Roundtrip Sikkim Tours
Roundtrip Sikkim Tours Discover the green, varied mountain landscapes between snow and orchids of the Sikkim Himalayas up close. They are pacifist forest foragers and small crop cultivators who worship nature spirits. It was originally home to the Lepchas, a tribal people, thought to have migrated from the hills of Assam around 13th century.
This 20 days trip is an unforgettable insight into the diverse cultures, fascinating landscapes and exotic, diverse vegetation of the former Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim. Take advantage of our local contacts and many years of experience in the field.
They constitute 18 percent of total population at present. Later on, their traditional lifestyle has been severely limited by the immigration from Nepal and Tibet.This tour offers the best of our Sikkim travel modules Sikkim Classic/East, Sikkim South & West and Sikkim North.Sikkim or New house, until 1975 was an independent kingdom, following political crisis after the albeit treaty with India, was annexed to and became the 22nd Indian State. The semi-isolated Hill State of was never easy to visit and still requires an inner line permit for all outsiders. Sikkim is situated on the foot of mighty Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain on earth, the nature, we will encounter during rafting and trekking is overwhelmingly beautiful with Himalayas, green forest and many blooming orchids. During your trip you can visit the Kechopari lake, wishing lake. The water in this lake is placid and crystal clear. The trail gets easier as you traverse gently through stunted rhododendron bushes to the wide open grazing grounds.
- The best of Sikkim, passes through several tea states.
- Experience different climate zones from the subtropical to the alpine zone
- Gain insights into the cultures of Sikkim and meet the Lepchas, Bhutias and Nepali
- Views of the Himalayas at the backdrop, the Himalayan rafting trip
- Visit monasteries, temples and places of worship
- Experience an incredible botanical diversity
- Immerse yourself into Sikkims Tibetan heritage
- On request take short hikes in and around the village
|Day 01:||Arrival in Delhi|
|Day 02:||Delhi- Silgurhi|
|Day 03:||Silgurhi- Darjeeling|
|Day 05-06:||Darjeling Gangtok- Darjeeling|
|Day 08:||Darjeeling- Pelling|
|Day 18:||Darjeling Siliguri|
|Day 19:||Silliguri- Onward destination|
|Day 20:||Transfer to airport for departure|
Day01 :Arrival in Delhi
Arrival in Delhi,Transfer to Hotel. You can enjoy this day visiting Old and New Delhi including Connaught Place, the center of New Delhi built by British. Overnight Hotel. (If you want to skip flight, you have to take train this evening to New Jal Paigurhi, a night train that brings you to Silgurhi, next day morning).
Day02: Delhi- Silgurhi
You will fly from Delhi to Bagdora and then drive to Silgurhi, near the India- Nepal boarder. Overnight hotel in Darjeeling. (If you are going to Nepal first, then you have to fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar from where you will drive to Silgurhi).
Day03: Silgurhi- Darjeeling
From Silgurhi, we take jeep to Darjeeling and pass through several tea states. Overnight hotel in Darjeeling.
Perched at a height of 2134m, is the most important and organized hill- resort in Eastern India. Chowrasta is situated on the ridge above the Darjeeling town and is lined with shops and restaurants. It is an ideal place to take a relaxed stroll under watchful gaze of the mighty Kanchenjunga range. Near by you find the Mall with exquisitely designed wooden shops constructed by the British. In and around Darjeling are interesting sightseeing tours to among others: Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Museum and the Zoological Park, which shelters the most exotic breed of high altitude Himalayan fauna. In 1995 for the first time in India the snow leopard bred in captivity in this zoo. The Passenger rope way drops steeply down into the Rangit valley and is the first rope way system in India and still the longest in Asia. Overnight hotel in Darjeling.
