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Gangtok Tour Plan – Sikkim Trip

If you are planning to visit Gangtok city in Sikkim, you are actually planning a trip to one of the favorite and most visited hill stations in India. Gangtok being a small city located at an altitude of around 5,400 ft can easily compete with other hill stations across the globe in regard to scenic beauty all around. Gangtok is one of the cleanest cities you would come across. The Sikkim Govt. has well maintained the city and designed it beautifully to attract tourists from across the globe. The economy of Sikkim is mainly supported by tourism and that is why the government of Sikkim is very strict on serving the tourists the best way it can. The state of Sikkim is mainly dominated by Buddhist culture and you would come across people who are best in hospitality.

For a full Sikkim tour plan,
check out http://www.traveldias.com/sikkim-tour-plan/

Gangtok is a popular destination among tourists heading to explore the beauty of Sikkim. There are many places of interest in Sikkim which can be visited via Gangtok. Gangtok being the capital city and the administrative headquarter of Sikkim it is a very busy city. There are several tourist destinations and places of interest in and around the city. There are many superb monasteries in and around the city with great heritage value. Rumtek Monastery and Enchey Monastery are the best ones and must visited places in Gangtok city.  One can go for a day trip to sightseeing the places of interest in Gangtok city. Some of the major tourist destinations in other parts of Sikkim are well connected with Gangtok.

How to reach Gangtok

Gangtok in hills is well connected with plains of Bengal. Gangtok can be reached by road from Siliguri/Bagdogra/NJP. There is helicopter service to from Bagdogra airport.

BY Bus: There is regular bus service to Gangtok from Siliguri terminus operated by SNT (Sikkim National Transport).

By Car: There are prepaid taxi booths outside NJP staion and Bagdogra airport. One can also avail shared jeeps from Siliguri taxi stand.

BY Air: One can avail the helicopter service available.

To know more on NJP or Bagdogra to Gangtok journey,
check out: http://www.traveldias.com/njp-to-gangtok-city/

Gangtok via Silk Route From East Sikkim

Gangtok is also reachable via the famous old Silk route in east Sikkim. If you are visiting east Sikkim, I suggest you to make the journey along the Silk route. It is really worth making the journey. The scenic view all around is just amazing. One can directly visit Gangtok from Lingtam, Zuluk, Nathang Valley or Zuluk in east Sikkim. The route covers places of interest like Old and New Baba Mandir, Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass along with other must visit destinations in east Sikkim.

To make a plan to east Sikkim trip, check out http://www.traveldias.com/silk-route-sikkim/

Want to know how to reach Silk Route in east Sikkim…? Ckick here: http://www.traveldias.com/silk-route-in-sikkim-by-road/

Gangtok is also linked from Pelling and Darjeeling in Bengal. There are regular taxi services from both places to Gangtok city.

Gangtok Hotels & Resorts – Staying in Gangtok

Most of the hotels in Gangtok are in and around MG Marg, the main market place. MG Marg is the heart of the city, always crowded with tourists from various parts of the globe. Local people also visit the place to spend some quality time there. One can stay in MG Marg area if he likes to be near the market place.

But, if you like to spend time in a place which is serene and tranquil in nature, I would suggest taking your hotel at Development Area. This place is located at 30 min walk from MG Marg but very less crowded and the scenic beauty there is much more visible than any hotel in MG Marg. Each time I visit Gangtok, I check in the same hotel at Development Area. I love being in the push back chair with a cup of coffee in hand and viewing the gigantic Mt.Kanchenjungha and surrounding hills from the hotel room or balcony. Taxis are readily available, if one doesn’t want to walk, he can avail the local taxis. A taxi takes Rs 30 for a drop to MG Marg and one taxi accommodates 4 persons at a time.

Gangtok Sightseeing & Places of Interest

When you are in Gangtok, you must sightseeing the places of interest in and around Gangtok city. The must visit places in Gangtok are:

  1. Rumtek Monastery
  2. Enchey Monastery
  3. Ranka Monastery
  4. Do-Drul Chorten

One can visit other tourist destinations too like:

  1. Ganesh Tok
  2. Honuman Tok
  3. Tashi View Point
  4. Botanical Garden
  5. Assembly House
  6. Saramsa Garden
  7. Bakthang Waterfall

I suggest you to have a joy ride in the rope-way. A ropeway ride over the hills with all structures below you is a fantastic experience. You can get a taxi to the ropeway stand.

MG Marg – The Heart of the City

MG Marg in Gangtok is the most happening place to hang out with family and friends and it is the heart of the city. There are hundreds of hotels and restaurants in and around MG Marg. There are high end brands, liquor shops, eateries etc. on either side of the road. Who want to stay near the market place, I suggest taking hotel by MG Marg. The place looks superb from evening to night. There are sitting arrangements for tourists; the fountains with lighting add more beauty at night. Being at the place you never know when time is passed by.

Tourists mainly go for excursions and trips in day time and they return by evening. So MG Marg is the place where one can spend the evening in Gangtok. MG Marg is very popular for shopping too. Woolen cloths and jackets are highly recommended if you opt for shopping.

Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir and Nathula Pass – Day Trip from Gangtok

I suggest spending one day in Gangtok to visit Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir and Nathula Pass. This is a day trip from Gangtok and these are must visit places from Gangtok. These three destinations remain inaccessible from late January to March because the places receive heavy snowfall. Roads get blocked by snowfall and the road becomes risky for visitors. If you are visiting these places in December and early January, make an alternative plan too in case the road remains closed for a sudden snowfall and road block. Actually weather on hills at such heights can not be predicted. Nathula Pass remains closed for visitors on Monday and Tuesday, so make your plan accordingly. One must have permit to visit Nathula Pass. 2 passport size photographs and identity proofs are required to obtain permits. I do not suggest you to go for obtaining permits rather your tour manager or hotel manager can arrange permit. The hotel manager or the tour operator can arrange for shared vehicles. Exclusive vehicles are readily available.

North Sikkim Package Tour From Gangtok

There are 2 types of package tours to north Sikkim from Gangtok, i.e. 1 night – 2 days and 2 nights – 3 days tour. If one wishes to explore all the places of interest in north Sikkim, the second trip, i.e. 2 nights – 3 days trip is suggested to all travelers in Gangtok. The itinerary for north Sikkim trip is as follows:

Day 1: Transfer to Lachen, check in hotel, O/N stay at Lachen

Day 2: Excursion to Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake, transfer to Lachung, O/N stay at Lachung

Day 3: Excursion to Yumthang Valley and Zero Point, transfer to Gangtok

A place named Katao can be made on the day when you visit Gurudongmar Lake but for this the driver of the vehicle should be paid some extra money. Apart from this there should not be any restrictions from Army. Katao is not included in north Sikkim package but on request the driver can manage it if accessible.

Gangtok To Pelling

Pelling is another beautiful tourist destination in west Sikkim. It is a separate stay and the best way to visit Peling is via Namchi. If you take this route, you can sightseeing the places of interest en-route. The tourist destinations on this route from Gangtok to Pelling via Namchi are Temi tea garden, Samdruptse and Char Dham. These are must visit destinations though many tourists do not takes this route. It is hard to get shared vehicles in this route though the tour operator or hotel manager can arrange one. An exclusive vehicle is readily available from Gangtok.

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85 Comments

  1. sweta January 15, 2014 10:35 am

    I wish to visit Sikkim in april from 5th-14th. I will most pobably be visiting sikkim only once. So can you suggest if I should take 9N10D gangtok, lachen lachung pelling darjeeling tour or old silk route tour? I will prefer a snow view if at all it’s still there till april.
    Also IF i wish to visit on my own without a travel agent how can I book cab for the entire trip?

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta January 15, 2014 11:49 am

      Hi Sweta,

      If you feel that you won’t visit Sikkim second time, I suggest you to take good numbers of days to cover all places of interest. Darjeeling is in West Bengal and Sikkim is a separate state. Sikkim is a small state but the beauty is scattered to many regions there. April is the best time to visit Sikkim because this is the time when Rhododendrons blossom in east and north Sikkim. The following itinerary would help you to explore all parts of it.

      Day 1: Reach NJP/Siliguri, transfer to Lingtam in east Sikkim (Lingtam is the gateway to Silk route), stroll around, O/N stay at Lingtam
      Day 2: Day excursion to Aritar lake, view point and return to Hotel, O/N stay at Lingtam
      Day 3: Check-out and transfer to Gangtok via Silk route, sightseeing on the way, check-in hotel, O/N stay at Gangtok
      Day 4: Full day Gangtok sightseeing, stroll on MG Marg in evening, O/N stay at Gangtok
      Day 5: Transfer to Lachen, O/N stay at Lachen
      Day 6: Day trip to Thangu, Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake, transfer to Lachung, O/N stay at Lachung
      Day 7: Day visit to Yumthang Valley and Zero Point, after lunch transfer to Gangtok, O/N stay at Gangtok
      Day 8: Visit Ranka Monastery and Enchey monastery, enjoy rope-way ride, stroll on MG Marg in evening, O/N stay at Gangtok
      Day 9: Transfer to Pelling via Namchi, Samdruptse, Char Dham, Temi Tea Garden, check-in hotel, O/N stay in Pelling
      Day 10: Full day sightseeing, O/N stay in Pelling
      Day 11: Check-out, transfer to Darjeeling, spend time in Mal area and Chowrasta, O/N stay in Darjeeling
      Day 12: Visit Tiger Hill and Batasia Loop early in the morning and after you return to hotel have your breakfast and go for a joy ride in Toy train from Darjeeling to Ghoom station, visit Ghoom Monastery, get back to hotel, O/N stay in Darjeeling
      Day 13: Visit Peace Pagoda, HMI, enjoy rope-way over the tea gardens, O/N stay at Darjeeling
      Day 14: Check-out and transfer to Siliguri/NJP

      If you have more days in hand, you can visit Richenpong, Versey etc. in Sikkim too.
      Lachen, Lachung and places of interest from there, all are located in north Sikkim. One has to go with package trips to these places with an authorised operator to Sikkim tourism. The hotel manager in Gangtok will help you in this regard or you can talk to any agencies there in Gangtok.

