Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim is located on a ridge at a height of 5500 feet. With a spectacular view of the Khangchendzonga, the town provides the perfect base for travel through the state.
Nathang, a hamlet set at an altitude of 2750 M, commanding impeccable views of the Himalayas, is famous for Lachen Monastery and Gurudongmar, the second highest lake of India.
Zuluk, Located at a height of around 10,100 feet on the rugged terrain of the lower Himalayas in East Sikkim, Zuluk or Dzuluk is a small village beside a winding road. It was once a transit point to the historic Silk Route from Tibet to India.
Pelling, a serene village nestled at 1860 M, is famous for the Pemayangtse Monastery and the majestic view of the Khangchendzonga visible from here.
Ravangla, At an altitude of 7000 ft, located on a ridge between Maenam and Tendong Hill, offers unmatched views of the Greater Himalayas.
Day 01 - Bagdogra Airport / NJP Station to Gangtok, 125kms in 4 Hrs
Meet & Greet on our arrival and drive to Gangtok(Alt.5550Ft/1675M). The picturesque Teesta follows you all the way.
On arrival, check in to hotel. You could stroll about the neighborhood or shop at MG Marg in the evening.
Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 02 Gangtok City Tour
After breakfast, start for a tour in and around Gangtok. Visit
Tashi View Point built by Tashi Namgyal, offering a panoramis view of Mt KhangchenDzonga
Gonjang Monastery, Gonjang Monastery near Tashi View Point was established in the year 1981. The founder is H.E. Tingkye Gonjang Rimpoche. He was recognised as an incarnation of Yolmo Terton Ngakchang Shakya Zangpo, a 15th century Nyingmapa Terton. The monastery follows Jangter tradition of Nyingmapa school of Tibeten Buddhism.
Do-drul Chorten, built by the Venerable Trullshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibeten Buddhism, in 1945. Inside the stupa, there are complete mandala set of Dorjee phurba (Vajra Kilaya), a set of Kang Gyur relic (Holy Book), complete 'Zung' (mantras) and other religious objects. Around the Chorten, there are 108 Mani Lhakor (Prayer Wheels).
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, The most prestigious research institute of its kind in the world, NIT is a treasure of vast collection of rare Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts, statues and rare Thankas (colourful tapestries used in Buddhist liturgy). Apart from an attractive museum, it has over 200 Buddhist icons and other prized objects of art.
Orchid House, the paradise made of orchids is located just below NIT and boasts a population of 250 exotic species of orchids.
Hur Huray Dara the Nam Nang view point provides a panoramic view of the lush forests and the vibrant green valley.
Tsuklakhang(Palace Monastery) located inside the palace of the Chogyals, the former rulers of Sikkim, it is the most accessible monastery within the city. Built in typical Sikkimese style, there are interesting murals and images of Buddhist pantheon.
White Memorial Hall, a typical british structure constructed in 1932 in memory of Claude White.
Flower Show Hall, a popular permanent exhibition of Sikkims diverse flowering fauna, located near the White Hall.
Gangtok Ropeway offering a breathtaking panoramic birds-eye view of the mountains and the valley.
Back to hotel and free evening to roam around MG Marg for shopping.
Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 03 – Gangtok to Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir and towards Nathang
After breakfast , start for a full day trip to -
Tsomgo Lake (12400ft), which is only 32 kms 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. 12 kms further visit the
New Baba Harvajan Singh Mandir. believed to have wish-fulfilling powers. On Sundays a ‘langar’ is run at the temple which provides free meals to the visitors.
Nathula Pass, was a major corridor of passage between India and Tibet before it was closed in 1962. Located around 56 kms from Gangtok at an altitude of 14450 ft, the road to Nathula, one of the highest motorable roads, passes through the Tsomgo lake. On a clear day you can even see the road winding down the Chumbi valley.
Note: Nathula Pass visit will be on direct payment basis as because it depends on availability of permit from army and weather & road Condition.
Proceed to Nathang Valley, Check in to hotel and enjoy the scenic landscape.
Overnight at Nathang.
Day 04 – Nathang to Zuluk (27 km/1 hour)
Enjoy the snowy white morning and after breakfast start for Zuluk. En route visit
Kupup Lake, Locally called Bitan Cho, it is one of the most sacred lakes of Sikkim, with high mountains and valleys bordering it. Owing to its resemblance to elephant, Kupup Lake is also known as Elephant Lake.
Nathang Valley, Located at an altitude of 13,500 feet, this lush valley was the home to traditional yak herders who came from Tibet. Few streams crisscross the valley, and prayer flags flutter on the mountain edges on this vast plain of nothingness. Nathang Valley appears in different colours in different times of the year.
