Golden Triangle with Darjeeling & Sikkim Tour

  • 16 Nights/ 17 days
  • Delhi- Agra- Jaipur-Darjeeling- Gangtok-Namchi- Pelling-Rinchenpong
  • Golden Triangle with Darjeeling & Sikkim Tour covers Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Darjeeling and Sikkim. This trip helps a traveler discover attractions & mysteries of north India and enjoy virgin natural beauty & cultural legacy of Tibetan Buddhists, preserved & flourished in Hindu India context. Visit world famous monuments & bazaars in ‘Golden Triangle Tour’ and beautiful sights of Himalayas & ancient monasteries in Darjeeling & Sikkim.

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Day 1 Welcome to New Delhi

Experience traditionally warm hospitality from the moment you set feet on Indian soil. Our representative welcomes you at the airport and will take you to pre-booked hotel. During the course of check in process, you will be handed over a ‘welcome- kit’, containing all the documents related to your India travel, like hotel vouchers, itinerary copy, invoice etc. After check in at the hotel, relax and have overnight stay therein.

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Day 2 Explore Old Delhi & New Delhi

The sightseeing trip starts, along with Delhi tour guide, a bit early in the morning- immediately after breakfast, as several monuments need to be visited in a limited time frame. Delhi is probably world’s richest capital with respect to historical monuments. The city government has united the medieval (Old Delhi) & modern (New Delhi) in a unique way. New Delhi, created symmetrically by British architect in 1931 as a garden city, is located in a spacious, west oriented style with wide shopping streets, luxury hotels and villas and diplomatic districts. Old Delhi, however, unfolds the splendor of the Orient. The loud & colorful streets invite you to stroll through the bazaars, and behind ancient walls, await centuries-old palaces, temples and treasures for you to explore.

Old Delhi sightseeing will include the imposing Red Fort, Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India), Chandani Chowk (400 years old bazaar) and the narrow streets of the old oriental town. In the colonial section of New Delhi you will pass the government district with the President's Palace and India Gate. Thereafter visit Lotus Temple, a meditation centre developed by the Bahais. Next stop is Qutub Minar, world’s tallest stone built tower, marking the advent of Muslim rulers in India.

Later in the evening, return to New Delhi hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3 Delhi- Agra (by car- 210 kms/ 04 kms)- Agra sightseeing

Depart a bit early, immediately after taking breakfast in Delhi hotel, for Agra. It takes about four hours to reach Agra. Agra is famous for gigantic, beautiful and early Mughal era monuments. Three of these monuments, Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri are listed in UNESCO World Heritage sites. On arrival at Agra, you will be directly transferred to the pre-booked hotel. Having relaxed a bit, you will be visiting three famous monuments of Agra- Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Baby Taj (Tomb of It-Mad-ud-Daula). The first stop is naturally Taj Mahal. The tourists, who stop in Agra, basically have only one goal: the Taj Mahal. Recently included in the list of the new "Seven Wonders of The World", it is regarded by many as the very symbol of Indian tourism. The Mughal rulerr Shah Jahan built the monument of eternal love for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to her 14th child at the age of 38 years in 1631. A large number of tourists swarm to see Taj Mahal. Two times of day are particularly popular with visitors: sunrise and sunset. Also a special spectacle, Taj Mahal offers when the moon unfolds fully. The visit to the tombs of Mumtaz Mahal and her husband, which can be seen in the main room as copies, however, can be a special experience for the nose. Agra Fort is located just two kilometers northwest away. The fort on the banks of Yamuna River is surrounded by a 2.5-kilometer double wall. The huge investment in the Agra Fort, whose foundation stone was laid in 1565, is visible in more than 560 individual buildings inside it. Having seen these buildings one can easily guess that Agra Fort was not only a fortification but also a royal town. Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque) & large terrace that offers beautiful views of the Taj Mahal deserve special attention. Tomb of It-Mad-ud-Daula, known popularly as Baby Taj, is another tourist attraction of Agra and is said to be a source of inspiration for Shah Jahan to use white marbles more sumptuously.

Having completed sightseeing of monuments, explore colourful market of Agra. Later, return to Agra hotel to spend evening in leisure and have overnight stay.

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Day 4 Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Abhaneri- Jaipur (by car- 245 kms/ 05 hrs)

On the fourth day of Golden Triangle with Darjeeling & Sikkim Tour, have scrumptious breakfast in Agra hotel and depart for Jaipur,known as Pink City of Rajasthan. En route Jaipur, you will be visiting two places of medieval and ancient glory- Fatehpur Sikri & Abhaneri.

