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  Guru Padmasambha Tour  (NTT-SK-002) | ITINERARY  
Trip Facts
Country: Sikkim Duration: 8 days
Area: Sikkim Activities: Tour
Max. Group Size: 10  Person Min. Group Size: 2 Person
Difficulty: Max. Altitude: 0  M.
Seasons: April - November

The state has beautiful land lush landscape, elevation ranges from 244 meters where the mountain begins, to the lofty peaks over 8000 meters.The rugged mountain scenery of Sikkim has unique geographical features. From certain vantage points, a single sweeping gaze can cover habitat almost at sea level altitudes, terraces fields carved from hillsides, densely forest ridges, and dazzling snows, towering and luminous peaks. Such a dramatic terrain is a spontaneous host to incredibly varied species from the natural world, a variety which covers “the lichens of the poles and palm of the tropics”. It is home to many rare animals and plants. The red panda, the Himalayan bear, the snow leopard and Yak are some of them. There are about 600 varieties of birds and more than 600 species of butterflies. One third is covered by forests containing plants now collected for their medical value

Itinerary:

Day 01.

Airport to Darjeeling.

Arrive Bagdogra or Bhadrapur Airport. Permit formalities. Drive to “Queen of Hills”; Darjeeling through forest and tea plantations. You are likely to see the famous Himalayan Toy Train on this drive as it chugs uphill. Check-in Hotel. Evening free.

Day 02.

Darjeeling.

Early morning drive to Tiger Hill for Sunrise. On the return way visit Ghoom monastery and Batasia Loop. Return to Hotel for Breakfast. Darjeeling Sightseeing. Visit Mountaineering Institute, Himalayan Zoological Park, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center, nearest Tea Garden and view points. Evening free.

Day 03.

Darjeeling to Pemayangtse.

Drive to Pemayangtse via; Melli check post, Jorethang (gateway to south and west Sikkim) and Legship. Evening free.

Day 04.

Pemayangtse to Yuksam.

Early morning visit monastery. Breakfast. Full day excursion to Khechopalri Lake and to Yuksam and back to Hotel. Yuksam is the first capital of Sikkim, where the first coronation has taken place. It is also the base camp for trekking route to Kanchenjunga national park.

Day 05.

Yuksam to Gangtok.

Drive to Gangtok (6-7 hrs.) via; Legship, Kewzing and Singtam. Check-in Hotel. Evening walk around town.

Day 06.

Gangtok.

Gangtok, capital of Sikkim, meaning ‘Hill Top’ was established in 1716. Interesting sightseeing areas are Enchay Monastery (212 years old) built on a site blessed by Lama Druptab Karpo, a tantric master known for his power of flying, the Directorate of Tibetology, Chorten etc. Afternoon visit to Rumtek Monastery (24 km.). First built in 1717 A.D. It was rebuilt by His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa of Kagyupa sect, the 16th. Incarnation. Since his death in 1982, the devotees waited for fifteen years to discover the 17th incarnate in Tibet. He is in India, but yet to come to his monastery in Sikkim. The style of the monastery is traditional, a copy of its Tibetan origin. Evening free.

Day 07.

Gangtok.

Days excursion to Phodong and Labrang Monastery in North Sikkim. It is 38 km. Drive from Gangtok. Evening free.

Day 08.

Gangtok to Airport.

Drive to Bagdogra or Bhadrapur Airport. 5 to 7 hrs. drive.