One of the Himalaya’s best-kept travel secrets, this tiny Indian hill state of Sikkim prides itself on pristine alpine forests, lofty snow-capped mountains, landscapes dotted with quaint villages and a rich culture brocaded with different tribes and languages. Towered over by the sublime Khangchendzonga, Sikkim’s breathtaking landscape is strung out along spectacular mountain ridges draped in evergreen alpine forests. Intriguing monasteries, secluded villages, hot springs, lakes, streams and waterfalls add to its overall appeal, and make it ideal destination for the offbeat traveller. Our ” Sikkim Explorer ” is an offbeat journey, other than the essential Gangtok stay and sightseeing. Home stays, village and culture trails in Dzongu and Darap, the mesmerizing beauty of Yumthang valley in North Sikkim, drives through beautiful Himalayan countryside and last but not the least local experiences are the highlights of this journey.
Gangtok, Dzongu, Lachung, Pelling & Siliguri (8n / 9d)
Day 1 – Bagdogra to Gangtok : Arrive and Bagdogra Airport and transfer to Gangtok. Evening free to roam around M G Marg and explore Gangtok. Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 2 – Gangtok ( Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir ) : Day for an excursion to Tsomgo Lake. Situated at an elevation of 3753 meters, Tsomgo Lake is oval shaped lake nearly 50 feet deep and generally covered in snow for most of the year. This lake is home to the Brahmini ducks & many migratory birds and nearby is the sacred Baba Mandir. Explore the lake and if you feel like it take a ride on a yak. Back to Gangtok in the evening enjoy an authentic Sikkimise dinner. Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 3 – Gangtok to Dzongu : Morning breakfast and then drive to Dzongu through less travelled mountain roads. Arrive and settle into a traditional Lepcha Homestay at Dzongu in North Sikkim. Dzongu, the holy land of the Lepchas, lies in the North District of Sikkim amidst steep inclines and deep valleys in the last range of earth covered hills ahead of the rocky Himalayan snow clad peaks. An almost virgin territory with a scanty population of Sikkim’s native
inhabitants, the Lepchas. Post lunch one can go for a light walk to the monastery atop the hill OR walk down to the river and take a bath. Overnight at Dzongu home stay.
Day 4 – Dzongu to Lachung : Post breakfast we visit some of the many waterfalls of Dzongu and a hot spring. Take a dip in the hot spring and back to home stay for lunch. After lunch we drive further north to Lachung situated at an altitude of 8600 feet – On the way enjoy a few wonderful locations like Kabi Lungstok, Naga Waterfalls, Twin Waterfalls, Bhim Nala Waterfalls and the confluence of Lachen chu and Lachung Chu at Chungthang .The road leads through Rhododendron plants of the Singha Forest Reserve extended up to the Tibetan Plateau – Picturesque landscape, snow peaked mountains, flowing rivers blooming rhododendrons. Check into hotel and evening free to stroll up to Lachung monastery . Overnight at Lachung.
Day 5 – Lachung to Yumthang valley : After breakfast leave for Yumthang nearly at a distance of about 26 kilometers from Lachung. Yumthang valley is situated at an altitude of nearly 11800 feet with the river Lachung Chu flowing through the valley and where the tree line ends and the cold desert starts . Visit Yumthang valley, hot spring, Yumey Samdong and Katao . The drive to the valley is beautiful with blooming Rhododendron enhancing the beauty of the place. Back to Lachung in the evening and free to stroll up to Lachung monastery. Overnight at Lachung.
Day 6 – Lachung to Gangtok : After breakfast leave for Gangtok. If the weather is good and sky is clear one can get to see the Himalayan range with the prominent Khangchendzonga peak. The locations on the way offers majestic view of mount Pandim, mount Kabru, mount Simvo, mount Khangchendzonga, mount Siniolchu and other peaks and the road side is wooded with Rhododendron scrubs generally blooms during spring. You also get to see numerous beautiful
waterfalls on the way.Back to Gangtok in the evening and overnight stay at Gangtok.
Day 7 – Gangtok to Pelling : After breakfast leave for Pelling and on the way visit Pemayangtse Monastry, Kanchanjanga Waterfalls and Khecheopalri lake and in evening stay at a beautiful village homestay in Darap village close to Pelling. Overnight at Pelling.
Day 8 – Pelling to Bagdogra : Early morning explore and walk through this beautiful west sikkim village and see the life in the village. After breakfast we drive back to Siliguri/Bagdogra. Ovrnight at Siliguri.
Day 9 – Bagdogra
After breakfast transfer to airport. End of tour.
– Beautiful Himalayan drives
– Village home stay experience in Dzongu
– Waterfall and Hot spring visit at Dzongu
– Savor authentic Sikkimese cuisine
– Explore Yamthang valley in North Sikkim
– Visit to high altitude Tsomgo Lake
COST Spoiler content INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS
5 Nights stay at home stay / resort with breakfast, 1 Night stay at houseboat with all meals, All transfers and excursions in private vehicle including all vehicle charges – driver cost, toll, parking etc. , service charges and taxes, Wildlife Safari Charges.
Other than mentioned, Entry tickets and camera charges at sightseeing places ( if applicable )
STAY & TRANSPORT
As this is a customised tour, you can choose the accommodation and transport as per your preference . Accommodation types available – Resorts, Cottages, Home stay, Houseboat. Transport – Private Vehicle ( SUV or Car )
COST MENTIONED IS INDICATIVE.
This is a customized trip. Cost might vary depending on your group size and type of accommodation required. Please contact us for details
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