Sikkim Darjeeling..[6 Days]
The Queen of Hills is the home for the best tea ever produced in the world. Just in case you’re wondering, it’s Darjeeling which goes by the fond alias of the Queen. It’s so majestic and gorgeous; people from all over India and world throng the place in amazing regularity.
Mostly visited after Indian monsoon (October—November) and during spring (mid-March to the end of May), Darjeeling is sprawled over a steep mountain range, while jagged white Himalayan range in distance makes its backdrop. Lush green tea plantations all around make this place even more attractive and it bears sign of archetypal hill station with colonial buildings, churches, etc.—remnants of bygone British India era. Within a reasonable distance and by taking a spectacular drive, you can reach other attractions like towns of Kurseong and Kalimpong. Darjeeling itself has many things to offer. Early drive to Tiger Hill to experience sunrise over Khangchendzonga and other Himalayan peaks in a clear day is worth your time and effort of getting up at 3:30 morning in cold hill station. While coming back, there will be a detour to Batasia Loop for your rendezvous with famous Toy Train run by Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Do not go by its name; the train regularly connects nearby major railway station and airport in New Jalpaiguri (NJP) and Bagdogra airport (IXB), respectively.
Your tour cannot be complete without a visit to Ghoom monastery where the Maitreya Buddha has his house with all grandeur and immaculate devotion from his disciples. When you are not roaming around the tiny roads of the town, take a cup of freshly brewed tea from nearby tea garden and have a leisurely gaze at “the big five-peaked snow fortress” (that’s what it means by the Tibetan word ‘Khangchendzonga’). It’s almost certain that your dream will be filled with the aroma of the best Darjeeling tea, known all over the world.