Gangtok Tour by Direct Bus
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About Sikkim Tourism
Sikkim is one of the most famous tourist destinations in North East India. Its marvellous landscape is dotted with high altitude lakes, rolling green mountains, colourful rhododendron groves, azure rivers, milky waterfalls, beautiful monasteries and unparalleled views of Mt. Kanchenjunga/Khangchendzonga, the third highest mountain in the world.
The state is divided into 4 districts: North, South, East and West. There are 4 district capitals: Gangtok (East Sikkim), Mangan (North Sikkim), Namchi (South Sikkim) & Gyalshing (West Sikkim). The main capital of the state is Gangtok. Each of these districts has something unique to offer to the tourists.
East Sikkim: Cable car rides, monasteries & Gangtok!
The top tourism attractions in East Sikkim are Gangtok, Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir, Nathu La Pass & Zuluk. Gangtok attracts honeymoon couples in large numbers. It is beautiful and exciting, with a lot of activities on offer. You are treated to surreal views of Mt. Khangchendzonga. A sightseeing tour includes Buddhist monasteries, art & craft centers & cable car rides.
North Sikkim: Sightseeing overloaded!
North Sikkim is as fascinating as East Sikkim when it comes to tourism. It is also suitable for a family holiday for the numerous sightseeing opportunities involved. You could visit Lachung, a scenic village by the side of River Lachung. Yumthang is famous for being a valley of rhododendron flowers & hot springs.
North Sikkim also receives heavy snowfall during December. This is a good time to visit it to enjoy the snowfall. The temperature often falls below zero. The entire landscape is covered by snow. Everything is white!
Just near to Yumthang lies Zero Point, the last destination for civilians before China’s border. It’s also home to one of the highest lakes in the world, Gurudongmar Lake, at almost 17.800 feet. Khangchendzonga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in this district.
It’s both a national park and a biosphere reserve. You get to see rare Himalayan wildlife species like Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan Blue Sheep, Himalayan Black Bear, Tibetan Wild Ass & red panda.
West Sikkim: The embodiment of Sikkim’s beauty!
West Sikkim has its own treasure of travel attractions waiting to be explored. There’s tourist attractions like Pelling, a small hill town. Its landscape is dotted with monasteries, lakes and waterfalls. You are offered mesmerising views of Mt. Khangchendzonga.
Other places to explore in Pelling are the holy lake & Asia’s second highest suspension bridge. Other tourist places are Kaluk & Rinchenpong, both drawing visitors for their dreamy beauty. Yuksom, which serves as the base for Dzongri & Goecha La treks, is also situated in West Sikkim.
South Sikkim: Culture, nature and adventure!
A Sikkim tour is incomplete without visiting South Sikkim. Its surreal beauty ensures that it’s included in any Sikkim travel guide. It is home to Namchi, famously known as the cultural & religious hub of Sikkim. Two famous tourist sites are the 108 feet statue of Lord Shiva & 118 feet statue of Guru Padmasambhava. Ornithologists & bird watchers definitely visit Ravangla in South Sikkim.
Several rare bird species like dark-throated thrush, babblers & cuckoos can be spotted. Sikkim’s only tea estate, Temi Tea Garden, is situated here. Go camping in Sikip, visit a holy cave in Rabong and enjoy trekking with spotting wildlife at Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary.
Sikkim: Name any adventure activity, Sikkim has it!
There are also opportunities for adventure tourism, with famous adventure activities being trekking, mountain biking, peak climbing, paragliding and river rafting. The thrill of white-water rafting can be experienced at the Teesta River, go bungee jumping at Singshore Bridge, enjoy a yak ride at Tsomgo Lake and enjoy cycling on Silk Route.
Some of the famous treks in Sikkim are Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, Yuksom Goecha La Trek, Dzongri Trek, Green Lake Trek & Darjeeling Sandakphu Singalila Ridge Trek.
Culture in Sikkim: A mélange of cultures!
Sikkim also has a rich culture which can be seen in its villages, monasteries, festivals & cuisine. The traditional dresses of the people are as fascinating as the buildings built in the traditional style or architecture. Various cultures, customs & traditions of different communities exist harmoniously. The three main tribes are the Lepchas, Bhutias and Nepalese.
The people believe that the spirits of the land reside in its mountains, rivers & forests. Nature plays a big role in its everyday lifestyle. One way of getting an insight into its rich culture is attending its famous fairs & festival. Some of the famous ones are Saga Dawa, Losar, Jorthan Magey, Losoong, Bhumchu, Dentam Rhododendron Kagyed Dance.
