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Sikkim Cultural / Monastic Tour

Sikkim Cultural / Monastic Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 12 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 999 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1050 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Siliguri - Bagdora - Gangtok. Arrivel at the Airport Badora in the sity Siliguri in West Bengal. From the ho plains of India we drive up to the border of west Bengal and into the former kingdom of Sikkim. The 4 hour journey leads us along the holy river Tista that orginate in the high North of Sikkim, near the border to Tibet.

Day 2: Gangtok. Today we explore the lively capital of sikkim, Gangtok. Early in the morning we drive up to the most beaustiful view point nearby, the tashi View point and watch the sun rise. In case of bad weaather we visit Ganesh Tok – ciew point from where we get a good view of Gantok. Afterwards we visit the Buddhist monastery Enchey, a short walk or drive above Gangtok. In the afternoon we visit the Do-Drul Choerten, a Buddhist monument built in the 1940s by the thenking. Enough time is included for individual storlling through the busy streets of Gangtok.

Day 3: Gangtok – Pemeyangtse – Pelling. We drive the scenic way up to west – sikkim and visit the monastery pemayangtse, one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim. With its unique great wooden sculpture, depicting the different realms in universe, Pamayangtse monastery is a must for any visitor to sikkim. The artist, Buddhist monk is said to have worked on that piece of art for 7 years. After wards we go on, either by foot or by jeep through pine forest to pelling. In case of clear weather we can enjoy a gorgeous view onto the majestic kanchaenjunga.

Day 4: Pelling – Khechopalri - Yoksum. From pelling the journey goes on to the holy lake khechopalri. The locals believe that this it is a wish – fulfilling lake. According to legend birds prevent leaves from falling in to the lake to keep it crystal – clear. Come and see it for your self.

Day 5: Yoksum. Yoksum is the beginning point of our west – sikkim trek. walking we explore this small mountain village. Amongst other attractions we are going to see the coronation peace of the frist king of Sikkim. In the afternoon we go for a 1 hour walk up the very steep path to the oldest monastery in Sikkim.

Day 6: Yoksum – Tashiding – Pelling. From Yoksum our journey leads up to Tashiding. We hike up the slightly ascending path, past in stone – carved mantras to the "Heart of the World", the monastery Tashiding, on top of an egg-shaped mountain. In the evening we drive back to Pelling.

Day 7: Pelling – Dentam – Pellling. Visit at the Indo – Swiss cheese factory in the heart of skim's dairy land. Short walk to the third higest hanging bridge of Asia. Back in Pelling a typical sikkimese dinner is waiting for us.

Day 8: Pelling - Gangtok. Rest day and visit of the cottage industry where silk – paper production, woodcarving, painting and carpet weaving takes place. Handicrafts may be purchased there.

Day 9: Gangtok – Rumtek – Martam – Gangtok. Visit of the monastery Rumtek seat of the kagyupa sect of the Tibetan Buddhism. This monastery was founded by 16th Gyalwang karmapa after he had fled Tibet due to the chinesse invasion there. Picnic at Rumtek (only in case go good weather). Drive to Martam, a picturesque village with many paddy fields.

Day 10: Gangtok – Tsomgo - Gangtok. The local population considers Tsomgo holy. for this trip to an altitude of 3780 m we need a minimum of 4 foreign participants in order to be granted a permit. In case of insufficient number of participant we will visit an alternative destination.

Day 11: Gangtok – Lingudum - Gangtok. Monastery lindum was completed in spring 1999 and is an excellent example of Tibetan Monastery architecture.

Day 12: Gangtok - Siliguri - Bagdogra or continue with Darjeeling kalimpong tour or North Sikkim. End of the tour.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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