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Signature Holiday -100% Sikkim (12 – 22 November)

The Hidden Treasures of North Sikkim

The itinerary we are sharing with you will ensure that you can tour up to the hidden treasures of north Sikkim with ease, considering that acclimatising to the altitude would be our primary concern. This itinerary for 10 nights and 11 days is completely customisable and can be tweaked further based on your travel needs.

The best season to undertake this travel plan would be October onwards.

At the outset, we would like to say that in a destination like Sikkim, we are highly constrained by the taxi ‘mafia’ and are unable to offer cars at disposal. Cars are offered as per stipulated hours only. Also, cars will have to be changed at Sikkim border, while entering the state and exiting.

IDEAL FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AND SUPERSIZED TRAVELLERS.

The Trip
This Signature trip covers absolutely EVERYTHING in Sikkim – everything that we feel is worthy of seeing and experiencing!
There is a lot of road travel that is inevitable when traversing a terrain like Sikkim. Distances and travel time are therefore mentioned in the itinerary.
Trip Leader
Ritu, our founder, will accompany as Trip Leader.
As a Trip Leader, Ritu has proven credentials and brings a lot of energy to the group. Her insights into the region are based on her own explorations and will add immense value to those who want to not just tick this destination off their bucket list, but also want to understand everything about it.
The group will also be accompanied by a guide.
The Group
The travellers who join this trip will be like minded individuals who want to explore the region and also make new friends along the way! The trip is ideal for all age groups of travellers.
Car
All travel will be in Innova cars and we will seat up to 4 guests in one car.
All Inclusive Cost
The cost for the holiday includes everything – rooms, car, all meals, snacks, all activities, permits – EVERYTHING that needs to be covered. All you have to do is pay for airfare, join the trip and carry money for shopping!
Properties
Ritu has specifically handpicked the homestays in Gangtok (run by a wonderful lady, who whips up excellent food) and Pelling (this family’s hospitality is another level) for their hospitality. Even though rooms are basic, they’ll be clean. In Gnathang and Aritar, we are constrained to use the homestays that are available. They’re really really basic, but to cover these regions, guests have to manage living in these. In North Sikkim, Lachen & Lachung, 3 star and 4 star hotels have been chosen as the areas do not have good homestays.

ITINERARY

12 November – Day 01 – Land at Bagdogra. Drive to Gangtok will take 6 hours.

Dinner in-house. Overnight at homestay

13 November – Day 02 – Gangtok Local.

Dinner in-house. Overnight at homestay.

14 November – Day 03 – Gangtok to Lachen (6 hours by road).

Dinner in-house. Overnight at hotel.

15 November – Day 04 – Gurudongmar and transfer to Lachung.

Dinner in-house. Overnight at hotel.

16 November – Day 05 – Yumthang, Zero Point and transfer to Gangtok.

Dinner in-house. Overnight at homestay.

17 November – Day 06 – Baba Mandir, Tsomgo Lake, Nathu la and onwards to Gnathang.

Dinner in-house. Overnight at homestay.

18 November – Day 07 – Gnathang to Aritar via Zuluk.

Dinner in-house. Overnight at homestay.

19 November – Day 08 – Aritar to Pelling via Ravang la.

Dinner in-house. Overnight at homestay.

20 November – Day 09 – Pelling Local.

Dinner in-house. Overnight at homestay.

21 November – Day 10 – Yuksom day trip and hike.

Dinner in-house. Overnight at homestay.

22 November – Day 11 – Departure

Package Costs
Double Occupancy – Rs. 80,000*/- per head
Single Occupancy – Rs. 95,000*/- per head
Extra Bed – Rs. 65,000*/-
(*5% GST Extra)

Accommodation in room on twin sharing basis as per property list given below

All Meals

Evening tea/coffee, snacks

Arrival/departure transfer and all land transfers as per the itinerary

01 NON-AC Innova for the entire tour as per the itinerary

Pickup and drop at Bagdogra airport

All Permits (North Sikkim, Nathu-la etc.)

