North Sikkim with Darjeeling Gangtok in 9 DaysItinerary Code : LS902
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Tour Highlight : Name: North Sikkim with Darjeeling Gangtok in 9 Days Tour Code: LS902 Duration: 8 Nights 9 days Places Covered: Darjeeling (2 Nights), Gangtok (2+1 Nights), Lachen (1 Night), Lachung (2 Nights)
Places Covered : DarjeelingGangtokLachenLachung
Day 1 Bagdogra Airport / NJP Station to Darjeeling, 75 km in 3 Hrs.
Our representative cordially receives you on arrival at Siliguri (NJP Rail Station / Bagdogra IXB) and helps you to board the car.
The journey to Darjeeling (Alt 6825Ft / 2050M) follows the traditional Hill Cart Road that runs all along the forested hills, small villages and beautiful tea gardens. On the way, you might have a chance to see the famous Toy train chugging its way on the zig-zag track. Take a short break at Kurseong to see the beautiful valley covered with lush green tea garden and proceed to Darjeeling. The Queen of the Hills – greets you with all its grandeur: the great view of mountains and valleys dotted with tea gardens and forests, and a blend of traditional heritage and modern cultures. Check into your hotel. Overnight at Darjeeling.
Day 2 Local tour in Darjeeling
Early morning visit to Tiger Hill at 8442ft above sea level to experience the unforgettable sight of Sunrise over the Kanchenjunga Mountains. Visit Ghoom Monastery – one of the oldest Monasteries in Darjeeling on your way back to the hotel. Car service from 4.00 AM to 7.30 AM
Recommended - The Batasia Loop, a spiral railway track which enables the popular toy train to make a descent of about 1000 Feet, also features a memorial in homage to the Gorkha soldiers who fought for our country. You will get a majestic view of the entire Darjeeling town and the mountain range from the Loop.
After breakfast visit Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park (Closed on Thursday) to see some rare collections of high altitude Himalayan species like Snow leopard, clouded Leopard, Siberian Tiger, Red Panda and many rare mammals and birds in the natural surroundings. Visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday) to see the priceless collection of mountaineering gears used by legendary climbers in the Himalayas. After that, we take you to the Tea garden on the undulating valleys for viewing the scenic landscape and tea plucking and processing (seasonal) then proceed to Tenzing Rock and Gombu Rock for some fun rock climbing activities. Now we take you to Bhutia Basti to procure the traditional handicraft items made by the local people. Visit the Japanese Temple dedicated to Lord Buddha and constructed in 1972. If you are lucky, you may be able to witness the puja at the time of your visit. Nearby is also the Peace Pagoda which has 4 avatars of Buddha, in the postures of sleeping, sitting, standing and meditating. Climb up the stairs to the top of the pagoda for a panoramic view. Back to Hotel for Lunch. Car service from 9 AM to 1 PM. Overnight at Darjeeling.
Recommended: Free afternoon to roam around the local market for shopping and a leisurely evening at the Mall
Day 3 Darjeeling to Gangtok Via – Peshok Road – Teesta and Rongpo
Today after breakfast we drive to Gangtok (Alt 5550Ft / 1675M) in East Sikkim. The exciting journey runs through the winding road cutting across the valleys, hills and villages and follows the course of Teesta River. Take a refreshing break at the “Lovers View Point” at Peshok Road and watch the magnificent bird’s eye view of the confluence Teesta and Rangit rivers. 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 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 MG Marg is to be self-arranged and not included in our cost.
Day 4 – 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 5 – Travel to Lachen via Mangan and Chungthang, 130 km in 7 hours.
This morning drive to Lachen in North Sikkim (Alt 9175Ft / 2750M). On the way, visit Singhik, Seven Sisters Waterfall and stop for a while at Chungthang village, situated at the confluence of Lachen and Lachung rivers. You can take a lunch break en route. On arrival, check into your hotel. Overnight at Lachen.
Day 6 - Lachen to Thangu, Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake (for Indians Only), Total 120kms in 6hrs – Early morning drive to Thangu Village (Alt 13625Ft / 4100M), a remote high altitude village of Tibetan Nomads and proceed further to Chopta Valley (Alt 13325Ft / 4000M) to get some breathtaking views of the alpine valley of frozen rivers. From Chopta Valley, drive for another 30kms in 1.5hr to Gurudongmar Lake (Alt 17375Ft / 5225M) close to Tibet Border, one of the Highest and biggest freshwater lakes in Sikkim. As the air at this altitude is quite thin, it is advisable to linger here for a very short while before heading back. Back to Lachen for Lunch.
Lachen to Lachung, 50kms in 2.5hrs – Check out from Lachen and drive further to Lachung (Alt 8075Ft / 2425M), once again travelling via Chungthang Confluence and Vimnala Water Falls. Check-in at the hotel. Free evening. Overnight at Lachung.
Day 7 - Lachung to Yumthang Valley Excursion 25kms in 1.5hrs (One Way)
Early morning drive to Yumthang Valley (Alt 11925Ft / 3575M), an Alpine flower valley in North Sikkim. In the springtime, it is a flourishing green vale covered with flowers of many different varieties, chief among them being rhododendrons. In winter, the same valley is blanketed with snow and becomes an ethereal image in white and brown. Enjoy the scenic landscape and walk down to the Hot springs which are supposed to carry medicinal value. Drive back to Lachung for Lunch. Free evening to roam around the village and river valley. Overnight at Lachung.
Recommended: Trip for Indian tourists to Yumesamdong Valley (Alt 15750Ft / 4725M) - From Yumthang Valley you can drive for another 30kms in 1.5hr to Yumesamdong or Zero Point close to Tibet Border on specific request with add on cost.
Day 8 - Lachung to Gangtok, 125kms in 5hrs
Check out from Lachung and drive back to Gangtok (Alt 5550Ft / 1675M) via Chungthang. Check-in at the hotel by late afternoon. Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 9 - Return to Bagdogra / NJP in 130 Kms in 4 Hrs
Check out from Gangtok and drive back to NJP/Bagdogra in time for your departure train/flight. Farewell and tour end.