Day 2: Darjeeling Local Sightseeing
Wake up early this morning and start driving towards the famous Tiger Hill (11 km) to experience a sunrise like never before. As you pass through, thick forests of oak and magnolia, get ready to enjoy a sunrise over Kangchenjunga Peak (subject to clear weather). Tiger Hill is famous to offer a panoramic view of Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga together. As the first rays of the sun hit the place, you get to see the twin peaks of Kanchenjunga painted in shades of pink and orange.
After enjoying this breathtaking sunrise, head back to Darjeeling. En-route, visit Ghoom Monastery, War memorial and Batasia Loop. An age old monastery, Ghoom Monastery is known for its spiritual ambience, beautiful thangkas and alluring surroundings. The monastery holds much importance for Buddhists as it preserves some of the rare Buddhist manuscripts. Batasia Loop is the perfect host to Darjeeling Himalayan toy train, which passes through the place in a loop-like pattern. Near Batasia loop, there is a war memorial dedicated to the brave soldiers who lost their lives for the country during wars and operations after independence.
On reaching the hotel, have your breakfast and go for your next round of sightseeing. Start with a visit to Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, which is well-known for its exotic flora and fauna. Visit Peace Pagoda, another major tourist attraction of Darjeeling. The place is believed to be a symbol of peace and spirituality. There is a Buddhist temple and monastery located near Peace pagoda. Done up in traditional Japanese style, they offer a serene ambience to meditate.
With that spirit of mountaineering, you really can’t miss visiting the famous Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday). Enjoy the beautiful views of the tea plantations and snow-capped peaks with a Cable Ride that takes you to the beautiful Rangit Valley from Darjeeling. Explore the true beauty of Darjeeling, which lies in its Tea Estates and pick the best tea for yourself. Also, visit attractions like Tensing Gumpo Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center (Closed on Sunday) and Natural History Museum (Sunday Closed).
Head back to the hotel and enjoy a stroll around the mall in the evening. Stay overnight at the hotel.