Best Sikkim Tour for 12 Nights/ 13 Days featuring the most prominent places of Sikkim including NJP Railway Station/IXB Airport – Kalimpong - Gangtok (Trip to Tsonmgo Lake + Baba Mandir) - Excursion Thangu & Chopta – Lachung Pelling Darjeeling – NJP - Bagdogra
Duration : 12 Nights / 13 Days
Destination Covered : NJP Railway Station/IXB Airport – Kalimpong - Gangtok (Trip to Tsonmgo Lake + Baba Mandir)- Thangu & Chopta – Lachung - Gangtok - Pelling - Darjeeling - NJP - Bagdogra
DAY 01 : NJP RAILWAY STATION / IXB AIRPORT (85 KM/03 HRS DRIVE)
Upon arrival at NJP station or Bagdogra airport, you are met with our company's representative and proceed to Kalimpong. On arrival, check-in at your pre-booked hotel. Acclimatize to the weather. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 02 : KALIMPONG SIGHTSEEING TOUR
After breakfast at the hotel, a sightseeing tour of Kalimpong starts. We will visit the Durpin Hill, wherein you can explore the magnificence of the famous Zong Dog Palri Fo- Brang Monastery that belongs to the same Buddhist sect as the present Dalai Lama. Later, proceed to other tourist destinations like Jelapla View Point, Pine View Point, Chitra Bhanu, Kalim Temple, and Dr. Graham's Homes Complex. Also visit the Delo Hill (5556 ft), the highest point in Kalimpong. From here you can witness the entire Kalimpong, glorious Mt. Kanchenjunga, surrounding villages along with the Relli Valley on one side with the Teesta River on the other.
After finishing the city tour of Kalimpong, return to the hotel, and then if you wish can explore the colorful Haat Bazzar of Kalimpong. This market is held twice a week – Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can come closer to the culture, art & crafts, and the cuisine of West Bengal. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kalimpong.
DAY 03 : KALIMPONG - GANGTOK (80 KM/03 HRS DRIVE)
Today after breakfast, check out from the hotel. Later drive to Gangtok. Upon arrival, check-in at your pre-booked hotel. After freshen up, go for a sightseeing tour of Gangtok including the visits of the Rumtek Monastery, Banjhakri Falls, Institute of Tibetology, Do-Drul-Chorten and Flower Exhibition Centre. After the sightseeing, return to the hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 04 : GANGTOK (Trip to Tsonmgo Lake + Baba Mandir)
Today early morning drive to Tsonmgo Lake (12400 ft), which is located 40 km from Gangtok. Tsonmgo is about 1 km long and 15 m deep sacred lake. Later, we will pay a visit to Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, which is 16 km away from the lake. Later drive back to Gangtok. Evening free at your leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 05 : GANGTOK – LACHEN ( 125 KM/06 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, drive to Lachen. En-route visit Tashi View Point, Kabi Lungtsok, Naga Waterfall, and the confluence of Lachen Chu and Lachung Chu River at Chungthang. We will halt en-route for lunch and then will continue our drive to Lachen. Upon arrival, check into a hotel. Overnight stay at Lachen.
DAY 06 : EXCURSION THANGU & CHOPTA – LACHUNG
Early morning after breakfast we will go on an excursion to Thangu & Chopta Valley. Situated at an altitude of 14000 ft the place dwells in a very broad valley at the seam of the Thangu Chu, Chopta Chu & Lassur Chu. The valley is worth visiting during June and July when the natural beauty of the place is portrayed at its best. Further, in December – January you can play in the snow or can walk across the meandering frozen Chopta rivers.
Return to Lachen for lunch. Thereafter, leave for Lachung and visit some beautiful waterfalls like Twin Waterfalls & Bhim Nala Waterfalls on the way. Upon arrival, check into a hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 07 : LACHUNG –YUMTHANG EXCURSION (24 KM & 11,800 FT))
Today again excursion to Yumthang Valley. It is popularly known as the Valley of Flowers, it is also a grazing pasture where villagers take their cattle during summers. (The Valley remains closed between December to March, due to heavy snowfall).
As you enter the valley, you will come across a breathtaking view. Yumthang is a flat grassy valley with a rivulet flowing through it. Further, lofty mountains covered with trees and vegetation on both sides add a charm to the beauty of the valley. Herein you will be greeted by a variety of flowers, especially the Himalayan Yellow Poppy that is only found in the high regions.
Return to Lachung for overnight stay. On the way back we will also visit the Hot Sulphur Spring. Upon arrival, check in to a hotel. After freshen up, evening free at leisure. Overnight stay.
DAY 08 : LACHUNG – GANGTOK ( 117 KM/06 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast drive back to Gangtok. En-route visit the mighty Bhim Nala (Fall) and Twin Falls. Upon arrival, check-in at your pre-booked hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in Gangtok.
DAY 09 : GANGTOK - PELLING (130 KM/05 HRS DRIVE)
Today after breakfast proceed to Pelling, located at an altitude of 6800 ft. Upon arrival, check into a pre-booked hotel. Later in the afternoon, we will go on a short village tour for knowing about the culture and livelihood of the villagers. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 10 : PELLING SIGHTSEEING
Morning after breakfast, full-day sightseeing tour of Pelling covering following places of interest Rimbi waterfalls, Sewaro Rock Garden, Khangchendzonga Waterfalls, Khecheopalri lake, Darap village, Sangachoeling, Rabdentse Palace ruins, Tigjuck Viewpoint, Gayzing Bazar, Ting Ting stone, Yuksam coronation throne, Tashiding monastery, Legship’s River dam, and Kirateswar Mahadev Mandir. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 11 : PELLING – DARJEELING ( 120 KM/04 HRS DRIVE)
This morning drive to Darjeeling (7,100 ft.). The beautiful hill station of Darjeeling is nestled among the rolling mountains with the glistening Mt Kanchenjunga towering over the azure sky. It is also regarded as the Queen of the Hills and provides a perfect gateway for those seeking to be in harmony with nature. Upon arrival at Darjeeling, check-in at your pre-booked hotel. Evening free at own leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 12 : DARJEELING LOCAL SIGHTSEEING TOUR
Early morning go to see the sunrise from Tiger Hill, followed by the panoramic views of sunrise from Mount Everest along with Kangchenjunga from the observation deck. On the way back to the hotel en-route visit Ghoom Monastery, built-in 1857 by Lama Sherab Gyatso. The monastery follows the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, and here you will find a 15 ft high statue of future Buddha. Later continue to drive towards Darjeeling via Batasia Loop. Return to hotel for fresh-n-up and have breakfast at the hotel.
Post breakfast proceeds for an excursion around the hill city visiting the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. It was established in 1954 and is one of the renowned mountaineering institutes of the world. Later, we will also visit the P.N. Zoological Park, Tenzing Rock, Tibetan Refugee Centre, and Tea Garden. Return to the hotel and on the way back visit the Japanese Temple. In the evening you are free at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 13 : DARJEELING – NJP - BAGDOGRA (90 KM/03 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, Transfer to NJP railway station or Bagdogra airport for onward journey.