A Week in SikkimItinerary Code : LS718
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Tour Highlight : Name – A Week in Sikkim Tour Code : LS718 Duration : 6 Nights 7 days Places Covered : Gangtok (2 Nights), Ravangla (1 Night), Yuksom (1 Night), Pelling (2 Nights)
Places Covered : GangtokPellingRavanglaYuksom
Day 1 - Bagdogra Airport / NJP Station to Gangtok, 125 km in 4 Hrs.
Our representative cordially receives you on arrival at Siliguri (NJP Rail Station / Bagdogra IXB) and helps you to board the car.
The exciting journey to Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, runs through the winding road cutting across the valleys, hills and villages and follows the course of Teesta River. You enter Sikkim through the Rongpo border and soon reach Ranipool. From Ranipool climb up towards Gangtok about 10 km away.
Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim. It is a modern city but with a great history and tradition. At 1,650 meters, Gangtok offers excellent weather throughout the year and offers multiple tourist attractions in and around the city. We assist you to check-in at the hotel. Overnight at Gangtok.
Recommended: Visit to M.G Marg, the main promenade of the city. There are plenty of shops and eateries in the nicely decorated road where locals and tourists visit during the evening. Visit to MG Marg is to be self arranged and not included in our cost.
Day 2 – Tsongo Lake Day Tour
After a heavy breakfast, we take you to the famous Tsongo Lake at 12000 ft (3600M). We start around 8.30 AM in the morning from the hotel. You have the whole day to enjoy the snow and Yak ride at the scenic high altitude alpine lake near Indo-Tibet border. The 1 km long and 15m deep lake is considered sacred to the local people. The pristine clear water remains frozen during winter. Have fun with snow and enjoy an exciting Yak ride around the lake. Back to Hotel by 2.30 PM for lunch and have a leisure afternoon or roam around the market for personal activities. Car service from 8.30 AM to 2.30 PM.
Recommended: Trip for Indian tourists to legendary Baba Mandir and Nathula Pass on Indo-China border can be arranged on specific days on specific request with add on cost.
Day 3 - Gangtok to Ravangla, 75 Kms in 3.5 Hrs
After breakfast, check out and board your vehicle for Ravangla. The small and quaint tourist town of Ravangla, at about 7200 ft, is located in South Sikkim district. The drive will take you through Ranipool and Singtam. On arrival, check in to your hotel.
Recommended – En route, you may wish to visit Temi Tea Estate and Samdruptse Statue. Temi is the only tea garden in Sikkim. Samdruptse statue is the tallest statue of Guru Padmasambhava, one of the founding fathers of Tibetan Buddhism. The detour would be at an additional cost.
Car service from 1 PM to 4.30 PM. Overnight at Ravangla.
Day 4 – Half Day Ravangla Tour and Transfer to Yuksom
After a hearty breakfast, 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.
Transfer to Yuksom, 55 Kms in 3 Hrs - 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, you can stop at Tashiding Monastery and Phamrong Falls. On arrival, check-in at your hotel. Overnight at Yuksom.
Day 5 – Sightseeing and Transfer to Pelling
After an early breakfast, check out and board the vehicle to visit Kathok Lake and Norbugang Throne. Kathok Lake or “Kathok Tsho”, is a peaceful lake which 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.
Yuksom to Pelling, 50 Kms in 2 Hrs - Proceed to Pelling, which is also known as Pemayangtse. At an altitude of 7175 feet, Pelling offers excellent views of the Kanchenjungha mountain range. En route, visit a few famous spots - the holy Khecheopelri Lake, which is shaped almost like a footprint and 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. The magnificent Kanchanjungha Falls is a treat and perfect for a photo stop. 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.
On arrival at Pelling, check into your hotel. Overnight at Pelling.
Day 6 – 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 which 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 7 - Return to Bagdogra / NJP in 145 Kms in 5 Hrs
Check out from Pelling and drive back to NJP/Bagdogra in time for your departure train/flight. Farewell and tour end.