Buddhist Tour Packages

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Significance of Buddhism in Sikkim Along with Hinduism, the thought of Buddhism also occupies a prominent place in the secular land of Sikkim. The school of Buddhism, which is also referred as a 'religion' with its main followers in Sikkim being the Tibetans and the Bhutia’s, traces its history in the land back to the 15th-16th centuries. It was in this period that a friction took place among the Tibetan Buddhists over the supremacy and the difference in other ideologies based on Tantric rituals. This discord resulted in the arrival of the old sect Nyingma (who believed in Tantric rituals) to Sikkim, while the liberal sect, Gelug Headed by the Dalai Lama gained ascendency in Tibet. Sikkim is also believed to be blessed by Guru Padmasambhava, the great Buddhist saint who visited Sikkim in the 8th century and consecrated the land, meditating at its four corners to rid it of all negativity. Here he is believed to have hidden many secret Buddhist teachings, which he prophesized would be discovered in the future by those specially blessed by spiritual powers. It was a realization of this prophecy when in the 17th century three learned lamas, Lhatsun Chempo, Karthok Rikzin Chempo and Ngadak Sempa Chempo entered Sikkim from three different directions of Tibet and met at Norbughang, Yuksum and decided to establish a Buddhist monarchy in the state, It is further believed that Buddhism in Sikkim was introduced by Lhatsun Chempo, one of the three monks who consecrated the first Chogyal (Religious King) of Sikkim in 1641-42 A.D. Lhatsun Chempo, a resident of Kongbo in the lower valley of Tshangpo in Tibet and is also known as the Lhatsun Namkha Jigmed with reference to his alleged power of flying. Today, Sikkim hosts a number of Buddhist temples, monasteries and learning centers which further reflect upon the tradition, culture and values of the Buddhist life in the Himalayan regions which today the team of “ALS” has put on all efforts to research the Buddhist circuit and bring them out and showcase to the world through the specially design itinerary and programmes.

 

BRIEF ITINERARIES  

                                                                            01:MONASTIC TOUR-EAST SIKKIM

                                                                               03 Nights / 04 Days

 

Day 01: Arrival at Bagdogra & transfer to Gangtok (120 kms / 04 hrs) O/N stay at Hotel

Day 02: Visit to Rumtek Monastery , Pal Zurmang Kagyud Monastery & Namgyal Institute of Tibetology. O/N stay at Hotel

Day 03: Visit to Phodong Monastery ,Enchey Monastery. O/N stay at Hotel

Day 04: Departure to Bagdogra

 

 

                                                                  02:MONASTIC TOUR-SOUTH SIKKIM

                                                                              04 Nights / 05 Days

 

Day 01: Arrival at Bagdogra & transfer to Namchi (73 kms / 04 hrs) O/N stay at Hotel

Day 02: Visit to Samdruptse, Namchi Gumpa & Tarey Bhir & transfer to Selep Village. O/N stay at Village Homestay.

Day 03: Visit to Buddha Park , Ralang Monastry & Kewzing Bon Gumpa. O/N  stay at Village Homestay.    

Day 04: Hitch-hike to Doring Gumpa , Kewzing Gumpa & back to Homestay. O/N stay at Village Homestay.

Day 05: Departure to Bagdogra

 

 

                                                                     MONASTIC TOUR-WEST SIKKIM

                                                                               07 Nights / 08 Days

 

 

Day 01:Arrival at Bagdogra & drive to Pelling (130 kms / 06 hrs) O/N Stay at Hotel

Day 02: Hitch Hike to Pemayangtse monastery & Rabdentse Palace ruins & back to Hotel

Day 03: Hike to Sangachoeling monastery in the morning & transfer to Khechupalri. O/N stay at Homestay.

Day 04: Hike to Dhufuk (Ancient Buddhist Meditation cave) & back to Homestay in the evening. O/N stay at Homestay

Day 05: Visit Khechupalri holy lake & transfer to Yuksum. O/N stay at Hotel

Day 06: Hike to Dubdi monastery & visit Norbu ghang coronation throne, Karthok holy lake & monastery. O/N stay at Hotel

Day 07: Drive to Tashiding monastery, spend time there & later drive to Selep Village. Evening visit to Buddha Park. O/N stay at Homestay

Day 08: Departure to Bagdogra (104 kms /05 hrs)

 

 

NOTE: COSTINGS ARE GIVEN ON CASE TO CASE BASIS & DEPENDS ON GROUP SIZE

 

