Itinerary for Sikkim and North-East

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Hi Guys,

I would be on vacation for 10-15 days start of June. So, just exploring different alternatives.
One of them is to visit, Sikkim and N/E states.
I would like to have some rough information about itinerary, considering 15 days in hand. I will start from Pune and preferably travel by train. So, I think this would take around 3 days to-fro.

Please suggest me itinerary for Sikkim and some other must visit/off beaten places in N/E.
All kind of suggestions are welcome. I am fine, if I would have to restrict my travel to Sikkim only with respect to time limits.
My first preference is of course Sikkim and then rest.
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That's a long way from Pune, you'll be spending 1/3 of your trip on trains to-from.
Darjeeling is a very nice hill town and has nice rides and hikes to the nearby tea plantations.
Further north, Gangtok is also nice and so it hiking its outskirts.
I really recommend the western Sikkim trek (Pelling-Legship), its constant altitude is convenient and there's a village at the end of each day. Scenery is amazing.
I also went up to north sikkim, that was a hard ride and lotsa bureaucracy and you only get to stay there for 1 day.
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5 to 6days at Gangtok & Surrounding like Nathula Pass,Chhangu Lake, Yumtham Vally,Mangan, Chugtang,Rumtek

2 to 3days at Darjeeling

You can also travel to Nepal from Gangtok & Darjeeling as it is near to both places.

Or else travel to Meghalaya that would be good in that season.
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You can travel till New Jalpaiguri by direct train from Mumbai(Guwahati Express) instead of switching train from Howrah.

What will be your mode of transport ? Bike ? Hired Vehicle ? Shared Cabs or Public transport ? Depending on that you can chalk out itinerary.

In Sikkim you can visit Nathula Pass,Gangtok, Pelling, Yumthang Valley, Kalimpong etc. You can also consider visiting Bhutan... but in that case I'll suggest drop plan of visiting Sikkim altogether as you've time constraints & scenery wise both places are bit similar.
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Most important question, what would be the best season to visit?
If May/June is not a good season, I would drop the plan for now and do it at the time which is good to visit there
Also, considering travel by bike..
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Originally Posted by patilsushant001 View Post Most important question, what would be the best season to visit?
If May/June is not a good season, I would drop the plan for now and do it at the time which is good to visit there
Also, considering travel by bike..
I think April or December could be the better of times. No/little rains, decent roads, sparse crowds.

I made an itinerary for 2 of my friends who drove from Bombay last week to Sikkhim, Meghalaya, Assam and Arunachal (now in Tawang), and you may find the drive plan interesting:

http://hvkumar.googlegroups.com/web/...-BwrUzBGT2hOzg
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Off beat destinations in Sikkim

as promised earlier.i have recollected the places. borong is good(wildflower retreat gh).there is another place from where you can trek through rhodendron sanctuary(barsey-hilley is the place) and april/may i guess is blooming time.these two are good off the track choices and you can reach with bikes.
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I am talking specifically about May end to June start.. So, would it be a good time to visit? I wanted to know particularly about rains.
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I would like to know more about transportation and accommodation? I want to make it a budget trip..
How can I travel once I reach Gangtok..
Basically, I would be flying to Bagdogra and transferring to Gangtok.
We will have around 7-8 to spend there before we head back to Pune.
Also, if we think of doing on bike, I would like to know some facts..
1. How much total distance we would cover, assuming that we would visit north/west and east sikkim.
Also, include our travel from Howrah..
Swapnil unfortunately tickets for Guwahati express are full
2. Road conditions in most of parts.. We have been to Ladakh last year on bike so it would not be an issue.. However, I would like to know any cautions and suggestions about this.
3. How easy it is to find accommodations without booking it in advace at major places?
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Originally Posted by patilsushant001 View Post I would like to know more about transportation and accommodation? I want to make it a budget trip..
How can I travel once I reach Gangtok..
Basically, I would be flying to Bagdogra and transferring to Gangtok.
Travelling around Sikkhim is very easy, there being the Mahindra/Sumo taxis all over. Typically, you share a seat, but you can also hire one all to yourself. But since taxi unions are very strong, for each sector (e.g. Siliguri-Gangtok, Gangtok-Nathu la, Gangtok-North Sikkhim, etc), you may have to change taxi operators. You will get taxis from Bagdogara/Siliguri to go to Gangtok, without any prior arrangements.