      There is only one hotel in Lingtam and rest are house stays which are not worth. You have to book this hotel in advance. On way to Gangtok from Lingtam, there are places of interest like Zuluk, Nathang Valley etc. If you have more time, you can stay in any of those places. There are no hotels in any of these places in east Sikkim, all are house stays. You need special permission to enter east region. The hotel owner in Lingtam can help you in this regard. He arranges my permits too when I visit. I stay in this hotel only. The owner has got a hotel in Gangtok too which is located at a superb location. I stay there too.

      There is no need to book any vehicle for the entire trip, you would get car ready at all points. You are not supposed to make this trip with any travel agent or operator. You can easily make it on your own.

      I can help you with all necessary information. Drop me a mail at “uvreachedavi@gmail.com” if you have any other query or any doubt in mind. I can share the contacts of hotel with you if needed. Just let me know.

      Cheers…!

       
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  2. Sushmita Bhaduri March 4, 2014 9:23 pm

    We wish to visit North Bengal during May,2014. Which is the best spot to see rhododendrons during this time?

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta March 5, 2014 4:29 am

      Hi Sushmita,

      Thanks for visiting TravelDias.com. Hope you enjoyed your stay on my blog.

      North Sikkim and east Sikkim are the two regions which are blossomed with Rhododendrons from April to May and extends to early June too. In north Sikkim, Rhododendrons are found on the stretch from Lachung to Yumthang Valley, Thangu to Chopta Valley and Thangu to Gurudongmar Lake. In east Sikkim Rhododendrons are found along the entire stretch from Lingtam to Old Baba Mandir on silk route. I suggest you to cover both east Sikkim and north Sikkim if you really want to view colors of Rhododendrons.

      Please do mail me for any other query at “uvreachedavi@gmail.com” with reference to this mail. I will surely revert back.

       
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  3. ABHINAV RATERIA March 13, 2014 3:50 pm

    Hello Abhijit!

    I have the following queries:-
    1. What is the cost of a booked vehicle for a tsomgo,nathula from gangtok and back during last week of april?
    2. Is it possible to cover Namchi(Char Dham) ,Temi tea garden from Gangtok and come back same day? I have also heard that there are helicopter rides available from Gangtok to Namchi. So is it possible to from Gangtok to Namchi by air and come back again to Gangtok by car. What would be the approx cost for the same?

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta March 14, 2014 4:45 am

      Hi Abhinav,

      Thanks for visiting TravelDias. Hope you enjoyed your stay.

      Here are the answers to your queries:
      1. It will be Rs 3,000-3,500 approx. to Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir. If you include Nathula Pass then it would be Rs 7,000 approx. Nathula is on the same way.

      2. Yes, you can visit Namchi on a day trip. You can go, visit all places and then come back to Gangtok. No helicopter is available presently. A vehicle will take Rs 3,500 approx. for a round trip.

       
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  4. halebid April 12, 2014 4:41 pm

    Nice blog and solid suggestions. I have sent a query mail to your gmail, pls revert

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta April 14, 2014 5:29 am

      @halebid: Thanks for the appreciation. Yes, I have checked your mail and replied there. You can have a check and let me know if you require any more information. Please reply in the same thread.

       
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  5. Uday Bhanu Roy April 18, 2014 3:39 am

    Dear Abhijit

    I and my family (me, my wife, son-5.5yrs and daughter 2yrs) are going to Gangtok from 1/10/14 – 5/10/14. We have planned to see Gangtok and the places in east Sikkim with Gangtok as the centre. Please suggest a four – five day tour plan from Gangtok.

    Regards
    Uday

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta April 21, 2014 5:11 am

      Hi Uday,

      Thanks for visiting Traveldias.com
      I can surely suggest you an itinerary and a tour plan to Sikkim. Do mail me at “uvreachedavi@gmail.com” your dates of travel, your interests or any preference and I will surely revert back with all details.

       
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  6. devilniraj@hotmail.com April 25, 2014 3:52 am

    I am travelling to Gangtok for 6 nights and 7 days need you advice to plan the trip as I would like to have my base as Gangtok.

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta April 25, 2014 4:53 am

      Hi…! Thanks for visiting TravelDias. Do mail me at “uvreachedavi@gmail.com” all details like exact dates of travel, number of persons etc. I will surely help you with an itinerary and travel plan.

       
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  7. Amit Sethi August 4, 2014 6:59 am

    Hi Abhijit.. Kindly help us to prepare the itenary for Darjeeling,Gangtok and nearby places.

