Sikkim Short Stay
7 days from $1,165 per person twin share
Sikkim is a tiny state in north-east India, nestled in the Himalaya, sharing borders with Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. The soaring snow-covered mountains, deep valleys and Buddhist monasteries make it a place of breathtaking natural beauty and a spiritual sanctuary.
Short Stay itinerary
This is a private short stay package for the independent traveller.
DAY 1: BAGDOGRA TO DARJEELING
Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport you will be transferred to your Darjeeling hotel (approximately 3.5 hours). The rest of the day is free at your leisure.
DAY 2: DARJEELING
Rise early to visit Tiger Hill and Ghoom Monastery. Later, take a ride through the hills on the UNESCO World Heritage listed Toy Train. This afternoon tour Darjeeling visiting the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park and the Tibetan Refugees Self-Help Centre. (B,L)
DAY 3: DARJEELING TO PELLING
Head north to Pelling, crossing into the state of Sikkim (approximately 3 hours). Visit the Pemayangtse Monastery, the Rabdentse Ruins and Mindroling Monastery. (B,L)
DAY 4: PELLING TO GANGTOK
Drive to Gangtok (approximately 5 hours), visiting Tashiding Monastery en route. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon free at your leisure. (B,L)
DAY 5: GANGTOK
Visit the Rumtek and Enchey monasteries, the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and the adjacent Do Drul and Jhang Chub chortens. End the day at the Directorate of Handloom and Handicrafts, established to promote traditional Sikkimese art and handicrafts. (B,L)
DAY 6: GANGTOK – kalimpong
After breakfast, drive to Kalimpong (approximately 3 hours). Enjoy a city tour including flower nurseries, the Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery, offering panoramic views of the surrounding town and the Tharpa Choling Monastery, home to the Yellow Hat sect, to which the Dalai Lama belongs. Finish the day at the Thongsa Gompa, the oldest Bhutanese monastery in Kalimpong, before returning to Gangtok later this afternoon. (B,L)
DAY 7: GANGTOK TO BAGDOGRA
After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Bagdogra airport (approximately 3 hours) where your arrangements end. (B)
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park are closed Thursdays year-round. The Enchey Monastery, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Directorate of Handloom and Handicrafts and Tibetan Refugees Self-Help Centre are closed Sundays year-round.
# Shoulder and high season Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.