SIKKIM FESTIVAL & VILLAGE TOURS
07 Nights / 08 Days
Day 01: BAGDOGRA TO SELEP VILLAGE (6500 FTS / 98 KMS / 05 HRS)
Upon arrival at the airport, meet our representative and after a brief introduction, start for a Selep Village in South Sikkim which is about 98 kms and will take about 05 Hours to reach. Inner Line Permit (ILP) formalities at the Melli border town. Reach Homestay in the evening, check in and refresh and relax.
The guide for the Tour will brief the group about the programme on day to day basis.
Day 02: LOCAL SIGHTSEEING
Start at leisure and after breakfast. Visit Samdruptse, a 138 foot statue of Guru Padmashambhava-The chief patronee God is the tallest statue in the world and the place is regarded to be one of the important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Sikkim. The place also offers a beautiful view of Namchi town. Later visit Chardham, a pilgrimage centre has been dedicated and designed to place Sikkim in the very conscience, heart and minds of the citizens of India and beyond. Apart from providing a unique religious and cultural ambience, the Pilgrimage-cum-Cultural Centre established on a grand scale hereafter ought to be a tourist attraction at the National as well as International level. The existing linkages have been explored and the tourist activities targeted are Pilgrimage, cultural activities, seminars, religious discourses, nature study and passive recreation. Later drive back to Selep Homestay.
Day 03: FESTIVAL & MONASTIC TOUR
Pang-Lhabsol Festival is among the most important Buddhist Festival in Sikkim. This festival is unique to Sikkim and commemorates the consecration of Mount Khanchendzonga as the guardian deity of Sikkim. To this day the mountain god is invoked and prayed upon at Pang Lhabsol to continue protecting Sikkim. The festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th month of the Tibetan calendar corresponding to late August/early September. The ‘chaams’ which are part of this festival are unique and the spectacular Pang toed or warrior dance was choreographed by the third Chogyal Chador Namgyal, which is said to have appeared to him in a vision. The festival also marks the commemoration of blood brotherhood sworn between the Lepchas and the Bhutias at Kabi in the 15th century. The day is to have amazing experiences at the festival venue. Nearby the venue is the Tatha-gatha Tsal or also known as the Buddha Park. The Buddha Park hosts a beautiful statue of Sakyamuni Buddha which is clearly visible from all the directions of southwest Sikkim near Ravangla and some parts of west Sikkim. It was constructed to mark the 2550th birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha. Later in the second half of the day, drive to Ralang monastery which is about 6 kms from Ravangla and is located in the beautiful location in the Ralang village. Back to Homestay in the evening. Overnight stay at the Homestay.
Day 04: SELEP VILLAGE TO PELLING (6050 FTS /52 KMS/2 HRS)
Check out after breakfast and drive to Pelling. Upon arrival, check into the Homestay. Refresh and Relax before you go for a afternoon hike to Rabdentse Palace Ruins which is about an 30 Mins/easy hike. The Place is the second capital of Sikkim dating back to the Mid 1700’s. The panoramic view you get from the top is just awesome and which could be cherished lifelong. The return walk is easy. Back to the Homestay for an overnight stay.
Day 05: LOCAL SIGHTSEEING
Start after breakfast to drive to Khanchendzonga waterfalls which is about 40 minutes drive from Pelling. This beautiful waterfalls flows down from the Rathong Glacier which is at the base of Mt.Khangchendzonga. After a brief time in the waterfalls, drive to Khechupalri Lake. Sacred and wish fulling lake amidst a deep and rich forest is kept clean by the birds residing in the forest is what we believe. The Lake has a shape of a left foot print. Back to Pelling for Lunch and after lunch visit Pemayangtse Monastery, a must visit monastery in West Sikkim. A Nyingma monastery built in the year 1705 AD is a very important pilgrimage site for the Buddhist follower from all over the world and the only monastery to have a direct linkage for the consecration of the King of Sikkim in the past. Back to the Homestay /Retreat.
Day 06: PELLING TO KALUK (5500 FTS / 42 KMS / 03 HRS)
Check out after breakfast and drive to Kaluk. Enroute stop by the Changay waterfalls. Beautiful of its own kind. Spend some time at the falls and drive further to Shingshore Bridge, a suspension bridge, is the highest bridge in Sikkim and among the highest bridge in the Asian continent with over 100 meters in height is an engineering accomplishment which has made possible by connecting two gorges in West of Sikkim. Later drive to Kaluk (40 minutes) Evening is free. Relax. Overnight stay at the Village Resort.
Day 07: LOCAL SIGHTSEEING + VISIT TO THE LOCAL VILLAGE
A short drive of about 15 minutes takes us to the Lepcha Heritage house which is more than 150 years old and was build during the monarch of Sikkim. The house is built in typical and traditional Lepcha styles which is still well preserved and showcase the history of Lepcha who use to live in the region. After while drive to Azhing Farm, some 20 Minutes drive from the town is a 100% organic farm/self initiated scheme with so much to see and experience the organic farming and the production of Organic fruit wine from different fruits, cultivation of Honey etc. In the evening we visit a local village nearby to see and experience a local style of Living, their tradition and culture. Later we drive back the Resort for an overnight stay.
Day 08: DEPARTURE TO THE AIRPORT
Check out after the breakfast and drive to the Airport which will take you about 5 hours. Inner Line Permit exit formalities at the Melli Check post.
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:
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.
Bring comfortable sport shoes for light hikes & sightseeing; hiking boots for treks; semi formal shoes for dinners/appointments/functions.
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.
Nepali, Hindi and English are commonly spoken in the main towns and are the principal medium of instruction in schools throughout the state.
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.
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