ITINERARY: 13 nights and 14 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
Go for a full day sightseeing tour, covering Rumtek Monastery, Jhakri Water Fall, Droul Chorthen, Research Institute of Tibetology (Closed on Sunday), Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom (Closed on Sunday) and Flower Show. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 03: NATHULA PASS & CHANGU LAKE
We visit China border, Nathula Pass and Changu Lake today- an exciting day ahead.
Nathu La Pass: Nathu means "listening ears" and La means "pass" in Tibetan. At an altitude of 14,790 ft, Nathu La is the Indo-China border where Indian troops and the Red army stand face to face.
Changu Lake also known as Tsongmo Lake- a glacial lake in East Sikkim that is about a km long and 15 meters deep. Considered as sacred by the locals, this lake remains frozen for almost half the year. Its also home to Brahminy ducks.
We also stop by at the legendary Baba Ka Mandir which has quite a story attached to it.
DAY 04: DRIVE TO LACHUNG
This morning we head to Lachung at a comfortable distance from Gangtok. Lachung located at an elevation of 9600 ft is located at the confluence of Lachen River and Lachung River, tributaries of river Teesta. British explorer Joseph Dalton Hooker described this village as the most picturesque village in Sikkim.
DAY 05: LACHUNG TO YUMTHANG VALLEY (ZERO POINT)
The early mornings though hard to wake up, are worth the morning beauty of the valley. Post breakfast we head to Yumthang Valley where we visit hot water springs, flower valley.
Yumthang valley, located at an elevation of 11,811 ft, suggested by some as the most beautiful regions of Sikkim. It is also home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, and has over twenty-four species of the rhododendron, the state flower.
A natural hot spring is another attraction claimed to have healing powers. The flower valley lies on the way to the hot springs. Overnight at Lachung.
DAY 06: VISIT GURUDONGMAR
An early morning followed by an early breakfast begins the day as we plan to explore the region with visits to Gurudogmar Lake and Chopta valley.
Gurudogmar Lake, Located at an altitude of 17,800 ft, it is considered one of the most sacred lakes by the Buddhist and Hindus, and remains milky throughout the year. The stream emerging from the lake is one of the source-streams of the Teesta River.
Overnight in Lachen. Lachen means “The big pass” and at 9022 ft it is untouched and unexplored by most who step foot in the state of Sikkim. We’d be certainly among the select few.
DAY 07: LACHEN TO GANGTOK
Post breakfast we prepare to exit North Sikkim as we head back to the capital city of Gangtok. We spend the night in Gangtok.
DAY 08: DEPARTURE FOR BON FARM HOUSE
Post Breakfast leave for Bon Farm House in Kewzing Village. Experience of staying in a typical village farm ambience of Sikkim in Kewzing Village with a Bonpo Family. The Farmhouse stay is different from a typical hotel or a resort mainly because you can enjoy the comforts of a homely environment the best part being all meals prepared from freshly grown organic vegetables from the nearby fields.
DAY 09: ACTIVITIES AT BON FARM HOUSE
Post Breakfast indulge in activities like nature walk, bird watching and Hot Stone Spa treatment
DAY 10: DEPARTURE FOR PELLING
Post breakfast departure for Pelling. Evening free & relaxation.
DAY 11: PELLING SIGHTSEEING
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 12: DEPARTURE FOR DARJEELING
Post breakfast departure for Darjeeling. Evening free & relaxation.
DAY 13: DARJEELING SIGHTSEEING
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 14: LACHEN TO GANGTOK
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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