Darjeeling is derived from the Tibetan words Dorji (thunder bolt) and Ling (place). In other words, it is the place where Lord Indra's thunderbolt or sceptre rested. It is situated at an altitude of 7000ft and is a tourist paradise. One can spend a few days here marvelling at the tea gardens with the backdrop of the Khanchendzonga range, taking leisurely walks on the Mall bargaining with the stall owners who line the promenade selling anything from hand knitted sweaters to jackets and local handicrafts or visiting the many monasteries and other attractions that make the place so enchanting. And when you are tired or need a break, sit at the benches on the Mall gazing at the Himalayan panorama or at the numerous tourists strolling around. For pastries step in at Glenary's, for hamburgers and milk shakes walk into Keventers, two of the oldest landmarks on the Mall.
Darjeeling Tour Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Darjeeling
Arrival Bagdogra Airport / NJP Railway Station & transfer to Darjeeling (95 kms / 03 hrs). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Visit Darjeeling
Early morning tour to Tiger Hills (at around 4 am) to view sunrise over Kanchenjunga Peak (subject to clear weather). On way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop. Afternoon go for a half day sightseeing of Japanese Temple, Peace Pagoda, Lalkothi, Dhirdham Temple, Ava Art Gallery and Natural History Museum. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Visit Darjeeling
After breakfast visit to Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Ropeway Tenzing & Gombu. Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center & Tea Estate. Afternoon visit to Rock Garden & Ganga Maya Lake Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: Final Departure Fron Darjeeling
Transfer for onward connection to add on destination / NJP Railway Station / Bagdogra Airport.