ARRIVE BAGDOGRA - GANGTOK (125 KM / APPROX.5 HOURS DRIVE)
GANGTOK - KALIMPONG (80 KM / APPROX. 3 HOURS DRIVE)
KALIMPONG - DARJEELING (70 KM / APPROX. 3 HOURS DRIVE)
DEPART DARJEELING - BAGDOGRA(70 KM / APPROX.3 HOURS DRIVE)
- Return airfare in economy class as per ex hub.
- Accommodation in the hotels listed or similar.
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Transportation as specified in the itinerary by non a/c Toyota Innova / Scorpio on seat in coach basis. The vehicle is as per the itinerary and not at disposal basis.
- Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Local tour co-ordinator during the tour.
- 01 bottle of mineral water per person per day.
- Travel insurance.
- All current applicable taxes i.e. Hotel tax and Transportation tax.
- Train or bus fare from / to your originating city of stay, unless specified.
- Any meals / en route meals unless specified.
- Items of personal nature viz, tips, porterage, room service, laundry, mineral water, alcoholic or non alcoholic beverages, phone calls, pony / horse rides, rafting, cable car / ropeway rides, helicopter rides, additional sightseeing tours / excursions not included in the itinerary, still or video camera fees etc.
- Entrance fees and guide charges, where ever applicable.
- Any increase in fuel cost, government taxes, entrance fees, intra and interstate taxes etc, the tour price will be amended in accordance.
- Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
- Supplement charges applicable for festive seasons / long weekends.
- Goods and Services Tax of 5%.
Gangtok is the capital city in Sikkim and also the largest in terms of area. The state is rich in biodiversity, scenery and culture. Sikkim has many beautiful lakes dotting its landscape. Most of the lakes in Sikkim are considered sacred and are revered by the people. Darjeeling is a town in the Indian state of West Bengal which is draped over a steep mountain ridge, surrounded by tea plantations. For the adventure lovers there are superb treks which trace ancient trade routes and provide magnificent viewpoints. Darjeeling is also well known for its tea industry and eco-tourism.Read Less
- Travel to the beautiful Tsomgo Lake.
- Enjoy a city tour of Gangtok.
- Explore Kalimpong on a city tour.
- Witness the spectacular sunrise from Tiger Hill.
- Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Darjeeling.
Sikkim has been given many names. The Lepchas, original inhabitants of the land called it Nye-mae-el ‘paradise’. The Limbus named it Su Khim or ‘new house’ while to the Bhutias it was Beymul Demazong ‘the hidden valley of rice’.Today, travelers embarking on a journey of Sikkim discover a mystical wonderland of spectacular natural beauty. The panoramic perfection of the snow-capped Himalayas, the heady scent of flower-bedecked meadows, the vibrant culture and joyous festivals, the infinite variety of its flora and fauna makes it a holiday that is at once fascinating and challenging.The crowning glory of Sikkim is Mt. Khangchendzonga, the third highest mountain in the world. With magnificent snow and ice scenery it is often regarded as the undisputed monarch among the peaks of the world. But for the Sikkimese Khangchendzonga is much more than a mountain and is revered as the abode of their guardian deity Dzo-nga.
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General Info and History:
Gangtok the capital and the largest town of the Indian state of Sikkim. The precise meaning of the name Gangtok is unclear, though the most popular meaning is “hill top”. It is very widely known and esteemed for its scenic beauty and striking views of the mount Kanchenjunga, 3rd highest peak in the world. The hospitality industry is the largest industry in Gangtok as the city is the main base for Sikkim tourism. Today, Gangtok is a centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning, with the presence of several monasteries, religious educational institutions, and centres for Tibetology.
- Best season to visit Gangtok enjoys a gentle, moderate climate all year through. The best time to visit the place is from September to June.
- Climate / Temperature Most of the inhabited regions of Sikkim experience a temperate climate, with temperatures seldom exceeding 28 degree C (82 degree F) in summer. The average annual temperature for most of Sikkim is around 18 degree C (64 degree F). Sikkim is one of the few states in India to receive regular snowfall.
- Local Language English and Hindi are also spoken and understood in most of Sikkim. Other languages include Dzongkha, Groma, Gurung, Limbu, Magar, Majhi, Majhwar, Nepal Bhasa, Rai, Sherpa, Sunuwar, Tamang, Thulung, Tibetan
- Local Transport Taxis are the most widely available public transport within Gangtok. Most of the residents stay within a few kilometers of the town center and many have their own vehicles such as two-wheeler and cars
- Do Drul Chorten
Do Drul Chorten is the biggest and the most important stupa in Sikkim. It is located near Gangtok. It is the most important tourist spot in the East Sikkim. There are about 108 prayer wheels (Mani-Lhakor) in this chorten. There are some mantras have been engraved in these prayer wheels; by turning these prayer wheels, the devotees can read and chant these mantras.
- Rumtek Monastery
Rumtek Monastery consists of numerous sacred things; one of the most glorious things is the Golden Stupa that holds the treasured relics of His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa. & also it is known as Dharma Chakra Centre. From its location on a hilltop.