Kalapokhri, India Lake in the Silk Route is located very near to Laxman Chowk at around 12500 feet, the water of this lake is so dark that it has earned its name Kalpokhari. Kal means Kaala or Black and Pokhari refers to pond or lake in Sikkimese.
Menmecho Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes of Sikkim at an altitude of 12,500 feet. Surrounded by untouched pine forests and deep slopes, Menmecho Lake is said to change colours every minute. The lake is fed by the waters of the surrounding mountains of Jelep La Pass and stays frozen from January to August. A narrow 4 kilometers winding road beside Baba Mandir would take you to Menmecho Lake.
Laxman Chawk, Laxman Chowk is wrongly called Luxmi Chowk by most. From Laxman Chowk, the RN Road divides into two – one goes to Old Baba Mandir and the other goes to Nathang Valley. Located at 12800 feet, Laxman Chowk was built in the fond memory of Lt. Col. Laxman Singh
Thambi View point, At 11200 feet, Thambi View Point offers a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Located at a distance of 14 kms from Zuluk on the famous zig-zag road (locally called Bhulbhulaiya for its 30 hairpin turns) Thambi is a roadside viewpoint that opens up suddenly to Mt. Kanchenjungha.
Lungthung, The village of Lunghthung-Dhupidara located at almost 11,500 feet is perched on a hilltop with panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjungha on one side and the winding roads of Zuluk on the other.
Yak Golf Course Located at 13025 feet above sea level, the Yak Golf Course has been listed as the World’s highest Golf Course by the Guinness Book of World Records. Initiated in 1972, the Yak Golf Course received its first makeover in 1979 by Brigadier J M Singh.
Overnight at Upper Zuluk.
Day 05 – Zuluk to Ravangla (150 km/ 5 hours)
After Breakfast start for Ravangla, the silent beauty queen of West Sikkim. You will reach by late afternoon. Relax in the serenity and tranquility of this hamlet.
Overnight at Ravangla.
Day 06 – Sightseeing around Ravangla and towards Pelling
Early Morning after breakfast go for local sightseeing tour in and around Ravangla including
Buddha Park, 2006 marked the 2550th birth anniversary of Lord Gautama Buddha. The state government in a policy decision had decided to observe the birth anniversary throughout the year in Sikkim. As a part of the celebrations, an initiative was taken by the people of Rabong to construct and install a statue of Lord Buddha at Rabong ,to commemorate the 2550th year, and also to develop the Buddhist Circuit in Sikkim.
Ralang Monastery, built by Gyaltsap Rinpoche in 1995, the huge monastery has a 9m high statue of Lord Buddha. About 200 monks of Kagyu order reside here.
Samdruptse. Painted in shimmering copper, pink and bronze, the 45m-high statue of Guru Padmasambhava lords over the forested Samdruptse ridge and is visible for miles around. Completed in 2004 on a foundation stone laid by the Dalai Lama, the statue of the hallowed Buddhist leader sits atop a giant lotus plinth and makes for a striking photo-op
8 kms from Ravangla is Kewzing Village which offers the opportunity of experiencing the rural life in Sikkim. You can stay here for some time and experience the warmth of Sikkimese hospitality.
Evening free at Pelling for individual activity and leisure.
Overnight at Pelling.
Day 07 – Pelling Sightseeing
In the morning visit to
Rimbi Waterfalls, About 12kms away from Pelling and about 5kms further down from Darap village is Rimbi River Bank which falls on the way to Khecheopalri and Yuksam where the main attractions are the river, water falls.
Sewaro Rock Garden, developed by the tourism department of Sikkim, richly maintained with rocks, gardens, pools, zigzag foot paths and interesting recreation amenities like swimming yard, viewpoints and cafeteria.
Khecheopalri Lake the holy lake surrounded by dense forests is held sacred by Hindus and Buddhists alike.
Kanchenjunga Water Falls , an hour-long drive from Pelling, is a must see natural beauty.
After lunch go for visits to
Pemayangtse Monastery, constructed in 17th century, this headquarters of the Nyingma sect nestles on an altitude of 2085 mtrs and is surrounded by snow-clad mountains.
Rabdentse Ruins, located near the Pemayangtse Monastery, this was the second capital of the Sikkim Royalty after Yuksom. The ruins of the city commands a panoramic view of Khangchendzonga and the valley.
Overnight stay at Pelling.
Day 08 - Cherish your memories
You could have the morning to yourselves to stroll about in the mall. Later on, check out and drive to NJP / Bagdogra for return journey, and cherish your holiday forever.
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