Day 2: Darjeeling local sightseeing (half day)
Get up early in the morning, around 3:45am, to drive to Tiger hill which is up to 8, 500ft surrounded by gorgeous beauty all around. Explore the highest point of the region and adore enchanting views from top, the snow-covered Himalayan ranges, Kanchenjunga (the third highest peak. In-addition, if it is a clear day you may also have an opportunity to see the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest.
Thereafter, on your way back to hotel, visit Ghoom Monastery and War Memorial and Batasia Loop. One among the most sanctified monasteries in Sikkim is the Ghoom monastery; a Tibetan Buddhist Gompa. You can check some lovely thangkas on the walls and rare Buddhist manuscripts inside the monastery. Another attraction, Batasia Loop, a scenic garden which is home to War Memorial, built in order to pay tribute to Gorkha soldiers of Darjeeling.
Get back to the hotel room, have breakfast and relax. Again get ready for local sightseeing in Darjeeling. We take you to some of the important places of interest in Darjeeling including Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (closed on Thursday), Passenger Ropeway, Tenzing and Gumbo Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center, Tea Estate, Natural history museum (Sunday closed) and Peace Pagoda.
Listed among the highest Zoos in India, Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park houses some rarely seen species of Red Panda, Siberian Tiger and Snow Leopard. The park was put up specially to conserve these endangered species of fauna. The best part of the Zoo is its lush greenery and serenity.
Talking about Tea Estate visit, there are a number of Tea estates in Darjeeling which boasts of varieties in teas of different flavors and tastes. In fact, large numbers of the families in Darjeeling are dependent on employment wages of these Tea Estates.
Other places of interest-
One of the finest ways to adore the beautiful Darjeeling is by Passenger Ropeway; India’s first passenger ropeway. Enjoy scenic views of mountains in Sikkim, River Rangeet and well-maintained green farms; Bengal Natural History Museum- exhibits a rich display of flora and fauna; Peace Pagoda- one of the most important places in Darjeeling that deserves your visit is Peace Pagoda. It was put up by Nichidatsu Fujii, as a symbol of world peace, to unite people of all caste and religion. The structure of the building symbolizes simplicity and sanctity.
Return back to your hotel and relax. Rest of the evening is free for you, either you can relax or just stroll around. Overnight stay in the hotel.