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DAY 01: Cochin

Falcon Tours and Travels Morning on arrival at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station / Bagdogra Airport and transfer to Gangtok - the capital city of Sikkim is located on a ridge at a height of 5500 meters. With a spectacular view of the Khangchendzonga, the town provides the perfect base for travel through the state. Once an important transit point for traders traveling between Tibet and India, it is today a busy administrative and business centre and presents an interesting mix of cultures and communities. On arrival at Gangtok, check in to the hotel and freshen up. Lunch, later on half day sightseeing, visit to Enchey Gompa - Set amidst a forested patch, the Enchey Gompa comes alive with religious festivals and dances in the month of August and January. Needless to say, this is the best time to visit the monastery. Otherwise too, this Chinese Pagoda styled edifice, built in 1901 during the reign of Sidkeong Tulku, Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology - is built in the typical Tibetan style of architecture; roosted on a hilltop, it is an absolute must see. Situated amongst woods of magnolia and oak, the institute promotes research on the largest collections of books and manuscripts on Mahayana Buddhism in the world, Changu Lake - Cradled by pristine alpine forests, the Changu Lake is bordered with primula, poppies and other wildflowers and grasses, and a little temple of Shiva (Destroyer of the Universe according to Hindu mythology) dots one side of the placid water body. Return back to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 02: Gangtok / Yumthang Valley / Gangtok (145 Kms Each Way)

Falcon Tours and TravelsMorning after breakfast, proceed to Yumthang for a day excursion. Yumthang - situated at a height of 11800 feet is popularly known as 'Valley of Flowers', it is a paradise for nature lovers with a fascinating blend of flora and fauna and breathtaking scenic beauty. In spring season, wild flowers such as primulas and Rhododendrons bathe the landscape in rich colors, making it a tourist hot spot. A hot spring located on the right side of Yumthang River is a popular tourist attraction. In addition to a vast green meadow, lush green forest abounding in Pine and silver fir trees throngs the place. While driving towards the valley, one can see cascading waterfalls and streams. Return back to Lachung and overnight.

DAY 03: Gangtok / Darjeeling (98 Kms / 3 Hrs)

Falcon Tours and TravelsMorning after breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to Darjeeling - the 'Queen of Hills', is arguably the most popular tourist destination in northeast India. Situated at an altitude of 2134m, Darjeeling, with its exquisite scenic beauty, attracts travelers of varied interest. On arrival at Darjeeling, check in to a Hotel / Resort. Freshen up and half day sightseeing, visit to Zoological Park - This zoo houses a wide collection of high-altitude birds and animals, India's only collection of Siberian tigers and some rare species such as the red panda. The Darjeeling zoo is famous for its success in the snow leopard breeding program, Darjeeling Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) & Museum - It has a mountaineering museum containing mountaineering gears and the specimens of Himalayan flora & fauna. The Everest Museum at Darjeeling HMI exhibits the history of attempts on the great peak. The museum also exhibits equipments used by Tenzing Norgay (who lived in Darjeeling) and Edmund Hillary on their way to Mt. Everest and a letter written by George Mallory, the British climber who was lost while climbing Mt. Everest and whose body was found just a few years back, Ghoom Monastery - The most famous monastery around Darjeeling, also known as Yogachoeling Gompa, enshrines an image of Maitrey Buddha (the coming Buddha), it is about 10 km from Darjeeling town. Return back to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 04: Darjeeling

Falcon Tours and TravelsMorning after breakfast, transfer to Railway Station and hop in to the Toy Train - visit to Darjeeling is incomplete without a ride in the toy-train of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR). The miniature train of Darjeeling, given heritage status by UNESCO, covers the distance of 88 km between New Jalpaiguri station and Darjeeling. (Ride on Toy Train, will be subject to availability of the ticket). Later on after the Toy Train Ride, proceed to Tiger Hill - Standing at a height of 2590m, Tiger Hill is 11 km from Darjeeling. The place is famous for its magnificent view of Kanchenjunga, Mt. Everest and other eastern Himalayan peaks. Return back to the hotel and rest of the day free to relax or go around Darjeeling City. Overnight.

DAY 04: Darjeeling / New Jalpaiguri (100 Kms / 3 Hrs)

Morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station to board your train to your onward Destination. Tour Ends

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