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Sparkling Sikkim Tour Package

 

Sparkling Sikkim Tour Package: Overview

North Sikkim is one of the unexplored beauties of India which offers pristine beauty of snow covered mountains, majestic waterfalls, blessed flora and fauna and breathtaking views spellbinds for every tourist. Sparking Sikkim tour package designed for you to explore famous destination of Sikkim and create new vision to reality. Holiday Travel India provides a new chance to explore Gangtok, Lachung and Chopta Valley in 05N/06D. The tour must going to be one of the most delightful tours.

 

Gangtok India points of interest Tsomgo Lake: The glacial Tsomgo Lake is located at an altitude of 3,780 meters above sea level. It is also called as Changu Lake and is crossed by the Nathu la Pass on the north. This is one of the few and awesome high altitude lakes in India. The lake becomes doubly attractive with the reflections of the surrounding hills on the water. Tsomgo Lake is oval in shape and approximately 1km. long. It has an average depth of about 50 ft. it was created by the snow melted water from the mountains around the lake & a river namely Lungtze Chu has been created from Tsomgo Lake. The lake further falls into Rangpo-chu.  Saramsa Garden: Saramsa Garden was established in 1922 and has served various purposes. This is a vast stretch of landscaped garden located about 14kms from Gangtok Town and near Ranipool. It's ideal for leisure, recreation and picnic. The purpose behind setting up of the garden was to cater to the needs of the British officers as well as the former Namgyal Royal family. Various fruit trees such as banana, orange, pineapple and guava were grown here. The Forest Department introduced Cephaelis Ipecacuanha, a medicinal plant in the year 1940.  Ganesh Tok View Point: Ganesh Tok is a small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh, it is so small that only one person can crawl into the temple at a time. However, the main thing to be notices here is its unique location which acts like a viewpoint. The view point is set at a height of 6500 m and offers spectacular sights of the snow capped peaks. There is a small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha at the view point. The temple is so small that it can accommodate just one person at a time.  Tashi View Point:  Tashi View Point is one of the major attractions of Gangtok and is located at a distance of 8 km from the town. The place is a must visit for nature lovers as it offers great views of the imposing Himalayan mountains, specifically Mount Kanchenjunga and Siniolchu.  This is basically a sunrise point to watch the majestic panorama of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Siniolchu with other snow clad peaks and can have an experience of the change of colour of snow on the mountains during the Sunrise. A resting shed and a small cafeteria situated at Tashi View Point provides shelter and other amenities to the tourists. A park above the View Point is a good place to enjoy a picnic.  Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary: Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is a nature park in the Indian state of Sikkim. It has forty species of rhododendron trees. It is located in the Yumthang Valley north of Lachung in North Sikkim district. Bird species found in the park include Wood snipe and Hoary-throated barwing. Vast range of flora is found at the place which includes Poppies, Rhododendrons, Primulas, Saxifrages, Gentians, Iris and much more. It is the home of spotted lingsang and tiger.  Hanuman Tok: Hanuman Tok is a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The temple is surrounded by lush green parks and beautiful mountains. From the temple one gets unobstructed views of Kanchenjunga. The word “Tok” in local language means temple. Hanuman Tok is a famous temple in Gangtok dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The legend about the place suggests that Lord Hanuman halted for a rest here while carrying Sanjeevni to Lanka from the Himalayas. Tourists and pilgrims gather at the temple in large numbers to pray and wish fulfillment. The idol of Lord Hanuman was erected here in 1950 when an officer named Appaji Pant had a divine dream at this location.  Nathula Pass: The mighty mountain pass of Nathu La is located at an astonishing height of approximately 4,310 meters above sea level and is considered to be one of the highest motor able mountain passes in the world.  It is 56 km East of Gangtok and connects the Indian state of Sikkim to Tibet Autonomous Region in China. Nathu means "listening ears" and La means "pass" in Tibetan. This pass has historical importance and in 1904, Major Francis Young husband, serving as the British Commissioner to Tibet, led a successful mission through Nathu La to capture Lhasa. It is guarded on both sides by the Chinese and Indian soldiers  How to Reach Gangtok By Air: Bagdogra is the nearest airport to Darjeeling. From Gangtok the distance of this airport is about 123 km. It takes about 4 ½ hours to drive from Darjeeling to Bagdogra. This airport can be reached from the metropolitan cities of India.  