Sikkim is a state in northeast India, bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. Part of the Himalayas, the area has a dramatic landscape that includes India’s highest mountain, 8,586m Kangchenjunga.
Sikkim is also home to glaciers, alpine meadows and thousands of varieties of wildflowers. Steep paths lead to hilltop Buddhist monasteries such as Pemayangtse, which dates to the early 1700s.
Darjeeling is a city in the Indian state of West Bengal which is located in the Lesser Himalayas at an elevation of around 2000mts. It is famous for its tea plantations, tea factories and toy trains. Some of the famous and memorable places to visit in Darjeeling are the M.G. Road or Mall Road where there are many places to eat and shop. You can enjoy local delicacies of the Darjeeling such as Momos, Thukpa and Dalle.
Sunrise at the Tiger View point is just breathtaking and this place should be on your checklist. Ghoom Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Darjeeling. It has a 15fts high statue of Maitreya Buddha and also houses several Buddhist manuscripts and texts.
One of the most historic places in Darjeeling is HMI (Hindustan Mountaineering Institute) which is a full-fledged mountaineering institution founded by Tenzing Norgay, one of the first persons to summit Mt. Everest. The campus also has a museum where you can see personal artifacts of Tenzing.
The town of Namchi is located in South Sikkim and the name Namchi means “Sky High” is Sikkimese language. It is located at an elevation of 1,315 mts. Namchi is known as one of the most photogenic locations in Sikkim. One of the most famous places to visit in Namchi is Siddheshwar Dham which is also known as Char Dham. It is located at Solophok Hill which is located 5kms from the town of Namchi. It is one of the most well known and auspicious places for Hindus. There is also a 108ft tall statue of Lord Shiva which draws visitors from all around. This place is great for learning more about Hindu religion and people’s ways of life.
Changu/Tsomgo Lake is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim district around 40kms from the capital Gangtok. It is one of the highest glacial lakes in the world with a height of almost 3,753 mts. This lake remains frozen for almost throughout the year. You can enjoy a Yak ride while here and there is also a Shiva Temple which is located here.
When you proceed further down the path, you will visit “Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir” which is a temple made to honour Late Indian Soldier Harbhajan Singh. He was martyred in 1968 near Nathula, which is near Eastern Sikkim. There are many legends about him, some of which state that his soul protects the Indian contingent near the place and warns them about impending danger.
The best time to visit Sikkim and Darjeeling would be in the months from April to June in summers. In summers, you can expect to see rhododendrons and orchids in full bloom in the valleys of Sikkim which makes for a really surreal experience. The summer months are really pleasant with temperatures ranging from 12 degrees centigrade to 28 degrees centigrade. These months are the best times to catch glimpses of the mountains and trekking is one of the best activities that you can enjoy during these months. Other activities include hangliding, white water rafting, mountain biking, kayaking and canoeing.
During winter months, you can expect to see the mountains and valleys covered in snow, which make up for a beautiful experience.
Day 1 : NJP Rly Station / IXB Airport – Darjeeling (98 kms / 3 hrs)
Day 2 : Darjeeling Sightseeing - Gangtok (115 kms / 4 hrs)
Day 3 : Namchi Excursion (70 kms/3 hours)
Day 4 : Excursion to Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir
Day 5 : Gangtok – NJP Rly Station / IXB Airport (125 kms / 4 hrs)
On arrival at NJP Railway Station / IXB Airport you would be received warmly by one of our representatives. The Hill Cart Road (NH 55) connects Darjeeling with Siliguri. From here shall begin one of the most scenic and memorable road journeys of your life to the beautiful mountains of Darjeeling (6,710 ft.). The drive offers magnificent views of the mountains, valleys, village life and tea gardens along the way.On arrival Check-in at the hotel & rest of the day is at leisure.
If you reach Darjeeling in the afternoon, then after checking in to your hotel and freshening up, come up to Chowrasta Mall, sit on a peripheral bench for a while, relax & enjoy the ambience and watch the activities. Then take a stroll along the scenic Mall Road (Bhanu Sarani) and complete a circle.
If you reach in the morning half or early afternoon, you will have time to walk up the Observatory Hill behind the Mall and go to the famous Mahakal Temple on top and enjoy the views & sunset. Later visit old heritage shops buy some curios or souvenirs. In the evening, stroll along Nehru road that leads down from the Mall and is lined by all kinds of shops on both sides.
Overnight stay is at Darjeeling.
To see the most magnificent view of sunrise from Tiger Hill. You will need to wake up by 4am and take the drive to watch the spectacular sunrise over Mt. Khangchendzongha (28,208 ft. Worlds 3rd highest peak). You can see the changing colors of the Kanchenjunga snow peaks as the light strikes. On a clear day you can also get a glimpse of Mount Everest, Mount Makalu and one of the most beautiful peaks of the world, Tibet's Chomol Hari.
