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    Dzongri-Goecha La Trek~Thangsing

    by mamtap Written Aug 28, 2015

    Trekking time from Dzongri to Thangsing is 4 hours, distance is 6 Kms. Thangsing 3,639 mts. is a small settlement on the Goecha La trek. This is undisputedly the most popular trek route in Sikkim.

    Early in the morning Thangsing Deorali Dara, provides a beautiful view of Mt. Kanchenjunga.

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    Lamuney!

    by mamtap Updated Aug 28, 2015

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    Lamuney 13,600 ft./4120 m the last camping ground in the Goecha La Trek in Sikkim. From Dzongri it is a steep climb initially, followed by some vast grasslands, at the end of which you get a magnificent view of Lamuney valley with Prek Chu flowing right through the middle. The path will be a bit rocky as you try to trek more forward. Travelling I the same direction with some climbing will lead you to the camp. The trail, which gains more altitude, leads to Samiti Lake. Now camping in the lake is no allowed so you will have to stay down. If you want, you can trek and view the lake and return to the base.

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    Dzongri-Goecha La Trek~Tsokha

    by mamtap Updated Aug 27, 2015

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    Tsokha is generally included in Goechala Trek. Trek from Yuksom to Tsokha (2900 m/ 9514 ft) is 12 kms generally takes 6 Hrs. Best Season: March – June & Aug - November.

    The trail from Yuksam starts at the local market and follows main road towards the north. The trail climbs gently out of the valley and hugs the right bank of the Rathong Chu River, which can be heard thundering through the gorge below. The trail crosses over four bridges to climb steeply towards north-west to the small settlement of Bakkhim. Continue for another 3 kms through forest of magnolia and rhododendron to reach Tsokha. Set campsite for dinner and stay overnight.

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    Sachen!

    by mamtap Written Aug 24, 2015

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    Sachen is located at about 7,150 ft height above the sea level. Distance between Yuksom and Sachen is 2 Kms or 1.2 Miles. Yuksom to Sachen is around 4 hrs walk. Sachen is generally included in Goechala Trek. Sachen is located at the shores of the River Prek. Here, you can set up your camp for rest and listen the gentle sound of water flowing beneath the hill.

    Travel from NJP (New Jalpaiguri). NJP can be easily reached from Kolkata or Delhi by train. Bagdogra is the nearest airport. It is 25 kms away from NJP or Siliguri. NJP and Siliguri are sister towns and not separated from each other. There are no hotels or accommodation at Bagdogra. Auto/taxi ply frequently between Bagdogra and Siliguri. Drive from NJP to Yuksom takes 6 hrs.

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    Yuksom! “Meeting place of the three learned Monks”

    by mamtap Updated Aug 22, 2015

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    Yuksom acts as a base for some of the most exciting treks in the region. Yuksom (also spelled Yuksam), the first capital of Sikkim under Chogyal Kingdom, is situated 35 kilometers away from Pemayangtse or Pelling. Tucked away in a plateau at an altitude of 6100 feet above sea level and surrounded by high forested hills, Yuksom, is a land of ancient history and legends. In 1641 under the reign of the first Chogyal of the kingdom, Yuksom was honored as the Capital of the state.

    There are many places of religious and historical interest in the area like the Dubdi and Sangachoeling monasteries, the first to be built in the state, and one can also visit the beautiful Khecheopalri Lake, considered holy by the Sikkimese. Yuksom can be conveniently reached from Siliguri via Legship and from Gangtok via Ravangla. The distance from Siliguri is 145 Kms and from Gangtok is 90 Kms. The nearest railhead NJP that connects all the important Indian cities by regular train service is 6 Kms from Siliguri and the Bagdogra Airport having daily Jet Airways and Indian Airlines flight from New Delhi and Calcutta/Kolkata is 14 Kms from Siliguri.

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    Uttarey!

    by mamtap Updated Aug 14, 2015

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    Uttarey is situated in the western region of Sikkim on an altitude of 7500 ft. above sea level. It is famous for its quiet and peaceful natural beauty . This beautiful place popularly known as the Base Camp of Singalila Range Eco-Tourism Trekking. Trail goes Towards Kanchenjungha. You will get back with your soul and eyes enriched with blessings of Nature.

    Since Uttarey is still grossly unexplored, the place is very serene and is perfect for someone who wants to stay away from the every sign of urban life. Uttarey also an important for Gate Way of International Indo-Nepal Border Trade Route through Chiwa Bhanjyang La pass. Famous Himalayan mountain like Mt.Kanchenjunga, Mt.Kabru, Mt.Pandim and Mt.Everest are visible together from here. Kagyu Monastery, Mainbus Waterfall, Gumbadara Pokhari, Chewyabhang Pass are the important tourist spot around this place.

