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S/ 01: 10 Days Car Tour : The Heart of Darjeeling & Kalimpong

  • Available all year round. 
  • Best in Sep-Dec and Feb-March. 
  • Max Altitude: 2134 m

Easy paced holiday, featuring Kurseong, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Samthar.. Breathtaking snow views, spectacular sunrises, mountains, forests , hill stations, remote villages, Buddhist monasteries, shopping in  exotic bazaars, tea gardens. toy  train journey,  Social and organic agricultural community, walking, cooking, interaction with local people and more. Staying at selected atmospheric hotels/ home stays.

Day 01: Bagdogra- Kurseong

Arrive at Bagdogra Airport. Met by your car with driver and driven to Kurseong. Check in at Cochrane Place Hotel for lunch.

In the evening a short walk to soak in the ambiance. Later visit to the local bazaar Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Kurseong - Darjeeling

Visit a premium Tea Estate - one of the foremost bio dynamic organic tea gardens. View the entire manufacturing process, and walk around the tea estate.  Drive back to the hotel for lunch. After lunch.

Kurseong Tea Garden Tea Tasting

Transfer to rail station to board toy train at 1330. Tahe a joy ride in the toy train from Kurseong to Tung.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) recently conferred World Heritage status is a nineteenth century engineering feat. Constructed between 1879 and 1888. it spans an altitude of 150 m to 2222 m. It remains fully operational and retains most of its original features. You will marvel at the builders of this unique railway, as the tiny "B" Type steam locomotive huffs and puffs uphill with just three carriages.

After detraining  visit Social and Organic Agricultural Community. Observe innovative eco friendly ideas to support local villages including diary, compost plant, solar water heating, biogas for cooking, mushroom cultivation, and children school.. Continue to the organic farming project . Drive to Darjeeling. Check in at hotel of choice. (Hotel Widamere / May Fair Resort / Hotel New Elgin / Hotel Cedar Inn / Hawks Nest Resort / Central Hotel. Overnight.

Darjeeling derived its present name from the Tibetan Dorjee-Ling, meaning Place of the thunderbolt. Until the nineteenth century, it was a part of the kingdom of Sikkim, and was first leased bt the British in 1835, and latter annexed in 1861, to as a base for trade with Tibet. In early 1840’s, tea plantations were developed, extensively, and Nepali labour was imported. This resulted in a change in the demographic balance, with Nepalese gradually gaining ground over other ethnic groups.After a political agitation, Darjeeling  was granted, autonomy under a Gorkha Hill Council, with limited powers. Darjeeling retains it colonial flavour, and the fantastic views of the great snow capped ranges, is a major tourist attraction, along with Buddhist monasteries and exotic bazaar.

 

 

Day 03: Darjeeling

Guided tour of Darjeeling. Early morning visit Tiger Hill, for sunrise view of Khangchendzonga and Averest group, followed by Ghoom Buddhist Monastery. After breakfast, visit the Himalayan Zoological Park including the snow leopard enclosure, The Mount Everest Museum at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and the Tibetan self Help Centre. Afternoon and evening free for exploring the exotic bazaar and shopping.

Day 04: Darjeeling- Kalimpong

After breakfast drive to Kalimpong. Check in at hotel or home stay of choice ( Hotel Silver Oaks / Hotel Himalayan / Gurudongma House). Afternoon free to take a walk,  explore bazaar or relax.

Colonial church Colonial bungalow

Kalimpong, is an exotic town of beautiful people, mystical and enchanting? Ruled by Bhutan for 155 years, and annexed by the British in 1865, it was developed as a center of the wool trade with Tibet. The Lepchas, who were the original inhabitants, were subjected to Bhutanese, Tibetan, British, and Nepalese influences. History has left behind a fascinating ethnic blend of Lepcha, Bhutia and Nepalese people. Here Buddhism rubs shoulders with Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam. Gompas, churches, temples, monasteries, monks and missionaries; all coexist in a jovial and tolerant society. Flower and orchid nurseries, colonial bungalows, churches of the "Raj", and Buddhist monasteries are there to explore. A quaint bustling bazaar, is a Pandora's box of surprises? Kalimpong is a wanderer's delight. Buddhist tankhas, hand beaten silver, Bhutanese weaves, Chinese lamps, hand crafted paper, Lepcha daggers, Nepali Khukaris and Buddhist masks, are some of the shopping attractions. The Wednesday and Saturday "Hat", or village market, brings together people from surrounding areas, selling an amazing variety of products.

