Sikkim – Backpacker’s Paradise
Loosen yourself and immerse in the breathtaking beauty of the mountain kingdom of India. Forget the woes of the city and enjoy the hassle-free and warm-hearted state of Sikkim. Nicely tucked away in the folds of the mountains and with immense natural beauty, this place has all the components which would soothe you from the tiredness of vigorous day-to-day activities. Known for the mix of diversities, the monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism, deep plunging valleys, rhododendron pastures and the mighty Kanchenjunga, it offers a complete package to lure you away from the bustling city. The Kanchenjunga ranges are considered as a benevolent protector which dominates this region, making itself visible from various points within the state.
- For travelers arriving by train, please ensure that you have sufficient time to travel from the New Jalpaiguri Junction to the Bagdogra Airport which shall take around 30-40 minutes to reach.
- For departures, those flying out/boarding a train out of Bagdogra Airport or the Jalpaiguri Junction, it is advisable to book the mode of transport only after 1.00 P.M.
- For those arriving to Bagdogra by flight, ensure that your scheduled landing time is before 1 pm.
- For those arriving to New Jalpaiguri, Junction, please ensure that you arrive at 1 pm.
Places of Stay during the Trip
- Lachen – Dzomsa Homestay
- Lachung – Lhamu Homestay
- Dzongu – Thingvong Homestay
- Gangtok – Pegs Homestay
Day 1, Monday, 23rd October 2017: Drive from Bagdogra Airport to Lachung (125 kms / approx 3-4 hours) / Overnight at Gangtok
We at Travel Trikon await your arrival at Bagdogra International Airport at 01.00 P.M. The airport is in the Darjeeling district of northern West Bengal. However, if you are taking the train, make sure to get down at the New Jalpaiguri Junction and hail a cab for the airport, located approx. 19 kms away. It is from here that we embark upon our journey to Gangtok, capital city of Sikkim.Let those tired veins rest and allow the tranquility of the hilly mountainside sink in as you sip in your coffee and watch the glorious sun rays disappear behind the majestic Himalayas.
Day 2, Tuesday, 24th October 2017: Drive from Gangtok to Lachung (102 kms / approx 5-6 hours) / Overnight at Lachung
We begin our day with a hearty breakfast and a drive to Lachung – the most celebrated village in North Sikkim. Experience the feel of a red-carpet welcome into the town of Lachung, painted with cascading waterfalls, sparkling streams and beautiful red Rhododendrons that crown the walking trails and add yet another feather to the beauty of the picturesque snow-capped Himalayas.
Pause to catch a glimpse of the Kanchenjunga, the highest peak of India and the 3rd highest peak of the world, whose ranges are shared by both Nepal and Sikkim. Geography has no boundaries and mountains are the flag bearers of this truth. The Lachung Monastery, with its wordless voice of peace and architectural craftsmanship connects with you in the most humane way possible. Pause. Let the silence speak to you. The evening is for you to spend at leisure.
Day 3, Wednesday, 25th October 2017: Visit Yumthang Valley(25 kms / approx 1.5 hours) and Zero Point – Yumesamdong (23 kms / approx 1.5 hours from Yumthang) / Overnight at Thangu
Early breakfast and journey towards the beautiful Yumthang Valley, popular for its vast floriculture. Known as the Sikkim Valley of Flowers sanctuary, Yumthang is not one to be missed. The sea of blue, pink and red of rhododendrons swaying to the tunes of the chilly wind, against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains with River Teesta meandering by, makes Yumthang a perfect place to unwind. Take a small breather at the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary that plays host to 38 different varieties of rhododendrons. A treat to your eyes and soul in this flowery heaven.
From the valley of flowers, we proceed towards Zero Point which, also known as Yumesamdong. True to its name, Zero Point marks the end to the road, preventing one from going any further. Keep your binoculars handy and witness the Indo-China Border. Surrender yourself to the beauty of the mountains, standing tall with its aura of calmness. The magic of nature is sure to pull at your heartstrings. A plate of hot maggi at one of the local stalls could just be the additional melody to the perfect weather at Yumesamdong.
Trikoners, experience the thrill of a homestay at Thangu Village located approx. 2 hours from Lachen. We are sure you will not regret it.
Day 4, Thursday, 26th October 2017: Visit to Gurudongmar Lake (65 kms / approx. 2.5 hours) / Overnight at Dzongu (140 kms / approx. 6 hours)
A visit to Gurudongmar Lake, a must-see for all visiting the mountain kingdom of Sikkim. Situated at a height of 17,000 ft., Gurudongmar is India’s second highest lake. It is important to remain hydrated at such high altitudes so have the required amount of water with you. Into the hearts of snow clad mountains – the drive is a sight for sore eyes. Envisioned against hovering mountains, and nestled amidst the serenity of nature, Gurudongmar whispers tales of its mythological significance. As you divert your eyes up, the panoramic view of Mount Siniolchu and Mount Kanchenjunga will leave you spellbound.
There is no end to God’s creation and we will see why as we head towards Dzongu. A small, sparsely populated region that remains untouched by the hustle city life, Dzongu prepares you for a sight of waterfalls cutting through verdant green trees and numerous streams meandering into River Teesta. Experience serenity and solitude in nature’s own paradise. The hospitality you will receive at Dzongu will touch your soul and make you wish you remained a traveler for life. You have the evening to spend at leisure.
