Gangtok Lachen Lachung Darjeeling Tour

Gangtok Lachen Lachung Darjeeling Tour

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short itinerary of Sikkim, Darjeeling tour:

 

Day 01: pickup from (N J P) New Jalpaiguri railway station / Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok (1,950.mtrs) 125km appx.

Day 02: Gangtok (1,630.mtrs) to Lachen (2750.mtrs) 123km, 6-7 hrs. Appx.

Day 03: Lachen to Gurudongmar Lake (5,164.mtrs) Excursion 45km, Appx 3 hours. After Lunch then same day drive to Lachung.

Day 04: Lachung to Yumthang Valley Excursion same day drive to Gangtok (125km, 6 hrs) Appx.

Day 05: Excursion to Tsomgo Lake (3,760.mtrs) & Baba Mandir (3,970.mtrs).

Day 06: Gangtok Local Excursion.

Day 07: Gangtok to Darjeeling (108 km.3 to 4 hours.

Day 08: Darjeeling Local Excursion.

Day 09: Darjeeling to (1,630.mtrs) NJP/ Bagdogra Airport (3 to 4 hrs drive)

Details itinerary of Sikkim Darjeeling tour:

 

Day 01: pickup from (N J P) New Jalpaiguri railway station / Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok (1,950.mtrs) 125km appx.

The nearest airport is Bagdogra, around 125.km from Gangtok and nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) around 120.km. Bagdogra airport and NJP are the most important entry points to Sikkim. From here you can get connecting flight for many destinations. From airport, helicopter service is available between Bagdogra and Gangtok around 35 minutes one way. Drive from Bagdogra airport /NJP to Gantok takes about 3 to 4 hours. The road routes from Bagdogra airport, NJP and Siliguri all meet at Sevoke Road which leads to the National Highway NH31A. The route passes through the Teesta bazer and then all the way goes to Gangtok via Police Check Post at Rangpo. Foreigners need Inner Line Permit (ILP) to proceed. Our Guide and driver will help you get all the necessary permits here. You could have tea here and then continue drive to Gangtok. Check into hotel.

Day 02: Gangtok (1,630.mtrs) to Lachen (2750.mtrs) 123km, 6-7 hrs. Appx.

This day after breakfast drive from Gangtok to Lachen. It is around 6 to 7 hours. The journey will take you past various places of interest such as the Tashi View Point, Phodong Monastery, Kabi Longstok, Mangan and Chungthang which you are encouraged to visit. You will have a lunch break at Mangan. Mangan is a small town which is at 1,185m. After lunch drive towards Chungthang and continue to Lachen and Lachung. Lachen is a small town at an elevation of 2,700 meters in North Sikkim. The name Lachen means big pass. Lachen is one of the popular tourist destinations in North Sikkim for Gurudongmar Lake, Green lake trek and Choktha valley. Lachen is approximately 123Km from Gangtok, a drive of around 6 to 7 hours. Lachen, quite close to the China border, serves as an excellent base for adventure lovers. The people mainly engage in agriculture.  The more important crops are Potato, cabbage and green peas as the moderate climate during summer supports these crops well. In the winter months of January and February this village regularly receives snowfall. Lachen mostly has people from Bhutia community and practice Buddhism.

Day 03: Lachen to Gurudongmar Lake (5,164.mtrs) Excursion 45km, Appx 3 hours. After Lunch then same day drive to Lachung.
After breakfast drive towards Gurudongmar Lake. It is around appx 3 hour drive from Lachen. The lake is at an elevation of 4,164 metres. Located near Indo-china border, it is an amazingly peaceful place in the lap of high mountains. The Gurudongmar Lake is the most sacred lake in Sikkim. Gurudongmar Lake is regarded as one of the most sacred lakes and one of the tourist hotspot place of all time. Many people come over here for worship. Gurudongmar Lake is sacred for both Buddhists and Hindus and is believed to be a wish fulfilling lake.

Note: the altitude here may cause breathing problems for some. Take it easy and do not make a physical effort beyond wha tis needed. After visit back you will return to your hotel, take refreshments and have lunch then leave for  Lachung.