About 40 km from Agra, you will visit the abandoned, exceedingly fascinating city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built in 1569 by Mughal ruler Akbar, it was abandoned again after 14 years due to water shortage. The well-preserved red sandstone buildings are among the most important examples of Mughal architecture. Today walk through an intact, lordly township: well-preserved multi-storey palaces, gardens and a market place, a waterworks, countless covered walkways, stairs and terraces. They are testimony to the architectural feat of Akbar. The sunken metropolis combines two opposites: the figurative architecture of the Hindus and the geometrics of Islam.

After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, proceed for Jaipur. About 75 kms prior to Jaipur is a village named Abhaneri in Dausa district of Rajasthan. Abhaneri is a village with rich cultural heritage of ancient India. Abhaneri ioffers one opportunity to see architectural and sculptural gems in the form of Chand Baori (water harvesting, conservation and distribution system), a bit dilapidated ancient temple and a large number of sculptured statues, hallmarks of traditional Hindu temples.

After visiting Abhaneri, depart for Jaipur. It will take about two hours to reach Jaipur. On arrival at Jaipur, our representative will transfer you to Jaipur hotel.

Jaipur , the capital of Rajasthan, is known as the pink city. It is named for the predominant color of its buildings "Pink City". Pink is not just the color of Lord Shiva, but also the Indian color of welcome. Unlike cities in the Gangetic plain, Jaipur has broad streets and everything exudes a certain harmony. The city with its now more than 4,000,000 inhabitants is situated in a desert landscape, surrounded by barren hills. Rajasthan is not as crowded as other states. The careful planning and construction of Jaipur had been done by the great warrior and astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II (1699-1744). His predecessor had good understanding with the Mughal and maintained excellent relations with them. But by 1727, the splendor of the Mughal began to fade, and Jaipur king decided to leave his mountain fortress of Amber and to found a new city on the plain. In urban planning, he followed a Hindu scripture, dealing with architecture, the Shilpa Shastra. Hence, a city was designed with walls and six rectangular blocks. In 1728, a remarkable solar observatory called Jantar Mantar was built. Jantar Mantar, still in working condition, is a special attraction of Jaipur today. It served the Maharaja to observe the stars and astrological interpretation. In addition to lot many monuments, Jaipur offers a great opportunity for shoppers.

Check in at Jaipur hotel to spend evening in leisure and have overnight stay.

Day 5 Full day sightseeing tour of Jaipur

Jaipur sightseeing tour will commence a bit early in the morning, soon after the breakfast. Jaipur tour guide will first take you to visit three famous forts of Jaipur- Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort. Amber Fort visit will be made memorable by enjoying ‘maharaja-like’ elephant ride from the foothills of Amber to the main gateway of the fort, at the hilltop.

The old Jaipur painted in Pink can easily evoke any visitor’s admiration. The stunning backdrop of its ancient forts, Nahargarh, Amber, Jaigarh and Moti Doongari are apt testimonials of a bygone era and a reminder of their lingering romance and chivalry. One of the most magnificent marvels of Jaipur is the City Palace Complex, which is a rare combination of the finest blends of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The famous places to visit in the Pink City are Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Amber Palace, etc. Many royal festivals – apart from the religious festivals – are celebrated in Jaipur and these include the Elephant Festival, Gangaur, Teej and Kite Festivals.

After sightseeing of Jaipur, explore bustling market that is famous for its handicraft articles, durries, carpets, jewellery and textiles. Later on, return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 6 New Jal Paiguri/ Bagdogra – Darjeeling (by road) (120 kms/ 03 hrs)

On arrival at New Jal Paiguri/ Bagdogra airport/ railway station, you will be received by our representative and introduced with the chauffeur who will be taking you to Darjeeling. Being a hilly terrain, traversing 120 kms takes up about three hours. On arrival at Darjeeling, you will be directly transferred to the pre-booked hotel. Rest of the day has been kept free. Post-lunch, explore the Mall Road at your will. Overnight stay has been scheduled in Darjeeling.

Day 7 Darjeeling – Mirik –Darjeeling (100 kms)

After delicious breakfast in Darjeeling hotel, you will proceed for Mirik at 09:00 hrs. Mirik is a small and sleepy hill town in Darjeeling district and 49 kms away from Darjeeling town. It's a wonderful scenic drive to Mirik through tea gardens on hill slopes. On the way you will also see a lot of orange orchards. On the way visit Sukhiapokhri & Jorpokhri. This tiny place on a hill top has twin lakes, surrounded by forest and offers magnificent views of Kanchenjunga. This is where you can see the rare lizard like small Himalayan Salamanders which were once considered extinct. On the way also see a wonderful view point called Simana. Mirik is located at an average altitude of 5,000ft. After reaching Mirik, first visit the Mirik Monastery on top and then the Mirik Lake. These are the top attractions of the place.

