Darjeeling Trek in the Foothills of the Himalayas
It's worth two or three nights and is easily accessible through Siliguri/Bagdogra airport, which serves flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and elsewhere. If you are not a trekker we can help you enjoy many of the same sights without doing all that walking.Darjeeling presents an unparalleled opportunity for experienced trekkers who seek the ultimate outdoor adventure in exotic and astonishingly-beautiful surroundings. While Purple Dragon pioneered LGBTQ travel to India, our adventures of a lifetime are open to everyone.
Day One: Off to Bagdogra
We meet your flight to Bagdogra see you to your hotel in nearby Siliguri, where you spend the night.
Day Two: Ride an Antique Train
One of the best things to do is to enjoy a ride on the "toy" train that has been carrying tea and passengers since 1881. Mark Twain took the train in 1896 and remarked that it was "the most enjoyable day I have spent on earth." Departure is around 08:00, and arrives Darjeeling early afternoon.
Here is a somewhat easy trek through some of the most magnificent scenery on the planet, that is mostly undisturbed by tourists. Enjoy small villages where life is simple and uncomplicated by the 21st century. Much of your walk is through old-growth forests that command stunning views of Earth's highest peaks.
Take some time after you arrive to explore this quaint and funky hill-toop town on your own. It's very compact and easily walkable at your own pace. You will find plenty of unusual handicrafts for sale, interesting restaurants, and even some nightlife.
Day Three: Trekking Through the Rhodadendrons
Begin your adventure of trekking in Darjeeling Drive from Darjeeling to Maney Banjahg (26km, about one and a half hours, altitude 2134 meters). Trek from Maney Banjang to Tonglu via Megma Gompa (11km, about five hours). This follows a steep zig-zag trail. Along the way you can see various varieties of rhododendron and magnolia, which could both be blooming during your visit. Overnight in trekkers huts or tents with a magnificent view of Kanchenjunga.
Day Four: See Sikkim and Nepal
Trek Songlu to Sandakphu via Kalipokhri and Gairibans (21km, about eight hours, altitude 3636 meters). The trek to Gairibans is downhill at first, then gradually climbs. The last part of the trek is very steep. From the top you will have views of the Himalayas in Sikkim and Nepal. If weather is good you should be able to see Everest, Kanchengjunga Makalu, Lhotse, and other peaks. Overnight in trekkers huts or tents.
Day Five: It's Downhill from Here
Trek Sandakphu to Rimbick (16km, about seven hours, altitude 2331 meters). This portion mostly downhill and passes through villages and farmlands, then climbs through a forest, ending in Rimbick. Drive to Darjeeling (56km, about four hours). Overnight in Darjeeling.
Day Six: Return to Bagdogra
Darjeeling to Bagdogra. Depending on your departure flight time you may need to overnight in Siliguri.