By Rail: The nearest railway station to Gangtok is New Jalpaiguri or NJP. The distance between Gangtok and NJP is almost 88 km. It is the most important railhead of the region. This railway station can be reached from the major cities of India. The famous toy train can be taken from New Jalpaiguri to reach the hill station. It is a wonderful experience taking a ride of this train and enjoying the surrounding picturesque scenario.  By Road: Bus services are available for tourists. After reaching Siliguri bus can be taken to reach Gangtok  By availing the Tenzing Norgay Road, which is known as NH-55 Darjeeling can be reached from Siliguri, NJP and Bagdogra. It merely takes some more than 3 hours to reach Darjeeling via NH-55. Private taxis may be hired for this journey.   Gangtok to Changu lake taxi fare Changu Lake is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim, some 40 kilometers (25 m) from the capital Gangtok. Located at an elevation of 3,753 m (12,313 ft), the lake remains frozen during the winter season. You can hire Taxi to reach Changu Lake in very easiest way and taxi charges became Rs.3000/- on round trip.   Ideal time to visit Gangtok Best time to visit Sikkim is March onwards till June and September to December. The best season to travel to Sikkim is summers  Places to visit in Lachung Lachung Monastery: The Lachung Monastery is the symbol of religious and cultural heritage. This place is known by the name Lachung Gompa which was established in 1880 AD. It is an ancient monastery where you can find Buddhist murals paintings with colors and two big prayer wheels. People perform various religious and traditional practices there. Chaam is the dance form which is performed by wearing peculiar masks.  Yumesamdong Zero Point: Yumesamdong (Zero Point) is heaven personified place where you can get the most fascinating view. People can enjoy snow capped Himalayan peaks, beautiful flowers in this place. This place is situated 15000 feet above the sea level. It is very close to China border  Lachung Gompa: The ancient monastery, which was built sometime during 1880, is the hub of all cultural and religious activity in Lachung. A quaint and pretty place with murals in jewel colours and two large prayer wheels, the gompa should definitely be on your itinerary. If you’re in the hamlet in January, then you’ll also be able to see the Chaam, a traditional masked dance that the monks perform here to mark the end of the eleventh Tibetan month.  Taste of Tibet cuisines Sikkim is the only province in India where the majority of the population is Nepali and Tibetan. So it feels quite a bit different from mainland North or South India. After enjoying Tibetan cuisine at a number of restaurants in Gangtok. Taste of Tibet offers authentic Tibetan cuisine. Popular among the youth, the place is always bustling with people. Must-try dishes include Chicken Momos, Gyathuk and Thenthuk (noodle soup) and shyabhale (Tibetan meat pasty). The décor is simple, but the interiors are quite comfortable.   Chopta valley Chopta Valley in north east Sikkim is very popular among trekkers as well as people of several faiths. Chopta is famous for its monuments of historical and religious importance. A few kilometers from the valley are the Gurudongmar Lake, considered sacred by both Buddhists and Sikhs. Situated close to the Indo-Tibetan border, the lake is special because a part of it never freezes even in the peak of winter.   How to Reach Chopta Valley Chopta Valley can be easily reached from Thangu, which is located close to the valley. The drive from Thangu to Chopta Valley will take only forty five minutes, at a maximum. Jeeps and buses from the nearby town of Mangan, which is the main town in the district of North Sikkim. Yumthang valley zero point Yumesamdong or Zero point is nature personified. It is a place very close to the Indo Chinese border. Yumesamdong is a land of perennial snow but this valley is also used as a grazing ground for nomadic shepherds. Heady invigorating and exhilarating, words would fail to explain the experience of being at Yumesamdong. There is also Hot Springs in Yume Samdong at the river called Sebu chhu. Donkia-La pass is also located here (at an altitude of 18,400ft which connects Lachung Valley with Lachen Valley)  Best time to visit Yumthang valley The best season for visiting Yumthang valley starts in late February and continues up to mid June, when thousands of colourful flowers are in full bloom. To enjoy a clear sky and brilliant view of snow-capped mountains, the September - December season would be ideal.  Adventure things to do in Gangtok & Lachung River Rafting in Teesta Teesta Rivers are graded in the international level at I to IV and present one of the finest rafting starches in the world. The turbulent waters of Rangit with its multidimensional rapids provides the rafters the scopes of practicing their skills and the spectacular scene along the river courses through the gorges and valleys make the rafting adventure a memorable experience.  