Kalimpong – 2 Night Pedong -2 Nights
Kalimpong is a pristine hill station in West Bengal which is famous for its simplicity and beauty. The panoramic hill views, monasteries and churches and Tibetan handicrafts etc. make Kalimpong a lovely hill town. The locations of the hill town that you might fall in love with are Durpin Monastery (Zang Dog Palri Monastery), Tharpa Choling Monastery, Thongsa Gompa, Mangal Dham, Hanuman Temple, Dharmodaya Vihar, Dello Hill, Durpin Dara, Jelepla View Point, 7th Mile View Point, Army Golf Course, Watershed View Point.
Lava, Lolegaon, Jhandi, Pedong, Reshop, Neora Valley National Park can be taken as the worthy places which are surrounding travel points of Kalimpong. These are the locations which can be accessed within a few hours drive from the town. Recently, a Royal Bengal Tiger was seen in Neora Valley National Park area.
Pedong -2 Nights
Near Pedong are the ruins of Damsang Gadi, a historical fort built in 1690 AD by the Lepchas. It was at the centre of the long-standing feud with the Dukpas of Bhutan. Later, it was used to ward off the forces of the British East India Company. After the Anglo-Bhutan War of 1864 AD, the fort fell into decay. The Damsang fort (DamsangGadi) is the only fort in the entire district of Darjeeling. It was home to the last Lepcha King- Gyabo Achuk as the Lepcha people are the real natives of this place.
Sangchen Dorjee Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Pedong-Kalimpong region and was built during the Bhutanese rule. This Monastery was established around the early 1700 AD. It provides historical insight into the history and culture of the place. Known as Sangchen Dorjee Gumba also has fresco paintings on the inner walls of the main chamber depicting Tantric Buddhism. Gumpha Dance (Chyaam dance) or the Buddhist Mask dance is also held here annually. It has now become the center of Shabdrung Rimpoche (known as the Dharma Raja of Bhutan). The last Shabdrung Rimpoche had relocated to Pedong and expired few years ago. His human form has been preserved at Pedong and will be encased in a Stupa/Chorten on an auspicious day. This place has become an important pilgrimage for the Bhutanese and other followers of the Drukpa Khargu tradition of Buddhism. Another highlight of the town is the Cross Hill, placed by priest Fr. Augustine Desgodins in 1882 AD on his way to Tibet. In the Tibet Mission, a lot of Evangelists lost their lives or never came back from Tibet. Fr. Augustine Desgodins in due memory of them erected a cross at a vantage point facing Tibet directly with a hope that someday the evangelists may return. It is considered to have miraculous powers and is a pilgrimage site for the local Christians. The Cross Hill is located at such a point wherein the view of the facing mountains is magnificent. From here one can get a glimpse of Tibet and the People’s Republic of China border. It is a perfect sunset point.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Bagdogra International Airport/ New Jalpaiguri Station|
|DURATION||3 NIGHTS / 4 DAYS|
New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) – Kalimpong
Meet and Greet on arrival and transfer to Kalimpong. Enroute, guests can briefly stopover at the Teesta View Point. After arrival in Kalimpong, we are welcomed by the host in the homestay, following which the guest may choose to go for a Village/Forest walk or spent the day at leisure. Overnight in Kalimpong.
In Kalimpong Local Sightseeing and Evening Forest Walk
After breakfast at homestay we visit, The Dello Park, Golf Course, Mangal Dham and Pine View Nursery. We stop over for lunch and visit Cactus Garden and Monastery after which we return to the Homestay where we rest for a while and then go for a forest walk and visit a viewpoint.
Transfer to Pedong and Hike to Damsang
After breakfast at the homestay, we move to Pedong a forest Village, with the scenic beauty of the forest and wildlife, where we start for a 2-3 hours (about 8 KM) guided hike to Damsang where we visit the ruins of Damsang fort, one of the last king of Lepcha Dynasty. After Lunch in Damsang, we return back Hiking.
Pedong and Lava sightseeing
After breakfast at homestay we visit, the Pedong Monastery one of the oldest monasteries in the region, following which we visit Cross Hill and Ramdhura From here one can get a glimpse of Tibet and the People’s Republic of China border. We move on to visit Lava and Rishop. After which in th evening we return back to the homestay for a Bonfire and Musical experience.
Drop to New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport
After Breakfast, the guests are free to walk across the open areas and reflect upon the tour, after which the guest is free to do packing and say goodbye to the host and would be dropped to IXB/NJP