Smoky Hills

Tour Overview

tour overview

Day 1 NJP / Bagdogra to Chota Mangwa (3 Hrs Approx):-

As you begin with your majestic journey, you will first arrive at Bagdogra Airport or NJP Rrailway Station. To Guide your excitement our representative will be waiting for your warm welcome at the airport or NJP who will further arrange your transfer to enchanting Darjeeling, which is 6000 Ft above theSea Level. Check-in to your hotel and stay at your leisure.

Chota Mangwa:- Perched amidst the orange orchards overlooking the stunning Mt Kanchenjunga and Kalimpong valley is a quaint hamlet tucked away in the hills of North Bengal called Chota Mangwa or Chota Mangmaya (as many locals call it). Travelers are being attracted to this relatively new found destination Chota Mangwa located on a ridge at the top of the Mangwa hill for its surreal beauty and serene ambiance. In the Lepcha language the meaning behind the place name is “A small place of finger millet”.

Chota Mangwa is an Eco friendly village with extremely friendly and down to earth people whose hospitality is sure to swell the heart of all travelers. Located 35km from the Queen of Hills Darjeeling town Chota Mangwa provide a great atmosphere which is untainted by the polluted air to detox away from the maddening city life. Surrounded by the luscious green hills of Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Sikkim Chota Mangwa is making its way towards being one of the most favored destinations on the list of travelers. From Chota Mangwa travelers can savor an un-parallel view of the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga and the beautiful meandering Teesta River. The spectacular sunrise is also equally admirable which has left many of its visitors spell bind. A trip to the orange orchards at Chota Mangwa to see the oranges in full bloom, picking them and enjoying orange juice fresh from the orange garden is an experience worth of a lifetime. Apart from offering the pristine view of the snow capped mountains and meandering river Teesta, travelers can gain access to few sites which may hype the interest of visitors. Tourists can make a trip to the nearby village of Takling to view an age-old monastery. There is also a Tibetan Medical center at nearby Takdah. You will also surely fall under the spell of the stunning view of Rungliot Tea Estate at Takdah. You can also visit the small orange juice-making factory at Lopchu, a cozy pristine hamlet across the hills. There is specific time to visit the picturesque location the astounding beauty of Chota Mangwa can be relished throughout the year but to get the view of valley covered in orange orchards the best time to visit is during November and December.

 

Day 2 Chota Mangwa to Darjeeling Day Trip

After breakfast we will proceed for Darjeeling Day Trip & visit:

Tea Plantation - Tea plantations are little more than just a piece of terrace farming.

They are emerging as a new element of tourism, which is now called as tea tourism. Darjeeling is called as the Mecca of Tea. Darjeeling has more than 80 plantations scaling thousands of acres of lands along the slopes. You can find high grade first flush tea to exotic flavored teas here.

Ghoom Monastery - Old Ghoom Monastery is the popular name of Yiga Choeling.The monastery belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat sect and is known for its 15 feet- high statue of the Maitreya Buddha

Rock Garden - The Rock Garden at Chunnu Summer Falls and Ganga Maya Park are recently added tourist attractions in the hilly town of Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal, India. It is a showpiece meant to lure people to Darjeeling after political agitations disrupted tourism in the 1980s.

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park - Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is a 67.56-acre zoo in the town of Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. The zoo was opened in 1958, and an average elevation of 7,000 feet, is the largest high altitude zoo in India.

Then back to Chota Mangwa & Overnight stay at your Homestay.

 

 

Day 3 Chota mangwa to Sillery Gaon (2 Hrs Approx)

After breakfast we will proceed to Sillery Gaon, Nestled on the lap of Himalayan Nature amidst the pine forest of Damsang at an altitude of 6000ft is a picturesque village called Silery Gaon which is fondly considered as the new Darjeeling. The serene ambiance and the pictorial view which Silery Gaon offer made the people daub it with the title of New Darjeeling. The name Silery Gaon represents a plant named called Sillery that grows there in abundant. The sight of the silver shimmering Kanchenjunga, which will leave every traveler in awe is few of the factor which has lured travelers toward Silery Gaon. rest of the day at leisure & overnight stay at Sillery Gaon.

Day 4 Sillery Gaon sightseeing

Today after morning breakfast we will visit the sightseeing of Sillery Gaon like:-

Ramitey View Point : Ramitey View Point is just 3 km away from Sillery Gaon and can be accessed either by vehicle or trekking. Ramitey View Point offers the breathtaking view of Mt. Khanchendzonga and its neighbouring snow clad peaks along with the longest view point of river Teesta through the valleys with its 14 bends and the confluence of river Teesta and Reshi – a rare sight indeed. On a clear day the entire region from Teesta Bazar to Majhitar in Sikkim is cleary visible from Ramitey View Point.