A circuit of around 11-km, rafting starts from this quaint little town and continues till Rangpo through Sirwani. Above all, what attracts the adrenaline junkies for river rafting in Gangtok is the astounding views while challenging and maneuvering the ferocious rapids of Teesta River.  Yak Safari at Tsongmo Lake Though a yak rides slowly on the gentle and steep slopes, a ride from Gangtok to the enchanting Tsongmo Lake is an experience that outlooks any of the activities in the vicinity. Taking you through the curvy, rugged and challenging terrains of Gangtok, a Yak Safari allows you time to absorb the fascinating colours and true beauty of this region. You will get to ride the yak in Tsomgo Lake and in various trekking points like Dzongri in West Sikkim onwards Chopta Valley Jeep & Yak Safari Tour.  Paragliding in Gangtok This adventure sports is slowly becoming very common in India though its origin can be traced back to 1940s. If you want to get up close with nature, then paragliding can be a wonderful way to do so. Paragliding in Sikkim offers an experience that is worth cherishing for a lifetime. The total flying time in high fly is 20-30 minutes.  Ropeway Cable Ride in Gangtok This is one of the greatest attractions in Gangtok and should not be missed. It's a double-cable zig back ropeway which is operational since December 2003. Each cable car can carry up to 24 passengers.   This rope way of about 1 km long has three entry points or stops. The lowest point is at Deorali market and the highest point is at Tashiling (below the state secretariat ). There is a midpoint stop at Nam-Nang. One can enter from any point and return to same point after touching other two points. Cable car journey provides spectacular view of Gangtok market, valley and assembly hall of state of Sikkim on its 15 to 20 minutes journey  Trekking and Camping at Tosar Lake Toasar Lake Tosar Lake is located at an altitude of 13000 ft in between the Mangan Ridge and the Chola Range to the south east of the lake. This trek begins from the road head at Naksuk, Naga Reserved Forest above Naga village which is about an hour drive from Mangan. It follows the old traditional yak and cow trails in the Reserve forest. It passes through soggy temperate forest of broad leaved species and bamboos. This trek is especially popular for its mountain views, floral spectacle in summer, beautiful birds and views of pristine forest.      Camping at Tosar Lake Camp Mangan is a local family-run day camp that operates for 2-3 weeks every summer from late-June through mid-July. Camp Mangan 2017 runs from the 26th of June through the 7th of July. The Camp is in session from 9 A.M to 3 P.M with lunch and snacks provided. It can be accessed directly from Siliguri via Singtam about five hour drive, the Government Tourist Lodge and hotels are available in and around Mangan Bazar. You can stay in trekker's huts or in tents, on the trek. On termination, you get a chance of visiting Yoksom and Pamayangtse and exploring the famous Buddhist Monastery   Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary One of the prettiest sanctuaries in entire Sikkim, it is located in the Yumthang Valley, with the Yumthang Chu river meandering through it. Flanked by the Chomzomei Tso mountains, which extend till Lava on the west and by the craggy Chuba-Sagochen mountain on the east, the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is well-known for its beautiful landscape comprising of verdant forested hills, alpine meadows, hot springs, flowering bushes and snow-peaked mountains. Several glacial streams criss-cross through the valley, adding to its charm. Spanning over an area of 43 sq km, this forest is especially known for over 40 species of Rhododendron bushes and trees. Other flowers like poppies, saxifrages, gentians, potentillas and primulas paint the sanctuary with their vibrant hues. If you’re in Lachung anytime between April and May – the time when the valley is bursting with a rainbow of colours, then don’t miss an opportunity to walk through the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary. While the forest is a floral paradise, it is also home to the Ghoral, Serow and the endangered Tiger-Civet. You can even spot the Brown Trout, an exotic species of fish in the blue waters of the Yumthang Chu.  lachung valley of flowers A beautiful valley of flowers with vibrant blossoms of primula, poppies and rhododendron. At a height of 3,564m, the valley is very near Tibet and offers some great views of the Shundu Tsenpa and Pauhunri peaks. As you walk around the valley, enjoying the views and your time in this floral haven, you’ll also come across several hot springs, which bubble with warm, sulphur-rich water, known for their healing powers.  A tributary of the Teesta River meanders past the valley, making the place even more picturesque. While Yumthang is closed from December to March because of heavy snowfall, do visit the valley during the summer months when it is draped in a whorl of colours.

