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#151 Jun 21st, 2016, 16:02
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Thanks Debashishda for your suggestions.
I think April 8-15 or may 10-17 should be fine, what do you say? Actually I don't want to miss either the the rhododendrons and or the snow covered valleys.
I have chalked a primary plan following your itenary>

day 0: Sealdah to NJP
day 1: Start early from njp to Rishikhola.

day 2 :Rishikhola to Zuluk via Rongli(securing permit),Do I need special permission for Tsongo lake or Nathula pass( if possible??) Sightseeing at Kuekhola Falls, Lingtam, Nimachen, Padamchen. Nightstay at Zuluk.

day 3 : Zuluk to Gnathang Valley. Sunrise at Thambi Viewpoint or Lungthung.
Sightseeing old baba mandir, Tukla valley, Kupup lake, Memencho lake and Tsongo Lake (if possible) . nightstay at Gnathang valley.
If any of the above remains to be explored will try to do it on day4.
day 4: Gnathang valley to Mankhim Hilltop. Remaining Sightseeing(jelepla pass Viewpoint) and nightstay at mankhim.
day 5: Visit Aritar/lampokhri and transfer to NJP. Train from NJP to sealdah.
day 6: sealdah.

If I arrange this tour myself, what will the cost for 7 adults and 2 children (7 and 4).[excluding train fares]?
Also do I need to keep an exclusive car for 6 days or it can be arranged(point to point) amicably by the homestay owners?
Sorry if i'm bothering you with so many queries.
Your suggestions are always welcome.
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Originally Posted by saptashwo View Post Thanks Debashishda for your suggestions.
I think April 8-15 or may 10-17 should be fine, what do you say? Actually I don't want to miss either the the rhododendrons and or the snow covered valleys.
I have chalked a primary plan following your itenary>

day 0: Sealdah to NJP
day 1: Start early from njp to Rishikhola.

day 2 :Rishikhola to Zuluk via Rongli(securing permit),Do I need special permission for Tsongo lake or Nathula pass( if possible??) Sightseeing at Kuekhola Falls, Lingtam, Nimachen, Padamchen. Nightstay at Zuluk.

day 3 : Zuluk to Gnathang Valley. Sunrise at Thambi Viewpoint or Lungthung.
Sightseeing old baba mandir, Tukla valley, Kupup lake, Memencho lake and Tsongo Lake (if possible) . nightstay at Gnathang valley.
If any of the above remains to be explored will try to do it on day4.
day 4: Gnathang valley to Mankhim Hilltop. Remaining Sightseeing(jelepla pass Viewpoint) and nightstay at mankhim.
day 5: Visit Aritar/lampokhri and transfer to NJP. Train from NJP to sealdah.
day 6: sealdah.

If I arrange this tour myself, what will the cost for 7 adults and 2 children (7 and 4).[excluding train fares]?
Also do I need to keep an exclusive car for 6 days or it can be arranged(point to point) amicably by the homestay owners?
Sorry if i'm bothering you with so many queries.
Your suggestions are always welcome.
The plan looks fine to me.

The charge per person in the homestays at above mentioned places are 800/- - 900/- per person per day including fooding and lodging.

Some asks for 800/- and some asks for 900/-. So better go with the person who's charging you 800/- per person per day and ask him to book at all other destinations too. He/She will make an average of it and do the bookings at all places on that rate only.

Yes, you need exclusive vehicle in that route and that would cost you 3500/- for Sumo / Bolero. It can be arranged by any of the homestay owner.
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Thanks Krishnendu for your inputs.
Considering this as my final itenary,I have to settle my homestay options at Rishikhola, Zuluk, Gnathang Valley and Mankhim.
Regarding Rishikhola, I heard of Sebastian Pradhan eco-resort. Will he able to book homestays at Zuluk,Gnathang Valley and Mankhim?
Can you please share better/ reliable homestay options with contacts in this regard?
Regarding vehicle as you once provided the contact of Dipankarda, can he also arrange for booking these homestays?
Any suggestions are welcome.
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Originally Posted by saptashwo View Post I heard of Sebastian Pradhan eco-resort. Will he able to book homestays at Zuluk,Gnathang Valley and Mankhim?
Can you please share better/ reliable homestay options with contacts in this regard?

