Monday, January 30, 2012

Sikkim and Darjeeling Tours Level :Duration : 8 Days

Day 1: Pick up Bagdogra/NJP drive Gangtok, 126kms, and 4 hours.Bagdogra is the nearest Airport where as NJP (New Jalpaiguri) is the closest Railway Station to Sikkim. Drive to Gangtok passes through a lush green vegetation adjacent to it river Teesta flows in a vibrant current.

Day 2: Tour around Gangtok including Rumtek Monastery, Flower show, Hanuman Tok, Institute of Tibetology, Tashiview Point, Chorten Stupa.Rumtek is one of the biggest monasteries in Sikkim, which was built in the year 1960 by His holiness 17th Karmapa who fled Tibet due to Chinese aggression. Flower Show houses large number of flower as well the ornamental plants of Sikkim. During the flowering season, exhibitions and competitions are held here. Sikkim has around 4000 species of flowering plants. Hanuman tok situated at hilltop has a Hanuman Mandir and during the clear weather Kanchendzonga range can be view at its best. Institute of Tibetology houses large number of Buddhist scriptures as well acts as museum. Tashiview point provides an excellent view of Mount Kanchendzonga and far-flung North Sikkim Villages. Telescopic view of mountains is available. Chorten stupa is situated near Tibetology.

Day 3: Day trip to Tsongo-Babamandir/Nathula Pass. Tsongo Lake, Babamandir and Nathula are situated in high altitude area. Tsong is at 12400 feet, Babamandir app. At 13000feet and Nathula is at 14600 feet. Tsongo Lake is an alpine lake with lots of rainbow trout though it is a sacred lake of Sikkim. Visitors are not allowed to do boating and entering the lake. Baba mandir is situated much higher with a mandir established and maintained by 17th Mountain Brigade. Baba Harbajan a soldier who perished in a gushing river in 1960 re surfaced to protect the border of Indo-China. Nathula pass is gateway to Tibet and before Chinese aggression this used to be only a silk route to Lhasa. Nathula to Lhasa is only 470 kms. In near future this route is being re- opened to start Indo-China Trade. Gangtok to Tsongo—Baba Mandir drive is one of the most interesting as it provides an altitudinal changes along with the vegetation changes. During winter the region is full of snow. Nathula is opened for visitors on the following days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,Saturday and Sunday. Tour has to be organized by recognized local travel agent.

Day 4: Gangtok drive Pelling. Pelling new tourist destination, which has sprung up to feed the west Sikkim tourism circuit. Pelling provides excellent view of Kanchendzonga range. Khechuperi lake which is about 13km from Pelling is yet another sacred lake of Sikkim. It is believed that once you visit the Lake and wish in your mind will be fulfilled. The Lake is in the shape of a Buddha's foot and all around rich forest cover guards the habitats. Lake provides shelter to large number of birds.

Day 5: Tour around Pelling including Rabdentse ruins, Pemayangtse Monastery Rabdentse palace ruins are covered with thick forest. It was the second capital of Sikkim before shifting to Tumlong later to Gangtok. Pemayangtse monastery is the premier monastery of Sikkim. View of mount Kanchendzonga is at its best.

Day 6: Pelling drive Darjeeling, half day sight seeing.

Day 7: Early morning visit Tiger hill later visit remaining tourist spots including Zoo and Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.

Day 8: Darjeeling drive to Bagdogra/NJP Railway station.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tandong Hill

Tandong  hill is the  highest hill top of sikkim,located at an altitude of 8530ft surrounded by lush green forest .Trekking to this hill top is possible from Damthang,south -sikkim.Every year many local people and people from nearby state trek to this hill in the month of april to enjoy the panaromic view of plains and mountain ranges.Historically, this has been a place of recluse for Buddhist Lamas who spend years in meditation amidst the silent scenic grandeur
Tandong in lepcha language means "the upraised horn ".As per the local legend,Tandong hill rescued the lepchas from the flood.Even now, the Hill is regarded as a benefactor and people pray to the hill every year on the 8th of august(tandong- lo -ram -fat) to keep them away from the calamity of flood always.

Trekking to this hill would be spiritual as well as adventurous experience.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

kagyad Dance

Kagyed or Kagyad is a Buddhist festival held in parts of northern India, particularly Sikkim. The Kagyed dance is performed on the 28th and 29th day of the 10th month of the Tibetan Calendar which usually falls in early December.
The Kagyed dance symbolizes destruction of the evil forces by burning effigies made of wood, flour, and paper. and dance  enact a variety of themes from the buddhist mythology. Practitioners also pray for peace and prosperity for every Sikimmese home. Annually the festival is performed by the monks at the  Tsuklakhang Palace,Phodong monastery and phensong monastery  two days before Sikkimese new year.

'Village home stays' in Sikkim gaining popularity

'Village home stays' in Sikkim gaining popularity

Gangtok, Jan 11 (ANI): In a bid to boost tourism in Lingee Payong village of Sikkim, the tourism department has decided to set up village home stay locale which is gaining popularity among the domestic as well as international tourists.
 The home stay is deliberated as a great opportunity for the villagers as it would create a sustainable source of income and provide a market for their produce.
The youth from the village have involved themselves in various training sessions to inspire the village tourism.
 "Everyone does not come to stay in urban areas; there are some people who wish to visit villages also. They want to enjoy their holidays and they want to rejuvenate their body, mind and soul. For this, village is the best place to go and to be in a home stay with their people, with their tradition, with their culture, eating together and sharing knowledge. All these things indirectly or directly boost state tourism," said a local trainee, Gompu Tshering Bhutia.
 The students who visit the village undergo training sessions in home stay locale, which provides them an insight to the ethnic culture by interacting with the locals as well as the home stay owners.
 "Now, we can see the difference like youngster whoever, I mean, after completing their graduation, whatever their college and now we can see that they are coming to tourism, like, through, like some of them are working as a guide, some of them are in a home stay. From different point of views, we can see the difference now," said the general secretary of Travel Agent Association of Sikkim, Norgay Lachungpa.
 The trainers appreciated the initiative of the tourism department for providing an impetus to locals as well as the tourism industry.
 The district authorities said that all the arrangements had been made to facilitate the visitors in the town.
 Around ten home stay locales have been constructed in the village, which are attracting a large number of tourists from across India. (ANI)

Above article is the extract from Newtrack India .
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012


 Dzongu,Sikkim was listed in one of the 12th destination  to see in India by Shivya Nath which appear in one the India's national newspaper "Hindu" on 30th dec.2011.Here is the extract of the article.

Why look elsewhere when you have plenty to see — and feel — in your backyard? Shivya Nath lists 12 destinations for which you don't need a passport

 Dzongu, Sikkim
A secret paradise near Gangtok, Dzongu is home to dense jungles, hidden waterfalls, and beautifully virgin valleys. Surrounded by rugged Himalayan peaks on all sides, Dzongu's picturesque villages are home to the Lepchas people, who welcome visitors to stay with them in their humble homes and shower them with traditional mountain hospitality and food.
Despite its setting in the Himalayas, Dzongu is different from its northern counterparts in the tranquillity of its setting and the peaceful vibes of its scanty population. A taste of life in the North-east of India makes you realize what a truly diverse country we live in.

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