Sightseeing tour including Tiger Hill for spectacular views of the Himalayas and the Kanchenjunga. Also visit Ghoom Monastery, the Zoological Park, Tibetan Refugee Centre and Himalayan Mountaineering institute.
After breakfast proceed to visit Tiger Hill [2590 metres] to view the sunrise and reflection on Kanchenjunga and Mt. Everest. This will be followed by the famous toy train ride upto Ghoom monastery.
Upon arrival at Ghoom you will visit the Ghoom Monastery and see the Yiga-Choling Gompa, a Yellow Hat sect Buddhist monastery. The 19th century Gompa, one of the oldest in the area, enshrines an enormous gilded statue of the Maitreya Buddha and also houses valuable Tibetan manuscripts.
In the afternoon, you will be taken for a half day sightseeing tour of Darjeeling – visiting Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. After the successful ascent of Mount Everest on the 29th May 1953, by Late Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, the mountaineering in India got impetus. Consequently the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was established on 04th November 1954.
Wind up your day with a visit to the Tibetan Refugee Centre – started on 1st Oct. 1959. At that time, following the dramatic escape of His Holiness Dalai Lama, thousands of Tibetans leaving hearth and home, fled into the neighbouring countries to live as free human beings. You will also have a ride in the Himalayan queen. [B,L,D]