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Gangtok Tour
Gangtok Tour
(12 Nights - 13 Days)
Delhi - Bagdogra - Darjeeling - Pemayangste - Yuksom - Kecheoplari lake -
Yuksom - Gangtok - Lachung - Yumthang - Gangtok - Bagdogra - Delhi
Day 01 : Arrive-Delhi

After meeting at the Airport, you will be transferred to the Hotel. 

Day 02 : Delhi - Bagdogra - Darjeeling

In the morning, transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Bagdogra. On reaching Bagdogra we will be received by the botany expert who will accompany us for rest of the tour in Sikkim and Darjeeling. Bagdogra to Darjeeling is a three hours drive uphill through tea gardens and small towns. We will occasionally meet the famous Darjeeling toy train, huffing and puffing across our road.

Day 03 : Darjeeling

Early morning visit Tiger Hill for fabulous sunrise views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world at 28,156 ft. Mt. Everest and a host of other Himalayan giants are also seen on the horizon. On our drive back to the hotel we will stop at Ghoom, a Tibetan-Buddhist monastery. After breakfast we shall visit the old botanical gardens to see their collection of rare orchids and other plants. After lunch visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Tibetan Refugee Camp and the local market. Evening we will have a lecture by Prof. Pradhan or Prof. Chattri from the Botany Dept. of the local University, on the flora of Darjeeling and surrounding areas.

Day 04 : Darjeeling - Pemayangste

Today's' drive is truly a naturalist's delight. The hillsides and mountain slopes of Sikkim are strewn with bright patches of myriad colors. The lower mountain slopes are abundant with lush green bamboo and ferns. The northern valleys are draped with wild cherry, oaks, chestnut, pines as well as magnolia varieties called Magnolia Campbeli and Michelia Doltso-pa. The higher altitudes are abloom with 46 species of Rhododendrons. And of course, Sikkim's 600 varieties of orchids are everywhere. This day our 05-hour drive is interesting as we move upstream along the river Rangit through dense forests of sal and teak. Over night will be in a government-run tourist lodge called Mount Pandim, situated on top of a hill at the altitude of 7000 feet. From your bedroom windows you can see the magnificent Kanchenjunga massif which is only 35 miles away as the crow flies.

Day 05 : Pemayangste to Yuksom via Kecheoplari lake

Early morning after having our breakfast we walk to the Pemayangtse monastery which is only a km from the hotel. Here we hear the chanting of the morning prayers by the young and old monks and the smell of the burning Juniferous Squamata and Rhododendron Nivele. Pemayangtse, also known as the "Perfect Sublime Lotus ", is one of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim and belongs to the Red Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhists. After visiting this monastery we will drive towards Kecheoplari Lake. After a walk around this "wishing lake ", a short trek downhill towards Yuksom. We will see some common wild orchids like the Dendrobium. This night we will be camping and our food will be cooked by our own staff who will be serving Sikkim specialties along with the famous local brew called the "Tongba".

Day 06 : Yuksom

The original capital of Sikkim, the tiny hill town of Yuksom is the base for treks and climbing expeditions to Mount Kanchenjunga and other important peaks. This day we walk to the coronation throne, Dubdi Monastery and the nearby jungles to see wild orchids like the Coelogyne and Dendrobium, as well as the indigenous flora of Sikkim.

Day 07 : Yuksom - Gangtok

The 5-hour drive from Yuksom to Gangtok passes lush green fields the famous large Sikkimese Cardamoms as well as Golden Rice.

Day 08 : Gangtok

Perched atop a ridge at a height of 1520-meters lies Gangtok; a quaint, colorful town. This small-modernized town is the capital of Sikkim. Here we visit the famous monastery of Roomtek which is the head quarters of the Kagyu sect. Later, we visit the Institute of Tibet logy which has a collection of almost 30,000 volumes on diverse subjects like astrology, philosophy, magic and religion. After lunch we visit the Orchid Sanctuary which has over 200 species of temperate and intermediate orchids on beautifully landscaped grounds. Our next stop is the Epica gardens, which has large collection of indigenous plants of Sikkim. Evening we will have a discussion with local botanists Prof. Tamang, Mr. Lachungpa and Mr. Gurung.

Day 09 : Gangtok to Lachung

This area was recently opened to foreign visitors. We will be seeing the breathtaking landscapes of the northern part of Sikkim. Our drive takes us through lush green bamboo thickets intermingled with tropical flora and we arrive at the historical place of "Kabi Logstok" where the Lepchas and Bhutias had their brotherhood treaty. Later we pass scattered villages and terraced paddy fields. A few kilometers before reaching Mangan (the capital of north Sikkim), we will cross the Ranga Rang bridge which is said to be one of the highest bridges in Asia. After Mangan the landscapes turn even more interesting as we encounter magnificent waterfalls cascading down steep mountain walls.

Day 10 : Lachung - Yumthang

This day, we will visit Shingba Rhododendron sanctuary set at 12000 ft. Here we find different varieties of Rhododendrons like the Triflorum, Hodgsonii, Dalhousiae, Cilatum, Cinnbarinum, Campanulatum etc. Besides this we find several pine families like the Cedrus Deodar, Abies Spectabilis, Tsuga Dumosa, Pinus Wallichiana etc. Of course, the sanctuary is also very rich with alpine flowers like Rheum Nobile, Rheum Australe etc. Yumthang is also rich in sulphur springs and even the kings of Sikkim have made their own bathing huts. The air starts to get cooler as you enter the valley, with towering peaks closing in from all sides. From this point Tibet is only 25 Kms as the crow flies. In the evening, we will return back to our lodge in Lachung.

Day 11 : Lachung - Gangtok

After breakfast, visit Lachung monastery. Before commencing the return drive. Lachung is famous for Apple, and October and November are lively months when the apples are harvested and sent to Gangtok. On our return drive we will make stop at different places and take short hikes to explore the countryside. We will have a picnic lunch at Singhik, famous for its clear and unobstructed views of Kanchenjunga.

Day 12 : Gangtok - Bagdogra - Delhi
The 5 hours drive from Gangtok to Bagdogra follows the Tista River and we will be making stops to see the low altitude Himalayan flora. Arrive in Delhi in the early evening.
Day 13 : Depart - Delhi

Whole day will be at leisure. In the evening, get transferred to the airport for the flight back.

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