Arrive and proceed to Darjeeling (7000+ ft asl). Darjeeling may feel crowded and cramped but is renowned for its close range Himalayan views (Oct - March) and tea plantations around. Evening one can male a visit to Himalayan Zoological Park & Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday).
Tiger Hill, Ghoom Monastery and local visits Early morning visit to Tiger Hills to view sunrise over Kanchendzonga Peak (subject to clear weather). On way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop. After breakfast can proceed for local sightseeing like Japanese Temple, Tea Estate etc. Evening explore local markets around Chow rasta (Mall Road).
Visit to Mirik, Pasupatinagar border market After breakfast day excursion to Mirik (60 kms). Drive is via famous tea plantations around Darjeeling. At Mirik enjoy boating and horse riding (on direct payment basis) & further can visit Pashupati Nagar (Indo-Nepal border) for shopping. Evening back to Darjeeling.
After breakfast depart for onward journey
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (also called the Darjeeling Zoo) was opened in 1958, and is spread over 68 acres and is the largest high altitude zoo in India. It specializes in breeding animals adapted to alpine conditions, and has successful captive breeding programs for the Snow leopard, the critically endangered Himalayan wolf and the Red panda. The zoo attracts a large number of visitors all round the year.
Ghoom Monastery is the popular name of Yiga Choeling Monastery located at Ghoom at an elevation of 8,000 feet, 8 km from Darjeeling. The monastery follows the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. There is a 15-feet high statue of "Maitreya Buddha" (Coming Buddha) in the monastery. It contains images of Buddha's disciples, Chenrezi and Chongapa. It was built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso. It is a popular visit option for all tourists.
Tiger hill near Ghoom is from where one gets the best views of Kanchenjunga. Best time to visit is early mornings or late evenings.
Bagdogra is visited for being a base point near Siliguri having an Airport from where guests access West Bengal Hills (Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Chalsa, Dooars etc.) and Sikkim (Gangtok, Pelling, North Sikkim etc).Darjeeling
Darjeeling (About 7000 ft) is a renowned British era hill station and has been visited for many a decades by tourists and is one of the popular tourist destinations. Darjeeling is internationally famous for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.