From the entwined mountains peeps the dazzling sunshine, which defines the aura of Northeastern India. Nestled in the lap of nature, Darjeeling is famed for its expansive tea gardens, lofty peaks and the world-famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Gangtok, on the other hand, is the fulcrum of Tibetan Buddhist culture and is home to several monasteries, temples and flower nurseries. Such a mix of natural and cultural attractions makes Northeastern India, a tourist hotspot.
Detailed Day Wise Itinerary
Day 1 – Bagdogra/NJP to Gangtok 125 kms 4 hours approx.
Welcome on arrival at Bagdogra Airport / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and transfer to Gangtok (114kms/4.5hrs). At an altitude of 5500ft Gangtok is the capital of the state of Sikkim, a beautiful and clean town promising of the best monasteries and landscapes. Evening free for individual activity and leisure, overnight at hotel.
Day 2 – Excursion Trip to Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir
After breakfast, start for a half day trip to Tsomgo lake (12400ft), 32kms from Gangtok City. The lake is almost about 1Km long, oval in shape and 15 mtrs deep. The lake is considered sacred by the local people; further 12Kms visit the Baba Mandir dedicated to the memory of soldier Harbhajan Singh. Evening free at Gangtok for shopping and individual activity.
Day 3 – Gangtok to Lachung (125 kms / 6 hrs)
After breakfast pickup from your hotel at Gangtok and Transfer to Lachung (117Kms/6.5Hrs), en-route sightseeing at Singhik View point, Chumthang Valley, Twin Falls and Vima Falls. Evening free to explore the beautiful Himalayan village by your own. Overnight at Hotel.
Lachung, which means ‘small pass,’ is a picturesque town in North Sikkim. Situated close to the Indo’ China border, tourists have to get permission from the government before visiting this breathtakingly beautiful hill station. At the top of your list of places to visit should be the Lachung Monastery, which was built in 1850. It is surrounded by apple orchards, and coincidentally, Lachung is famous for its apples as well as peaches and apricots. The handicraft centre has an interesting selection of exquisitely woven rugs and blankets for those who wish to shop. The Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, with the Yumthang Chu flowing through, is a place of beauty and is a good place to visit for a leisurely and scenic stroll. Visitors to Lachung often plan to stay for a night before continuing on to the Yumthang valley, which is a grazing paradise for yaks. All the same, visiting the beautiful Lachung is highly recommended for those looking for peace and relaxation, while surrounded by forests and mountains.
Day 4 – Lachung to Gangtok
Early morning after breakfast start for half day excursion trip to Yumthang Valley, en-route visit Hot Spring and Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary. Some photographs of the natural scenes of Switzerland and Yumthang valley are very hard to distinguish. Yumthang, which is at an altitude of 12,000 ft., is situated about 135 km from Gangtok. April and May promises colorful flowers & Orchids, where as November end to March usually sees snows. Transfer back to Gangtok . Overnight at Gangtok hotel.
Day 5 – Gangtok – Bagdogra/NJP (125 kms /5 hours approx.)
Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Bagdogra/NJP in time for flight/train to onward destination. Tour ends with lifetime memories to cherish !