Sikkim is this other world, which exists in our world but is unlike ours. And in a good way. When we had been there 10 years back, the state was already polythene-bag free. Shopkeepers would wrap our purchases in newspaper, if you didn't carry your own cloth-bag. On the surface, this doesn't really sound like a tourism sales pitch. But in a way, it is.
Sikkim is surrounded by Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and India. It is home to Kanchenjunga, India's tallest mountain, and to glaciers, meadows and a large variety of wildflowers. Sikkim also has 11 official languages. So one can imagine the amalgamation of cultures this land must be.
A part of the Himalayas, Sikkim is a place of solace and serenity. Its natural beauty, clear blue sky, crisp mountain air and thundering waterfalls will entice you to stay back.
6 days - 5 nights
- You will have to reach NJP Railway Station or Bagdogra Airport. We get picked up from there and drive to Gangtok. It's almost a 4-hour drive from NJP Station and Bagdogra airport. We check into our hotel. We are putting up in a homestay, away from bustle of Gangtok city. This homestay is nestled between two waterfalls and overlooks the city.
You can enjoy a walk through the nearby jungle, or walk up to the nearby villages or just sit beside the river that flows nearby.
We spend the night in Gangtok.
- We go to Enchey Monastery and witness the prayer ceremony of the monks. Won't it be enchanting to hear the monks chant in unison and as we turn the prayer wheels. We walk around the valley and breathe in some crisp air.
-Later in the day we go to a nearby waterfall and try our hand at rope traversing. Yes, we slide over a rope near the waterfall.
-We spend the night in Gangtok.
- We go to Nathula Pass today, the Indo-China border situated at an altitude of 12,400ft. Just one barbed wire will keep you away from stepping into China.
-We also go to Tsomgo Lake, it is a glacial lake and remains frozen during winters. It looks serene and peaceful, nestled between two mountains.
We also experience Yak safari here. The furry and sturdy animal is quite a ride.
We spend the night in Gangtok.
(Note: The visit to Nathula Pass is heavenly dependent on weather conditions.)
- After breakfast we drive to West Sikkim via South Sikkim. On the way we visit a Tea Garden. We walk the Tea Garden trail and then go to the tea factory to smell different kinds of tea leaves. We do our own tea tasting. And this is where you buy tea leaves for people back home, if you want to, that is.
-We then drive down to Singshore Bridge. It's an engineering marvel and the second highest suspension bridge in Asia. Running between two hills, once on it you will hear the tripping sound of waterfalls, feel the gush of wind and the sway of the suspension bridge.
-From there we go to Buddha Garden. The centerpiece of this garden is a 130ft statue of Buddha. If we are lucky, we might see some tulips. But seasonal flowers will be in bloom, and you can also hear the humming chants of monks at a nearby monastery.
-We then arrive at Okhrey. We get a traditional welcome here and enjoy some local food for dinner.
- We take a hike with vilage volunteers to Rhododendron Sanctuary and some flower valleys. Get ready for so many different kinds of smells.
-Later in the day we will enjoy a cultural evening with locals playing us some music.
-We stay at Okhrey Village.
- After breakfast we drive to NJP station or Bagdogra airport. Though I don't want to leave you Sikkim!
- Stay on twin sharing basis.
- Commute between the cities and to excursions
- Adventure sports mentioned in the itinerary
- Pickup and drop to NJP station or Bagdogra airport (on group basis)
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and evening tea. Except those on way on Day 1 and Day 6.
- Live music mentioned in the itinerary
- Yak ride as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Air and train tickets
- Any personal expense like shopping, tipping, etc
- Water bought for personal consumption
- Anything not included in inclusions
Note: Single occupancy can be arranged at an extra cost.
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