Day 5: Darjeeling local Sightseeing (half day)
Today early morning get ready for some thrilling drive to Tiger Hill; at a height up to 8,500 ft. (On a clear day), cherish the mesmerizing natural beauty of the hill, the lush green jungles and the tranquil ambience. Usually, it is noted that, visitors stopover this hill to relish the wonderful sunrise. The ultimate view of golden sunrays falling over the snow covered Himalayan ranges would surely leave you awestruck.
From Tiger hill you can have a perfect view of Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. In case you are lucky, you may also get to see the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest.
Thereafter, on the way back to hotel room, visit the Ghoom monastery-built by Lama Sherpa Gyaltsho, the monastery belongs to Gelugpa (yellow hat) Sect. The monastery is highly revered among Buddhists and is storehouse to several Buddhist manuscripts. The highlights of the monastery are thangkas on the walls and around 4.57m high statue of Maithreya Buddha. The serenity of the place would surely provide you great peace and power; and then proceed to Batasia Loop and War Memorial. Situated inside Batasia Loop- a scenic garden, War Memorial is a tribute to Gorkha soldiers of Darjeeling who sacrificed their life in the battle. Inaugurated in 1995, the memorial holds an elevated platform where there is a statue of a soldier paying respect and a Cenotaph.
The loop offers amazing views of Kanchenjunga and picturesque surrounding from toy train (route from Ghum and Darjeeling).
Getting back to hotel for breakfast and relax for some time. After breakfast, get ready for a half day tour to Darjeeling.
Begin with Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park which is famed for some rarely seen species including Red Panda, Siberian Tiger, Tibetan Wolf, Black Bear and Snow Leopard. Located at a height up to 2133m, Padmaja Naidu is one of famous and highest Zoo in India. The main idea behind the formation of the park was to conserve the endangered species of fauna. The park has an amazing scenic beauty of lush jungles.
Then we take you to Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (closed on Thursday)- an institute basically put up to encourage today’s generation students to improve participation in exciting sports like mountaineering; Passenger Ropeway- one of the finest ways to adore the beautiful Darjeeling . It is India’s first Passenger Ropeway starting from Singamari. The route to Darjeeling and Singla Bazaar feels even better when you experience the ride.
From the Cable Car, one can truly sense enchanting tea farms, breathtaking valley, waterfalls and the River Ranjeet and Ramman. Moreover, you can also have the splendid views of Eastern Himalayan Range and the snow covered peaks of Kachenjunga; Tenzing and Gombu Rock Darjeeling- two big natural rocks set opposite to each other. Named after Tenzing Norway is the Tenzing rock and Gombu rock named after Nawang Gombu. Both the rocks are training locations for Himalayan Mountaineering Institute students; Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center-a perfect place to explore Tibetan Culture through the artifacts, wooden carvings, photographs, carpets, leather work and much more put into exhibition and on sale; Tea Estate- producing variety in teas, tea estates in Darjeeling are famous for their well-maintained farms where you can see different flavors, taste and aroma of teas (Sunday closed); Peace Pogoda- a Buddhist stupa/ monument specially put up to maintain peace and unite people of all religion and caste. Constructed under the guidance of a Buddhist monk, Nichidastu Fuji, the stupa stands for world peace.
Return back to hotel for overnight stay.