On your way back visit Ghoom Monastery one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries of Darjeeling located at a scenic location in Ghoom area. It houses a 12-foot tall statue of Mayetriya Buddha which represents the Buddha of the future.
Next stop is at the Batasia Loop and the War Memorial. It is an engineering marvel located in Ghoom area. This is where the toy train makes a double spiral loop to negotiate a drop of 1000 ft as it moves towards Darjeeling town. Amidst the beautiful garden where the railway track is laid in form of a loop, there is also a War Memorial. It was constructed in honor of the Gorkha soldiers who sacrificed their lives in service of the nation. Dont miss the Samosas (fried vegetable pastries) that are sold near the entrance of Batasia Loop in the morning.
After breakfast visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), P.N. Zoological Park (Thursday closed) these are two attractions in the same complex, built to honor Tenzing Norgay. Visit the HMI museum showcasing Tenzings personal belongings, an eagle found dead at 26,000 feet during 1960 Everest expedition, a high power telescope that once belonged to Hitler and was used by the Institute etc. The zoo has many high altitude Himalayan animals including Snow Leopard, Tibetan Wolf, Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda, yaks etc. There is a combined entry fee.
Later afternoon proceed to picturesque drive to Gangtok (5,480 ft.). On arrival Check-in to your hotel. Overnight stay at Gangtok.
After breakfast , enjoy the full day Namchi sightseeing covering Temi Tea, Samdruptse, Ralang Monastery, Boring Monastery and Siddhesvar dham - a miniature replica of the Indian Char dham located in our Country . Evening back to Gangtok
After breakfast start for an excursion to Tsomgo Lake (12,400 ft.) & Baba Mandir (13,200 ft.). ),a high altitude alpine lake close to Indo-China Border. Permits are made one day prior to visit. This is nearly 48 kms drive and takes nearly 2 hrs. The 1 km long and 15m deep lake is considered sacred to the local people. A temple of Lord Shiva is built on the lakeside - Primula flowers and other alpine plantation provide an immaculate beauty to this place. Till April it is full of snow and lay frozen. Enjoy playing in snow and Yak Ride.
Proceed further to Legendary Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir (Hero of Nathula an Indian soldier who was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra medal for his bravery and known for doing his duty still after death). Optional tour to Nathula Pass (Alt 14000Ft / 4200M) on China Border can also be arranged.
The day is free .In the evening one is free to stroll around M.G.Road or the Local Market.
Overnight stay at Gangtok.
After breakfast check-out from hotel and drive to Siliguri, on the way to Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / (NJP) The drive is through hills and with scenic beauty. Stoppage at Rangpo / Chitrey or Melli for a cup of Tea is advisable if time permits. One may stop at Coronation Bridge to admire the Teesta River below.
Like all good things, your visit to The Delights of Himalaya come’s to an end. We will be happy to see you back. Do visit us because Sikkim/Darjeeling has more to offer. Our representative will help you with your exit formalities and bid you farewell.
Accommodation as mentioned above, inclusive of all taxes
Meal Plan: CP Plan (Breakfast Only)
A vehicle as per Itinerary (Wegon-R / Innova / Xylo / Sumo)
Sightseeing as per Itinerary
Train or Airfare
Personal Expenses like Entry charges, Telephone, Fax, Internet, Laundry, etc.
Any Extra Meals.
Extra Cost for Nathula Pass & Its Vehicle
Any extra excursions or sightseeing apart from the tour itinerary.
Any entry fees for the museum, park, Jeep safari or anything else.
Room Heater Charges.
Anything which is not included in the inclusion.
Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle mal-functions, political disturbances etc.
We shall not be responsible for any delays & alterations in the programme or expenses incurred – directly or indirectly – due to natural hazards, flight cancellations, weather, sickness, landslides, political closures (Strike, Hartal, Bandh) or any untoward incidents.
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Free Cancellation upto 60 days before the departure date. Land Package only, flights as per the operator's cancellation policy
59 Days to 45 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost.
44 Days to 30 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost
29 Days to 15 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.
15 Days to 8 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.
7 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.
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Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.
If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.
If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.
Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.
Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.
Down Jacket (Main jacket)
Tshirt or Fleece
Extra pair of Socks
Rucksack (At least 40L)
Mufflers/ Neck Warmer
Extra pair of Clothes
First Aid Kit
*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season
Q. What will be the group size?
Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.
Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?
We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Q. Which shoes should I buy?
Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.
Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation?
It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.
Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.
Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?
After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.
Q. What type of food is served during the trek?
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.
Q. Can we change the itinerary?
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.
Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?
Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Q. Diamox is advisable or not?
Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.
Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Q. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.
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