 

What is unique in Sparkling Sikkim Tour Package and why?

Holiday Travel India offers unique package to show beauty of Sikkim where you can find two famous city of Sikkim which includes Gangtok and Lanchung along with Chopta Valley. In this entire tour package we give a chance to explore worlds famous lake, Famous shrine of army soldier, snow-capped peaks Yumthang River and ancient Tungnath Temple.

 

Sparkling Sikkim Tour Package: Highlights

  • Fascinating view of the surrounding: Ganesh Tok Temple

  • Largest exporters of exotic flowers: Saramasa Garden

  • Mountain Pass of India and China: Nathula Pass

  • Ancient Ideal of Lord Hanuman: Hanuman Tok

  • Panoramic views of Sikkim: Tashi View Point

  • Famous Theme park in Gangtok

  • Temple of Indian Army soldier: Baba Mandir

  • Valley of Flower: Yumthang Valley

  • Alpine meadows and hot springs in Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary

  • Historical and religious monument: Chopta Valley

  • One of the highest lakes in the world: Gurudongmar Lake


Sparkling Sikkim Tour Package - Rates & Dates


Sparkling Sikkim Tour Package: Inclusion

  • 05 Night accommodation on twin sharing basis

  • Breakfast and Dinner

  • 03 night stay with sightseeing at Gangtok

  • 02 night stay with sightseeing at Lachung

  • Private Ac vehicle for 06 days

  • Parking, Toll tax and driver hault

  • Inclusive of all taxes

 

Sparkling Sikkim Tour Package: Exclusion

  • Any airfare, busfare and railway fare

  • Lunch

  • Any activity charges

  • Gst tax

 

Hotels in Gangtok

Standard Hotel: Hotel Chitrakoot Residency: TA Rank (5.0) - Certificate of Excellence

Deluxe Hotel: The Saramsa Resort: TA Rank (4.0) - Certificate of Excellence

 

Hotels in Lachung

Standard Hotel: Hotel Park Palace Lachung: TA Rank (4.5) - Certificate of Excellence

Deluxe Hotel: Yarlam Resort:  TA Rank (4.5)Certificate of Excellence


Sparkling Sikkim Tour Package - Itinerary

Arrive at airport or railway station and proceed towards Gangtok which is known as largest town of the Indian state of Sikkim. Upon arrival check into hotel and get ready to visit such famous sightseeing of Gangtok i.e. Ganesh Tok View Point, Tashi View Point and Hanuman Tok, Tsomgo Lake and Saramsa Garden. By the evening you will return back to Gangtok hotel and overnight stay with dinner at Gangtok hotel.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Lunch: Served at any nearest Restaurant

After breakfast start your day by visit Nathula Pass which is located at the Indo China border at an altitude of 14,100 feet as is a favorite hotspot place of visit for visitors coming to Sikkim. Spend some quality time enjoy your moment at Nathula pass. After that you may have lunch at any nearest restaurant, later you will be taken towards Banjhakri Waterfalls and Garden, Chorten Stupa, Tibetology. After sightseeing you will return back to hotel or visit for Rope way ride (Cable car) and river Teesta for white river rafting. By the evening come back to hotel and overnight stay with dinner at Gangtok hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Lunch: Served at any nearest restaurant

After breakfast start your day by visit such famous and most awaited places that is  Tsomgo Lake (38.5 km) which is one of the most popular attractions of Gangtok. Set at an elevation of 3780 m, this glacial lake is considered holy by Sikkim’s people. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the banks of the lake.

 After that you will move towards Baba Mandir which is a popular pilgrim center, Baba Mandir is believed to possess wish fulfilling powers. The shrine is built in the memory of Baba Harbhajan Singh, who was an Indian Army soldier and lost his life near Nathula Pass. It is believed that he is still ‘on duty’ for the Indian Army and he guards the lives of soldiers posted on the India- China border.

After sightseeing you will return back to hotel and rest of the day free at your leisure. Lunch at same hotel and overnight stay with dinner at Gangtok Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Lunch: Served at same hotel

After breakfast you will drive towards Lachung which is a mountain village close to the Tibetan border in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. Enroute you will stop for Seven-Sisters Waterfall. Later you will continue your journey towards Lachung. Upon arrival check in to hotel and you may have lunch at same hotel, after some rest you will be taken towards some famous excursion of Lachung village.  Lachung Chu, Lachung Monastery and you can witness the beautiful Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary in the Yumthang Valley blooming in color. You also have views of the snow-capped peaks and herds of wandering yaks and Yumthang River. By the evening you will return back to hotel and overnight stay with dinner at Lachung hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Lunch: Served at any nearest restaurant

After breakfast start your day by visit Chopta Valley which is famous for its scenic beauty and riot of colors during summer months. Upon arrival visit to explore Tungnath Temple, Thangu Valley and Chandrashila. After sightseeing you may have lunch at any nearest restaurant and then you move towards Gurudongmar Lake which is one of the highest lakes in the world. You may have day at Lake to know more about this frozen lake. By the evening return back to hotel and overnight stay with dinner at Lachung  

