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Darjeeling is famous for Tea Gardens and legacy of its being the summer capital of British Raj. Darjeeling which used to be a small settlement during the British rule is now bustling modern city with all amenities and facilities. Darjeeling boasts of some iconic places of tourist interest like the Padmaja Naidu Zoological Garden, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Mahakal Mandir and the famous Ropeway. Chowrasta (referred to as the mall) is the most famous hangout destination for both locals as well as tourists, the Glenaries Cafeteria, the Keventers, Planters Club, the tea garden and Tenzing rock are places worth visiting in a Darjeeling package tour. Also you should not miss the tour to Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Ghoom monastery.
Baba Mandir & Legend Of Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh was a victim of battle at 14,500 feet Nathu La Pass, during the 1965 Sino-Indian war. According to legend, Singh drowned in a glacier. His remains were found after a three-day search after his spirit helped the search party find his body. Indian soldiers believe that in the event of a war, Baba warns the soldiers of an impending attack in advance. During flag meetings both the Indian & Chinese set a chair aside to honor him. As soldiers any army official not maintaining a clean and disciplined attire is punished with a slap by Baba himself. Two shrines in his memory has been built, old one at the site of the bunker, where Baba Harbhajan was posted and the new one has been built at close proximity from Changu Lake on way to Nathula Pass from Gangtok. Do not miss the langar( Free meal) on Sunday by Indian Army.
You can add Nathula Pass (at extra cost) if permits are available. These three points are must visit part of a Gangtok tour packages. You will need a ILP if you are an Indian and a valid id proof and photograph is required for this tour. Non Indians are only allowed with local guides till Tsomgo Lake.
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West & South Sikkim Tour Packages
South & West Sikkim is not as popular among tourist as the North & East Sikkim but has huge potential to attract tourists with numerous attractions and picturesque landscape. Pelling howeveras is quite popular as there are some great local sightseeing places like the Rabdantse Ruins, Pemayangtse Monastery, Kunchenjunga Falls, Khecheopaltri Lake and Singshore Bridge are some of them. Barsey Rhodhodendron Sanctuary is famous for orchid flowers during summer. From Mainam Wildlife Sanctuary, Temi Tea Garden, Kitam Bird Sanctuary, Ravangla, recently build sky touching statues and temples in Char dham in Namchi, South Sikkim has lot to offer nature lovers and people looking to spend a quite holiday in the Mountains.
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Rumtek Monastery & Dharmachakra Center
Rumtek is located 24 kilometres from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, at an altitude of about 5100 Ft. Originally built in the mid-18th century, Rumtek served as the main seat of the Karma Kagyu lineage. Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, 16th Karmapa, arrived in Sikkim in 1959 after fleeing Tibet after Ghinese occupation, with the generosity of the Sikkim royal family and the locals, it was rebuilt by the as his main seat. The sacred items and relics brought out from Tsurphu Monastery, the Karmapa's seat in Tibet, were installed. The monastery is currently the largest in Sikkim. It is home to the community of monks and where they perform the rituals and practices of the Karma Kagyu lineage. A golden stupa contains the relics of the 16th Karmapa. Opposite that building is a college, Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies. For tourist it a unique oppurtunity to understand the concept of Monastery and its importance as an institution of religion and academics in the Bhuddhism. Take a guided tour to understand better. The location of Rumtek wuth flowing streams, mountains behind, a snow range in front, and a river below is enjoyable.
East Sikkim Old Silk Route Tour
Silk route is a hilly Road connect Lhasa in Tibet via the Jelep La Pass to India. This route now are the parts eastern Sikkim and West Bengal. This route is a mix of ancient history and a rare geographical and natural landscape of eternal beauty. Today what we refer to Silk route is the trail starting from Kalimpong onwards moves ahead via Alagarh, Pedong cross into Sikkim side, then onwards towards the Zuluk, Nathang Valley, Jelep La Pass and ends at Nathula Pass. One can visit the Silk route either approaching it from the Gangtok side and exiting via kalimpong or prefer to start from the Kalimpong side stay at higher altitudes like Zuluk, Nathang Valley, Aritar, Rishi Khola, Sillery Gaon and return back through Kalimpong route.
Q & A Sikkim Tour
What is the best time to visit Sikkim?
The best time to visit Sikkim or Gangtok tour package is anytime other than July to September due to monsoon. Winters are famous for snowfall in higher altitude destinations like Lachung, Lachen, Changu, Nathula, Zuluk, etc. Spring is famous for the Rhododendron bloom. Summers and Autumn is famous for the pleasant climate.
How much time is required to visit Sikkim?
It depends on ones interest of locations and attractions. A basic set of 7-10 days can make you visit most of the attractions of Sikkim. A short 3 night 4 days short Gangtok tour package is very popular as well as extended longer ones.
Do we need permit to visit Sikkim?