    Here are the details
    ==============
    08 aug -> Arriving Bagdogra at 2:10 PM
    14th Aug- > Departure from bagdogra at 3:05 PM
    No of Pax – 2 (Adults)

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta August 4, 2014 8:56 am

      Hi Amit,

      The tour plan can be:
      8th Aug: Reach Bagdogra, transfer to Darjeeling, O/N stay
      9th Aug: Darjeeling sightseeing, O/N stay
      10th Aug: Visit Tiger Hill and Batasia Loop early in the morning, return to hotel, check-out and transfer to Gangtok, O/N stay
      11th Aug: Gangtok city sightseeing, stroll in MG Marg in evening, O/N stay
      12th Aug: Day trip to Tsomgo Lake (Changu lake) and Baba Mandir, O/N stay
      13th Aug: Spoend the day in leisure in Gangtok, enjoy rope-way ride, stroll in MG Marg, O/N stay
      14th Aug: Transfer to Bagdogra
      If you need further information or any other details, do mail me at “uvreachedavi@gmail.com”
      I will surely revert back.

       
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  8. barun kanti ghosh October 7, 2014 6:40 am

    I wish to visit Sikkim in November-December 2014 from 29th-5th. I will most pobably be visiting sikkim only once. So can you suggest if I should take 5N6D gangtok, lachen lachung tour or old silk route tour?
    Also IF i wish to visit on my own without a travel agent how can I book cab for the entire trip? December hotel fair & trip cost.

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta October 12, 2014 2:24 pm

      Hi Barun,

      If you have plan to visit Sikkim only once then I suggest you to spend as many nights as possible. Sikkim is one of the most beautiful states in India. The scenic view is just amazing. 2 nights – 3 days is must for north Sikkim. North Sikkim is visited from Gangtok. It is suggested to spend one or two days at Gangtok before you set of for north Sikkim to acclimatize with height/altitude. The day you reach Gangtok, you have yo stay there and then when you return from north Sikkim, you will have to spend the night at Gangtok only.

      If you have time, do not miss east Sikkim. The journey through Silk route will be a lifetime experience. You can surely visit on your own. You won’t require any travel agent. It is better if you hire a vehicle from point to point. Vehicles are readily available. Hiring a vehicle for the entire trip is just waste of money. December is not that much of a peak season but there will be tourist who want to enjoy the chilling weather.

      If you need details, travel plan or any further information, do mail me at “uvreachedavi@gmail.com”. I will surely revert back.

       
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  9. G Shrinivas October 13, 2014 1:05 pm

    Hey Abhijit,

    Great Blog.
    I will be in Gangtok for 2D3N ( 15,16,17 Oct, 2014).
    I want to go for Nathula, and Changu lake one day. Can you suggest other activities during the day and also evening?

    Thanks,

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta October 29, 2014 9:29 am

      Hi Shrinivas,

      I heartily apologize that I could not reply in this regard because I was out of city and I didn’t have internet access there. Hope you had great time in Sikkim. Please do let me know if you make a trip in future, I will surely help. All the best and keep traveling. It is the best way to be happy and satisfied in life.

       
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  10. ANUJ January 7, 2015 4:47 pm

    Hi,

    We are travelling as a couple & are planning for a trip around April’15 first week. We will be staying more in Gangtok. Please suggest travel itinerary.

    Thanks,
    Anuj

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta February 12, 2015 6:35 pm

      Hi Anuj,

      I can surely suggest an itinerary to you. Let me know exact number of night halts and if you have any preference for any place in Sikkim. I will suggest accordingly. Drop me a mail at “uvreachedavi@gmail.com” with all details.

       
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  11. Himashri January 8, 2015 12:19 pm

    hello sir,
    we are plnning to visit sikkim betwwen 6th to 10th march 2015. plz suggest our itinerary during the days. can we visit yumthung valley during this tour?

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta February 12, 2015 6:08 pm

      Hi Himashri,

      I don’t think you make it to all places in north Sikkim that time because in early March, some places remain blocked because of heavy snowfall. If road remains clear there is no issue to visit. So you have to keep information. There is no need to book the north Sikkim pacakge or trip in advance. If you see that the road is clear, you can manage everything or book the north Sikkim package after reaching Gangtok. I can not suggest you any trip plan unless I know what are the places you want to visit. I also need to know the exact number of night stays there so that I can suggest you accordingly. Drop me a mail at “uvreachedavi@gmail.com” with all details, I will surely revert back.

       
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  12. Nishi January 8, 2015 5:25 pm

    Hi ,

    Kindly help us to prepare the itenary for Gangtok and nearby places with fare cost of taxis.

    Here are the details

    12th Feb -> Arriving Bagdogra at 2:10 PM
    16th Feb- > Departure from bagdogra at 12.15 PM
    No of Pax – 2 (Adults)

     
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  13. Joydeep Majumdar January 29, 2015 10:16 am

    Hi Abhijit,

    Could you please advise whether the below tour plan can be executed during the mentioned period, In our team there will be a 60 yr old lady and a 5 year old children.

    Do we need to take a day break in between.

    27-Mar-15 Night- Train From Kolkata

    28-Mar-15 Arrive NJP and transfer to Gangtok takes 4:30 hrs(App.), evening free for shopping.

    29-Mar-15 After breakfast excurtion to Tsomgo Lake , Nathula Pass, Changu Lake, Baba Mandir and Kupup back to Gangtok and evening free for leisure activities.