Day 04: Lachung to Yumthang Valley Excursion same day drive to Gangtok (125km, 6 hrs) Appx.

After breakfast get ready to visit Yumthang valley which is around 3 hours away. On the way you will visit rhododendron sanctuary and hot springs then return to hotel. Hereafter we depart for Gangtok. Ideally should not take more than 6 to 7 hours. And it is advisable to start early since it is a long drive. Lunch can be enjoyed at Mangan Bazer. After having lunch, continue your drive towards Gangtok. Overnight stay at the hotel. In evening, enjoy free time to stroll around the city.

Day 05: Gangtok Excursion to Tsomgo Lake (3,760.mtrs) & Baba Mandir (3,970.mtrs).

After breakfast drive to Tsomgo Lake about 44kms from Gangtok. It is one of the most beautiful landscapes you will see in Sikkim. Off the Gangtok – Nathu La highway, Tsomgo Lake is situated at an elevation of 3,760 meters. Also known as Changu Lake, Tsongmo Lake is regarded as a sacred lake by the local people. Tsomgo in Bhutia language means Lake (Tso) head (Mgo). The Tsomgo Lake is made by the melting snow of the mountains and it is a residence for migratory brides and Behrman duck in winter time when the lake is totally frozen. From the month of May to August you can get impressive views around the Tsomgo lake when flowers like Himalayan juniper, Primulas yellow poppies and rhododendron all are in bloom. There you have local shops selling yak cheese, trinkets etc. You can also enjoy a Yak Ride. Visit Baba Mandir Located between Nathula and Jelepla pass at an altitude of 3,976.mters and about 52kms from Gangtok, Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple is popularly known as Baba Mandir. After visit you will return to Gangtok in evening free time overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Gangtok Local Excursion.

After breakfast get ready for local excursion around Gangtok. Do-Drul Chorten Stupa is a famous Buddhist religious monument with a golden dome top. Outside the monastery are 108 prayer wheels. You can see many people walk around the prayer wheels with rosary beads. The monastery belongs to Nyingma Order of Buddhism. Do Drul Chorten was built in 1945 by a Tibetan Buddhist named Trulshik Rinpoche.

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology establishment in 1958, is a world famous research institute for research in Tibetan language and culture, also has a great museum and library with rare and huge collections. And short walk from Chorten Stupa.

Ropeway (Cable Car) – Great ride to view the whole of Gangtok this is one of the greatest attractions for tourist in Gangtok and should not be missed. The cable car can carry up to 24 passengers in one time.

Flower Exhibition Centre is located near Gangtok town and is a wondrous place  during late March and April when all the flowers have started blooming. It is also time for the famous Sikkim Flower Show, usually around March for which people from around the country especially travel to Sikkim to attend this colourful event. The location is a beautiful stretch of green and is an absolute treat to the eyes.

The Directorate of Handicrafts & Handlooms (DHH) was established in 1957. It is located at Zero point and is a short walk from flower show. It includes a Sales emporium and a Museum showcasing many different handicraft items and artwork created by the local artists and craftsmen.

Day 07: Gangtok to Darjeeling (108 km) 3 to 4 hours.

This day after breakfast drive towards Darjeeling. It is about 3 to 4 hour drive. The road passes through the Border Check post at Rangpo where you may be asked to show Identification documents and in case of foreigners, their ILP (Inner line permit). From here continue towards Darjeeling. The trail leads to the National Highway NH31A. The route passes through the Teesta Bazer. On the way you will visit Lopchu which is the famous viewpoint between Gangtok and Darjeeling. There you will get impressive views of meeting point of the Teesta and Rangit River. Contiue towards Darjeeling. Check into the hotel and enjoy a free and leisurely evening.

Day 08: Darjeeling Local Excursion.

