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Himalayan Orchid 9D/8N

West Bengal, Darjeeling
INR 17,010.00
Holiday Overview

A visit to Darjeeling is an experience which will remain etched in your memory forever. From Darjeeling you can head to Kalimpong which is a major tourist attraction. You can drive to Gangtok which is another major attraction from Kalimpong. View the spectacular Seven Sister waterfalls a few hours away from Kalimpong. You can also take an excursion to Lachung to the enchanting Yumthang Valley.

START POINT NJP RLY STATION / BAGDOGRA AIRPORT
END POINT NJP RLY STATION / BAGDOGRA AIRPORT
TRIP GRADE RELAXED
Holiday Highlights
  • Visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tea Garden and Japanese Temple in Darjeeling
  • Sightseeing at the Mangal Dham, Deolo Hill, Dr. Graham's Home, Golf Garden in Kalimpong
  • Visit the Flower show, Enchey Monastery & Banjakhri Falls in Gangtok
  • Visit the Chopta Valley and Yumthang Valley in Lachung
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–Darjeeling (75Kms/03Hrs)

On arrival at NJP Railway Station / Bagdogra Airport meet our Local Representative who will transfer you to Darjeeling (6710 ft). On arrival check-in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in Darjeeling.

Meals - No meals
Day 2
Darjeeling Sightseeing

Early Morning (at 04:00 am) drive to Tiger hill 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 3
Darjeeling–Kalimpong (57Kms/02½Hrs) Sightseeing

After Breakfast transfer to Kalimpong (4,100 ft.). On arrival check-in to your hotel. In the afternoon enjoy half day tour of Kalimpong Visiting Mangal Dham, Deolo Hill, Dr. Graham's Home, Golf Garden, Durpin Dara Hills & Flower Nurseries. Overnight stay at Kalimpong.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 4
Kalimpong–Gangtok (75Kms/03Hrs) Local Sightseeing

After breakfast transfer to Gangtok (5,480 ft.). On arrival check-in to your hotel. Afternoon proceed for a city tour visiting Flower show, Cottage Industry and Handicraft Centre, Institute of Tibetology, Dro-dul Chorten, Enchey Monastery & Banjakhri Falls (maximum 3-4 hours). Overnight stay at Gangtok.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 5
Excursion to Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir

Today morning after breakfast proceed for an excursion to Tsomgo Lake (12,400 ft.) & Baba Mandir (13,200 ft.) which is 55 kms one way from Gangtok city. Tsomgo Lake or Changu Lake is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim. The lake derives its water from the melting snows of the mountains surrounding the lake. Of legendary beauty, the lake looks different at different seasons. Baba Mandir is a distinguished sightseeing place of Sikkim. This "mandir" or shrine is dedicated to "Baba" Harbhajan Singh, who was a soldier of the Indian Army. Later return to the hotel. Overnight stay at Gangtok.

(In case of Land slide or any such reason if Tsomgo Lake is closed then alternate sightseeing will be provided.)

Meals - Breakfast
Day 6
Gangtok–Lachung (103Kms/06Hrs)

After breakfast check-out from hotel in Gangtok & transfer to Lachung (8,800 ft). Enroute visit Singhik View point, Seven Sister Water Fall, Naga Water Fall and arrive Lachung by evening. Dinner at hotel. Overnight stay at Lachung.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 7
Lachung–Yumthang Valley Excursion

After breakfast proceed to Yumthang Valley which is Known as Valley of Flowers (11800 Ft / 3598 Mts / 25 Kms / 1 ½ hours one way). On the way back, visit Hot Spring considered to have medicinal properties. Back to resort. Overnight stay at Lachung.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 8
Lachung–Gangtok (103Kms/06Hrs)

After breakfast departure for Gangtok, enroute witness the wonderful Bheema & Twin water falls. On arrival at Gangtok check-in to your hotel. Overnight stay at Gangtok.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 9
Gangtok–NJP Rly Station / Bagdogra Airport (120Kms/05Hrs)

After breakfast check out from hotel. Today your magnificent journey comes to an end leaving you with some wonderful memories. Our local Representative will transfer you to NJP Rly Station / Bagdogra Airport for your onward journey.

