Both Sikkim and Darjeeling have spectacular, yet undisturbed nature, straddling dense rhododendron and pine forests with subtropical flora and the high peaks of the Himalayas that dominate the horizon. This itinerary, which we encourage you to make longer, brings you to enjoy closer to nature with some peaceful hikes.
12 days / 11 nights in Sikkim & Darjeeling
Highest altitude 4660m
Local guide English-speaking
Accommodation in hotels and homestay
Hiking and a 2 days small trek
Accommodation in Trek Hut during the trek with 3 meals according program
Transfers in private vehicle
From the summit of the third highest mountain in the world, the 8586m high Kanchendzonga, to mighty rivers roaring at the bottom of deep valleys. From flowery alpine landscapes and meadows amidst rugged mountains, to dense subtropical forests. All of this surrounded by intense green and where the morning mists create spectacular scenery among the more than 200 Tibetan-style Buddhist monasteries. This is Sikkim, the world’s first organic state.
Located, together with Darjeeling, on this small wedge between Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, Sikkim was the last state to become part of the Indian confederation and still maintains a strong personality. It is considered part of what is known as “Great Tibet”, that is, those territories that share the same Tibetan culture, with Buddhism being its main religion. The oldest population group is the Lepchas, followed by the Tibetan Bhutias, however, from the 19th century there were migratory movements from Nepal, becoming the majority population group and Nepalese being the main and official language of Sikkim.
The villages are located at a certain altitude, often in passes between two valleys, far from the mighty and unpredictable rivers, so they all have impressive views. Winding roads, but in good condition, make their way through these valleys and mountains, where sometimes you must descend into the deep valley to cross to the other side of the river and climb again until you find that destination you saw so close from your starting point. As you have already guessed, the orography of Sikkim and Darjeeling is complicated, marked by two great rivers, the Teesta and the Rangit, the latter also being the one that marks the border with West Bengal before joining the Teesta at Rongpu.
Darjeeling is in the northwest of West Bengal, bordering Nepal and southern Sikkim. However, its terrain and population are much more closely related to that of its northern neighbour. With a mixed population of Nepalese, Tibetans, Bhutias and from other origins, and with Bengali and Nepali (as in Sikkim) as its official language, Darjeeling is now an autonomous region within the state of West Bengal. However, the question of becoming a state of one’s own or joining Sikkim is always on the table, especially given the difference, both geographically and culturally, with the rest of the state.
Darjeeling hills are occupied by tea plantations. Darjeeling produces different varieties of black tea which are still treated and fermented by the traditional method and most, if not all, meet organic production standards, without chemicals or pesticides. The conditions in Darjeeling are perfect for an aromatic tea due to the type of soil and the amount of rain. Tea production is the primary economy of the valley and tea tourism has been growing and developing in recent years.
This itinerary brings you especially close to outstanding natural areas of Sikkim and Darjeeling. It is a few days tour, but of course we encourage you to add other visits such as Lake Tsomgo or making the Darjeeling trek longer. Because the territory is very worthwhile, a territory not yet occupied by masses of tourists and that, therefore, maintains its own and very interesting personality.
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