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Sikkim Trip

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The state of Sikkim is nestled in the North Eastern part of India, and is the smallest state amongst all the north eastern states. It has a unique distinction of being bound by 3 sovereign nations of China, Bhutan and Nepal. It also shares its southern border with the Indian state of West Bengal.

This Sikkim trip starts with a visit to Martam. Martam is a little village which is located on the Hee-Bermiok road away from the hustle and bustle of the main touristic places. The word Martam means “The lap of God” so one can only imagine how beautiful the place would be. There are small houses which have colourful gardens which makes it a serene sight to behold. When the weather is clear, one can see the glimpse of the mighty Khangchendzonga from Upper Martam. Martam is renowned for its birds and hence it makes a perfect place for birdwatching.

Dzongu is a region which is located in North Sikkim and forms a triangular shape. Two rivers namely Tholung Chu and Teesta flows by it and the Himalayan mountains make up for its third side. It borders the Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve. It is home to the aboriginal inhabitants of Sikkim, the Lepchas. The village is sparsely populated and rice and cardamom fields can be seen here. While here, you can enjoy village walks and fishing by the river side.

Located at the edge of the Himalayas, Aritar is a town which is located in the Eastern part of Sikkim. It's an offbeat destination in Sikkim, but it has some hidden gems such as Aritar Lake, Lampokhari lake and Aritar Gompa. The journey to the “old silk route” starts from Aritar.

Located at an altitude of 13,500ft, Gnathang Valley was once home to yak herders from Tibet. It falls in the middle of the old silk route and is the most scenic place to stay. Gnathang valley doesn’t have many trees and it's an endless view of grasslands as far as eyes can see. It has a Hindu temple and a small Buddhist monastery on the fringes of the village. From some vantage points, you can even see the valleys of Bhutan right from Gnathang.

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 which is considered sacred by the locals. You can also try a local cable car ride here which will offer you a panoramic view of the lake and surroundings from a vantage point.

These places make up for a perfect tour in the little northeastern state of Sikkim. The best time to visit Sikkim 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.

During winter months, you can expect to see the mountains and valleys covered in snow, which make up for a beautiful experience.

Short Itinerary

1st Day: Bagdogra to Martam

2nd Day: Martam to Dzongu

3rd Day: Dzongu Local explorations

4th Day: Upper Dzongu explorations

5th Day: Dzongu to Aritar

6th Day: Aritar-Gnathang

7th Day: Gnathang to Gangtok

8th Day: Gangtok to Airport/ Train station

Price (Bagdogra Airport to Bagdogra Airport)


2 Members - Per Person Cost
Double Occupancy 43500 / Person
4 Members - Per Person Cost
Double Occupancy 34500 / Person
6 Members - Per Person Cost
Double Occupancy 28500 / Person

Itinerary (Bagdogra Airport to Bagdogra Airport)

  • 1

    1st Day : Bagdogra to Martam

    Airport to Martam , which is about 20 kms before Gangtok. Driving time approx. 4 hrs. depending on traffic. Overnight at Martam

  • 2

    2nd Day : Martam to Dzongu

    Post breakfast take an easy walk around the property. July is a month for Paddy sowing and one can bear witness to the famous terrace cultivation pioneered by the Nepali Community in Sikkim.

    Drive to Dzongu late morning to arrive by lunchtime. Post lunch interactions with the hosts and some walks around the property.

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    3rd Day : Dzongu Local explorations

    Day of exploring the quaint and virgin forests of the Dzongu special reserve. This is a lesser known destination in Sikkim and it’s what makes the area very unique. Fast flowing streams, untouched forests and local hospitality at its best. Depart for walks and a drive to explore the upper regions of the area.

    Today we will have our host arrange for a riverside excursion full with meals cooked at the site itself. We recommend walking as much as possible as it’s the best way to explore Dzongu.

    Activities for the day will include village walks leading to the river for some nice picnic meal cooked at the site and fishing if anyone is keen!

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    4th Day : Upper Dzongu explorations

    Post breakfast depart for an excursion to Upper reaches of Dzongu cut off for the past 2 years by a Massive landslide. First a stopover to a natural sulphur hot spring known for their medical benefits. The area is lush and verdant so best to get off the vehicle and walk.

    For further explorations to upper Dzongu we can take a footbridge/raft at the river depending on the water level. Retrun to homestay by evening to some local millet beer!

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    5th Day : Dzongu to Aritar

    Post breakfast depart for a drive out to eastern provinces to the low lying region of Aritar. Popular as a base for excursions to the high altitude regions of the Indo-China border, Aritar is easy going and slow paced so good timr to catch some rest here after the past few days of active travel.

    Driving time from Dzongu to Aritar approx.4.5hrs.

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    6th Day : Aritar-Gnathang

    Post breakfast one can take an easy departure out from Aritar to Gnathang. The drive will take up up from 2500 ft. to approx. 14,000 ft. in just 2.5 hrs! The route is scenic especially on a clear day and one will bear witness to the famous ‘Dzuluk loops’, the winding roads built and utilised as an old trading route between Sikkim and erstwhile Tibet.

    Post lunch at Gnathang, set out on foot exploring the high altitude meadows and enjoy the serene atmosphere.

    This is the highest habitable region in Sikkim for tourists and lies at approx. 14,000 ft.

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    7th Day : Gnathang to Gangtok

    For those keen, an early morning walk to the War Memorial has stunning sunrise views and on a clear day one can see as far as the Bhutan valley.

    Morning post breakfast and permit formalities, depart for Tsangu Lake. At approximately 12500 ft. Tsangu is a sacred lake and also one of the popular tourist destinations around Gangtok city. Driving time to Tsangu is approx. 2.5 hrs. One can try a yak ride around the lake or a cable car ride when at Tsangu and also enjoy some refreshments in one of the various small stalls.

    Tsangu to Gangtok return journey approx. 2 hrs.

    Overnight at Gangtok.

  • 8

    8th Day : Gangtok to Airport/ Train station

    Depart for Airport/Train station at the prescribed time to catch the onward journey. Driving time approx. 4.5 hrs depending on traffic and the driver would be best to judge the ETD

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Inclusions

Accommodation as mentioned above, inclusive of all taxes

Meal Plan: CP Plan (Breakfast Only) in Gangtok, Rest All Days AP Plan ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

A vehicle as per Itinerary (Wegon-R / Innova / Xylo / Sumo)

Toll taxes

Parking

Fuel charges 

Driver Allowences

Sightseeing as per Itinerary

Exclusions

5% GST

Train or Airfare

Personal Expenses like Entry charges, Telephone, Fax, Internet, Laundry, etc.

Any Extra Meals.

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.

Insurance.

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.

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