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Lunch: Served at any nearest restaurant

After breakfast check out from camp and proceed towards Bagdogra airport or railway station. Upon arrival you drop to airport or railway station for onwards journey. Tour gets with lots of memory

Meals: Breakfast



Gangtok India points of interest

Saramsa Garden: Saramsa Garden was established in 1922 and has served various purposes. This is a vast stretch of landscaped garden located about 14kms from Gangtok Town and near Ranipool. It's ideal for leisure, recreation and picnic. The purpose behind setting up of the garden was to cater to the needs of the British officers as well as the former Namgyal Royal family. Various fruit trees such as banana, orange, pineapple and guava were grown here. The Forest Department introduced Cephaelis Ipecacuanha, a medicinal plant in the year 1940.

 

Ganesh Tok View Point: Ganesh Tok is a small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh, it is so small that only one person can crawl into the temple at a time. However, the main thing to be notices here is its unique location which acts like a viewpoint. The view point is set at a height of 6500 m and offers spectacular sights of the snow capped peaks. There is a small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha at the view point. The temple is so small that it can accommodate just one person at a time.

 

Tashi View Point:  Tashi View Point is one of the major attractions of Gangtok and is located at a distance of 8 km from the town. The place is a must visit for nature lovers as it offers great views of the imposing Himalayan mountains, specifically Mount Kanchenjunga and Siniolchu.  This is basically a sunrise point to watch the majestic panorama of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Siniolchu with other snow clad peaks and can have an experience of the change of colour of snow on the mountains during the Sunrise. A resting shed and a small cafeteria situated at Tashi View Point provides shelter and other amenities to the tourists. A park above the View Point is a good place to enjoy a picnic.

 

Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary: Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is a nature park in the Indian state of Sikkim. It has forty species of rhododendron trees. It is located in the Yumthang Valley north of Lachung in North Sikkim district. Bird species found in the park include Wood snipe and Hoary-throated barwing. Vast range of flora is found at the place which includes Poppies, Rhododendrons, Primulas, Saxifrages, Gentians, Iris and much more. It is the home of spotted lingsang and tiger.

 

Hanuman Tok: Hanuman Tok is a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The temple is surrounded by lush green parks and beautiful mountains. From the temple one gets unobstructed views of Kanchenjunga. The word “Tok” in local language means temple. Hanuman Tok is a famous temple in Gangtok dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The legend about the place suggests that Lord Hanuman halted for a rest here while carrying Sanjeevni to Lanka from the Himalayas. Tourists and pilgrims gather at the temple in large numbers to pray and wish fulfillment. The idol of Lord Hanuman was erected here in 1950 when an officer named Appaji Pant had a divine dream at this location.

 

Nathula Pass: The mighty mountain pass of Nathu La is located at an astonishing height of approximately 4,310 meters above sea level and is considered to be one of the highest motor able mountain passes in the world.  It is 56 km East of Gangtok and connects the Indian state of Sikkim to Tibet Autonomous Region in China. Nathu means "listening ears" and La means "pass" in Tibetan. This pass has historical importance and in 1904, Major Francis Young husband, serving as the British Commissioner to Tibet, led a successful mission through Nathu La to capture Lhasa. It is guarded on both sides by the Chinese and Indian soldiers

 

Tsomgo Lake: The glacial Tsomgo Lake is located at an altitude of 3,780 meters above sea level. It is also called as Changu Lake and is crossed by the Nathu la Pass on the north. This is one of the few and awesome high altitude lakes in India. The lake becomes doubly attractive with the reflections of the surrounding hills on the water. Tsomgo Lake is oval in shape and approximately 1km. long. It has an average depth of about 50 ft. it was created by the snow melted water from the mountains around the lake & a river namely Lungtze Chu has been created from Tsomgo Lake. The lake further falls into Rangpo-chu.

 
Tsomgo Lake: The glacial Tsomgo Lake is located at an altitude of 3,780 meters above sea level. It is also called as Changu Lake and is crossed by the Nathu la Pass on the north. This is one of the few and awesome high altitude lakes in India. The lake becomes doubly attractive with the reflections of the surrounding hills on the water. Tsomgo Lake is oval in shape and approximately 1km. long. It has an average depth of about 50 ft. it was created by the snow melted water from the mountains around the lake & a river namely Lungtze Chu has been created from Tsomgo Lake. The lake further falls into Rangpo-chu.