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    Kupup Lake aka Elephant Lake!

    by mamtap Written Jul 23, 2015

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    Kupup lake at an altitude of 14,000ft is another famous tourist place in east Sikkim. The best part of the lake is its shape. It looks just like an elephant. The right side of the lake resembles the trunk while the left hand side mimics the tail. It is also called Elephant lake. It is one of the locations of The Silk Route Tour.

    The Ice hockey ground ,the Yak Golf Course, the Elephant lake are main attraction in Kupup. Kupup lake hosts the waterpolo game. From Kupup tourists can go for Jelep La pass.

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    Gurudongmar Lake! Foreigners not allowed!

    by mamtap Updated Jul 12, 2015

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    Gurudongmar Lake is the second highest lake in India. 17,100 feet (5,148 m). Lake's high altitude poses a challenge for its travelers.This entire region is under control of Indian army and you need special restricted area permit to visit this lake. (Foreign nationals are not allowed to go to Gurudongmar lake since it is hardly 4-5 kms from China Border).

    Due to its extreme height, this lake remains frozen during winters but the lake's sheer beauty is mesmerizing.

    Our journey to Gurudongmar Lake started from Gangtok. You can easily reach Gangtok from nearest railway station in Siligudi (New Jalpaigudi/NJP) . You can also take a flight up to Bagdogra airport which is on outskirts of Siligudi. From Siligudi you can catch local taxis/buses to Gangtok. If you don't have your own vehicle then contact local travel agencies in Gangtok and ask them for permit and Gurudongmar lake taxi fare.

    During your visit to Gurudongmar Lake, you are required to stay at a small mountain village, Thangu overnight or else start early.

    For international tourists, the tour is limited to Chopta Valley a few kilometers before the lake. More about permits are explained in the below given link.

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    Ohh-Barsey!!

    by mamtap Updated Mar 18, 2014

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    The sanctuary is home to several elusive species of Rhododendron. It is located near Hilley, in West Sikkim. The sanctuary becomes incredibly beautiful between March and April of every year. Small treks can be organized from Versey to Uttaray or Dentam.

    BARSEY RHODODENDRON SANCTUARY! Blooming! Trees! Gurash Kunj Lodge! Camping Ground!
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  • Sikkim tour

    by stevewalker Written Dec 9, 2013

    Hi all,

    I would like to express my wonderful experience we had in our 16 days India trip, mainly in Sikkim. We started from crowded city of Delhi and flew to, Darjeeling. We spent two nights in Darjeeling and a morning view from Tiger hill is certainly recommended if you're not lazy to wake up early in the morning (3:30am). Darjeeling seem to have lot things which are built by the British when they were colonizing India so obviously one should try the TOY TRAIN RIDE.

    After Darjeeling, we continued to Sikkim, Darap is not far from Pelling and there were no any other tourists rather than 8 of us. We were welcomed in a traditional style, bonfire and with a cultural program performed by a local girls from the village. Food was great! The next morning, we walked through Darap village and we felt that was something the normal tourists cannot do. In the afternoon we continued drive to a monastery which had a amazing energy. The prayer flags everywhere, over a thousand curved stones with OM MANEY PADME OM and several faces of the Buddha and his devotees and we were so lucky to meet the old monk who had alone curved those stones since he was 13 (now he is 83)!
    After two nights in the monastery we were pleased to stay with a Nepali family. What a pleasure to be a part of their guest. So happy family, they cook what they pick from their own garden, milk from their own cow and most fascinating part was they mill their own rice in a traditional way without using the machine!

    I realized, if I go on with my story it will never going to finish so I would rather keep it short!

    Last 5 nights we stayed at Ranka monastery and interacted with little monks from Bhutan, Nepal and from Sikkim. We visited little reinpochee who is been learning to get his power back from his previous life, that was WOW.

    We finally got to see some modern part of Sikkim, yes Gangtok seem to us very modern and well planned town. Good restaurants, fashionable people and very safe.

    Last two nights before we took a flight to Kolkata were in Kalimpong. What an amazing retreat that was. Huge Orchid garden and other plants grown in their place, the owner takes you through his garden and where he breeds his plants. Food cooked by his daughter in law was something said us well good bye from the beautiful region.

    Last two nights we stayed in Kolkata which was a dramatic change after the Himalayas. Kali temple was on a full swing filled with thousands of devotees trying to get a glimpse of kali god. We were there around 5 am!

