North, South & East Sikkim

A cultural trip curated speacially for explorers & adventurers!

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Starts at
22499 per person

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Available Dates in 2019

6 October - 13 October
(Sun to Sun)


10 November - 17 November
(Sun to Sun)


22 December - 29 December
(Sun to Sun)


Package Cost

₹ 22499 per person

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Additional Details


Inclusions:

  • Transport From Bagdogra/NJP to Bagdogra/NJP in Innova/Xylo
  • Stays in double / triple sharing in beautiful properties owned by reputed people in Sikkim who are into sensitive traveling
  • All meals included at the stays only!
  • Experienced driver, fuel costs and parking
  • All permits - Changu Lake, Nathula (if permited), New baba Mandir, Lachen, Lachung, Gurudongmar Lake, Zero point, Yumthang valley, Dzongu
  • An unforgettable time in the Himalayas

Exclusions:

  • 5% GST
  • Personal shopping and beverages
  • Tickets and adventure activities during sightseeing
  • Bad Vibes
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

Sikkim, is a mysterious hidden secret of the mighty Eastern Himalayan range tucked between Nepal, Bhutan and mainland India, is a gateway to the Hidden caves of Mt. Kanchanjunga. Besides the very intriguing mythological context, Sikkim has a rich, unexplored and untouched cultural context too!

Starting from lesser known facts, Sikkim was an independent country, until it became the 22nd state of the North Eastern border of India in May 1975. The state is a living example of overlapping cultures, lifestyles and spiritual beliefs, thriving in peace, harmony and love. It is shared by 3 major tribes - the Lepchas (the snowmen & Nature worshippers, original Sikkimese tribe), Bhutias ( the Buddhist Tibetan tribe) and Nepalis (the Hindus). We would be driving through different regions which have been home to these tribes respectively even before the merger to spend some time from our lives exchanging and sharing cultures, lifestyles, cusines, folklores, art & architecture. The trip offers a taste of a mountain city, mountain countryside, a mountain town and a village clubbed with rich history and changing landscapes with great variations in altitude and kind hearted people. It will leave you wanting to come back for more.

Without further ado lets checkout the highlights of the trip!

1. Camping experience in the jungles of Gangtok. 🏕️🏞️

2. Authentic homestay experience.🌈

3. A typical Tea garden farm house stay experience.🌱🌿🕊️

4. Guided village walks and monastery tours.🧝‍♂️

5. Picnics at the sandy beaches of North Sikkim.🏝️🏖️

6. Day hike/ Drive to the pristine hidden hot water springs.🧗‍♀️

7. Day tours to the high altitude marvels like - Nathula, Tsongmo Lake, Gurudongmar Lake, Zero point and Yumthang valley.🗻

8. Tea leaves picking and making your own batch of Black tea.☕🍵

9. Momo folding along with being a part of other cusine making.🍜🥫

10. Last but not the least - a true Himalayan living experience!🤩🤩

 

Itinerary


Day 1 - Pick up from Bagdogra/NJP and drop to Gangtok (East Sikkim)

| 145kms | 4-5hrs | 1650mts |
Gangtok, a small walkable city, buzzes with energy in the evenings. A walk on M.G. marg, the Secretariat, Kazi road, Tibet road would give a jist of this glittering mountain cityscape. A quick sneak peak at the Lal bazaars before settling in the verandah of café’s watching the clouds on their mischievous routine travelling in and out of built spaces, with live music lingering in the background.
  • Meet your host for the trip and trip guide!
  • In house bonfire to warm up the trip and conversations.

O/n Gangtok

 

Day 2 - At the border - day excursion to Nathula, Tsongmo/ Changu Lake & New Baba Mandir.

| 130kms | 6-7 hrs | 4310mts |
Soak yourself in the serene environment and rejuvenate your lungs with fresh air at the ‘Tsongmo Lake’ (‘Changu Lake’) enroute to the rugged terrain of the Indo China border.. As you would drive up towards the border the landscape changes to a dry sandy land.  Amongst the tensions between the two nations, tourism has given a chance to feel the thrill being at the border line with China. Nathula pass, was the entry from Tibet, China to India by the Old Southern Silk Route or the Tea Horse Route.
o/n - Gangtok

 


Day 3 - Lachen, North Sikkim

| 107 kms | 4-5hrs | 2700mts |
Welcome to North Sikkim!
North Sikkim is still left inhabited due to extreme temperatures and climates. Experience the tough mountain life surrounded with jaw dropping landscapes.
Lachen, North Sikkim |107 kms| 4-5hrs| – La chen – “Big Pass” was a settlement on the trade route to Tibet historicaly. Also it is the base for Gurudongmar Lake and several hikes around the region.
 
