Sikkim Essential - 8 Days


Day 1

On arrival at NJP Railway Station / (IXB) Bagdogra Airport, (413 Ft / 126 Mts) will be met by our office Executive who will assist you to board your vehicle to Gangtok (5412 Ft / 1650 Mts, 130 kms / 04 to 05 Hrs). Check-in and overnight at Hotel.

Day 2

NRI, OCI, PIO Card holder & Foreign National will be allowed to visit Lachung, Yumthang & Yumesamdong, with a valid permit. They also have to be 02 & above is number. For further details, click on ENTRY FORMALITY & DOCUMENT REQUIREMENT. For Lachung & Lachen there is no refund after the booking is confirmed whatsoever.

Pick from Gangtok Hotel and transfer to Lachung (8000 Ft / 2439 Mts, 124 Kms / 05 ½ to 06 ½ Hrs). On the way visit Tashi view point, Seven sister’s waterfall ((Subjected the vehicle take the normal route. These sightseeing points are included on complimentary basis & in case of diversions these points will be missed. There will be no refund in such case)). Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3

Early morning proceeds on a half-day excursion to Yumthang Valley (11800 Ft / 3598 Mts / 25 Kms / 1 ½ hours one way). Visit to Yumthang Valley is a day excursion from Lachung, which is an attraction for tourists visiting this region. The colorful Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary bloom between April to June. The soaring snow-capped peaks and herds of wandering yaks make this a Himalayan paradise The valley is also known for its Hot spring. Although the water is quite dirty, many locals from the area visit to get themselves soaked & cured as believed. Overnight at Hotel.

Optional Yumesamdong is known as (Zero points)(15300 Ft / 4665 Mts, 24 Kms / 1.5 to 2 Hrs from Yumthang one way)
Yumesamdong excursion can be availed by paying a supplement cost of INR 3000.00 per vehicle. Yumesamdong located beyond Yumthang. The journey from Yumthang trudges up through the rugged mountain road. The aroma of the sweet fragrance of Ezilia permeates the air. Exilia is a plant used by the inhabitant to manufacture incense sticks.

Day 4

After breakfast transfer to Gangtok (5412 Ft / 1650 Mts / 124 Kms / 05 ½ to 06 ½ Hrs). Overnight at Hotel.

Day 5

NRI, OCI, PIO Card holder & Foreign National are not allowed to visit Baba Mandir & Nathula Pass. They are allowed to visit Tshangu Lake, with a valid permit. They also have to be 02 & above is the number to visit Tshangu Lake. For further details, click on ENTRY FORMALITY & DOCUMENT REQUIREMENT. For Tshangu Lake & Nathula Pass there is no refund after the permit is confirmed by Sikkim tourism, due to whatsoever reason (Land slide, Heavy rainfall, VIP Movement, Health issue, etc).

After breakfast, in the morning, start for an excursion to Tshangu Lake (12400Ft / 3780 Mts / 43Kms in 3Hrs one way from Gangtok) & Baba Mandir (13100Ft / 3994 Mts / 16Kms in 1Hrs one way from Tshangu Lake. Situated at a height of 12400Ft / 3780 Mts / 43Kms in 3Hrs one way, with an average depth of 50 ft. The cool water of the Lake is perfectly attuned with the scenic beauty around. Back to Gangtok and Overnight at Hotel. (In case of Landslide or due to any other reasons if Tshangu Lake is closed then an alternate sightseeing will be provided)

One can opt for Nathula Excursion by paying a supplement cost. For further details, click on OPTIONAL NATHULA

Day 6

Morning Go for a half-day (04 hrs) sightseeing covering Jhakri Water Falls along with Do-rul Chorten, Research Institute of Tibetology (Closed on Sunday), Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom (Closed on Sunday), and Flower Show. Afternoon transfer to Darjeeling (6710 Ft / 2046 Mts, 115 kms / 04 to 05 Hrs). Overnight at Hotel.

