Gangtok - Lachung - Pelling - Darjeeling
ITINERARY: 9 nights and 10 days
DAY 01: ARRIVAL (IXB) BAGDOGRA AIRPORT - GANGTOK
On arrival at Bagdogra Airport, you will be met by our office executive who will assist you to board your vehicle to Gangtok. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 02: GANGTOK
After breakfast, in the morning, start for excursion to Tshangu Lake (12,400 ft) & Baba Mandir (13,100 ft)
Another option is to go to Nathulais an Indo China border, controlled by the Indian Army & is situated approx 20 Kms ahead of Tshangu Lake at an height of 14,140 ft. The journey to Nathula & Baba Mandir is same up to 16 Kms.
Nathula permit gets confirmed 24 hrs prior to the journey date & it is subjected to permit availability as it is allotted as per lottery. Nathula is closed on Monday & Tuesday for tourist. Organising the permit at the last moment is not possible & a clear window of 72 Hrs with proper documents is required to process the permit. To process the permit we would require 04 Passport Size Photograph & photo proof identity card such as Voter Id / Passport / Driving License. Pan card & Adhar card is not accepted as identity proof by authorities. There is no refund, incase the permit is confirmed by Sikkim tourism & due to whatsoever reason (Land slide, Heavy rain fall, VIP Movement, Health issue etc) one is not able to visit.
DAY 03: GANGTOK - LACHUNG
Pick from Gangtok Hotel and transfer to Lachung. On the way we visit Tashi view point and Seven Sister’s water fall (subjected the vehicle take the normal route). Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 04: LACHUNG - YUMTHANG - LACHUNG
Early morning we proceed for a half day excursion to Yumthang Valley. The colorful Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary bloom between April to June. The soaring snow-capped peaks, and herds of wandering yaks makes this a Himalayan paradise The valley is also known for its Hot spring. Although the water is quite dirty, many locals from the area visit to get themselves soaked & cured as believed.Overnight at the hotel.
As an option you can visit Yumesamdong known as 'zero point'.Yumesamdong excursion can be availed by paying a supplement cost of INR 3000.00 per vehicle. The journey from Yumthang trudges up through the rugged mountain road. The aroma of sweet fragrance of Ezilia permeates the air. Ezilia is a plant used by the inhabitant to manufacture incense sticks.
To process the permit we would require 04 Passport Size Photograph & photo proof identity card such as Voter Id / Passport / Driving License. Pan card & Adhar card is not accepted as identity proof by authorities. There is no refund, incase the permit is confirmed by Sikkim tourism & due to whatsoever reason (Land slide, Heavy rain fall, VIP Movement, Health issue etc) one is not able to visit.
DAY 05: LACHUNG - GANGTOK
Transfer to Gangtok. On the way, see Bhim Nala water fall & Twin water fall. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 06: GANGTOK - PELLING
Morning we go for a half day sightseeing tour, covering Jhakri Water Falls along with Droul Chorthen, Research Institute of Tibetology (Closed on Sunday), Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom (Closed on Sunday) and Flower Show. Afternoon transfer to Pelling. Check in and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 07: PELLING
After breakfast we drive to Yuksom. On the way we see the panoramic sights of Darap Village, Rimbi Water fall & Hydro Project, Khecheopalri Lake, itis one of the sacred Buddhist mountain lake and it is believed that whatever is wished in front of the lake comes true. A further drive takes you to Yuksom (the meeting place of three monks) - the first capital of Sikkim. This was the place where the first Chogyal (a ruling dynasty in Sikkim)was crowned. Evening back to Pelling and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 08 : PELLING - DARJEELING
Transfer to Darjeeling. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 09: DARJEELING
Early morning we take a tour to Tiger Hills to view sunrise over Kanchendzonga Peak (subject to clear weather). On the way back we visit Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop. After breakfast go for a half-day sight seeing of Japanese Temple, Peace pagoda, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park & Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Darjeeling Ropeway Ride (Ticket cost not included & will be approx INR 180.00 per person) Tenzing & Gombu Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center (Closed on Sunday) & panoramic view of Tea Estate. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 10: DARJEELING - (IXB) BAGDOGRA AIRPORT
Transfer to Bagdogra Airport for your journey home.
The new house, the hidden valley of rice, the garden of Indra - the goodly region. Sikkim lies in the mystical Himalayan land that the Chogyals left to India just 36 years ago. Delight your senses with a view of the snow-capped mountains and moss covered trees; excite yourself with mountain biking and Yak riding; come close to nature with birding and trekking; and revive your soul by interacting with simple folk in remote villages. Sikkim touches you in a unique way, and you will go back home a new person.
People of Sikkim
Irrespective of the tribe, class or community they belong to, Sikkimese are essentially simple folks. Like most hill-tribes they are untouched by consumerism and know how to live in harmony despite being from different communities. Sikkim is India's least populous state with the one of highest per capita income in the country. It is also one of the least densely populated states with only 76 persons per square kilometer. The people of Sikkim can be classified mainly as Lepchas, Bhutias, Nepalese and the others (Biharis, Jains, Marwaris etc.)
Culture of Sikkim
The Sikkimese celebrate all major Hindu festivals such as Diwali and Dussera. Nepali festivals like Tihar and Bhimsen Puja are common. Losar, Loosong, Saga Dawa, Lhabab Duechen, Drupka Teshi and Bhumchu are Buddhist festivals.
During the Losar (Tibetan New Year) most offices and educational institutions are closed for a week. Muslims celebrate Id-ul-fitr and Muharram. Christmas has also been promoted in Gangtok to attract tourists during the off-season. A favorite form of social celebration is the drinking of Shay-Chang (millet beer). Served in tall bamboo mugs, the drink is sipped through a bamboo pipe. It is made from millet grains and is non-toxic. It is reputed to be the best remedy to ward off the severe colds in the mountains and is known for its healing properties.
- Accommodation and all meals
- Government Service Tax as applicable (as on date 1/4/2016 it is 4.7%)
THINGS TO CARRY
*Please note that the Kit List mentioned is a standard one for all our Himalayan trips, hence one can make a few changes as per personal preferences.
In the event of any cancellation by you, the initial deposit amount paid, shall stand forfeited and further cancellation shall be levied as per the following terms:
- 6 weeks before date of departure: 20% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 4 to 6 weeks before date of departure: 50% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 2 to 4 weeks before date of departure: 80% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 2 weeks before date of departure: 100% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges (Will be considered as no show).
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