Darjeeling – Gangtok Tour: 5D

Best Darjeeling Gangtok Tour Packages provided by Groowynd ensures an enchanted experience through the Eastern Himalayas, whether you want to consume a cup of Darjeeling tea while admiring the snow-capped peaks or immerse yourself in the colorful monasteries of Gangtok. If you are thinking about how to plan for the Darjeeling Gangtok tour, then here it is. Be prepared to make priceless memories among the tranquil splendor of this dreamy locale.

In accordance with our Darjeeling Gangtok tour itinerary,  you can commence your trip from Darjeeling or Gangtok. You can witness the alluring dawn from Tiger Hill over the spectacular Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world. Visit a tea plantation to see the luscious tea gardens and discover the craft of brewing tea. Visit the well-known Ghoom Monastery and take a ride on the renowned Toy Train, commonly known as the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

On traveling to Gangtok, Sikkim’s capital you can visit the Rumtek Monastery, Enchey Monastery, and the calm Tsomgo Lake to immerse yourself in the peace of this alpine wonderland. View the majestic Himalayas from the Tashi Viewpoint while taking in the Flower Exhibition Center’s vivid colors.

As you tour the vibrant marketplaces and indulge in regional specialties, you may discover the distinctive cultural fusion of Tibetan, Nepalese, and Sikkimese influences. Don’t pass up the chance to travel to the Nathu La Pass, a high-altitude mountain pass that connects China and India and provides breathtaking vistas and a window into the past of the area.

Itinerary: Darjeeling Gangtok Tour Package

Day 1: Bagdogra to Gangtok

On your arrival at New Jalpaiguri railway station or Bagdogra airport, you will be escorted to the capital of Sikkim, Gangtok. It is located at an altitude of 5500ft. On arrival, you will be welcomed by the accommodating staff and will be taken in to your room with modern amenities. In the evening, you can take a stroll down the hill town or liberate your exhaustion by sinking into the soft bed and enjoying the view of the quaint hill town overlooking the magnificent Himalayan range.

Day 2: Gangtok Sightseeing

As the sunrays hit the windows, you can wake up to a venturous day. After breakfast, we can start the true adventure on the hills of Gangtok. The adventure can begin by first visiting the Tsomgo Lake.

Day 3: Gangtok to Darjeeling

After a scrumptious breakfast, you can head out to Darjeeling which is 130 Km away. You can enjoy a remarkable view of the magnificent Himalayan Ranges with Tea ranges on either side of the road on your four-hour drive. On arrival you can relax in your comfortable rooms and spend the rest of the day going through the bazaars of this beautiful hill town where you also can experience excellent quality of tea leaves and come across special Tibetan artefacts. You can then go back to your hotel to rest.

Day 4: Darjeeling Sightseeing

Darjeeling, a favoured spot for everyone whether a tourist, trekker, photographer, artist or botanist is known as the Queen of Hills. This a one of a place known for its colonial charm and its modern youthful vibe. This wistful town is situated at an altitude of 7100 and is surrounded by green tea plantation and tall mountains with cone-bearing trees. You can start sightseeing after your breakfast. Overnight Stay in the Hotel.

Day 5: Darjeeling to Siliguri/Bagdogra

Saying Goodbye to this beautiful scenic hill town is hard but all good things must come to end. You can end your memorable trip by visiting the Mirik Lake enroute after your delicious breakfast. After spending some time with the mesmerizing landscapes and green tea plantation, you can head out to Bagdogra Airport.

Darjeeling Gangtok Tour Package from Bangalore:

If you are looking for a Darjeeling Gangtok Tour Package from Bangalore, you can arrive at Bagdogra Airport by flight or you can arrive at NJP Railway station by train. There are direct flights from Bangalore to Bagdogra and direct trains from Bangalore to NJP railway station. The non stop flight takes almost 3 hours to reach Bagdogra but it takes 43 hours by train. So it is recommended to take a flight from Bangalore to Bagdogra to reach at the earliest.

Places to visit in Gangtok:

1. Tsomgo Lake:

Tsomgo Lake is only 40 km from Gangtok city and is about 1 km in length and 15 meters in depth. This oval-shaped glacial lake is also known as Changu Lake. During winter season the glacial lake is frozen and is encircled by steep and snow-capped mountains. As the summer sunrays hit the frozen glacial lake, the glacier melts and regains its origin. With the shift of seasons, the lake reflects different colours which shapes the thoughts of the locals to believe the lake to be sacred.

