S/09: 14 days Village homestay Experience in Sikkim and Kalimpong

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TOUR DETAILS

With optional alternative 12 nights village homestay plus 02 night extention packages to either Darjeeling or Gangtok.

This tour offers a chance to stay with families in villages to enable you to experience local lifestyles .

You get to see everything that the region offers- Magnificent snow clad mountains, forests teeming with bio diverse flora, river valleys, terraced cultivation, rural hamlets, Buddhist monasteries, and a fascinating blend of beautiful ethnic people. You have a opportunity to explore the varied cuisine, peep into Himalayan lifestyles, walk and explore the countryside, meet people in their homes and fields, and make friends. We offer memorable eexperiences, with plenty of photo opportunities.

Village Home stay accommodation caters for comfortable Double / Twin Guest rooms, with furnishings bed and toilet linen. Attached western style toilets are provided, for all. Hot water is available on request. Room heaters are provided in winter. Extra beds can be arranged for children. Guests are served on a table set with crockery, cutlery, and table linen. They can also choose a traditional floor sitting service, served in traditional utencils / leaves .

The cuisine provides for semi western style breakfasts with Indian, Nepali Chinese and Lepcha dishes, for lunch and dinner. Food is home cooked. Local products are used to the maximum extent.

ITENERIES

Day 01: Arrive Bagdogra and drive to Kalimpong

Fly in to Bagdogra airport from Delhi, Kolkata, Paro, or Guwahati
Met by car with driver.

Drive to Kalimpong. Check in at Gurudongma house. Overnight.

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Day 02: Kalimpong local tour

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Explore Kalimpong. Colonial buildings, Orchid and Cactii nurseries, Hindu Temple, Dr Grahams homes, view points ,atmospheric bazaar, Hand made paper, River rafting , para gliding and more.

Driving cum walking tour. Car with drtiver + guide provided.

Overnight Gurudongma House.

Day 03: Kalimpong – Lava – Lolegaon – Samthar

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Drive cum trek to the remote village of Samthar through virgin forests.Enroute visit Lava Buddhist Monastery. Two short treks.( 2-3 hrs each). Biodiverse flora, isolated hamlets, terraced cultivation, mountain streams, and more.

Not interested in trekking.You can drive all the way in 3.30 hrs. Overnight at Lepcha homestay at Kabi West Village.

Scenic and remote,The Samthar Plateau, at an elevation of 1500 Meters, is an “off beat” location.It is inhabited by a blend of various ethnic groups-Lepchas, Bhutias and Nepali. It is an ideal place to peep into lifestyles of this fascinating hill community. It also has diverse flora, well-developed mountain agriculture, forests, and river valleys, and offers breathtaking views of the Panorama of snows.

The Samthar Farmhouse is an old Lepcha house built of stone and timber, converted for comfortable living, whilst maintaining its ambience. It has a lovely nature garden with scenic views. Lepcha home stay in the village of Kabi West is hosted by Charles Lepcha and Nepali home stay on the premises of Awake & Shine School is hosted by the Bhujel family. Both home stays provide comfortable Double / Twin Guest rooms, with furnishings bed and toilet linen, and attached Western style toilets are provided.

Day 04: Samthar: Walking exploration of Lepcha village

Explore Lepcha hamlets. Meet people and join in song and dance.
Overnight at Lepcha homestay.

Day 05: Samthar valley exploration trek to Gairigaon Nepali village

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Short easy walk through the Samthar Valley to Gairigaon.
Visit awake & Shine school ,explore Gairigaon village, and surroundings and meet the folks. Join in Nepali song and dance
Overnight at Nepali home stay.

Day 06: Lower Samthar valley trek to the Samthar Farm House

Trek down to Khola Gari hamlet. Explore the lower Samthar Valley and have lunch with a local family.
Trek back to Samthar Farm House for overnight.

Day 07: Samthar Farm House

A day of leisure. Option of cooking lessons, chang beer making, straw mat making, basket making. Village market day is Wednesday
Overnight at Samthar Farm House.