A lot of the famous festivals in Sikkim are marked by masked dance, performed by lamas adorned in colourful robes & accessories. The glittering swords, jewellery, beating of drums & trumpeting of horns really lifts the spirits, almost resulting in euphoria.
Sikkim: To see the exotic & rare Himalayan wildlife!
Sikkim’s hills, forests & mountains harbour a variety of rare & exotic Himalayan wildlife. Many of these animals and birds are exclusively found at high altitudes. Spotting them in their natural habitat is a rare privilege.
There are several national parks & sanctuaries in Sikkim where you can observe its wildlife leisurely. The most famous of these is the Khangchendzonga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can spot animals like Himalayan Black Bear, red panda, Tibetan Wild Ass, Himalayan Blue Sheep, goral and takin. Among these, the red panda is a mammal species native to the Eastern Himalayas & southwestern China.
Other famous wildlife sanctuaries in Sikkim are Fambong Lho, Varsey Rhododendron, Kyongnosla Alpine and Maenam.
Enjoy your vacation in Sikkim with tour packages offered by Tour My India that cover all the popular points of tourist attractions and ensure that your holidays are hassle free and enjoyable.
Best Time for Visiting Sikkim for Holidays
Summer is a good time to be in Sikkim. The pleasant weather is the best for enjoying sightseeing & adventure. During winters, Sikkim is covered in snow, but looks extremely beautiful. A lot of festivals are held during winters.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How to get to Sikkim?
Sikkim is well-connected by airways and roadways. Pakyong Airport connects Sikkim with some major cities in India. You can fly to Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri (WB), then take a taxi to Gangtok. Alternatively, you can take a train to New Jalpaiguri (WB) then take a taxi to Gangtok.
Q. Can I obtain a permit for Nathula Pass online?
There might be some update regarding online permits in the future, but currently permits are not issued online. You can obtain a permit when you reach Gangtok.
Q. Is alcohol allowed in Sikkim?
Yes, alcohol is available almost everywhere in Sikkim. Liquors like whiskey, brandy, rum etc are cheap in price in Sikkim as compared to other parts of India. The bars in the state remain open till 11pm.
Q. In which month does it snow in Sikkim?
Sikkim receives snowfall in winters (October to March), while some places in the state remain covered in snow throughout the year. Winter is the best season to visit Sikkim to see snowfall.
Q. Is smoking allowed in Sikkim?
Smoking in public places is banned in Sikkim. If you are caught, you will be fined between INR 200 and 500.
Q. Where can I find snow in Sikkim?
The best places to visit to witness the Snowfall in Sikkim are:
- Thangu Valley
- Zero Point
- Yumthang Valley
- Gurudongmar Lake
- Lachen Village
- Chopta valley in North Sikkim
Q. What is the famous dish of Sikkim?
Sikkim is a place with few but delicious dishes. Some of the famous dishes of Sikkim include momos, thukpa and gundruk.
Q. What can I buy in Sikkim?
The best things to buy in Sikkim are:
- Prayer Flags
- Canvas Wall Hangings
- Woollen Carpets
- Chosees (Traditional Folding Tables)
- Sikkimese Traditional Dress
- Fruit Juice
Q. Which permit is required to visit Sikkim?
Sikkim is under a restricted area regime due to close proximity to countries like China. Thus, permits are required to enter Sikkim. There are two kinds of permits required – Restricted Area Permit (RAP) or Inner Line Permit (ILP) or Protected Area Permit (PAP). RAP is required by every international tourist and PAP is required by both domestic and foreign tourists to enter certain parts of the state like North Sikkim.
Q. Which are the neighbouring states and countries to Sikkim?
Nestled in the Himalayas, Sikkim has Tibet to its north, West Bengal to its south, Bhutan to its east, and Nepal to its west.
Q. What is the best time to plan a holiday to Sikkim?
The best time to plan a holiday to Sikkim is between March to May (summer) and October to December (winter). Monsoon months of June to September aren’t ideal to plan a holiday to Sikkim because heavy rains can lead to road blocks and landslides
Q. Are any special permits required to visit Sikkim by international travellers?
Yes, to visit Sikkim foreigners must obtain a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) previously known as Inner Line Permit. Those international tourists coming for the purpose of trekking also require to obtain a Protected Area Permit (PAP).
Q. Is any permission/permit required for the Indian nationals to visit Sikkim?
Yes, a Protected Area Permit (PAP) is required by Indian nationals to visit the entire North Sikkim district and some areas of East Sikkim district.
