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Tour around Gangtok ,Tsomgo-Babamandir/Nathula,Lachen,hangu & Chopta Valley Excursion, Yumthang Valley Excursion23-1131-12
Day 1 : Pick up NJP drive Gangtok, 126kms, and 4 hours.
Bagdogra is the nearest Airport where as NJP (New Jalpaiguri) is the closest Railway Station to Sikkim. Drive to Gangtok passes through a lush green vegetation adjacent to it river Teesta flows in a vibrant current.
Day 2 : Tour around Gangtok
Tour around Gangtok including Rumtek Monastery, Flower show, Hanuman Tok, Institute of Tibetology, Tashiview Point, Chorten Stupa. Rumtek is one of the biggest monasteries in Sikkim, which was built in the year 1960 by His holiness 17th Karmapa who fled Tibet due to Chinese aggression. Flower Show houses large number of flower as well the ornamental plants of Sikkim. During the flowering season, exhibitions and competitions are held here. Sikkim has around 4000 species of flowering plants. Hanuman tok situated at hilltop has a Hanuman Mandir and during the clear weather Kanchendzonga range can be view at its best. Institute of Tibetology houses large number of Buddhist scriptures as well acts as museum. Tashiview point provides an excellent view of Mount Kanchendzonga and far-flung North Sikkim Villages. Telescopic view of mountains is available. Chorten stupa is situated near Tibetology.
Day 3 : Tsomgo-Babamandir/Nathula
ay trip to Tsomgo-Babamandir/Nathula Pass.
Tsongo Lake, Babamandir and Nathula are situated in high altitude area. Tsong is at 12400 feet, Babamandir app. At 13000feet and Nathula is at 14600 feet. Tsongo Lake is an alpine lake with lots of rainbow trout though it is a sacred lake of Sikkim. Visitors are not allowed to do boating and entering the lake. Baba mandir is situated much higher with a mandir established and maintained by 17th Mountain Brigade. Baba Harbajan a soldier who perished in a gushing river in 1960 re surfaced to protect the border of Indo-China.
Nathula pass is gateway to Tibet and before Chinese aggression this used to be only a silk route to Lhasa. Nathula to Lhasa is only 470 kms. In near future this route is being re- opened to start Indo-China Trade. Gangtok to Tsongo?Baba Mandir drive is one of the most interesting as it provides an altitudinal changes along with the vegetation changes. During winter the region is full of snow. Nathula is opened for visitors on the following days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tour has to be organized by recognized local travel agent.
Yumthang Package Begins.
Day 4 : Gangtok to Lachen
Pick-up from the Bajra Taxi Stand at Gangtok at about 10 a.m. and start for Lachen.
On the way stop for sightseeing spots like Tashi View Point, Kabi Lungtsok, Naga Waterfall, the Confluence of Lachen Chu & Lachung Chu at Chungthang.Lunch will be served at Namok. The whole journey is about 6-7 hours’ drive.
By evening reach Lachen and your trip for the first day ends.
Lachen is a remote village in North Sikkim and the winter home for Tibetan nomadic tribes against the backdrop of towering snow peaks, alpine flower valleys, and vast plateau. This is the base for exploring the high altitude Gurudongmar Lake and trekking to Green Lake (Depending upon prior permission).Check in at a hotel/Lodge. Overnight stay will be at Lachen.
Meal Plan: Breakfast (No) Lunch (Yes at Wayside Eatery) Dinner (Yes)
Day 5 : Lachen to Thangu & Chopta Valley Excursion & transfer to Lachung
Have early breakfast (At times Packed breakfast) and leave for Thangu Village (4100m / 13450ft), a remote high altitude village of Tibetan Nomads & Chopta Valley on your way to the Gurudongmar Lake.
Thangu valley occupies a very broad valley at the junction of Thangu Chu, Chopta Chu, & Lassur Chu. It is situated at an altitude of 14000ft.Chopta Valley is situated at a height of 14,500 ft. This Valley is also known for its flowers. This is the second valley of flowers in North Sikkim after the more famous one at Yumthang.Both the valleys erupt in a riot of colours in the month of May, June & July. Also in the month of Dec & Jan you can play in the snow or even walk across the meandering frozen Chopta River.From Chopta Valley drive for another 30kms in 1.5hr to Gurudongmar Lake (5225m / 17143ft) close to Tibet Border. This lake is the Second highest lake in India after the Tso Lhamu Lake. If weather permits and permission is availed, proceed for Gurudongmar Lake (17,800 ft).Gurudongmar Lake is considered as one of the sacred lakes of Sikkim both by the Buddhist and the Hindus. The lake is named after Guru Padmasambhava, the Indian tantric Buddhist who conducted rituals there. The lake remains milky in colour throughout the year and it is believed that Guru Padmasambhava had touched the lake whilst he visited Tibet from this area. Hence, a portion of the lake never freezes.After spending half an hour to one hour there, drive back to Lachen.
After lunch, visit the Lachen Monastery and start your journey to Lachung via Chungthang. Visit the Bhim Nala Waterfalls and reach Lachung by late afternoon.Lachung is yet another remote high altitude village of Tibetan and Bhutia people in North Sikkim with towering rocky snow peaks, vibrant rhododendron valley, lush green yak pastures, perennial waterfalls and hot springs. This place is the base for exploring alpine valley of Yumthang and Yumesamdong close to the Tibetan plateau.Evening is free at leisure and overnight stay would be at Lachung.
Meal Plan: Breakfast (Yes) Lunch (Yes) Dinner (Yes)
Day 6 : : Lachen Yumthang Valley Excursion and Transfer to Gangtok
After breakfast leave for Yumthang (11,800 ft.) or the “Valley of flowers”. Yumthang is a lush green valley surrounded by snow peaks on all sides where the tree line ends. While on your way, you would be driving across the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary which has more than 120 species of Rhododendron trees and is also the home to the endemic RhododendronNiveum,theState Tree of Sikkim.
In April / May / June the valley erupts in a riot of colours as Rhododendrons, Primulae and many other Alpine Flowers bloom in abundance.
In the winter, Yumthang is sombre with snow all around, and the snow clad mountains add to the ethereal beauty of this place.
Note: Visitors may also want to visit Yumesamdong or Zero Point. Zero point is close to Yumesamdong, although contrary to popular belief they are not the same places. After reaching Yumesamdong, one needs to walk a little to reach Zero point. Officially one is not allowed to visit Yumesamdong/Zero Point.
On the way back, you may visit the hot spring across the Lachung River, although it is mainly used for bathing purposes by the army personnel. Return to Lachung for lunch.
After lunch at Lachung, leave for Gangtok. On the way, stop at Singhik for tea or light refreshments. From Mangan, if the weather is clear, you may get to see the Khangchendzonga Range. This location offers a majestic view of Mt. Pandim, Mt. Kabru, Mt. Simvo, Mt. Jopuno, Mt. Khangchendzonga and Mt. Siniolchu.
Return to Gangtok by evening. Your tour ends with sweet memories upon return to Gangtok.
Day 7 : Gangtok to Bagdogra/NJP
Drive back to NJP/ BAGDOGRA AIR PORT
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