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#106 May 5th, 2009, 00:47
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Nice description, but I would also like to add Rabangla, though most of the people travel there but very few stay at Mt. Narsing, which 2-3 km away from the main market place. Last oct I myself was there booked our cottage on very top of the hills providing excellent view of Mt. Narsing once you get up early in the morning. we saw line of clouds slowing covering the vallying coming from behind the hills.
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I would add to the list the charming little Lingbon Monastery, 5.5 kms from central Ravangla at Kewzing. I was the only visitor there and the novices took great pride in patiently showing me around. It's the only Bon Monastery in Sikkim.
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thanx...

itz gr8 dat u guyz liked the pics..however if anyone wants to reach this place I can give you all infos!!
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No problem, Tanny, please carry on. Sikkim is a wonderful destination.
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Hi All,

This is a very useful thread. I got a lot of info about borong, rinchenpong and other less trodden areas of Sikkim. Special thanks to Sagarneel, Cutipie & Avishek for their details. I will be visiting Sikkim from 29th May- 1st Jun.

28th May- Starting from Kolkata
29th May- From NJP to Rinchenpong.Have booking in Rinchenpong Nest on 29th.
30th May - Have booking at Wildflower Retreat, Borong
31st May - Have booking at Wildflower Retreat, Borong
1st June - Return to Kolkata by Darjeeling Mail

Have a plan for trek upto maenam peak , valeydunga from borong.
Please share insights/tips about this trek and what to see/do around borong. We would like to see Samdruptse statue,Namchi, Temi tea garden en route Siliguri from borong on return leg.
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Hi Guys...

I am just back from an Excellent Sikkim Tour! I have covered some of the most beautiful parts of Sikkim like Yuksom & pelling in West Sikkim, Phalidhara (Namchi) & Borong in South Sikkim, North Sikkim to Yumthang & Katao...missed out Gurudongmar Lake this time, as the roads are blocked now due to land slides! Moreover, we covered whole of Gangtok, Nathula,etc!

FIRST OF ALL THANKS A LOT TO THE INDIAMIKE MEMBERS WHO HAVE HELPED ME in designing my Trip....Sagarneel, Travel Lover & Cutiepie... 3 CHEERS to all you Guys!!!

I had an 11 day package, which was recommended to me by some of the members here in India mike...and very comfortably designed by my travel agent- HOLIDAY MAKERS(Which again was highly recommended to me by some members here).

In this Context I must say to all of you guys...there service is awesome...excellent!! Being Honest, I have never got such exclusive service from any travel agent! Firstly, it was a complete head ache less tour for us, Our complete tour was designed by them very professionally!
Moreover, the hotels they have booked for us were excellent & very memorable! We felt, as if, we were getting special care by the hotels...as we booked through this company!
They had arranged some beautiful cultural night functions for us, where we had enjoyed a ton! EVEN this travel agent made our holiday very memorable by arranging an excellent GALA CANDLE LIGHT DINNER in the GARDEN. In a word...it was Highly Unexpected & Memorable!
One more thing I must mention, in our trip while we were at a place, called Borong, there was a very bad day with heavy rain & many land slides. We alongwith some other guests got stucked up in the hotel, though we were supposed to get transferred to Gangtok. When I called Mr Subrata & Mr Nilanjan of Holiday Makers, who had arranged my tour. Both of these guys were very helpful. They helped us like anything. Within 10 minutes they had re arranged our itinerary in such a way so that we will not have much of a loss with extending our night stay at Borong. They were very supportive & what we like is that almost every day we used to get calls from them, to confirm whether everything is fine, or any extra services we want, etc. Honestly inspite of some land slides & rains in the tour, we have thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It was really an awesome experience!

I will recommend you all that you can try this company named Holiday Makers in Kolkata. There service is no doubt best! For your reference you can contact Mr Subrata at +91 9874440003 or can email them at subrata@holidaymakersclub.com.

