DAY 01- ARRIVAL NJP RAILWAY STATION / (IXB) BAGDOGRA AIRPORT - GANGTOK
On arrival at NJP Railway Station / (IXB) Bagdogra Airport, (413 Ft / 126 Mts) you will meet by our local representative who will assist you to board your vehicle to Gangtok (5412 Ft / 1650 Mts, 130 Kms / 04 to 05 Hrs), Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 02 GANGTOK – TSHANGU LAKE & BABA MANDIR EXCURSION
NRI, OCI, PIO Card holder & Foreign National are not allowed to visit Baba Mandir & Nathula Pass. They are allowed to visit till Tshangu Lake, with a valid permit. They also have to be 02 & above is number to visit Tshangu Lake. For getting the valid permit these guest will have to bring with them their valid passport & visa / OCI / PIO Card. They will also be required to bring along with them 08 passport size photograph for processing their permits into Sikkim, Tshangu lake, Lachen & Lachung. There will be an additional cost for processing the permit & making the tour applicable. Kindly write to us for additional cost. For Indian Passport Holders to process the permit we would require the following:
- 03 passport size photograph of each member traveling whether Adult or Children with their name, age & gender written behind each photograph.
- Photo Copy of Photo ID proof of each member traveling whether Adult or Children. Original to be brought with self.
- A list mentioning the Name Age & Gender of all traveler family wise.
- Any documents issued by Central or State Government having Photo, Name and the address will be considered as ID Proof. The Photo ID Proof can be anyone of the following, Driving License, Voter Card, Valid Passport & Aadhar Card. Pan Card is not accepted as ID proof by the authorities.
- In case of Child traveling below 18 Years or couple traveling where there is no ID proof of wife, there has to be a written declaration given from the parents / husband.
For Tshangu Lake & Nathula Pass there is no refund, after the permit is confirmed by Sikkim tourism, due to whatsoever reason (Land slide, Heavy rain fall, VIP Movement, Health issue etc).
After breakfast, in the morning, start for excursion to Tshangu Lake (12400Ft / 3780 Mts / 43Kms in 3Hrs one way from Gangtok) & Baba Mandir (13100Ft / 3994 Mts / 16Kms in 1Hrs one way from Tshangu Lake. Situated at a height of 12400Ft / 3780 Mts / 43Kms in 3Hrs one way, with an average depth of 50 ft. The cool water of the Lake is perfectly attuned with the scenic beauty around. Back to Gangtok and Overnight at Hotel. (Incase of Landslide or due to any other reasons if Tshangu Lake is closed then an alternate sightseeing will be provided)
One can opt for Nathula Excursion by paying a supplement cost which varies from month to month. Organising the permit at the last moment is not possible & a clear window of 72 Hrs with proper documents is required to process the permit. Nathula permit gets confirmed a day prior OR on the day of journey (depending on the working of the permit issuing office) & it is subjected to permit availability as it is allotted as per turn. At times the demend for Nathula permit goes to 700 vehicle where as the permit issued is only 60 for civil & 40 for government. Nathula is closed on Monday & Tuesday for tourist. NATHULA CAN BE GUARANTEED IF YOU HAVE CONTACTS IN THE ARMY OR IF YOU ARE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE. KINDLY USE YOUR SOURCES SO THAT THE PERMIT COULD BE PROCURE. THE MODUS OPERANDI FOR THIS WOULD BE THAT YOU WOULD BE REQUIRING THE CAR NUMBER AND DRIVER LICENSE A DAY PRIOR TO THE JOURNEY DATE. INCASE YOU TAKE THE NUMBER AND DRIVER DETAILS IN ADVANCE AND GOD FORBID DUE TO WHATSOEVER REASON IF THE DRIVER AND THE VEHICLE ANY ONE OF TWO IS NOT ABLE TO REPORT THEN YOUR WHOLE EXERCISE OF GETTING THE PERMIT DONE GETS FUTILE. WHILE COORDINATING THIS WITH THE ARMY OR OTHER SOURCE, PLEASE REQUEST THE SOURCE TO DO BOTH THE ARMY AND THE TOURISM PERMISSION, THIS SAVES A LOT OF TIME. WORSE TO WORSE IF ALL ABOVE GOES IN VAIN PLEASE DO NOT GET DISHEARTENED AS YOU WILL ONLY MISS 4 KM DRIVE AS THE VISIT TO THANGU LAKE & BABAMANDIR TAKES YOU INTO THE AREA WHERE NATHULA IS LOCATED. Nathula (14140 Ft / 4310 Mts / 20 Kms in 1Hrs one way from Tshangu Lake) Baba Mandir (13100Ft / 3994 Mts / 16Kms in 1Hrs one way from Tshangu Lake) is an Indo China border, controlled by the Indian Army & is situated approx 20 Kms ahead of Tshangu Lake at an height of 14140 Ft / 4310. The journey to Nathula & Baba Mandir is same up to 16 Kms. At this point the right arm of the "V" which is 4 Kms takes one to Baba Mandir & left arm of the "V" which is 4 Kms takes one to Nathula.
DAY 03 GANGTOK - DARJEELING
Morning go for a half day (04 hrs) sightseeing covering Jhakri Water Falls along with Do-rul Chhorten, Research Institute of Tibetology (Closed on Sunday), Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom (Closed on Sunday) and Flower Show. Afternoon transfer to Darjeeling (6710 Ft / 2046 Mts, 110 Kms / 04 to 05 Hrs). Check in and overnight at Hotel.
DAY 04 - DARJEELING
Early morning tour to Tiger Hills (8482 Ft / 2586 Mts at around 4 AM) to view sunrise over Kanchendzonga Peak (subject to clear weather). On way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop. After breakfast go for a half-day sightseeing of Japanese Temple, Peace pagoda, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park & Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Darjeeling Ropeway Ride (Ticket cost not included & will be approx INR 180.00 per person) Tenzing & Gombu Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center (Closed on Sunday) & panoramic view of Tea Estate. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 05 DARJEELING - NJP STATION / BAGDOGRA
Today transfer to NJP Railway Station / (IXB) Bagdogra Airport (413 Ft / 126 Mts, 100 Kms / 03 to for your onwards connection / journey. Optional via Mirik - Drive via Mirik can be availed by paying a supplement cost of INR 1000.00 per vehicle.