The colourful city of Gangtok spreads over a woody mountain that is ornamented with the Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the globe. Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan snow peaks can be viewed from various magnificent view points in and around Gangtok.
In fact every spur extending from this hill town offers a setting of a great sight. The heart-throb of the town is Mahatma Gandhi Road popularly known as M.G. Marg, that is a wide stretch of open walkway with proper beautiful sitting arrangements.
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Located at an altitude of 13,500 feet, the lush valley Nathang, was the home to traditional yak herders who came from Tibet. Few streams crisscross the valley, and prayer flags flutter on the mountain edges on this vast plain of nothingness. Nathang Valley appears in different colours in different times of the year.
In autumn it looks golden when the grass dries up, in rainy season it’s covered in flowers and in winter it is buried in 5 feet of snow. Nathang Valley is also visited by migratory birds just before the onset of winter. There’s a monastery, a temple and a small bridge over a small stream in the distance dotting the valley.
There are some nice newly-built, well equipped modern homestays at Nathang Valley, which offer basic but comfortable accommodation with the very essentials like hot meals, hot water, comfy beds, room heaters, attached western bathrooms, 24-hr electricity and endless supplies of blankets. Nathan falls in the middle of the Silk Route circuit and is the most scenic place to stay. It is also nearest (just 20 mins) to the best sunrise view points like Lungthung and Eagle’s Nest Bunker. There are numerous trek routes from Nathang too.
Perched on a hill slope at 8000 ft and covered in dense forests, Padamchen is a small village on the Silk Route circuit just 14 kms from Rongli and 4 kms from Zuluk. Padamchen experiences a very pleasant weather throughout the year and this is one of the main reasons for its popularity.
If you are not used to biting cold and snowfall but want to experience the mesmerizing sunrise, excellent views and winding roads and valleys of this Silk Route circuit, then staying at Padamchen could be a choice. Padamchen has some of the best views of the valleys and forests of this part of Sikkim and Himalayan foothills.
The forests around Padamchen support a wide variety of bird population and bird watchers would love to spend a few days here. There is a heritage Forest Resthouse at Padamchen too. You can visit this forest resthouse to see the wooden floors, fireplace, verandah and wooden furniture from the forgotten days of the lonely Forest Officers and Sahibs who used to travel this way.
Located at a height of around 10,100 feet on the rugged terrain of the lower Himalayas in East Sikkim, Zuluk or Dzuluk is a small village beside a winding road. It was once a transit point to the historic Silk Route from Tibet to India.
It is relatively an emerging and offbeat destination in East Sikkim. This small village accommodates a population of around 700 people. There is also an Indian Army base at Zuluk, which has been used as a transit camp for the army movement to the Chinese border, a few kilometres away.
Zuluk the very first village within this whole Silk Route circuit to offer home-stay facilities for tourists. Zuluk itself does not offer views of the snow peaks but only 14 kms away the Thambi View Point offers a panoramic view of the entire Mt. Kanchenjungha range.
Towering over the village of Dalapchand is the scenically beautiful hilltop destination known as Mankhim. Located near to the popular tourist hot spot known as Aritar, this pristine land mass offers tourists with a vantage point to take in some of the most breathtaking sights and sounds of the region.
The hilltop looms large over the Lampokhri Lake, giving sightseers a bedazzling view of its emerald green waters. Mankhim also provides onlookers with a spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. The panoramic spectacle of the mountains is interspersed with a monastery and a small temple aloft the hilltop, which make for a tranquil retreat from the ensuing din of city life in the plains far below.
Go paddle boating across the placid waters of the Lampokhri lake, or watch exotic birds as you take a hike along the picturesque mountain trail. With so much and more to offer the family tourist, it is no surprise that Mankhim is an idyllic hilltop destination beckoning to be savored.
Icchey Gaon is a pristine Himalayan hamlet tucked within the pine forests of Kalimpong with a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Nestled at an altitude of 5800 feet, it is the perfect place for those nursing the soul of a nature lover. With numerous nature trails and short treks starting off from Icchey Gaon to viewpoints like Ramitey Dara, Tinchuley and Jalsa, it is one of the best-kept secrets of this region.
The evenings at Icchey Gaon become very exciting when lights of Darjeeling, Ravangla and Namchi twinkle all along the slopes of the mighty Himalayas. Presently, there is only one modern homestay equipped with electricity and attached western bathrooms to accommodate guests.
The homestay also arranges transport for sightseeing to Delo, Pedong, Sillery, Lava, Reshikhola and other destinations.
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Meet and Greet on arrival and transfer to Gangtok – The Capital of Sikkim. After arrival in Gangtok we check in at the hotel, following which the rest of the day can be spent at leisure. Overnight stay in Gangtok
After breakfast we start a leisurely tour of Gangtok town covering Tashi View Point, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Ban Jhakri Falls, Institute of Tibetology (closed on Sunday and Govt. holidays), Do Drul Chorten, Handicraft Emporium, (closed on Sunday and Govt. holidays) and Flower Show. After the tour, we return to the hotel following which the rest of the day can be spent at leisure. Overnight in Gangtok.
We depart early from Gangtok today. Our first stop is Tsomgo Lake followed by Baba Mandir. Further from here we drive Four Lake Point, Menmecho Lake, Tukla, Old Baba Mandir, Kupup Lake, Jelep La, Yak Golf Course, and Ice Hockey Field and reach Nathang by afternoon. After arrival in Nathang we check into our homestay. Overnight stay at Nathang Valley.
Early in the morning, we rise to view sunrise from Eagle’s Nest Bunker Point or Lungthung. After witnessing the spectacle, we return to our homestay for breakfast. Following that we check out and start for Padamchen / Zuluk. Enroute we visit Lungthung, Thambi View Point and the famous “Zig Zag Road” of Zuluk. After arrival, we spend of the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in
Padamchen / Zuluk.
Early in the morning, we rise to view sunrise from Thambi View Point. Later we return to our homestay for breakfast. Following that we check out and start for Mankhim. Enroute we visit Kuikhola Waterfalls, Lingtum, Lampokhari (Aritar Lake), British Bungalow, Rai Temple. Overnight at Mankhim. After arrival, we spend of the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Mankhim.
After a leisurely morning we leave Mankhim for Icchey Gaon. On the way we stopover at Reshikhola, Pedong and Sillery Gaon. Overnight at Icchey Gaon.
Check out after breakfast and transfer to New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) for onward journey. Tour Ends.