Day 4- Darjeeling Local Sightseeing
As the chilly night continues to dominate over Darjeeling this day calls to wake up even before the sun to witness the stunning view of sunrise from the viewpoint along with a full-day city tour Post breakfast.
Early morning visit to -
Tiger Hill Sunrise Point
An early morning visit to the tiger hill is perfect to witness the unforgettable sunrise over the snow-covered peaks of the majestic Himalayas. As the sunrise begins, the dazzling snow cover peaks of Mt. Kangchenjunga gloriously enlightens with a magnificent view, and on a clear day glimpse of the World’s highest peak, Mt. Everest is visible. The sunrise from Tiger hill has earned international fame for the magnificent view of the sunrise over Kanchenjunga and the great Eastern Himalayan Mountains.
The Batasia Loop is a spiral narrow-gauge railway track where the Toy Train negotiates a sudden sharp descent from Ghoom. This place provides a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains with a 360-degree view of the Darjeeling landscape in the backdrop of the majestic Kanchenjunga. The loop is decorated with grass, shrubs, and seasonal flowers, along benches laid inside the garden to enjoy nature while the Toy train enters hooting its way to complete the spiral route.
Ghoom Monastery (If Open)
Yiga Monastery or Old Ghoom Monastery is one of the oldest Tibetan monasteries in Darjeeling built in the year 1850 and below the Ghoom railway station. It follows the lineage of the Sakya Sect of Vajrayana Buddhism and also has a small philosophical institute. This monastery has the biggest and the oldest statue of Buddha in Darjeeling and is being bought from Tibet.
Back to Hotel for breakfast and freshen-up before heading towards the city tour.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
Also known as Darjeeling Zoo is now one of the best Zoo in the world after bagging the International Earth Hero Award in 2014. The unique feature of this zoo is, it houses animals of high altitude, and mostly from the upper Himalayas with rare animals like Red Pandas, Snow Leopards, Tibetan Wolf, etc. The zoo contributes significantly to the breeding programs of endangered animals and safeguards the vulnerable ones.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday)
HMI is a pilgrimage for all climbing enthusiasts of the world. Established in honor of Tenzing Norgay, it has a well-stocked museum with mountaineering displays and many expedition artifacts. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation stone of the Institute, and now it comprises a residential school for mountaineering providing students with basic and advanced courses.
Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda
Also known as Darjeeling Peace Pagoda are on the Jalapahar hill. They build the Temple under the guidance of Buddhist monks from Japan in traditional Japanese style, and this place is the house of four avatars of Buddha. Close to it is the Peace Pagoda, where it showcases the four large avatars of Lord Buddha. The view from the top is magnificent with the panoramic view of Darjeeling town, and Mt. Kanchenjunga. During the visit, tourists can join for morning or evening prayers in the temple along with the monks.
Tenzing Rock & Gombu Rock
This huge and giant natural rock named Tenzing Norgay who created history after climbing Mt. Everest is at Lebong Cart Road, also known as Monkey Rock. Located opposite of Tenzing rock is the Gombu rock name after NawangGombu, the nephew of Tenzing Norgay, who was the first person to climb Everest twice. Tenzing Norgay and his nephew used to climb this rock to train them for Everest climbing, and now these two steep rocks are being used by HMI during their Rock climbing training courses.
Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway
Also known as The Darjeeling Ropeway is the perfect spot to enjoy the breathtaking view of the valley below with the dreamy Darjeeling town, the lush green tea plantations, dense forests, mountain streams in their full flow, waterfalls, and the impressive snow peaks the background.
You can also enjoy the World UNESCO Heritage world - famous Darjeeling railway or the Toy Train to Ghoom subject to track conditions. It’s the main and best attraction for visiting this hill train in Darjeeling. The path in which the train runs is well decorated by nature with lush green trees, flowering plants, small bushes, and vast Kanchenjunga dominating its presence throughout the journey.
The evening is free to visit the Darjeeling Mall for shopping as this is the last spot to crack a great deal and grab something unique from this trip.
Overnight in Darjeeling.
- Batasia loop
- Darjeeling Zoo
- Ghoom Monastery
- Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
- Japaneese Pagoda
- Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway
- Tenzing Rock
- Tiger Hill