Day 05: Kalimpong

Guided Tour of Kalimpong. Visit Buddhist Monastery, Orchid & Flower nursery, Churches and homes of the colonial era, Dr Grahams Homes campus and chapel, Durpin and Deolo Hill view points, and the exotic bazaar.

Kalimpong Monastery

Day 06: Kalimpong - Lava - Lolegaon - Samthar

Drive cum trek/ drive to the remote village of Samthar – partly along a wilderness trail. Enroute visit Lava Buddhist Monastery, drive through miles of forested hills. A chance for two short treks through forests, biodiverse flora, isolated hamlets, terraced cultivation, mountain streams, and more.

Ripe paddy Musturd fields

Scenic and remote, the Samthar Valley, is located at an elevation of 1500 Meters. The inhabitants are a blend of various ethnic groups-Lepchas, Bhutias and Nepali. The original Lepcha tribals lived in the valleys. They were woodsman, and utilized the forest resources to live off the land. Knowing no religion, they worshiped nature spirits. When the Bhutanese ruled this land, many were converted to Buddhism. Latter the British rulers brought in Christian missionaries, who converted some of them to Christianity. Hinduism arrived with the Nepalese settlers, who taught the Lepchas to farm the land. Today the ethnic groups are fused together in harmony. They have adopted Nepali as a link language, yet maintained, their diverse cultural identity. It is an ideal place to peep into lifestyles of this fascinating hill community. It also has diverse flora, well-developed mountain agriculture, forests, and river valleys, and offers breathtaking views of the Panorama of snows.

Check in at the Samthar Farm House – a unique retreat which is  listed in Alastair Sawday’s  Special Places to stay in India.. An old Lepcha house built of stone and timber, converted by General "Jimmy" Singh for comfortable living, whilst maintaining its ambience. There is a nature garden and breathtaking sunrise views of the great peaks. It is known for its ambiance, variety and quality of home-cooked meals, and personalized service.  Click here for details.

Paddy sowing Lepcha couple Lepcha damsel Nepali dancing Stone grinder

Day 07: Samthar : Nature & Culture Walk

Get up early for breathtaking sunrise views. See the entire panorama of snows - Khangchenganga group of peaks, Simvo, Siniolchu, Lama Anden, Chomoyomo, and Paunhari, and then in an easterly arc the passes of Chola, Natula, and Jalepla, leading into Tibet.. After breakfast, take a guided Village exploration walk.  A fascinating experience of visiting Nepali and Lepcha homes peopled by Buddhist, Hindu and Christian folks living in a happy tension free community. Peep into local lifestyles, mountain agriculture,  see the village blacksmith, basket makers, and other crafts persons at work, visit a school, meet the village Shaman, and people of various ethnic groups. Optional : Cooking

Day 08: Samthar - Lepcha Valley trek

Trek to the remote 100 years old  Lepcha Buddhist Temple. Walk through forests, terraced fields, isolated hamlets and take in views of both mountains and plains.

Exciting trail Tribal feast Feast blessing ritual

Day 09: Samthar - Teesta Valley trek – Drive to Kalimpong

A four hours trek down to the Teesta valley to cross the river on a hand pulled ropeway. Drive to Kalimpong in 45 minutes. Overnight at your hotel/Gurudongma house . Overnight.

Day 10: Kalimpong- Bagdogra.

Drive to Bagdogra in 2.30 hrs.

TOUR ENDS
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