Pankaj chose a refreshing and soothing vacation destination for his family to the misty and quaint mountains. His trip reflected a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment after their exploits led them to a memorable family trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling. Traveling to Sikkim with an infant was one of the major concerns but everything was taken care of. He booked a package via TravelTriangle for INR 76000 that included their flights, transfers, sightseeing, and breakfast.
One of my friends had recently come back from a trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling and his review of the place was simply amazing. Their reviews made it easier for me to convince my family for a vacation to the hills in the North-east. After searching on the internet for packages, I came across TravelTriangle which gave me the option to customize my package and select the agent through whom I wish to go for.
I found a suitable package for a family trip to Sikkim and a favorable 5 nights/6 days itinerary with “Fly Smart” agency. Finally, we were set for our much-needed break into the hills.
Weather In Sikkim And Darjeeling
Being an all-year destination, Sikkim and Darjeeling experience pleasant and welcoming weather throughout. The cool breeze, frequent showers, and cloudy surroundings define the climatic conditions of these two surreal destinations. By virtue of its vicinity to the Bay of Bengal, Sikkim might experience humidity on some days but the pleasant breeze makes the weather bearable. Being a hilly terrain, the destination faces extreme monsoon and chilly weather.
Places To Visit On A 6 Day Trip To Sikkim With A Kid
Find below the details of our wonderful trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling. Do not forget to make a few notes of the must-visit places that one should not miss out on the escapade to Sikkim!
Day 1: Arrival In Gangtok
Our journey started with an afternoon flight from New Delhi to Bagdogra. Upon our arrival in Bagdogra, we could easily locate the agency taxi present to receive us at the airport. We started our ride to Gangtok from here and which was some four hours away. Finally, we reached our hotel at 9 pm and since we were already tired, we simply checked-in and slept off the night.
Day 2: Nathula Pass
We woke up this morning for an early breakfast and got ready to visit the Nathula Pass by 8 am. On our way to Nathula, we saw famous tourist attractions like the beautiful and serene Tsomgo Lake which was followed by a trip to the Baba Mandir.
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Later on, as we were about to reach the Nathula Top, we were stopped by the authorities since my child was an infant and the weather conditions at the top (which is 4310M) were too unstable for a new-born baby.
Nonetheless, it was a good start for us in the friendly city of Gangtok and post the sightseeing, we returned back to the hotel in the evening and called it a day.
Day 3: Gangtok City Tour
On the third day, we were scheduled to do a city tour of Gangtok. The taxi we hired was ready for us to begin the tour early in the morning. Since it wasn’t possible to cover all the spots in one day, our taxi driver advised us and took us to the best places that were there in Gangtok.
We were really impressed with how informative and knowledgeable the driver assigned to us was. He helped us in reducing our travel time and maximizing our vacation experience. We started off with a visit to Hanuman Tok and Ganesh Tok- temples devoted to lord Hanuman and Ganesh respectively which are maintained by the Indian Army.
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After taking the blessings from the almighty, we headed towards the Tashi view point. It is a point near Gangtok which provides a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga Peaks. As our city tour ended, we visited the MG road in the evening and indulged in some shopping and dinner. Later on, we proceeded back to the hotel for the night.
Day 4: Arrival In Darjeeling
We had a delicious breakfast this morning post which we got ready for our trip to Darjeeling. We checked out from the hotel and got into the taxi and started our journey. En route to Darjeeling we stopped and witnessed amazing tea gardens. It was an awesome experience and we were really glad to have a sip of tea here, in the place that was world famous for its tea. After an extended journey of 6 hours due to a landslide, we finally reached our hotel in Darjeeling.
Our hotel in Darjeeling was a below average experience since our requirements were not fulfilled. Also, we had booked a toy train tour for the next day from this hotel and were charged a lot of commission per ticket.
Day 5: Darjeeling Sightseeing
This day, we woke up very early around 4 am to catch the sunrise over the Kanchendzonga peak. It was really magical to witness the mountain range early morning as the sun gradually lifted the darkness right in front of us. Following the peak visit, we had some breakfast and then proceeded towards the Zoological Park and History museum.
Our final destination in Darjeeling was the Peace Pagoda which was a nice experience. We wound up our day with a joyful tour in the toy train and this fun-filled train ride was definitely the number 1 attraction in Darjeeling. Post the ride, we headed back towards our hotel to rest for the night.
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Day 6: Departure
We woke up early this morning, got ready, had our breakfast and then checked-out from the hotel. The taxi was ready to drive us to Bagdogra for our return journey. We thanked our driver for making our journey comfortable and enjoyable and then took his leave. Our exciting journey had ended!
Spending time with my family in such a beautiful place was definitely a blessing. A part of me always wanted to explore the North-east and I’m glad I finally got a chance to go on a family trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling.
- Toy train was enjoyable for my family and me
- Got to spend time with my family away from the tension and pressure of my job.
- Services in the hotel in Darjeeling were poor. In our package, we had customized for two rooms with decoration and dinner for that particular day. Our rooms weren’t decorated and the hotel staff wasn’t aware for the dinner and they delayed it as long as 11pm.
Sikkim Travel Tips for Travelers
- Do not plan to go for Nathula Pass if there is an infant traveling with you.
- It is better to book toy train tickets yourself rather than relying on other hotels.
Mountains are calling! The land of dense greenery, mighty mountains, calm aura, and cloudy atmosphere, Sikkim will surely make one fall in love with itself. A perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city culture and spend quality time with family, Sikkim is emerging as an escape for travelers. Without further ado, plan your vacation to Sikkimand embrace the marvels of nature at its best!
Frequently Asked Questions About Family Trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling
A. It is advised to pack winter essentials, comfortable shoes, woolen socks, umbrella, and a light jacket if you are visiting during summer or monsoon season.
A. Nathula Pass is accessible only to the Indian citizens. Although, it is advised that infants and elderly people should avoid traveling to Nathula Pass, especially during the winter season.
A. No, passport is not required to travel to Sikkim.
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