Beautiful Sikkim is near about 200 monasteries or Gompas belonging to the Nyingma and Kagyu order have not only been influencing the cultural heritage and lifestyle of the people, but also demonstrates the ancient rituals in practice. Devoted Lamas robed in red, chant ancient mantras to the rhythm of drums and trumpets while soft lights flicker from decorative lamps placed before statues of the great Guru Padmasambhava. Feel the peace and quiet of being one with nature and close to the almighty as sacred words mingle with the whirring prayer wheels. The Gompas are adorned with life-like frescoes of hoary Buddhist legends, rare silk and brocade Thangkas. Also preserved here, are ancient Tibetan manuscripts, exquisitely carved wood work and icons of silver and gold.
Explore Sikkim Tour – Itinerary
Day 01 Fly from Kathmandu to Bagdogra Airport/ drive to Kakarvitta and to Sikkim. On arrival meet, assist and drive to Gangtok (07 hrs) O/N at hotel.
Day 02 Gangtok (1,600m)
In the morning Visit Enchey Monastery, Deer Park, Government institute of Cottage Industry, Dodrul Chorten, and Research Institute of Tobetology. Afternoon Visit Rumtek Monastery, situated 24 kms this magnificent monastery was built by the late Gyalwa Karmapa, the head of the Kagyu sect. O/N at hotel
Day 03 Gangtok - Lachung (2,750mts/117km/6hours)
In morning drive early morning to Lachung, a small picturesque village surrounded by high snow cap peaks, located in a valley in North Sikkim. O/N at hotel
Day 04 Lachung - Yumthang - Lachung (3,500mts 25 kms)
In this drive after breakfast through conifer and rhododendron forest the drive an enjoyable experience. Packed lunch provided. O/N at hotel
Day 05 Lachung - Gangtok Drive back to Gangtok. O/N
Day 06 Gangtok - Pemayangtse (2,085m 117km/4 1/2 hrs)
In the morning After breakfast drive through semi tropical forests. Cardamom plantation and village afternoon Visit the Pemayanste monastery, situated adjacent to the hotel. This is a premier monastery of Sikkim built in the 17th century. O/N at hotel
Day 07 Pemayangtse - Khenchapladri Lake - Pemayangtse (24kms / 1 1/2hrs)
After breakfast drive to Khechoperi lake which is also known as the wishing lake, and is considered very sacred and no water sport or other activities besides proyer and worship are allowed around it. Afternoon A short walk to Sangacholing Monastery (2km/45min) located on a hillock above the hotel. On a clear day the view of the mountain ranges is breathtaking. O/N at hotel.
Day 08 Pemayangtse - Kalimpong (133 kms/5hrs)
Breakfast: full day Sightseeing of Kalimpong town. O/N at hotel
Day 09 Kalimpong to Bagdogra Airport/ NJP Railway Station Biratnagar/Bhadrapur (150kms /4 hrs)