Q. For which areas in Sikkim permits are required?
International tourists require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to enter Sikkim. Domestic travellers require a Protected Area Permit (PAP) to enter North Sikkim and few areas of East Sikkim.
Q. What are the best family holiday destinations in Sikkim?
The best family holiday destinations in Sikkim are:
Q. What are the top places for a honeymoon in Sikkim?
The best places for a honeymoon in Sikkim are:
Q. What are the best winter holiday destinations in Sikkim?
The best winter holiday destinations in Sikkim are:
|No of Days||Date||Day||Service Details||Description||Car Category||No of Vehicle|
|Day 1||07-Aug-2022||Sun||NJP/IXB to Gangtok transfer|
Welcome on arrival at IXB/NJP meet our representative and transfer to Gangtok (110kms/4hrs), at an altitude of 5500ft Gangtok is the Capital of Sikkim. Overnight at hotel.
|Day 2||08-Aug-2022||Mon||Excursion to Tsangoo Lake & Baba Mandir|
After breakfast half-day trip to Tsomgo lake (12400ft), which is only 32 kms from Gangtok City, the oval shaped lake is almost about 1Km long, and 15 mtrs deep. The lake is considered sacred by the local people,After that visit 18 kms from the lake Baba Mandir, (temple of disappeared army personal) and back to Gangtok. Evening free at Gangtok for shopping and individual activity. Overnight at hotel. (Optional tour is, Nathula the Indo-Chaina border is 20 kms. from Tsomgo lake (subject to availability of special permit for Indian tourist only on additional payment at Gangtok for separate permit) – Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays. Overnight at Gangtok hotel.
|Day 3||09-Aug-2022||Tue||Gangtok Local Sightseeing – Full Day|
After breakfast visit Hanuman Tak,Ganesh Tak,Tashi view Point(These three points are famous for watching beautiful early morning view on Mt Kanchenjunga).Best point sightseeing tour in and around the capital city of Sikkim, covering Dro-Dul Chortan, Stupa, Institute of Tibetology Institute of Handicrafts and handlooms along with cottage Industry, Flower show, Ropeway, Bakthang Waterfall & Banjhakri Falls . Evening free at Gangtok for shopping and individual activity. Overnight at hotel.
|Day 4||10-Aug-2022||Wed||Gangtok to NJP/IXB transfer|
Morning transfer to IXB/NJP ( 125kms / 4.5hrs). Tour End.
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION –
LUXURY – INNOVA/XYLO/SIMILAR (max 6 pax) || REGULAR – SUMO/MAXX/BOLERO/SIMILAR (max 8 pax) || SMALL – VISTA/WAGONR/ALTO/RITZ/SIMILAR (max 3 pax)
- Accommodation Based On Double Occupancy
- Deluxe category hotel
- Breakfast and Dinner will be on complimentary basis
- Transfers And Sightseeing By NON AC SUMO / BOLERO/ similar (AC will not function in hill stations) On Exclusive Basis (Point To Point Basis As Per Itinerary, Not In Disposal).
- All parking & permit
- Any kind of bus or rail fare.
- Personal and medical insurance.
- Personal expenses such as tips, laundry, phone call etc.
- Any kind of drinks (alcoholic, mineral, soft or hard and starters.)
- Any entrance Fees, camera fee, and monument guide services
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Cost Inclusion”.
- Any personal activity like Horse Riding, Water Boat etc.
- Extra nights in hotels due to ill health, flight cancellation or any other reason.
- The service of the vehicle is not included on leisure days & after finishing the sightseeing tour as per the itinerary.
- Any extra vehicle use apart from Itinerary will be charged extra
- Extensions of tour programme or diversions in the tour itinerary for any reasons eg. due to bad weather, road closure, breakdown or any natural calamities.
Cancellation Policy for Land Package
- 20% cancellation charges if cancelled 45 days before the tour.
- 35% cancellation charges if cancelled between 45 – 30 Days before the tour.
- 50% cancellation charges if cancelled between 30 – 10 Days before the tour.
- No refund if cancelled before 10 days of trip start.
- No Refund or Compensation on any changes on on going trip.
- Any changes done on the trip, applicable charges will be charged.
PER PERSON RATE ON MAPAI BASIS FROM 01st- June – 31st July 2022Package Itinerary
* Note : Package Price can change as per the Hotel and Vacation. If increase, package rate may be changed.