Eastern Himalayan Tour ( This itinerary is tentative.)

Recommended time to visit:  September - May

   
DAY 01   Bagdogra – Gangtok  
Distance  :  129 kms Time :  5 hrs drive
   
DAY 02    Gangtok Sightseeing
Morning : Rumtek, a Kagyu Monastery also the seat of the Gyalwa Karmapa, Research Institute of Tibetology, the Do-drul Stupa and orchid sanctuary for a glimpse of the rare orchids.
Afternoon: Visit Enchey Monastery, a Nyinmapa Monastery, the local handicraft center and the Flower Exhibition
   
DAY 03   Visit Tsomgo(Chhangu) Lake
A sacred lake 35kms away situated at an altitude of 12400 ft near Nathula, the border between Tibet and India
   
DAY 04    Gangtok – Lachung
Distance:149kms Time:5 hrs drive  
Halt in one of the ethnic village resort, visit the Lachung Monastery and stroll through the village for a glimpse of typical village life.
   
Day 05    Lachung – Yumthang – Lachung
Leave early in the morning to visit the Yumthang valley, passing through the Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary, home to nearly 40 varieties of rhododendron flowers. Yumthang valley at 11,800 ft is breathtakingly beautiful with snow-capped peaks and nature aglow. 
   
Day 06    Lachung – Gangtok
Leave for Gangtok, visiting the Phodong Monastery enroute.
   
Day 07   Gangtok – Pemayangtse
Distance: 119 kms   Time: approx 5 hrs
   
Day 08    Visit Khechoplari lake
Distance: about 22 kms
Khechoplari lake is also known as ‘Wishing Lake’. Also visit the Pemayangtse Monastery, the premier Nyinmapa Monastery, which houses the ‘Zandopalri’ a man-made wooden structure depicting the celestial abode of Guru Rimpoche.
   
Day 09   Visit Tashiding Monastery
It is situated on top of a hill-top, another 17th century Nyinmapa Monastery. Enroute visit the hot-springs.
   
Day 10   Pemayangtse – Darjeeling
Time: 4 hrs approx
Enroute visit Rabdentse Palace ruins
   
Day 11   Visit Tiger Hill in the morning to view the sunrise & visit the Himalayan Mountain Institute, Tea Garden, Batasia Loop and the Tibetan Refugee Camp. Afternoon, visit the Dali Gompa, and take a short ride in the famed “Toy Train”.
   
Day 12   Visit Mirik
Boating excursion at Sumendu Lake.
   
Day 13   Darjeeling – Kalimpong
Distance: 50 kms   Time: 2 ½ hrs approx
   
Day 14   Sightseeing around Kalimpong
Walk around the town visiting the Art and Crafts Centre, Nurseries, and then on to Durpin Hill, about 5 kms away from the town for breathtaking view of the of Khanchenzonga range, and the whole Chola range of Sikkim.
   
Day 15   Kalimpong – Bagdogra  
Time: 2 ½ hrs approx  
Drop to to the airport to catch connecting flight back home.
   
 

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Potala Tours & Treks, Paljor Stadium Road, Gangtok, Sikkim
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