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Hills of Bengal 8D/7N

West Bengal, Darjeeling
INR 13,755.00
Holiday Overview

The dazzling snow peaks of Kanchenjunga that overlook the hill town and the beautiful tea gardens will welcome you as you enter Darjeeling. You will visit Kalimpong, Gangtok and further to enchanting Tsomgo Lake. Located on the banks of a huge lake, the hill town of Mirik adds to North Bengal's bounty. Amidst the Himalayan Valley, Mirik has more to offer than just beautiful mountains and lakes. Lataguri is the perfect place to set free the wild child in you. From wildlife, in its most pristine and uncultivated form, to open fields, the sun and your camera, if this place doesn't appease your senses, then very few things in this world can.

START POINT NJP RAILWAY STATION / BAGDOGRA AIRPORT
END POINT MIRIK
TRIP GRADE RELAXED
Holiday Highlights
  • Watch the sunrise at Tiger Hills over Mt.Khanchendzongha in Dajeeling
  • Visit the Ghoom Monastery ,Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tea Gardens and Japanese Temple in Darjeeling
  • Visit Mangal Dham, Deolo Hill, Dr. Graham's Home, Golf Garden in Kilmpong
  • Visit Gorumara National Park
Getting There
By Air

Bagdogra Airport is the nearest air connection which is 96 kilometres away from Darjeeling.

By Rail

The Darjeeling railway station is administered by the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR). The nearest railway station in Darjeeling is at New Jalpaiguri (62 kilometres from the main town).

By Road

There are regular bus services from Siliguri (which is approximately 70 kilometres away) from Darjeeling.


Day 1
NJP Rly Station / Bagdogra Airport–Lataguri/Chalsa (90Kms/3Hrs)

On arrival at NJP Railway Station / IXB Airport you will be greeted by our local representative who will transfer you to Lataguri. Check-in to the hotel. Afternoon Jungle safari in Gorumara National Park (Watch Tower visit on direct payment basis) by Jeep. Overnight stay at Lataguri / Chalsa.

Meals - No meals
Day 2
Gorumara National Park (Jungle Watch Tower) + Local Sightseeing

Early morning at 06:00 hrs visit Gorumara National Park (Watch Tower visit on direct payment basis) by Jeep. Back to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast visit Samsing, Suntalekhola & Murti River side. Rest of the day free for leisure. Overnight stay at Lataguri / Chalsa.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 3
Lataguri / Chalsa–Kalimpong via Lava (112Kms / 4Hrs)

After breakfast proceed to Kalimpong (3,950 ft.) via Lava. Arive at evening & check in to hotel. Overnight stay at Kalimpong.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 4
Kalimpong Sightseeing

After breakfast visit Mangal Dham, Dr. Graham’s Home, Budha Statue, Deolo Hills, Durpin Dara Hill, Golf Garden, Zelepla View Point, Pine View Nurseri & Kali Temple. Back to hotel. Overnight stay at Kalimpong.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 5
Kalimpong–Darjeeling (Approx 57Kms / 2 ½Hrs)

After Breakfast transfer to Darjeeling (6,950 ft.). On arrival check-in to your hotel & rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Darjeeling.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 6
Darjeeling Sightseeing

Early Morning (at 04:00 am) drive to Tiger hill (8,400 ft.) to watch the spectacular sunrise over Mt. Khangchendzongha (28,208 ft. Worlds 3rd highest peak), on your way back visit Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop. After breakfast visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, P.N. Zoological Park (Thursday closed), Tenzing Rock, Tibetan Refugee self-help Centre (Sunday closed), Tea Garden (outer view), Ropeway and Japanese Temple. Evening free for shopping or leisure. Overnight stay at Darjeeling.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 7
Darjeeling-Mirik (Approx 49Km / 2Hr)

After breakfast full day excursion trip to Mirik Lake (4,902 ft.) via Indo-Nepal Border (Extra vehicle charges will be applicable for Nepal Border to Pasupati Market). Mirik is famous for its man-made Sumendu Lake, Cardamom plantations and Tea Estates. (One can do Boating on direct payment basis in lake). In evening check in to the hotel. Overnight stay at Mirik.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 8
Mirik-NJP Rly Station / Bagdogra airport (55Kms / 2Hrs)

After breakfast Check-out from hotel on time and take the departure transfer to NJP Railway Station / IXB Airport for your onward journey.

