On the west of Kanchanjunga Himalayan range is Nepal and in the east is Sikkim. To the north is Tibet and eastern border has Bhutan. The tiny Himalayan kingdom was merged with India about two decades ago. Before that Sikkimese kings, descendents of Choygal, ruled it.
Mountain of Sikkim is famous for its rhododendron and orchids flowers, which blooms in spring. The Kanchanjunga range in the west and several snow-capped peaks to the north makes Sikkim a special place for tourist. It is rich in cultural heritage with mixed of Lepcha, Bhotia, Limbus and many other Nepalese ethnic groups. Budhist Gompas and Hindus shrines are everywhere in this tiny Himalayan State. Some of the best known monasteries are Ralong, Phodang, Rumtek, Phensong, Enchhey and Tashiding. Among them Rumtek is most popular monastery. Rumtek monastery is located 23 km. from Gangtok. It is the seat of the Kargyu order of Tibetan Buddhism. Gyalwa Karmapa, the 16th reincarnate Lama, built the monastery at Rumtek after he escaped from Tibet and settled in Sikkim. After Gyalwa Karmapa died 17thKarmapa was reborn in Tibet. Since then Rumtek monastery has become controvery for the actual Karmapa. Like Mani Rimdu in Thyangboche (Nepal), Rumtek monastery is famous for its ritual lama dance and opera performed by the lamas.
Sikkim was chosen by Padmasambhava, propagator and initiator of Tantric Buddhism in the Himalayan kingdom, as one of the valley (bey-yul) to preserve Buddhist scriptures for posterity. History of Buddhism in the Himalayan is incomplete without Sikkim.
Tour in Sikkim make suitable combination with a short trek and cultural tour of Sikkim and Darjeeling. You can extend the tour to Nepal or travel by train to Delhi to visit Dharmasala to take to meet Dalai Lama.
Day 01: Transfer from hotel to airport for Bhadrapur and proceed by car/coach to Gangtok via Teesta(4 hrs). Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 02: Full day Sightseeing of Tsangu Lake, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok and Tashi view point
Day 03: Sightseeing in Gangtok- visit Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms, Research Institute of Tibetology, Chortens (Stupa), Rumtek Monastery and Botanical Garden. Afternoon- Drive to Darjeeling. Overnight in Darjeeling.
Day 04: Sightseeing in Darjeeling-includes Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, War Memorial, Ghoom Monastery, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Par, Ropeway, Tea Garden (Rangeet valley),etc.
Day 05: After breakfast drive for Bagdogra. Arrive Bagdogra and depart to next destination.
Bhutan Extension can be done: Siliguri-Thimpu-Paro-Siliguri. See in Bhutan portion.
Tour cost: 2 pax: US$ 630 per person 3-5 pax US$ 595 per person 6-9 pax US$ 530 per person 10-15 pax US$ 505 per person Sgl Supplement: US$ 370 Cost inldudes: 01. 4 star Hotel accommodation on MAP basis - brekfast and Dinner as per itinerary 02. Sightseeing tour according to the programme. 03.Ground transportation 04. Necessary travel permit 05. service of English speaking guide/excourt Cost does not include: 1. Visa fees, personal clothing and equipments, 2. Single supplement, airfare, 3. excess baggage, personal accident insurance, emergency evacuation cost, medical box, 4. bottled beverages, laundry, tips,
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- Price : USD 505
- Destinations : Sikkim & Darjeeling
- Max Elevation : 3500 m.
- Weather : Spring (April to May) is best time to visit
- Trip Duration : 5 days
- Trip Grade : Moderate
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