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Sikkim Festival Tour

Festival tour of Sikkim

6

Days

CULTURE

Trip highlights

Attending mask dance in Rumtek Monastary by Monks depicting great eight manifestation of the Guru Rimpoche. Attending the festival of the Lepcha’s tribe.

If it is June or August, there is rhyme and every reason to travel to eastern fringe of Himalayas in Indian state of Sikkim and surrounding regions. For festival in Himalayas has special charm and appeal of its own.Famous Rumtek monastery come to life with people, irrespective of religious affiliation throngs the courtyard to watch the spectacle, unfolding mask dance drama and various religious activities.
In August, it roll out the indigenous festival of Lepchas, supposedly the native of the region. Bringing out their colourful attires with their colourful dances and other practises.
During festival people not only celebrate the occasion but also the life. They keep aside their daily woes and join into collective celebration in their finest traditional attire with gay abandonment.

This journey takes you up, close and personal with the festival, catching up people in festive mood, offering a glimpses into socio-religious structure of the regions. At the same time visiting the local attractions of Darjeeling, Gangtok, Namchi and hike to Tedong to attend Lepcha festival and Kalimpong under the watchful eyes of majestic Mt Kanchenjunga.

Outline Itinerary

Rumtek Guru Tshechu ceremony

Day 1: Bagdogra to Gangtok (120 km/ 4 hrs /1700m).
Assistance upon arrival and drive toGangtok,You leave the sweltering plains of India, enter Sikkim at the base of the foothills in Rangpo, and then gradually climb up to the ridge town of Gangtok. Once an independent Himalayan kingdom, Sikkim was annexed by India in 1975, but the town still retains something of its traditional cultural values, giving us a rare opportunity to discover something of the cultural heritage of this lively hilltop town.  In the evening, take a short walking tour through its MG MargAvenue and browse the colorful Lal Bazaar food/vegetable market.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 2:  Gangtok sightseeing and Transfer to Rumtek (24 km/ 1 hr)
After breakfast visit the Enchey monastery, followed by some view points, from where you may get spectacular views of the city and the snow-capped peaks of Kanchendzonga, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, a treasure house of rare Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts, numerous priceless statues and thangkas. On a hillock nearby, you can also visit Dodrul Chorten monastery. Post lunch driven to Rumtek for night halt.
Overnight in Teen Taley Resort/Similar.

Day 3: Attend Rumtek Chaam at Rumtek monastery.
Post breakfast drive to Rumtek monastery which is the main seat of Gyalwa Karmapa who is head of Black hat sect of TibetanBuddhism. At the monastery experience the whole ceremony of Guru Rimpoche’s Tsechu Chaam. On this day, Sikkimese Buddhists pay homage to Guru Rimpoche or Guru Padmasambhava, who first introduced Buddhism in Sikkim and through-out Himalayas in the 8th century. Dance drama enacting the eight manifestations of Guru Padmasambhava is held in Rumtek monastery. Overnight at Teen Taley Resort/Similar.

Day 4: Rumtek – Darjeeling ( 100km/ 4 ½  hrs/ 1800m).
After  breakfast  at the hotel drive to Darjeeling also refer to as Queen of the Hills through lush green Tea garden, after completing your exit formalities continue your drive to Darjeeling. Later stop at Triveni view point to view the confluence of River Teesta and River Rangeet. Upon arrival check in at the hotel.  Evening stroll around Chowrasta mall. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Darjeeling local visit.
Early morning drive to Tiger hill 14 km to see magnificent view of Sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjunga and other peaks of eastern Himalaya (weather permitting and on your own interest). After breakfast at the hotel visit Padmaja naidu zoological park- Snow leopard and Red panda worth seeing, Everest museum at Himalayan mountaineering institute(Both closed on Thursday),  Picturesque Tea garden, Tenzin rock, Tibetan refugee self help centre, take a toy train ride upto Ghoom.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06: Darjeeling -Bagdogra (85 km/ 3 hrs.)
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Bagdogra airport for onwards destinations.

