General

Thrown across the farthest reaches of India, obscured from the greater world by ageless forests and formidable mountain ranges, the Northeast States are one of Asia’s last great natural and anthropological sanctuaries. Sharing borders with Bhutan, Tibet, Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh, these remote frontiers are a region of rugged beauty, and a collision zone of tribal cultures, climates, landscapes and peoples. In this wonderland for adventurers, glacial Himalayan rivers spill onto Assam’s vast floodplains, faith moves mountains on the perilous pilgrimage to Tawang, rhinos graze in Kaziranga’s swampy grasslands and former head-hunters slowly embrace modernity in their ancestral longhouses in Nagaland.

Of course, it’s not all smooth sailing in these faraway states, and you have a horde of obstacles to battle along the way (bad roads, poor infrastructure and rebel armies, to name a few). In other words, only those with a taste for raw adventure need apply.

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - NJP Railway Station/Bagdogra Airport - Gangtok (120 km / 5 hours)

Arrive at NJP Railway Station or IXB Airport and transfer to Gangtok (5,500 ft.). On arrival, check in at the hotel and spend rest of the day relaxing. Overnight stay is arranged in Gangtok.

Day 2 - Excursion to Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir

After a hearty breakfast, start your trip to Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir. Overnight stay is arranged at the hotel.

Day 3 - Gangtok Local Sightseeing - Darjeeling (100 km / 4 hours)

In the morning, proceed for a half-day trip of Gangtok city. The tour covers flower show, cottage industry, Dro-dul Chorten, Enchey Monastery and Banjakhri Falls. In the afternoon, head to Darjeeling (6,950 ft.). On arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight stay is arranged in Darjeeling.

Day 4 - Darjeeling Sightseeing

In the morning, drive to Tiger hill (8,400 ft.) and watch the splendid sunrise over Mt. Khangchendzongha (28,208 ft.) Visit Ghum Monastery and Batasia Loop. After breakfast, visit Tenzing Rock, Tibetan Refugee self-help Centre, Tea Garden, Ropeway, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Japanese Temple. In the evening, you can shop or relax. Overnight stay is arranged at the hotel.

Day 5 - Darjeeling - NJP Rly Station or Bagdogra airport (75 km / 3 hours)

After a hearty breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to NJP Railway Station or IXB Airport for your onward journey.