Unspoiled natural beauty, lush tea estates, ancient monasteries, snow capped mountains, bustling village markets is what our 9N/10D Sikkim With Darjeeling tour is all about.
Covering almost the major cities of Sikkim ( Gangtok, Lachen ,Lachung,Pelling,) and the destination of Darjeeling , this Sikkim-Darjeeling tour lets you experience the joy of living in close connection to nature.
Other itineraries that also showcases the beauty of Sikkim are:
Day 1 : Arrival and Transfer to Gangtok (120 kilometers/ 4 hours drive)
Post your arrival at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Stand (Junction), you will be picked up by our representative and you will be transferred to your hotel at Gangtok. Rest of the day at your leisure to explore the city yourself. Overnight at hotel .
Day 2: Full day Excursion to Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir (40 kilometers/2 hours drive)
Full day Excursion to Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir. Situated at an elevation of 3753 meters / 12310 feet - The Lake is oval shaped lake nearly 50 feet deep - Generally covered in snow for most of the year the year – This lake is home to the Brahmini ducks & many migratory birds – Nearby is the sacred Baba Mandir known to be a very holy site for all –- Back to Gangtok - Evening free to roam around M G Road (Mall) or local Shopping center - Overnight stay at Gangtok.
Day 3: Transfer to Lachen from Gangtok
Early morning breakfast – Drive 135 kilometers, 5 – 6 hours drive - Chungthang is 96 kilometers from Gangtok – Lunch at Chungthang – Lachen is 35 kilometers from Chungthang Reach Lachen late afternoon / early evening - The snow capped peaks, the Shingbha wildlife sanctuary, Gurudongmar Lake, Chopta Valley, Thangu are the major attraction – It’s a valley surrounded by gigantic and humbling snow peak mountains and the starting point of Green Lake Trek – In fact the village cradled between stern, tall rock faces standing like guards – A hamlet with very few people – It almost like this town is hidden from the outside – Like a Shangri - La – Check into a hotel – Evening free to stroll and visit the Lepcha Village – Overnight stay at Hotel in Lachen.
Day 4: Excursion to Gurudongmar Lake and Transfer to Lachung
Early morning breakfast – Visit to Gurudongmar Lake 55 kilometers, 3 hours drive - A valley at an altitude of 11, 800 feet through which Lachen Chu flows, generally covered with snow from December to April or even more is known as the Holy / Sacred Lake - Next drive through the cold desert till Tibet / China back to Resort for Lunch – After lunch drive to Lachung - The region is fully covered with Rhododendron forest with Chopta Valley and Thangu are the other places of interest - Back to hotel for lunch - After lunch proceed to Lachung – Nearly 50 kilometers and two hour drive – Check into hotel at Lachung - Evening free to visit Lachung Monastery - Overnight stay at Hotel at Lachung.
Day 5: Sight Seeing at Yumthang & Transfer to Gangtok
After breakfast drive towards Yumthang situated at an elevation of nearly 11800 feet - On the way you may visit the famous hot spring which is known for its curative properties of skin diseases - Yumthang is a valley near the river Lachung Chu surrounded by mountains where the tree line ends - In spring the valley erupts in riots of colors as Primulae, Rhododendrons and many other Alpine flowers in full bloom along with snow covered valley except in autumn - During winter Yumthang is somber with snow all around and the snow clad mountains adding to the ethereal beauty - Return to resort at Lachung for Lunch – Transfer to Gangtok – Reach Gangtok in the evening – Check into hotel – Night stay at Gangtok.
Day 6: Gangtok Local Sightseeing (Half Day) & Transfer to Pelling
Morning breakfast – Drive for visit to Enchey Monastery, Barthang waterfalls, Nam Nang view point, Ropeway, Flower Show, Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom, Research Institute of Tibetology & Do Drul Chorten (Stupa).etc - After lunch transfer to Pelling - 110 kilometers 4.5 Hours drive. Pelling is at an altitude of 6800 feet / 2072 meters – On a clear day guest can get a clear view of Himalayan range with snow capped mount Pandim, Kumbhakarna, Rathong, Kanchenjunga, Zopuno, Shimbho, Narsing, Sinolchu etc – Check into hotel – Overnight stay at Pelling.
Day 7: Sight Seeing at Pelling (Full Day)
Morning breakfast - Places of visit are Rimbi waterfalls, 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, New Helipad, Rabdense Ruins & Kanchenjunga View tower etc – Back to hotel – Evening free to roam around the helipad or Shopping center - Overnight stay at Pelling
Day 8: Transfer to Darjeeling
Morning breakfast – Transfer to Darjeeling - Darjeeling - Nearly 110 kilometers 4 hours drive – At an height of 2123 meters / 70001 feet lies the land of breathtaking beauty, sloping tea gardens with spectacular views of the Mount Everest is the Queen of the hills – It is also home to the famous World Heritage train – The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) - Check into hotel Evening free to roam around Mall or local Shopping center - Over Night stay at Darjeeling.
Day 9 : Darjeeling Sunrise from Tiger Hill & Local Sightseeing ( Half Day )
Early morning at around 3:45 AM drive to 8000 feet / 2440 meters through primitive forests of oak, magnolia to Tiger Hill to view sunrise over Kanchenjunga Peak (subject to clear weather) – On the way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Peace memorial & Batasia Loop – Back to hotel - After breakfast half day city tour includes Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Ropeway, Tensing Gumpo Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center (Closed on Sunday), Tea Estate, Natural History Museum (Sunday Closed) etc– Back to hotel – Evening free to stroll around the Mall area or Chowk Bazaar - Overnight stay at Darjeeling.
Day - 10 : Departure – Darjeeling to Bagdogra/NJP
Morning breakfast - After breakfast transfer to Bagdogra Airport (IXB)/NJP- Nearly 90 kilometers 3 hours drive – Guest are advised to start early and not to rush - Forwarding Journey.