Sikkim Darjeeling Motor Cycle Tour - 14 Days
Sikkim Darjeeling Tea Gardens Motor Cycle Tour
13 Nights – 14 Days
Riding distance : 1000 KMS / 650 MILES | Best Time : October – November & March – April
Tour Dates : 22ND OCT To 04TH NOV | Altitude: 240 M – 3636 M / 790 FT – 11998 FT
The unspoilt forests, valleys and mountains –tea gardens – darjeeling – majestic view of kanchendzonga and mount everest – sandakphu – falut – pemayangtse monastery – tashiding – yuksom – rumtek – gangtok – phodong – labrang – kalimpong – dooars
SIKKIM is in Eastern Himalayas, sandwiched between Nepal to its west and Bhutan to its east. In the north is Tibet. To the south is the Indian State of West Bengal. It is the second smallest state in India (approx. Area 7300 sq. km), only 112km in length and 64 km wide. Flat land is a rarity. Sikkim once covered a much larger area, but now begins at the foot of the mountains. It is dominated by Khangchendzonga, which means the ‘Five Treasures of the Great Snows’. According to Sikkimese belief it is the repository of minerals, grains, salt, weapons and Holy Scriptures. On its West Side is the massive 31km long Zemu glacier. Various explorers and mountaineers have claimed to see yeti or theirs prints in the vicinity of the mountain and its glacier, and in common with other regions of the Himalayas and Karakoram the ‘abominable snowman’ has its place in folklore. Sikkim was formerly a separate kingdom, but was effectively annexed (officially merged) by India in 1975. The royal family still lives here, but no longer holds power.
ARRIVE IN DELHI / KOLKATTA.
We will meet you at Delhi Airport or Kolkatta Airport and transfer you to your Hotel. Because fellow group members may be arriving on different flights, we will wait to meet the fellow group members on the next day at the breakfast table and the staff at the dinner table.
DELHI / KOLKATTA – BAGDOGRA – MIRIK
Today we rise very early to board our flight to Bagdogra. On arrival in Baagdogra we will be transferred to Mirik by a mini bus which takes approx. 3 – 4 Hrs. Upon arrival to your Hotel in Mirik.
MIRIK – DARJEELING (2150 M / 7095 FT) (60 KMS / 2 – 3 HRS)
Post breakfast We will meet the tour staff waiting with the motorcycles and have a briefing to cover safety precautions, touring style, road conditions, and check personal equipment, with time to select our bikes and become familiar with starting procedures, control layouts and bike handling. We ride through tea plantations along the border to Nepal to Darjeeling “The place of the Thunderbolt” the famous tea planter’s bazaar high up in the Himalayan foothills.
DARJEELING – SANDAKFU (3636 M / 11998 FT) (70 KMS / 3 – 4 HRS)
Post breakfast we ride on a road which IS a famous trekking route in West Bengal “Darjeeling – Sandakphu – Phalut – Rimbik – Ramam” but now also motor able road which give us a chance to ride on the SingaliLa ridge, the most fascinating Himalayan region on the Indo – Nepal Border. Sandakphu and Phalut is one of the most popular ones in the Eastern Himalayas due to the grand vistas of the Kanchenjunga range and the Everest range which can be seen from the ridge, and also for the seasonal wildflower blooms and birding.We can view the Himalayas to its optimum beauty and grandeur and the panorama is completely by the mighty Kanchendzonga and Mt. Everest.
SANDAKFU – PHALUT(3600 M / 11880 FT) –RIMBIK (2286 M / 7545 FT)
The ride from Sandakphu to Phalut is the most spectacular of the ride. Riding through rhododendrons and the burned silver fir forest makes most of the beautiful sight; you will come across a stone house with blown of roof on the top of a small ridge. The place is known as Sabarkum. Start descending from here to Rimbik from where you can have stunning views of Kanchendzonga along with other ice pinnacles that reflect the hidden colors of sunlight revealed only at dawn and twilight.
RIMBIK – PEMAYANGTSE.
Post breakfast we will be riding through the small halets and tea gardens till Nayabazar. From nayabazar to Legship is flat riding just on top of River Rangit, passing through terraced farms, lush sub-tropical vegetation and occasional villages till you reach Pelling.
PEMAYANGTSE– TASHIDING – YUKSOM – PEMAYANGTSE.
We will wake up early and ride to the Sangacholing Monastery where sunrise over Kangchenjunga and the adjoining peaks can be seen on a clear day. After breakfast we will visit the second oldest Pemayangtse Monastery of Sikkim built in 1716, ruins of Rabdantse, and the second palace of Sikkim and continue our ride to Tashiding Monastery and Yuksom which is the oldest capital of Sikkim where the first king of Sikkim was consecrated in 1642 A. It is set in loneliness and tranquility amidst the beautiful mountainous backdrop. We ride back the same route to Pemayangtse.
PEMAYANGTSE – RUMTEK.(110 KMS / 5 – 6 HRS)
Post breakfast we will ride taking the narrow mountain roads through deep valleys, remote passes and Tea Plantations, visiting Ravangla Tibetan settlement and the beautiful village Ravangla (2440m) located on the ridge separating the Teesta valley from the Rangit valley. The prime attraction of Ravangla is the unobstructed views of the snow peaks it offers breath taking views of Kanchanjungha along with its sister peaks of Pandim, Kabru, Sinialchu and many others.After a long, twisty motorcycle ride at various altitudes, we will reach the Gangtok–Siliguri national highway at Singtam taking the diversion to Rumtek.
RUMTEK – GANGTOK – PHODONG – RUMTEK (150 KMS ROUND TRIP)
Post breakfast we will ride for a day excursion to Gangtokthe capital and largest town of the Indian state of Sikkim situated at an altitude of 1,437 M /4,715 FT. and Phodong and Labrang Monasteries.
RUMTEK – KALIMPONG (100 KMS / 4 – 5 HRS)
Post breakfast we will be riding out of Sikkim through the Melli and Rangpo check post and continuing further to Kalimpong “the city of gladiolas” 80% of Indian Gladiolas are produced here. Visit the town.
KALIMPONG – DOOARS (110 KMS / 4 – 5 HRS)
Post breakfast we continue our last day ride to Dooars on the India – Bhutan Highway through the Tea Gardens and the Garumara National Park.
Day at leisure for Wildlife viewing and Jungle activities.
DOOARS – BAGDOGRA – KOLKATTA / DELHI
KOLKATTA / DELHI
Transfer to the Airport to board the flight back home.