All foreign nationals require Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to visit any part of Sikkim including Gangtok. This permit is also popularly known as Inner Line Permit (ILP). Indians however do not require this but to enter some places of eastern and north Sikkim Indians need to get ILP due to proximity to China border and Foreigners are not allowed.
How much does a trip to Sikkim cost?
An independent trip to Sikkim for 5 days can cost around INR 10 to 15000 per person including local transportation, accommodation, meals and few activities. Furthermore, the cost can go high or low, depending on the kind of vacation you plan. However if you plan to take shared transportation it will save you considerable amount.
Is Sikkim safe for travel?
Sikkim is one of the safest place to visit for family, honeymooners and even solo female travelers. People here are most hospitable and courteous. Gangtok tour packages or Sikkim tour packages are completely safe and regulated by Police & Army.
How can I plan a trip to Sikkim?
Here is your day wise breakup depending upon popular destinations. Gangtok tour package 4 Days, North Sikkim 3 Days, East Sikkim/Silk Route 3 Days, Pelling 3 days, Ravangla 2 days. You can club any of these as per your time and interest. If you are more into activities like trekking then you need to get in touch with us to plan your tour.
How to Reach Gangtok?
By Air: Nearest Airport to Gangtok is Pakyong Airport is a greenfield RCS airport at Pakyong town near Gangtok, the state capital of Sikkim, India. The airport is located at Pakyong town about 31km from Gangtok. At 4646 ft, Pakyong Airport is one of the five highest airports in India. Flight operations started 4 October 2018. Accredited across the globe for its engineering and described it as one of the most scenic airports in the world. However, commercial flight operations have been hampered by low visibility due to poor weather conditions. It is not operational at this time. The airport nearest (operational all time of the year) to Gangtok is Bagdogra Airport(IXB) is about 135 kilometres away in West Bengal. From the airport, it takes about 4 to 5 hours to reach Gangtok. The drive from Bagdogra to Gangtok is absolutely stunning which first goes through the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary then River Teesta is all along the road with the majestic beauty of the mountains and valleys on either side of the Road.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Gangtok is about 125 kilometres away in New Jalpaiguri (NJP) in Siliguri. The station is well-connected to all major cities of India. From New Jalpaiguri Station you can get cars on hire, which will take you about 4-5 hours.
By Road: Tourists coming in from nearby places like Siliguri, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and even Kolkata drive to Gangtok. The roads are well-maintained, with scenic views of the rivers, valleys and mountains. All along the road are eateries and basic washroom facilities where you might take a break to enjoy the view of the river Teesta.
Above Sikkim Tour Packages are few of the most of the popular tour plans. Sikkim and Darjeeling destinations can be customized as per guest requirements of time and budget. Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Dooars Jungle tour can be clubbed with Sikkim Tour Packages. Even Bhutan tours can be clubbed with Sikkim & Darjeeling. A total of 10 to 12 days is required to cover the entire Sikkim Tour Packages circuit including North Sikkim, Darjeeling and Kalimpong. So it is wise to plan a tour beforehand for a fulfilling tour.
Things To Remember For Sikkim Tour Packages
North Sikkim & Part of Eastern Sikkim Requires Inner Line Permits because of vicinity to China border. Non Indians are not allowed in East Sikkim and North Sikkim Gurudongmar Lake and need to be accompanied by tour guide for entire North and East Sikkim other than Gangtok. Due to recent guidelines all tourists are advised to make Travel Cards before entering Sikkim. Also while undertaking Sikkim Tour Packages Indian Citizens are allowed with identity proof in form of Voters Card. Non Indians are however free to travel by themselves to South & West Districts. Permits to enter Sikkim are issues for 30 days at a time. Indian tourists need to carry 6- 8 copies of passport size photographs.
Nathu La connects Sikkim with Tibet. The pass is a part of an of the ancient trade route called the Silk Route. Nathu means "listening ears" and La means "pass". The pass is 54 km east of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Only Indian citizens can visit the pass, after obtaining a permits. Nathu La was re-opened in 2006 following numerous bilateral trade agreements. The opening of the pass shortens the travel distance to important Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the region. Nathula Pass is closed for tourist on Mondays & Tuesdays. Also due to snowfall and border tensions passes are not issued regularly.
North Sikkim Tour Packages
North Sikkim is best known for the high altitude snow peaked mountains, alpine & tundra vegetation and higher up for the barren landscapes. Yumthang Valley, Gurudongmar Lake, Zero Point are the popular tourist attractions. On the way you come across so many waterfalls that you it becomes normal sight within few kms of your journey. North Sikkim also has some popular trek routes of which the Green Lake Trek is the most popular. Dzongu a small village has become popular in recent times due to promotion of village tourism with exposure of Lepcha culture. North Sikkim tourism attract lot of tourists during the March- June, September- December tourist season. Winters & Monsoon are strictly avoidable.
