FESTIVAL + VILLAGE TOURS / WALKS & EXCURSION
09 NIGHTS / 10 DAYS
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR:
-Pang Lhabsol Festival (Important Buddhist Festival in Sikkim)
-New experiences with the Different local communities
-Experiences of local culture & Traditions
-Village Hiking & Excursion
-Homestay & Local Foods
-Local Wines (Non-Alcoholic)
-Nature Trails (Where very few tourist has ever been)
-Less Travel in Car/More of Hikes & Excursions.
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: VILLAGE WALK & EXCURSION
The day is scheduled for an easy walk and excursion in the village itself where one will be taken for a walk to the Monastery and a lake nearby. During the village walk, one can experience a local life-style of living, agricultural organic farming, cardamom cultivations etc. Also a village is a mixed with different tribes hence giving an opportunity to experience different culture and traditions of Sikkim. Bon-Fire and local wine tasting in the Evening. Overnight stay at the 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 Sanga-choe-Ling Monastery which is about an hour/easy hike. The monastery belonging to the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism was built in the year 1697 AD and is one of the oldest in the region. 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: HIKE & EXCURSION
Start after the breakfast to walk to 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. After a visit to the monastery, a 30 minutes’ walk through the lush green forest is a Rabdentse Palace ruins, a second capital of Sikkim during the Mid 1700’s. The capital was shifted from Yuksum to Rabdentse after the continuous invade by the Nepalese Army .Later walk back to the Homestay. The total distance of walk in this day is about 8 kms. Overnight stay at the Homestay.
Day 06: PELLING TO KHECHUPALRI LAKE TO YUKSUM (5500 FTS)
Check out after the breakfast and drive to Khechupalri Holy Lake which is about 28 kms from Pelling and takes about 1 hr to reach. 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. Later drive to Yuksum, the 1st capital of Sikkim and the place from where the history of Sikkim starts, dating back to 1641-42 AD. Yuksum is also a base for the trekking to famous Dzongri-Goechala and other high altitude trekking trails. Check into the Hotel. Refresh and relax. In the afternoon we walk to nearby Norbu Ghang coronation throne, the place where the three learned Lama’s had met and consecrated the first King of Sikkim in 1641-42 AD.
We also walk to a nearby Kathok Holy lake, a small and beautiful lake is an ideal place to spend a quiet and peaceful evening. Back to the Hotel for Overnight stay.
Day 07: YUKSUM TO KALUK (5500 FTS/65 KMS/3 HRS)
Check out after breakfast and drive to Kaluk. Yet another destination with a rural tourism boosting up in a rapid period of time. A place where we have a easy/moderate hiking areas along with a tradition and culture of the local people to see and experience. Upon arrival, check into the Village resort/Homestay. Refresh and relax for a while before we head for a walk to see the local lifestyle. Evening is free. Overnight stay at the Village Resort/Homestay.
Day 08: HIKE & EXCURSION/VISIT TO THE AZHING FARM
Start after the breakfast to walk to the Lepcha Heritage House, one of the very few houses left which was built about 150 years ago. The architecture of the house is something rare to be seen or found in this fast growing techno-world. After a visit we walk through the rich forest to the top of the hill (Resum Gumpa), the place offers a excellent view of Mt.Khangchendzonga and its adjacent Peaks (Subjected to the clear weather) We walk down through different route down to the small town called Rinchenpong where we can opt to have a Lunch. After lunch, 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. Later drive back to Resort/Homestay.
Day 09: HIKE & EXCURSION
Start after the breakfast and start walking through the small town of Kaluk and reach Thapgay and start walking uphill (not so hard) towards the top to the place called Rami-dham. The place is yet again a religious site for the Sadhu’s (Saints) the view from the top of the ridge is panoramic and beautiful. Spend some time at the top. Later start the walk downwards (different direction) towards the village where one can see the lifestyle of Gurung community. A few minutes’ walk from here is a Sherpa Village. Lunch will be arranged at the Village accordingly and a local styled Lunch. About 40 Minutes easy walk will bring you back to the Resort/Homestay. Evening is free. Overnight stay at the Resort/Homestay.
Day 10: 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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