 

How to Reach Gangtok

By Air: Bagdogra is the nearest airport to Darjeeling. From Gangtok the distance of this airport is about 123 km. It takes about 4 ½ hours to drive from Darjeeling to Bagdogra. This airport can be reached from the metropolitan cities of India.

 

By Rail: The nearest railway station to Gangtok is New Jalpaiguri or NJP. The distance between Gangtok and NJP is almost 88 km. It is the most important railhead of the region. This railway station can be reached from the major cities of India. The famous toy train can be taken from New Jalpaiguri to reach the hill station. It is a wonderful experience taking a ride of this train and enjoying the surrounding picturesque scenario.

 

By Road: Bus services are available for tourists. After reaching Siliguri bus can be taken to reach Gangtok  By availing the Tenzing Norgay Road, which is known as NH-55 Darjeeling can be reached from Siliguri, NJP and Bagdogra. It merely takes some more than 3 hours to reach Darjeeling via NH-55. Private taxis may be hired for this journey.

 

Gangtok to Changu lake taxi fare

Changu Lake is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim, some 40 kilometers (25 m) from the capital Gangtok. Located at an elevation of 3,753 m (12,313 ft), the lake remains frozen during the winter season. You can hire Taxi to reach Changu Lake in very easiest way and taxi charges became Rs.3000/- on round trip.

 

Ideal time to visit Gangtok

Best time to visit Sikkim is March onwards till June and September to December. The best season to travel to Sikkim is summers

 

Places to visit in Lachung

Lachung Monastery: The Lachung Monastery is the symbol of religious and cultural heritage. This place is known by the name Lachung Gompa which was established in 1880 AD. It is an ancient monastery where you can find Buddhist murals paintings with colors and two big prayer wheels. People perform various religious and traditional practices there. Chaam is the dance form which is performed by wearing peculiar masks.

 

Yumesamdong Zero Point: Yumesamdong (Zero Point) is heaven personified place where you can get the most fascinating view. People can enjoy snow capped Himalayan peaks, beautiful flowers in this place. This place is situated 15000 feet above the sea level. It is very close to China border

 

Lachung Gompa: The ancient monastery, which was built sometime during 1880, is the hub of all cultural and religious activity in Lachung. A quaint and pretty place with murals in jewel colours and two large prayer wheels, the gompa should definitely be on your itinerary. If you’re in the hamlet in January, then you’ll also be able to see the Chaam, a traditional masked dance that the monks perform here to mark the end of the eleventh Tibetan month.

 

Taste of Tibet cuisines

Sikkim is the only province in India where the majority of the population is Nepali and Tibetan. So it feels quite a bit different from mainland North or South India. After enjoying Tibetan cuisine at a number of restaurants in Gangtok. Taste of Tibet offers authentic Tibetan cuisine. Popular among the youth, the place is always bustling with people. Must-try dishes include Chicken Momos, Gyathuk and Thenthuk (noodle soup) and shyabhale (Tibetan meat pasty). The décor is simple, but the interiors are quite comfortable.

 

Chopta valley

Chopta Valley in north east Sikkim is very popular among trekkers as well as people of several faiths. Chopta is famous for its monuments of historical and religious importance. A few kilometers from the valley are the Gurudongmar Lake, considered sacred by both Buddhists and Sikhs. Situated close to the Indo-Tibetan border, the lake is special because a part of it never freezes even in the peak of winter.

 

Chopta valley

 

How to Reach Chopta Valley

Chopta Valley can be easily reached from Thangu, which is located close to the valley. The drive from Thangu to Chopta Valley will take only forty five minutes, at a maximum. Jeeps and buses from the nearby town of Mangan, which is the main town in the district of North Sikkim.

 

Yumthang valley zero point

Yumesamdong or Zero point is nature personified. It is a place very close to the Indo Chinese border. Yumesamdong is a land of perennial snow but this valley is also used as a grazing ground for nomadic shepherds. Heady invigorating and exhilarating, words would fail to explain the experience of being at Yumesamdong. There is also Hot Springs in Yume Samdong at the river called Sebu chhu. Donkia-La pass is also located here (at an altitude of 18,400ft which connects Lachung Valley with Lachen Valley)

 

Best time to visit Yumthang valley

The best season for visiting Yumthang valley starts in late February and continues up to mid June, when thousands of colourful flowers are in full bloom. To enjoy a clear sky and brilliant view of snow-capped mountains, the September - December season would be ideal.