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Day Outing Trip- Gangtok Tour Package
Tsomgo Lake/Changu Lake, is a high altitude glacial lake about 37 kilometres from the Gangtok. With altitude of 12,313 ft, the lake remains frozen during the winter season. The road from Gangtok as well as the lake have some awesome views. Every point you cross is worth a captureYou can enjoy a ride on Yaks here. The lakeside small eateries provide great hot snacks like noodles & momos.
Gangtok Tour Package- Local Sightseeing Points & Charges
3-point Tour (Half Day) Reserved Car Charges Rs. 1200/- (Season), Rs. 1000/- (Off Season).
1. Tashi View point - A great view point for watching the Kanchenjunga Snow Peaks on a clear day. Also an excellent place for sunrise view.
2. Hanuman Tok - A Hanuman temple with a wonderful viewing area.
3. Ganesh Tok - A Ganesh Temple with viewing lounge and open balcony.
7-point Tour (Half Day) Rs. 1800/- (Season), Rs. 1500/- (Off Season). You will visit all in 3-point tour (as mentioned above) and additionally the following:
4. Bakthang Waterfall - Excellent wide water streams falling on a canopy of trees. The fall is located close to Tashi View point by the roadside and also offers great views all around.
5. Enchey Monastery - Located on a hilltop, it's one of the oldest monasteries around.
6. Flower Exhibition Center - Located near Gangtok town and at one end of The Ridge park, the center has great collection of flowering plants including Orchids (in season though).
7. Handicraft Center - This is the building of Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom including a Sales emporium and a Museum showcasing many different handicraft items and artwork created by the local artists and craftsmen.
10-Point Tour (Full Day) Reserved small taxi rate for 10-point tour: Rs. 2000/- (Season), Rs. 1800/- (Off Season), Apart from the 7-point attractions above, you will additionally visit the following:
8. Chorten Stupa - A famous Buddhist religious monument with a golden dome top which is visible from many places around Gangtok.
9. Institute of Tibetology - Research institute on Tibetan language and culture, also has a great museum and library with rare and huge collections.
10. Ropeway (Cable Car) - Great ride to view the whole of Gangtok, the valley and the peaks from far above.
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Standard 3 Night 4 Days Gangtok Tour Package.
Day 1 NJP Rly Station/Bagdogra Airport – Gangtok (120 Km/ 5 Hours).
Arrival at New Jalpaiguri Station (Siliguri)/ Bagdogra Airport, Pickup by car transfer to Gangtok (5,500 ft). The journey takes you through the Mahananda wildlife sanctuary to start with then once yo reach the hills you will be accompanied by the Teesta river all along the route till Singtham. It takes about 4.5 to 5 hours depending upon the stops you take enroute.
Day 2 Gangtok Local Sightseeing
After morning breakfast and go for a Gangtok local sightseeing tour. In the morning we will cover Rumtek Monastery & Banjakhari Water falls as these are further away from town. Later visit Tashi view point, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Flower show, Cottage Industry and Handicraft Centre, Institute of Tibetology, Dro-dul Chorten. Evening free to take stroll around MG Marg. Overnight stay at Gangtok hotel.
Day 3 Tsongo Lake, Baba Mandir & Nathula.
After Breakfast and getting your permits we travel to Tsomgo Lake (12,400 Ft), a high-altitude sacred lake to both Hindus and Buddhist. After spending time at the lake, you will visiting the Baba Mandir(13,200 Feet). After that we travel to border check post with China, Nathula Pass. Return to Gangtok and spend the evening at MG Marg Shopping. inner and Overnight stay at Gangtok.
Day 4 Gangtok – NJP Rly Station/Bagdogra Airport
After breakfast, Check out from hotel and drive to reach New Jalpaiguri railway station or Bagdogra Airport (Siliguri)/onwards destinations. This ends Gangtok Tour Package.
*** This is a sample tour itinerary and you can combine other places of North, West & South Sikkim & Darjeeling and customize depending upon your time & budget.
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Attractions & Places
Planning Sikkim Tour Packages? Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim unlike any other hill station in India, is very clean, the traffic is disciplined and local people are very friendly and hospitable. Smoking and tobacco in public places is completely banned across the state. The MG Marg is the heart of town which is also a walking zone with restaurants, bakeries, souvenir & garment shops. Gangtok is most popular destination in Sikkim Tourism Packages and has a very important place in terms of tourism due to its location. Permits for Yumthang Valley & Gurudongmar Lake (North Sikkim), (Tsongo Lake Nathula & Silk Route) East Sikkim are issued from here. Also popular sightseeing places are there around the city. Gangtok has lot of options of accommodation from modest budget home stays to 5 star resorts complete with casinos. The restaurant in the city serves all variety of food. From local cuisine of tradition Tibetian dishes to Bengali dishes to Vegetarian(Jain) food everything is available here. Best stay in Gangtok will in near vicinity of MG Marg as you can enjoy a relaxing time just hanging out in the evening. Gangtok is the center of Sikkim Tour Packages and see lots of tourist arrival throughout the year. Gangtok Tour Packages are the most popular among people looking for short tours.