Majestic North Eastern Corridor
Home to many natural beauties like mountains, rivers and waterfalls, The North – East Corridor of India is the mysterious part of land and has special place in Indian Tourism. The pollution free environments and some distinct tea estates make it a perfect destination for family vacation with tranquilizing beauty of nature. One can experience the unique experience of its beauty by visiting Darjeeling, Gangtok, Pelling and Kalimgpong to experience the cultural beauty of Sikkim as well.
Darjeeling: In the Indian state of west Bengal, the beautiful hill station of Darjeeling is the home for some of the finest Tea and beautiful tea estates. The tranquilizing ride of toy train enables one to experience the picturesque beauty of its Tea Estates and natural beauty. Often known as Queen of India’s hill stations, its setting is one of incomparable beauty. A Victorian town of old world charm ‘discovered’ by British. It is surrounded by fragrant tea gardens which seem to flow over the layered slopes like emerald swells on a rough sea. You can visit Makaibari Tea Estate, Tibet Handicraft Centre & the beautiful Tea gardens and Ghoom.
Gangtok: Gangtok, a fairytale capital within the clouds, balances precariously on Steep Mountain slopes, Surrounded by lush rice terraces, swifts flowing rivers & distant snow views. It is situated at the lower Himalayas & was a small hamlet until the development of the Enchey Monastery in 1840 made it a pilgrimage center. Places of Tourist interest are Research Institute of Tibetology, Tsongo Lake, Do Drul Chorten, Rumtek Monastery, Himalayan Zoological Park and Government Institute of Cottage Industries (GICI).
Pelling: Located at 10 km from Gyalsing, Pelling is a small town in the West Sikkim. Pelling has emerged as the second biggest tourist destination after Gangtok in Sikkim. Situated at the foothills of Mount Khangchendzonga, Pelling opens its arm for tourists from all over the world. The scenic town of Pelling may be a perfect holiday destination for all nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Pemayangtse and Sangacholing Monasteries are the two major tourist attractions. Khecheopalri Lake is considered as one of the sacred lakes of Sikkim by the Hindus and Buddhists is another place to visit here.
Kalimpong: An incredible stunning backdrop of towering snowcapped peaks. This exotic town of beautiful and lovely people, mystical & enchanting, with a rare ethnic blend of hill people. It also houses several Buddhist monasteries which hold a variety of rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures. It was ruled by Bhutan for 155 years & was annexed by British only in 1865, after which it flourished as a centre of wool trade with Tibet. Thongsa Gompa, Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa, Tharpa Choeling Monastery and Dr Graham’s Home are the major attractions here.
Delicacies: Sikkim is the pure amalgam of the colourful culture, rich heritage and lip-smacking food. One can never get too much of anything in Sikkim. The food of Sikkim are somethings which will amaze you with its simple yet relishing flavours. The food of Sikkim is a rich fusion of Nepalese, Tibetan and native Sikkimese food. Some of the major dishes are Momo (Dumplings), Thukpa or Gya Thuk, Phagshapa, Sha Phaley, Gundruk.
How to reach: One can travel by train to Siliguri station or take a flight from Kolkata to reach Bagdogra airport. These are the two best mode to travel. Other mode is by Private taxi you can drive from Kolkata or other parts of the country.