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
detailed itinerary of sikkim SPECIAL tour
Sikkim Special Tour Day 01. Flight to India (Indira Gandhi
Around Midnight arrival in Delhi. The cosmopolitan City and
capital Delhi is the main gateway for travelers. You are met
by an Virtual Tours representative and transferred to your
Sikkim Special Tour Day 02.
Delhi - Bagdogra (by air) -
Pemayangtse (about 80 km)
Today we leave Delhi and enter into Sikkim. Sikkim is the
2nd smallest state in India. Sikkim, in the East Himalayas
is sandwiched between Nepal to its W and Bhutan to the E. In
the N is Tibet/China. Sikkim has so rich of flora, fauna and
a diverse ethnic and cultural population as no other state
in India. We drive through the forests and tea gardens and
proceed to our today's destination Pemayangtse (The perfect
Sublime Lotus). We visit the headquarter of the Nyingama
sect in Pemmayangtse.
Sikkim Special Tour Day 03.
Full day sightseeing and rest of the day at leisure.
Sikkim Special Tour Day 04.
Pemayangtse - Gangtok Tour
(about 120 km)
The capital of Sikkim 'Gangtok' lies on a ridge overlooking
the Ranipool river. Gangtok ("High Hill") lies at an
altitude of 1760 m. Gangtok is surrounded by the mountains,
especially from Kangchendzonga range. We visit Tsuk-la-Khang,
the royal chapel which is standing on a high bridge. This is
the major place of worship and has a large and impressive
collection of scriptures. We also visit the institute of
cottage industries which is an attraction as a wide range of
local handicrafts in Lepcha style are produced here.
Sikkim Special Tour Day 05.
Gangtok Excursion: Enchey monastery
Today we drive to the monastery of Enchey. This monastery is
believed to be 200 years old. The monks of this monastery
belong to the Mahayana Buddhism. After the visit of Enchey
monastery we proceed to Martham Village-Resort, where we
have afternoon at leisure. Here one can have nice walks or
have a ride on the local horses of this area.
Sikkim Special Tour Day 06.
Gangtok Excursion: Rumtek monastery
Today we visit the unique Research Institute of Tibetology
on a hilltop which was established in 1958 to promote
research on Tibet and Mahayana Buddhism.Here we will see the
biggest collection of tibetan scripts and an excellent
collection of rare Tankhas, bronze and cult objects. We also
visit orchid Sanctuary which is laying south of the
institute. This Sanctuary contains over 450 indigenous
species. Sikkim is considered paradise for orchid lovers.
After the visit of sanctuary we walk through the bazaar of
Gangtok through the area of old palace and visit the
monastery Gylwa. The main attraction of our excursion
remains today the monastery of Rumtek. Rumtek monastery was
built as a true copy of a tibetan monastery in recent years.
Rumtek is the headquarter of Red hat sect of tibetan
Sikkim Special Tour Day 07.
Gangtok - Darjeeling Tour
(about 100 km)
After the breakfast we proceed north of the state through
the coniferous forests and terraced tea gardens and arrive
in Darjeeling (Darjiling). Darjeeling (place of the
thunderbolt) have spectacular scenery. Due to its altitude
of 2134m and soothing temperature in Summer Darjeeling has
become a famous hill resort in India. By clear weather we
can enjoy the impressive/ unforgettable views of Himalayas.
Sikkim Special Tour Day 08.
Darjeeling Excursion: Tiger Hill
Very early in the morning we drive to Tiger Hill (around 11
km.,1 hour) to enjoy the sunrise at the Tiger hill. Tiger
hill (2590 m.) is the highest point in this area. There is a
breathtaking view of the sunrise on Kangchendzonga. Mount
Everest (8842) is also visible on a clear day. The moments
of sunrise from Tiger Hill are described by most of the
visitors as unforgettable. In the afternoon we explore
Darjeeling and its surroundings. We visit the village
Lablong and the institute of mountaineering where we get the
detailed information about the natural surrounding and its
habitants of this area.
Sikkim Special Tour Day 09.
Darjeeling - Bagdogra Tour
(about 100 km) - Delhi (by air)
Through the wild Tista valley we drive back to Bagdogra. In
the afternoon we fly from Bagdogra to Delhi. The rest of the
day at leisure. (opportunity for the last shopping or enjoy
a massage in the Hotel)After Dinner we leave the hotel for
Sikkim Special Tour Day 10.
Flight Back Home
Around midnight flight back to the home destination.