General info about Sikkim
Sikkim, a state lying in the northeastern part of India, is
one of the more physically accessible sections of the
Himalaya. Within four days from Calcutta in the Indian state
of West Bengal, the traveler can be among some of the
loftiest mountains in the world. In the olden days, this
region was known as Basyul -- the hidden land. Sikkim forms
part of the Eastern Himalayas which, among other features,
is known for the heavy rain it receives compared with the
Sikkim is surrounded by Nepal to the west, Tibet (China) to
the north, Bhutan to the west and the Indian state of West
Bengal to the south. It has considerable importance due to
its strategic location. While in the early years and even
till about the middle of the 20th century Sikkim remained a
favorite among trekkers, explorers and mountaineers on short
holidays, from the 1950s the region began to come under
The restrictions mainly affected foreigners. But gradually,
with developments like the deterioration of Indo-Chinese
relations, the flight of the Dalai Lama, and the Indo-Sikkimese
Treaty by which the defence of Sikkim fell to India,
permission even to Indian nationals became restricted in
certain areas, especially around the border passes into
Tibet. Visitors to the area and mountaineering expeditions
had to spend considerable amounts of time to obtain permits
beyond the Inner Line, and mountaineering activity in the
region became restricted to teams from the Indian Armed
Forces. Around 1961, all but the small area of Western
Sikkim was closed to everyone except army personnel.
Only since the late 1970s have restrictions been relaxed
slightly and have trekkers and mountaineering expeditions
been allowed in the region.
detailed itinerary of sikkim tour
Duration : 06 Nights 07 Days
Destination Covered : Sikkim - Darjeeling - Kalimpong
Day 01 : Fly Kathmandu to Biratnagar of Bhadrapur Airport.
On arrival at Biratnagar/ Bhardapur Airport meet, assist and
drive to Darjeeling. 51Km/02Hrs
Day 02 : Darjeeling (2100m)
Visit Himalayan Zoo- Himalayan fauna in natural habitat, red
panda, black bear, yaks and the famous snow leopard /
Himalayan Mountaineering institute and Museum of Everest
Expedition/ Tibetan self help center, training and sales
Emporium of Tibetan handicrafts.
Darjeeling- Pemayangste, (102km/5 hrs) After lunch drive to
Pemayansgate, West Sikkim.
Day 03 : Pemayangste: (2085m)
Visit the Pemayangste Monastery. This is a premier monastery
of Sikkim built in the 17th century. A short walk to
Sangabjjoling Monastery (2 km/45min) located on a hillock
above the hotel. On a clear day the view of the mountain
range is breathtaking.
Day 04 : Pemayangste - Gangtok (1600m/117kms/5 hrs)
Drive through semi tropical forests, cardamom plantation and
small villages to Ghantok, once the capital of the kingdom
Day 05 : Gangtok
Full day sightseeing.
Visit Enchey Monastery, Deer Park, Government institute of
Cottage Industry, Dodrul Chorten, Research Institute of
Visit Rumtek Monastery, situated 24 km. this magnificent
monastery was built by the late Gyalwa Karmapa, the head of
the Kagyu Sect. Overnight Hotel.
Day 06 : Gangtok- Kalimpong (1588m/85km/3hrs)
Drive along the Rangit river valley to Kalimpong.
Visit flower nurseries/local monastery/ handicraft center.
Day 07: Kalimpong - Biratnagar/ Bhardapur (221-km/7 hrs)
Early morning drive to Biratnagar/ Bhardapur airport and
check in for your flight to Kathmandu.