Himalayan peaks, deep valleys, lush green forests, rushing rivers, tea fields and Buddhist monasteries. This is an itinerary that will give you a complete picture of what Sikkim is, the world’s first organic production state and one of the most peculiar states in India which, together with Darjeeling, make up a very interesting itinerary, far from the classic tourist routes.
12 days / 11 nights in Sikkim & Darjeeling
Highest altitude 3750m
Local guide English-speaking
Accommodation in small hotels, guest-house and homestay
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.
Although Darjeeling belongs to the state of West Bengal because it’s situated south of the Rangit between valleys and mountains, it has a terrain, landscape, population and economy much more like Sikkim than the river plains that open further south.
In short, Sikkim and Darjeeling comprise a culturally unique journey, in a territory of its own, neither Tibetan nor Hindu, and with a spectacular and surprising nature. Ah! and without forgetting tea, with two of the most renowned areas of production of this global drink in the world.
This is an itinerary that goes far beyond the standard routes in Sikkim. The route goes deep into the north, so you must bear in mind that the temperatures will be colder and the accommodation conditions will also be more basic. Not all accommodations have stoves or not in all spaces and rooms.
The most logical access point is the city of Calcutta, but it is also possible to get there easily from Delhi. Like all our itineraries, this programme can be adapted according to the needs and tastes of the traveller.
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