2. New Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir:

The Baba Mandir, situated with a distance of 12km from Tsomgo Lake and 52km from Gangtok city was built in the Memorial of Baba Harbhajan Singh or the ‘Hero of Nathula’ who was an Indian Army soldier. The original bunker of Baba Harbhajan Singh which is also known as Old Baba Mandir is located further up near the Gnathang valley which couldn’t be accessed by tourists for its difficult terrain. So, a New Mandir was built for effortless access. On Sundays, a free meal is provided to the visitors by the ‘Langar’ which runs at the temple.

3. Nathula Pass:

This is a major mountain pass in the Himalayas in East Sikkim district, located around 56km from Gangtok at an altitude of 14450 ft. This is a corridor of passage between India and Tibet. The road to Nathula is the highest motorable road and passes through the Tsomgo lake. There is a requirement of an entry permit to visit. The exhilarating view from this international border allows you to catch a allows the tourist to get a glance of China on the other side along with the Chinese militants.

4. Tashi View Point 

This particular view point offers a scenic view of Mount Kanchenjunga with the help of Binoculars and telescopes mounted at the viewpoint. Tashi view point is located in Tashi which is about 8Km away from Gangtok town. The Tashi view point offers an unhindered view of the mountains, and forest on the opposite side.

5. Gonjang Monastery:

Founded by H.E Tingkye Gonjang Rimpoche the monastery lies 6 km away from Gangtok town near Tashi View Point. The Monastery was established in the year 1981 and the founder H.E Tingkye Gonjang Rimpoche got recognition as an incarnation of Yolmo Terton Ngakchang Sha, a 15th-century Nyingmapa Terton

6. Do-drul Chorten:

In the year 1945, the head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism, the Venerable Trullshi Rimpoche built a monument or stupa. There is a complete set of Dorjee Phurba, Kang Gyur relic, Zung and other religious objects inside the stupa. There are 108 Mani Lhakor (Prayer Wheels) around the Chorten all of which have mantras inscribed on them in Tibetan. People consider this place to be one of the important Chorten of Sikkim.

7. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology:

This research institute of its kind has a vast collection of rare Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts, statues and rare colourful tapestries used in Buddhist liturgy. It has over 200 Buddhist icons and other prized objects of art along with Bodhisattva of knowledge and wisdom brought from Tibet

8. Hur Hurray Dara:

You can take a pleasant morning or evening walk with a breath-taking view of green forests and the beautiful valley. This gorgeous place is also known as the Nam Nang view point.

9. Tsukla Khang Monastery:

This is the most accessible monastery within the city which is located inside the complex of Tsukla Khang Royal Palace of the Chogyal’s the former rulers of Sikkim. There are murals and images of the Buddhist pantheon built-in the typical Sikkimese style.

10. White Memorial Hall:

Built in the year 1932, the hall is a two-storied structure with typical British architecture. The hall gets its name not as they constructed it in the memory of Sir John Claude White, the first political officer of Sikkim. The hall is situated on the ridge and has historical values.

11. Gangtok Ropeway:

Situated at Deorali is this cable car ride which is one of the major attractions of Gangtok. The ropeway has 03 entry points or stops. The lowest point is the Deorali market, the mid-point is Nam Nang, and Tashiling is the highest point. Offering a bird’s eye view of the mountains and valleys and the river flowing along the snow-covered Mt. Kanchenjunga, the Gangtok Ropeway is a standing ride for all.

12. Rimbi Waterfalls:

Demonstrating both timelessness and power along with being hypnotic, these waterfalls are about 12kms away from Pelling and about 5kms further down from Darap village. There is a large volume of water falling on massive rocks from great heights. This is a sight to see.

13. Buddha Park:

This beautiful designed park consists of a 130 feet tall sitting statue of Lord Buddha which can be seen from quite a distance. The jaw-dropping view of the snow-capped mountains from this park is out of the world. There are battery operated cars to complete the area in around 25 to 30 minutes for senior aged people.

14. Char Dham:

A large statue of 108 feet of Lord Shiva is the main attraction of this Pilgrim Centre. Around the statue of Lord Shiva there are 12 Jyotirlingams. There are four iconic temples from four corners of the country, Badrinath Temple from the North, Rameswaram temple from the South Puri Jagganath Temple from the East, and Dwarka Temple from the West.

15. Temi Tea Garden:

Filled with greens all side you will find the beautiful Temi Tea Garden sprawling on a natural hill slope originating from the Tendong Hill. You will find beautiful ladies carrying tea carriers giving the impression of angels walking through the garden. Taking a leisure walk through this garden can mesmerize your soul.

