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By Meera R Rathod
CEO’s Office
Fullerton India Credit Co. Ltd.
Mail: meera.rathod@fullertonindia.com
Web: www.fullertonindia.com

Hi Abhijit,

Once again thank you for all your advise/guidance in helping me plan my Bhutan trip. I returned to Mumbai on 29th December and have fond memories of the time I spent in Bhutan.

Your advise to visit Coffee House is also much appreciated. I enjoyed our trip there and also got a chance to experiment with some delicious Bengali sweets at a shop nearby.

Our train to Hasimara on 19th December was delayed by an hour. So we got our permits in Phuentsholing by 3pm. Our journey to Thimphu was a bit rough given that we could not manage motion sickness so it was tough for us till we reached there. The next day onwards it was good as we got a chance to rest and acclimatize ourselves to the climate there. It was very cold in all the places, especially phobjikha but it is fun doing these kind of trips in winter as you get some experience of snowfall too. The country looks beautiful in winter and we experienced snow flakes at Buddha Point in Thimphu.

I loved Dochula Pass and we were lucky to see all the peaks as we went up only towards noon. We had lunch at the Dochula Pass hotel and I remember the food to be really tasty and economical.

Phobjikha is a beautiful valley and the only other place I have seen which is equally beautiful is the Nubra valley in Ladakh. Have you been there?

Enjoyed Chelela too but it was really windy at that time to stay up for a long time. Enjoyed it nevertheless.

Our stay in all the places was also good.

On the return leg, due to fog, the Kanchenkanya express was really late. Luckily we got down at Dakshineshwar and rushed to the airport else we would have missed our flight. I wish I had got more time to see Kolkata and to eat some more sweets but maybe next time I will devote an entire day to see the city.

All in all it was a great trip. Thanks very much once again for all your help. This trip would not have been so enjoyable without your precious advise.

By Arko Banerjee
Mail: arkobanerjee009@yahoo.com

Hi Abhijit,

We came back from our Sikkim trip on 31st. I was thinking of writing to you since coming back, but finally got the chance only today.

We stayed at Shivam hotel as per your suggestion. I must say, the hotel is pretty decent. Although there were a few minor glitches like unavailability of water and fuse blown up on the first day, we were pretty satisfied by the service of the hotel staff. They provided us with multiple buckets of hot water, and tried to fix the fuse even at 12 in the night. The staff was extremely polite and eager to serve. The food was palatable and reasonably priced. The view from the 2nd floor balcony was also quite good.

Finally, I would like to thank you for all the help and support that you have provided us. It has been a pleasure speaking to you, and I express my heartfelt gratitude for your kind co-operation in helping us with our trip plan.

 

25 Comments

  1. Mei Ling February 23, 2014 6:37 pm

    Hi Abhijit

    I just cant thank you enough for your recommending me to Sikkim.

    I didn’t manage to go to Dooars as planed but I extended my stay at Gangtok and Darjeeling. I had a great time in both places and was totally fascinated, beautiful places and beautiful people. The kindness and the hospitality i received from the people of Gangtok and Darjeeling were unforgettable.

    In Gangtok, I managed to visit Tsamgo Lake, and took an extra trip to Lachung, Yumthang Valley, It was heavenly. Darjeeling was equally great. I managed to walk through the hills and streets in the town centre with the help of my hotel staff.

    Your recommendation and advise have certainly been a great help to me. Also many thanks for your patience in giving me advise and amending the itinerary according to my preference.

    Keep it up and continue your the work. 🙂

    .Take care and all the best.

     
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  2. Madhulahoty March 6, 2014 8:11 am

    Hi abhijit
    Thank you so much for the detailed and prompt help you extended to me on my various queries regarding Sikkim,Darjeeling and bhutan.

    You have made my decision so easy
    I thank you and hope you continue to travel extensively so as to get great inputs from you in future as well

    Keep it up

     
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  3. Anupam April 27, 2014 11:21 am

    Hi Abhijit

    I came back from trip to Sikkim last week and I must say that your guidance and inputs helped me make almost perfect itinerary. Best part of the itinerary was North Sikkim tour especially Gurudongmar lake which I planned only after chat with you. Thanks a ton for the help.

    It had snowed in northern part of Sikkim 2 days before we visited and hence we got to see lot of snow. However, downside was that we did not see much of flowers in Yumthung valley.

    Hotel Shibam at Gangtok was good and most of the hotels that we stayed in were good except that staff at Pelling hotel (Namselling hotel) were quite rude. Only downside of the entire trip was charges for north sikkim trip and taxi charges for Gangtok to Pelling and Nathula day trip. I had arranged these thru Mr Binoy Kol of Shibam hotel and he had promised good rates to me but after going there I realised that they charged me thru nose despite making the bookings more than 3 months in advance. Learning for future trip is never ever make any travel arrangements thru hotel.

    Overall, I enjoyed my trip and once again thank you for the inputs and help.

    Thanks,
    Anupam

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta April 29, 2014 4:56 am

      Hi Anupam,

      Thank you so much for the appreciation but I really feel bad when you are not satisfied with the car hire charges. I will surely have a talk with Mr. Tito regarding this. Actually the car rates are never fixed, it changes with time and demand.