Meals - Breakfast
Dates
Tour Validity Valid From Valid Upto
Validity 01/04/2017 30/06/2017
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Prices
Season Price Category 2 pax 4 pax 6 pax Ex. Adult Child w. Bed Child w/o Bed Single
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Accommodation Options
Destination
Lataguri
Kalimpong
Darjeeling
Mirik
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Whats Included
Whats Excluded
Important Information
  • In standard and budget hotels no lifts are available.
  • Basic personal items to be carried include, feather jacket & heavy woolens during winter and light woolens during summer, walking boots, rain proof jacket during monsoon, torch, spare batteries, water flask, cold cream, personal medicines & Sunglasses.
Cancellation Policy
  • From Date of booking - 30 days only communication charges of INR 2000 per person.
  • 30 -15 Days prior to departure - 25% of tour cost.
  • 14-07 Days prior to departure - 50% of tour cost.
  • 07- 03 Days prior to departure - 75% of tour cost.
  • 02 Days / No show - 100% of tour cost.
Terms and Conditions

Standard Terms & Conditions:

  • Govt. Service tax @ 4.50% will be applicable on the total bill.
  • 10% Advance to be paid and rest of the payment to be paid before arrival.
  • Check-in 14:00 hrs / Check-out time is 12:00 hrs.
  • Extra person rates will applicable for child above 10 yrs.
  • Rates are valid for INDIAN NATIONALS only.

Extra Terms & Conditions Related to Hotel:

  • Hot water will be supplied on time basis – morning & evening.
  • Room Heater available with an extra cost borne by you directly. (Except for Premium, Luxury and Signature categories).
  • Telephone / land line facilities may not be available in most hotels.
  • Hotels are very strict with the child policy. Please carry the age proof so that it can be produced if asked by hotel.
  • Extra adult in the room will be provided with an extra bed (wherever possible), but most of the hotels only provide extra mattress or roll out bed.
  • In Darjeeling almost all the hotel do not have lift facility. Hence, if you have a problem of blood pressure, knee or other ailment for which you cannot climb the higher floors, you will have to intimate us during the time of booking so that we can arrange rooms at the lowest floor of the hotel enabling you to climb the minimum number of stairs possible.
  • As per Govt norm Guests are required to present your photo ID Proof such as PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID or Driving License at the time of Check in at the hotel.
  • If hotel mentioned is sold out or on wait listed status, then we will go for similar category of hotels in same city. However, we will try to the best of our ability to confirm the 1st best preferred hotel.

Extra Terms & Conditions Related to Transport, Vehicles & Sightseeing:

  • If you arrive by train at NJP Railway Station, our local representative  will be there to receive you at the New Exit Gate (Near Escalator).
  • If your arrival is by flight at Bagdogra Airport, our local representative  will be there holding a Placard at Exit Gate on the Airport.
  • In this sector the same vehicles will not be provided for the entire tour, it will be changed sector-wise.
  • Permit required for Tsomgo Lake. It is mandatory that you carry 02 copies of passport size photograph, original photo ID proof with photo copy (identity card – Voter ID card / Pass-port / Driving License / Aadhaar Card etc) for processing the permit. PAN Card is not acceptable for issuance of the Permit.
  • In case you want any changes in the sightseeing schedule, we request you to inform our local representative about it the previous day before 16:00 hrs, as after that if you make changes in the sightseeing schedule, it will be considered as a cancellation with no refund or you will have to pay extra cost for rescheduling the sightseeing.
  • In Gangtok outside vehicle are not allowed to enter in the city.
  • Only local taxi can roam around within Gangtok city.
  • All outside vehicle will give pick up & drop from Deorali taxi stand.
  • As there is shortage of space for car parking in the entire Sikkim & Darjeeling region – we request you to wait at the Lobby in time for the vehicle to start their sightseeing / transfers.
  • Local taxi for pick up & drop will be provided from hotel to taxi stand. For this reason you will have to wait for sometime in the taxi stand.
  • In case of excess baggage you will have to opt for an extra vehicle to accommodate your excess baggage and you will have to bare the extra expense of an extra vehicle. Hence we request you to travel with minimum baggage i.e. one baggage per person so that you can comfortably accommodate yourself and your baggage through the entire journey.
  • Gangtok city tour is done only by Maruti van / Indica / Wagon R (4 people in a car).
  • 01 Non a/c Indica / Wagon R / Sumo / Max in all categories for 02-06 pax including child. 
  • In case the number of heads increases, than the guest will have to take another vehicle with an additional cost.
  • As per Govt norm Guests are required to present your photo ID Proof such as PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID or Driving License at the time of Check in at the hotel.
  • Supplementary charges will apply for booking falling during Long weekends, Public Holidays and Festival time such as Diwali, Christmas & New Year period.
  • Holidaymine and its suppliers will assist you to the best of their ability with any Query, clarification, changes or customizations – prior to conforming the booking. Your confirmation of this package and included hotels indicate that you have read and understood the following a) Itinerary and holiday plan n b) Holiday Inclusions & Exclusions c) Cancellation policy and Terms & Conditions d) Agree to the hotels offered and accepted their service quality..
  • In event of any changes done in Hotels or Room Categories or any Deviation is taken from the confirmed itinerary‚ By the Clients‛; Any expenses incurred from such changes will have to be paid in full by clients directly.
Areas Covered