So, After breakfast, buckle up for an adventure! Start your drive from Gangtok to Lachen via Mangan (the last town in North Sikkim). North Sikkim is the land of Bhutias and Lepchas. Lepchas, the real Sikkimese tribe are nature worshippers and did not bother to interfere with any invasions. They further colonised with the ambitious Bhutias.  One would find Lachenpas and Lachungpas here in the North.
  • On arriving, check into the most beautiful homestay and freshen up with some salt tea.
  • Head for a village walk around the toen and experience art & architecture as old as 300 years!
  • Evening to liesure. 
o/n Lachen
 

Day 4 - Gurudongmar Lake (18000ft) and Lachung

Early in the morning depart for Gurudongmar Lake. Said to be the purest lakes in the world, the lake indeed overhauls your mind and the ability to process worldly affairs tranquilizing you into nature.. Believers come from far and about to circumambulate the Holy Lake and make wishes and carry some blessings.

Drive back to Lachen for a quick grub and head to Lachung - "The Small Pass" |113kms|4 hrs|

o/n Lachung

 

Day 5 - Yumthang Valley of flowers, Zero point and further drive to Dzongu - The Lepcha reserve! 

Yumthang Valley and Zero point |51kms| 2 hrs|
Nature has its own rules, shades and colours. We would be nearing autumn and this beautiful valley will be shimmering in its deep turquise blue waters. The trees covering the face of the mounatins become a pallete of arrange, yellow, red and brown. Zero point is the last resort covered with snow at the restricted area if Indiasharing borders with Tibet / China. 
After taking pictures with your snow mans, we head back to Lachung for a quick grub and then further to the beautiful and untouched land of Lepchas - Dzongu!
 
Dzongu | 72kms | 3-4 hrs|, a triangular part covered with teraaces of paddy fields in the North east bounded by River Teesta and River Tholung-chu and the mighty Kanchendzonga range in the West, the Lepcha reserve was formed to conserve the original tribe, its lifestyle and culture. Lepcha tribe unlike other inhabitants are nature worshippers and live an eco-friendly living. They left the worldly life and settled in higher and untouched mountains .
Get cozy at the homestay which has a very authentic traditional kitchen. warm yourselves up with Thongba alongside the fire. 
o/n Dzongu
 

Day 6 - A holy dip at Lingthem hot water springs and further head to Temi Tea Estates!

After breakfast, we all head to Mantam lake and the very auspicious Lingthem Hot water springs! A dip in these natural waters claims to purify your body and soul from any ailments. Also these waters help get rid of fatigue and tiredness. The perfect peaceful getaway!
Mantam Lake - it is a natural collection of pure water after a massive landslide in the year 2016. An entire face of the mountain was washed down to the river. Now a white sand beach this place is the perfect spot for picnics, camping and tenting. We will stop here for lunch and then head to Temi tea estates! 
 
Temi Tea Estates | 77kms | 3-4 hrs | (South Sikkim)– Worlds second highest tea estates after China, is a government owned and maintained tea estate which produces pure organic tea. We will be nestling in the Farm house with the Pradhan's of Temi who have been in this part of Sikkim since over generations that they can even count! Relax tonight and get ready for th elast leg of your adventure!
o/n Temi Tarku
 

Day 7 -Some local sight seeing & A day at the Farm...

Waking up to a lazy morning, after breakfast we will be heading for a guided tour into the Temi Tea Factory jutted in the middle of endless carpet of Tea shrubs further heading to Ravangla Buddha Park! This massive park has a huge Buddha statue with an illustration of the life of Buddha. a peaceful and rejuvinating walk at the park, we head back to the farm by lunch!

After an organic paltefull of Nepalies delicacies we get ready for some farm activites, where the evening will be followed by momo folding experience. Make your own treats sent from heaven and savour their explosions in your mouth!
Making momos create this small picnic, everyone ets their hands dirty and create memories that will never be forgotten. Evening to leisure and some good vibes!
o/n Temi Tarku
 

Day 8 - Drop to Bagdogra/NJP | 114kms | 4 -5 hrs

As all good things come to an end, your hosts will bidd farewell. Depart for the airport.

Trip ends!

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I am a practicing Architect based out of Sikkim and now the founder and trip curator at All India Permit, travel & photography - a travel startup. Our team consists of avid travellers who are passionate Lawyers, Mountaineers and designers. We draw inspiration from the laws of nature to do better work in our respective fields when we are not travelling. Our way of seeing and experiencing the place hence is different and thats what we present to our guests on the All India Permit platter..

If you wish to take a step towards sensitive traveling - sensitive towards the community you visit, towards its ecology, want to contribute or give something back to the commmunity, then lets hit the road together in  the Himalayas!

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  • Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trip — full refund.
  • Cancellation between 30 days and 15 days to the start of the trip — 50% refund.
  • Cancellation less than 15 days to the start of the trip — no refund.

In case of unforeseen weather conditions, government restrictions or any other unavoidable circumstances beyond the control of the host, certain activities during the expedition or the event itself may be cancelled, or there could be change in the itinerary. In such cases, the host will try their best to provide an alternate feasible activity or a voucher will be handed over (in case of cancellation or rescheduling of event) to you. However no refund will be provided for the same.

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