8 days - 7 nights
This sure is a raod less traveled. Take an awesome road trip of 8 days exploring the stunning beauty of a unique north Indian state - Sikkim. In the shadow of mighty Kanchendzonga, world's third higest mountain, you would see some of the finest lanscapes of the World. In a series of unique expeditions, this is very special.
|Total Time||8 Days|
|Hotel Overnights||8 Nights|
|Breakfast||8 Included breakfasts|
Darjeeling hill, Tiger Hill, Kanchenjunga, West Sikkim, River Teesta, River Rangit, Pemayangtse Monastery, Khechuapari Lake, Kanchenzongkha Waterfalls, Lachen, North Sikkim Plateau, Gurudongmar Lake, East Sikkim, Rumtek Monastery, Gangtok, Changu lake, Harbhajan Baba Mandir
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Sikkim is a mystical wonderland of spectacular natural beauty. The panoramic perfection of the snow-capped Himalayas, the heady aroma of rhododendron groves, the vibrant culture of the Bhutias, the Lepchas and the Gorkhas, the Buddhist faith intermingling with Hindu belief, the infinite variety of its flora and fauna makes it a holiday that is at once fascinating, soul stirring and challenging.
The crowning glory of Sikkim is Mt. Khangchendzonga, the third highest mountain in the world. With magnificent snow scenery, it is often regarded as the undisputed monarch among the peaks of the world. Our ride through Yuksom and Pemayangtse, would offer us breathtaking views.
Sikkim is home to more than 200 Buddhist monasteries and Lhakangs; you will visit two of them during your Sikkim bike trip. The country’s premier monastery, Pemayangste, is located on a hilltop with impressive views of the Khangchendzonga range. It was built in 1705, during the reign of Chador Namgyal. The original Rumtek Monastery was damaged by an earthquake and has since been rebuilt. It is the largest of its kind in the country.
Our Sikkim tour packages are designed around the more natural attractions of the country. From the mighty River Teesta and River Rangit to the amazing Kanchenzongkha waterfalls and Darjeeling Hill, you will come face to face with everything that makes this country so beautiful. Explore the winding roads for yourself on your very own trip to Sikkim.
This ride, begins at Siliguri/Darjeeling, and covers everything essential that needs to be seen in North Bengal & Sikkim.
The highlights on the ride would be Darjeeling – the Queen of the Hills, the 18th century Pemayangtse Monastery in West Sikkim, Yuksom, the Rumtek Monastery, Tibetan Plateau, Gurudongmar Tso Lake, Chhangu Lake, Nathula Pass and the beautiful hill town of Kalimpong.
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You should plan to fly into Bagdogra Airport by morning or latest by noon. We will receive you and transfer you to the next door Hotel Marinas. After a quick lunch, we will change to riding gear and familiarise with our mounts.
We will brief you on the ride modalities the ride up the Darjeeling hill. The ride is an upward steep climb and twisty turns through lush green tea estates. We will stop at Observatory Hill for a 360 degree view of this beautiful hill town, before checking into a hotel near the Chaar Rasta.
For the tea aficionados, Darjeeling is heaven - home to some of the world’s best black tea ranging from Rs 5000/- to Rs 50,000/- for a kilo. Do take some time out to sample the variety and take some along with you.
Get ready to party tonight at Gatty’s Café or Glenary or any one of the several pubs and bars. There are live bands with great drinks and food. But do turn in by 10 pm since, you have a sunrise ride.
We ride out 45 minutes before sunrise to Tiger Hill, the highest point in this area. Weather Gods willing, we will see a dazzling sunrise view of the Kanchenjunga and the snow covered peaks of the entire eastern Himalayan range. On a clear day you can even see Mount Everest from here.
After breakfast, we ride out to Pelling in West Sikkim. The route initially takes you a steep hill down and then cuts across the lush green valleys, following River Teesta till we reach Melli - the confluence with River Rangit. Further up, we will take a well-deserved break at the view point near Melli to watch the magnificent confluence of these rivers.
Our next stop is a 300 year old Pemayangtse Monastery planned, designed and founded by Lama Lhatsun Chempo, and it will involve a short detour. We will pay homage at this important monastery which is one of the oldest in Sikkim.