    30-Mar-15 “Gangtok to Lachen (9800 ft)
    After breakfast excurtion to Lachen takes 6:00 hrs (Approx.) evening free for enjoying the natural beauty.”

    31-Mar-15 “Lachen to Gurudongmer Lake (17,800 ft) to Lachung (8000 ft)
    After breakfast excurtion to Gurudongmer Lake via Thangu and Chopta Valley then back to Lachen have lunch and transfer to Lachung.”

    1-Apr-15 “Lachung to Yumthang (11,800 ft) to Yume Samdang (15, 350 ft) to Gangtok
    After breakfast excurtion to Yumthang then YumeSamdang back to Lachung then freshen up and on the way have lunch and transfer to Gangtok.”

    2-Apr-15 “Gangtok to NJP
    After breakfast set out for NJP from Gangtok. ”

    3-Apr-15 Morning – Back to Kolkata

    Thanks
    Joydeep Majumdar

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta February 12, 2015 6:00 pm

      Hi Joydeep,

      Your plan looks okay for young and middle aged people but the 60 year lady may face some issues with such a hectic journey. The journey is hectic and along with that there may be high altitude issues with the lady. I would suggest you if you go with this plan, make sure the lady is physically fit and if you need consult with a doctor. The Gurudongmar Lake is located at a very high altitude. North Sikkim region is very high and the journey is not smooth too. The itinerary looks fine if there is no issue with the lady.

       
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  14. Iftekhar April 4, 2015 9:52 am

    Hey Abhijit,

    Nice and helpful Blog.

    I will be in Gangtok for 2N3D from April 09 with spouse. Would you please help to make or suggest an itinerary? I mean where to visit as well as staying etc.
    I also sent an email to you.

    Thanks

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta April 9, 2015 8:55 am

      Hi Iftekhar,

      Wish I could help you but unfortunately you have already set off for the trip and I couldn’t reply earlier as I was out of city without internet access. Next time whenever you make a tour plan and need any assistance, just drop me a mail or call me (number provided on FB page) and I can surely help you out.

       
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  15. Kaustuv Roy April 8, 2015 3:21 pm

    I am planning to travel to NorthBengal and Esat sikkim during mid may. The tour members include 4 Senior Citizens(all 65+) , 2 children ( 7 & 12 yrs) besides me and my wife. I am planning to cover NJP->Sillerey Gaon/Pedong, Aritar, Zuluk, Gnathang, Gangtok->NJP. I am reaching NJP on Sunday and catching the train back to Kolkata on Sunday night. So I have 8 days to spare in total. I have few questions

    1. How id the road condition in this route?
    2.Is it safe (from a health perspective) to visit this place as I am travelling with Senior Citizens?
    3. Which places should we stay along this route?
    4.Can you pls suggest a non hectic tour plan?

    Thanks in advance
    Kaustuv

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta April 9, 2015 8:37 am

      Hi Kaustuv,

      As you have senior citizens in the group I would suggest you to skip Gnathang valley and stay at Padamchen which would be favorable for the seniors and less people visit this destination. It would be less chaotic too. You can stay at Sillery Gaon, Padamchen and Aritar. I suggest you to make a trip which will have less journey but the over nights stays have to be memorable. Please drop me a mail at “uvreachedavi@gmail.com” in reference to this conversation. I would surely help you out with framing the plan and possible expenses.

       
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  16. Bhavesh Shah August 4, 2015 6:53 am

    Hi Abhijit,

    Kindly help us to prepare the itenary for Gangtok and nearby places with fare cost of taxis.

    Here are the details

    04th Jan’16 -> Arriving Bagdogra at 2:10 PM
    10th Jan’16 – > Departure from bagdogra at 02:30 PM
    No of Pax – 2 (Adults)

    Also please let me know how will be climate condition during Jan.

    Regards,
    Bhavesh Shah

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta August 4, 2015 7:02 am

      Hi Bhavesh,

      Please drop me a mail at “uvreachedavi@gmail.com”. It will be better to communicate. I will surely revert back. Send me all these details and I would send you the complete plan.

       
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  17. Ankit Doveriyal September 29, 2015 12:45 pm

    Hi Abhijit,

    I am actually confused regarding my trip to gangtok and i hope you can help me on this plz.

    I am reaching Darjeeling on 2nd oct morning and planning to cover it in one day. After that i m planning to go to gangtok on 2nd Oct night itself and cover most of the places there till 3rd Oct night but the problem is that i have only one day to cover nathula paas, gangtok and rest of the nearby places.

    It will be of great help if you can suggest how can i cover max places in one day.

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta October 7, 2015 12:54 pm

      If you have only 1 day for Darjeeling, I would suggest you to skip Darjeeling and not make the trip hectic. It will be better if you focus on Gangtok only. 2 days are so less to cover Gangtok and nearby places.

