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A heavenly abode in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, Sikkim is the least populous and second smallest among the Indian states, bounded by China in the north, Nepal in the west, Bhutan in the east, and holding hands with West Bengal in the South. The picture-postcard state hugs and welcomes you to its multi-ethnic and multilingual region which is inhabited by Sikkimese, Nepalis, and Tibetans. A paradise that is known for its biodiversity, including alpine meadows, subtropical climate and wildflowers, intertwines with a rich history and a calmness that exudes from its culture that breaks the chains of mundane city life.
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If beauty or serenity has to be described in one word, it has to be Gangtok without any second thought! Soaked with the captivating beauty of the spectacular Kangchenjunga and other several Himalayan peaks, the capital of the North-Eastern state Sikkim, this hilly city is something more than a paradise for its visitors.
It is in this city, one can find the first litter & spit free zone in the country. The various natural colours that reflects in this city, makes it one of the beautiful places to visit in India. The leisure experiences, sightseeing places, things to do or the adventure activities in Gangtok, makes it a must visit place not just in the country, but also in the entire world
One city, multiple options; Gangtok has all the charms
Places to Visit in Gangtok
Rumtek Monastery, Tashi View Point, Banjhakri Waterfalls, Ranka Monastery, M.G Marg
Activities in and around Gangtok
River Rafting at Teesta river
Tashi View Point
Nathula located at the Indo China border at an altitude of 14,100 feet asl is a favorite hotspot place of visit for visitors coming to Sikkim. It is 56 km East of Gangtok and connects the Indian state of Sikkim to Tibet Autonomous Region in China. Nathu means "listening ears" and La means "pass" in Tibetan. It is one of the highest motorable roads and is covered with rich alpine flora and fauna. The road to this pass is breathtaking and the landscape is dotted with army settlements.
From NathuLa, the fenced Indo-China border is just few meters away and you can see both Indian and Chinese soldiers guarding the border. There is also a memorial here which was constructed in the honor of the Indian soldier who died in the Indo China war of 196
On the way to Nathula, you will come across a place called Thegu which has an ATM. This is the highest altitude ATM in the world. It operates with a generator and a special fuel that does not freeze in such high altitude. You can withdraw cash or just check your balance & take the slip as a souvenir.
Tsomgo Lake, also known as Changu Lake is a glacial lake in Sikkim and located at an altitude of 12,310 feet. The name Tsomgo means 'Source of water'. It's located 40kms from Gangtok town and on the steep route known as Jawaharlal Nehru Road which leads all the way to Nathula Pass.
In the morning, we will drive to Lachen (9,400 ft, 118 km). On the way, we will visit the Seven Sister Waterfalls. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant on the way. Check in at the hotel in the late afternoon. An overnight stay at the hotel in Lachen.
Lachen is the sister town of Lachung, tucked away in the Himalayan wonders, surrounded by the Lachen Chu river and mountain ranges. The town carries all the charm of a small hill town, with wooden houses, narrow curvy roads, grazing cattle, and beautiful vistas of the hills. A walk around the town in the early morning or evening is a light exercise as well as a delight for those who love nature. Lachen monastery is a short walk, and a beautiful site showcasing Buddhist culture. The inhabitants of Lachen are mostly Bhutias or Tibetan Buddhists but they understand Hindi.
Today morning, we will drive towards Gurudongmar Lake (17,000ft). Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest situated lakes in North Sikkim. Considering the high altitude we need to make sure we are acclimatised well before proceeding .
Later return back to the hotel and leave for Lachung. Enjoy an overnight stay at Lachung.
Lachung means the 'Small Pass'. Lachung is a small mountain village At an altitude of 8,610 ftand located about 118kms from Gangtok.
Throughout the entire journey we are accompanied by the Teesta river and numerous waterfalls and mountain springs.Chungthang is where we can watch the lovely confluence of the rivers Lachung Chhu and Lachen Chhu which then join the river Teesta. Nearby there is a sacred stone (Naydo) having footprints of guru Padmasambhava. We will visit the Chungthang Monastery. The Monastery is surrounded by stone houses and large edifices. The monastery has rich collection of rare Buddhist paintings.
