Welcome to Sikkim
Sikkim was its own mountain kingdom till 1975 and still retains a very distinctive personality. The meditative, mural-filled traditional monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism coexist with Hindu shrines of the ever-growing Nepali community, both religions creating some astonishing latter-day mega-sculptures to adorn the skyline.Hassle-free and warm-hearted, it's a state that's all too easy to fall in love with, explaining... Read More
Top experiences in Sikkim
7-Night Land of Pristine and Mystic Beauty from Siliguri
Day 1: Siliguri - Gangtok (D)Be picked up at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station or Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri and then transferr to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Begin to feel the effects of the increasing tranquility as you journey into the land of monastery, mystic rituals and festivals at an height of 5,480 feet. Check into your hotel, for a free evening and stay overnight at Keepsa Residency or Terrace Vally in Gangtok. Day 2: Gangtok - Tsomgo Lake (B,D)Wake up for breakfast and a day excursion to Tsomgo Lake nearly (2 hours drive). The Lake is oval shaped lake nearly 50 feet deep, generally covered in snow for most of the year the year. Head back to Gangtok and stay overnight in Gangtok. Day 3: Gangtok (B,D)After breakfast drive into the city of Gangtok for sightseeing. There you'll visit the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom, Research Institute of Tibetology, Do Drul Chorten Stupa, Rumtek Monastery Enchey Monastery, White Hall, Flower Show, and Tashi View Point, one of the finest falls close to Gangtok. Stay overnight in Gangtok. Day 4: Gangtok - Pelling (B,D)Transfer to Pelling. One can enjoy the spectacular Eastern Himalayan Range from Pelling. Stay at Norbughang Resort in Pelling. Day 5: Pelling (B,D)After breakfast start a full-day sightseeing and visit some of the most popular attractions including Pemayangtse Monastery, Rimbi Falls, Khecheopalri Lake, Sanga Choeling Monastery and Rabdentse Ruins. Overnight stay in Pelling. Day 6: Pelling - Darjeeling (B,D)Transfer to Darjeeling. Overnight stay at hotel Hermitage in Darjeeling. Day 7: Darjeeling (B,D)Early morning around 3:45 am drive to 8,000 feet through primitive forests of oak, magnolia to Tiger Hill to view sunrise over Kanchendzonga Peak (subject to clear weather). On the way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Peace memorial and Batasia Loop. Return to the hotel for breakfast and, after getting some rest, proceed for a city tour to visit Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Ropeway, Tenzing Gumpo Rock, Tea Estate, Natural History Museum, and Peace Pagoda. Also visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (closed on Thursday) and Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center (closed on Sunday). If the attraction is closed, you will go to the Japanese temple instead. Transfer back to the hotel for overnight stay in Darjeeling. Day 8: Darjeeling - Siliguri (B)There is no itinerary planned for the day. After breakfast transfer to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station or Bagdogra Airport for your journey onward.
Excursion to Rumtek Monastery And Institute of Tibetology
The largest monastery in Sikkim, Rumtek Monastery is the seat of the Karmapa Lama, the third highest monk in Tibetan Buddhism. It also serves as one of the most important seats of the Kagyu (Black Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet and is also known as Dharmachakra Centre. Another monument covered in the tour is The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, houses a huge collection of masks, Buddhist scriptures, statues, and tapestries. It has over two hundred Buddhist icons, and is a centre of study of Buddhist philosophy. One can visit this heritage museum to involve and know about the culture of Gangtok.Start your day by meeting our driver at the hotel lobby & proceed ahead to cover the he Namgyal Institute of Tibetology ,(Closed on Sunday & govt. Holidays). Enhance your knowledge on Tibet with a visit to the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology. The institute houses some rare manuscripts, books as well as priceless artifacts of rare Lepcha. Excursion to the Rumtek Monastery which is located 24km away and on the hill, opposite of Gangtok. The monastery is currently the largest in Sikkim. It is home to the community of monks that practice Karma Kagyu lineage. The original building was first built by 9th Karmapa in 16th century. It was later reconstructed by the 16th Karmapa and inaugurated in 1966. The sacred items and relics were brought from Tsurphu, Karmapa's seat in Tibet, and installed here.At noon you will get transferred to your hotel.
Private Half Day Sightseeing at Gangtok
Discover the most famous attractions of Gangtok by getting into a half day city tour that is covered within 3-4 hrs.After pickup from the hotel ,proceed for a half day sightseeing covering Enchey Monastery ,Research Institute of Tibetology (Closed on Sunday & govt. Holidays) , Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom (Closed on Sunday & Govt. Holidays) , Flower Exhibition Center , Chorten Stupa , Tashi View Point , Ganesh Tok . The monasteries in the city have the crash course in history of the state.So start with making a trip to the famous Enchey Monastry that is built on the site blessed by Lama Druptok Korpo, a tantric master known for his power of flying.This 200-year-old monastery has in its premises images of gods, goddesses and other religious objects.Enhance your knowledge on Tibet with a visit to the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology. The institute houses some rare manuscripts, books as well as priceless artifacts of rare Lepcha. After that cover your tour with the stupas in the city itself. The Do-Drul Chorten is one of the most important stupas in Sikkim.Like the other hill stations, Gangtok has also some of the rare flowers which can be seen in the Flower Exhibition Center.Later visit the building of Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom which shows many different handcrafts & handloom. The tour also covers the great view point as well as a religious Ganesha temple of the city.After enjoying the scenic beauty of the tours , you will be taken back to your hotel till noon. You can enjoy rest of the day in leisure.
Private Excursion to Phodong Monastery from Gangtok
Start your morning by meeting your driver in your hotel lobby. Proceed to the Phodong Monastery, built in the mid 18th century, and one of the important Kagyupa monasteries of Sikkim. Along with Rumtek and Ralong monasteries it hosts the annual ‘Kagyat Chaam’, the masked dance, on the 28th and 29th of the tenth month in the Tibetan calendar. This corresponds to the second fortnight of December. A kilometer uphill is the Labrang Monastery which belongs to the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism. En route to Phodong, a stream of prayer flags leads to the Phensang Monastery. This monastery follows the Ningmapa sect and has about 300 monks.At noon you will get transferred back to your hotel.
Northeast India & Darjeeling by Rail
Anybody can view the sights of India by foot or bus – but you’re not just anybody. Instead, get off the beaten path and see India in a very untypical way – by train. Over two weeks, you’ll head north into Sikkim and Darjeeling via vans and local trains (including the famous toy trains in Darjeeling), giving you an up close and personal experience with authentic India. There’ll be plenty of palaces and forts to spot both on the train and off, and you’ll still get all the social elements of travelling with a group. Add in local meals and a large helping of culture, and this is a trip that’ll stay with you for a long time.
Kolkata to Goa by Rail
This trip is a cornerstone of our Rail offerings, and for good reason. Hop aboard and get just as much of an Indian education and adventure as you would with a traditional tour, but with a unique look at the country via rail. From touring the Taj Mahal to enjoying a local lunch in Kalimpong to visiting the seaside town of Goa, this train trip hits many of India’s highlights with plenty of time to disembark and get to know your surroundings. If you need an escape from the everyday, India is the perfect destination. Come aboard and explore it.