The ‘Golden Triangle’ of India comprises of three most fascinating and popular cities of India – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. All the three cities of Golden Triangle have a history of their own and are known worldwide for their unique and rich cultural heritage. Delhi, the city of eight empires, houses some of the finest historic monuments of India belonging to Mughal and British period. Most notable among them include the magnificent Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Raj Ghat and the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan, the most colorful and culturally rich state of India. Jaipur also has some of the most fascinating Forts and Palaces of India. The Amber Fort, City Palace and Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds) are the main attractions for tourists visiting Jaipur. Agra doesn’t require any introduction. Agra has the world – renowned Taj Mahal, the most amazing historic monument in the world known for its exceptional architectural beauty. The magnificent Agra Fort is the other attraction you will visit in Agra, on your Golden Triangle Deluxe Tour.
Day free for rest or shopping
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your domestic flight to Biratnagar or Bhadrpur. Our tour guide will meet and welcome you at the airport and then transfer you on a journey drive through picturesque tea gardens to the world renowned hill station, Darjeeling. Perched on an altitude of 2134m, Darjeeling is set amidst a majestic backdrop of the great Himalayan peak of Kanchenjunga (3rd highest peak in the world at 8586m) and is regarded as the Queen of East India. After dinner, free at leisure to visit the local bazaar.
Depart hotel at about 4am for Tiger Hill (2585m) for sun rising view and a panoramic view of the spectacular snow – clad mountain peaks of the Himalayan Range. After which, back to hotel for your breakfast and then visit the Himalayan Zoological Park. The zoo serves as a breeding center for snow leopards and red pandas, as well as a home for mountain yaks, Himalayan black bears and Siberian Tigers. Visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, located within this zoo, which was founded in 1954 to commemorate history’s first successful conquest of Mt. Everest in 1953 by ‘Darjeeling’s son’, Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary. Then after, visit to the Ghoom Monastery, built in 1850 by Lama Sharb, which enshrines a 15ft. Statue of Maitreya Buddha. Then proceed to Tibetan Refugee Center.
Depart Darjeeling for Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Your journey is an exhilarating experience along the Tista River and through green forest and picturesque landscape. Gangtok is spread out on a ridge 1520m above sea level, and looks something out of a fairy tale with houses precariously balanced on the slopes of steep hills. Apart from the gorgeous view of deep valleys, waterfalls and snow – capped mountain ranges that separate from neighbouring Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal.
After breakfast, drive to Tsomgo Lake, also means as “The Source of the Lake” (3,780m). Warm clothes needed for this place. The lake derives its water from melting snows off the surrounding mountains, which is one of the famous sacred lakes in Sikkim, situated near the borders of Tibet’s. Back to Gantok, visit the Tibetogy, Handicraft centre and Sikkim Flower Exhibition Centre where a wide range of rare species of orchids display (Seasonal).
Today, we leave for North district of Sikkim to a small village, Lachung (2,400m). This spectacular drive will take about 6 – 7 hrs (lunch en – route). If weather is clear, you’ll see the magnificent range of the third highest mountain in the world, Kanchengzonga and some wild orchids blooming (during spring) on the way. Arrive Lachung in the late afternoon and check in at a lodge. (Please be reminded that the facilities here are very basic).
After breakfast, we leave for Yumthang (3,500m) excursion. This panoramic drive will bring you to the Valley of Flowers which consists of about 36 species of rhododendrons, primulas and other spectacular alpine wild flowers. Yaks and dzos can be seen grazing on the meadows. On way back, walk across the Lachung Chu and have a dip in a hot spring (swimming costumes advised). If not, just enjoy the scenic surrounding. Back to Lachung for lunch and rest of day, free to walk round the villages.
After breakfast, drive about 1 hour to Rumtek Monastery to see the seat of His Holiness, the Gyalwa Karmapa, who is the head of the Kayupa order of Tibetan Buddhism. Behind the monastery is the Karma Nalanda Institute of Buddhist Studies where the Buddhism followers round the world come here to study. Back to Gangtok for lunch and then drive to Biratnagar, accomodate in Biratnagar .
After breakfast, go to airport to catch a flight to Kathmandu, upon arrival free day in Kathmandu.
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