Driver allowance/toll/parking/road tax/fuel charges

Entrance fee to monuments

Bonfire and Tongba (local brew) in Pelling

Guide for Hike in Pelling

English Speaking Guide

Trip Leader

GST

Shopping, laundry and personal expenses

Tips and gratuities

Any airfare

Travel Insurance

Alcoholic beverages

Expenses resulting from road blocks, political disturbance etc.

Anything else not mentioned in ‘Inclusions’

Gangtok: Norling Homestay

Lachen: Apple Orchard Resort

Lachung: Yarlam Resort

Gnathang: Homestay

Aritar: Lampokhri Village Retreat

Pelling: Daragaon Village Retreat

1. PLEASE NOTE, VEHICLES ARE NOT BOOKED FOR THE WHOLE DAY

2. All vehicle services are time-bound and are provided on point to point basis only as per the itinerary

3. They are not provided for repeat services or on disposal for personal activities, such as market visit, shopping, dinner, etc.

4. AC will not be used in the hills

5. Detour/tour rearrangement may become inevitable during natural/manmade disturbances like landslides, road blockages, political disturbance, train/flight delays etc. The cost arising due to such factors will be billed additionally, which is payable directly to the driver

1. Guests must try and reach Bagdogra by mid-day

2. The weather in Sikkim in November will be about 20 degrees centigrade in the day and 5 degrees at night. There might be snowfall at Zero Point

3. Two people signing up together for the same room will get 5% discount on the double occupancy cost

4. The guide will accompany the group in the same car from pick up at the airport on Day 01 to drop off on Day 11

5. North Sikkim is a No Plastic Zone. We request guests to carry an empty bottle for drinking water that can be refilled every day

6. All hotel bookings are done in base category rooms unless otherwise specified

7. Cost for the tour to Restricted Area / Protected Area – namely Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir, Nathu La & North Sikkim (Including accommodation cost in North Sikkim) is non-refundable once the permit has been obtained from Gangtok. The cost will be applicable even in case of cancellation due to natural reasons or VIP / Army activity

8. No refund even in case we cannot conduct given sightseeing due to natural reasons, especially in North Sikkim. Any additional sightseeing will attract extra cost

9. No refund for any unused services or missed sightseeing. Missed sightseeing will not be covered on any of the following days of the tour

10. The two homestays chosen for this trip have very high service standards. Staying with the locals will also proffer you the opportunity to mingle with them and understand more about their way of life

11. Most properties in Lachen and Lachung are lodge-like and they offer very basic services & amenities. Simple meals comprising mostly of vegetarian fare is provided. Even if guests are booked at 3 Star or above category hotel at other destinations, the hotels at North Sikkim would still be simple lodges with basic amenities. Hotels do not have room heaters or power back up

12. On the day of the excursion to Gurudongmar Lake, guest can stopover at cafes at Thangu to have breakfast

13. Sightseeing in Lachung and Lachen are time bound so following a strict schedule will be essential

14. For your safety, guides and drivers are all vaccinated

1. Important Note on Tsomgo Lake

  • In case the travel permit is not given by the tourism department due to landslides or bad weather conditions, we will arrange for an alternate sightseeing 
  •  During the rush period, guests may be required to wait at the 2nd Mile checkpoint for the travel permit to arrive. It may take 30 – 45mins for the permits to arrive. Guest patience is highly appreciated

2. Important Note About Nathu La

  • Nathu La permit is always issued on a sharing basis with other travellers
  • The cost of a confirmed permit is non-refundable under any circumstance, including natural reasons, VIP / Army movement or even vehicle breakdown
  • Please note that the permit to Nathu-la is given on first come, first served basis, by the administration. Travel companies have no control over it. The movement of vehicles is also highly regulated and controlled by the army for a variety of reasons, including inclement weather, movement of army units and the like

1. Aadhar Card is no longer valid to get permits for Restricted Areas in Sikkim (namely Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir, Nathu La and North Sikkim). The permissible documents are a Voters Card, Passport or Driver’s License (Original and 4 Photocopies – back and front) along with 4 Passport size photos of each traveller

As of now, Sikkim is allowing fully vaccinated (both shots) tourists to the state without negative RT-PCR. We will keep the group posted about all the developments close to travel dates.

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