Darjeeling - Nestled among the rolling mountains with the glistening Mt Kanchenjunga towering over the azure sky, Darjeeling is fondly called "Queen of the Hills".Darjeeling is famous for its beautiful tea gardens, waterfalls,rhododendrons and the cute Himalayan toy train negotiating its way through the mountains.

Kalimpong - Kalimpong has an incredible stunning backdrop of towering snow capped peaks. It is famous for Hindu Temples, Christian Churches, Flowers, Orchids and exotic flora, old colonial bungalows, scenic view points and above all the panorama of snows.

Shopping And Entertainment

No holiday is complete without taking back souvenirs and there is plenty you can take back from Sikkim apart from memories of a great holiday! Shopping can be a real wholesome experience for the tourists visiting Sikkim.

Darjeeling- Is another important hub for shopaholics. The well-known shopping places in Darjeeling are at Chowrasta. The shops here sell ethnic knick-knacks. The Hayden Hall is another place where you can look for the exclusive Tibetan carpets. Shop at Manjusha Emporium which has a good collection of Himalayan handicraft, silk and handloom products. The woolen garments can be bought from the markets on Hill Cart road. The Darjeeling tea with its exotic taste and aroma is without a doubt a must bring back home.

Kalimpong- Main Bazaar is the prime shopping location having several small shops full of a variety of souvenirs such as paintings, wall hangings, brass products, Thangkas (Buddhist Cloth Paintings) among other local craft. Another interesting thing is Churpee (a kind of hard cheese made from Yak's milk), try exploring Mintri Road for clothing.

Money- The currency of India is Indian Rupees (INR). The currency exchange departments are present in almost every Indian city. You can also exchange your currency in 5 star and 4 star hotels, no other currency is valid except for Indian currency (INR).


Best time to Visit- The weather in Sikkim is pleasing during the months of March and June when the flowers are in bloom, or between October and mid-December when clear views of the Himalayan peaks are guaranteed. July to September brings monsoon showers and occasionally heavy rains.


Travel Kit- Except for special occasions, dress is informal. Carry a warm sweater or jacket for mornings and evenings throughout winter and early springs. An umbrella offers the best protection from monsoon rains. In the winter an anorak is often quite useful to wear over a fleece or woolen layer.


Drugs- Heavy penalties including imprisonment for possession of narcotic drugs.


Temple Codes- The Sikkim culture is quite conservative. At the monasteries, women should avoid wearing shorts and skimpy tops; likewise, men should wear trousers and shirts at monasteries.


Smoking- Smoking is banned in public places.


Sikkim Festivals- The fairs and festivals in Sikkim are celebrated according to Buddhist calendar. During these festivals the people of Sikkim perform colorful dance and music. Religious festivals in Sikkim are famous for "mask dances" performed by lamas (monks) in the gompa (temple).Costumed lamas wearing gaily-painted masks, ceremonial swords and sparkling jewels leap and swing to the sound of resounding drums, trumpeting horns and religious chanting. Saga Dawa is a very auspicious day for the Mahayana Buddhists. On this day people go to monasteries to offer butter lamps and worship. Phang Lhabsol is a festival unique to Sikkim. It is celebrated to offer thanks to Mount Kanchendzonga, the guardian deity of Sikkim and to Yabdu, the supreme commander. Dasain the biggest and most important festival of the Hindu-Nepali population is celebrated in September - October. It symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Tyohar (Deepavali) the festival of lights is celebrated 10 days after Dasain.

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