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BEST OF NORTH SIKKIM ROAD TRIP

Experience a Journey of a Lifetime as you soak in the beauty of the Hidden Paradise on Earth called North Sikkim!

Sector: NJP/Bagdogra-Gangtok-Lachen - Gurudongmar Lake - Kalapattar - Chopta valley - Lachung -Yumgthang valley -Zero Point - Katao - Changu Lake - Nathula Pass - NJP/Bagdogra

Tour duration: 9 Days 8 Nights


Tour Program:

Day

Trip Details

1

On arrival at New Jalpaiguri Rly station/ Bagdogra Airport, we shall drive to the hill town of Gangtok in Sikkim via Peshok Tea Gardens along the river Teesta( approx. 4-5 hours).  Perched on the ridge of a hill at an altitude of 1700 mt, Gangtok is famous for its scenic beauty and spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, revered by the local populace as the Guardian Deity of Sikkim. Evening free at leisure.  Overnight stay in Hotel in Gangtok. 

2

After breakfast, we go for a sightseeing tour of Gangtok covering Ranka MonasteryBan Jakri FallsDo-Dul Chorten, Institute of Tibetology, Flower show, Ropeway and cottage industry. Evening free for personal activities & shopping.  Overnight stay at Hotel in Gangtok. 

3

After breakfast, we head to North Sikkim wherein we shall drive to the beautiful hamlet of Lachen (altitude 2,750 metres / Approx 6-7 hours). The town commands a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountains and is abundant in wildlife.  Enroute,we shall visvikit Singhik View point, Seven Sisters Water Falls and Naga Water Falls. Stop on way for lunch. We end our journey at Lachen and check into our Hotel. Overnight stay at Lachen.

4

Early morning (approx. 5:30 am), we shall go for an excursion to the beautiful Gurudongmar Lake located near the Chinese border.  The journey takes us through Thangu and Chopta valley. The road to Gurudongmar from Thangu passes through the high alpine pastures carpeted with thick rhododendron bushes.  Located at an attitude of 16890 ft, the spectacular Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world. The waters of this lake are said to have curative properties and is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.  

On way back, we shall visit Kalapatthar via Chopta Valley.

Later, we drive back to our accommodation for lunch. Post lunch, we drive to Lachung. Overnight stay at Lachung.

5

Early  morning,  we  shall  drive  to  Yumthang  Valley  (known  as  Valley  of  Flowers).  Yumthang  is  a  beautiful  destination  and  is  the  summer  grazing  ground  of  the  Yaks(1 ½ hours).  In  April/  May  /June,  the  valley  erupts  in  a  riot  of  colours  as  Rhododendrons,  Primulae  and  many  other  Alpine  Flowers  are  in  full  bloom.  A  number  of  sacred  Hot  springs  are  scattered  in  the  valley  providing  an  unexpected  opportunity  to  feel  the  warmth  of  the  water even  in  freezing  temperature. We shall continue our drive (approx. 1 ½ hours) to Yumesamdong (Zero Point), situated at an altitude of 15500 feet. Overnight stay at Lachung.

6

Early morning, we shall go for Mt. Katao excursion(approx. 1 ½ hours one way). Located around 28 kms from Lachung, Katao Valley is situated at an altitude of nearly  15000 ft. With the panoramic view of snow capped peaks of the Himalayas, it is a rival to the much sought after Yumthang in beauty. On the way back to our stay, we shall visit the Lachung Monastry(9600 ft), located near the Confluence of Lachung and Lachen rivers. Overnight stay at Lachung.

7

After breakfast, we shall drive back to Gangtok (approx. 6 hours). Evening free for rest.  Overnight at Hotel in Gangtok. 

8

After breakfast, we go on an excursion trip to Tsomgo Lake/Changu Lake (approx. 2 ½ hours). The tranquil water of this beautiful lake harmonizes with the picturesque scenery around.We shall also visit Baba Mandir, built in the honor of an Indian Army soldier, Captain ‘Baba’ Harbhajan Singh . If weather permits, we shall visit Nathula Pass, located near the Indo-China border. Nathula was once an offshoot of ancient silk route connecting Lhasa in Tibet to plains of Bengal. But the pass was closed after the war between India and China in 1962 and was reopened only in 2006. Later, we drive back to our hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel in Gangtok. 

9

After breakfast, drive to New Jalpaiguri Rly station/ Bagdogra Airport(approx. 4-5 hours) for your onward journey with memories of a lifetime!


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