 DAYS
Package Code: TPH NORTH EAST
Places Covered: DARJEELING (2N) - PELLING (2N) - LACHUNG (2N) - GANGTOK (3N)
Validity: Active EXCEPT FESTIVE SEASONS & LONG WEEKEND PERIOD
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 to 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 - PELLING
After breakfast we proceed to Pelling (Approx. 115 km / 3 to 3 1/2 hrs). Pelling is situated at an altitude of 2072 meters / 6800 feet - On a clear day guest can get a clear view of Himalayan range with snow capped mount Pandim, Kumbhakarna, Rathong, Khangchendzonga, Zopuno, Shimbho, Narsing, Sinolchu etc - It is one of the exotic settlement with varieties of Rhododendron, Orchids, historical sites, short trek routes and wildlife – Its botanical and zoological richness is inspiring and the scenic view from the top of the ridge across deep valley to the heights of Kanchendzonga ranges is something to be seen to be believed - Yuksom, Ravangla, Rinchenpong and Namchi are some of the tourist spot nearby – Check into hotel - Evening free to roam around the small settlement - Over Night stay at Pelling.
DAY 04 : PELLING
After breakfast at the hotel proceed to full day sightseeing of Pelling. The routes are forested and the botanical and zoological richness is inspiring. Places of visit are Rimbi water Falls, Rimbi Rock Garden, Kechopalri Lake, it is one of the holy Buddhist lake and it is believed that any wish in front of the lake comes true - Myth is that when a leaf falls on the placid clear water surface, it is picked by a bird and thus the water surface is always free of leaves, Kechopalri Monastery, Kanchenjunga water Falls, Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabdantse ruins, the scenic view from the top of the ruin to the mystic heights of Kanchendzonga ranges is something to be cherished – Back to hotel – Evening free to roam around the helipad or Shopping center - Over Night stay at Pelling.
DAY 05 : PELLING - GANGTOK
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel/resort. Today we proceed to Pelling (Approx. 130 km / 3 to 3 1/2 hrs). On arrival at Pelling check into hotel. After freshen up visit half day sightseeing hence the drive will be easy and comfortable – Plucking orchid or catching butterflies is a criminal offence in this city of India - Visit to Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom, Research Institute of Tibetology, Do Drul Chorten (Stupa), Enchey Monastery, White Hall, Flower Show, etc – Return to hotel – Evening free to roam around M G Road (Mall) or local Shopping center - Over Night stay at Gangtok.
DAY 06 : GANGTOK - LACHUNG
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel/resort. Today we proceed to Lachung North Sikkim region. (Approx. 120 km / 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hrs). – Lachung is situated at an altitude of 8600 feet - On the way stop and enjoy a few wonderful locations like Tashi Viewpoint, Kabi Lungstok, Naga Waterfalls, confluence of Lachen chu and Lachung Chu at Chungthang, Twin Waterfalls and Bhim Nala Waterfalls - Lunch will be served at Namok - The roads are colored with full bloom of Primulae, Rhododendrons and many other Alpine flowers Guest specially during spring – Tourist are likely to reach Lachung at late afternoon or early evening – On arrival Check into the hotel / resort - Evening free to stroll around the village - Overnight stay at Lachung.
DAY 07 : LACHUNG - YUMTHANG - LACHUNG
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel/resort. Today visit Yumthang situated at an elevation of nearly 11800 feet –above the sea level. On the way you may visit the famous hot spring which is known for its curative properties of skin diseases - Yumthang is a valley near the river Lachung Chu surrounded by mountains where the tree line ends - In spring the valley erupts in riots of colors as Primulae, Rhododendrons and many other Alpine flowers in full bloom along with snow covered valley except in autumn - During winter Yumthang is somber with snow all around and the snow clad mountains adding to the ethereal beauty - Return to hotel/resort at Lachung - After lunch visit Lachung Monastery, Cottage Industry and Waterfalls – Evening free to stroll around the village - Overnight stay at Lachung.
DAY 08 : LACHUNG - GANGTOK
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel/resort. Today proceed to Gangtok (Approx. 120 km / 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hrs).On the way stops at Singhik and Mangan - If the weather is fine and the sky is clear one can enjoy the view of Himalayan range with mount Kanchenjunga, mount Pandim, mount Kabru, mount Simvo, mount Jopuno, mount Khanchendzonga and mount Siniolchu - Various location offers a majestic view of these peaks hence photography will consume some time – The drive will be smooth due to the scenic beauty as in spring the forest cover erupts in a riot of colors as Rhododendrons, Primulae and many other Alpine Flowers are in full bloom - Back to Gangtok - Evening free to roam around M G Road (Mall) or local Shopping center - Over Night stay at Gangtok.
DAY 09 : 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 –Need to be taken prior permits from Gangtok with 2 Passport size photo with valid original ID proof such as Passport/Election Card are required at the time of getting permits. Arrive at Gangtok by evening. Evening is free to roam around M G Road (Mall) or local Shopping center. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 10 : GANGTOK - BAGDOGRA / NEW JALPAIGURI
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel/resort. Today proceed to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport - [Approximately 135 KM/ 4 1/2 to 5 hrs] for your onward journey. Tour ends with sweet memories of the tour with TPH Tours & Travels.