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Sikkim Adventure Trip

Sikkim Travel PackagesSIKKIM is the hidden Himalayan Kingdom, nestling in between Nepal and Bhutan. Bhutias, Lepchas and the Nepalese immigrants are the people who inhibits the Buddhist dominated culture of Sikkim.

The lush green valleys of river Teesta, Rangpo and Rangit are the playground for the diverse fauna, with a few species exclusive to Sikkim like snow leopard, red panda and clouded leopard. Its flora is as rich, with nearly a thousand species of orchids having been identified.

Lepchas - the native people of the state, used to inhabit in the entire area of Sikkim till the 17th century. The conflicts within various sects of Tibetan Buddhism led to the coming of followers of the Red Hat Sect - Nyingma pa to Sikkim. This eventually pushed Lepchas to the central part of the state. Lepcha dwellings are usually made of bamboo and are raised on stilts. Lepchas are very fond of archery and are good hunters. Lately, they had left their own Bon faith and now follow Buddhism.

Nepalese cultivators were brought in by the influential Nepalese traders, with due permission of the 7th Chogyal (King of Sikkim). These cultivators came in large numbers and cleared substantial hilly tracts in entire Sikkim except the northern region. Due to their expertise in hill cultivation, cardamom became a major cash crop of the region.

Third highest mountain of the world, Kangchendzonga, 8598 mts, majestically towers over all other mountains in its vicinity and can be seen from every other elevated part in Sikkim. Kangchendzonga is revered as a deity by the Sikkimese people. Even though the mountain had been climbed several times since 1977, but still climbers have returned back a few feet short of the summit. This token gesture had been followed by the climbers so as not to hurt the religious feelings of the Sikkimese people. The other famous peaks seen are Kabru North and Kabru South 7338 & 7317 mts, Talung 7349 mts, The Twins 7350 mts, Nepal Peak 7168 mts.


Duration: 16 nights / 17 days

Destinations Covered: Delhi - Bagdogra - Gangtok - Phodong - Singhik - Namprithang - Lachung - Yumthang - Lachen - Gangtok - Tashiding - Yoksum Kechopari Lake - Pemayangtse - Pemayangtse - Kalimpong - Darjeeling - Sandakphu - Bagdogra - Delhi

Red Fort, Delhi Travel PackagesDAY 1: DELHI / BAGDOGRA / GANGTOK
Arrive Delhi, you will be met at the International Airport and transferred to the Domestic Airport for flight to Bagdogra. Met on arrival and drive for 5 hrs to Gangtok. Half of the way to Gangtok is in the low-lying plains of the river Mahananda and Teesta in West Bengal. We pass through lush green Mahananda Sanctuary. The entry point to Sikkim is "Rangpo" from where onwards the next 40 kms drive is through East Sikkim and you arrive in Gangtok. Overnight at hotel.

Gangtok has been the capital of Sikkim for nearly a century now and is nestled on both sides of a solitary ridge. Near about 50,000 people live in this upcoming town, the only one of this size in the entire state. One can witness a blend of modern and traditional Tibetan style architecture in most of the buildings of Gangtok. In other parts of Sikkim as well, the Tibetan architectural influence is seen in the form of pagoda type roofs with intricately designed welcome gates at all major entrances. Wayside resting sheds have pillars with painted dragons curling themselves.

Proceed to Rumtek monastery, 24 kms away, which belongs to Kagyu-pa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. This monastery was built in 1959 and is an exact replica of Tsurphu monastery of Kham region in Tibet. In 1959, when the 16th reincarnated Gyalwa Karmapa came to Sikkim, he brought most of the religious treasures of the Tsurphu monastery and restored the same in Rumtek. Mural work here is exquisite and depicts the Tibetan style of religious paintings. Within monastery complex is a school built on modern lines to impart teaching in Tibetan and various aspects of Buddhism. Above the monastery is a hermitage in which monks go under complete seclusion for meditation for period upto 3 yrs. The main puja (or dances) of Rumtek, also known as Tse-Chu Chaams are held on the 10th day of 5th month of Tibetan calendar that is around the month of June. Evening is free to explore the markets of Gangtok.

In the morning we leave for Phodong, a drive lasting less than 3 hrs. We visit the Phodong monastery GangtokTravel Packagesbelonging to Karma pa lineage of Red Hat sect. First built in early 18th century this monastery has mainly black mural work depicting various Demonic deities dismembering miscreants in the bowels of hell. Also visit the ruins of 3rd capital of Sikkim, Tumlong. Proceed further for a glimpse of a Lepcha village at Singhik. Overnight in Tourist Rest House in Namprithang.

After breakfast leave for Lachung (2624 mts), one of the two major valleys of North Sikkim. Enroute, we can see Mt. Kangchendzonga with its satellite peaks in the north westerly direction. Visit Lachung monastery, belonging to Nyingma pa, Red Hat sect of Buddhism. First built in 1880, this monastery, surrounded by typical prayer flags is an important monastery of the entire valley. Overnight in Tourist Rest House.

Drive to the picturesque Yumthang meadows (3612 mts), surrounded with jagged peaks including Pauhunri (7128 mts), Donkya Ri (6190 mts). This place is also known for its sulphur hot water springs. In between Yumthang and Lachung is Singba Forest Reserve, known for being the habitat for various species of Rhododendrons. Overnight at Lachung Rest house

We trace our way back to Chungthang, the confluence point of Lachung and Lachen Chu rivers (from this place, the river is called Teesta). From here we turn in the North Westerly direction and after 6 hrs of drive we reach Lachen (2728 mts). There are number of apple orchards around this place apart from the cabbage cultivating area. Visit Lachen Monastery, first built in 1806 and which belongs to the Nyingma pa, Red Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight Tourist Rest house.

