Darjeeling Sikkim Tour -7D
Experience the jaw-dropping sceneries at the most popular hill-station throughout India. Darjeeling Sikkim Tour assembles the best outdoor experiences in the historical and natural regions of Darjeeling and Sikkim. Located to the northeast at 2,050 meters, Darjeeling has perfect weather that makes it a favorable destination for the holiday-goers. The lush tea gardens of Darjeeling also supplies the largest tea-products throughout the country. Sikkim is another historical destination neighboring Darjeeling. Sikkim is home to the grand Himalayan peak of Kanchenjunga (8586m). Lake Tsomgo, Rumtek Monastery, Gurudongmar Lake, and Khangchendzonga National Park are few of the major tourist sites inside Sikkim.
The scenic tour to Darjeeling and Sikkim begins with an adventurous road journey from Kathmandu to Gangtok in Sikkim. Spanning almost 600km, you’ll traverse throughout the Terai and Hills of Eastern Nepal and make your way into Sikkim. Some of the highlighted places to visit around Sikkim are Tashi View Point, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Institute of Tibetology, Dro-Dul Chorten and Rumtek Monastery. Sikkim was first established as a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the 1840s. Today, it serves as the gateway to many Himalayan adventures in the region. Drive around 120km south to arrive at Darjeeling, the favorite hill-station of India. It also produces the finest tea-product called ‘Darjeeling Tea’ in the country. Visit the Toy Train that has been in the operation since 1881 along many beautiful Chortens, monasteries, and natural sites. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan National Park, Ghum monastery, and Japanese Buddhist temple are few other important tourist sites around the city. Before embarking on a journey back to Sikkim, you’ll visit the popular Happy Tea Valley Estate located at 2,100 meters. The second oldest tea estate in Darjeeling began its operation in 1854. The tour concedes with a short drive back to Sikkim.
We, at Himalaya Holiday Service, have been accompanying tourists throughout India and Nepal for over a decade. We provide a full-board package including private and public transportation, comfortable accommodation, and well-trained guides to make sure your adventure is one to remember.
Explore the culturally and historically rich destinations of Northeast India.
Witness the popular Toy Train in Darjeeling.
Observe the rich culture of mixed inhabitants at Darjeeling and Sikkim.
Witness the third highest mountain, Kanchenjunga, up-close from Gangtok, Sikkim.
Explore the 177 hectares of lush tea garden at Happy Valley Tea Estate in Darjeeling.
Geography: Hills, Plains
Location: India and Nepal
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Duration of Trek: 07 days
Max Altitude: 2100m
Religions: Hinduism, Buddhism
Ethnic People: Brahmin, Chhetri, Kirant, Bhutia, Sikkimese
Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge
Transportation: Private Vehicle, Tourist Bus, Flight
Minimum Pax: 02
Itinerary Day 1: Kathmandu to Gangtok (Sikkim)
The tour begins with a brief flight and a long road journey throughout Eastern Nepal to Gangtok. You’ll drive to the airport and embark on a short flight to Kakarvitta. It serves as the gateway to Nepal or India. From Kakarvitta, you’ll embark on a scenic drive through the hilly roads of Nepal and India to arrive at Gangtok which serves as the capital of Sikkim.
Day 2: Sikkim Sightseeing
Sikkim is the northernmost region surrounded by Nepal in the west, Tibet in the north and Bhutan in the east. A Buddhist region, you’ll get to explore many historical and cultural places around Sikkim beginning with a drive towards Changu Lake. From here, you’ll drive towards Baba Mandir, Rumtek Monastery and Dro-Dul Chorten. Dro-Dul Chorten belongs to the Nyingma sect of Tibetan-Buddhism. Rumtek Monastery, on the other hand, belongs to the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism. You can also choose to visit the neighboring Namgyal Institute of Tibetology in Gangtok.
Day 3: Sikkim to Darjeeling
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll embark on a scenic road journey to Darjeeling. You’ll begin driving almost 127km through NH10 Highway for almost 5hr to reach your destination. On the way, you will encounter the beautiful Rimbi Waterfall and Hydro Power Project. Rimbi Waterfall is a quaint destination where locales often visit to spend quality time. Khecheopalri Lake remains another highlight of this drive. The lake is also known as the wish-fulfilling lake for the locals. You can spend time dining at the main-bazaar area relishing the local dishes such as Shaphalay, Momo, and Thukpa. Overnight at Darjeeling.
Day 4: Darjeeling Sightseeing
After breakfast, you will head out to explore Darjeeling. Today, you will explore the popular tourist destination. You’ll begin the tour with a visit to Ghum Monastery or Yiga Choeling followed by a visit to the Japanese Temple. The Japanese built the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple. A few other places you’ll get to visit are Japanese Peace Pagoda, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park that is home to Red Panda and Snow Leopard. The tour ends with a Toy Train Joyride. Overnight in Darjeeling.
Day 5: Explore Happy Tea Valley Estate
After breakfast, you will embark on a tour of Happy Tea Valley Estate. It is the second oldest tea estate in Darjeeling and spans over 177 hectares. You will find thousands of tea-plantation workers plucking the tea leaves at the estate. The tea produced in this estate is later packed and sold throughout the country. You can visit the main chowk and explore some of the popular sites around the town before enjoying a local meal. Overnight in Darjeeling.
Day 6: Darjeeling to Sikkim
After breakfast and a beautiful sunrise view from your hotel, you’ll embark on a road journey back to Sikkim. The scenic road journey goes alongside the lush green tea-garden of Darjeeling through Rimbi Waterfalls. On the last day of the tour, you can choose to explore the nearby tourist spots at Gangtok before retiring for the night.
Day 7: Departure
Today, you’ll check out early from the hotel and embark on your journey back to Nepal.
The tour doesn’t cover the VISA fee. The entry permit to cultural monuments and UNESCO designated sites are included in the price.
Depending on prior agreements, you may need to pay for the entry fees incurred during your visit. Ensure to carry extra cash or change at all times.
Most airlines flying from Kathmandu to Kakarvitta allow personal luggage weighing up to 25kg and 8kg in a personal handbag.
Always carry a handbag to carry your belonging daily.
Inform us in advance if you have any prevailing health conditions that might affect the course of the journey. Do inform us in advance regarding your preferred diet such as non-veg, veg, or gluten-free.
You must oblige with the rules and regulations of every Buddhist sites you will visit during the tour.
What is the best season to visit Darjeeling Sikkim?
You can consider visiting Darjeeling from either September to November during the autumn season or March to May during the spring season. During these seasons, the weather is finest with pleasant climate and clear views.
Do I need to use a certified tour operator to undertake Darjeeling Sikkim Tour?
Yes, you must undertake the Darjeeling Sikkim Tour with a certified tour operator. Although it is not compulsory to hire a tour operator, you need these knowledgeable individuals to guide you on the tour.
Do I need a visa to enter India?
Tourists planning to visit India must obtain a visa before-hand through a licensed India tour operator. The residents of South Korea and Japan can receive an on-arrival visa at an Indian airport. You can fill the e-Visa before arriving in India.
What does the daily package include?
The daily package or the all-inclusive package includes 3-star accommodation, three-times meals, an experienced guide, and transportation (private jeep and flight).