Day 7

Early morning tour to Tiger Hills (8482 Ft / 2586 Mts at around 4 AM) to view sunrise over Kanchendzonga Peak (subject to clear weather). On way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop. After breakfast go for half-day sightseeing of Japanese Temple, Peace pagoda, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park & Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Darjeeling Ropeway Ride (Ticket cost not included & will be approx INR 180.00 per person) Tenzing & Gombu Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center (Closed on Sunday) & panoramic view of Tea Estate. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 8

Transfer to NJP Railway Station / (IXB) Bagdogra Airport, (413 Ft / 126 Mts, 100 Kms / 03 to 04 Hrs) for onwards connection / journey.


  • 1. Twin Sharing Per Person
  • 2. EXTRA Bed-sharing the Room on mattress
  • 3. Meet & Greet upon arrival at Airport / NJP Station
  • 4. Hotel Accommodation as per the name mentioned in the Category for the duration as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 5. All Transfer & Sightseeing by 02 AC Luxury Vehicle (Scorpio/ Xylo)
  • 6. All applicable Transfers & Sightseeing by Specified vehicle will not be at disposal and will be exclusively used for the guest as per the itinerary only (on point to point basis). This vehicle will also change sector-wise.
  • 7. Meal Plan as per the details mentioned in the Hotel Bracket in BLUE. (MAP-BREAKFAST & DINNER)( AP – ALL MEAL)

Does Not Include

  • 1. 5% Goods Service Tax as applicable.
  • 2. Cost for supplementary service, optional Tours, Up-gradation Charges, Guide, Sightseeing entrance fees.
  • 3. Cost for Airfare, Train fare, Insurance Premiums, Rafting Charges.
  • 4. Cost for service provided on a personal request.
  • 5. Cost for personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips, etc.
  • 6. Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” head.
  • 7. Difference in cost arising due to change in Taxes by the Government which will have to be collected directly ON ARRIVAL.
  • 8. Difference in cost arising due to change in Fuel price (Calculation based on Petrol INR 72 per liter & Diesel INR 54 per liter)
  • 9. Difference in cost arising due to extra usage of vehicle, other than scheduled & mentioned in the itinerary.
  • The difference in cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like - landslides, road blockage.

• It shares a border with only 1 state – West Bengal in the south. It also shares an international boundary with 3 countries i.e. Bhutan in the east, Nepal in the west, and China in the north which also happens to be the maximum number of international borders shared by any Indian State

• Nathu La pass is the key geographical feature of this state. Nathu La pass is a part of the ancient Silk Route which once was an important trade route connecting India with the far reaches of Tibet
• There are many hot springs in Sikkim which are known for their medicinal & therapeutic reasons
• Sikkim is known for its rich biodiversity and is the land known for more than 500 different species of Orchids, 11 Oak species, 23 different varieties of Bamboo trees, and over 400 different medicinal plants.
• Khan-gchendzonga National park is one of the highest national parks in the world and includes World’s third highest mountain Kangchenjunga. Yak and musk deer are the main animals found in Sikkim
• Sikkim has the largest area for Cardamom production and also it is the highest producer of large cardamom in India.
• Rumtek and Phodong monasteries are the most famous religious spots depicting the Buddhist culture of Sikkim.
• Gurudongmar lake & Tsomgo lake which are situated at a height of 5180 meters and 3700 meters respectively are sacred lakes as per Buddhist beliefs

• Statue of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) in the south district is considered as the patron of Sikkim as per Buddhist beliefs.

Sikkim Climate

Sikkim’s climate ranges from subtropical in the south to tundra in the north.
March to mid-June. Temperatures –minimum 13 to maximum 28 degrees. Pleasant in summer.
Monsoon prevails from late June to early September. During Monsoons, a landslide is a common sight all the way through Sikkim. Annual rainfall is 325 mm average.
Autumn stays from September to October providing a nice time for tourists to visit the state.
Winters are heavy in Sikkim. The temperature ranges from a minimum of 0 to a maximum of 12 degrees. The northern portion receives heavy snowfalls during winters.