- Ganesh Tok
Ganesh Tok is a very small temple located next to the television tower on the hillock on Gangtok-Nathula road. This temple is devoted to lord Ganesh. It is so small; it can just accommodate one person. One must crawl to get into the temple.
Kanchenjunga is the World’s 3rd highest peak, which is the most monolithic and striking mountains of the World, and it is still a virgin peak. The three territories surrounds Kanchenjunga are Sikkim (in the south and east), Nepal (in the west), and Tibet (in the north). The view of Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling is the best in the world. The word “Kanchenjunga” is a Tibetan word, which means “five treasuries of the great snow”.
- Tsomgo Lake
Tsomgo Lake is located in the north eastern part of Sikkim. It is situated 35 km away from Gangtok on the Gangtok-Nathula highway, which makes a role of the erstwhile trade route from India to China. The cool and tranquil water harmonies with the beautiful scenery around it attract so many visitors. During the winter season, the lake would be in frozen condition. A moderate-sized temple of lord Shiva is present on the lakeshore. Many beautiful flowering plants like primula and other plantations like alpine add beauty to the lake.
- Tashi Viewpoint
Tashi view point is one of major tourist attraction in Gangtok and is known for the views.It is circular place(at most four persons can stand in that) and gives close picture of Kanchenjunga on clear days.The best time to take Kanchenjunga pictures from here is morning between 5-7 am and evening between 6.30 to 7.30 pm.
Shopping / clothing:
The main shopping areas in Gangtok are the Old market, New market and Lal market from where you can buy curios and gifts bearing a typical Sikkim touch. Handicrafts are popular gift items, which you can buy at reasonable rates from the Government institute of Cottage Industry. Canvas wall hangings depicting paintings on Sikkim like religious processions, face profiles of tribal make beautiful souvenirs. Traditional items like thangkas or religious scrolls and choktsees or collapsible wooden tables with intricate local Tibetan designs are popular. Tibetan woolen carpets with beautiful patterns and designs are also available. Exquisite jewelry carved and inlaid with precious stones and brilliant gold. The main shopping areas in Gangtok are the Old market, New market and Lal market from where you can buy curios and gifts bearing a typical Sikkim touch. Handicrafts are popular gift items, which you can buy at reasonable rates from the Government institute of Cottage Industry. Canvas wall hangings depicting paintings on Sikkim like religious processions, face profiles of tribals make beautiful souvenirs. Traditional items like thangkas or religious scrolls and choktsees or collapsible wooden tables with intricate local Tibetan designs are popular. Tibetan woolen carpets with beautiful patterns and designs are also available. Exquisite jewelry carved and inlaid with precious stones and brilliant gold and silver work are fascinating. These ornaments come in the forms of earrings, pendants and finger rings. The big cardamom or bari klachi will be a nice spicy remembrance from Sikkim.Sikkim Tea with its exotic taste and flavor are ideal gifts to carry home from Gangtok.
- FAMBONG LA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY This sanctuary is located at a distance of 25 km from Gangtok and has an area of 51.76 sq km. The main vegetation here is Oak, Katus, Kimbu, Champa with thick bamboo forests and ferns. The sanctuary is also home to large number of wild orchids, rhododendron etc. This area, being close to Gangtok is developed as a short trekking trial.
- NATHULA 56 km from Gangtok is the Nathula pass at an alt. of 14,200 feet, bordering between India and China in the Tibetan plateau. It is one of the highest motorable roads and richly covered by various species of Alpine Flora and Fauna.
Pub 25, MG Road, Gangtok. Till 11 pm. An upscale pub right in the heart of MG Road. Great drinks, tasty food (especially the Malai Tikka and Sauted Mushrooms), and an amazing ambience. The price is higher than other pubs on the street, but its definitely worth it.
Visa & Permits : In addition to an Indian visa, foreigners must obtain Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Sikkim.
The permits can be obtained from all Indian missions, Tourism Office, New Delhi, Sikkim Tourism Office, Calcutta and Sikkim Tourism Office, Siliguri on the strength of an Indian Visa.
Foreigners are issued a permit for initial period of 15 days duration on the spot without any delay provided photocopies of Passport and Visa details along with two passport photos of applicants are made available then and there.
It can be extended for further 30 days of 15 days each. The extension of permits can be obtained from Foreigners Registration Office(FRO), Gangtok and Superintendent of Police of North, South and West Districts. The FRO is located at Kazi Road, Gangtok. Phone no 223041.
For those interested in going for trekking in the interior regions of the state, you also require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) OR Protected Area Permit(PAP) which is obtainable in Gangtok from the Police Check Post and Department of Tourism which is available for certain specified area for groups consisting of 4 or more foreigners subject to the condition that the trekking program is arranged through a registered travel agency. NOTE: This permit is issued to LOCAL GOVERNMENT REGISTERED TRAVEL AGENTS ONLY. While travelling in Sikkim don’t forget to get your passport stamped at all check post.
It is customary to tip waiters, porters and guides. Most hotels include a service charge on their bills. Where this is not done, a tip of 10 % is customary. Tipping of taxi drivers is not customary.