A week in West SikkimItinerary Code : LS517
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Tour Highlight : Name: A week in West Sikkim Tour Code: LS517 Duration: 5 Nights 6 days Places Covered: Pelling (2 Nights), Yuksom (1 Night), Ravangla (2 Nights)
Places Covered : PellingRavanglaYuksom
Day 1 - Bagdogra Airport / NJP Station to Pelling, 145 km in 5 Hrs.
Our representative cordially receives you on arrival at Siliguri (NJP Rail Station / Bagdogra IXB) and helps you to board the car.
The city of Pelling lies in West Sikkim. At an altitude of 7175 feet, it offers excellent views of the Kanchenjungha mountain range. The road to Pelling – or Pemayangtse, as it is also popularly known – passes through many quaint villages like Rambi bazaar, the border township of Melli and Jorethang. Melli is one of the few towns in India that lies across the border of two states. Jorethang is a small town that is situated on the Rangeet river in South Sikkim. On arrival, check into your hotel. Overnight at Pelling.
Day 2 – Pelling City Local Tour
After breakfast, we will take you on a discovery tour of Pelling, which will cover some of the popular local tourist spots. Singshore Bridge is located about 33 km away. At a little over 100 M in height, it is the highest suspension bridge in India and reported to be the second-highest in Asia. With a span of over 200 M, the views when you look down and around are breathtaking. Drive further to Dentam Valley – Dentam is a small village which is another spot that offers great views of the Kanchanjungha. Visit the Alpine Cheese Factory where you can pick up some of the fine gouda cheese.
The popular Changey Waterfall looks like a thick jet of white spray falling from a height of about 300 ft. It is ideal for a photo stop. Visit the famous Pemayangtse monastery which was founded in 1705. Rabdentse was the second capital of the state of Sikkim and remained so till 1814 AD. The ruins of the old palace and monastery are now a famous tourist attraction. End the day with a visit to the Helipad viewpoint which offers exciting, panoramic views of the Kanchenjungha range. Car service from 9 AM to 4.30 PM. Overnight at Pelling.
Day 3 – Transfer to Yuksom, 50Kms in 2 Hrs
After a hearty breakfast, check out and drive to the first capital of Sikkim, Yuksom. Situated at an altitude of 5650 Ft/ 1700 M, Yuksom forms the base for the famous Dzongri trek. En route, visit a few more famous spots - Rimbi waterfalls and Orange garden are located close to each other. Famous for orange and cardamom plantations, you can spend some time here enjoying the serenity of the Rimbi river. The magnificent Kanchanjungha Falls is a treat and perfect for a photo stop. Next, you move on to the holy Khecheopelri Lake, which is shaped almost like a footprint and is believed to be sacred by the Buddhists. It is said that the surface is always pristine as birds in the area pluck up any leaves that drift to fall on it.
On arrival at Yuksom, check into your hotel. After a quick lunch, visit Kathok Lake and Norbugang Throne. Kathok Lake or “Kathok Tsho”, is a peaceful lake that was sanctified by Lama Kathok Kuntu Zangpo – enjoy the reflection of the surrounding hills on the clear water. The Norbugang Chorten and Throne were built as commemorations of the crowning of the first Chogyal or king of Sikkim in 1642 and thus have great historical significance. Overnight at Yuksom.
Day 4 – Transfer to Ravangla, 55 Kms in 3 Hrs
After breakfast, check out and board the vehicle to Ravangla. The small and quaint tourist town of Ravangla, at about 7200 ft, is located in the South Sikkim district and situated between Gangtok and Pelling. En route, you can stop at Tashiding Monastery and Phamrong Falls. On arrival at Ravangla, check in at your hotel.
Post lunch, visit the famous Buddha Park – also known as Tathagata Tsal. In 2006, the state government and local community took the decision to build a big statue of Lord Buddha in commemoration of His birth anniversary. 130 feet tall, the majestic yet serene statue overlooks the scenic eco-garden around it and has become a must-see tourist spot in South Sikkim. After spending some time here, move on to Ralang Monastery. Legend has it that once the fourth Chogyal or monarch returned from the pilgrimage, the 12th Karmapa of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism performed a blessing ceremony where he scattered some grains from his home in Tibet. It is said that this monastery was originally built at the spot where the grains fell. Overnight at Ravangla.
Recommended: Visit the Carpet Weaving Centre in town.
Day 5 – Day tour of Temi Tea Garden and Sandruptse Statue
After an early breakfast, visit Rayong Viewpoint, a popular Sunrise viewpoint about 8 km from Ravangla, which offers a panoramic vista of the surrounding landscape. Drive further to Temi Tea Estate. Situated about 30 km from Ravangla town, it is the only Tea garden in the state of Sikkim.
Also, visit Samdruptse Statue. It is the tallest statue of Guru Padmasambhava, one of the founding fathers of Tibetan Buddhism. The massive figure overlooks the city of Namchi, glittering in its splendor when the sun’s rays fall on its gilded surface. It is perched atop Samdruptse Hill, also known as the wish-fulfilling hill. It is the perfect place for clicking photos. Back to your hotel in Ravangla for a free evening. Car service from 9 AM to 4.30 PM. Overnight at Ravangla.
Day 6 - Return to Bagdogra / NJP in 120 Kms in 4 Hrs
Check out from Ravangla and drive back to NJP/Bagdogra in time for your departure train/flight. Farewell and tour end.