Weekend Trip To Shivakhola - Latpanchar - Ahal Dara

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Originally Posted by samipendra View Post Thank you Suparna. I've got a booking for Ahaldara. I have also contacted Jeevan. Lets hope for the best...
That's great!! Have a great holiday

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Originally Posted by aneek View Post Subscribed. Definitely will be in my todo list once I get back to India. Do you think (after feeling the cold weather) this trip is possible with a 1.5 years child?

Btw: Am I seeing the blue/black bag given in Cognizant in one of your pictures?

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Yes, this trip is not an issue with 1.5 year olds.

Yes, that's Cognizant Bag!!
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Originally Posted by dcyouth View Post Great Writing with details. Nice related snaps.
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Hello Suparna,
I am travelling to Gangtok this April and have booked north sikkim tour for 2 nights 3 days. My itinerary is like this:

20 April: Reach Bagdogra Airport by 1 pm. Take taxi to Gangtok.
21 April: Leave for North Sikkim Tour.
23 April: Reach Gangtok in afternoon and spend over night.
24 April: Leave Gangtok and reach Darjeeling stay over night.
25 April: Leave Darjeeling and reach Siliguri stay over night.
26 April: Catch flight at 12 noon to Mumbai from Bagdogra.

During my research on this tour I came across Latpanchar and this got me thinking. Should I skip Darjeeling and Siliguri and go to Latpanchar directly from Gangtok?
I had included over night in Siliguri as I did not want to risk my flight travelling from Darjeeling.

So here are some queries. Please guide me as i'm totally confused.
1) Would it be hectic to do Latpanchar after North Sikkim?
2) If doing Latpanchar, would we be able to make it to airport by atleast 10 am in morning?

Thank you in advance.
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Hello T18,

Gangtok first and Darjeeling later will make the tour frustrating. Sikkim is so beautiful and clean & Darjeeling is dirty and chaotic - so at the end it would be disappointing. Being a frequent traveler to that zone, I would request you to reverse the plan or omit Darjeeling, if possible.
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Originally Posted by T18 View Post Hello Suparna,
I am travelling to Gangtok this April and have booked north sikkim tour for 2 nights 3 days. My itinerary is like this:

20 April: Reach Bagdogra Airport by 1 pm. Take taxi to Gangtok.
21 April: Leave for North Sikkim Tour.
23 April: Reach Gangtok in afternoon and spend over night.
24 April: Leave Gangtok and reach Darjeeling stay over night.
25 April: Leave Darjeeling and reach Siliguri stay over night.
26 April: Catch flight at 12 noon to Mumbai from Bagdogra.

During my research on this tour I came across Latpanchar and this got me thinking. Should I skip Darjeeling and Siliguri and go to Latpanchar directly from Gangtok?
I had included over night in Siliguri as I did not want to risk my flight travelling from Darjeeling.

So here are some queries. Please guide me as i'm totally confused.
1) Would it be hectic to do Latpanchar after North Sikkim?
2) If doing Latpanchar, would we be able to make it to airport by atleast 10 am in morning?

Thank you in advance.
Your itinerary is mostly fine, except few small issues...
1. On 23rd, you'll not reach Gangtok within afternoon. It'd be around 6 - 8 PM when you'll reach Gangtok :P
2. I do understand that you don't want to risk your flight, but you can prebook a vehicle at 6AM and then you can easily reach Bagdogra within 9AM. It's okay, if you don't want to take that risk. You can do the morning sunrise sightseeing and after breakfast go for 5 point sightseeing and then you can proceed to Siliguri.

Now for your questions...

1. No. Gangtok - Latpanchar would be around 3 hours. Same as Darjeeling
2. Darjeeling - Bagdogra and Latpanchar - Bagdogra is almost same. Around 3 hours. But here also you have to prebook vehicle to pick you up at 6AM - 7AM in the morning so that you can reach within time.
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Originally Posted by gutam View Post Hello T18,

Gangtok first and Darjeeling later will make the tour frustrating. Sikkim is so beautiful and clean & Darjeeling is dirty and chaotic - so at the end it would be disappointing. Being a frequent traveler to that zone, I would request you to reverse the plan or omit Darjeeling, if possible.
I beg to differ Sir!! I agree with you that Darjeeling is dirty and chaotic but still Darjeeling has it's own charm specially the heritage colonial charm which attracts lots of tourists.

Darjeeling always have a soft corner in my heart!!

Also if someone wants to avoid the crowd, there are lots of offbeat places around Darjeeling, which is close to the nature!!
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Update regarding Ahal Dara booking..

I was so thrilled after reading this TR that I immediately called Padam Gurung for ahal dara booking for 2 of us with my 2 year old toddler. he quoted 1400 per head for two of us with fooding and lodging. I was quite ok with that. He confirmed to send the bank details. But he did not sent , I thought he might be busy So I reminded him two times for last 2 days. But he did not sent . So I called him again and he told he does not take bookings for 2 peoples.But he can consider my case if I give him 500 Rs extra for the toddler . It could have been ok if he tells that at first discussion ,but now it seems something different and hence cancelled.
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Originally Posted by arjunrobert View Post I was so thrilled after reading this TR that I immediately called Padam Gurung for ahal dara booking for 2 of us with my 2 year old toddler. he quoted 1400 per head for two of us with fooding and lodging. I was quite ok with that. He confirmed to send the bank details. But he did not sent , I thought he might be busy So I reminded him two times for last 2 days. But he did not sent . So I called him again and he told he does not take bookings for 2 peoples.But he can consider my case if I give him 500 Rs extra for the toddler . It could have been ok if he tells that at first discussion ,but now it seems something different and hence cancelled.
As far as my knowledge goes, Padam Gurung is a very nice and humble person. Not sure what might have happened and why he's deviating from his promise like this.

There are lots of dispute with this booking of Ahal Dara since when he has leased out the booking to Nature Beyond.
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Hi Suparna/Krishnendu,

As I communicated Nature Beyond, they are not taking bookings for Ahal Dara as of now. Padam Gurung is handling directly .
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Originally Posted by arjunrobert View Post Hi Suparna/Krishnendu,

As I communicated Nature Beyond, they are not taking bookings for Ahal Dara as of now. Padam Gurung is handling directly .
Great!! That's a good news then

I think in that case you can go ahead with the booking now

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