16. Samdruptse:

The statue of the hallowed Buddhist leader sits upon a giant lotus plinth, painted in shimmering copper, pink and bronze. Visible from miles away, the 45m-high statue of Guru Padmasambhava lords over the forested Samdruptse ridge. It is around 8000ft above sea level and is one of the biggest statues in Sikkim.

Places to Visit in Darjeeling:

1. Tiger Hill Sunrise Point:

To experience an unforgettable sunrise over the tall snow-capped peaks of The Himalayas, an early morning visit to the tiger hill is recommended. The view of the sunrise over the Mt. Kanchenjunga and the Eastern Himalayan Mountains has gained international fame for its magnificent view.

2. Batasia Loop:

The spiral narrow-gauge railway track where the Toy Train negotiates a sudden sharp descent from Ghoom comes with a 360-degree view of the Darjeeling landscape with the backdrop of Mt. Kanchenjunga, this place is decorated with grass, shrubs and seasonal flowers along with benches to relax and enjoy the view.

3. Ghoom Monastery:

This is one of the oldest Tibetan monasteries in Darjeeling built in the year 1850 below the Ghoom railway station. This monastery has the biggest and the oldest statue of Buddha in Darjeeling and It follows the lineage of the Sakya Sect of Vajrayana Buddhism and also has a small philosophical institute.

4. Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda:

Also known as Darjeeling Peace Pagoda, is on the Jalapa Har hill. They build the Temple in traditional Japanese style under the guidance of Buddhist monks from Japan. Tourists can join the monks for morning or evening prayers during their visit. The view from the top of this place gives a glimpse of the Mt. Kanchenjunga and Darjeeling town.

5. Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway:

To enjoy the view of the valley and the beautiful Darjeeling town, this is the perfect spot for you. This is also known as Darjeeling Ropeway. You can see the lush green tea plantations, the forests, waterfalls and mountain streams.

6. Mirik Lake:

This lake is 1.25 Km long and 80 feet deep. This man-made lake is also known as Sumendu Lake. This place is decorated with a flowering garden and the Mirik Lake on one side and coniferous trees on the other with an arc-shaped bridge in the middle. Tourists can go on horse rides within the boundaries or can go boating in this clean lake.

FAQ: Darjeeling Gangtok Tour Package

How to reach Gangtok from NJP/Bagdogra?

On your arrival you will be escorted to your cab to travel to Gangtok.

Can we purchase the toy train ticket on the spot during our Darjeeling Tour?

To avoid standing in a long queue and to enjoy the beautiful view from a window seat, it is recommended to book the tickets online from the IRCTC site.

What are the options available for kids to enjoy during our Gangtok Darjeeling Tour?

The following places can be visited for kids to enjoy during your Sikkim Darjeeling Tour Package:

  →   The toy train ride in Darjeeling
  →   Ropeway in Gangtok & Darjeeling
  →   Horse riding & boating in Mirik
  →   Shopping in M.G. Marg Gangtok

Do we need to carry altitude sickness medicines while traveling to Gangtok & Darjeeling?

Altitude sickness medicines are not required generally but it is better to have them upon consultation with your physician.

Is it safe to have a solo Sikkim Darjeeling Tour?

Yes, it is safe to have a solo Sikkim Darjeeling Tour as there are so many places to explore.

How many days are enough for Darjeeling Package Tour?

Darjeeling also known as the Queen of hills is a great tourist place. Th places can be covered with 3 nights, 4 Days or 4 nights, 5days depending on the tourist.

What are the 10 best places to visit in gangtok?

1. Tsomgo Lake
2. New Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir 
3. Nathula Pass 
4. Tashi View Point 
5. Gonjang Monastery 
6. Do-drul Chorten 
7. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology 
8. Hur Hurray Dara 
9. White Memorial Hall
10. Gangtok Ropeway

Do we require any permit for Sikkim Darjeeling Tour?

In general, there is no requirement for any Permit to visit Gangtok and Darjeeling but if you travel outside of Gangtok City like Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake, you need an Inner Line Permit. To collect it please contact your Gangtok Darjeeling Package Tour Operator and submit necessary documents with passport size photograph for every traveller. For minors you need to produce school ID or birth certificate.

What Should I wear during Darjeeling Gangtok Package Tour?

During Summer, March – June, you can carry light woollen and during winter, October to February, you can carry woollen like jackets, thick sweaters and hand gloves. Darjeeling often receives rainfall so you can carry umbrellas and raincoats.