Trip to Gangtok - Darjeeling - Kolkata

#1 Aug 22nd, 2008, 23:01
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  • sayali is offline

We are planning 9 days tour to Darjeeling-Gangtok around Sept end. The plan is as follows --

Day 1 : Reach Kolkata in morning by flight. Kolkata to Bagdora by flight. Bagdora to Gangtok by Road/Helicopter. Stay at Gangtok.

Day 2 (Sunday) : To see Nathu la & Changu lake & stay at Gangtok
( can I arrange the permit before hand?)

Day 3 : To see Yumthang, Yumesamdong (Is it worth to visit these places in sept?) & stay at Lachung

Day 4 : Proceed to Gurudongmar from Lachung early in the morning. stay at Lachen. (Is this possible in a single day?)

Day 5 : Leave early in morning from Lachen to Gangtok. See Tashi View point on the way & some places in Gangtok & then proceed to Darjeeling. See Rumtek Monastery (suggest me if there more places on the way) on the way. Stay at Darjeeling. (Let me know if this is not feasible to travel from Lachen to Darjeeling covering few places on the way)

Day 6 : Visit places in Darjeeling. Stay at Darjeeling.

Day 7 : Visit Kalimpong - Pelling - Yuksom. Just visiting main places like Durpin Daar hills, Pemayangtse Monastery, Kecheoropalri Lake, Kanchanzonga Water Falls, Sangay Waterfall, Darap Falls, Nyingma Dubdi Monastery / Gompa, Famrong Water Fall, Darap Rock Garden. Stay at Darjeeeling ( Is this all possible in a single day?)

Day 8 : visit Mirik - Kuresong - Siliguri. To see main places like Sumendu Lake, Rameetay Dara, Devi Sthan, Thurbo Tea Garden & Factory, Eagle's Crag, Jaldhaka, Jaldapara, Mahananda Weir Sukna, Kalijhora, Coronation Bridge, Teesta view Point. From siliguri proceed to New Jalpaiguri. ( Is this all possible in a single day?) Catch train from New Jalpaiguri to Kolkata.

Day 9 : See kolkata for a day & leave from kolkata next day by flight.

Could you please answer my doubts in between & also please let me know what or where I can cut down if the plan is too compact.
Looking forward to your suggestions.

#2 Aug 23rd, 2008, 01:11
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  • saikotic is offline

too hectic !!


Its good that are planning to see the eastern himalayas..but yr tour seems a bit too hectic ..... especially when u crunch the entire sikkim(the best parts) and Darjeeling/Mirik/ Kuresong all togather.

Please allow me to suggest a Plan

Day 1: Reach Kolkata in morning(should be early morning) by flight. Kolkata to Bagdora by flight(should reach there by 1 pm). Bagdora to Gangtok by Road/Helicopter(Road : 5 hours/Helicopter 45 mins). Stay at Gangtok.

Day 2: Leave for Tsangu and Nathula (U can get hold of some travel agents over phone and arrange for the permits) . Stay in Gangtok

Day 3: Leave for Lachen ( 6- 7 hrs ) . Stay in lachen

Day 4: See Gurudongmar lake and proceed to Lachung. Stay in Lachung

Day 5: See Yumthang and Yumsedong/Zero Point and proceed to Gangtok. Stay in Gangtok(very hectic day)

Day 6: See Tashi View point on the way & some places in Gangtok & then proceed to Pelling (6-7 hrs) . Stay in Pelling

Day 7: See Sunrise over the Khancenjunga from yr bed. Sightseeing in Pelling ( Pemayangtse Monastery, Kecheoropalri Lake, Kanchanzonga Water Falls, Sangay Waterfall , Famrong Water Fall, Darap Rock Garden) . Stay in Pelling

Day 8 : Leave early for Darjeeling , local Sightseeing. Stay in Darjeeling

Day 9 : Get down to Siliguri/NJP while seeing Mahananda Weir Sukna, Kalijhora, Coronation Bridge, Teesta view Point. Catch evening train/bus to Kolkata

Day 10 : Fly out of Kolkata

Actually Sikkim itself should take more than 12 days atleast... If you can omit Darjeeling altogather then u might as well include this place called 'Varsey' from pelling... a wonderful trek of few hours with mindboggling sights of the snowcaps.... u can almost touch them...

In that case your Day 8 would be

Day 8 : Leave for Hilley. Trek up and down from Varsey(Day long Trek). Drive down to Pelling .Stay in Pelling

Note : Sayali..believe me ..Sikkim is awe-inspiring !!!!! you will be spellbound every single day !!!
' I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen'

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