Duration : 08 Nights & 09 Days Trip
Destination : Bagdora - Gangtok - Nathula Pass- Tsongo Lake, Lachung -
Yumthang Valley - Pelling - Bagdora
01: Bagdogra - Gangtok
Pick up from Bagdogra Airport/NJP Railway Station, drive Gangtok,126kms,
and 4-5 hours. hours. Bagdogra is the nearest Airport where as NJP (New
Jalpaiguri) is the closest Railway Station to Sikkim. Drive to Gangtok
passes through a lush green vegetation adjacent to it river Teesta flows
in a vibrant current. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Gangtok Sightseeing
Tour around Gangtok including Rumtek Monastery, Flower show, Institute of
Tibetology, Tashiview Point, Chorten Stupa, Banjhakri Falls. Rumtek is one
of the biggest monasteries in Sikkim, which was built in the year 1960 by
His holiness 17th Karmapa who fled Tibet due to Chinese aggression. Flower
Show houses large number of flower as well the ornamental plants of
Sikkim. During the flowering season, exhibitions and competitions are held
here. Sikkim has around 4000 species of flowering plants. Hanuman tok
situated at hilltop has a Hanuman Mandir and during the clear weather
Kanchendzonga range can be viewed at its best. Institute of Tibetology
houses large number of Buddhist scriptures as well acts as museum.
Tashiview point provides an excellent view of Mount Kanchendzonga and
far-flung North Sikkim Villages. Telescopic view of mountains is
available. Chorten stupa is situated near Tibetology. Banjhakri falls has
statues of samanist/nature worshipper priest.
Day 03: Gangtok - Tsongo-Babamandir/Nathula Pass
Day trip to Tsongo-Babamandir/Nathula Pass. Tsongo Lake, Babamandir and
Nathula are situated in same circuit in high altitude area. Tsong is at
12400 feet, Babamandir app. At 13000feet and Nathula is at 14600 feet.
Tsongo Lake is an alpine lake with lots of rainbow trout though it is a
sacred lake of Sikkim. Visitors are not allowed to do boating and entering
the lake. Baba mandir is situated much higher with a mandir established
and maintained by 17th Mountain Brigade. Baba Harbajan a soldier who
perished in a gushing river in 1960 later re surfaced to protect the
border of Indo-China. Nathula pass is gateway to Tibet and before Chinese
aggression this used to be only a silk route to Lhasa. Nathula to Lhasa is
only 470 kms. Trade is being carried out between the Tibet Autonomous
Region (TAR) and Local Sikkimese in the Indian side. Gangtok to Tsongo-Baba
Mandir drive is one of the most interesting as it provides an altitudinal
changes along with the vegetation changes. During winter the region is
full of snow. Nathula is opened for visitors on the following days:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Day 04: : Gangtok - Lachung
Gangtok drive to Lachung, 126kms. Lachung is situated in around 8600feet
with total tribal culture and is one of the remote area. Scenic beauty
while traveling to Lachung is at its best with long cascading water falls.
High mountain overlook Lachung Valley. Enroute we visit seven sister
falls, bhim nala falls.
Day 05: Yumthang Valley
After breakfast visit Yumthang valley where there is a hot spring and the
river runs through the middle of the valley. All around snow clad peak
surround the valley.Before Yumthang, Singba Rhodendron Sanctuary shelter
numerous species of Rhodendron which are in bloom during the spring time.
Yumthang valley is covered by snow clad peaks. Further we visit
Yumesamdong or locally knows as 0 point. It is located at 15000 feet. Snow
is in abundance after the autumn season.
Day 06: Lachung drive to Gangtok.
Day 07: Gangtok - Pelling
Gangtok drive Pelling, Pelling is a new tourist destination, which has
sprung up to feed the west Sikkim tourism circuit. Pelling provides
excellent view of Kanchendzonga range. Khechuperi lake which is about 13km
from Pelling is yet another sacred lake of Sikkim. It is believed that
once you visit the Lake and wish in your mind will be fulfilled. The Lake
is in the shape of a Buddha's foot and all around rich forest cover,
guards the habitats. Lake provides shelte to large number of birds.
Day 08: Pelling
Tour around Pelling including Rabdentse ruins, Pemayangtse Monastery.
Rabdentse palace ruins are covered with thick forest. It was the second
capital of Sikkim before shifting to Tumlong later to Gangtok. Pemayangtse
monastery is the premier monastery of Sikkim. View of mount Kanchendzonga
is at its best.
Day 09: Pelling drive Bagdogra/ NJP/
After Breakfast Check out hotel and drive
to Bagdogra and drop to Railway Station / Airport