Taj Mahal: Soul, thou art at rest. Return to the Lord, at peace with Him and He at peace with you. So enter as one of His servants. And enter into His garden.Agra was the chosen city of the Mughal emperors during the early years. It was here that the founder of the dynasty, Babur, laid out the first formal Persian garden on the banks of the River Yamuna.
Here, Akbar, his grandson, raised the towering ramparts of the great Red Fort. Within its walls, Jehangir built rose-red palaces, courts and gardens. Shahjahan embellished it with marbled mosques, palaces and pavillions of gem-inlaid white marble. Agra is globally renown as the city of the Taj Mahal, a monument of love and imagination, that represents India to the world.
The origin of the name the "Taj Mahal" is not clear. Court histories from Shah Jehan's reign only call it the rauza (tomb) of Mumtaz Mahal. It is generally believed that "Taj Mahal" (usually translated as either "Crown Palace" or "Crown of the Palace") is an abbreviated version of her name, Mumtaz Mahal (Exalted One of the Palace).
Arrive Darjeeling: Kathmandu/ Biratnagar or Bhadrapure, Meet our Sikkim representative in the Airport and Transfer to Darjeelijng. Overnight at Hotel Seven Seventeen or similar on standard.
Early morning tour to Tiger Hills (at 4 am) to view sunrise over Kanchenjunga Peak (subject to clear weather) and Batasia Loop & Ghoom Monastery. Afternoon visit to Japanese Temple, Peace pagoda, Lalkothi, Dhirdham Temple, Ava Art Gallery and Natural History Museum. Overnight at Hotel Seven Seventeen.
Darjeeling: Today, visit Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Rope way Tenzing & Gomba Rock, Tibetan Refugee self-help Centre, Tea Estate and Labong Race Course. Overnight at Hotel Seven Seventeen.
Darjeeling – Gangtok: Transfer to Gangtok (after breakfast,98 kms / 04 hrs). Overnight at Hotel Golden Pagoda.
Gangtok: Take an excursion to Tshangu Lake (12000 ft. 35 kms / 02 hrs). Overnight at Hotel Golden Pagoda.
Gangtok: Go for a day sightseeing covering Directorarte of Handicraft & Handsome, Enchey Monastery, Research Institute of Tibetology, Chorten, Rumtek Monastery and orchid sanctuary. Overnight at Hotel Golden Pagoda.