About 11kms ahead of Chungthang and towards Lachung (30 minutes drive) we will come across a wonderful waterfall along the way known as Bhim Nala (also known as Amitabh Bachchan Waterfalls because a scene of the film 'Ankhen' was shot here with Amitabh in it). We take a short break here before heading off to our final destination for the day, Lanchung Village.
Yumthang valley is about 25kms from Lachung located at an altitude of 11,800ft and takes about 1.5 hours of drive. The name Yumthang Valley means 'Valley of Flowers'. So you know what to expect. But the name would have been more appropriate if it said 'Valley of Rhododendrons'. Because here as the tree line ends, the vast stretch of flowering valley exposes a dense bed of rhododendron flowers for miles and in many different colors like purple, blue, red, pink etc.
The rhododendrons bloom between March to May. We will visit the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary which spans across 34 square kilometers area here near Lachung and has over 38 different varieties of rhododendrons.
Other than the wonderful views of vast valley of flowers, Yumthang also offers lovely views of the mountain peaks such as Pauhunri and Shundu Tsenpa forming the backdrop of the river Teesta.
Further up and about 23kms from Yumthang at an altitude of over 15,000 ft is the place Zero Point (also known as Yumesamdong). It takes another 1.5 hours from Yumthang by vehicle (about 3 to 3.5 hours from Lachung). This is where the civilian road ends and you can't drive any further and hence the name Zero Point. A short distance away from here is the border with China and tourists are not allowed to go any further shortly after Zero Point.
While the road is quite treacherous, the rewards are awesome. Zero Point or Yume Samdong is the place where three rivers meet with surrounding snow-clad mountains and offering marvelous scenic views. You can often see yaks grazing in the snow. There is hardly any vegetation in Zero point other than some stretches of grassy land which becomes visible when the snow melts.
We bid googbye to North Sikkim today and drive to Gangtok. Overnight at Gangtok.
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After breakfast, we head back towards Bagdogdra with lots of happy memories of the trip :)
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It's always a pleasure travelling with TGE! The one thing I love most is their attention to detail, which ensures that your trip is a memorable one. Travelling with TGE is a wholesome experience, you see the larger more iconic places with no compromise on the little things. Travel with them if you want to interact with the people of the place, eat their food, in short experience their lives. These guys do a superb job of making everyone comfortable and everytime I travel with them I make beautiful bonds with all the other travellers. I would 100% recommend TGE to everyone who has the travel bug. It doesn't get better than this! ☺️❤️
I have known Reetu and Jamila for many years and have worked with them in the past. But this was the first time I decided to travel with them as a participant. When Reetu told me about exploring Spiti in winters I was completely on board. The itinerary sounded exciting and the pricing less. S my friend Manish and I immediately signed up for it. One of the best decisions I ever took. Spiti in winters in beautiful. The 7 days with the team was wonderful. We spent our days driving around the valley and our evenings dancing to pahadi songs. The planning was perfect with utmost care given in the choice of stay and comfort. Of course the highlight of the trip was spotting a snow leopard. Overall it was an amazing trip and I am looking forward to join many more with The Great Escape
Shravan Kumar Poshetty
Should I describe with “perfect planning” / “meticulous coordination”/ “cordial organiser”...might be with all of it.
Flawless execution is what makes them unique and organiser Reetu Yadav has let all of us experience it with her executional capabilities...
Clarity n flow of communication:-5/5
Comfort in Mode of Travel:-5/5
Action in Emergency:- very swift 5/5
Team has proved that its not all about the commercial trip but also the cause which is concealed in their carryings. What we pay at Flemingo Resort at Dholavira goes to educate and for taking care of more than 400 students and their boarding facilities as well.
Its not over yet, you will be pleased to meet the gifted souls from remote villages who are manifested in their respective disciplines like Rogan Art (Hon’le prime minister himself have gifted one to Barack Obama), Wood Art and Bell Art, Textile etc.
You will get to eat the delicious food made out of love from the local (A1 class food).
Off all, well planned itinerary and the execution is commendable. We RoK team who departed on 12th Dec’19 are truly happy with the onsite organiser Reetu Yadav and the offline backbone Jamila Kapasi who took good care of each of us at every stretch.