After exploring Mirik, return to Darjeeling in the evening at around 16:00 hrs. Rest of the day at leisure

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Day 8 Darjeeling – Tiger Hill- Darjeeling/ Darjeeling sightseeing

Early in the morning, around 03:30 hrs, depart for Tiger Hill. Tiger Hill offers opportunity to have sweeping views of the colossal Kanchenjunga with many other snow clad eastern Himalayan peaks. The blaze of rapidly changing colors of the snow peaks as the sun strikes is an awesome view, but Tiger Hill is great even otherwise. It's a destination by itself offering not just great views during sunrise, it's a place where you can soak yourself with Himalayan serenity anytime during the day. Located 11kms from Darjeeling town and above Ghoom, Tiger Hill is the highest point in the Darjeeling area at an altitude of 8482 feet.

After visiting Tiger Hill, return to Darjeeling hotel, get refreshed, have fresh breakfast and proceed for exploring Darjeeling and its tourist attractions. Sightseeing will include Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Museum, Tibetan Refugee Centre, Tea Gurden, Batasia Loop & Japanese Temple. Later in the evening, return to Darjeeling hotel for overnight stay.

Day 9 Darjeeling – Ravangla sightseeing - Gangtok (110 kms/ 03 kms)

Have scrumptious breakfast and move for Gangtok, capital city of Sikkim, one of the “Seven Sister States” of India. On the way to Gangtok, have a stop-over at a fascinating tourist destination of Ravangla, located at an altitude of 7000 ft. Ravangla is situated on a ridge between Maenam and Tendong Hill and offers unmatched views of the Greater Himalayas. The beauty of its landscape and its location as a transit point to nearby destinations has made Ravangla a must-visit place. Ravangla stages the Pang Lhabsol festival in a grand manner every year around August-September. The festivities last for three days, culminating in the traditional dances known as ‘Chaam’ on the last day. While exploring Ravangla, a visit of the Ralong monastery as well as the Tibetan Carpet Centre is a must. The traditionally designed and woven carpets available here are said to be the best you can buy anywhere. In April Ravangla stages its own Tourism, Culture and Crafts Festival.

After visiting Ravangla, proceed for Gangtok. On arrival at Gangtok around 18:30 hrs, you will be directly transferred to pre-reserved hotel for spending evening in leisure and have overnight stay.

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Day 10 Gangtok sightseeing

With packaged breakfast, you will proceed to visit Tshangoo Lake & Baba Mandir at 07:30 hrs. It will be almost a full day sightseeing.

Tshangu Lake, located at an altitude of 12400 ft near Chinese border and about 40 kms east of Gangtok, is also known as Tsongmo Lake or Changhu Lake. On the north side of Tshangu Lake is Nathula Pass. Oval shaped Tshangu Lake is 1 km long and about 15 meters deep and is a holy site for the locals and the Buddhists. The site is famous for natural flowers like Rhododendrons, primulas, blue and yellow poppies, irises etc. Visit of Tshangu Lake is restricted due to security reasons, and therefore an internal permit is required in order to visit the same. Best season to visit is during November to May. A Yak- ride adds charm to this place for the tourists. The Lake hosts a small temple of Lord Shiva where tourists are allowed to offer prayers.

Known as ghost soldier’s temple, Baba Mandir, located at an altitude of 13000 ft near Tshangu Lake & Jelepa Pass, was built in memory of Baba Harbhajan Singh, a Punjab Regiment soldier who drowned in a stream near spot depending India’s border with China.

After relishing scenic beauty of the Himalayas, return to Gangtok hotel for leisure and overnight stay.

Day 11 Gangtok sightseeing

The morning session of Gangtok sightseeing will commence after breakfast. The first session of sightseeing will include a visit to the Zakri Falls, Tibetology, Ropeway, Tashi View Point etc.

Tibetology Institute: Located 2 kms away from Gangtok main town and built in classical Tibetan architectural tenets, Tibetology Institute is one of the finest institutes doing research in the areas of Tibetan language and culture. Nestled amidst a small forest of birch trees, oak and magnolia was founded by 14th Dalai Lama in 1957 and inaugurated by Jawahar Lal Nehru in 1958. The institute houses in its premises a museum, a Tibetan library with rich collections and also a reference center about Tibet and Himalayas in general. Museum, based in the ground floor of the building, is a great collection of heritage which includes rare collections of statues, coins, thangkas (that are scrolls with hand paintings & embroidery work), Tibetan art work & objects, and ancient manuscripts in Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese and Lepcha. However the most prominent of all is the grand and majestic image of Manjushri (bodhisattva of knowledge and wisdom) which was brought all the way from Tibet.

