DAY 1: ARRIVE BAGDOGRA / NJP AND TRANSFER TO PELLING [125 KMS/ 5 HRS]
Meet and greet at Bagdogra International Airport [IXB] / NJP Railway Station for your most awaited Gangtok Pelling Package Tour and proceed towards Pelling - your most awaited destination for this tour. Pelling is just 125 Km from NJP or Bagdogra situated in the western part of Sikkim. Located at a height over 7000 feet altitude, Pelling is a small hamlet from where one can catch the best glimpse of the astonishing Mt. Kanchenjunga.
The distance is so close that one may feel to make a sweet talk with the giant mountain peak. Here the day starts with the snowy crowns changing colors from pink to gold to white, and it ends with an indescribable shade of fiery orange. Check-in at the Hotel and the evening is free for leisure or you can stroll aroung the beautiful hamlet nearby. Night stay at the hotel in Pelling.
DAY 2: PELLING SIGHTSEEING TOUR
Your Pelling Sightseeing Tour starts today. In the morning after belly full of breakfast visit :
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 and the waterfalls.
Khecheopalri Lake - Before leaving, make an immortal wish on it. It is a very holy and sacred lake, and birds prohibit any leaves to drop on the lake. This lake is a small paradise for Photographer & Bird Explorer. Khechipelri Lake makes people spellbound with its serenity and holiness. Try to attend the Maghe Purne Festival celebrated in April by floating Diyas & offering Food.
Orange 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.
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 in Pelling.
DAY 3: PELLING TO RINCHENPONG TRANSFER [1 HR 47 MIN (45.6 KM)]
In the morning after breakfast, say good bye to Pelling and start for Rinchenpong Tour.
Literary known as the Silent Valley of Sikkim, this place is adorned with absolute natural beauty. It seems nature has made this awesome place having enough time. This newly discovered destination is located at an altitude of 5576 feet or 1,700m above sea level. Rinchenpong is not only known for the stunning view of Mt. Kanchenjungha that it offers, but also for its serenity. Heavily forested, this place seems like heaven under the clear starry sky.
Reach there, it takes merely 2 hrs to reach from Pelling. Enjoy your mid day meal in Resort / Homestay. In the afternoon take a stroll among the forestry path and innumerable fluttering praying flags. It's amazing. Overnight stay at Hotel / Homestay in Rinchenpong.
DAY 4: RINCHENPONG TO RAVANGLA TRANSFER [1 HR 59 MIN (59.0 KM)]
Post breakfast start for Ravangla, situated in the southern part of Sikkim. Ravangla, or Ravongla is a place that is growing in popularity as a tourist destination every day. Located at a height over 7000 feet and Ravangla is a small town that greets and fascinates tourists with its simplicity, serenity, and obviously, the uninterrupted view of the snowy peaks that stand like guards towards the North.
The afternoon is free to enjoy the serenity, beauty, and tranquility of Ravangla. Night Stay in Ravangla.
DAY 5: RAVANGLA SIGHTSEEING TOUR
In your Pelling Tour Package, today after early morning breakfast we will go for Ravangla local sightseeing tour including :
Namchi/Char Dham Tour - This Pilgrim Centre has a most important temple of 108 feet height on which is established the 87 feet high statue of Lord Shiva. Apart from this there are also replicas of the twelve Jyotirlingas, to offer one platform to worship for the devotees of Lord Shiva.
The visit to Solophak (Namchi) just doesn’t ends with visiting only the pilgrimage center, there is a lot more to see. There is Temi Tea Garden – the only tea estate existing in Sikkim, just a few kilometers away from Solophak (Namchi) you can also take a walk to Tendong Biodiversity Park to see the myriads of medical plants conserved delightfully by the Sikkim’s Forest Department. At just 40 kilometers away from the Solophak (Namchi) is a waterfall called Tirikhola, which is also a great tourist attraction and you love the view of this waterfall for sure.
Temi Tea Garden Tour - Sprawling on a natural hill slope originating from the Tendong Hill is the only tea garden in Sikkim. Temi’s tea is ranked among the finest international markets. Enroute you will cross Ravangla, a small township at the base of Maenam Hills and a popular tourist destination.
Samdruptse Tour - Painted in shimmering copper, pink and bronze, the 45m-high staytue 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.
Buddha Park Tour - 2006 marked the 2550 th 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. Overnight at Ravangla.
Pelling Skywalk and Sangacholing Monastery Tour - Pelling Skywalk is a new attraction and an engineering marvel and located just 3 km from Pelling town. The breathtaking view of Mt. Kanchanjhungha makes visitors spellbound from here, and you can reach the Sangacholing Buddha Statue from here. Night Stay at the Hotel in Ravangla.
DAY 6: RAVANGLA TO GANGTOK TRANSFER [2 HR 44 MIN (67.5 KM)]
Post breakfast start for Gangtok Tour. On the way visit - Buddha Park, Bon Monastery, Ralang Monastery, Ralong Hot Springs, Temi Tea Estate.
On arrival Gangtok, check in to the beautiful view rooms of the hotel well equipped with modern amenities and sink into the soft bed to get off the exhaustion. In the evening, take a stroll in the neighborhood or enjoy some hot coffee sitting at the balcony while admiring the beauty of the place. Overnight at Hotel in Gangtok.
DAY 7: TRAVEL TO CHANGU LAKE, BABA MANDIR [1 HR 33 MIN (44.4 KM)]
As the morning sores in, the warm rays of the sun knocks through the window to give a startup call for the second day. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel in its peaceful surroundings, and load the bags with dry foods before leaving for a full day trip to Tsomgo Lake with Baba Mandir / Nathula Pass Excursion.
