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Window to the Himalayas – Sikkim

Explore the wonders of small but beautiful state of Sikkim situated in the Eastern arm of Himalayas. The name is derived from the Tsong's word "Sukhim" meaning New or Happy Home and it is indeed a blissful land of Buddhist Monks and Monasteries and Lepcha and Bhutia tribes.

Drive through rugged deep valleys adorned with colourful prayer flags strung along mountain ridges. On this magnificent journey, spectacular views of forests, waterfalls and lofty snow-clad peaks greet you at every turn.

 

 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • On arrival in Siliguri (Train) or Bagdogra (airport), your trip will begin with a picturesque drive to Gangtok. 
  • Wake up to heavenly views of Kanchenzonga while you sip your piping hot chai!
  • Head towards the Rumtek monastery and the Dharma Chakra center weaving through typical Sikkimese villages and paddy fields.
  • This seat of Karmapa is the largest monastery in Sikkim and houses rare Buddhist religious art.
  • Take the winding road to the high altitude Changu lake. Enjoy a yak ride through the snow laden land. Proceed further to Nathula Pass on the Indo- China border and salute the endurance and sacrifice of our soldiers.
  • Move further north towards the Apple orchards in Lachen. Watch the dwindling vegetation as you ascend through 14,000 feet. Continue on to 17,000 feet, reaching the Frozen lake of Gurudongmar in all its tranquility.
  • Breathe the unadulterated air in the picturesque Yumthang valley, home to many species of Himalayan flowers… especially Rhododendrons.
  • Spend a day in a Dzongu homestay, bordering the Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve. Experience the culture and hospitality of the Lepcha tribe along the Teesta river.
  • Taste the organic local delicacies like momos, thukpa, Sael roti, niguru with churpi, gundruk, etc
  • Visit the rich cardamom fields while you trek through little villages.

DID YOU KNOW

  • After 12 years of continuous effort, this Indian State Now Has Only Organic Farms.
  • Kangchenjunga, at an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft) is the third highest mountain in the world, and lies partly in Nepal and partly in Sikkim, India.
  • the Rumtek Monastery has a Golden Stupa of 16th Karmapa which is entirely made of gold
  • Nathula Pass - was the place through which the famous Silk Route used to operate until 1962 as a trade route between India and Tibet. Lines of mules used to carry silk, gold and many other items from Tibet to India and take daily essentials back to Tibet.
  • The fenced Indo-China border has no 'no mans land'. Even today, mails are delivered across the border on certain days of the week.
  • Gurudongmar Lake, is one of the highest lakes in the world, located at an altitude of 17,800 ft (5,430 m). It is a lake which is considered sacred by both Buddhists and Sikhs.
  • There are quite a few amazing aspects about the Lepcha language. Words associated with obscenity are part of everyday vocabulary. It is not considered taboo to utter these words, which, in any other language, one might hesitate or never utter in public.

WHEN TO TRAVEL

  • Oct–mid-Nov Clearest weather for views, but there are high-season crowds and prices.
  • Apr–May Spring blossoms and warmth make up for the cloudier skies.
  • Mid-Jun–Sep Monsoon plays spoilsport, but there are great discounts on offer.

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