Nepal & Sikkim (8n/9d)

Tibetan Monastery at Ghoom

Tibetan Monastery at Ghoom

Day 1  ARRIVE KATHMANDU
Assistance on arrival at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Afternoon half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city & Swayambunath. Kathmandu is the capital of Hindu Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. Visit to Durbar Square, Hanuman Dhoka, the ancient royal residential quarter, Mahadev and Parvati Temple, Machender Bahal, holy to both Buddhists and Hindus, and the Temple House of Kumari the Vestal Virgin or the Living Goddess. Swayambunath, said to be a 2000 years old stupa, which forms the main structure, is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper guilt. Painted on the four-sided base on the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 KATHMANDU
Morning excursion to Patan, an old Newar city – includes the historic Durbar Square, the Golden Gate, the sky piercing Temple of Teleju, the statue of Yogendra Malla and the old windows and carved balconies of wood, curio shops and bazaars. Return via the Tibetan Handicrafts and Refugee Centre. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Bodhnath, Pashupatinath & Bhaktpur. Bodhnath, the colossal Stupa is one of the largest in the world. This stupa has the all seeing-eyes of the Buddha by king Mana Deva. Pashupatinath Temple, one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva situated on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. Bhaktapur (also known as Bhadgaon) is the home of medieval art & architecture. Bhaktapur was founded in the 9th century and is shaped like a conch shell. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 KATHMANDU-BIRATNAGAR-KALIMPONG
Morning departure transfer to the airport to board flight to Biratnagar. Assistance on arrival and drive to Kalimpong. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Kalimpong city. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 KALIMPONG – GANGTOK
Morning drive to Gangtok en route visiting Rumtek Monastery. On arrival check- in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 GANGTOK
Morning half-day sightseeing tour visiting the Enchey Monastery, Tashi viewpoint, Tashiling and the Cottages Industries Institute. Afternoon visit of Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, the Chorten (Memorial for the dead). Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 GANGTOK – DARJEELING
Morning leave by surface to Darjeeling (97 kms/4 hours approx). On arrival check-in at hotel for overnight stay.

Day 7 DARJEELING
Early morning excursion to Tiger Hill to view sunrise. Take a toy train ride (subject to operations) to the Tibetan Monastery at Ghoom. Afternoon visit the highest race course in the world at the Lablong Village and also visit the Mountaineering Institute House of Tenzing Norgay. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8  DARJEELING – BAGDOGRA – DELHI
Morning transfer to Bagdogra (approx 90 kms/3hrs) airport to board 9W 602 at 1415/1640 hrs to Delhi. Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Farewell Dinner at one of the typical Indian restaurants. Late evening departure transfer to the airport to board flight back home.

Day 9 DEPART DELHI
Free until your departure transfer for your flight home.

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