ABOUT THE PLACES ARE CONCERNED... I WILL RECOMMEND ALL OF YOU TO VISIT BORONG, YUKSOM, NAMCHI, NATHULA, lachung, katao....THESE PLACES ARE VERY VERY NICE... And I think that this company HOLIDAY MAKERS is really an expert in this area(as they told me before the trip). So 3 CHEERS to HOLIDAY MAKERS!!
Honestly I am over whelmed....since the last day of my tour I was thinking that I should write about these guys... So I wrote all these for all of you so that You can also taste a Different Sikkim!

Last BUT NOT THE LEAST.... I WANT TO THANK ALL THOSE INDIAMIKE MEMBERS WHO HAVE HELPED IN DESIGNING THE ITINERARY FOR ME & TO THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN SUCH AN EXCELLENT TRAVEL AGENT TO ME!

Cheers to All...

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Hello all the Sikkim Lovers,
I'm a pretty regular trekker and severely in love with mountains. However, I have a few friends pretty unaware about the mountain love thing, so i'm a little bit eager to take them forward on a biking adventure trip. Though being aware about the Trek routes of our beautiful Sikkim, i'm pretty unaware about the general road trips to Sikkim.

(i) We are 4guys on 2bikes.(Or maybe in a CAR)
(ii) We shall travel,approx 10-11hrs a day!!
(iii)We'll carry tents,and petty foods!!
(iv) We have atmost 4nights(5days) KOLKATA to KOLKATA.
PLEASE SUGGEST ANY GOOD ROUTES. We initially planned Purulia,but Maoist attacks are a threat towards that side. So Sikkim is an alternative. Any other routes if any you all know...will also be helpful.

Thanks
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Hi folks,

some pics of Sikkim

http://amitdg.blogspot.com/
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Originally Posted by travo View Post Hi Sagarneel,

I have changed my Itinerary a little bit...


31st May Night: Start by train from Kolkata.

1st June: NJP  rent a car  Head toward Rinchenpong / Kaluk

2nd June: Rinchengpong local sightseeing

3rd June: Start after breakfast --> Soreng (+/- Jhandi Danra )  Tsange Falls  Dentam  Uttarey: After lunch  Visit Kagju Gumpha (Night stay at Uttarey)

4th June: Morning  Mainbus Waterfall  Chewyabhang Pass (10 km); Afternoon  Relax at Uttarey

5th June: Singsor Bridge  Reach Pelling before lunch  Check in + Lunch  Pemayangste (1 km from Pelling)  Rabdenste ruins … Night stay at Pelling

6th June: Sunrise from Hotel: (Mt.K + other mountain peaks Koktang, Kumbhakarna, Rathong, Kabru, Dom, Pandim, Zopuno, Shimbho, Narsing and Siniyalchu….only if the clouds do not betray). After breakfast  Kanchenjunga falls  Rimbi Falls & Sewaro Rock garden Khecheopalri  Yuksom  Lunch Break  Dubdi Monastery (2 km = hr uphill (steep slopes) trek from Yuksom  Phamrong Waterfalls (Located between Yuksom and Gerethang )  Tashiding Monastery (16 km from Yuksom)  Night stay at Pelling

7th June:  Sanga Choeling monastery (45 minutes walk up the wooded slopes from Pelling on the opposite hill)  Sinon Monastery/ Tso-Nim-Dawa (Pokhri Danra)/ Hungri Monastery/ Pao-Hungri/ The Paha Khola falls on the way to Kongri  Night stay at Pelling

Alternatively,

Sanga Choling monastery  Kirateshwar Mahadev temple at Legship  Phur Cha-chu sulphur baths  Rangit Water World


Alternatively,

Sanga Choeling monastery; 2nd half  Just relax; Night stay at Pelling

8th June: Leave Pelling after Lunch --> Train from NJP at 8pm
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Plz check whether my plans for 6th June is feasible or not. Also what is ur suggestion regarding 7th?
Dear Travo, Sagarneel, Avi, cutiepie and other IM members,

I am new to Indiamike family. I am planning to visit west sikkim by mid oct with my wife. The itinerary of Travo suggested by sagarneel and others sounds really interesting....I also like to go forward with the same. My questions are:

1. Which one is better Kaluk or Rinchenpong? How is the Kanchan Valley tourist lodge in Kaluk?

2. Can Hee Birmiok be introduced in the Itinerary somehow?

3. Is Soreng, Jhandidara, Tsange falls on the way to uttarey? Do I have to book a whole zeep for two of us? Or do I have to discard Soreng /Jhandidara and take shared zeep to uttare from rinchenpong....Please suggest

4. Please suggest details of accomodation in Uttare

5, Can I make the whole trip (suggested for 6th June of Travo) through conducted tour? Instead of the Dubdi monastery is it worth seeing the Kartheke lake?