Their intact affirmative relation and proper delicacy in their execution makes then unique.
My best friend is much impressed with their proceedings and that makes me much happier than ever.
Last but not least, am fortunate to have rest 13 of the participants as part of my extended family. Again the credit goes to TGE.
Kudos to the team and i look for further association with “THE GREAT ESCAPE” ( you have already give our team a great escape from the routine.
Way to go TGE team!!!
Kumar Tarur Parameswaran
Such great detailed planning at micro level and being open and upfront about the tour details impressed me at the very start. They lived up to their promise in every which way.
TGE’s expression of their solidarity towards the cause of the villagers by getting travellers to interact with them in a lively way and help the villagers in their livelihood was one of the primary reasons I chose to travel with TGE.
TGE means immersive experiential travel and what you get in return and come away with are unforgettable lifetime memories.
Looking forward to many more tours with TGE. Reetu and Jamila pull your collars up. Way to go! You will go miles!
The great escape recently took care of my 10 days family trip to Bhutan. We were 9 of us, including 2 kids and 2 elderlies. Each detail of the trip was so beautifully planned and coordinated. Jamila was personally in touch with drivers, hotels and homestay owners to ensure we ar getting the best of experience. We never even had to look for directions, call hotel or tell driver about anything. Everything was already taken care of and we were just the guests in very true sense. Such a wonderful trip it was. Everything was so beautiful including all the places where we stayed.
Much thanks to Jamila and the great escape team to make it work like magic for us!
- Airport pick and drop as per your preferred arrival and departure time
- Private Vehicle for Sightseeing as per itinerary from Bagdogra to Bagdora(Ertiga/Innova/Tempo Traveller)
- Accommodation at all locations as per your preferred hotel category and room sharing basis
- Meals Included: As mentioned in the itinerary
- Experienced Driver
- All Inner Line Permits North Sikkim and Nathu La
- Oxygen Cylinder and First Aid Kit
- All meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Union Vehicle for Nathu La and Zero Point
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Mineral Water, Cold Drinks & Beverage
- Entry tickets at tourist spot
- Activity Charges
- 5% GST
THINGS TO CARRY
- Photo ID proof
- Hand Sanitizer and mask
- Comfortable clothing
- Warm jacket and thermal wear.
- Comfortable Shoes (you can carry slippers to wear at hotel/homestay)
- Personal medication if any
- Sunscreen and cap for the day
- warm cap/socks for evenings
- Power bank (you will be on the road everyday)
- Water bottle (We don't encourage buying plastic bottles)
HOW TO REACH
- Most feasible way to reach is flight to Bagdogra Airport
Nearest Railway Station
- One can choose to take a train to NJP
Policy and Terms
20 days before the event start date: No Refund
20- 40 days before the event start date: 50% Refund
Before 40 days of the event start date: 75% Refund
Note: The above charges are calculated on the total trip cost and not the booking amt.
You can send any cancellation request to [email protected]
Terms and Conditions
Please pay a booking amt of INR 5000/- per person to confirm your spot.
Balance amount to be paid 30 days before the trip start date.
Booking amount is non refundable. Balance amount will be deducted/refunded/transferred as per the standard cancellation policy
Booking amount is transferable only if a request for such is made 30 days before the trip start date. You can email the request to [email protected]
Cancellation/Ammendment by the Participant during the tour
Incase you are unable to continue with the tour due to any health conditions or acclimatization issues or any other issue, any expenses on alternate arrangements made have be borne by you and TGE is not liable to pay for transportation, accommodation, hospitalization, meals or any other expenses incurred
Q: Is Covid Certificate Required to travel to Sikkim?
Q: Why is Vehicle for Nathula and Zero Point not included in Package
A: Only Union Vehicles are allowed for Nathula and Zero Point, which needs to be booked directly. We will definitely assist you with booking at mentioned additional cost.
Q: What happens incase of a road block or if the itinerary is ammended due to external factors outside TGE's control.
A: If there is any ammendment in the itinerary due to external factors such as but not limited to landslides, roadblocks, heavy snowfall, religious/political unrest etc alternate arrangements will be made by TGE. If any extra cost is incurred, we will equally divide it with all the travelers.
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