    We walked through local markets and had a little walk through the slums.

    The trip was something were looking to experience and we are very glad with our trip leader Sajit Cintury who traveled with us the entire journey and showed us which we would not have seen with our own ideas.

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    Steve

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    Trekking in Sikkim

    by robertwales Written May 21, 2013

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    We did a round trek called Kasturi trek in Sikkim and it was totally worth it. All our arrangement were done by a local company called Sikkim Travel Express (http://www.sikkimtravelexpress.com). STE were very professional right from the beginning of email correspondence until we finished the trek. Sajit Cintury is truly a nice person who is leading the company up from the front, Sanjay, a guide is very knowledgeable young man. Cook was probably the best in India and our driver (Tshering) was very reliable.

    Let us know if you need more information about the trek: rhiwhisky@hotmail.com

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    VT Travels to NathuLa Pass Indo- Chinese Border-3

    by goutammitra Written Mar 20, 2013

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    We started from Gangtok at 9 am , then reached Nathula at around 2.00PM. The weather was very cold with temperature of - 4/5 degrees but the wind was a spoil sport. With wind chill factor it was not less than -18-20 degrees. I asked the Indian captain posted there, he said it the morning it was around -16 or so, but then the Sun came out strongly.

    While we left the place, the snow fall started and it rained heavily made the area dark. it was very difficult to drive.

    The visit to Nathula will be remembered for long time!

    The Panorama! Indian Last Post at 14600 Feet! Indian Post At the Chinese Post!

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    VT Travels to Nathu La Pass - Indo- Chinese Border

    by goutammitra Updated Mar 20, 2013

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    We visited Nathula on 16th March'2013. The journey from Gangtok to Nathula took about 4 hours by Toyota Innova to cover 54 kms. It's now a trading point between India and China. This is the part of Old Silk Route!

    Nathu La is located on the 563 km (350 mi) Old Silk Route, an offshoot of the historic Silk Road. The Old Silk Route connects Lhasa in Tibet to the plains of Bengal to the south. In 1815, trade volumes increased after the British annexed territories belonging to the Sikkimese, Nepalese, and Bhutanese. The potential of Nathu La was realised in 1873, after the Darjeeling Deputy Commissioner published a report on the strategic importance of mountain passes between Sikkim and Tibet. In December 1893, the Sikkimese monarchy and Tibetan rulers signed an agreement to increase trade between the two nations. The agreement culminated in 1894 when the trade pass was opened.

    Nathu La Pass Indo China Border
    Nathu La played a key role in the 1903–1904 British expedition to Tibet, which sought to prevent the Russian Empire from interfering in Tibetan affairs and thus gaining a foothold in the region. In 1904, Major Francis Younghusband, serving as the British Commissioner to Tibet, led a successful mission through Nathu La to capture Lhasa. This led to the setting up of trading posts at Gyantse and Gartok in Tibet, and gave control of the surrounding Chumbi Valley to the British. The following November, China and Great Britain ratified an agreement approving trade between Sikkim and Tibet.

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    VT Travels to Nathu La Pass - Indo- Chinese Border

    by goutammitra Written Mar 19, 2013

    Nathu La is a mountain pass in the Himalayas. It connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass, at 4,310 m (14,140 ft) above mean sea level, forms a part of an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road. Nathu means "listening ears" and La means "pass" in Tibetan. On the Indian side, the pass is 54 km (34 mi) east of Gangtok, the capital of Indian state of Sikkim on Jawaharlal Nehru Marg and only citizens of India can visit the pass, that too after obtaining a permit in Gangtok.

    Nathu La is one of the three open trading border posts between China and India; Sealed by India after the 1962 Sino-Indian War, Nathu La was re-opened in 2006 following numerous bilateral trade agreements. The opening of the pass was expected to bolster the economy of the region and play a key role in the growing Sino-Indian trade but that has not happened. Currently, agreements between the two nations limit trade across the pass to 29 types of goods from India and 15 from the Chinese side. The opening also shortens the travel distance to important Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the region.

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    Things to do (Forum Reply)

    by AuTourDuMonde32 Written Jun 8, 2011

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    for the most part, Sikkim is only accesible by shared jeep.

    The Yuksom, Geyzing, Peling (spelling?) circuit is great.. And a hike in to the National Park of Kanchanjunga is amazing.. but takes a few days.

    Gangtok is cool too... Tsomgo lake of course, and the view from Ganesh Tok is great~

    Amazing area. Good you're going!

    Make sure you have your Sikkim permit if you need one!

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