Sikkim Travel PackagesDAY 7: LACHEN / GANGTOK
Today's drive lasts for 6 hrs, all southwards, during which we traverse 3 river valleys. On the way we pass through dense vegetated areas full of rich wildlife. The streams and the rivers that we come across carry great amount of crystal clear water. On the right bank of river Teesta is the region inhabited by tribals - Lepchas, known as DZONGU whereas further westwards to it is the Kangchendzonga National Park. Overnight at hotel.

Early morning start for Yoksum, enroute visit Tashiding Monastery. Tashiding Monastery had been 1st built in 1717 and located high on a cliff in between Rathong and the Rangit river valleys. The sacred ceremony of `Bum-chu', which literally means 'a vase containing water', is held only in this monastery. It takes place on the 15th day of the1st month of the Tibetan calendar. This ceremony is reportedly being held for the past three centuries, at the same place, every year. From here to Yoksum is an hour's drive, which is also the road head for the Dzongri-Goecha La trek to get really close views of Mt. Kangchendzonga. Yoksum is the place that witnessed the coronation of the 1st King of Sikkim. Overnight in Camp.

Yoksum to Kechopari is a 2 hrs drive and we reach the lake literally meaning "Wishing Lake". There is a belief regarding the lake, it says that one cannot spot a leaf floating on the surface of water even though it is amidst dense forest. Proceed further to Pemayangtse, the most powerful monastery of Nyingma Pa sect in Sikkim. Overnight at hotel.

Sikkim Travel PackagesFirst built in late 17th century, this monastery houses a number of ancient idols (especially the ones of Guru Padmasambhava) and religious scriptures of priceless antiquity. Of all three floors, the top one is an intricately carved wooden sculpture, depicting Mahaguru's Heavenly Palace - Sangthokpalri. The other two floors have a big collection of Thangkas - the scrolls, of Chinese silk depicting the life of Boddhisatva. The thousand Buddhas as shown in the mural work is a highlight of this Monastery. Look out for great views of Kangchendzonga and its subsidiary mountains from an entirely new angle (north direction). Overnight at hotel.

Drive for 6 hrs to reach Kalimpong (1220 mts), which is just outside Sikkim. From Pemayangtse it is all downhill till we reach Teesta, a place from where it's a steep climb and we arrive in this sleepy hill resort where lies the hill district of Darjeeling. During the days when trade with Tibet was on, Kalimpong used to be the starting point on the trade route and therefore the hub of trade activities. Overnight at Hotel.

In the morning, visit the local Arts and Crafts Centre that produces and sells a wide variety of Handicrafts. We also visit Dharmodaya Vihar, which is a Nepalese Buddhist Temple with a statue of Buddha donated by Burmese Buddhists. In the afternoon leave for a 3 hrs drive to Darjeeling. Darjeeling - straddling on a ridge at 2134 mts, is the foremost place in the Himalayas, which has been exclusively developed to be known as a hill station. The most well known aspect of Darjeeling is its tea gardens. The entire population is a mixture of people from entire eastern Himalayas viz. Tibetan refugees, Sherpas, Nepalese immigrants and Bengalese. Overnight at hotel.

Visit Ghoom (Yiga choling) monastery that belongs to Gelugpa, Yellow Hat sect. It enshrines a 15 feet high image of Maitraya Buddha. Afternoon, visit a tea estate to witness the orthodox way of tea production, exclusive to Darjeeling Tea estates. Also visit the Tibetan Refugee Centre for various Tibetan curios, produced here only and see the manufacturing process in various workshops. Evening free to visit the Darjeeling bazaar for. Overnight at hotel.

Darjeeling Travel PackagesDrive for 4 hrs and we arrive at Sandakphu, on Singelila ridge which leads to Kabru, Kangchendzonga massifs apart from a number of other notable peaks above 7000 mts. Overnight in Camp.

Wake up early to get a splendid view of the entire Eastern Nepal and Sikkim Himalayas starting from Everest (8848mts), Makalu (8463 mts), Jannu (7710 mts), Kangchendzonga (8598 mts) to Chomolhari (7315 mts) in Bhutan. The notable aspect of sunrise at Sandakphu is that Everest gets the first rays of the sun and then the entire northern horizon gets studded. Leave in the afternoon for Darjeeling. Overnight at hotel.

A 3 hrs drive to Bagdogra Airport for the afternoon flight to Delhi. Met on arrival and transferred to hotel for overnight stay.

Morning sightseeing includes visit to India Gate the 42 meters high stone structure-raised in the memory of the 90,000 Indian soldiers who died during World War-1. The Rashtrapti Bhawan, official residence of the President of India, is imperial in design and has great court, spacious state rooms and elegant Mughal garden. Also visit Humanyun's Tomb, built by a widow in memory of her husband: the central octagonal chamber houses the cenotaph of Humayun and other Mughal princes. Qutab Minar is one of the most striking of all the monuments. It has 5 stories, the first three are made of sandstone, others of marble and sandstone. It is 72.5 meters high. In the evening departure transfer to the International Airport for flight back home.

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