Ethnic Lepcha’s festival of Tendong Lho Rum Faat

Day 1: Arrive– Darjeeling (90 km/ 3 hrs/ 2134m).
Assistance upon arrival and  drive to Darjeeling through lush green tea garden. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Evening stroll around Chowrasta Mall.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Darjeeling local visit.
Early morning drive to Tiger hill 14 km to see magnificent view of Sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjunga and other peaks of eastern Himalaya (weather permitting and on your own interest). After breakfast at the hotel visit Padmaja naidu zoological park- Snow leopard and Red panda worth seeing, Everest museum at Himalayan mountaineering institute(Both closed on Thursday),  Picturesque Tea garden, Tenzin rock, Tibetan refugee self help centre & Toy train ride upto Ghoom.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Darjeeling  –  Namchi (100km/ 4 ½  hrs).
After  breakfast  at the hotel drive to Namchi (Sky High) through lush green Tea garden, stop at Triveni view point to view the confluence of River Teesta and River Rangeet. Later enter Sikkim at Melli Border, after completing your permit formalities continue your drive to Namchi. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. In the afternoon visit some sights in Namchi which includes Char Dham which is a Replica of 4 important pilgrimages of Hindu, also visit to Samdruptse hill to see giant statue to Guru Rimpoche who introduces Tibetan Buddhism in Sikkim, Bhutan and Tibet back in 8th century. Evening  free for independent activities.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Trek to Tendong Hill to see Tendong Lho Rum faat Festival.
After early breakfast at the hotel transfer to Damthang village which is 14 km from your hotel and is base for Tendong Hill trek. The trek of 7 km uphill to the Summit (8530ft) will take roughly 2 hrs and the trial is laid on a footpath through the thick forest. The trek offers spectacular experience of varied vegetation and exclusive fauna. Legend says that Tendong Hill saved the Lepcha tribe from the ravages of deluge when the whole world was flooded- legend similar to Noah’s Ark of the Bible. In the Festival Lepchas prays through their Priest Boongthing and Mun the almighty Goddess “Ibtu-Debu-Room-Doar” who is creator as well as destroyer of Lepchas of Sikkim. They pray and offer “Chee’ (millet beer) to save them from myth of deluge. It is a ritual festival of Lepcha’s and is also inspired by local legend. Later, descent down to Damthang and catch your waiting vehicle to drive to Namchi hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Namchi- Kalimpong (70 km/ 3 hrs).
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Kalimpong,   visit in Kalimpong includes  Durpin Dara for amazing views of the plains, and nearby you can visit Zang Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa temple, Flower nurseries and later explore the local market at Kalimpong.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Kalimpong – Bagdogra airport / N.J.P train station (80 km/ 3 hrs/ 120 m).
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Bagdogra airport / N.J.P station for onward destination.

  • Group SizePrivate with your Own Group

  • MealsBreakfast & Dinner

  • Trip Accommodation3 stat to 4 star Hotels

  • RouteRumtek Festival
    Gangtok-Rumtek-Darjeeling
    Lepcha Festival
    Darjeeling-Namchi-Tendong-Kalimpong

  • Trip Type Cultural attending festival

  • Trip SeasonsJune for Rumtek festival/August for Lepcha festival.

  • Best MonthsJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Prices & Dates

Cost Information:
Cost is based on group size, dates of travel and types of accommodation chosen.
Please request cost after deciding on the choice of hotels.

Trip Dates:
Private Journeys for independent travel with your own dates.

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Included

  • Accommodations on twin sharing basis in listed hotels.
  • Dinner & Breakfast included which starts from dinner at first night till breakfast on last day.
  • All transportation by good quality private vehicle.
  • Entrance fees to the monuments and toy train tickets at Darjeeling (if operating)
  • English Speaking guide.
  • Travel permits etc.

Not included

  • International/Domestic flights.
  • Any lunch.
  • Travel / Medical Insurance (recommended).
  • All personal expenses including optional tips/gratuities, bar/beverages, telephone, laundry, gifts and other personal expenses.
  • Any additional cost of changing a confirmed itinerary by our own choice or due to your own health/medical reasons, or forced upon by Inclement weather, flight delays, political situation or other conditions beyond our control.
  • All other cost not listed in “included” section.

Accommodations


Hotels in Darjeeling

Hotels in Gangtok

Hotels in Kalimpong

Hotels in Rumtek - Gangtok

Hotels in Namchi

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