BRIEF ITINERARY :
Day 1 : Bagdogra airport arrival and move to Gangtok.
Day 2 : Visit beautiful Changu Lake and Baba Mandir.
Day 3 : Visit Ranka Monastery, Ropeway & Institute of Tibetology, Dro dul Chorten and flower show.
Day 4 : Visit Ravangla, the Buddha Park and head to Pelling.
Day 5 : Visit 2nd highest bridge in Asia : Singshore bridge, Pelling skywalk & 18th century Rabdent’s ruins.
Day 6 : Move from Pelling to Yuksom, visiting Rimbi falls, orange garden, Khechepeolri lake, Kanchenjunga waterfall. Stay at Yuksom.
Day 7 : Walk around Yuksom : See Coronation throne, Karthok lake, village walk and footprint stone.
Day 8 : Leave early morning from Yuksom to Bagdogara. Fly back from Bagdogra.
Upon your arrival at the airport, We will move to Gangtok– A beautiful hamlet amongst the hills. It was established as a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the 1840s. We can go out for a walk and find a nice little restaurant for the evening. The small town remains a Tibetan Buddhist centre and a base for hikers organising permits and transport for treks through Sikkim’s Himalayan mountain range.
After breakfast, we shall go to see the famous Tsongmo Lake. Tsomgo Lake (also called as Changu Lake) is one of the highest lakes in India set at an elevation of 12310 Feet .The lake is considered sacred by the local people and the water here is believed to have medicinal value. So are we going to drink it ? No. Take bath ? Big No. We are just going to sit here and take in the beauty of it.
After this , we visit the famous Baba Mandir, located between Nathula and Jelepla pass at an altitude of 13,123 ft and about 52kms from Gangtok, Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple is popularly known as Baba Mandir.
Ok then , Story time : Harbhajan Singh was a Sentry of Punjab Regiment and was posted here as part of border patrol force. In 1968, he disappeared, was said to have fallen and drowned. After a few days he reappeared in the dreams of one of his sentry colleagues and asked him to make a memorial here on his name. Harbhajan Singh is no more, the sentries and guards here believe that his spirit is still alive and he is therefore treated as a living being. They all believe that Harbhajan will guard and protect them in this very difficult terrain.
We’ll first go to the Ranka Monastery, this magnificent monastery complex is spread over a sprawling 21 acres of richly forested mountain side and offers a brilliant view of the majestic mountains that surround it. After this, let’s head to see the mesmerising townscape of Gangtok by riding in a ropeway/ cable car and the famous Sikkim flower show, usually held around March when the orchids in the region are in full bloom. This is quite a tourist attraction this time of the year. We will then visit the Dro dul Chorten Stupa, which is marked by a golden top dome. This golden top can be seen from various places in Gangtok. Walking distance from here is the Namgy a l Institute of Tibetoglogy, which is one of the most important and famous institutes in the world that does research in the areas of Tibetan language and culture. It also has in its premises a museum, a Tibetan library with rich collections and also a reference centre about Tibet and Himalayas in general.
After breakfast, we say goodbye to Gangtok and head towards Pelling. On our way to Pelling , we go via Ravangla to visit the Buddha Park holding the 130 foot high Golden Budha Statue, it was built by virtue of the 2550th birth commemoration of Lord Gautama Buddha in 2006. We will be staying in Peling for the night.
Pelling is one of the must visit places for its scenic view.It is from this Sikkimese town, one can have the best views of the Himalayas and the Kanchenjunga Peak. Today, we visit Asia’s second highest bridge called the singshore bridge at a height of over 100metre and 240metre in length. Post which we visit a gigantic 137 feet statue of Chenrezig (Avalokitesvara) and a transparent Sky Walk made of glass that leads to the statue. This is India’s first ever skywalk made. After the gorgeous skywalk , we will head to Rabdentse Ruins, a former capital of Sikkim, which was destroyed in 18th century. It has many stories of power and glory. You will be mused with the fact that there are still patches of blood on the walls. The view from the top of the ruins scanning across deep valley to the mystic heights of Kanchendzonga ranges is something to be cherished and etched in memory.
Today, after breakfast, we shall start off for a scenic route with many pit stops. The first pit stop will be the Rimbi waterfalls. Nearby is the Rimbi orange gardens where we will be walking amongst tons of oranges hanging around us and even enjoy some freshly plucked oranges.
Post this we will be moving towards the Kechepeolri Lake, sit there , have some hot chai and conversations.
Post our relaxation at the lake , we will go to the famous Kanchenjunga falls and take a dip if we wish ,in this magnificent falls. This one of the largest waterfalls in Sikkim. After our dip here, we will be heading towards our stay in Yuksom. Yuksom signifies “meeting spot of three lamas” and is the chronicled capital of Sikkim built up in 1642 AD. For Buddhists, it’s one of the sacred destination.
Today we visit the Coronation throne and the Norbugang Chorten.Norbugang Chorten was established during a consecration ceremony that was held by three learned Lamas headed by Lhatsun Chempo, crowning the first Chogyal of Sikkim. The Norbung Chorten (stupa), is said to contain water and soil from all parts of Sikkim. From here, we will be heading to see the Kathok lake, which is considered a holy lake as the water of this lake was used to or the consecration ceremony held to crown the Chogyal. A foot print seen here is attributed to be of one of the lamas involved in the crowning ceremony. By removing the head board, imprints are clearly seen of toes and soles of feet.
Most of us have flights around 2pm so we have to move around 5am from here.
COST ( excluding 5% GST )
Rs. 27,000 / person ( Before
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Here is our 9 point checklist that we follow with regards to OJ trips.
Most people come alone for my trips. About 25% of the people bring a friend or partner.Honestly It really doesn’t matter. I have seen on all the batches I have lead. Most people really gel with everyone, even the ones who thought wouldn’t gel up, surprise themselves always with the way they got comfortable with everyone.
Each trek/ trip is rated according to the number of days we spend outdoors . If you aren’t sure where to start, go with an easy trip or trek.
I dreamed of trips where we could go out hike , get exhausted , come back to hotel and have a great evening. This is exactly why some of my trips have Day hikes in it. It is a perfect chance for people who have never hiked in their entire life. Don’t worry, We are there :).
you can start with Sandhakphu or Chandrashila . You can also benchmark yourself for the treks.
If you have never done a high altitude trek, then start with a easy or Easy- moderate trek. That way you will understand how your body reacts to high altitude and you can check you cardio strength too.
Usually, most batch sizes are between 12-20 people who are aged between 16-38. Most people come alone or with a friend. The trip would feel like you are travelling more with college friends than strangers. We tend to do more outdoorsy things than regular trips .
For example : If we find a very pretty waterfall/ a beautiful sunset / Rainbow on the way. We would stop the vehicle right away to catch the beauty of it.
We usually sleep very late on these trips as we play a lot of group games and most people feel they will miss the precious time with the group members and decides to stay awake.