“Travel, like dreams, is a door that opens from the real world into a world that is yet to be discovered.”—Guy de Maupassant.
For Gaurav, travel is about freedom and self-discovery. As a responsible traveler, he tries to make a minimum impact on the environment and maximize his connections with the locals. Whatever the destination may be, he seeks rewarding and inspiring experiences from his trip.
Let’s read how Gaurav’s romantic trip to Sikkim with his wife was a cherishable experience of their lives.
I wanted to take my wife to an offbeat destination which was not only serene in landscape but also less commercialized. Since we both wanted to travel to north-east, we had already set our hearts on Sikkim for our next trip. And, as soon as I came to know about TravelTriangle through social media, I instantly downloaded the TravelTriangle App and finalized my itinerary in no time.
Trip type: Couple
Cost: INR 53,000
Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
Inclusions: 4-star accommodation with breakfast, airport transfers, sightseeing, Non AC vehicle for sightseeing
Exclusions: Airfare, entry fees at tourist points, meals except for breakfast
Day 1: Arrival in Darjeeling
Suggested Read: A-Z Guide To Make Your Honeymoon In Sikkim An Affair To Remember
As soon as we arrived at the IXB airport, we were transferred to our hotel in Darjeeling. The 3-star hotel was just in front of Darjeeling Toy Train Station. After settling down and having some rest, we spent our day at Toy Train Station clicking selfies and learning about the steam engines. The weather in Darjeeling was cold yet amazing.
Day 2: Darjeeling Sightseeing
Suggested Read: 10 Best Resorts In Sikkim You’ll Never Want To Leave
We started our day with driving up to Tiger Hill where you can expect the colossal views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. Since it was raining in the morning, the foggy clouds obstructed our views. On our way back from the hill, we stopped at the Ghoom Monastery. The small Tibetan Monastery is a nice place to take a stroll and have a closer look at the toy trains passing by.
To make the most of our day in Darjeeling, we visited Tenzing Rock, Tibetan Refugee Centre, and Japanese Temple. We hopped on the Darjeeling Ropeway from where we could witness the majestic views of the whole valley.
Later in the evening, we took a stroll at the famous Mall Road and indulged in some shopping. The lip-smacking dinner at Glenary’s along with the amazing views of the valley was a perfect end to a perfect day.
Day 3: Hello, Gangtok
We started for Gangtok early in the morning. Tista Point was a spectacular halt to the otherwise long, tortuous drive in the mountains. After checking into our cozy hotel room, we headed to MG Road which is different from other MG Roads in India. We could enjoy a stroll on the road without the clamor of the vehicles. We had a quiet, romantic dinner at one of the restaurants on MG Road.
Day 4: Drive to Lachen
The scenic drive to Lachen was the most awaited part of my journey. I had heard a lot about the quiet and picturesque hamlet famous for its proximity to Kanchenjunga National Park. Chungthang, the beautiful alpine meadows surrounded by snow-capped peaks, was our first entry-point to the region. We made a pit stop at Seven Sisters Falls, Tashi View Point, and Naga Falls before we checked into our hotel. The hotel in Lachen was average given the small village it is, but the handsome views of mountains from the window made up for it.
Day 5: Excursion to Gurudongmar Lake
We so wanted to visit Gurudongmar Lake but could not make it due to heavy snowfall en route. It was not really a disappointment because we got to experience the first snowfall of our lives. It was one of the most serene and precious moments of our lives. Our driver was disappointed that we couldn’t go the lake so he offered us a detour to Katao Hills. Much thanks to him, we could enjoy the beautiful vistas of nature on the way. We also made a stop at Bhim Nala Waterfall and Holy Rock at Chumthang.
Day 6: Yumthang Calling
Another popular attraction in Sikkim, Yumthang looked pristine as ever covered with a white sheet of snow. In winters, it becomes a playground for Yetis. We drove to Zero Point which was another level of beauty. On our way back, we received a heavy snowfall which was more heavenly than the first one. We grabbed our lunch at the resort and headed back to Gangtok.
Day 7: Last day in Gangtok
Finally, the visit to Tsomgo Lake was the end of our majestic trip in Sikkim. The lake looked spectacular in all its frozen glory. We also wanted to visit Baba Mandir but the heavy snowfall canceled our plans. But, all in all, it was a wonderful trip.
Everything that has been said about East of India being a majestic place is inarguably true. The peace and tranquility this place has to offer are perfect for couples to have some quality time and intimate moments together.
WOW Moments during the trip
- The first experience of snowfall was serene
- Detour to Kato Hills was a brilliant idea
- The first view of Tsomgo Lake was magical
Low points on the trip
Everything was spot on except the transfer vehicle from Darjeeling to Gangtok which was not what we were promised. We only wish we could visit Gurudongmar Lake and Baba Mandir which we missed due to heavy snowfall.
Experience with TravelTriangle
We had a great experience with TravelTriangle. Our Agent – Yes Tourism, hosted everything according to the itinerary.
Tips to other travelers
If you are looking for an offbeat experience, North East India is a fantastic place to explore. Not only it offers beautiful views in abundance but also offers serenity and peace.
Do you too wish to have a romantic getaway with your spouse? If yes, plan a vacation to Sikkim with TravelTriangle and spend some quality time together.