       
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  18. KRISHNENDU MANDAL October 16, 2015 7:21 am

    Hi Abhijit,
    first of all thanks for your contribution twards travel. next i need your suggestion about my trip to sikkim from 22 oct. to 27 th. me & my frnd have a plan to go to pelling , ravangla & namchi. but unfortunately i have not booked any hotel till now. cause i heard that there is serious shortage of transportation on 22nd of october on dashami. can you tell me is there any such problem can arise on that particular day? if that occurs what should be our best path of travel?

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta October 19, 2015 7:40 am

      Hi Krishnendu,

      I am late to reply in this regard. Wish I could help you earlier in making your trip plan. It is already 19th and you are visiting on 22nd, so I feel everything has been confirmed. If you still need any help, just call me on my number. I will surely help you out.

       
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  19. Amit T December 14, 2015 6:53 am

    Hello,
    I would be reaching gangtok on 7th feb and would be leaving back on 11th feb afternoon…

    So could you please suggest and help me in visiting places with the whole program for those days…

    Please try to email me also

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta February 20, 2016 8:43 am

      Wish I could help you but I was stuck with other things and I just checked this comment. Please don’t mind and let me know if you need any information in future. Keep traveling and stay healthy.

       
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  20. Gautam Biswas December 14, 2015 7:35 am

    I have total 7 days…..from March 15 to March 22. I wish to start the trip from Gangtok and then back to Darjeeling. I want to pass most of the times about 4 days in Sikkim and rest in Darjeeling…I want to visit Yunthan, Changu, Nathula that are full with nature’s beauty. Please suggest a plan for the trip

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta February 20, 2016 8:43 am

      Wish I could help you but I was stuck with other things and I just checked this comment. Please don’t mind and let me know if you need any information in future. Keep traveling and stay healthy.

       
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  21. Sayan das January 26, 2016 4:25 pm

    Hi,
    Please give me a plan for sikim tour.. Except north sikim portion.
    Including gantok-pelling-rabangla.

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta February 2, 2016 7:08 pm

      Hi,

      I can’t suggest any tour itinerary with knowing the number of days for your trip. What I have understood is you don’t want to visit north Sikkim, Gangtok, Pelling and Ravangla. Let me know if I am wrong. Share your feedback to my mail-id “uvreachedavi@gmail.com” and I will suggest all possible tour plans.

       
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  22. Rajib De March 3, 2016 7:50 pm

    Hello Abhijit,

    Please suggest me a plan for sikkim tour. I will start from kolkata on 16th march and will reach NJP on 17th March in the early morning and will be back on 22nd March by Teesta Torsha Exp.
    Thanks,
    Rajib

     
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  23. Mayur March 11, 2016 10:25 am

    Hi, I’m planning my honeymoon in Apr end and want your suggestions. Planned dates are 23rd Apr to 29th Apr (6N and 7Days), please suggest the places to visit and any tailor made plans available so that I can rely for hotel, car bookings

     
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    • Mayur March 15, 2016 11:19 am

      Hi Abhijit, is it advisable to get a transport vehicle on the spot for visiting Pelling or Lachung or other places? I have done hotel booking however I have not taken any car or transport facility

       
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      • Abhijit Gupta March 17, 2016 10:09 am

        You can book vehicles after you reach there but keep your hotel manager informed about your plans. North Sikkim (Lachen, Lachung) travel needs per mit for tourists and the vehicle, so inform your hotel desk. You can mail me at “uvreachedavi@gmail.com” for further details.

         
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    • Abhijit Gupta March 17, 2016 10:10 am

      I have mailed you all details. Please check your inbox.

       
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  24. Anupam Mukhopadhyay April 1, 2016 3:02 pm

    Hi Abhijit,

    Thanks a lot for the detailed information on Sikkim. I urgently need your help. I am travelling to Gangtok and North Sikkim from 7th April to 13th April, 2016. I am planning to do Changu lake, Nathula excursion then 2 night 3 days gurudongmar and yumthang excursion and then gangtok sightseeing before returning back.

    I am little tight on budget and wanted to see if I can complete the package in shared basis. I have got two hotels in gangtok who are ready to provide me the Nathula and N. Sikkim trip in shared vehicle. However they are not disclosing the Lachen/Lachung hotel names beforehand(indicating they are very basic hotels), they don’t allow upgrading the room or choosing another hotel in N. Sikkim even if I am ready to give the extra cost and also don’t provide any option to book an extra seat in the vehicle for added comfort. I couldn’t get hold of any travel agent who can provide me shared trip to nathula and north sikkim. Every travel agent is telling that they only provide private vehicle hotel package.

    As we are only two persons travelling there, booking an exclusive vehicle is next to impossible considering the budget. Do you know any hotel or travel agent who can give me the best possible Nathula and N. Sikkim trip in sharing basis. I am going nathula on 8th April and from 9 – 11 I am travelling N. Sikkim. I just want decent clean rooms with fair service in decent hotels in N. Sikkim, nothing fancy.

     
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  25. Suman April 25, 2016 3:09 pm

    We reached at Gangtok on 4th May and stay at Gangtok from 4th May to 7th May. Plz suggest how to cover maximum places on these days or which places we will visit short time period.

