Day 08: Darjeeling
Early morning drive to Tiger Hill to witness sun rise. Tiger Hill: A sunrise view from Tiger Hill on a clear day is an experience which one would like to cherish forever. The whole of Kanchenjunga range performs an amazing colour display along with the changing lights of rising sun. One can also see summit of Mt. Everest, Makalu and Lotse from here (four of the 8000 mts. Peaks including first and the third highest peaks). Also, visit Goom Monastery said to be built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso from Chumbi valley in Tibet it is considered to be one of the holiest monasteries as this was personally blessed by the renowned Tomo Geshe Rimpoche of Tibet. It is also said that the monastery keeps rare books on Buddhism. The monastery has a statue of the ‘Maitreye Buddha’ believed to be coming Buddha.
Later in the morning visit some of sites of tourist interest – Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center: started on 1959 to rehabilitate thousands of Tibetans who fled Tibet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama to India following Chinese invasion. Started from 04 workers today it over 700 workers producing traditional handicrafts such as Tibetan carpets, wood, metal and leather works, the Centre have also experimented in finding new production lines incorporating traditional Tibetan motifs which would find a ready market both here and abroad. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Everest Museum - first ascent on the Mount Everest has provided the impetus to mountaineering as an organised sport in India and HMI came into being as a result. Ace mountaineers are associated with this institute including Tenzing Norgey (the first man to climb Mt. Everest with sir Edmond Hillary) as the first Director of Field Training. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park: A unique zoo in the country this is the only Zoo in the world to breed Tibetan Wolf in captivity and the first South Asian Zoo to breed Snow Leopard and Siberian Tiger. It is the only specialized zoo in the country and is internationally recognized because of conservation breeding of Snow Leopard and Red Panda.
Afternoon take a joy ride on Darjeeling Himalayan Rail also called Toy Train. A joy ride on 150 years old steam powered train is another pride of Darjeeling and an engineering marvel. This train a World Heritage Site will take you on a joy ride to Ghoom which is one of highest train station in the world and gets you back to Darjeeling. In this two hour of nostalgia you will observe what makes this train so special. Overnight at hotel.