6 Nights 7 Days Splendors of Sikkim - BAGDOGRA - GANGTOK - PELLING - DARJELLING - BAGDOGRA

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6 Nights 7 Days Splendors of Sikkim - BAGDOGRA - GANGTOK - PELLING - DARJELLING - BAGDOGRA

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Sikkim has been given many names. The Lepchas, original inhabitants of the land called it Nye-mae-el `paradise'. The Limbus named it Su Khim or `new house' while to the Bhutias it was Beymul Demazong `the hidden valley of rice'.
Today, travelers embarking on a journey of Sikkim discover a mystical wonderland of spectacular natural beauty. The panoramic perfection of the snow-capped Himalayas, the heady scent of flower-bedecked meadows, the vibrant culture and joyous festivals, the infinite variety of its flora and fauna makes it a holiday that is at once fascinating and challenging.
The crowning glory of Sikkim is Mt. Khangchendzonga, the third highest mountain in the world. With magnificent snow and ice scenery it is often regarded as the undisputed monarch among the peaks of the world. But for the Sikkimese Khangchendzonga is much more than a mountain and is revered as the abode of their guardian deity Dzo-nga.
ITINERARY:
 
DAY 1
 
BAGDOGRA/NJP>>GANGTOK
 
Pick- up from Bagdogra/NJP to be taken to the Land of the Pristine and unspoilt natural beauty – Sikkim , with alpine landscapes and thick luxuriant forests, rivers in torrent and peaceful lakes. Checkin at Hotel. Overnight stay.
 
DAY 2
 
GANGTOK
 
After breakfast at 7.30am, proceed to Tsomgo Lake (12,210 Ft), a 40 km drive which takes 2.5 hrs. This lake is located very close to Nathula Pass which is the entry point to China termed as the “Silk Route & remains frozen for most parts of the year. Legend has it that the Lamas use to forecast the future by studying the colour of the lakes waters. Enjoy the surroundings, majestic snowy peaks which feed the lake and the clean fresh air. Back to Gangtok by 1pm for lunch. (0900hrs-1400hrs) After lunch, visit Nam Nang VP/Ropeway ; Do-Drul Chorten (Stupa) which is one of the most important stupas of Sikkim, built by the head of the Nyingma order- Trullshi Rimpoche in 1945. It contains rare details of Dorji Phupa, Holy Books, Mantras and is encircled by 108 prayer wheels ; The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology built in 1958 in traditional style, a renowned worldwide centre for the study of the Mahayana Buddhist philosophy & religion, a treasure house of rare “Thankas”, statues, over 200 Buddhist icons and prized objects of art, to Rumtek Monastery, 24 kms from Gangtok was built in 1960 by His Holiness the Late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa & this is a replica of the original Kagyurpa Monastery in Tibet, a must see for every visitor, the seat of the “Kagyu Order” . Behind the Monastery is the lavishly decorated Karmae Nalanda Institute of Buddhist Studies which attracts students from the world over. Here one can find the most unique religious scriptures & art objects of the world. Evening free for leisure or go shopping for Sikkimese traditional handicrafts. Overnight stay.
 
DAY 3
 
GANGTOK>>PELLING
 
After breakfast at 9am, proceed to Pelling (6800 Ft), a 5 hour journey (112 kms) via Ravangla (6800 Ft) , a small township & transit point to various destinations in South & West Sikkim, situated at the base of Meenam Hill (10300 Ft).
 
Arrive at Pelling & check-in to Hotel. This is one of the closest points to the Khanchenjunga range & one can see it upfront touching the sky from Pelling.
 
After lunch, visit The Pemayangtse Monastery (7021 Ft), 2.5 kms from Pelling. Built during the late 17th century, it is one of the oldest & most important monasteries of the Nyingmapa order of Buddhism in Sikkim. Even today, it is only the monks of this monastery who enjoy the title of ‘Tasang’ or pure monks. The monastery follows the Mindroling tradition & has 108 monks. The main attraction of the monastery is the wooden replica of Zangdog Palri , the celestial abode of Guru Padmasambhava, built by Serdup L Dorje Rinpoche in 1971. Overnight stay.
 
DAY 4
 
PELLING
 
Leave early for the Khecheopalri Lake, also called the “Wish Fulfilling Lake”. It lies in a depression surrounded by prayer flags & forested hills. Then to the, Rimbi Falls, Rock Garden, Khangchendzonga water falls. Back to the Resort for lunch. After lunch, proceed to Singshore Bridge, a drive of 26 kms from Pelling about 5kms ahead of Dentam towards Uttarey. Built over a gorge over a 1000 ft deep, the building of this suspension bridge was an engineering feat indeed & is also the second highest bridge in Asia. The bridge is ver close to Uttarey which is the base camp for Singilela Mountain Range trek. Enroute to Singshore, stop to see the Sangay Falls in the The Dentam Valley (1500 m). The entire area is surrounded by forest of rhododendrons. On the return, a visit to the Cheese factory at Dentam Back by evening. Overnight stay.
 
DAY 5
 
PELLING>>DARJELLING
 
Proceed to the Rabdentse Ruins - the second capital of the erstwhile King of Sikkim till 1814 A.D. This is also very close to the Pemyangtse Monastery, a 30mins walk from the main road. The scenic view from the top of the ruins scanning across the deep valley, to the mystic heights of the Khanchenjunga range is something to be cherished & etched in memory. Onwards to Darjeeling (7100 ft), a 72 kms drive taking around 3-4 hours, the “Queen of the hill stations” , its name derived from “Dorje-Line” which means the place of “Dorje”, the mystic thunderbolt. After a very scenic drive thru the mountains, tea gardens etc., reach Darjeeling by late afternoon & check-in at Hotel, overnight stay.
 
DAY 6
 
DARJELLING
 
Start the day at 4am with an early morning trip to Tiger Hill (7800 Ft) to catch the sunrise from behind the majestic Kunchenjunga range. On the way back visit the Ghoom Monastery & Batasia Loop. Back to the hotel for breakfast. After lunch, proceed for a half day sightseeing of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoo, Tenzing Rock, Labong Race Course, Tea Garden & Tibetan Refugees Self Help Centre. Back to the Hotel by evening. Take a walk to “Chowrasta” the centre point of the Mall area. Do some window shopping. Overnight stay.
 
DAY 6
 
DARJELLING>>BAGDOGRA/NJP
 
Depart to Bagdogra/NJP after breakfast.

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