Mt.Kanchenjunga, towering at 28,156 feet, the third highest mountain in the world is considered as the Guardian Deity of the region. It dominates the landscape of the whole area including Darjeeling Hills, Dooars – the foothill forests, Sikkim and the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Your experience on The Himalayan Hospitality tour includes unique opportunities to visit the picturesque and remote Himalayan villages, Tea Plantations. Visit some outstanding ecological sites, and interact with the local community. Enjoy a taste of their lifestyle and be a part of it while staying with them. Experience local crafts, cuisine and participate in local cultural & entertainment programs. The people of Villages are your hosts. They have proudly retained most of their cultural tradition and self-sustaining lifestyle.
Arrive at Bagdogra airport and set off immediately for Darjeeling. Your trip begins with an experience in a Darjeeling tea plantation - near the small mountain town of Kurseong 'A Place of White Flowers'. Selimhill is considered to be one the best organic tea gardens of the Darjeeling hills. During the stay at Tea Estate you will visit the plantations and the factory to gain some understanding about the cultivation and processing of organic tea. You will visit local communities and garden villages where you will participate in a traditional cultural performance by the villagers; you will enjoy a birding trek & a cooking class in the evening.
From Selim Hill you will take a short drive to Tinchulay. Tinchulay which literally means three Chulas or ovens, is a Model Village and a Community Tourism initiative of Help Tourism, local villagers and WWF-India (West Bengal State Office) in the Darjeeling Hills. You will be hosted by one of the oldest and largest joint families of Darjeeling hills (about 22 family members) here who has put together a guest house with 04 double bedded and 04 four-bedded rooms with private toilet cum bath in one building. The Honeymoon cottage is a new addition. Dining hall with local fresh food of traditional dishes and common regular items are provided from house kitchen.
Tinchulay is a unique experience of typical Himalayan village hospitality at its best. Close-by is a good viewpoint for viewing the snow capped mountains. Interesting village and forest walks are part of your stay here. Experience the different processes of village livelihood.
From Tinchulay you will drive to Ghoom, World's highest Railway Station to take a ride in the heritage toy train for Darjeeling. DHR is a living example of one of the outstanding ingenious transportations and engineering feats, and it is still functional and has retained most of its original features. DHR is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
From Ghoom you will take a short drive to Darjeeling - the most renowned British summer retreat of India in the Himalayas. Home of the late Tenzing Norgay, co-mountaineer of Sir Edmund Hillary, Darjeeling has since 1954 housed the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute where he trained a generation of mountaineers. The earliest Everest expeditions started their journey from here.
Highlights of your Darjeeling Experience will be Heritage walks, Buddhist Cultural experience in Manjushree Centre of Tibetan Culture and History, visit to the Tiger Hill Ridge, visit to Darjeeling Himalayan Zoo - one of the finest centres for conservation of endangered Himalayan wildlife, and your stay at The Swiss Hotel - a quaint and charming small colonial style hotel with lot of characters, wonderful location and spectacular view of Mount Kanchenjunga.
From Darjeeling you will enter Sikkim, and your Sikkim Experience starts with Hee Bermiok, a traditional Limboo village in West Sikkim: The village - set out at the most scenic locations of the Himalayas is an ideal base for your vacations in West Sikkim. In a rural setting far from the hustle and bustle of city life, the resort is a perfect hideaway or refuge from the humdrum of daily life; above all a great Sikkimese hospitality will always be in sight.
Highlights of your Sikkim Experience will be the Sikkimese and Tibetan Tantric Buddhist Culture, Hikes, Birding, Village experience, Cooking lessons, Visit to Oldest Royal Monastery of Sikkim, Visit to Local School and Craft Centre, Freshly-cooked Organic Local Food.
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