Sikkim & West Bengal, India
20th April - 1st May 2020
Sikkim (Hidden Kingdom)and West Bengal are renowned for stunning Himalayan views. Travelling through this incredible landscape it is easy to feel a pervading sense of serenity & stillness.
On our journey we visit many places that are sacred to tantric Buddhism. They are imbued with an extraordinary history yet offer relevant insights to the modern seeker of truth, beauty, and goodness.
A sacred journey to sacred places, we also enjoy shopping, delicious food & having fun.
Jakob and Pantha have travelled in the Himalayan region for over 40 years, and both love the region, the people and their culture.
Highlights of our journey
Kalimpong, West Bengal
Spring is the perfect time to visit Kalimpong, known for its beautiful gardens, pleasant climate and Himalayan views.
Visits to Zang Dhok Palri & Thongsa Monasteries.
Interesting shopping including ahimsa silk shawls, tribal jewellery from Nagaland, quality prayer flags & incense.
Gangtok, Sikkim's capital city, is situated on a ridge with fantastic views of Mt Kanchenjunga.
Visits to the renowned monastery of Rumtek, seat of the Karmapa. Chorten Monastery, residence of Dodrupchen Rinpoche & the palace.
Gangtok has a lovely mall with good food and shopping including a small Fab India.
Visits to nearby Kechopalri lake, the revered Tashiding and Pemayangtse Monastery. A gentle walk to the mystical and sometimes misty Sangyak Choeling.
Incredible views of Mt Kangchenjunga, especially at sunrise. The highest mountain in India is a sacred peak & home to an important deity.
Darjeeling, West Bengal
A fascinating mixture of old English and modern Indian, Darjeeling never fails to delight.
Visits to Sonada Monastery, Ogyan Kunsang Chokhorling Monastery & also to a small gonpa in Mungpu.
Great Bookshop, mixture of shops & the best place to buy tea.
WHERE - SIKKIM & WEST BENGAL, INDIA - Sikkim Map
WHEN - April 20th - May 1st 2020
Arrival & Departure - Bagdogra Airport
Comfortable & clean accommodation All rooms inc ensuites
Wide variety of Indian, Tibetan & Sikkimese foods
Good cars & drivers
Tour Director - Pantha Blazely
Guide - Jakob Leschly
Flights to & from Bagdogra
Personal exp laundry, drinks etc
Tips for drivers & hotel staff
Offerings for temples
Jakob began his studies of Buddhism in 1974 and has studied with numerous great teachers, particularly the renowned Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.
Jakob completed a three-year retreat in 1984, has since worked as a translator, interpreter and teacher. Since 2008 he has been based in Australia where he has been Resident Teacher with Siddhartha’s Intent Australia.