6. Is it possible to trek to Sanga choling monastery in the morning and catch the train at night from NJP, so that I can cut one day....

Looking forward to your valuable comments and suggestions...please

Travo, can you please tell us your story of West sikkim

Regards
Amit


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@ hazra amit

1. Kaluk is definitely a much bettter place to stay than Rinchenpong (only 3 km) although a little more expensive as there are 3 Resorts only, run by 3 Gurung Brothers (Mandarin Village Resort, Rinchenpong Village Resort & Ghonday Village Resort) and no other hotel. But I can assure you that you will not be disappointed if you consider value for your money.

Check it yourself from their websites/photogallery:
http://www.mvresort-kaluk.com/,
http://rinchenpongvillageresort.com/,
http://www.ghondayresort.com/index.html

Contact them directly:

E-Mail: mv_resort@yahoo.co.in
Phone: + 91 (3595) 245210
(Resort) / (3592) 231930 (R)
Mobile: + 91 94341 79357, + 91 97330 92230,
+ 91 94745 26726

rinchenpongvillageresort@yahoo .com /

Ghonday Village Resort
Kaluk, West Sikkim.
PHONE: 03592 - 231948
(M) +91-0-9933001121, 9933001127, 9832037977
email: ghonday@hotmail.com

Kanchan Valley Tourist Lodge is in Rinchenpong, not in Kaluk

Regarding Itinerary & other questions... I'll get back to you within a day or two
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2. Kaluk-Rinchenpong--> Hee-Bermiok-->Dentam-->Singsor Bridge-->Uttarey: 1.5-2 hrs[/B]

3.Drop the plan for Soreng-Jhandidanra for 3 reasons:
a) Terrible Road Condition from Kaluk To Soreng (14km)
b) Jhandi Danra Trek will take at least one half day
c) Soreng is in the opposite direction (though not very far) to that of Dentam


4 & others. later....
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3.contd.
You will see Tsangey falls when you head toward Pelling from Uttarey

If you still intend to visit soreng from Kaluk/Rinchenpong You may probably need to book a car exclusively. Check it from Vinod (Car Rental @ Kaluk) @ 94746 50161. Ask him regarding shared jeep rates from Kaluk to Uttarey too.

We paid Vinod Rs.2300 for NJP to Kaluk pickup, Rs 500 for Kaluk half day local sight-seeing & Rs 1000 for Kaluk to Uttarey drop.

4. There are many hotels (all budget hotels and of ordinary standard) in Uttarey of which the Green Valley Resort (not a resort at all) & Hotel Sodens are doing good business.

We stayed at the former and were somewhat disappointed especially immediately after our wonderful Kaluk experience. Rates are, however, moderate. You may contact them in Kolkata:

Reesham Associates
(033)2430 2005, 9830271064, 9433119535, 9830705512, 9830440463
e-mail: dsghosh06@yahoo.co.in
website: www.reesham.com
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5. On 6th June we started at around 8-30 am. We first went to Rimbi waterfalls then to nearby Sewaro rock garden (9:20 am). Our next destination was Khachoedpalri lake (10:25 am). From there we went straight to Khangchendzonga waterfalls (11:30 am). We reached Yuksom at around 12:30 pm. We were in Yuksom for nearabout 2 hrs and covered Yuksom helipad ground, Katok Lake & Norbugang coronation throne. A constant drizzle forced us to abondon the idea of visiting the Dubdi Monastery and leave Yuksom early. Our last destination for the day was Phamrong waterfalls (2:15 pm). We finally returned back to Pelling at around 4-30 pm. For the whole day trip by Mahindra MaXX, we paid Rs 1800.

You may talk to Rajkumar for Pelling car rental rates @ 97332 81313
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