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Sikkim Khangchendzonga SingikWedged between Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and the North Bengal Plains of India, this region is a tangled mass of mountains drained by the Teesta, and Rangit Rivers.

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From the visitors angle, Sikkim Himalayas include the geographical area of Sikkim, Darjeeling and Kalimpong.

The grain of the country rises from near sea level to 8500 meters, in a short distance, forming a giant amphitheater, hewn as it were from the great mountains. This provides an arc of the most magnificent snow clad mountains as a backdrop to your holidays.

This region is connected to Delhi, and Calcutta by daily air services. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra. Train service from NJP railway station are avalable to all parts of India.



Sikkim

Dzongri 4200mSmall but beautiful, Sikkim is the Jewel of the Eastern Himalayas, spread below the crowning glory of the 8534 meters high, Mount Kanchenjunga; which is not just a mountain, but the Sikkimese protective deity.

Amidst the grandeur of the mountain peaks, lush valleys fast flowing rivers, terraced fields, live a friendly people with deep belief in their culture and religion. This region offers her visitors rare and singular experience. Forest and flora, Buddhist culture and hill top monastries, thriving bazars, ancient handicrafts, holy lakes, and the delights if high altitude treks, can all be yours, within the span of a few days.
Sikkim ready to harvest
All this and more in a land peopled by an amazing ethnic mix of beautiful, cheerful, Lepcha , Tibetan, and Nepali people forming a unique sub- culture of their own.

Sikkim is a restricted area but is open to foreign tourists for 15 days at a time. Foreign nationals can easily get a Sikkim entry permit endorsed on their India visa, by applying for the same to the nearest Indian mission. Contact us in case of difficulty.



Gangtok–Monasteries,bazaars, Alpine lakes & flora

Sikkim RumtekThe capital of Sikkim, is located in the shadow of the Chola Range at an altitude of 1767 m. It has a rich cultural heritage, bustling modern bazaar, exotic handicrafts, and lovely people. The main attractions are:-Sikkim buddhist parade

 

 

 

  • Rumtek Monastery, for its gilded "chorten", traditional architecture, exquisite paintings, intricate woodwork, treasures of manuscripts and icons.

  • The Tibetology Institute, displaying Buddhist icons, religious paintings, and literature.

  • The Directorate of Handicrafts, where ancient skills are kept alive.

  • The old bazaar for atmosphere.

  • Day trip to the holy Tsangu Lake at 3800 m altitude, on the old trade route to Tibet, with its rugged snow peaks, mountain & valley views, and the Kyangnosla Nature Park, for Alpine Flora.

  • Day trip to the Buddhist monasteries at Phodong and Labarang.

 

North Sikkim - Snowscapes, yaks, and flora

Sikkim Gurudongma TsoThis most rugged and spectacular district of Sikkim, has its Headquarters at Mangan. Is 76 kms from Gangtok. It comprises the valleys of Lachen, Lachung (the valley of flowers), Dzongu and Tholung. Each of these is formed by fast flowing glacier fed rivers originating from The Great Himalayan Range and its offshoots, The Singelila Range and The Chola Range. Mighty peaks ranging between 6000 to 8500 meters, enclose it on three sides. A part of North Sikkim, even lies across the Himalayas, on the Tibet Plateau. The visitor can visit the high altitude, Yumthang Valley of Rhododendrons, the tribal villages of Lachung and Lachen, With special permits you can trek through the remote Tolung Valley to the Kishong-la or the Khangchendzonga climbers base camp at Green Lake.



Western Sikkim – Monasteries & delights of trekking

Sikkim SangacholingThe legendary installation of the Namgyal dynasty, by three monks in 1642, introduced Buddhism in Sikkim. They came together at Yoksom, and as it had been prophesied, in sacred texts, they searched, and found Phuntsog Namgyal; anointed him with holy water, gave him the title of "chogyal" – meaning king of religion, and urged him to spread Buddhism, amongst the ethnic Lepchas. At that time the local people were animist worshipping nature spirits. On various hill tops inter- visible to each other, are located a string of holy sites.