Tsomgo Lake (12400ft) Tour - Also known as Changu Lake is an oval shaped glacial lake which is only 40 km from Gangtok City, and almost about 1Km in length with 15 meters depth. The name Tsomgo is made of two words in Bhutia Language 'Tso' means 'lake' and 'Mgo' means 'head' in a short 'source of the lake'. This high altitude lake is surrounded by snow-capped steep mountains and remains frozen during wintertime. As summer beings to step-in, the glacier melts and the lake gets its origin. The locals consider the lake to be sacred, and it reflects different colors with the change in seasons.
New Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir Tour - The Baba Mandir was built in the Memorial of Baba Harbhajan Singh or the 'Hero of Nathula', a soldier in the Indian Army. It is situated at a distance of 12Km from Tsomgo lake, and 52Km from Gangtok city. Baba Harbhajan served as a part of border patrol force, and in the year 1968 while escorting a mule column he felts on a fast-flowing stream and got carried away by the powerful water current. Soldiers found his remains after 3 days and cremated with full military honor along with a shrine on his Samadhi built as per Babaâ€™s wish, which he expressed through his friend post-death. The original bunker of Baba Harbhajan Singh is located further up near the Gnathang valley which is the Old Baba Mandir but because of its difficult terrain tourist canâ€™t reach there so they build a New Mandir for easy access. This shrine believed to have wish-fulfilling powers along with that Baba is still guarding the international border between India and China. On Sundays, a 'Langar' runs at the temple, which provides free meals to the visitors.
Nathula Pass Tour - A major mountain pass in the Himalayas in East Sikkim district, which is a corridor of passage between India and Tibet before it was closed in 1962 but reopened in 2006. Located around 56 km from Gangtok at an altitude of 14450 ft, the road to Nathula is the highest motorable roads, passes through the Tsomgo lake, and requires an entry permit to visit. The view from this international border is breathtaking and allows the tourist to get a glimpse of China on the other side along with their Chinese militants. On a clear day, the road winding down the Chumbi valley can be seen.
(Nathula Pass is closed on Monday / Tuesday and Permit depends on Weather condition). Overnight at Gangtok.
DAY 8: FULL DAY GANGTOK CITY TOUR
With the glittering rays of the sun spreading its golden hues on the little Gangtok city, the time has come to begin the day while feasting on some sumptuous breakfast before leaving for the Gangtok Full Day Sightseeing Tour.
Tashi View Point - Located in Tashi about 8 Km from Gangtok town built by Tashi Namgyal, which offers a panoramic view of Mt Kanchenjunga on a clear day with Binoculars, and Telescopes mounted at the viewpoint, which can get an unobstructed view of the mountains, and forest on the opposite side.
Gonjang Monastery - The monastery is situated 6 Km away from Gangtok near Tashi View Point. Established in the year 1981 and the founder is H.E. Tingkye Gonjang Rimpoche. He got recognition as an incarnation of Yolmo Terton Ngakchang Shakya Zangpo, a 15th-century Nyingmapa Terton. The monastery follows the Jangter tradition of the Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Do-drul Chorten - The huge Stupa or monument built by the Venerable Trullshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism, in 1945. Inside the stupa, there is a complete set of Dorjee Phurba (Vajra Kilaya), a set of Kang Gyur relic (Holy Book), completes 'Zung' (mantras) and other religious objects. Around the Chorten, there are 108 Mani Lhakor (Prayer Wheels), all of which have mantras inscribed on them in Tibetan, and they consider this place as one of the important Chorten of Sikkim.
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology - The most prestigious research institute of its kind in the World NIT is a treasure of a vast collection of rare Lepcha, Tibetan, and Sanskrit manuscripts, statues, and rare Thankas (colorful tapestries used in Buddhist liturgy). Apart from an attractive museum, it has over 200 Buddhist icons and other prized objects of art, along with a majestic image of Manjushri (Bodhisattva of knowledge and wisdom) brought from Tibet.
Hur Hurray Dara - Also known as the Nam Nang view point provides a breathtaking view of the lush green forests and the beautiful valley. This serine area is less crowded, for which it is best for a morning or an evening walk with a pleasant view of the hills in the lap of nature.
Tsukla Khang Monastery - This monastery is located inside the complex of Tsuklakhang Royal Palace of the Chogyal’s the former rulers of Sikkim, and is the most accessible monastery within the city. Built-in the typical Sikkimese style, there are exciting murals and images of the Buddhist pantheon.
White Memorial Hall - A two-storied structure with typical British architecture, the hall, was built in the year 1932. The hall gets its name not because they paint it white but as they construct it in the memory of Sir John Claude White, the first political officer of Sikkim. The hall has historical values and is situated on the ridge.
Gangtok Ropeway - One of the major attractions of Gangtok is the cable car ride at Deorali. The ropeway has 03 entry points or stops, with the lowest point being the Deorali market, Nam Nang as mid-point, and the highest point, is at Tashiling. This is a standing ride for everyone that offers a panoramic bird’s-eye view of the mountains, the valleys, the flowing river along with the mesmerizing view of the Gangtok city and snow-covered Mt. Kanchenjunga.
As the sightseeing ends for the day back to the hotel, and evening is free to roam around the MG Marg where one can taste the Sikkim delicacies at local restaurants or spend some bucks in shopping handicrafts and other items. Overnight at the hotel in Gangtok.
DAY 9: CHERISH YOUR MEMORIES
In the morning you can stroll about in the Gangtok MG Marg. Do your shopping, Later on, check out and drive to NJP / Bagdogra for return journey, and cherish your holiday forever.