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta April 28, 2016 5:32 am

      Hi,

      From 4th to 7th May, it makes 3 nights – 4 days. Please let me know if I am wrong. As you have only 3 nights in hand, you can spend all these 3 nights in Gangtok only. You can visit the Ranka Monastery the day you reach Gangtok, you can cover the spot of Paragliding on way to Ranka monastery. If you want you can go for this adventurous sports too. The next day you can go for a full day sightseeing covering all points around Gangtok and enjoy rope-way ride too. On the 3rd day you can go for a day trip to Tsomgo Lake (Changu lake), New Baba Mandir and Nathula Pass (if you get permission). On 4th day you can check-out and transfer to NJP/Bagdogra.

      You can mail me at “uvreachedavi@gmail.com” for further information.

       
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  26. Sandeep May 12, 2016 12:17 pm

    Hi Abhijit,

    You have maintained a great travel blog. Can you please help me out.
    I plan to visit gangtok from 23rd (late evening) to 28th May. As its my honeymoon i don’t want a tiring full day travel in sight seeing but still want to see beautiful spots and experiences. I need your help to figure out what all places should i cover and where should i plan to stay (should it be near MG road or some outer location with good scenery). Also will it be good idea to book a package online or just book flight and book local taxis from gangtok once we arrive.

    Thanks in advance,
    Sandeep

     
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  27. sanjay sahasrabudhe June 12, 2016 6:51 pm

    HI
    I am Sanjay want to come Gagtok
    can i make day tour from Gagtok to pelling

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta June 13, 2016 6:13 pm

      Hi,

      You can but it is absolutely absurd to do the same because you can make a to and fro journey to Pelling from Gangtok but you will not be able to cover places of interest in Pelling and beyond that it will be very tiresome and hectic. It is approx. 4 to 4.5 hours from Gangtok to Pelling. It needs separate stays for Pelling. 2 nights stay is good to cover all places of interest in Pelling.

       
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  28. Vish June 28, 2016 4:23 pm

    Hello Abhijit,

    This is blog is very useful and helpful. I am planning to visit the place in end of October and November. To be precise it will be 4N/5D trip. I know the places that I want to visit by going through your blog and from other research. However, still need to know how to go about it. Where I should stay, how to book trips when in Gangtok etc. As I will be a solo traveler. Any suggestion is welcome.

    Thanks

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta July 4, 2016 7:53 am

      Considering you are a solo traveler, you can visit Gangtok only and stay all 4 nights in Gangtok. There are shared vehicles between NJP/Siliguri and Gangtok. I have shared a tentative plan, please check your inbox.

       
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  29. Sanchari July 23, 2016 8:50 am

    Hello sir,
    Me , my husband and six yr old son are about to visit Gangtok in Oct 9 to 14. I am showing you my itinerary . can u suggest that it is OK or I should change it?
    9th reach Gangtok
    10th way to lachung
    11th yumthang n back to Gangtok
    12th Gangtok sightseeing
    13th clearly morning change lake to nathula
    From nathula to rongli (silk route)
    Stay at rongli
    14th rongli to njp

     
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  30. rajesh datti September 13, 2016 4:12 am

    Hi abhjit ji.,

    i am planning to visit Gangtok on 19.10.2016 and i my stay will be 4N and 5D.i am coming with my child having 5 months of age and wife.
    Can u suggest me whether this time of visit is advisable with my child.if it is ok ..kindly suggest me the plan for the local tourism with not much hectic during my stay…
    thanking u…

     
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  31. ARKA DAS September 19, 2016 12:50 am

    hello sir,
    i am arka. me nd my wife is planning to visit gangtok and north sikkim. we will be reaching siliguri on 12th october morning and again will be leaving from siliguri on 16th october evening. sir will u kindly suggest an itinerary for my trip and a rough estimate of the budget for the trip. thanks in advance….

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta October 1, 2016 10:55 am

      North Sikkim needs minimum 2 nights – 3 days. You can spend 2 nights in Gangtok and 2 nights in north Sikkim. Approx. budget can be Rs 15,000 (Transportation in shared cars).

       
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  32. Kush October 17, 2016 7:13 am

    Hi abhijit,
    Very nice blog.
    I want to book a honeymoon package in march. Very confused with hotel booking. Kindly tell me best hotel with affordable price around 2-3k.whether i need to book by a travel planner or can i book only hotels.??

     
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  33. Raja Dey January 26, 2017 4:11 am

    Hi Abhijit,
    Thanks for the helpful blog.
    We are planning to visit the place in end of March. To be precise it will be 3N/4D trip. Our team shall consist of 5 adults & 3 children.
    Please help us preparing the itinerary for our trip and a tentative estimate of the budget for the trip.
    Thanking you

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta January 27, 2017 9:26 am

      You can make Gangtok as your base and cover all places in and around Gangtok. 3 nights are good to cover all places in Gangtok. Standard rooms should cost around Rs 1,500 per day and deluxe rooms should cost you Rs 2,500 per day. You will need a large car like Sumo, Bolero, Max, etc. to travel as you are 8 heads including children. Please check your mail for a rough estimate.

