Bagdogra - Gangtok - Gangtok - Nathula Pass - Chango Lake - Yumthang Valley - Gangtok - Bagdogra
Day 1Bagdogra - Gangtok
Begin your Tour. Arrive into Bagdogra Airport. Welcome to Vardhman's "Sikkim Tour"! On arrival in Bagdogra, you will be met and transferred to Gangtok by Vardhman's representative to your hotel. Relax for a while and later visit Gangtok. Gangtok, the Capital town of Sikkim via Rabongla and the famous tea gardens of Sikkim,Temi Tea Estate. Rabongla: Its almost seven thousand feet elevation affects some chilliness in the morning air, and the soggy fog and playful mist, a common morning phenomena from late spring till early autumn, seems to harmoniously blend with the terrain of this Himalayan idyll as if Mother Nature herself had procreated such an arrangement. Temi Tea Estate:Temi Tea Garden is the only tea estate existing in the state of Sikkim, India. The Temi Tea Garden Estate produces one of the top quality teas in the international tea market. The Temi Tea Garden Sikkim is spread out on a gentle hill slope, emerging from the Tendong Hill and presents a spectacular view for the surrounding villages. If you are inclined to know about the process of tea making, then visit to the tea processing factory could be very fruitful for you. Overnight: Hotel
This morning after breakfast proceed on a Cherry City tour of Gangtok. Visit the Enchey Monastery , Cottage Industries along with visit to Research Institute of Tibetology and the Do Drul Chorten Stupa. Also visit to Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre, Kaygu Headquarters. Enchey Monastery: Enchey Monastery is an ancient religious site of the Buddhists in Sikkim, India. Located at a distance of 3 kms from Gangtok, Enchey Monastery is said to have been erected on the spot blessed by Lama Druptab Karpo, who was a great 'tantrik' master renowned for his flying powers. Dating back to 200 years, Enchey Monastery belongs to the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
Do Drul Chorten Stupa: Do Drul Chorten stupa at Dotapu Chorten, Deorali, Gangtok was built by Trullshi Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism in 1945. Inside this stupa, a complete set of Dorjee Phurba, Kangyur relics (Holy Books) and other religious objects. Around the stupa are 108 Mani Lhakor or prayer wheels. The stupa is surrounded by Chorten Lakahang and Guru Lakhang, where two statues of Guru Rinpoche are present. Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre: About 45 minutes drive from Gangtok, 24 kms. away, is the Rumtek Dharma Chakra Center, the seat of the Kagyu order, one of the 4 major Tibetan Buddhist sects. Since the late 1960's, after the arrival of His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, the center houses some of the world's most unique religious scriptures and religious art objects. Traditional in design, it is almost a replica of the original Kagyu headquarters in Tibet. Rumtek monastery, a must for every visitor, where one can find some of the worlds most unique art objects , this place is the seat of the Kagyu order -- a close replica of the original Kagyu in Tibet. Later in the evening return back to the hotel in Gangtok for an overnight stay. Overnight: Hotel
This morning after breakfast proceed on a full day excursion to Nathula Pass and Chango Lake.Visit to the 15000 ft. Nathula pass, right on the Chinese border where you can even shake hands with the Chinese guards on the other side of the fence, visit to the legendary shrine of Baba Harbhajan Singh and Chango Lake while returning, all surrounded by snow clad mountains, is once in a lifetime experience. Overnight: Hotel
Two days' Mountain Safari to Yumthang Valley, this 1 night 2 days Mountain Safari in hard top jeeps, along the 150 km. rugged hilly terrain is a once in a lifetime experience.The route is a gradual climb from 5,000 to 13,000 ft. and every kilometer of it unravels a new dimension to your knowledge bank.Sometimes a massive waterfall and somewhere a dense forest, next may be the lush paddy fields filled with water harnessed from nearby streams and then suddenly a tiny Himalayan village or a small township with red cheek children playing around or people waiting for the local transport at the road heads. As you proceed, in the month of March/April, you may be left dumbfounded after encountering a kilometer long Rhododendron concentration in various hues as if the whole jungle is on fire. During winters, the flowering beds and the slopes are covered with a blanket of 4 - 5 ft. thick snow, rendering the entire terrain a vast spread of white. The journey is dotted with herds of Yaks, an important part of the local economy. Overnight: Hotel
This morning after breakfast transfer to Bagdogra airport to catch the return flight you your onward destination with sweet and unforgettable memories of your "Sikkim Tour" excorted by Vardhman Vacations.