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 western Himalayas.
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 geographical restrictions.
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 Package
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 of Sikkim.
Day 05 : Gangtok
Full day sightseeing.
Visit Enchey Monastery, Deer Park, Government institute of Cottage Industry, Dodrul Chorten, Research Institute of Tobetology.
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.