Ban Zhakri Falls: Located about 7 kms from Gangtok and near Ranka Moastery, Ban Zhakri Falls is 1oo ft high. There is a manmade lake and park, themed on Shaman culture and replete with Sikkimese architecture all across the park. Ban Jhakri means 'Jungle Priest' or in some definition 'Jungle Magician'. The Nepali folklore says that the first Jhakri or Shaman acquired the power of mastering the evil spirits from the gods. There are several figurines reflecting the Jhakri mythology.

Tashi View Point: A great picnic spot and perfect place to view panoramic view of Sikkim and Himalayas, is located about 9 kms from Gangtok. Tashi View Point, built by former king of Sikkim Tashi Namgyal, offers an opportunity to catch a coup d`oeil of the mountains. Not only Kang-chen-Djonga (golden-snowy-peaks) and Mt Siniolchu can be seen from here but also Phodong and Labrang Monasteries can be visited.

After visiting these salient places and tourist attractions of Sikkim, return to Gangtok hotel to spend evening in leisure and have overnight stay.

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Day 12 Gangtok – Namchi (by road-90 kms/ 3 hrs)

After delicious breakfast in Gangtok hotel, depart for Namchi around 9 am. Approximately after 3 hours reach at Namchi. You will be directly transferred to the pre-reserved hotel.

Namchi is one of the fastest developing tourist destination of south district of Sikkim. The name Namchi, meaning Sky High is derived from Bhutia language- Sky (Nam) & High (Chi). Located on an altitude of 1675 metres above sea level, Namchi commands panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains and vast stretches of valley.

The day has been kept free to spend your time in leisure. Overnight stay in Namchi hotel.

Day 13 Namchi sightseeing

Post breakfast, around 9:00 am, depart for visiting two famous places of Namchi- ancient monastery of Namchi and Samtruptse . Namchi Monastery, containing some of the best paintings and artworks of local artisans, is an ancient Buddhist monastery. The Namchi Monastery, built during the reign of Chogyal Ghurmed Namgyal, is situated just above the town. Another prominent place in Namchi is Samdruptse that means “wish fulfillinf hill” where the tallest statue of Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpochhe)has been erected to commemorate his blessings to the land and people of Sikkim.

Having explored Namch leisurely, return to Namch hotel to spend evening in leisure and have overnight stay.

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Day 14 Namchi – Pelling (70 kms/ 04 hrs)

After leisurely breakfast in Namchi hotel, depart for Pelling, a town about 115 kms from Sikkim’s capital Gangtok and at an altitude of 7200 feet. Pelling, a prominent tourist destination of Sikkim, is the base for the trekkers and peripatetic enthusiasts who go in for arduous trekking in western part of Sikkim. Pelling is known for offering immensely beautiful views of the Himalayas the Kanchenjanga. Densely forested with alpine vegetation along with large expanse of virgin landscape, Pelling is characterized by several waterfalls lining the hillside. In the months of winter, Pelling is sometimes covered with a blanket of snow. The people of Pelling are Buddhists and speak Sikkimese, Nepali and Hindi.

The scenic beauty all along the four hours long journey keeps you fresh and rejuvenated. On arrival at Pelling, you will be directly transferred to Pelling hotel for leisure and overnight stay.

Day 15 Pelling sightseeing tour

After breakfast at 09.00 hrs depart for local sightseeing tour and visit Peyamgtse Monastery, Khecheopari Lake, Singshore Bridge and the Darap village. Pemayangtse (meaning ‘sublime lotus’) Monastery, belonging to the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, was built in 18th century. Another historical and cultural legacy of Sikkim is Rabdentse Palace, the site of second capital of Sikkim, which was in ruins but has been restored to some extent to its previous glory. Not only it is strategically located but also offers breathtaking beautiful views of Himalayan valleys. Overnight stay has been scheduled in Pelling hotel.

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Day 16 Pelling – Rinchenpong (60 kms)

After scrumptious breakfast in Pelling hotel, depart for Richenpong. On arrival at Richenpong, check in at the hotel. After relaxing a bit, proceed to explore and visit Rinchenpong Monastery & Reshum Monastery. Have overnight stay in Richenpong hotel.

Day 17 Richenpong – Bagdogra/ New Jalpaijuri (135 kms/ 03 hours)

After breakfast, depart for Bagdogra or New Jalpaiguri to/NJP. On arrival, you will be directly transferred to the airport to board flight for your onward destination.

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