Day 2: Sightseeing in Darjeeling
Get on an early morning drive to Tiger Hill, which is one of the most popular attractions in Darjeeling. You are required to wake up early as the hill is renowned for offering a breathtaking sunrise.
Tiger Hill (11 km from Darjeeling) at an altitude of around 8400 ft, is the highest peak in Darjeeling. Once at the top, tourists can catch an awesome sunrise that brightens the snow clad Himalayan mountains infront of it. The star attraction is Mt Kanchenjunga, which turns golden due to the rays of the rising sun, you can also catch the sight of a glistening Mt Everest from Tiger Hill if the weather is clear.
As you will come down from Tiger Hill, Ghoom Monastery (8 km from Darjeeling) will come in your way. Popularly known as Yiga Choeling Monastery, Ghum Monastery is the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Darjeeling. It boasts of a 15 feet high statue of Maitreya Buddha, which is the future form of Lord Buddha.
Darjeeling is also famous for its world heritage toy train, the ride of which you will enjoy while visiting the Batasia Loop and War Memorial. Batasia Loop is a magnificent loop that which gives a panoramic view of the whole Darjeeling valley, while the war memorial resides in the middle of the loop, built in honor of the martyrs of Indian army.
After all these visits, return back to your hotel for breakfast. Relax for sometime, and then head on to visit the other attractions of Darjeeling. Prime attractions that would be covered in the sightseeing trip are Padmaju Naidu National Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Ropeway, Tenzing Gumpo Rock, Tea Estate, Peace Pagoda and Natural History Museum. Return back to hotel by evening and if you wish, feel free to roam in the nearby market.
Overnight stay at the hotel.