Best Time to Visit

the best time to visit Sikkim is either between March and May or October and mid-December. If you want to witness the blooming natural beauty in Gangtok best season to visit would be in spring, from March to May. Autumn, on the other hand, brings a clear view of the Himalayan Range. If you wish to experience snowfall then the best time to visit is between December to Februarys.
Local Languages: The official language of Sikkim are Nepali, English, Lepcha, and Sikkimese or Tibetan or Bhutia. Other local languages which minor Sikkimese people used are Limboo, Rai, Gurung, Tamang, Sherpa, Magar, Newari but these people also used the Nepali language. Nepali
Clothing: The traditional dress of the people of Sikkim and Bhutias is the Bakhu (according to the Nepalese dialect) The Thokro-Dum is the primary outfit for the Lepcha community members. However, the young generation now wears modern clothes.

How to Reach

By air – Bagdogra Airport which is the nearest to the capital city of Sikkim. A number of airlines such as IndiGo, Air India, Jet Airways, AirAsia India, GoAir, and Spice Jet operate regular flights from prime Indian cities including Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Guwahati, and Kolkata for Gangtok
By rail – New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railhead to Sikkim. Major trains from all over India ply to New Jalpaiguri. From the train station, you can take a bus or shared jeeps & cars to reach Sikkim.
By road, – Sikkim is easily accessible by bus. The Sikkim government has fixed-rate buses; Sikkim Nationalized Transport (SNT) from its bus terminal at Siliguri plying between Siliguri and Gangtok. There are buses from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Gangtok. You can take a shared cab to reach Sikkim from Siliguri city.
Helicopter Service: A daily helicopter service run by the Sikkim Helicopter Service connects Bagdogra to Gangtok. The helicopter can carry eight people at a time on thirty-five minutes long flight from Bagdogra to Gangtok. It departs around 0230 PM from Bagdogra to Gangtok
For local sightseeing & transportation, you must rent a vehicle for traveling.

Moving around: Bus is the cheapest mode of transport, though hired taxis are the best way of exploring this area. For visiting the newly opened areas it is advisable to engage the services of a registered travel agency for making all required arrangements.


Sikkim shares international boundaries with three countries, China (Tibet) in North and North East, Bhutan in the East, and Nepal in the West. In the South, it shares a boundary with West Bengal. The state is surrounded by the high mountains from three sides, and there lies another country on the other side of the mountains. This makes its position very vulnerable in case of conflicts and this is why the state has much strategic importance. The visitors can not roam in all the parts of the state freely without a valid permit.

Health Precautions

Since Sikkim is situated at a significant height, breathing issues are a common problem. Keep the necessary medicines handy. It is also advisable to visit a doctor before you embark on your journey. Owing to the zigzagging hilly roads, motion sickness is another challenge. Keep the necessary medication along with you. Keep your self hydrated. If visiting Gurudongmar lake, Yumthang vally take care of your health. Due to fewer oxygen levels, you may get nausea, headache, etc. if you are a senior citizen & some ailment think before you travel to high altitude.

About Expenses

Sikkim is certainly expensive. The price per day may vary considerable between Rs 2000 to RS 4000 depending on your hotels, vehicles; sightseeing etc. meal depends entirely on where you eat and what you order. A nice quaint restaurant will cost you between Rs.300 to Rs.500 per person depending on what is ordered. Eating at the smaller eateries in the market will be much cheaper and you will find a number of small eateries run by locals that work out easy on the pocket. Most of the places are high altitude so if landslide occurs you require to incur extra expenses for extended stay, vehicle etc.

ATM & Credit cards

ATM services are available in major places like Gangtok , Pelling , and bigger towns. However carry cash for remote places & border sightseeing areas.
Credit cards are accepted by very few hotels and tour operators but there will be 2% service charge.

Mobile & Inetrnet Connectivity

All major service provides offer 3G – 4h network in Sikkim. However you may have connectivity issue in northern remote areas and border sightseeing areas. You can also use What sApp calls and Skype calls to stay connected with friends and family as soon as you get an Internet access during your trip. Even when the connection is very slow, Whats App messages will always work. Most of the hotels offer WIFI network free of cost for their guests.

Culture & Festivals

The famous festival is Losoong festival , Jorthong maghi Mela. Losar Festival

Shopping : There are numerous things to buy in Sikkim but the following are the most popular amongst tourists- prayer flags, wall hangings, Thangkas painting , woolen carpets, tea, the traditional dress of Sikkim, pickles, and Sikkim liquor.

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