 

Adventure things to do in Gangtok & Lachung

River Rafting in Teesta

Teesta Rivers are graded in the international level at I to IV and present one of the finest rafting starches in the world. The turbulent waters of Rangit with its multidimensional rapids provides the rafters the scopes of practicing their skills and the spectacular scene along the river courses through the gorges and valleys make the rafting adventure a memorable experience.  A circuit of around 11-km, rafting starts from this quaint little town and continues till Rangpo through Sirwani. Above all, what attracts the adrenaline junkies for river rafting in Gangtok is the astounding views while challenging and maneuvering the ferocious rapids of Teesta River.

 

Yak Safari at Tsongmo Lake

Though a yak rides slowly on the gentle and steep slopes, a ride from Gangtok to the enchanting Tsongmo Lake is an experience that outlooks any of the activities in the vicinity. Taking you through the curvy, rugged and challenging terrains of Gangtok, a Yak Safari allows you time to absorb the fascinating colours and true beauty of this region. You will get to ride the yak in Tsomgo Lake and in various trekking points like Dzongri in West Sikkim onwards Chopta Valley Jeep & Yak Safari Tour.

 

Paragliding in Gangtok

This adventure sports is slowly becoming very common in India though its origin can be traced back to 1940s. If you want to get up close with nature, then paragliding can be a wonderful way to do so. Paragliding in Sikkim offers an experience that is worth cherishing for a lifetime. The total flying time in high fly is 20-30 minutes.

 

Ropeway Cable Ride in Gangtok

This is one of the greatest attractions in Gangtok and should not be missed. It's a double-cable zig back ropeway which is operational since December 2003. Each cable car can carry up to 24 passengers.   This rope way of about 1 km long has three entry points or stops. The lowest point is at Deorali market and the highest point is at Tashiling (below the state secretariat ). There is a midpoint stop at Nam-Nang. One can enter from any point and return to same point after touching other two points. Cable car journey provides spectacular view of Gangtok market, valley and assembly hall of state of Sikkim on its 15 to 20 minutes journey

 

Trekking and Camping at Tosar Lake

Toasar Lake

Tosar Lake is located at an altitude of 13000 ft in between the Mangan Ridge and the Chola Range to the south east of the lake. This trek begins from the road head at Naksuk, Naga Reserved Forest above Naga village which is about an hour drive from Mangan. It follows the old traditional yak and cow trails in the Reserve forest. It passes through soggy temperate forest of broad leaved species and bamboos. This trek is especially popular for its mountain views, floral spectacle in summer, beautiful birds and views of pristine forest.  

 

Camping at Tosar Lake

Camp Mangan is a local family-run day camp that operates for 2-3 weeks every summer from late-June through mid-July. Camp Mangan 2017 runs from the 26th of June through the 7th of July. The Camp is in session from 9 A.M to 3 P.M with lunch and snacks provided.

It can be accessed directly from Siliguri via Singtam about five hour drive, the Government Tourist Lodge and hotels are available in and around Mangan Bazar. You can stay in trekker's huts or in tents, on the trek. On termination, you get a chance of visiting Yoksom and Pamayangtse and exploring the famous Buddhist Monastery

 

Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

One of the prettiest sanctuaries in entire Sikkim, it is located in the Yumthang Valley, with the Yumthang Chu river meandering through it. Flanked by the Chomzomei Tso mountains, which extend till Lava on the west and by the craggy Chuba-Sagochen mountain on the east, the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is well-known for its beautiful landscape comprising of verdant forested hills, alpine meadows, hot springs, flowering bushes and snow-peaked mountains. Several glacial streams criss-cross through the valley, adding to its charm. Spanning over an area of 43 sq km, this forest is especially known for over 40 species of Rhododendron bushes and trees. Other flowers like poppies, saxifrages, gentians, potentillas and primulas paint the sanctuary with their vibrant hues. If you’re in Lachung anytime between April and May – the time when the valley is bursting with a rainbow of colours, then don’t miss an opportunity to walk through the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary. While the forest is a floral paradise, it is also home to the Ghoral, Serow and the endangered Tiger-Civet. You can even spot the Brown Trout, an exotic species of fish in the blue waters of the Yumthang Chu.

 

lachung valley of flowers

A beautiful valley of flowers with vibrant blossoms of primula, poppies and rhododendron. At a height of 3,564m, the valley is very near Tibet and offers some great views of the Shundu Tsenpa and Pauhunri peaks. As you walk around the valley, enjoying the views and your time in this floral haven, you’ll also come across several hot springs, which bubble with warm, sulphur-rich water, known for their healing powers.  A tributary of the Teesta River meanders past the valley, making the place even more picturesque. While Yumthang is closed from December to March because of heavy snowfall, do visit the valley during the summer months when it is draped in a whorl of colours.

