Tea Tasting Tour to Darjeeling
Day 01: Arrive NJP / Bagdogra - Darjeeling
Upon arrival at NJP station or Bagdogra airport meet with our representative and leave for Darjeeling enjoying the hill drive crossing numerous hill garden. Upon reaching Darjeeling transfer to the hotel. Evening free to acclimatize the weather in Darjeeling. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02: Darjeeling - Tumsong Tea Estate
Today we will visit the Tumsong Tea Estate, located 28 km from the city. It was established in 1867 and was planted keeping the sentiments of the indigenous people in mind. It is planted around the goddess Tamsa Devi temple on a steep slope rising from 2,700 feet to 5,500 feet. Here you will get amazed with scenic view as the Tumsong estate will be offering a fantastic view of surrounding Kanchenjunga which is the third highest mountain peak in the world. The estate is also known as the Happy Hearts, being given the easy access to local to reach and worship the deities which are present here and create the atmosphere in harmony.
Upon arrival check in to the Tumson Bungalow. Further we will visit the Tea garden. After visiting the garden we will have a Factory visit and watching the tea processing. Lunch will be organized at Tumsong Main Bungalow. After lunch we will participate in a tea presentation by a tea expert followed by a tea tasting session at Nathmull's Sunset Lounge. Overnight stay at Bungalow.
Day 03: Tumsong Tea Estate - Darjeeling
Enjoy morning walk in the tea garden. Later return to the Bungalow for fresh-n-up and breakfast. After breakfast leave for Happy Valley Tea Estate. It is located in the picturesque hillside with an altitude of 6,300 feet. The altitude itself is a plus point for the happy valley tea estate as most of the time the valley is in remain under cover of mountain mist which creates a unique effect on the tea plantation and offer a unique flavor to its tea. The tea garden is famous for the supreme quality of tea in Darjeeling.
Upon arrival enjoy walking through the tea garden on the gentle hill slope and have a glimpse of the tea processing. Visit to the factory and see the entire tea production process. Visit the hall where plucked tea are kept on elevated wooden beds for weathering, and also visit the glass covered area from where you can watch the remaining process of making take place. We will also get know about the different qualities of tea. The best quality comes with a single bud with two leaves; the next quality has one bud and three leaves and so on.
Later in the afternoon return to Darjeeling. Rest of the day at leisure or to explore the colourful market of Darjeeling. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04: Darjeeling
Today we will awake quite early to have the glimpse of sunrise from Tiger Hill. We will drive from the hotel around 04.00 am covering the 10 kms distance to reach the Tiger Hill. Upon reaching enjoy the panoramic views of sunrise from Mount Everest along with Kangchenjunga from the observation deck.
Later return to Darjeeling, on the way back we will visit Ghoom Monastery, was built in 1857 by Lama Sherab Gyatso. The Monastery itself follows the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, here you will find a 15 ft high statue of future Buddha.
Further return to Darjeeling via Batasia Loop. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. after fresh-n-up have breakfast at the hotel.
After a sumptuous breakfast we will have an excursion around the hill city visiting the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. It was established in 1954 and is one of the renowned mountaineering institutes of the world.
Further we will visit the P.N. Zoological Park (closed on Thursday) Tenzing Rock, Tibetan Refugee Centre (closed on Sunday), Tea Garden (outer view) and later while returning to the hotel we will also visit the Japanese Temple. Evening free at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05: Darjeeling - NJP / Bagdogra - Departure
After breakfast leave for NJP / Bagdogra to connect for onward destination.
Tour & Services Ends.