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1. How much total distance we would cover, assuming that we would visit north/west and east sikkim.
Also, include our travel from Howrah..
820 kms from Howrah to Gangtok, via Siuri.
55 kms + 55 kms to and fro Nathu la (no permits for private vehicles normally issued)
50 kms to and fro Rumtek
Approx. 300 kms for a round circuit in West Sikkhim to cover Gangtok-Tashiding-Yakshum-Kechopari-Pelling-Pemayangtse-Gangtok
North Sikkhim, private vehicles not normally allowed, but a 2-day affair to and fro.


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2. Road conditions in most of parts.. We have been to Ladakh last year on bike so it would not be an issue.. However, I would like to know any cautions and suggestions about this.
3. How easy it is to find accommodations without booking it in advace at major places?
Roads normally good, can be bad during and after rains. Expect landslides in some sections, especially in West Sikkhim.
LOts of acco available in Gangtok and Pelling. You should get on the spot, but since you are a group of 8, better to identify and book in advance.
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Thank you very much for your response..
By the way, we are not 8 people.. I was referring that we have around 7-8 days to spend there
So, about accommodation, if I want to go for budget accommodation, what are the usual charges and any suggestions about it are really appreciated..
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Originally Posted by patilsushant001 View Post So, about accommodation, if I want to go for budget accommodation, what are the usual charges and any suggestions about it are really appreciated..
Expect between Rs 400-800 per night for a non-AC double room.
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Originally Posted by hvkumar View Post Expect between Rs 400-800 per night for a non-AC double room.
Kumar, do you remember any of the Hotel names? It would be helpful to have some idea.
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Originally Posted by patilsushant001 View Post Kumar, do you remember any of the Hotel names? It would be helpful to have some idea.
I have stayed in Hotel Rajnandini in Gangtok. You get a room for Rs 600 there, but you have to bargain hard.

In Pelling, my friend stayed last fortnight - will find out the hotel name - he got an excellent room for under Rs 500.
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Sikkim Itinerary

26.05.2010 – Pune – Howrah Junction (Train)
28.05.2010 – Take a taxi from Howrah Junction to Sealdah
28.05.2010 – Howrah (Sealdah) - New Jalpaigudi – 6.20 pm (Train)
28.05.2010 – New Jalpaigudi – Gangtok (128 Kms)

29.05.2010 – Sightseeing of city. Visit Government Institute of Cottage Industry, Orchid House, Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology, Dodurl Chorten, Rumtek Monastery, Botanical Garden, and Santi View Point. Afternoon Visit to Tashi View Point, Ganesh Tok and Hanuman Tok. Return to hotel and overnight at Gangtok.

30.05.2010 - Morning drive to Lachen in North Sikkim (Alt 900ft /2780M), 130kms in 7hrs. On the way visit seven sister Water Falls, Chungthang Confluence. After lunch, visit Naga waterfall, Yang waterfall and Beemnala waterfall. Check in at local Guest house. Overnight at Lachen.

31.05.2010 - Early morning drive to Gurudongmar Lake at 16000Ft – 30kms in 1.5hrs.
Further proceed to Thangu and Chopta Valley to enjoy the landscape at 13000Ft – 35kms in 1.5hrs and return to Lachen. Have Lunch and drive to Lachung in (Alt 8600ft /2580M), 50 kms in 2hrs. Check in at Hotel in the late afternoon. Overnight at Lachung

Note - Make sure to have good breakfast at Thangu enroute to Gurudongmar lake as empty stomach can cause some serious problem out there.

01.06.2010 - Lachung - Yumesamdong – Zero Point - Lachung.
(Can we do Katao and Yumthang on this day?)

02.06.2010 - Lachung – Katao - Yumthang - Gangtok.
Tour of Katao, Yumthang along with hot springs and after lunch drive to Gangtok, with stopover at bheema and twin falls.

03.06.2010 - Visit Tsongo Lake, Nathu La & Baba mandir. Return to Gangtok.

04.06.2010 – On this day, we have a train from New Jalpaiguri to Patna at 10.00 pm.

I want your suggestions on this itinerary.
I was thinking on doing 03 June’s excursion on 4th June. Is it possible to make it?
Also, I would like to add Borong for the 4 km short trek from Hiley to Varsey.
Your suggestions about feasibility considering my parents are with me and I don’t want to make it very much hectic.

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