       
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  34. alice kulkarni February 9, 2017 10:59 pm

    Hi I want to plan an adventure trip to gangok – darjelling lachung lachen may be some more if you can suggest but I want all activities or places where I can do rafting may be gliding snow grinding skiing a complete Itenary for the places that we can go and plan an adventurous trip would help….the dates are 23rd march to 30th march …lemme know detaled itenary with price included for all activities or hotels and any transfer in vehicles…. I m flying from Mumbai to bagdogra

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta February 13, 2017 6:55 am

      You can do Paragliding near Gangtok. You will need a full day for this. You can visit Ranka Monastery and the Paragliding point on a day.

      You can do river rafting near Rongpo while returning back to airport or NJP station. You can enjoy rafting on way back to station/airport.

      You can enjoy fishing, camping and tenting at Reshikhola along Silk Route in east Sikkim.
      You can enjoy snow and freezing temperature at Gurudongmar Lake in north Sikkim and at Nathang Valley in east Sikkim along Silk Route.
      Katao is located in north Sikkim and it is a prohibited place. Army hardly provides permission to visit this place. So don’t count in this place. You can speak to your driver on spot if he can manage to take you there.
      You can’t cover so many places in such short period. I feel you should skip and avid Darjeeling and focus on Sikkim only. I need exact number of nights you have in hand for the trip excluding onward and return journeys to plan a trip for you. I need the number of nights you can stay there.

       
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  35. alice kulkarni February 9, 2017 11:00 pm

    my email is alice.kulkarni@gmail …..ls reply the itenary is for 4 ppl

     
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  36. Sanjeeb Shaw April 14, 2017 1:00 pm

    Hi! I want to reach namchi after visitng tsongmo lake, babamandir and nathula. Is it possible to do it in a day or I have to take .night stay somewhere.

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta April 19, 2017 10:52 am

      Namchi is completely on a different route. You can cover Namchi on way to Pelling from Gangtok. You can also stay over night at Namchi to cover all places.

       
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      • Sanjeeb Shaw April 19, 2017 11:17 am

        I am planning to do babamandir n all n proceed towards namchi. Night stay here. Early morning do ñamchi sightseen n same day transfer to njp

         
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        • Abhijit Gupta April 19, 2017 12:04 pm

          Please do not send separate mails or comments. It is very hard to keep a track of all info. it would be great if you can compile all your query in a mail and send across to me. I would revert back for sure. We can then continue communicating in the same mail. You can mail me at “uvreachedavi@gmail.com”

           
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  37. RAKESH RAKSHIT May 23, 2017 8:50 am

    hi Abhijit,
    I’m planning for gangtok tour from 10th sept’17 to 16th sept’17.
    4 adults(ages 30(m),28(f),60(m),51(f))

    My plan is to cover
    NJP-gangtok-lachen-lachung-nathulla-pelling-NJP

    Please suggest tour plan and how do I book hotels & cars,pls suggest in details.
    What will be the approx tour estimated costing?

    Thanks in advance,

     
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  38. Balaka Tours & Travel June 7, 2017 12:45 pm

    Sikkim and Gangtok are two very popular tourist destinations. Nature has blessed these places. Thanks for elaborating everything.

     
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  39. Nishikana Karmakar June 11, 2017 5:07 am

    I and my wife will go Gangtok on month of October.i book Hotel for 3 night.if i want to go silk tourfor 2days can get package from Gangtok.also want package cost

     
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  40. Rituparna Ghosh June 11, 2017 8:35 pm

    Hello Mr.Gupta.. Thank u for a such a helpful and informative blog.. I have read some of your replies, the way u have answered them is really praiseworthy..
    I want to visit Gangtok and Sikkhm with my mother and friends during the Durga Puja 2017..
    Dates:26th September to 3rd October 2017.. We are 4 people.. We would be reaching NGP by Darjeeling Mail on 27th September Morning..
    The places we want to visit are Mg marg, Rumtek Monastary, Ropeway ride,Changu Lake, Gurudongmar Lake, Yumthang valley, Zero point, Nathula Pass, Lachen, Lachung, Zuluk, Kupup, Old and new Baba Mandir, Old Silk Route.. I don’t know if I am missing something..
    1. Please suggest me a suitable and detailed tour plan which would help us to visit these places properly within the given time frame..
    2. Please suggest me in which areas/hotels should we stay to access these places effectively..
    3. I also wanna know about the transportation availability and fares of different locations, so that we can get them easily. Should we take a single car for our whole tour or different vehicle for different location? As we are 4 heads.. so can we get small cars for rent?
    Would love to have any other suggestions from you, which you think would be relevant and helpful..
    Wholly and Solely depending upon your Guidance.. Will be waiting for your reply..
    Thanks and regards,
    Rituarna Ghosh..
    Kolkata..

     
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    Thank you Abhijit for all those information. Your details really helped me in completing my journey with a very satisfying note. Will consult you next time for sure.

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