Day 08: Teesta valley trek and drive to Hi barmoik village near Rinchenpong ( West Sikkim)

      

Trek for 04 hrs down to Teesta Valley Dam with guide and one porter per head. Transfer by car with driver to Hi Barmoik via Rinchenpong, in West Sikkim. Enroute complete border documentation at Malli Check Post. ( For Foreign nationals)
FOREIGN PASSPORT HOLDERS: Sikkim is restricted entry area, requiring a permit. Foreign Tourist can get the permit at the entry check post at Malli. Passports with valid India visa and 3 copies of passport sized photos are required.

Upon arrival check in at the Chettri family homestay for overnight.

Day 09: Hi Barmoik sikkimese village exploration Nature and culture walk

Guided village walk to meet various ethnic groups living in the village- Rais, Bhutias, Sherpaa, Gurung, Chhetri, Sanyashi, Bahun, You will be welcomed to their homes, meet families, and peep into lifestyles. You can also talke a short trek to the fringes of the Vershay Rhododendron sanctuary.

Overnight at Chettri family home stay.

Day 10: Hi Barmoik to Pamayangtse, 2200 m

   

Drive to Pamayangtse in 1.30 hrs Pamayangtse is the heart of Western Sikkim; known as the the cradle of Buddhism in Sikkim. On various hill tops inter- visible to each other, are located a string of holy sites. Pamayangtse – the sublime perfect lotus, was built in 1705. It is the paramount of the Nyingmapa monasteries of Sikkim, and regarded the most prestigious. Sangacholing Monastery – the place of secret spells was founded in 1697. Clay statues dating back to the 17th Century are amongst the oldest in Sikkim. Both monasteries have splendid views of the snows and river valleys.

Take a tour of Pamayangtse. Monastery with guide. Continue short drive to Dara Gaon Village home stay for overnight.

Day 11: Pamayangtse: Dara Gaon Sikkimese village exploration

Rise early for spectacular sunrise view over Mt Khandchendzonga. Latter walking exploration of village and surroundings. Overninght at Dara Gaon Village home stay.

Day 12: Pamayangtse– Turuk, 1400 m via Rabang la and Samduptse

    

Wake up early to once again see the sunrise on the great peaks of the Khangchendzonga group. Later drive 50 Kms in 02 hrs to Kewzing, located amidst pristine forests at elevation of 1700 m. Take a easy nature trek to Doling Monastery, along a lovely forest trail Thereafter drive to Samduptse; famous for the largest statue of Guru Padmasambhava in the world, and the Namchi Rock Garden.

Continue for one hour to reach Turuk.- a small village at an altitude of 1400 m. A 160 years old heritage house and estate, surrounded by nine acres of flora, and lawns, at an off beat location.. Here time stands still and the air is filled with the fragrance of wild flowers and bird song. The tranquil surroundings offer quite walks, village explorations and bird watching. Check in at the atmospheric Heritage house for overnight.

Day 13: Turuk Exploration

   

A day to relax and take quite walks to visit local homesteads, wonder at the diverse flora, learn some sikkimese recipes from your hostess and take a walk along the razor sharp edge of humongous cliff called Taray Bhir – with panoramic views Overnight at Turuk heritage house.

Day 14: Pamayangtse- Bagdogra

Drive to Bagdogra in Car with driver in 06 hrs.. TOUR ENDS.

Optional alternative itinerary: 12 nights village homestay plus 02 night extention packages to either Darjeeling or Gangtok

Delete 02 nights at Turuk and instead extend your tour from Pamayangtse to either Gangtok or Darjeeling.

Extention 1: 02 Nights at Darjeeling

Day 12: Turuk – Darjeeling

Rise early for spectacular sunrise view over Mt Khandchendzonga. Transfer by car with driver to Darjeeling in 3.30 hrs. Explore bazaar on your own. Overnight at hotel / home stay.

Day 13: Darjeeling

Local Sightseeing with guide. Overnight Hotel / home stay.

Day 14: Darjeeling- Bagdogra

Transfer Darjeeling to Bagdogra in car with driver.
TOUR ENDS.

Extention 2: 02 nights Gangtok

Day 12: Pamayanmgtse- Gangtok

Rise early for spectacular sunrise view over Mt Khandchendzonga. Transfer by car with driver to Gangtok in 5.30 hrs. check in Overnight hotel.

Day 13: Gangtok sightseeing

Local sightseeing tour with guide. Overnight hotel.

Day 14: Gangtok- Bagdogra

Transfer Darjeeling to Bagdogra in car with driver.
TOUR ENDS.

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