Jeep Safari in Sikkim
Duration : 10 Nights / 11 Days
Destination Covered : Bagdogra - New Jalpaiguri - Darjeeling - yangtey - Yuksam -Khechoperi Lake- Pemayangtse Monastery - Gangtok - Tsangu Lake - Lachung - Bagdogra
Day 01 :
Arrive Bagdogra / New Jalpaiguri drive by Jeep to Darjeeling . Morning arrive at New Jalpaiguri, your gateway to the Eastern Himalayas. Upon arrival you will be transferred to Darjeeling by surface transport. Also called Queen of the Himalayas, the name in Tibetan means "where Indra's thunderbolt or sceptre rested" (Dorji-thunder bolt, Ling-place). Evening at leisure. Overnight stay.
Day 02 : Darjeeling
Local tour by Jeep Early morning you will be taken to Tiger Hill to witness the sunrise on Himalayas. Later return to the hotel for breakfast, en route visiting Batasia Loop & Ghoom Monastery. Half day local tour covering HMI, Himalayan Zoological Park, Toy train ride and Tibetan Self Help Centre. Evening at leisure or free for shopping at the market. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 : Darjeeling to Yangtey by Jeep (approx. 110 kms, 4 hours)
Morning after breakfast you depart for Yangtey by surface. This place stands majestically on a hilltop and is the latest addition on the tourist map of West Sikkim. The resort here commands a panoramic view of the Khangchendzonga range and the surrounding countryside dotted with monasteries and hamlets. The colourful Friday market at Geyzing is 1-1/2 kms away. Upon arrival you will check into the hotel. Lunch will be at the hotel. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 : Yangtey, Yuksam, Khechoperi Lake & Pemayangtse Monastery
Full day excursion to Khechoperi Lake, Yuksom Valley & Pemayangtse Monastery. The holy wishing lake at Khechoperi lies surrounded by luxuriant forest cover and according to legend tiny birds pick up leaves that accidentally fall into the lake, thus keeping it clean. Yuksom, a small cardamom growing village is first capital of Sikkim and a stone throne bears testimony to its rich history. It is the starting point of the famous Dzongri-Goechala trail. On a clear day you get superb views of Mt. Kabur (North & South) and the bald and ominous Dzongri top. Later visit Pemayangtse monastery (6840 feet), the 2nd oldest monastery in Sikkim belonging to the Nyingma-pa sect. Overnight at Yangtey.
Day 05 : Yangtey to Gangtok by Jeep (approx. 120 kms, 5 hours)
Morning after breakfast you depart for Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Lunch en route. A majestic mountain vista, quaint Sikkimese hamlets, encounters with the locals form great memories and make for fantastic photo opportunities. Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 06 : Excursion to Tsangu Lake (at 12,400ft) by Jeep
Excursion to Tsangu Lake at 12,400ft., through the Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary. This holy lake is near the Chinese border and is frozen for 4 months in winter. A Yak ride is a thrilling experience here and if you are lucky you'll also see the Brahminy duck! A 40 km winding road takes you to this high altitude alpine region in 1-1/2 hrs. An optional excursion to Nathula Pass on the Indo-China border can also be arranged at extra cost. Packed lunch will be served. Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 07 : Gangtok - Rumtek Monastery & local sights
On this tour we will visit the Enchey Monastery, the Do Drul Chorten, the Research Institute of Tibetology, Purba Chorten, Government Institute of Cottage Industries (GICI) and finally a walk down Lal Bazar (an intriguing market place where you can bargain and shop with the local people). In the afternoon, we drive to Rumtek Monastery, 24 kms from Gangtok past paddy fields depicting rural Sikkimese life in all its glory. Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 08 : Gangtok to Lachung by Jeep. (120 kms. 6hrs)
At 10 am, depart for the wilderness of North Sikkim. A 6-hr.120 kms drive. The fascinating jeep safari takes you across numerous bridges over fast flowing streams and cascading waterfalls. The wilderness is awe-inspiring. The terrain ranges from the frightening to the fascinating. The feeling of travelling into a wilderness region is all pervading. En route, at the confluence of the two main rivers of Sikkim- Lachen and Lachung, a small historic Gurudwara of Lama Sahib (Guru Nanak's footprints can be found on a rock where he meditated) is a must see. Overnight at a mountain lodge in Lachung.
Day 09 : Explore Yumthang Valley
12,000ft - your tryst with destiny.
Photographs of the natural scenes of Switzerland & Yumthang valley look so similar that it is difficult to distinguish between them. Located on a flat valley it is near the tree line and the surrounding mountains seem to touch the heavens. It is a sight that is awesome in its magnificence. You may also take a dip in the hot spring in the valley. The 1-1/2 hour journey from Lachung to Yumthang is one of our favourite Himalayan journeys with amazing variety of flora and landscape - an unending visual treat. Overnight stay at Lachung.
Day 10 : Lachung to Gangtok by Jeep drive (6 hrs drive. 125 kms)
After breakfast, depart for Gangtok. See Lachung Monastery. Lunch en route. On the way, clean weather permitting, you get to see the mighty Khangchendzonga range from Singhik. Arrival at Gangtok late in the afternoon. Stay at Gangtok.
Day 11 : Gangtok to Bagdogra/New Jalpaiguri 5hrs drive by Jeep
A memorable tour draws to a close as we head towards the airport for the onward flight.