Sikkim Monastery WelcomeAll the holy Buddhist sites can be visited by staying at Pamayangtse ( Pelling and Gaylshiling) and Yoksom. Around Pamayangtse, the main attraction is the Pamayangtse Monastery-the sublime perfect lotus. It was built in 1705, and is the paramount of the Nyingmapa monasteries of Sikkim, being regarded the most prestigious. It is well known for its seven level wooden pagoda structure of mind boggling intricacy, depicting paradise. The late Dongzin Rimpoche crafted this, over five years of solo effort. Sangacholing Monastery-the place of secret spells, was founded in 1697. Clay statues dating back to the 17th Century are amongst the oldest in Sikkim. Another reason for visiting Pamayangtse are the splendid sunrise views of Mount Khangchendzonga.

The Kechepheri Lake and Monastery - the noble heaven-reaching mountain, nestles in a forested bowl, at 2000 meters, elevation. Here the legendary guardian bird is always on duty to pick up dead leaves falling on its surface, to keep the holy lake clean

Sikkim Mane TashidingAround Yoksom, the Coronation site, where the three monks appointed the first king of Sikkim, is a simple stone bench. Dhubdi Monastery – The hermits cell, dates back to 1701. This was the monastery of the first capital of Sikkim. The Norbugang Chorten, where offerings given to the first king by the people were buried by the monks as holy relics, is located is short distance from Yoksom. Tashiding Monastery – The temple of the Religious king, was constructed atop a eart shaped hill, at the very spot where according to the Buddhist scriptures Guru Rimpoche, the founder of Buddhism in Tibet, blessed the sacred land of Sikkim. Built in 1716, it is famous for Thong-wa-rang-to – the sacred chorten, which means savior by mere sight. It is believed that the mere act of beholding it washes away all the sins of the devotee. The sacred holy water from Tashiding is distributed to pilgrims at the Bamchu festival, from an ancient bowl, which never dries up.

Sikkim Singelila Range – trekkers paradise

This ridge rising up to the great peaks of the Khangchendzonga group, offers a combination of treks reaching up to the 5000 m high Goche-la. The 12 days Sikkim Singelila Traverse explores the entire ridge upto the Goche-la. There is also the 8 days Dzongri trek and the 10 days direct Goche-la trek.

Dzongri View - SikkimSikkim Khangchendzonga Group

Rinchenpong & Vershay – Flora, great views and nature treks.

For those who want to be lost in nature, and enjoy a secluded holiday, Rinchingpong at elevation of 1500 meters offers, home-stay at a Sikkimese heritage farm, There are easy nature walks, in forests of Oak, pine, fir, Rhododendrons and many other flora, bird watching, visits to Buddhist Gompa built in 1730, and a unique heritage Lepcha tribal home. There are superb views of all the great peaks. Our five days nature trek from Rinchenpong to Utterey via the Vershay Rhododendron sanctuary reaches up to 3696 m. The Rhodedendrons bloom in March- April – but the autumn trek in Oct-Nov is equally enchanting with better views. More details...

Darjeeling & Sikkim photos Sikkim Rhododendron Panorama from Jorebotey, 3280 m Vershay nature trek Vershay Nature trek

DarjeelingDarjeeling & Kalimpong

Nestling in the lush green midranges of the Eastern Himalayas, with an incredibly stunning backdrop of towering snow capped peaks; Darjeeling and Kalimpong, are twin hill stations of the "Raj". Premium tea gardens, colonial bungalows and churches, Buddhist monasteries, exotic bazars, handicrafts, and orchids. The sparsely populated and least visited area around Kalimpong are your best bet. These comprise forests of , mountain streams and rivers, and the picture postcard Lepcha valleys of Samthar, where time stands still. All this and more, in a land peopled by an amazing ethenic mix, of Lepchas, Tibetans and Nepalies, forming a unique sub culture of their own. Relax and laze, raft the white waters, explore forests and flora, hike, trek and take in the breathtaking sunrise and sunset views.

Kurseong – premier biodynamic tea gardens

Darjeeling teaKurseong is a a tiny town, at an altitude of 1200 m, named after the wild white orchid.

Famous for tea gardens, producing premium Darjeeling tea; it also has a forest Museum. It offers a chance to explore a tea estate producing bio-dynamic tea for the international market, You can go round the estate, and the factory, peep into methods of tea tasting and buy some premium tea, and take short walks.

Whist at Kurseong, it is a good idea to take a short ride in the “Toy train”, and visit the very successful, SASAC project run by Canadian Father Abrahams. Here you can observe innovative eco friendly ideas to support local villages including diary, compost plant, solar water heating, biogas for cooking, mushroom cultivation, a children school, and a organic farming project. The recent opening of a new charming hotel – The Cochrane place, allows for a delightful a 2-3 days stay.

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