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Cycling Tour @ Sikkim

Trip Duration:
13days

Trip Route:New Delhi/Kolkata -> Bagdogra -> Siliguri -> Cooch Behare -> Chalsa -> Lava -> Kalimpong -> Kaluk -> Yuksam -> Namche -> Darjeeling -> Siliguri -> Bagdogra -> Kolkata/New Delhi
includes:

  • Transports

  • Flights

  • Sight Seeing

  • Food

  • Hotels

  • Wi-Fi

In the local parlance, this journey is an experience into "the heart of Paradise". Legend says that the spirits of Lepchas reach the Mayel Lyang and local communities are full of stories of people taking rebirth after this experience!

We visit some imposing monasteries. The original Phodong monastery has been rebuilt and is today one of the most beautiful monasteries in Sikkim. It contains old mural paintings and houses around 260 monks. Sikkim oldest monastery, the Tholung Monastery, was built during the first visit of Guru Lhastsun Chmpoe. This monastery is surrounded by hot springs and sacred caves.

We trek to Lingthem village, famous for its spectacular views of the Kangchendzonga Range. The walk uphill is strenuous but as one treads higher into the temperate region, views emerge out of the hidden mountains, mesmerizing the onlooker by the beauty nature has to offer.

Walking through the countryside, we cross terraced paddy fields and cardamom forest. We enjoy the traditional Lepcha lifestyle and have spectacular mountain views of Kangchendzonga.
The charming village of Tingvong is located on a small hillock overlooking the yawning valleys and sun-kissed mountains of Dzongu. Crystal-clear streams flow through the village.

Kalimpong is the last destination of this impressive trip through Sikkim. It is renowned for its beautiful surroundings and the good weather conditions.

In the local parlance, this journey is an experience into "the heart of Paradise". Legend says that the spirits of Lepchas reach the Mayel Lyang and local communities are full of stories of people taking rebirth after this experience!

We visit some imposing monasteries. The original Phodong monastery has been rebuilt and is today one of the most beautiful monasteries in Sikkim. It contains old mural paintings and houses around 260 monks. Sikkim oldest monastery, the Tholung Monastery, was built during the first visit of Guru Lhastsun Chmpoe. This monastery is surrounded by hot springs and sacred caves.

We trek to Lingthem village, famous for its spectacular views of the Kangchendzonga Range. The walk uphill is strenuous but as one treads higher into the temperate region, views emerge out of the hidden mountains, mesmerizing the onlooker by the beauty nature has to offer.

Walking through the countryside, we cross terraced paddy fields and cardamom forest. We enjoy the traditional Lepcha lifestyle and have spectacular mountain views of Kangchendzonga.
The charming village of Tingvong is located on a small hillock overlooking the yawning valleys and sun-kissed mountains of Dzongu. Crystal-clear streams flow through the village.

Kalimpong is the last destination of this impressive trip through Sikkim. It is renowned for its beautiful surroundings and the good weather conditions.


DAY 01          ARRIVAL BAGDOGRA – SILIGURI            BY: DOMESTIC FLT.


Arrival Bagdogra by flight, RRT representative will receive and transfer you to your hotel in Siliguri. The afternoon is free for your own activities to get accustomed to your bike.

Take rest to get ready for set for long journey on bicycle. Overnight at hotel.


DAY 02          SILIGURI – COOCH BEHARE           BY CYCLE/84 KMS.                  


We start our first day of riding with a transfer out of the busy city of Siliguri. We follow the busy main highway out in the countryside to a point where a smaller back road leads off to towards Bangladesh. This is the real starting point of the tour! After setting up we head off south through a landscape of jute fields and rice paddies still farmed by ox-drawn carts.

At one point in the ride you'll see a fence off to the right - this is the Bangladeshi border, the first neighbour of India that we will sight on the tour. We plan to ride 69km flat kilometres today. There are a few busy sections near some of the towns but in general this will be a pleasant ride. Before reaching Koch Bihar we will board our support vehicles to drive into the crazy traffic of this busy little city.

Koch Bihar was once the seat of colonial power in the region and the stunning palace here in a reminder of the city's former glory. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for overnight stay.


DAY 03          COOCH BEHARE – CHALSA             BY CYCLE/73 KMS          


Post breakfast proceed to Chalsa.

When you see that traffic in Cooch Bihar you'll understand why we transfer out of town before starting the ride. But once on the bike we are again on beautiful back roads through farming community and small towns. Today we enter tea territory which will be your constant companion through the journey.

Chalsa is another small destination that sees few visitors but our hotel in the jungle is an ideal place to unwind the night.


DAY 04                        CHALSA – LAVA                                 BY CYCLE/61 KMS     


It's time to take on the Himalaya. After a few days of seeing the imposing mountains in the distance, today is your chance to ride high up in the clean mountain area-quite a contrast from the humid lowlands of the last few days. Starting at an elevation of 200m we will finish the day at 2000m– the highest overnight stop of the tour. We start off with a gentle ride along laneways through a tea plantation. From about 20km mark it is climbing for the remainder of the day-take you time as we have all day!

Following a beautiful valley uphill the road eventually bends away from the river and seemingly climbs up the side of the mountain. The plan for the day is to allow everyone to ride as far as they like and then transfer up to Lava once they've had enough riding. This means that the stronger riders can have a crack at completing the ride and those that want to relax can travel straight up to the hotel in Lava.

Lava is a small mountain town, again with few visitors but with crisp clean mountain air.


DAY 05                        LAVA – KALIMPONG           BY CYCLE/38 KMS        


After the hard work of yesterday, today is a relatively easy day that tends downhill.
But this is the mountains and we start the day with a small climb out of town.

