North Bengal & Sikkim
Darjeeling is a popular hill station located in the Lesser Himalayan range and provides beautiful views of the mighty Himalayas, especially Kanchenjunga – the world's third highest mountain peak. Known for its scenic beauty, snow-clad Himalayas, and tea gardens. The Toy Train is famous in Darjeeling. The Ghoom Monastery is the oldest monastery here.
Kalimpong is a scenic town located in Darjeeling in West Bengal. It is a hill station in the Lesser Himalayas also called the Mahabharata range. Monasteries and churches are tourist hotspots of Kalimpong. Of the many monasteries, the most significant are the Thongsha Gumpha, Tharpa Choling Monastery and the Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Gompa. In fact, the Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Gompa Monastery is known to have a number of rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures. Popular churches in Kalimpong include the Catholic Church and St Theresa Church. Other must-visit sites for tourists are the Neora National Park, Deolo Hill and Mangal Dham. For the adventurous lot, hiking is also an option.
Gorumara is situated on the banks of rivers Murti and Raidak, the major part of the Dooars region is a wildlife reserve. Amidst the rich flora, the park also shelters over 50 species of mammals, 193 species of birds, 22 species of reptiles and 27 species of fishes. The national park is famous for Asiatic one-horned rhino. Rhino Point, Jatraprasad watchtower and three-storeyed Chukchuki Tower are some of the foremost mascots of the park. Elephant rides along with hiking on unrestricted pavements are the prominent activities in the park.
Lataguri is a small village situated in the Jalpaiguri District of West Bengal. It is located on the outskirts of Gorumara National Park. Full of dense forests and riverine grassland, the region is home to many species of flora and fauna. Apart from Gorumara National Park, some of the popular attractions of the destination are Rovers Point and Rupam Valley.
Situated in the Shivalik Hills and lying at an altitude of 1437 m, it’s an important Buddhist Pilgrimage Centre. Gangtok is full of gompas, stupas, parks and gardens. Some of the major attractions in and around Gangtok are the Rumtek Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery, Tashiding Monastery, Tsomgo Lake, Nathu La Pass, Hanuman Tok etc.
Pelling is a picturesque town. Places to visit include the local monastery, the rock garden and waterfall near Rimbi, the double-pronged Kanchenjunga Falls, Singshore Bridge, Changey Waterfalls and Khecheopalri / Khechuperi Lake. The Pemayangtse Monastery is one of the oldest and most important monasteries in Sikkim. Another attraction of Pelling is Sangachoeling Monastery. Khecheopalri Lake is considered as one of the sacred lakes of Sikkim. The lake is actually hidden in the forest. Another place to visit in Pelling is the Rabdengtse Ruins.
Lachung is located at the confluence of River Lachen and River Lachung, which are tributaries of the Teesta River. The term Lachung means ‘small mountain’. The main attractions of Lachung tourism include the Lachung Monastery, which is also known as the Lachung Gompa, and the Yumthang Valley. Mount Katao is also a popular tourist destination near Lachung.