Take this awesome road trip of 8 days with My India Touring exploring the stunning beauty of a unique North Indian state, Sikkim. In the shadow of mighty Kangchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain, you would see some of the finest landscapes in the world. In a series of unique expeditions, this is very special. This sure is a road less traveled. So, join this tour in Sikkim, where nature smiles.
Skeleton Tour Plan
This ride begins at Siliguri / Darjeeling and covers everything essential that needs to be seen in North Bengal and Sikkim. The highlights of the ride would be Darjeeling, Darjeeling hill, Tiger Hill, Kanchenjunga, West Sikkim, River Teesta, River Rangit, the Queen of the Hills, the 18th-century Pemayangtse Monastery in West Sikkim, Yuksom, the Rumtek Monastery, Tibetan Plateau, Khecheopalri Lake, Kanchenzongkha Waterfalls, Lachen, North Sikkim Plateau, Gurudongmar Tso Lake, Changu Lake, East Sikkim, Gangtok, Harbhajan Baba Mandir, Nathula Pass, and the beautiful hill town of Kalimpong. Each Sikkim tour by My India Touring promises to make you feel on top of the world in every sense.
Day 1: Arrive in Bagdogra and Ride to Darjeeling
You should plan to fly into Bagdogra Airport (IXB) by morning or latest by noon. Fireballs Adventures will receive you and transfer you to the next door Hotel Marinas. After a quick lunch, you will change to riding gear and familiarise yourself with your mounts.
Fireballs Adventures will brief you on the ride modalities up the Darjeeling hill. The ride is an upward steep climb and twisty turns through lush green tea estates. You will stop at Observatory Hill for a 360-degree view of this beautiful hill town, before checking into a hotel near the Chaar Rasta.
For the tea aficionados, Darjeeling is heaven. It is home to some of the world’s best black tea ranging from 5,000 INR to 50,000 INR for a kilo. Do take some time out to sample the variety and take some along with you.
Get ready to party tonight at Gatty’s Café or Glenary or any one of the several pubs and bars. There are live bands with great drinks and food. But do turn in by 10:00 since you have a sunrise ride.
Day 2: Darjeeling to Pelling
You will ride out 45 minutes before sunrise to Tiger Hill, the highest point in this area. If the weather gods willing, you will see a dazzling sunrise view of the Kanchenjunga and the snow-covered peaks of the entire eastern Himalayan range. On a clear day, you can even see Mount Everest from here.
After breakfast, you ride out to Pelling in West Sikkim. The route initially takes you a steep hill down and then cuts across the lush green valleys, following Teesta River till you reach Melli – the confluence with River Rangit. Further up, you will take a well-deserved break at the viewpoint near Melli to watch the magnificent confluence of these rivers.
Your next stop is a 300-year-old Pemayangtse Monastery planned, designed and founded by Lama Lhatsun Chempo, and it will involve a short detour. You will pay homage at this important monastery which is one of the oldest in Sikkim.
You will check into the hotel in Pelling by late afternoon. Pelling is known for its serene holy lakes, old monasteries, and pristine landscape. You will visit the magical Khechuapari Lake where your wishes come true, and see Kanchenjunga Falls.
You will then visit Yuksom, the ancient capital of Sikkim before returning to the hotel. If the time is short, you may do some of these parts the next day. Treat yourself to authentic Sikkimese cuisine with Thukpa, Momos, Vegetable curry, and soup. Then, snuggle to sleep in the back drop of the third highest mountain range in the world.
Day 3: Pelling to Gangtok
You are strongly advised to wake up early and catch a sunrise view of Kangchenjunga. Post breakfast, you brief and ride towards the capital of Sikkim, Gangtok. Enroute to Gangtok, you would have a glance at the most prestigious and elegant Rumtek Monastery.
In the afternoon, you will be in Gangtok, checking into the hotels. If you make it in a good time, you would have an evening to stroll on the MG Road and check out some spicy local cuisine, Momos, etc.
Day 4: Gangtok to Lachen
After some good times spent in Gangtok, the only city of Sikkim, you would now embark on a journey to the most unique and holy lands of North Sikkim. This is the route that is widely believed to have been taken by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, on his journey to Tibet.
You would stop over at a small hamlet of Mangan for your permits to North Sikkim and then ride out to Chungthang on the way to Lachen. Lachen is the base for making the journey the hallmark destination of Gurudongmar Lake. Lachen is far and beyond and as the altitude rises, you would have to get used to lesser comforts and more adventure.
Day 5: Lachen to Gurudongmar and back to Lachung
After breakfast, you ride out to North Sikkim plateau (an extension of Tibetan Plateau).Those made of sterner stuff can hazard a dip in the freezing Gurudongmar Tso. After lunch en route, you ride to Lachung, the valley of the rhododendron flowers. The evening is free to visit Lachung Monastery. You stay tonight at Lachung.
Day 6: Lachung to Gangtok
You will have a late morning start today, and visit the Gurudwara at Chungthang as you head towards Gangtok once more. You could reach early today and enjoy the nightlife at Gangtok. Café Live and Loud, Pub 25, and X’cape are some of the better-known hang-outs that serve great beers and international cuisine along with a live music.
Day 7: Rest day at Gangtok
Having accomplished the adventurous journey to North Sikkim, you now deserve a break in the beautiful city of Gangtok. You could relax, trek to Hanuman Tok or just spend time soaking the local culture and visiting the marketplace.
Day 8: Gangtok – Nathula – Kalimpong
Today, you would see the beautiful East Sikkim. You will brief and ride after breakfast to Changu lake, where you can switch your mount to a colorfully attired Yak.
You will then head onto Nathula pass which was the exchange point for the Greatest Silk Route of the year. Say hello to the soldiers of the Chinese army and mingle with the soldiers as they guard the Northern Border.
You will then pay homage at Harbhajan Baba Mandir, a shrine dedicated to a veteran soldier. The traditions and customs of the Indian Army, as well as the quaint practices of this shrine, are sure to fascinate you. Then, ride down to Kalimpong hotel for your night stay.
Tonight, you will feast on authentic Nepali cuisine. Starting with Raksi, a traditional homemade moonshine alcohol, you will enjoy the earthy and fresh flavors of this mountain cuisine.
The special note of this restaurant is the Mismas Tarkari (seasonal mixed vegetables cooked in a local style), Chyau ko Tarkari (mushroom curry cooked in a traditional way), Gundruk ko Sukuti (fermented green leafy vegetables with Nepali spices), and Saag (seasonal fresh green leaves boiled and sautéed with spices). A local favourite is the Khukhura / Khasi /Maccha ko Ledo which is a superb rich gravy of chicken, fish, or mutton.
Day 9: Kalimpong to Siliguri or Bagdogra and fly out
After a lazy morning and breakfast, it’s now just a short ride returning to Bagdogra. The traffic is heavy, so you will not make a good time. You will reach the hotel in the afternoon and return the bikes. Fireballs Adventures will then bid farewell to you as you fly out to your next destination.
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