There are plenty of stops along this route so we will take our time to enjoy the views, temples and villages.

Upon arrival at Kalimpong transfer to hotel and rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at hotel.


DAY 06                        KALIMPONG – KALUK                      BY CYCLE/81 KMS


What goes up must come down. Today's ride is one of extremes. Starting in Kalimpong we will descend 800m down into the valley of the Teesta River. The Teesta marks the border into Sikkim, and while only a state of India we must go through an immigration post and have our passports stamped - one for those who like to collect unusual stamps in their passports. The road then follows the Rongpo River before climbing up a huge incline. For this section we will jump into the support vehicles and drive up to the town of Sombarey.

The afternoon ride starts here - a 36km muni ride on a little used poorly surfaced road. The road goes something like this...10km up, 6km down, 10km up, 10km down!It is spectacular and despite being hard work, you'll never forget riding here. Being the largest town on this road Kaluk is not that big but it does have a comfortable hotel and a great view of the Himalaya. Upon arrival at Kaluk transfer to hotel for overnight stay.


DAY 07                        KALUK - YUKSAM                           BY CYCLE/68 KMS        


Post breakfast proceed to Yuksam. The 68km to Yuksam is a touch easier but as always around here there are some big descents and climbs with most of the ride way up in the imposing mountains.

Yuksom is the end of the road and the start of high altitude treks. It was the first capital of Sikkim established in 1642 AD by Phuntsog Namgyal who was the first Chogyal (temporal and religious king) of Sikkim.

The coronation site of the first monarch of Sikkim is known as the "Throne of Norbugang". Yuksom is where there is the Norbugang Chorten near the Norbugang throne, the place Namgyal was crowned and several monasteries and a lake. The dynastic rule of the Chogyals lasted for 333 years. Overnight stay at hotel.


DAY 08                        YUKSAM       


Day at your leisure to unwind among the mountains.

The Chogval established the first monastery at Yuksom in Sikkim known as the Bubdi Monastery in 1701, which is part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit involving the Norbugang Chorten, Pemavangtse Monastery, the Rabdentse ruins, the Sanga choeling Monastery, the Khcheopalri Lake, and the Tashiding Monastery.

For the Bhutia tribal community of Sikkim, Yuksom has special religious and cultural significance. It has a number of famous Buddhist monasteries and historical monuments. Being at the head of the Khangchendzonga National Park and as the base camp for trekking to Mt. kangchendzonga, it has large influx of mountaineers from all parts of the world. The village people, as stake holders in biodiversity preservation of the Rathong Chu valley, where the village is situated, have played a significant role in trendsetting and promotion of eco-tourism in the area. The inhabitants of this village have most

Successfully adopted promotion of ecotourism not only in the region but also for other similar areas in Sikkim. Yuksom is thus considered a model village for eco-tourism.


DAY 09                        YUKSAM – NAMCHE              BY CYCLE / 90 KMS  


The ride to Namche is relatively easy as compared to some of the other days but the distance of the ride will make up for that. Set in a picturesque location, Namchi offers an unmatched view of the Khangchendzonga range and the Rangit valley.

Namche is the capital of the  South sikkim district in the Indian state of Sikkim. It is situated at a distance of 92 km from the state capital Gangtok and 90 km from the town of Siliguri, the nearest railhead and airport. Namchi lies off the road between Melli and Jorethang. Namchi is well connected to other towns in Sikkim and West Bengal. Jeeps and buses regularly ply between Namchi to Gangtok, Pelling, Jorethang, Kalimpong and Siliguri. Namchi commands panoramic view of the snow capped mountains and vast stretches of valley. It is also headquarters of South district. The area is fast growing into a tourist destination with its enormous potential for all round tourist activities. Overnight stay at hotel in Namche.


DAY 10                        NAMCHE – DARJEELING                    BY CYCLE /90 KMS


Today’s ride is a cracker and fittingly full of big downs and ups. Departing from Namchi a small incline brings us to the top of a 20km downhill that is the last downhill of the ride so enjoy it! From here we ride a beautiful road along the Rongpo River that dips and weaves along the banks of the river. Crossing out of Sikkim and back into Darjeeling (another stamp for the passport) comes the biggest & steepest climb of them all. The 18km from the Rongpo River to Darjeeling climbs nearly 1800m with some sections of the road climbing at inclines over 20% gradient! We will ride until we can ride no more and then climb into the support vehicles and sit back to relax while the jeeps struggle their way up to Darjeeling.

Upon arrival at Darjeeling check-in at hotel. Evening free for independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel.


DAY 11                        DARJEELING  


Day at Darjeeling to enjoy the town.

Darjeeling is a Himalayan city in the Indian state of  West Bengal. It is internationally renowned as a tourist destination, along with its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a Unesco World Heritage Sits. It is "hill town headquarters" of Darjeeling district with a partially autonomous status within the state of West Bengal.  The resultant distinctive Darjeeling tea is internationally recognized and ranks among the most popular of the black teas. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway connects the town with the plains and has one of the few steam locomotives still in service in India. Darjeeling also has several British-style public schools. Which attract students from throughout India and neighboring countries. Overnight stay at hotel.


DAY 12          DARJEELING–SILIGURI                      BY CYCLE/90 KMS


A perfect ride to end the tour. Let yourself loose as you roll down to Siliguri via some beautiful tea estates and majestic mountains.

Today we celebrate the end of an amazing journey. Evening at leisure & overnight stay at hotel.


DAY 13                        SILIGURI – BAGHDOGRA    BY SURFACE

BAGHDOGRA – KOLKOTTA/DELHI                        BY FLIGHT                  


In time transfer from siliguri hotel to Bagdogra airport to connect flight for onwards connection.


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