Day 5, Friday, 27th October 2017: Visit Hot Water Springs and Rukshyot Waterfalls
We drive into the very wild of Dzongu. Known as the land of waterfalls, Dzongu is every photographer’s dream. You will locate numerous waterfalls bordering the cliffs or making their respective ways through the hills. Experience the bliss of fresh mountain water with a visit to the Rukhsat Waterfalls And a dip in the hot spring water. Those of you, who take an avid interest in birds Dzongu has a rich avifaunal diversity. This place is the perfect habitat in nurturing such amazing biodiversity.
If you are looking for a slight rush in your adrenaline levels, cross the cane bridges. Built over the gurgling river Teesta, these bridges sway dangerously to the mountain winds and are extremely shaky. Do tread in caution. Enjoy the essence of the unadulterated mountain air with Mount Kanchenjunga smiling on.
Ever danced to the melodies of the Lepcha. No? Well, we have a party ready just for you with Chee, the traditional drink, brewed from fermented millets, a Lepcha meal and Lepcha music. We provide you a means to gain an insight into their way of living amidst nature.
Day 6, Saturday, 28th October 2017: Explore NathuLa (Indo-China Border) and Changu Lake, Overnight stay at Gangtok (67 kms / approx. 3 hours)
We bid adieu to the beautiful Dzonguto begin our journey back to Gangtok. Allow us to take you to Tsomgo Lake a.k.a Changu Lake. Flanked by the mighty mountains on its sides, this oval shaped glacial lake is one of the most spectacular landscapes of Gangtok and is also considered sacred by its inhabitants. Relish a plate of hot steamed momos as you gulp in nature’s beauty standing proud along the coast of the lake. The thrill of a Yak ride along the banks is sure to enhance its beauty further.
We head towards the NathuLa Pass, one of the three open trading border posts between India and China. You could feel the chill of history flowing down your veins. As we walk on undulating roads, one could see the fenced Indo-China border heavily guarded on both sides. The Nehru stone built in honor of Jawaharlal Nehru and a memorial constructed on the Pass in honor of our war martyrs will make the hair on your skin rise.
Sikkim is not far behind in its nightlife 😊. Make sure to visit the Sikkimese market on MG road and pub -hop to experience it. We have a homestay planned for you all. Hope you enjoy the hospitality.
Day 7, Sunday, 29th October 2017:Drive from Gangtok to Bagdogra Airport (125 kms / approx. 4-5 hours)
Memories are timeless treasures of the heart and as we head back to Bagdogra airport, we realize we did fill our travel book with loads of them. Still, do not forget to carry home some souvenirs from this trip to the wonderland of the North-East .
- Stay in comfortable, clean and hygienic accommodation / Home stays
- Internal travel during the trip, inclusive of the pickup and drop facility to the Bagdogra Airport
- Breakfast and Dinner provided during the trip
- All permits, entries etc.
- Services of an expert Trikon buddy during the trip
- Inclusive of GST
- Travel cost of arrival to Bagdogra Airport on Day 1
- Travel cost of departure from Bagdogra Airport on Day 6
- Food during the transit to and from Bagdogra Airport
- Any personal expenses made during the trip
- Anything apart from the inclusions
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- Remember to consult your physician if you have any heart or breathing issues before making this trip.
- You may carry Popcorn and/or Camphor from Gangtok before heading over to High Altitude areas such as Lachen, Gurudongmar, Lachung, Yumthang, Yumesamdong & NathuLa where the Oxygen level is very thin.
- Please refrain from clicking pictures while on the way to Gurudongmar from Lachen and at NathuLa Pass due to presence of our Indian Army base and various security issues.
- Avoid wearing precious Jewelry on the trip, as Travel Trikon won’t be responsible for any losses for the same.
- Missing the train / flight means missing the trip, no refunds will be entertained by Travel Trikon. Please make sure that you consult your Trikon buddy in advance in case of any changes in your travel schedule.
Things to Carry
- Valid identity proof (Passport / Voter ID Card/PAN Card/Aadhar Card/ Driving License)
- Passport size photographs for seeking permits at various places
- 2 Water Bottles (1 litre each)
- A light-weighted Haversack or Backpack and a smaller Daypack
- Good trekking shoes and a pair of slip-ons
- Woolen or Fleece Gloves and a pair of waterproof gloves
- Cotton socks and woolen socks
- Balaclava, Woolen scarf – If you do not have a Balaclava, you can carry Monkey cap instead
- Thermal Inners
- Fleece Jacket, Snow Jacket or Padded Jacket (1 each)
- Windcheater or Poncho
- Personal clothing (Dress moderately during the visits to Monasteries and Dzongs)
- Cap, sunglasses
- Camera, Binoculars (Optional)
- Toiletries – Sunscreen, Moisturizer, Light towel, Lip balm, Wet wipes, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Hand Sanitizer, Mosquito repellent, if required
- Small Camphor bottle – Camphor is a great source of oxygen at higher altitude
- Polythene Bags or Zip-lock Bags – These help to segregate wet clothes, used wet wipes or sanitary napkins
- Any medicines that you normally consume – Please consult your doctor in this regard
- Snacks & Biscuits to munch on (Optional)
- Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder
Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance that’s illegal is not allowed. Smoking is strictly not allowed. Anybody found smoking or consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without refund.
Fitness & Health – Though this is a fun-filled trip, it demands good amount of physical fitness because of its high altitude and thinner oxygen levels. If you are under medication, please carry your medicines. During the trip, your Trikon buddy will have over the counter medication for temporary treatment, so do give a heads up to them if you need any medical assistance.