“People often get tired at work and relax on holidays, but our mantra is opposite, we relax at home and explore while traveling.”
Nitya’s 5 nights/ 6 days family trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling was a perfect mix of exploring the scenic nature of north-east, and a good learning for their family about the rich tibetan culture in India.
Trip Cost: INR 88,000
Trip Duration: 5 nights/6 days
Agent Name: Woodstock India
Inclusions: Transfers, accommodation, meals (excluding lunch), sightseeing, and tax
Exclusions: Lunch, insurance, guide charges, and train/flight tickets
Due to our love for travel, my husband and I keep making plans to visit different places once every few months. Since, he is a businessman and I am a working lady, we keep our long trips for Holi break or near Independence Day.
We felt, Sikkim and Darjeeling are one of the relatively unexplored destinations we can visit on a charming family trip.
One of our friends booked his honeymoon through TravelTriangle, and enjoyed the experience on his vacation. He informed us about the website and the flexibility of customizing a package according to our needs. We found a great value for money family package to Sikkim and Darjeeling on the TravelTriangle website provided by Woodstock India agency.
Exciting days were in store for our family, as I couldn’t wait to show my cute little daughter a snow-filled paradise with scenic views in Sikkim and Darjeeling.
Day 1: Arriving in rainy Darjeeling
On the first day of our trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling, we took a cab from Siliguri and arrived to a cold, and rainy Darjeeling. We reached at our hotel with some difficulty as the visibility during the heavy rain was very low.
After our check-in, we decided to stay inside the hotel for the evening, due to the torrential downpour. We enjoyed our evening with some tea, gossip, and quality family time.
Day 2: Sightseeing in chilly Darjeeling
Due to the heavy rains for the past few days, there was low visibility at sunrise. Therefore, everyone suggested us not to visit the Tiger Hill sunrise point at 4 am. But, we got up early morning anyway, took a shower, and left the hotel at around 4 am to test our luck to see the sunrise over Mt. Kanchendzonga.
It was a chilly morning, and we were sufficiently covered with gloves, mufflers, and woolen caps. My daughter’s lips turned blue because of the cold weather. But, it was our enthusiasm that was pushing us forward, with a hope that we would witness the sunrise for sure today. As we arrived on top of the Tiger Hill, God had heard our prayer, and we were able to witness a majestic sunrise within few minutes of our arrival. The beautiful Kanchendzonga mountain was covered in snow, and the morning sunrays, with the shades of red and pink, made it look even more beautiful.
Post this, we returned to our hotel for a short break,had breakfast, freshened up and then at 9 am, resumed the sightseeing tour with a visit to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and PNN Zoological Park. Later on, we proceeded for our steam engine ride. I had been eagerly waiting for this moment, since the day I watched the movie “Parineeta”. The ride was memorable, but the smoke it caused was really bad.
Later, we proceeded to visit the world famous tea gardens of Darjeeling and even purchased some local tea there. We finished the evening by visiting the Tenzing Rock for rock climbing and rappelling.
At night, we explored the Mall Road and enjoyed the delicious street food in Darjeeling. All of us returned to the hotel exhausted after yet another wonderful day on our trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling.
Day 3: Paragliding in Kalimpong
The next morning, we got ready, checked out of the hotel and headed for Kalimpong. It was Holi and everyone on our way was playing with colors, water, and dancing on loud music. On our way, some children splashed water on our car, and we all were wet. To my surprise, none of us seemed to mind that and we just moved on by saying ‘Holi Hai’.
We arrived at Deolo Hills and enjoyed Paragliding.The experience of gliding across the hills into the valley felt serene and unforgettable. I finally understood, for a brief matter of minutes, what soaring like a bird felt like.
Afterward, on our way to the hotel in Kalimpong, we stopped by at the cactus garden. We checked into Anand Portico Hotel, where we ran into a group of senior citizens from Delhi who were staying in the same hotel as ours in Darjeeling. A very jovial and friendly group of people, who used to play Tambola every evening. They invited us to join them for a few games, and we all gathered in the Hotel lobby to play. My cute daughter was so happy to see so many Nanis’ and Dadis’. Afterward, we called it a night by returning to our rooms for the night.
Day 4: Sightseeing in Sikkim
We opened our eyes to a bright sunny morning in Kalimpong. After breakfast, we checked out of Kalimpong and traveled to Sikkim.
En route, we stopped by to have some local maggi, chana chat and special chai. Later on, we proceeded to Ganesh Tok and Hanuman Tok for some sightseeing. Over there, we rented traditional clothes and dressed my daughter in red and white
In the evening, we got down at local market at MG Marg to indulge in some local cuisine and shopping. Despite a slight drizzle, MG Marg was full of lights and tourists. At 9 pm, we checked into the Keepsa Residency Hotel for the night.
Day 5: Visit to the beautiful Tsomgo Lake
We got up a little early this morning, had our breakfast and then went off to visit Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir, and Nathula Pass. We were not fortunate enough to reach to all these places as the roads were blocked due to heavy snowfall 50 kilometers further from Sikkim.
However, we could witness the breathtaking view of the snow covered white mountains near Nathula Pass, as we played in snow with our family making a snowman and igloos. I was so happy to see that million dollar smile on my daughter’s face. My cute daughter started singing Y for Yak as soon as she went for a yak ride.
We returned to the hotel, took rest, and then proceeded to MG Marg for shopping. At the market, we also went for a spa session that made us feel really relaxed, rejuvenated, and nourished.
After a relaxing massage, we went back to our hotel. Later on, I put my daughter to sleep, so my husband and I could visit the Mayfair Casino. We came back in the early hours of next morning, as the casino team had arranged for our drop at hotel.
Day 6: Departure from Sikkim
On the final day of our trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling, we requested for a packed breakfast from the hotel. Afterwards, we proceeded towards Siliguri in the cab assigned to us. We arrived at the railway station to board our train for Kanpur.
I would like to dedicate a few lines to this epic and unforgettable trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling. A few lines that I wrote on the trip inspired by the beautiful scenery.
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, as it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up completely, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps saying, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
- Our daughter’s first experience in snowfall was a delightful memory I will never forget.
- Our first Paragliding experience cannot be expressed in words. We felt like free birds and I could remember the lines ‘Panchi Banoo Udti Firun…’
- Hotel rooms were average and the food quality wasn’t very good.
Tip to travelers:
- Plan your trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling in summers when you can visit majority of the places, including Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake
A perfect destination for your family vacation. Book your Sikkim family package and unfold the mystic treasures of Sikkim!