The charmingly beautiful mountains of Sikkim attracts travelers to this majestic land of temples and monasteries. Amidst the natural beauty lies the hidden monasteries that add all the more charm to the serenity of the place. With so much to do and explore, Sikkim with places like Dragelling and Gangtok let people enjoy their vacation to the fullest with their families and loved ones. This 8 days family trip to Sikkim was bliss for our travelers who made the most of their time together. Here is a glance at all that they wish to share about their vacation.
The major reason why we chose Darjeelingand Gangtok as our holiday destination, was that we hadn’t ever been there till acquiring our senior citizen status. Though we always had a very strong fascination for mountains & clouds. Since Shimla, Mussoorie, Nainital, Manali, Kashmir and Ooty have remained our very frequently visited destinations we wanted to go for something different this time and therefore we planned a vacation to Sikkim.
Details Of Our 8 Days Family Trip To Sikkim
Trip Type: Family
Cost: 34000 per person from We Care Holidays
No. Of People: 4
Duration: 7 Nights 8 Days
Inclusions: Transfers, Transportation, Parking, GST, Transport Tax
Exclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Insurance, Laundry, Something other than mentioned in Inclusion, Entry fees, Guide charges,Room heater
Itinerary Of Our 8 Days Family Trip To Sikkim
Day 1: Arrival at NJP Railway Station and transfer to Darjeeling
Day 2: Sightseeing
Day 3: Transfer to Gangtok
Day 4: Full day Excursion OF Tsomgo Lake
Day 5: Sightseeing in Gangtok
Day 6: Transfer to Sikkim
Day 7: Yumthang Valley Excursion
Day 8: Departure
Weather In Sikkim
The weather of Sikkim was pleasant and chilling in the month of July and we enjoyed every part of it. We experienced an awesome weather which made our holiday even better.
Experiences Of Our 8 Days Family Trip To Sikkim
Our trip was all about exploring the most and we were happy that we were satisfied with our trip to the best parts of the Brother Of Seven Sisters. Here is all that we did.
1. Darjeeling: Sightseeing And Much More
On our sightseeing tour, we visited Tiger Hill and Ghoom. We also experienced Loop and a couple of monasteries in Darjeeling.
The tea plantations were a sight and later in the evening, we rushed again to the market place. We were very keen to once again enjoy the ‘raunak’ of the city and the local markets.
2. Nathula Pass: A Must Visit
It was a great day, when we visited Nathula Pass, Baba Mandir, and Changu Lake. Temperature at Nathula Pass was minus 5 degrees centigrade. Here we had to use all of the woollens that we had carried along. The Oxygen level in the air was so low that a lady from another group, fell unconscious had to be rushed to the military hospital immediately.
3. Gangtok: Going Places
In Gangtok, we started a local sightseeing, starting with a cable car ride overlooking the city, Hanuman Tonk, Ganesh Tonk, Flower exhibition, Bakthang Falls, Botanical garden, Banjhakri Falls were all beautiful places. Banjhakri Falls were the best. Unfortunately Tenzing mountaineering institute and the Zoo were closed that day.
4. Pelling: Exploring The Best
We had originally planned to go to Yumthang valley via Lachen on this day. But since the roads were closed due to landslides, we had to change our destination to PELLING via Namchi. The pilgrimage centre at Namchi was a great place to visit, with replicas of major Hindu Temples like Somnath, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Rameshwaram and many others. The next place called Buddha Park was yet another great place to visit. By evening, we reached Pelling where we halted at Jain Hotel.
5. Pelling: Skywalking
We visited the only SKYWALK of the country, and it was a really marvellous structure. Needs to be recommended to all who visit Sikkim. By evening, we reached Kalimpong, where we checked in at Hotel Summit Barsana, perhaps the best Hotel of our entire tour.
Where To Stay In Sikkim
Our 2 night stay at Hotel Sinclairs-Darjeeling was great. As far as the rooms were concerned, the places were very hygienic, and the food was deliciuos. The staff was concerned about the guests and the service was prompt. Except for its approach, which was a torture for us senior citizens, as it required to climb a very very steep road part of about 200 m.
What To Pack For Sikkim
Woollens may be required all round the year, however we used woollens only on a couple of days, when we visited Nathula Pass and Pelling because we visited the region during Rainy season.
Sikkim Travel Tip For Travelers
Though we enjoyed our trip to the fullest, still we would advise others to avoid the rainy season for visiting here, as there were too many landslides on major highways, so much so that we had to cancel our trip to Yun-Thang because the road was declared closed by Government advisory.
Food In Sikkim
Being a Sterling resorts member, we had booked Hotel Sterling at Gangtok for next 5 nights, which was again a very neat, clean and conveniently located property. Very reasonably priced Pure vegetarian as well Jain food was available. The place was also very hygienic and tasty was very easily available everywhere.
Shopping In Sikkim
MG road market of Gangtok was a great place to enjoy shopping and a very nice place to relax, sitting on roadside benches.
How To Reach Sikkim
We took an early flight from Nagpur to Kolkata and took another flight from Kolkata to Bagdogra and we reached the destination by noon. Our taxi arranged by TravelTraingle was already waiting for us at the airport and soon we started our drive to Darjeeling.
Our Experience With Travel Triangle
The personal guidance and services by Shri Ajay Sharma of ‘We Care Holidays’,helped us changing our plans from Yumthang to Namchi & Pelling, and executed the same without any extra charges was really an unforgettable experience of our tour. All the Drivers during the tour were very experienced, very helpful and very very co operative , especially one KHUSHU, with whom we spent our last three days was a real gem of a person. Overall you may consider ‘We are Holidays’ a great asset of your ‘TravelTriangle.’
An 8 days family trip to Sikkim sounds perfect for an ideal vacation with your family. Let TravelTriangle plan your holiday to the beautiful land so that you can create fond memories with your loved ones!
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Some Common Queries About Sikkim
What are some of the popular food of Sikkim that travelers must try?
Gya thuk or Thukpa is one of the popular dishes of Sikkim that travelers must enjoy on a vacation. Other specialities include momos, and phagshapa.
Is liquor cheap in Sikkim?
Yes, liquor in Sikkim is cheaper than anywhere else in India and bar are also available in Sikkim.
How do I get permission for Nathula Pass?
You can obtain a permit to the Nathula Pass by applying to the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department. A photo ID proof, passport size photographs are also required for the same.The Nathula Pass permit cost is INR 200/- per person.
Is photography allowed in Nathula Pass?
Since Nathula Pass is an Indo-China border area, photography is strictly prohibited in the area.
Which language is spoken in Gangtok?
Nepali is the widely spoken language in Gangtok. However, English and Hindi are also widely spoken and understood by the people of Gangtok.