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