Read the story a family that is inspired by adventure! Amit talks about his family trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling and elaborates on the amazing experiences they had on their journey. Their trip cost them a total of INR 53,000 and it included their breakfast, transfers, accommodation, and sightseeing.
After having a pleasant experience themselves, a few of my office colleagues recommended that I visit Sikkim and Darjeeling with my family. So I began searching for suitable tour packages for the same and it was during this search only that I got to know about TravelTriangle on the internet. I liked their attractive option of customizing the itinerary as per our needs and decided to give them a try.
I submitted a query for the same and promptly received a call from their travel representative. He understood our requirements for the vacation and further connected me to multiple travel agents for the best quotes. Soon I started receiving quotes from various travel agents and selected the best one from ‘Himalayan Travels’.
My much awaited family trip to Sikkim & Darjeeling was finalazed and we couldn’t wait to explore the mystical mountains of north-east India.
Day 1: Arriving in Darjeeling via Bagdogra
We boarded our flight from Mumbai to Bagdogra that had a layover in Delhi. We arrived in Bagdogra at noon. A driver from the agency was present to receive and drive us to Siliguri.
Later on, we proceeded to Darjeeling where we reached by 7 pm. Upon arriving we checked into the hotel and rested for the night.
Day 2: Witnessing the charm of Darjeeling
The next morning, we woke up early to see the sunrise over Tiger Hill at 5am. It was an incredible feeling to witness the Himalayan peaks light up to the sun in the background.
On our way back, we visited Ghoom monastery and Batasia loop. Post breakfast, we began with our sightseeing tour of Darjeeling. We started off by visiting Tibetan refugee Camp and Rock Garden.
Afterward, we stopped for lunch and proceeded for the ropeway ride. Later on, we got a chance to the world renowned tea gardens from where the best tea in India comes from. The day ended with a toy train ride and short visits to Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda.
Upon the completion of the tour in the evening, we returned to the hotel and retired for the night.
Day 3: Unexpected detour to Kalimpong
The next morning, our day began with a visit to the Zoological Park. After staying there for 2 hours, we got ready to leave for Pelling.
But due to heavy monsoon rains, the roads to Pelling were dangerous to go on. Hence, we requested a change of itinerary to the agent. We agreed with the agent and the driver to take us to Kalimpong.
On the way to Kalimpong, we decided to stop in a place called Lamahatta. A small and secluded hill station known for its gardens. We visited a lake at the top of the hill by trekking. Upon reaching, my family relaxed there for a few hours.
Next, we drove towards Kalimpong and reached there in the evening by 6pm. We checked into the hotel and then decided to stay in for the rest of the evening.
Day 4: Soaring in the clouds at Delo Hills
There were was no itinerary scheduled for this impromptu stay in Kalimpong. Hence, we decided to improvise by visiting the Delo Hills for some paragliding.
My entire family took part in it and completely loved it. Personally, it felt like I had learned how to fly.
Post lunch, we did sightseeing by visiting the Hanuman statue, science center, and the Iskcon temple. We proceeded back to the hotel in the evening and called it a night.
Day 5: Traveling to Gangtok
The day started with a visit to a unique Cactus Garden in Kalimpong. Here we found Cactus plants of over 200 varieties. Later on, we checked out of Kalimpong at noon. The driver took us to Gangtok where we arrived in the evening.
The food and local cuisine were excellent in Sikkim. A slight inconvenience for us was caused when the hotel we checked into was 6-7km away from the main market. Since that would mean the kids getting tired, we decided to skip our visit to the market and relax at the hotel only.
Day 6: Exploring the cultural diversity in Gangtok
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After having a delicious breakfast, we got ready for Gangtok sightseeing. Unfortunately, the driver showed up 3 hours late.
However, we decided to quickly begin our tour. We began by visiting Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok and then continued on to Tashi view point, a handicraft center, and Enchey monastery. The vibes at the monastery were soothing and peaceful. A small meditation session here was enough to relax our minds.
Later on, we concluded the tour by visiting the Banjakhri falls. We asked the driver to drop us at MG market, where we did some shopping and had dinner.
Day 7: Climb to the mighty Nathula Pass
An adventurous day stood before us as we got ready to visit the daunting Nathula Pass.
The taxi driver took us to Nathula Pass where we were amazed by the landscape around us. On our way back, we first made a quick stop at Baba Mandir and finally, stopped at the scenic Tsomgo Lake. The presence of a lake at such height made it’s surroundings all the more special. Along with enjoying the panoramic views, we also took a Yak ride at Tsomgo Lake.
The tour finished at 3pm, after which we reached back at the hotel at 6pm. As we were tired from the excursion, we decided to rest for the evening in the hotel.
Day 8: Bidding farewell to a magical place
This day in the morning, we checked out of the hotel and started for Bagdogra at 7am via taxi. We arrived at the airport at 11.30 from where we took our flight to Mumbai.
Experiencing the beauty of the hills of Sikkim and Darjeeling with my family was an experience I can never forget. More than my enjoyment, what pleased me was how happy and enthusiastic my boys were during this trip. Truly, visiting the hills was a great decision and in the end, we returned home rejuvenated and much more relaxed.
- Visiting the Rock garden and toy train in Darjeeling.
- Paragliding in Kalimpong felt like soaring above the clouds.
- Journey to the extreme heights of Nathula Pass was amazing.
- Driver in Gangtok wasn’t cooperative. Showed up very late which wasted half of our day.
Tips for travelers:
- Ensure the hotel is close to marketplace otherwise, you could end up wasting a lot of time and money in commuting.
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