Sikkim sits pretty in Eastern India amidst emerald green forests and mountains with sheer ravines, beckoning you with her open welcoming arms. Pelling is distinct, quaint and ruggedly loveable with an unmistakably sweet aroma of pink lilies bursting into blooms, Gangtok is a serene mountain station with large monastery settlements, lush vegetation and cascading falls all around. Later visits to the alpine Tsomgo Lake, the nearby Baba Mandir dedicated to a soldier and the Gurudongmar Lake, the highest in Sikkim and surrounded by the lofty Himalayas sets the tour on top gear. Lazy afternoons spent at the scenic village of Lachung, the picturesque Yumthang Valley and then later at Kalimpong (in W.bengal) with its picture postcard settings brings the curtain down on this sojourn in soul stirring Sikkim. Come; breathe in the deliciously crisp air of the mountains
Day 1 – Arrive in Bagdogra – Pelling (143kms / 6hrs)
Arrive at Bagdogra airport in W.Bengal, the gateway to the state of Sikkim and be transferred to Pelling. Admire the mountains and valleys as you traverse virgin terrains, breathe the mountain air and feel the chill. Located at an altitude of 2150 metres, Pelling allows extraordinary views of the Himalayan range Kanchenjunga. Pelling is abundant with bursting waterfalls, trek routes, and monasteries encased in a tranquil aura. Upon arrival at Pelling, check in and relax.
Day 2 – Pelling
Spend the day, exploring some of the delights in and around Pelling – visit the three storied and Pemayangtse Monastery poised on a hill top housing a good collection of paintings & sculptures, explore the Rabdentse Palace Ruins offering a glimpse of erstwhile royal living through its remains besides providing panoramic visuals of the surrounding valley including the Kanchenjunga ranges, drive to Singshore Bridge the second highest in Asia which provides a high with its sway every time a car passes by someone makes a run, also stop at Darap Village for an experience of rural Sikkim life.
Day 3 – Pelling – Gangtok (117kms / 4.5hrs)
Set off for Gangtok this morning to arrive by late afternoon. Check in and later in the evening take a cable car ride from the Deorali Market to Tashiling to enjoy spectacular views of the Gangtok. Unwind at MG Marg which is a kilometer stretch of glittering shops, restaurants and bars complete with Victorian lamps which come to life after dark and transform the place into something magical. Soak in the ambience of this smoke, litter and vehicle free road by taking a table in a wayside restaurant and watching the activities on the streets below.
Day 4 – Gangtok
Head out to see the sights of Gangtok today – visit the Rumtek Monastery the largest in Sikkim housing several scrolls and religious art works along with 1001 miniature golden models of Buddha; there is also the Nalanda Institute of Higher Buddhist Studies with its huge painting of Buddha at the backside, also visit the Do-Drul Chorten Stupa surrounded by 108 prayer wheels all of which have mantras inscribed on them in Tibetan and if rotated need to be done in a clockwise direction. Take in the views from Tashi View Point, Ganesh Tok and Hanuman Tok which offer panoramic views of the snow capped Himalayas and Gangtok city.
Day 5 – Gangtok – Tsomgo Lake – Baba Mandir – Gangtok (60kms one way)
After breakfast, head out on a day long excursion to Tsomgo Lake located at 12400 feet and home to several birds, both endemic and migratory. After exploring the lake, continue your drive to the Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir dedicated to Baba Harbhajan Singh who was a soldier in the Indian army and died at Nathula Pass in East Sikkim. Return to Gangtok by late afternoon for a free and leisurely evening.
Day 6 – Gangtok – Lachen (110kms / 5-6hrs)
Checkout and head for Lachen with an en route halt at the Seven Sister Waterfalls and lunch at a local restaurant. Lachen located at 8500 feet is a village comprising of less than 200 houses inhabited only during winters; it also serves as a starting point for treks in North Sikkim besides being the gateway to the holy Guru Dongmar Lake. Arrive at Lachen by late afternoon, check in and spend the evening at leisure; you may choose to visit the Lachen Gompa here.
Day 7 – Lachen – Gurudongmar Lake (66kms / 3hrs) – Lachen – Lachung (47kms / 2hrs)
Head to Gurudongmar lake this morning which is the second highest lake in Sikkim at 17000 feet, the beauty of the lake is unrivalled with its pristine settings amidst snow clad mountains offering views of Mount Siniolchu and Kanchendzonga. Believed to have been graced by the touch of Guru Dongmar, an Indian Buddhist master, the lake is considered sacred and its waters curative – many tourists carry the water with them back. Also there is paucity of oxygen at such a height, so staying here for more than an hour is not recommended. Return to Lachen by the afternoon and later proceed to Lachung for your night stay.
Day 8 – Lachung – Yumthang Valley (26kms / 1hr) – Gangtok (128kms / 6hrs)
Proceed to Yumthang Valley this morning aka the Valley of Flowers located at around 11800 feet. The valley is extremely picturesque and words would fail to describe its surreal setting of green slopes covered with trees, yaks grazing in the flower spangled grassy plains and a river flowing right through the valley. On the way back, stop at a hot spring considered to have medicinal properties. Return to Lachung and leave for Gangtok for your night stay.
Day 9 – Gangtok – Kalimpong (75kms / 3-4hrs)
Head southwards to the sleepy little town of Kalimpong in West Bengal which once used to be the hub of the Trans Himalayan trade between India and Tibet, dotted with ancient Buddhist monasteries, old churches and exquisite revered temples. Arrive by early afternoon and check out its various sites in the form of the monasteries of Durpin and Thongsa housing ancient scriptures and other literary works, the old British bungalows of Crockety and Morgan House, the Cactus nursery and the Sericulture Institute. For the thrill seekers, there is white water rafting on the Teesta River with rapids scaling from grades 1 to 4, besides parasailing with an experienced pilot. Unwind over a stroll around the Kalimpong market place.
Day 10 – Kalimpong – Bagdogra (80kms / 3hrs) (departure)
Checkout and be transferred to Bagdogra airport for your onward/return flight
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The cost mentioned is for per person. The cost mentioned is only indicative and subject to actual cost at the time of booking. Standard check in time is 1400hrs and check out time is 1200 hrs; early check in and late checkout can be requested and is not guaranteed. Footprint holds the right of altering the trip schedule in event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen conditions beyond control such as road blocks, flight cancellations, etc. Any additional cost incurred due to the same would need to be borne by the individual. The cost is subject to additional charges if paid by debit card, credit card or online bank transfer.