Any suggestions are welcome.
Saptashwo, Mr. Pradhan is one of the pioneers of developing eco-tourism in Rishikhola & Silk Route. So he / his team can arrange home-stays for you . However for contact nos of other home-stays at different locations in Silk Route, please have a look at this thread - http://www.indiamike.com/india/sikki...estay-t242157/
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Originally Posted by saptashwo View Post Thanks Krishnendu for your inputs.
Considering this as my final itenary,I have to settle my homestay options at Rishikhola, Zuluk, Gnathang Valley and Mankhim.
Regarding Rishikhola, I heard of Sebastian Pradhan eco-resort. Will he able to book homestays at Zuluk,Gnathang Valley and Mankhim?
Can you please share better/ reliable homestay options with contacts in this regard?
Regarding vehicle as you once provided the contact of Dipankarda, can he also arrange for booking these homestays?
Any suggestions are welcome.
Yes, as already confirmed by Arup Da, Mr. Sebestian Pradhan can book all the homestay's across locations in Silk Route.

Go through the thread link shared by Arup Da, I have got the numbers from there only.

Also Dipankar Da will also be able to arrange the same thing. But if you can do it on your own, you'll surely save few hundred rupees.
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Is it advisable to continue further north west from gnathang valley on a journey from tsongo lake to Gangtok? From other threads I heard some doing it. Are the roads good enough ? Will this trip need any extra permit from Rongli?
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Originally Posted by saptashwo View Post Is it advisable to continue further north west from gnathang valley on a journey from tsongo lake to Gangtok? From other threads I heard some doing it. Are the roads good enough ? Will this trip need any extra permit from Rongli?
Yes, it's doable. No separate permit is required for this route
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@ arupratan or @debashisda Or any one... Does anybody know about a place called sisna or sesna near to mankhim on Silk Route( the spelling may be wrong as heard over the phone from silkkim)? Is it worthwhile a place to visit?
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What A Change of a beautiful destination.......

Reshikhola in front of Pradhan's Homestay in Jan, 2015

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Reshikhola ??? in front of Pradhan's Homestay in Apr, 2017

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@ dcyouth,

Dada completed Icchegaon-Zuluk-Aritar Trip (3N4D) on 04.01.18 and the tour operator was Travel Funda as recommended by you.

Nice arrangement by them and enjoyed the tour very much. Actually we loved this part of Sikkim more than Northern Part of Sikkim because of its scenic beauty.

Thank you for recommending Travel Funda and them for arranging nice homestays & one of the Car owner-driver-guide Mr Purva.

For future travelers would like to share some experience that if they can contact home-stays directly then they can reduce their budget. Also Mr Purva is running a homestay and his rate is lower than the homestays' offered.

However, enjoyed the scenic beauty very very much.
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Originally Posted by dipendu View Post @ dcyouth,

Mr Purva is running a homestay and his rate is lower than the homestays' offered.
Where Mr. Purva's homestay is located and what are his tariff? Besides, it will be nice if you share your experience with all relevant details/photographs pertaining to your trip.
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Ashishda Namaskar,

Here is the details

Phurba Gurung
DALAPCHAND RESIDENCY
Old Silk Route, Lower Dalapchand, Rongli, East Sikkim,
9933022514/9434344930/9775995215

Tariff : 3000/- Car per day + 800/- Homestay with fooding n lodging.

Our tour arranger was Travel Funda, Kolkata (www.travelfunda.net). They charged 4600/- per head for 9 pax and it was for 3N4D tour.
Day 1 : Icchegaon, Day 2 : Zuluk, Day 3: Aritar.

Regarding Tour Report, please forgive me, I am not a good writer.
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