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A wonderful Himalayan Hiking adorned with riots of rhododendron, Varsey Hiking is an offbeat Hiking destination of Sikkim. A no-sweat trek with moderate hikes invite trekkers who trek more to get closer to nature than feeling the thrill of adventure. The Hiking reaches up to a height of 3300 m and ideal for short to medium distance treks. The area is beautified by hanging mosses and a wonderful array of endemic species of flora and fauna. From March to April Rhododendron trees bloom with vibrant colours and the hills ablaze with different shades of red and yellow Rhododendron. After a visit to Gangtok, one of the most fascinating tourist spots of Sikkim and Pemayangtse Monastery, one can plan for a three days trek with night stay in camps to see those bewildering sights of Varsey. The trekking route would go as follows:
Arrival at Bagdogra Airport. Meet our representative and drive towards Darjeeling. Darjeeling, one of the most beautiful hill station is generally called the “ Queens of the hills”. It has all attributes of a queen like glamour and beauty of evergreen hills around, green tea gardens at her feet and Mt. Kanchenjunga as her crown. In Sanskrit, Durjaya linga means “Shiva of invincible power who rules the Himalayas”. Darjeeling is northern district of West Bengal, which shares its border with Sikkim in the north, Nepal in the west, Bhutan in the east and Bangladesh and plains of Bengal in the south. Overnight at hotel
Early morning drive to the Tiger hill. Situated at an altitude of 2590 meters Tiger hill has earned international fame for the magnificent view of the sunrise. The majestic peak Kanchenjunga (8596 mtrs) rears up flanked by Mt.Kabru and Mt Pandim to the far left are Everest, Makalu and Lhotse. Other peaks visible from here are Mt. Jano, Mt. Nar sing, Mt. Frey peak, Mt. Sinolchu etc. After Tiger Hill visit Yiga Choling Monastery of Ghoom. Take a joy ride in the famous Darjeeling "Toy Train", titled World Heritage Site by UNESCO. After breakfast visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, a high altitude wildlife Zoo with the most successful captive breeding center for Snow leopard and Red Panda. After this visit, you may proceed to Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center and then Tea Garden. Evening free for market Overnight at Hotel
After an early breakfast drive to Hilley. Overnight at Hilley
After an breakfast walk through a lush forest of pines, firs and rhododendron to Versey. Overnight Tourist hut/Tent.
The entire day is spent in exploring the area and savoring the sight and the scent of the flowers.Overnight Tourist hut/Tent.
After breakfast walk downhill to the village of Dentam (7kms) and drive to Pelling.In the evening visit the Pemayansgste Monastery. Overnight hotel
After breakfast drive to Khecheopalri lake which is also known as the wishing lake and is considered very sacred by the Sikkimese. A short walk to Sangachholing Monastery (2km./45mins) located on a hill top. Overnight at hotel
After Breakfast drive to Martam village .The village Martam is famous for its paddy fields where they grow best rice in Sikkim .Even kings were fond of the rice grown in Martam and had paddy field in martam too. On the way, visit Bon monastery. Bon was the earlier religion of Tibet. It is more than 18000 years old religion. In Sikkim there is 475 monasteries and this monastery is only one Bon monastery in Sikkim. Buddha Park where you can witness 115 feet tall Sakymuni Buddha 's statue with background of Mt Narsing stand tall and cool. Over night at hotel
After breakfast take stroll or a hike and explore Martam village which is a very peaceful place. And then, Drive to Gangtok which is the fourth and present capital of Sikkim. On the way we visit very famous Rumtek Monastery which belongs to the Karma Kargyupa sect .Monastery was built in 1717 and it was renovated in 1960 by the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa. And after this visit we drive to Gangtok. On arrival at Gangtok, take a sightseeing of some attractions such as Tibetology the museum, Handicraft and Handloom , Do-Drool Chortan, Flower show and Enchy Monastery. Later, can explore the Gangtok Town. Overnight at hotel
After breakfast drive to North Sikkim. Enroute visit Phodong Monastery. Built by the Chogyal Gyrumed Namgyal in the early eighteenth century, it is one of the important monasteries of Sikkim following the Kagyupa sect. The journey is lined with magnificent waterfalls and lush green forests. Overnight hotel
After breakfast drive to Yumthang. The road runs along the valley with snow capped mountains rising high up on either side. The journey is lit up with flaming Rhododendrons and other mountain flowers. A visit to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, the only place where R. niveum, the state tree of Sikkim is found. The entire stretch to Yumthang valley and beyond to Yumesamdong have hillsides covered with white R. ciliatum, purple R. niveum, R. arboreum, and forests of R. hodgsonii and R. thomsonii, all growing in their native habitats – here you are in Rhododendron heaven. Yumthang is a wide valley where the local herdsmen from Lachung camp their herds of yaks and cattle during summer. Return to Lachung. Overnight hotel
Overnight at hotel
After breakfast drive to Kalimpong. Kalimpong considered as the oldest town in hills of Darjeeling was once the head quarter of Bhutanese Governor, the word Kalim means “ Minister” and pong is “stronghold”. It is also called Kalibong or the “Black spur” by the locals and to the local Lepcha it is known as Ka (we) –LEM (play) – PONG ( ridge), ” The ridge where we play”. Kalimpong was silk route to the Tibet and also famous center of eastern and central Tibetan wool trade. Explore local market in the evening. Overnight at hotel
Proceed for Kalimpong sightseeing after breakfast. Visit the magnificent towering monastery of Zang Dog Palri on the Durpin Dara, which has a commanding view of Kalimpong town and the surrounding region. If the day is clear we will be able to see the ranges of Kanchenjunga and also some of the Bhutanese hills. Flower Nursery - Kalimpong is called the "City of Flower" as the climate of this city is ideal for the cultivation for flower and plants. Kalimpong produces 80% of India’s Gladioli and having numerous nurseries which produce and export exotic flowers like Roses, Gerberas, Dahlias, Amaryllis Lillies etc. Kalimpong is also produced some beautiful varieties of Orchids and Cacti. During the season entire hills are on fire with a riot of colours. Deolo Hills - the highest point of Kalimpong and it located at the North East of the town. Dr. Graham’s Homes - this famous school was established by a Scottish Missionary – Rev. Dr. John Anderson Graham in 1900 with a mere six orphans. Mangal Dham - An excellent temple complex built in the memory of late Guruji Mangal Dasji and dedicated to Lord Krishna. Gaden Tharpa Choling Monastery - a Gelugpa monastery situated at the hilltop in Kalimpong, India. The monastery was founded by Domo Geshe Rinpoche Ngawang Kalsang in 1912. Tsonga Monastery - the oldest monsatery in Kalimpong which was built in 1692. It’s also known as the Bhutan Monastery and located near to Mangal Dham, Lepcha Museum - The museum is situated about a kilometer away from the town. Various articles of worship, original lepcha musical instruments and many other articles can be seen here, Himalayan Hand Made Paper Industry - manufacture Japanese style handmade paper from a non tree shrub, the species of Daphne know as Argalee (local name) or Lokta (in Nepal). Over night at hotel
Get driven to the nearest Bagdogra airport.
STARTS FROM US$ - ON PER PERSON BASIS (MINIMUM PARTICIPANT 02 PERSON):
Premium – With 5 Star Equivalent Hotels - $ 2900
Deluxe – With 4 Star Equivalent Hotels – $ 2460
Superior – With 3 Star Equivalent Hotels - $ 2020
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