SIKKIM, one of the smallest states in India is blessed with mountains, lakes, rivers, glaciers & dense forests. Sikkim culturally shares a lot of similarities with Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. Sikkim’s beauty is enhanced by the co-existence of Lepchas, Nepalis and Bhutias.
Experience Sikkim like a local. Get immersed in the hospitality of the locals, enjoy the local food, participate in the local activities, learn preparation of local cuisines, and carry home the memories of a lifetime trip. Sikkim is still virgin and is attracting all kinds of people.
This route has got some breathtaking views of Mt Kanchandzonga and its range, snow strewn zigzag roads, endless terraced paddy fields, mind-blowing historical monasteries and home to a rich variety of flora and fauna.
We take you on a jeep safari in this mesmerizing trip which is not frequented by tourists. It requires a permit to enter majority of the places as this area borders India & Tibet (China) and controlled by the Indian Army.
Join us in this trip to the mystic wonderland of Sikkim - this well kept secret in the lap of the Himalayas will leave you dumbfounded.
Day 01 | Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / NJP Railway Station – Gangtok (-/-/D)
Arrival at Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP). Transfer to a home stay in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, which literally means the “town on the hilltop” in the local Bhutia language. Gangtok combines an attractive mix of Old World charm, traditional hospitality & a modern cosmopolitan outlook. Today, relax for a while & then take a stroll in the main market, MG Marg. Overnight in Gangtok.
Day 02 | Gangtok – Lachen (B/-/D)
We start our journey to North Sikkim early this morning as we drive to the picturesque valley of Lachen. We pass through the verdant mountains dotted with numerous waterfalls plunging into deep gorges. We check into our hotel / home-stay and relax rest of the day. In the evening, we stroll in the streets of Lachen, interact with the locals to understand their rich culture & traditions.
Day 03 | Lachen – Gurudongmar Lake – Lachung (B/-/D)
Start early morning to Thangu Village (13,625 feet), a remote, pictorial high altitude village of Tibetan Nomads dotted with traditional wooden houses & proceed further to Chopta Valley (13,325 feet) to get some stupendous views of alpine valley & enchanting Teesta River. From Chopta Valley, we drive another 1½ hours to reach the spectacular Gurudongmar Lake(17,100 feet), one of the holiest & highest fresh water lake in Sikkim; situated just 5 kms from China. We spend some time in the lake & immerse in the beauty of this heavenly lake and its surroundings. We then proceed to Lachung for our overnight stay.
Day 04 | Lachung – Yumthang – Yumesamdong (Zero Point) – Lachung (B/-/D)
Today, we visit the Yumthangsituated at an elevation of 11,800 feet. We pass through Chungthang, a small village situated at the confluence of the Lachen & Lachung Rivers, which combine to form the Teesta River. It is believed to have been blessed by Guru Padmasambhava. The great Guru is believed to have taken rest at Chungthung on his way to Tibet in 8th century and left his footprint on a rock where he once rested. Also locals believe that Guru Padmasambhava had some rice meal at the spot and he had spread some of the rice in a nearby land. The land still grows rice, a rarity at this altitude.
Yumthang, Sikkim’s Valley of Flowers is a paradise for nature enthusiasts & botanists with a fascinating blend of flora and fauna and scenic landscapes. We, then visit Yumesamdong Valleysituated at 15,300 feet; popularly known as the Zero Point which means the hindmost frontier of civilization. There are no roads further, just the landscapes completely covered with snow offering a majestic view contrasting with the patchy blue sky in between the fresh icy breeze. The place is adjacent to the Chinese border. We also visit Katao, another valley sparsely covered with poppy, primulas and rhododendron. We head to Lachung, a tiny village at 8,075 feet located at the Indo - Tibetan Border for our overnight stay.
Day 05 | Lachung – Gangtok (B/-/D)
After a leisurely breakfast, we pay a visit to Lachung Monastery & then we start our journey back to Gangtok. We check in to our homestay / hotel and relax rest of the day.
Day 06 | Gangtok – Local Sightseeing (B/-/D)
We head back to have a relaxed breakfast today & then visit Namgyal Institute of Tibetology which was established in 1958 sponsors and promotes research on the religion, history, language, art and culture of the people of the Tibetan culture which includes Sikkim. It holds one of the largest collections of Tibetan works in the world. The Handicraft center was founded during the reign of the Chogyals of Sikkim to preserve and propagate the art and craft skills of the local artisans. Here, you can see hand-woven carpets with traditional motifs, blankets, shawls, “thangka” paintings, graceful “Choktse” (hand carved foldable tables), hand-painted masks, dolls and many other objects.
Adjacent to the institute are two exquisite stupas, the Do Drul Chorten, built to commemorate the victory of good over evil and the Jhang Chub Chorten, built in the memory of Thrukshik Rinpoche, an ardent devotee, a great spiritualist and interpreter of Buddhism. Near the Chorten are two giant statues of Lord Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rimpoche, the patron saint of Sikkim.
We then visit Enchey Monastery which is perched on a ridge above Gangtok. Nestled within lush woods with a spectacular view of Gangtok town, the monastery was built in 1910 on the site of the hermitage of the great tantric saint, Lama Drutob Karpo, who was renowned for his powers of levitation. The monastery houses the monks of the Nyingmapa Order of Tibetan Buddhism.
Day 07 | Gangtok – Tsomgo Lake – Gangtok (B/-/D)
This morning we head to Tsomgo Lake, a glacial lake situated at 12,400 ft. above sea level where we can take a yak ride. We also visit, New Baba Mandir, a shrine dedicated to a soldier who laid his life situated at 13,200 ft. above sea level. We visit Nathu La Pass, if we can manage to obtain the permits from Indian Army (at cost).
Day 08 | Bid Adieu (B/-/D)
Check-out of the home stay early in the morning. Transfer to the airport / railway station. We bid good-bye to all the participants. Tour ends.
The itinerary is loosely drafted, and allows you to do as little or as much as you like.
This itinerary is just to give you an idea on the tour structure but in no means final and is subject to change.
Start Date: Saturday, 12th October 2019
End Date: Saturday, 19th October 2019
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