Day05/06: Darjeling Gangtok- Darjeeling
The road to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim lies amidst forest of oak, magnolia and birch trees. En route, we visit Rumtek Monastry. This monastry of the Kargyugpa Sect of Buddhism (Red Hat) is certainly the largest in Sikkim and is an example of fine Tibetan architecture. In Gangtok you find bustling markets from the local people the Lepchas, Bhutias and Nepalese. The Research Institute of Tibetology is world famous for its research activities on Tibetan language and culture. The Phurba-Chorten is the most important stupa in Sikkim and contains a complete set of holy books, mantras, religious objects and relics. A visit to Orchid Sanctury with more than 200 species of orchids amidst beautiful landscape is worldwide. Drive back to Darjeling for overnight Hotel
On the crystal clear and deep green Rangeet river. From Darjeling we drive to the start point for our white water thrills. The Himalayan rafting trip and the waves are moderate while life jackets and helmets are provided and the guides will give you the necessary safety instructions.. From the waterside we enjoy the lush valley with fruit orchards, wildlife, flowers and butterflies. At the ending point you will be picked up to drive back to Darjeling.
Day 08: Darjeeling- Pelling
Darjeling tea is world known for its unique and delicate aroma. In Sikkim, there are total 80 plantation which gives work for 50,000 laborers and produce about 10 million kg a year. We make a spectacular jeep drive through the steep slopes of the tea-estates with stunning views of the Himalayas at the backdrop. We arrive in Pemayangtse and visit the 2nd oldest monastry in Sikkim. It was built in 1700 and rebuilt again after the earthquakes damaged it. An interesting feature of this monastry is the heavenly carved sculpture of one tree trunk. In a small cozy Hotel in Pelling, we stay for overnight.
Day 09-16: Walk-Trek
First, we drive by jeep through the tick forested hilltop up to the Kechopari lake, wishing lake. The water in this lake is placid and crystal clear. From Yukshom,the first capital of Sikkim, we start our walk trek to Bakhim; Walk through forest of oak, chestnut,fir,pine, magnolia and rhododendron. A variety of bird and butterflies also can be seen. The trail is fairly leveled with a few ups and downs till the Praigchu from where you climb steeply for an hour to reach Bakhim. We continue climbing for another hour through forest to the tiny settlements of Chokha. From here, you get the first view of Pandim (6653m). Continue through giant rhododendron forest to camp in Phedang. A steady climb for an hour brings you to Deuralidanda. The trail gets easier as you traverse gently through stunted rhododendron bushes to the wide open grazing grounds of Zongry (4000m). Early morning, go up to the ridge top passed fluttering prayers flags to get one of the most breath taking views of Kanchenjunga (8603m) surrounded by Rathong, Kabru, Pandim, Frey peak, Narshing and Jopuno. From the base camp, we return to Bakhim and Yukshum for camp.
We drive to Darjeling and overnight stay in Hotel.
Day18: Darjeling Siliguri
Overnight Hotel in Siliguri.
Day19: Silliguri- Onward destination
From Siliguri, you will be transferred to Bagdora airport for flight to Delhi, if you are going to Nepal, you will drive to Biratnagar across the boarder and take flight to Kathmandu. Overnight in Hotel.
Day20: Transfer to airport for departure.
Economic class hotel accommodation 1-2 stars, Middle class 3-4 star hotels, trek; tent, meals, guide. Middle class Hotel accommodation 3-4 star, Deluxe class 4-5 star hotels, sightseeing tours as on itinerary as on itinerary with entrance fee, rafting program with equipment/captain, walk trek: permits,2 person tents, meals, guide, cook, and porters, all transport overland, English Speaking tour escort/ driver.
Airfares, visa, airport tax, visa, travel insurance, all meals with exception in trek, specialized guides, extra entrance fee for video/camera, all personal expenses like drinks, tip etc, mountain /road rescue or any other evacuation charges, expenses incurred as a result of illness or any other unforeseen events, excess baggage charge, loss incurred due to re routing, inclement weather, floods, political disturbances like strikes, riots etc.