COST INCLUDE

COST EXCLUDE

 

  • Assistance on Arrival.
  • A 24 - hour helpline.
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Sikkim.
  • Very Knowledgeable & Fluent English Speaking Guide.
  • Hotel/Homestay Accommodation on twin / double sharing basis.
  • Best Homestay/Hotel in all the Destinations.
  • Meal Plan MAP (Bed, Breakfast and Dinner only) as described at the costing.
  • Mahindra Xylo car for entire Tour.
  • All Hiking’s and excursions as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • NJP/Bagdogra to NJP/ Bagdogra only

 

 

  • Air fare / train fare.
  • Guide or escort charges & Monuments Entrance fees during sightseeing
  • Camera Charges / Jeep Safari / Camel Safari / Elephant Ride Charges.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as tips & gratuity, mineral water, telephone calls, laundry, soft & hard drink, Insurance etc.
  • Additional adventurous activities like Rafting, Rock Climbing, Paragliding, Cable car, Yak ride, Toy Train Ride, Helicopter ride etc.
  • Any other item not specified in the Package Inclusions.
  • Supplement will be applicable for Single occupancy.
  • Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance Fees & Camera charges, Guide charges.
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes), etc (to be borne by the client and is directly payable on the spot).

 NOTE:

 

  • Please carry original ID proof (Voter ID card / Pass-port / Driving License etc) for security purpose, issue of permits & hotel policy and pp size photographs.
  • The mentioned hotels will be confirmed as per room availability. Otherwise we will confirm similar category hotel.

 

Important:

1. Check-in & Check-out time 12:00 hrs.

2. If arrival of guest is by train at Railway Station, please be informed that our executive will be there to receive the guest at the exit gate (near enquiry counter) If you arrive at Airport our executive will be there at Exit Gate of the Airport.
3. On arrival of guests, we will provide them local contact number of our executive, who will handle the entire operation.
4. Do not leave your belongings in the vehicle unattended. We will not be responsible for losses occurring in such cases.
5. Some of the tourist spots might be closed due to different circumstances and in this case we will try to divert you to another tourist destination. If your visit coincides with such holiday and you miss sightseeing and you want to undertake the same sightseeing on another day, there will be extra charges payable for the same.
6. Please maintain timing for sightseeing / transfers which will advisable by our executive.

 

Other necessities and information:

 

Clothing

 

Due to the wide range of temperature and climatic conditions it is advisable to dress in layers. For protection against cold, layered clothing is better than one or two thick garments. Clothing should preferably be made from natural materials, which allow the body to breathe.

 

Shoes

 

Bring comfortable sport shoes for light hikes & sightseeing; hiking boots for treks; semi formal shoes for dinners/appointments/functions.

 

Climate

 

We should bear in mind that the higher the altitude, the cooler the weather, and that with a brisk wind blowing down off the mountains, even a low-lying valley can become quite chilly. The Northern and the Western part have a much harsher climate, with summer monsoon rains and winter snowfalls which may block passes leading into tourist spots. Winter in Sikkim and Darjeeling is from mid-November till March, and at this time of the year the climate is dry and sunny for the most part, temperatures peaking at around 15c. in the daytime and falling below zero at night. The monsoon usually arrives in mid-June, with light rain falling mainly in the afternoons and evenings. At the end of September, after the last of the big rains, autumn suddenly arrives, and is a magnificent season for trekking until November.

 

Language

 

Nepali, Hindi and English are commonly spoken in the main towns and are the principal medium of instruction in schools throughout the state.

 

Precautions

 

Sikkim and Darjeeling are one of the safest destinations in the world however you should still exercise caution when visiting. Avoid drinking tap water which has not been boiled at all times as most water sources in Sikkim and Darjeeling are untreated. One can easily acquire affordable treated and bottled water. People prone to car sickness should bring appropriate medicine as the winding roads on the mountains have plenty of curves and turns. Bring any medication you take regularly, or might need to take for a periodically recurring condition, such as asthma.

  

#WHAT TO BRING

 

  • Trekking / Hiking boots. Don’t use new ones or use them before the Trek/Hike.
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Insect repellents (Specially for the leeches)
  • Personal medication
  • Refillable water bottles
  • Caps
  • Walking sticks (If you think it’s necessary for you /Though all the walks are easy & short in distance )
  • Wind blockers
  • Waterproof camera bags
  • Raincoat
  • Thermal wear
  • Sufficient camera memory cards
  • Battery backups or solar charger
  • Small backpack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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