Damsang Fort : An one hour trek from Sillery Gaon covering around 4 km leads the road to the nearly ruined Damsang fort. This fort which had been built in 1690 by Lepcha Kingdom was the nerve centre of ethnic violence between Lepchas and Bhutias. The another reason to built the fort was to stop aggression by East India Company. This fort is only 1 km away from Pedong and road goes through pine forest offers magnificent view of surrounding hills and valleys.

It’s an ideal place for bird watching. A little upward road from Damsang fort goes to the Hanuman Top where a sculpture of Lord Hanuman is placed. This Hanuman Top offers the excellent bird’s view of Kalimpong town and adjoining areas.

Silent Valley : Silent Valley is another interesting place to visit in Sillery Gaon. A vast tract of green pasture is surrounded by tall pine trees and only sound is chirping of birds resembles Switzerland. A descend from the main road, the sudden appearance of the green field makes visitor  surprise . During monsoon Silence valley becomes a small pond. As per the old local residents it was originally a lake long before.

Cross Hill : Cross hill is located at a vantage point, where in the view of the mountain is simply glorious. On any clear day Tibet is clearly visible from here and it’s a perfect sunset point. Cross Hill is highly revered as a pilgrimage for the local Christian community and be frequently visited by them.

During 19th century number of Evangelists who travelled to Tibet for spreading Christianity lost their lives or never came back. In the memory of lost Evangelists in 1882 Fr. Augustine Desgodins erected a cross facing Tibet directly in the hope that they will come back.

Then back to your Homestay & overnight stay at Sillery Gaon.

Day 5 Sillery Gaon to Algarah (30 Mnts approx)

Today after morning breakfast we will proceed to Algarah, enroute visit

Delo Park:  Delo Hill is one of the two hills that the town of Kalimpong stands between. Kalimpong is situated on a ridge connecting the two hills,Durpin and Delo. The hill is 1,704 metres above msl and is the highest point of Kalimpong town.
Durpin Monestry: Durpin Monastery is located at Durpin Dara Hill at Kalimpong town. Durpin Monastery is impressive religious point and the view from it is magnificent. In Monastery you will find Prayer rooms, meditation hall and pure calm atmosphere.
Phodong Monestry: Sangchen Dorjee Monastery is a Bhutanese monastery located in the resort town of Pedong in West Bengal. Popularly known as Pedong Monastery, it is one of the oldest monasteries in Kalimpong district and among the popular Pedong Tourist Places.
Established around the early 1700 AD, Sangchen Dorjee Monastery was built during the Bhutanese rule. This Monastery provides an insight into the history and culture of Pedong and its surrounding areas. The valuables of Damsang Fort were placed in this monastery after the fort was destroyed in 1864 CE during the Anglo-Bhutanese war.
The architecture of the Pedong Monastery is really appreciable. It has fresco paintings on the inner walls of the main chamber depicting Tantric Buddhism. Another major attraction of the monastery is the mummified body of the last Shabdrung Rinpoche, most revered Bhutanese priest. This place has become an important pilgrimage for the Bhutanese and other followers of the Drukpa Khargu tradition of Buddhism. The Cham dance or the Mask Dance is held here every year in the month of April-May

Return back to homestay at Algarah & enjoy your warm stay with your delicious dinner.

Day 6 Departure to Bagdogra Airport / NJP Railway Station (3 Hrs Approx)

After breakfast in your hotel, check-out from your hotel and transfer to Bagdogra Airport/NGP Station for onward journey with pleasant memories of North East and the warmth of our hospitality in your heart.

  • Welcome drink (Non Alcoholic) on Arrival
  • All accommodation in double sharing basis
  • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • All Sightseeing & Transfers by Exclusive Vehicle
  • Air/Train Fare
  • Any Govt Permit
  • Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All personal expenses, optional tours and Extra meals.
  • Medical and Travel insurance.
  • Video Camera Permits During Sightseeing..
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes), etc (to be borne by the client directly).
  • Anything not mentioned under ‘Inclusions’
  • GST @ 5%.

Please Note :

Early check in would be subject to availability and at sole discretion of hotel.
All booking vouchers and tickets will be provided 3 days before departure.
In case of natural calamities\ road blockage\train,flight cancellation or schedule change.Itinerary may change prior information to guest and any additional cost arises guest has to pay in cash as per actual on spot payment basis.

Payment policy:
At the time of booking confirmation 40% of the total booking amount is required.
15 to 30 days Prior to departure 30% of the total booking amount is required.
15 days Prior to departure 30% of the total booking amount is required.
If booking made within 31 days prior to departure, 100% amount is expected at the time of booking.

Cancellation Policy: 
If you want to cancel your booking, you must notify us in writing.
No cancellation or changes are allowed after departure.

Cancellations are subject to the following charges:
30 Days or more before departure: 25% of the Total Cost.
30-15 Days Before departure: 50% of the Total Cost.
15-7 Days before departure 75% of the Total Cost.
Less than 7 days before departure: 100% of the Total Cost.