Sikkim & West Bengal, India

11 - 24 April 2018

 

Sikkim, also known as the Hidden Kingdom, is renowned for its stunning Himalayan views.

Small group for your care & comfort

 

Itinerary

 

View from Kalimpong Hotel

 

Mt Kanchenjunga from Pelling, Western Sikkim

 

 Stupas at Tashiding, Sikkim

 

Beautiful Himalayan views from Darjeeling

 

 

 

Day 1 - 3   Kalimpong, west Bengal

11th, 12th & 13th April

Spring is the perfect time to visit Kalimpong, renowned for its beautiful gardens, pleasant climate and Himalayan views.  We visit some interesting shops & local markets.  Delivering sponsorships to monks & nuns at the nearby villages of Mungpu & Burmek is a highlight of our stay.

 

Day 4 - 7   Western Sikkim

14th to 17th April

We drive through beautiful landscape into Sikkim. Stay 2 nights at the outstanding Biksthang Heritage Farmhouse.   Then a short drive to Pelling in Western Sikkim. Day trips to the nearby Kechopalri lake, the fascinating Tashiding Gonpa and Pemayangtse Monastery. A gentle walk to the mystical and sometimes misty Sangyak Choeling.  Incredible views of Mt Kangchenjunga at sunrise from our great hotel Mount Pandim, Pelling.

 

Day 8 - 10   Gangtok, Sikkim

18th to 20th April

Gangtok, Sikkim's capital city, is situated on a ridge with fantastic views of Mt Kanchenjunga.  We visit the renowned monastary of Rumtek, seat of the Karmapa. There are several short walks to gardens, the palace & some interesting shopping.

Staying at Netuk House

 

Day 11 & 12 Darjeeling

21st to 22nd April

Darjeeling is a bustling town with beautiful tea gardens & glorious views of the Himalayas. During our stay we can visit Sonada Monastery, Tibetan Refugee Handicraft Centre, an organic Tea Plantation and of course the famous Tiger Hill for early morning views of the Himalayas.

 

Day 13   Bagdogra

23rd April

We take the scenic route through tea plantations & visit the small tourist town of Mirik on the way to our hotel close to Bagdogra Airport, ready for departures to Kolkata or Delhi on the morning of 24th April.

Day 14   Depart

24th April

      

Our itineraries are always subject to change & sometimes do

 

WHERE  - SIKKIM & WEST BENGAL, INDIA -       see          Sikkim Map

WHEN   -  April 11th - 24th 2018

PRICE    -  Twin Share     $3900 AUD
                -  Single             $4825 AUD

 

INCLUSIONS 

  • All accommodation, meals and mv transport
  • Experienced Tour Director - Pantha Blazely
  • Knowledgeable & kind Translator/Guide - Sonam Dorjee

EXCLUSIONS

  • No Flights are included 
  • Alcohol or bottled drinks
  • Expenses of a personal nature eg laundry, telephone, tips

 

for bookings & more info contact   PanthaB@westnet.com.au    61 478 603 929

 

Sonam Dorjee - Our translator & local guide

Sonam translates English, Tibetan, Bhutanese, Nepali & Hindi. He has a B.A + B Ed. and for 30 years he taught English, Tibetan and Social Science at high schools in West Bengal and Sikkim.  He has retired to study Buddhism more thoroughly.

His gentle nature and wonderful storytelling make Sonam a joy to travel with.

 

 

 

 

Photos of Sikkim

 

 

Travelling through this mystical land it is easy to feel a pervading sense of serenity & stillness.