Detail about the package
Day – 01 – Arrival at Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) and Transfer to Gangtok – You will be received by our official at Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) – He will assist you for the forwarding journey to Gangtok (120 Kilometers, 4 hours) – A perfect destination for tourist in search of enchantment, tranquility, trekking or any other adventure. Land of monastery, mystic rituals / festivals at an elevation of 1,437 meters / 4,715 feet is the most often visited spot of India for its rare Orchids and Butterflies – In the evening one is free to stroll around M.G.Marg or the local Market – Over night stay at Gangtok
Day – 02 – Excursion to Changu / Tsomgo Lake – Nathu La (Optional) – Early morning breakfast – Permits are made one day prior to visit – This is nearly 48 kilometers drive and takes nearly 2 hours – Visit to Tsomgo / Changu Lake and Baba Mandir, cool, serene water and the picturesque beauty – Tsomgo lake is one of the holy lake of the region – A temple of Lord Shiva is built on the lakeside – Primula flowers and other alpine plantation provide an immaculate beauty to this place – Till April it is full of snow and lay frozen – (Nathu La Pass visit has to be arranged the previous Night when Voters ID card will be asked for – Nathu La Pass once booked the amount is not refunded even if the trip get cancelled Back to hotel for lunch or lunch on the way – The rest of the day is free – Evening one is free to stroll around M G Road or the Local Market – Over night stay at Gangtok
Day – 03 – Transfer to Lachung – Early morning breakfast – Drive to Lachung 35 kilometers from Chungthang – Lunch at Chungthang, 96 kilometers from Gangtok – Reach Lachung late afternoon / early evening – The snow capped peaks of the Himalayan range, the Shingbha wild life sanctuary, Yumthang, Katao and Yumeysomdong are the major attraction – It’s a valley surrounded by gigantic and humbling mountains – In fact, from the village cradled between stern, tall rock faces standing like guards one can enjoy only the snow peaked hamlet – It almost like this town was hidden from the outside – Check into a hotel – Welcome Tea – Evening free to stroll and visit the Lepcha Village – Stroll to the local monastery is recommended to guest – Overnight stay at Hotel
Day – 04 – Yumthang sightseeing and Transfer to Gangtok – Early morning breakfast – Visit to Yumthang i.e. 25 kilometers, 1 hour – A valley at an altitude of 11, 800 feet through which Lachung Chu flows, generally covered with snow from December to April or even more is known as the valley of flowers – Next walk up to Zero point, this is a stretch of cold desert till Tibet / China – While returning visit to hot water spring, the region is fully covered with Rhododendron forest – Back to hotel for lunch – Afternoon visit Katao (Optional) – The region is fully covered with Rhododendron forest – Back to hotel for lunch – Afternoon drive to Gangtok 130 Kilometers, 5 hours – Evening one is free to stroll around M G Road and the local market – Over night stay at Gangtok
Day – 05 – Gangtok half Day Local Sightseeing & transfer to Pelling – Early morning breakfast – Gangtok local Sight Seeing will be as per the schedule of the guide – 3 to 4 points includes the following – Shanti View Point – Institute of Tibetology – Cottage Industry – Flower Show – White hall – Next proceed to Pelling – A drive of nearly 130 kilometers – 3 ½ – 4 hours drive – Pelling is situated at an altitude of 2072 meters / 6800 feet – On a clear day guest can get a clear view of Himalayan range with snow capped mount Pandim, Kumbhakarna, Rathong, Khangchendzonga, Zopuno, Shimbho, Narsing, Sinolchu etc – It is one of the exotic settlement with varieties of Rhododendron, Orchids, historical sites, short trek routes and wildlife – Its botanical and zoological richness is inspiring and the scenic view from the top of the ridge across deep valley to the heights of Kanchendzonga ranges is something to be seen to be believed – Yuksom, Ravangla, Rinchenpong and Namchi are some of the tourist spot nearby – Check into hotel – Evening free to roam around the small settlement – Over Night stay at Pelling
Day – 06 – Pelling Local sightseeing – After breakfast at hotel – Drive for Full Day Sight Seeing – The routes are forested and the botanical and zoological richness is inspiring. Places of visit are Rimbi water Falls, Rimbi Rock Garden, Kechopalri Lake, it is one of the holy Buddhist lake and it is believed that any wish in front of the lake comes true – Myth is that when a leaf falls on the placid clear water surface, it is picked by a bird and thus the water surface is always free of leaves, Kechopalri Monastery, Kanchenjunga water Falls, Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabdantse ruins, the scenic view from the top of the ruin to the mystic heights of Kanchendzonga ranges is something to be cherished – Back to hotel – Evening free to roam around the helipad or Shopping center – Over Night stay at Pelling
Day – 07 – Departure transfer to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) – Early morning breakfast – Next transfer drive to Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Stand (Junction) – The drive will be approximately 140 kilometers and is 4 – 5 hours drive – The drive is along the River Rangit and next along the River Teesta – Stop at Mellin or Chitrey for Tea – One more stop if time permits will be at Coronation bridge – Continue to drive to Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Stand (Junction) – Reach Airport or Station – Guest are advised to start early and not to rush – Forwarding Journey
Places to be
Sikkim & Darjeeling both states are located right next to each other. You can expect fascinating views of Himalayas including Mount Kanchenjunga snow peaks several high altitude lakes & hot springs, and even high altitude passes that connect the state with Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan.
Khangchendzonga national Park, Nathula Pass, Lake Tsomgo are one of the Key attractions that you must visit. Himalayan zoological park, baba Mandir, Yumthang are also the places you should not miss on. You should also roam around famous tea gardens & factories to experience the process.
Do not break local rules while exploring places or visiting religious places. Take proper permits and pay prescribed fees before entering restricted areas. Avoid buying products made of endangered species or of any another animal.
Travelling to Sikkim – Darjeeling for the first time?
Make sure you spend at least 6-7 days to explore Sikkim Darjeeling. Process necessary permits well in time to avoid last moment hustle as there are restrictions on number of permits to process per day to many places. Dress modestly while visiting religious places and be aware of the customs and culture. While trekking, always follow the designed path, do not interrupt the fragile vegetation.
Bagdogra is the nearest airport & New Jalpaiguri Junction (NJP) is the nearest railhead to reach Sikkim & Darjeeling, both connected to all major cities and towns in India.