We will check into our Hotel in Pelling by late afternoon. Pelling is known for serene holy lakes, old monasteries and pristine landscape. We will visit the magical Khechuapari Lake where you wishes come true, and see Kanchenzongkha Waterfalls. We then visit Yuksom, the ancient capital of Sikkim before returning to the hotel. If the time is short we may do some of these parts the next day. Treat yourself to authentic Sikkimese cuisine with Thukpa, Momos, Vegetable curry and soup. Then, snuggle to sleep in the back drop of the third highest mountain range in the world.
You are strongly advised to wake up early and catch a sunrise view of Kamnchenzongkha. Post breakfast, we brief and ride towards the capital of Sikkim - Gangtok. Enroute to Gangtok we would have a glance at the most prestigious and elegant Rumtek Monastery.
In the afternoon we will be in Gangtok, checking into our hotels. If we make good time, we would have an evening to stroll on the MG Road and check out some spicy local cuisine - Momos etc.
After some good times spend in Gangtok, the only city of Sikkim, we would now embark on a journey the most unique and holy lands of North Sikkim. This is the route it is widely believed to have been taken by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, on his journey to Tibet.
We would stop over at a small hamlet of Mangan for our permits to North Sikkim and then ride out to Chungthang on the way to Lachen. Lachen is the base for making the jouney the hallmark destination of Gurudongmar Lake.
Lachen is far and beyond and as the altitude rises, we would have to get used to lesser comforts and more adventure.
After breakfast, we ride out to North Sikkim Plateau (an extension of Tibetan Plateu).Those made of sterner stuff, can hazard a dip in the freezing Gurudongmar Tso. After lunch enroute, we ride to Lachung, the valley of the rhododendron flowers. The evening is free to visit Lachung Monastery. We stay tonight at Lachung.
We have a late morning start today, and we visit the Gurudwara at Chungthang as we head towards Gangtok once more. You could reach early today and enjoy the nightlife at Gangtok. Café Live and Loud, Pub 25 and X’cape are some of the better known hang-outs that serve great beers and international cuisine along with live music.
Having accomplished the adventurous journey to North Sikkim, you now deserve a break in the beutiful city of Gangtok. You could relax, trek to Hanuman Tok or just spend time soaking the local culture and visiting the market place.
Today you would see the beautiful East Sikkim. We brief and ride after breakfast to Changu lake, where you can switch your mount to a colourfully attired Yak.
We then head onto Nathula pass which was the exchange point for the Great Sil Route of year. Say hello to soldiers of the Chinese army and mingle with our soldiers as they guard our Northern Border.
We will then pay homage at Harbhajan Baba Mandir, a shrine dedicated to a veteran soldier. The traditions and customs of the Indian Army as well as the quaint practices of this shrine are sure to fascinate you.
We will then ride down to Kalimpong hotel or directly to Siliguri for our night stay. This would be the end of tour for those who have not opted for Kalimpong.
Cuisine suggestions : Tonight if it interests you - you may feast on authentic Nepali cuisine. Starting with Raksi, a traditional homemade moonshine alcohol, you will enjoy the earthy and fresh flavours of this mountain cuisine. Of special note is the Mismas Tarkari (Seasonal mixed vegetables cooked in a local style), Chyau ko Tarkari (Mushroom curry cooked in a traditional way), Gundruk ko Sukuti (Fermented green leafy vegetables with Nepali spices) and Saag (Seasonal fresh green leaves boiled and sautéed with spices. A local favourite is the Khukhura / Khasi /Maccha ko Ledo which is a superb rich gravy of chicken/ fish or mutton. Do try them out.
This day is added for those have have some more time and opt for a night stay at Kalimpong - yet another hamlet in mounain. In that case you would have spent a night at Kalimpong hotel, and after a lazy morning and breakfast, it’s now just a short ride returning to Bagdogra. The traffic is heavy and so we will not make good time. We will reach our hotel in the afternoon and return our bikes.
We then bid farewell to you as you fly out to your next destination.
All cancellations are valid only when communicated in writing. Any changes due to inevitable weather or flight delays etc, will be charged additional, as those prices are not included in the current quote.
Since these bookings are done well in advance, the providers lose business with cancellations. The inevitable cancellation charges are as follows-
Upgradation to single occupancy
In case a rider wants a single room to himself, the cost is an additional Rs 20,000/- ( USD 500)