Advice needed for North Sikkim Trip this April'15

#1 Apr 10th, 2015, 00:21
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Hi All,

I'm new to Indiamike. I've gone through few relevant posts about visit to North Sikkim, but would like to ask a few things to the India mikers in hope of getting some help :
Basically we are a group of 4 travelling to Gangtok on the 25th April, and as suggested by many, we are going for Lachen, Gurudongmar, Lachung, Yumthang and Katao trip for the next 3 nights and 4 days.

We will be back to Gangtok on the 29th April and will try to visit Nathula on the 30th. On 1st we are returning to NJP.

My questions are as follows:

1. The tour operator is asking for 31,000 INR as cost for the package for 3 nights and 4 days. The package includes Sumo/Mahindra max car, 2 hotel rooms, lodging and sight seeing. It does not include Katao though. Does this amount sound reasonable? Or should we look for some other package?

2. I've heard that these tour operators only give the money to the drivers in N. Sikkim who in turn arranges for the tour. We tourists end up paying more to the operators. Instead, these drivers can arrange for the trip at a much cheaper rate.
If this is true, then could somebody please share the contact details of someone who can arrange for the trip for us at a lesser rate?

3. Since we are staying for 3 nights at Gangtok, kindly suggest some budget hotels for us(1200 INR and below) and also let me know whether it is better to reach Gangtok and book the hotels or book it from Kolkata itself.

4. In case we are unable to get the permit for Nathula pass, please suggest some other place which we can visit for around 1.5 daysbefore coming back to NJP.

Waiting in anticipation, Mikers...
Thanks,
Sayantani
#2 Apr 10th, 2015, 11:04
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You will get cheaper package in Gangtok. There are numerous travel agents in MG Marg area ( main market place of Gangtok). After reaching Gangtok on 25th you can check the rates from different tour operators. I would suggest you to have the sightseeing trip on 26th. Your travel agent can use that day to arrange your North Sikkim trip
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Thanks for the suggestion Anupratan. Can you suggest the names of some budget hotels at Gangtok?
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Hi Anupratan, since NJP will have its municipality elections on the 25th April, and we are reaching there on the morning of 25th, will it be a risk to not book a car in advance? Or will we be getting a car once we reach there?
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Originally Posted by Sayantani Roy View Post Hi Anupratan, since NJP will have its municipality elections on the 25th April, and we are reaching there on the morning of 25th, will it be a risk to not book a car in advance? Or will we be getting a car once we reach there?
Tough to say .. But booking a cab in advance is surely a better option on a Polling day
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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post Tough to say .. But booking a cab in advance is surely a better option on a Polling day
Thanks Anupratan. The driver is asking for 2700/- for an exclusive car. However, I checked that if taken from the stand itself, it would cost us around 1500/- Now I'm confused.
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I don't think you'll get cabs in 1500 INR for Gangtok. it seems you've bumped into an old rate somehow

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