This day, wake up early in the morning, at around 3.30 am to 4 am, to visit Tiger Hill. It is about an hour-long drive from Darjeeling city at an elevation of  2,600m. Tiger hill is one of the famous tourist hot spots in Darjeeling. In the mornings, you will find many tourists coming here to watch the splendid views around Sunrise as the first rays of the sun light up the summit of Mt. Khangchendzonga, the third highest peak in the world, as it is flanked by several other high Himalayn peaks.  On the way you will visit the Ghoom Monastery, Batista Loop, then drive to your hotel and have breakfast. Get ready then for Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre established in 1959. The centre for the refugees who fled Tibet with the Dalai Lama after the Chinese invasion. After that visit the Tenzing Rock, The Happy Valley Tea factory Established in 1854. The Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda. Thereafter you will enjoy lunch, then walk towards HMI to visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Himalayan Zoological Park. Later, enjoy a free evening.

Day 09: Darjeeling to (1,630.mtrs) NJP/ Bagdogra Airport (3 to 4 hrs drive)

After having breakfast, we depart to NJP or Bagdogra Airport depending upon your mode of transportation to your respective homes. It is advisable to start well in time. The distance from NJP/ Bagdogra airport is 75 kilometres which ideally should not take more than 3 to 4 hours. Lunch can be enjoyed at the N J P/Bagdogra Airport. Tour Ends.

Price and Availability with black yak expeditonns:

 

Please contact us directly through phone or email us through filling up the enquiry form for the Best Rates and Availability. The rates depend on Number of people and the minimum required number of the person for the trek. The more the number of trekkers the better the Price. The given rates will be based on per head per day basis which will include all the necessary facilities required during the trek from the point of start to the end. We arrange up to the maximum number of 60 people and minimum should not be less than 2 people.

We provide considerable rates for the bigger group, Student Group, Religious Group and Senior Citizens. The rate is based on quality service requested by groups. Do email us [email protected] to know the special prices and services provided.

How to Reach:

 

If you tour with Black yak expeditions

Arrive at (NJP) Railway Station, Siliguri or Bagdogra airport by 9 am (on your own). On the day of pickup at least do your best to be present at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) or Bagdogra Airport within 9:00 Am or 10:00 Am. Incuse if we start late from this two points then we will reach certain tour basecamps like Gangtok very Late at night and that can cause great inconvenience to you as we have to begin the tour early next morning.

It takes around 4-5 hours from New Jalpaiguri Railway station NJP or Bagdogra airport to Gangtok. Expected arrival time at Gangtok is 4- 5 pm. Due to ongoing constructions on the route and sometimes heavy traffic jams, it can delay our travel on the route.

Black Yak Expeditions will arrange pick-up vehicles from NJP railway station and Bagdogra airport to Gangtok the base camp of your tour and trek. We provide luxury vehicles like INNOVA, ZXILO or normal vehicles like TATA SUMO GOULD, BOLERO, etc. And mini cab suitable for 2 or three families with light travel bags like Wagoner, Alto etc. We cannot arrange shared jeeps because it is not reliable. (Gangtok is one of the biggest business town or main point that connects to most part of Sikkim.)

 

Notice:

For example, if you are travelling to Lachen gurudongmar lake, Lachung Yungthang valley, zero points for Green lake Trek there are no direct shared jeeps from New Jalpaiguri Railway station NJP or Bagdogra Airport. First, you have to reach Siliguri junction/ Taxi stand from there you have to take a vehicle to Gangtok.

Even though if you reach Gangtok than here comes another challenging part that is all the regular shared jeeps that come to Gangtok from many other places Leave within 2:00 pm. So you have to be there within 1:00 or 2:00 an. Even after that, there is no 100% guaranteed that you will get the shared jeeps because it is pre-booked by locals by call and you should also keep one thing in mind that in tourist season most of the vehicles are pre-booked. So thinking about shared jeeps is not good in the first place.
If you need resaved vehicle all above point TATA SUMO GOULD, BOLERO, (or similar vehicle). Each cab costs Rs. 4,500/- to 5,000 in-season time.

 

Getting Back:

Depart from Gangtok early morning.
Black yak expeditions we will arrange a tour/reserved vehicle to drop traveller to NJP railway station or Bagdogra airport.
Expected arrival time at NJP/Bagdogra is 1-2 pm. It is wise for you to book your train/flight tickets late in the evening to give you enough buffer time. Or Plan extra days in your itinerary to avoid busy schedule.

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