Meals - Breakfast
Dates
Tour Validity Valid From Valid Upto
Validity 01/07/2017 31/12/2018
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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 Standard Deluxe Super Deluxe
Darjeeling
  • Budget hotel
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Star Deluxe Hotel
Kalimpong
  • Budget hotel
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Star Deluxe Hotel
Gangtok
  • Budget Hotel
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Star Deluxe Hotel
Lachung
  • Budget hotel
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Star Deluxe Hotel
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Add Ons
Add On Description Duration Price
Vehicle Upgrade Instead of Indica / WagonR for above itinerary you will be provided with Scorpio/Innova Entire Itinerary 12,810 / Per Car
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Whats Included
  • Assistance on arrival at airport
  • Accommodation in well appointed rooms
  • Welcome drink on arrival at Hotel
  • Meals inclusive of Daily Breakfast & Dinner
  • All transportation by Indigo/similar car for 02 -03 Pax & Xylo/Innova/similar for 04-06 Pax
  • All Sightseeing & Transportation as per the Itinerary, inclusive of all toll, taxes and driver allowances.
Whats Excluded
  • Air fare / train fare.
  • Guide, camera charges & Monuments Entrance fees during sightseeing.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as meals, tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor, Insurance etc.
  • Supplement will be applicable for Single occupancy.
  • Any other item not specified in the Package Inclusions.
  • Govt. Service tax @ 9% will be applicable on the total bill.
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:

  • Packages are valid up to 31st Dec 2018 ** (Except Long Weekend) **
  • Govt. Service tax @ 9% will be applicable on the total bill.
  • Vehicle and Transportation will be as per itinerary only and not at disposal.
  • Refund on cancellation depends upon the above cancellation policy.
  • The Seller Reserves the right to change/modify or terminate the offer any time at its own discretion and without any prior notice.
  • Supplementary charges will apply for booking falling during Long weekends, Public Holidays and Festival time such as Diwali, Christmas & New Year period.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Itinerary and holiday plan
  • Holiday Inclusions & Exclusions
  • Cancellation policy and Terms & Conditions
  • 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 to local operators / Hotels / activity providers.

Extra Terms & Conditions Related to Hotel:

  • Hot water will be supplied on time basis – morning & evening. 
  • Room Heater available with an extra cost bourne by you directly.
  • 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.
  • 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 Holidaymine.com 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.
  • As there is shortage of space for car parking in the entire Sikkim & Darjeeling region, we request you to be at the Lobby in time for the vehicle to start their sightseeing / transfers.
  • In case of excess baggage you will have to opt for an extra vehicle to accomodate 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 jouney.
  • 01 Non a/c Indica / Wagon R / Sumo / Max in all categories for 02-08 pax including child.
  • 01 Innova / Scorpio / Xylo for 02-06 pax
  • In case the number of heads increases, than the guest will have to take another vehicle with an additional cost.

Extra Terms & Conditions for Lachung & Lachen:

  • All the packages start from Gangtok & end at Gangtok.
  • Packages are available with all meals at hotel only (way meals Guests have to pay on their own).
  • Hotels available are only with basic amenities & simple food cooked by the locals.
  • In maximum hotels there is no geyser in the bathroom – hot water is supplied by buckets by the hotel.
  • No room heating systems are provided in the room in maximum hotels due to shortage of power, instead the hotels provide hot water bags.
  • You are advised to carry heavy woolens when travelling to Lachung / North Sikkim as this area is cold through out the year.
  • Excursion to Katao & Zero point (Yumesamdong) is kept optional & subject to availability of permit, which the guest can avail with an extra cost payable directly to the driver. Approx cost INR 3,000 per vehicle for each point.
  • 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.

Gangtok - Gangtok is a bustling, friendly hill station, and the capital of the Himalayan state of Sikkim. It is an organised and beautifully maintained city. Gangtok is known as the Switzerland of the east.

Lachung - Lachung is one of the most exquisite villages in the valleys of North Sikkim. Embraced by snow capped mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls and sparkling streams, it is famous for apples,peaches and apricots.

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

Gangtok- The capital is a major shopping hub in this state. Shopping in Gangtok is all about buying masks, footwear, carpets, handicrafts and other trinkets in the souvenir shops strewn along Mahatma Gandhi Marg. The main shopping areas in Gangtok are the Old market, New market and Lal market. Also look out for the traditional items like thangkas or religious scrolls and choktsees or collapsible wooden tables with intricate local Tibetan designs.

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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