Sparkling Sikkim Tour Package: Inclusion

  • 05 Night accommodation on twin sharing basis

  • Breakfast and Dinner

  • 03 night stay with sightseeing at Gangtok

  • 02 night stay with sightseeing at Lachung

  • Private Ac vehicle for 06 days

  • Parking, Toll tax and driver hault

  • Inclusive of all taxes

 

Sparkling Sikkim Tour Package: Exclusion

  • Any airfare, busfare and railway fare

  • Lunch

  • Any activity charges

  • Gst tax

 

Hotels in Gangtok

Standard Hotel: Hotel Chitrakoot Residency: TA Rank (5.0) - Certificate of Excellence

Deluxe Hotel: The Saramsa Resort: TA Rank (4.0) - Certificate of Excellence

 

Hotels in Lachung

Standard Hotel: Hotel Park Palace Lachung: TA Rank (4.5) - Certificate of Excellence

Deluxe Hotel: Yarlam Resort:  TA Rank (4.5)Certificate of Excellence

Sparkling Sikkim Tour Package - Itinerary

Arrive at airport or railway station and proceed towards Gangtok which is known as largest town of the Indian state of Sikkim. Upon arrival check into hotel and get ready to visit such famous sightseeing of Gangtok i.e. Ganesh Tok View Point, Tashi View Point and Hanuman Tok, Tsomgo Lake and Saramsa Garden. By the evening you will return back to Gangtok hotel and overnight stay with dinner at Gangtok hotel.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Lunch: Served at any nearest Restaurant

After breakfast start your day by visit Nathula Pass which is located at the Indo China border at an altitude of 14,100 feet as is a favorite hotspot place of visit for visitors coming to Sikkim. Spend some quality time enjoy your moment at Nathula pass. After that you may have lunch at any nearest restaurant, later you will be taken towards Banjhakri Waterfalls and Garden, Chorten Stupa, Tibetology. After sightseeing you will return back to hotel or visit for Rope way ride (Cable car) and river Teesta for white river rafting. By the evening come back to hotel and overnight stay with dinner at Gangtok hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Lunch: Served at any nearest restaurant

After breakfast start your day by visit such famous and most awaited places that is  Tsomgo Lake (38.5 km) which is one of the most popular attractions of Gangtok. Set at an elevation of 3780 m, this glacial lake is considered holy by Sikkim’s people. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the banks of the lake.

 After that you will move towards Baba Mandir which is a popular pilgrim center, Baba Mandir is believed to possess wish fulfilling powers. The shrine is built in the memory of Baba Harbhajan Singh, who was an Indian Army soldier and lost his life near Nathula Pass. It is believed that he is still ‘on duty’ for the Indian Army and he guards the lives of soldiers posted on the India- China border.

After sightseeing you will return back to hotel and rest of the day free at your leisure. Lunch at same hotel and overnight stay with dinner at Gangtok Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Lunch: Served at same hotel

After breakfast you will drive towards Lachung which is a mountain village close to the Tibetan border in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. Enroute you will stop for Seven-Sisters Waterfall. Later you will continue your journey towards Lachung. Upon arrival check in to hotel and you may have lunch at same hotel, after some rest you will be taken towards some famous excursion of Lachung village.  Lachung Chu, Lachung Monastery and you can witness the beautiful Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary in the Yumthang Valley blooming in color. You also have views of the snow-capped peaks and herds of wandering yaks and Yumthang River. By the evening you will return back to hotel and overnight stay with dinner at Lachung hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Lunch: Served at any nearest restaurant

After breakfast start your day by visit Chopta Valley which is famous for its scenic beauty and riot of colors during summer months. Upon arrival visit to explore Tungnath Temple, Thangu Valley and Chandrashila. After sightseeing you may have lunch at any nearest restaurant and then you move towards Gurudongmar Lake which is one of the highest lakes in the world. You may have day at Lake to know more about this frozen lake. By the evening return back to hotel and overnight stay with dinner at Lachung  

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Lunch: Served at any nearest restaurant

After breakfast check out from camp and proceed towards Bagdogra airport or railway station. Upon arrival you drop to airport or railway station for onwards journey. Tour gets with lots of memory

Meals: Breakfast

Sparkling Sikkim Tour Package - Rates & Dates

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