       
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  4. Arpita April 29, 2014 4:41 am

    Hi Abhijit,

    It is to thank you for all the help you provided in planning our trip to Shillong. I am back from our trip which was really nice and enjoyable. The scenic beauty in Mawlynlong and Mawsynram as you said is really breath taking. Without your suggestions we would have really missed these 2 places. Cherrapunjee was amazing too. We also loved the hotel you suggested. Thanks again for all the tips and help. I will surely disturb you soon again for my next trip.

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta April 29, 2014 4:52 am

      Thank you Arpita for the appreciation. I really feel happy when a travellers enjoys and appreciates my tips and suggestions. Mawlynlong, Mawsynram and Cherrapunjee are really nature’s paradise. I knew that you would surely love the places.

       
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  5. Mukund April 29, 2014 4:46 am

    Abhijit, we are back from our Sikkim trip. Kaluk and Richenpong as you suggested were superb places. We loved the serenity there. The nature walk from Kaluk to Richenpong as you suggested was superb and the scenic view all around was really breath taking. The east Sikkim was amazing, specially the journey from Lingtam to Gangtok along the Silk route. Hotel Shivam resort in Gangtok and Silk Route Resort in Lingtam was very good. The location was good and the staffs were very good too. We really enjoyed our trip. Thank you so much for all your help.

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta April 29, 2014 4:48 am

      Hi Mukund,

      Thank you for the appreciation. It would be great if you can share a review on your trip. Readers of TravelDias will surely love to go through your review.

       
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  6. Subhendu Dan July 13, 2014 4:57 pm

    Abhijit,

    Apologize for the late response.
    Almost 6 years later we 6 clg friends went to the North Bengal tour. Thanks a lot Abhijit for guiding us to make that tour so memorable for us and thanks to Bacchu da also to tour around the North Bengal so nicely. With out your help we were not able to utilize the tour timing so efficiently. Thanks again Abhijit….

     
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  7. nina krishna August 26, 2015 9:49 am

    hi abhijit i m goin to east sikkim in mid nov my places narrowed are gangtok pelling namthang zuluk aritar back to baghdogra n bbay i start from bbay. this is my first trip so after a lot of research n help from mr sandeep raha nature trail i hope i am right have zeroed down to this any inputs are welcome from your side. 2days gangtok 2days pelling 1day zuluk 2namthang 1aritar.any additions or minus plse advice ur travel tales are truly inspirational .in mid nov will i encountr snow anywhere n wat about altitude sickness .we are a family of three myself hubby n daughter wat are the safety part.since this places are quite remote i am goin through sandreep raha nature trail hope to see u respond on my queries thx happy travelling Nina

     
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  8. Shiladitya banerjee October 3, 2015 4:38 pm

    a wonderful initiative, i extend my best wishes to abhijit gupta for the meticulous and sincere help that he offers to travelers. His involvement with the people and their travel venture is unique. i will most definite recommend this site to my fellow travelers. all the best!

     
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  9. Akshatha Hebbar June 20, 2016 4:45 am

    Hi Abhijith,

    Our North Sikkim trip plan was a big hit mainly because of you. I always appreciated your patience and willingness to help the tourists with all the information they require. You never left my mails and messages unattended and always replied so honestly though i was completely stranger to you.

    Thanks so much for all the guidance. I wish you get all the good things in life, be happy and smiling always.

    – Akshatha
    Bangalore

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta June 20, 2016 7:26 am

      Hi Akshatha,

      Thank you so much for all these kind words. These are really encouraging to write and help tourists further. Please stay tuned to TravelDias.

       
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  10. ashis chakraborty August 29, 2016 12:20 pm

    we are planning to visit silk route in the mid of november …. we have 3 nights 4 days for our toue from NJP to NJP ….. can you please help us an customised itinery and standard accomodation and car hire …. we are 2 adults ….. we want to visit padamchen/zuluk, aritar, nathang, sillery gaon, mankhim …

     
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  11. Aakash Ghosh November 27, 2016 6:14 am

    I am aakash….Me and my four frnds have decided to make a tour to sikkim…..we want to visit the sightseens of…sikkim,peiling,gangtok,lauchen,lachung etc…..our budget is 5000-6000…..5 day trip…can you provide me the details of the 5 day tour including the place I have mentioned earlier…..and other places within our budget…..and the car rent…i will be gratefull if you findly provide the details…as we bachelor so we cannot affort more than 6000…………

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta December 5, 2016 9:31 am

      Hi Guys!

      If you want to cover Gangtok, Pelling and north Sikkim, I feel the budget per head is too low. If you are on a tight budget, you can cover Gangtok and Pelling this time or Gangtok and North Sikkim (Lachen and Lachung). It is better if you skip 1 place for the sake of he tight budget. For your information, Gangtok will need minimum 3 nights, north Sikkim will need 2 nights min. and Pelling will need 2 nights too. Plan accordingly. You can mail me or call me directly. My mail-id “uvreachedavi@gmail.com”.

       
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  12. Berinder Singh February 26, 2017 7:05 am

    Coming back here to thank Abhijit for his relentless efforts, his energy and his efficient way of doing constant follow-ups on my on-coming Sikkim tour.!

    Your valuable tips helped me a lot about planning my trip. Thanks again.!

     
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    April 2, 2015

    *****/5 stars

    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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