Package Overview: NJP/IXB Airport-Gangtok-Drop NJP/IXB Airport.
Duration: 03 Nights / 04 Days.
Day 01: pickup from (N JP) New Jalpaiguri railway station/ Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok (1,700.mtrs) 125km appx.
Day 02: Gangtok Excursion to Tsomgo Lake (3,760.mtrs), Nathula Pass & Baba Mandir (3,970.mtrs).
Day 03: Gangtok Local Excursion around Gangtok.
Day 04: Gangtok (1,700.mtrs) NJP/ Bagdogra Airport (3 to 4 hrs drive)
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 the airport, helicopter service is available between Bagdogra and Gangtok around 35 minutes one way. Drive from Bagdogra airport /NJP to Gangtok 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 bazar 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.
This day, after Breakfast, drive towards Nathula Pass. The Nathula Pass is a mountain pass in the Sikkim Himalaya which is the connecting motorable road on the Indo-China border and connects Sikkim with Tibet. It also acts as a trade route between the two regions. It is about 100 KM from Gangtok and takes about three hours to get there. The Nathula pass is at an elevation of 4,297 meters. The Nathula pass is one of the famous tourist spots and highest motorable pass in Sikkim. It is also a part of the ancient Silk route that passed through Lhasa, Sikkim and eastern India. The views from the pass are great. It is also the international boundary and a road route into Tibet with a heavy military presence on both, the Indian side as well as the Chinese side.
After Nathula Pass drive back to Tsomgo Lake about 44 kms from Gangtok it is one of the most beautiful landscapes you will see in Sikkim. Tsomgo Lake is situated at an elevation of 3,760 meters. Also known as Changu Lake, Tsomgo Lake is regarded as a sacred lake by the local people. Tsomgo is a Bhutia word and translates as ‘Tso’ meaning Lake and ‘Mgo’ meaning Head. The Tsomgo Lake gets its water from the melting snow of the mountains and it is a residence for migratory brides and Behrman duck. In winter the lake is fully frozen. From May to August you can get impressive views around the Tsomgo lake with all kinds of flowers like Himalayan juniper, Primulas, yellow poppies and rhododendron all in bloom. There at the local shops, you can get yak cheese, trinkets, and local curios and 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 the visit, you will return to Gangtok in evening.
After breakfast gets ready for a 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 a 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 at 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 colorful 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 points 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.
After having breakfast, we leave for NJP or Bagdogra Airport depending on your travel plans. It is advisable to start early. The distance from NJP/ Bagdogra airport is 125 kilometers which ideally should not take more than 3 to 4 hours. Lunch can be enjoyed at the N J P/Bagdogra Airport. Tour ends.