How did I travel in Sikkim for 7 days

Part 1

Visiting the mountains is in everyone’s holiday wishlist, but with all the option of places available and the limited information, especially about the travel, the stay and the places to visit there, planning a vacation in the mountains can be a daunting task. 

On the way to Lachung

Also when you choose a place like Sikkim, which is not much explored, preparing a budget and a tour plan is crucial as there is not much information available about the travel options In Sikkim.

This way you won’t be running out of cash halfway or get stuck in any awkward situation especially when you are travelling for the first time or travelling solo. However, if you are still figuring out about your travel plan or the aspects to include while panning your next vacation to Sikkim, here is the detailed travel itinerary that I followed while I was in Sikkim in November the last year.

River Teesta

I was travelling to Sikkim from Bangalore, so I had taken a flight till Siliguri, Sikkim also has an airport in Pakyong but because it is at an altitude of 1399m, the flights are dependent on the weather condition. I decided to visit Gangtok first as its the capital city and would be an ideal location for my journey further. Gangtok is around 145 kms away from Siliguri and the only possible way to reach Gangtok from Siliguri is by road. There are a multiple options to choose among like shared cab, private cab, or self driven cars or bikes. I took a shared cab by whizzride.com which costed me 900/- from Siliguri to Gangtok. 

Lachen

Also read: The Best Places to visit in Gangtok

After reaching Gangtok I checked-in to my homestay “Yeshey’s Ark” which I had booked from Airbnb. My stay for one day at Gangtok costed me around 1200/- for a double sharing room in a decent homestay. After a quick nap I went to the famous MG Marg just to explore the place a bit, have some local food and most importantly to book a tour package to North Sikkim as entry to North Sikkim needs Inter Line Permit which becomes easy if you take a guided tour package. You can find many tour agencies in MG Marg but to get a proper price for your tour I would suggest you to try multiple agents and haggle a bit. I had taken a tour package from “Connect Sikkim” which costed me 16000/- for two people for a private vehicle. You can also opt for shared Vehicle tour which would cost between 3500/- to 5000/- depending on the time you visit. This package includes your stay, transport, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

On the way to Lachen

Next day I started for North Sikkim early in the morning from Vajra Taxi stand. In North Sikkim my first place of stay was at Lachen, a small town in the north sikkim district. I reached Lachen late in the evening so directly checked in at the hotel as I had to leave early the next morning for my first destination. At dinner I was served chicken thali which had a local vegetable fry, dal, chicken curry and rice. You would hardly find chapati or roti options here so you carry your options along with you if you don’t eat rice. 

Waterfall on the way to Lachung

The next morning I left for Gurudongmar Lake at around 6 in the morning. It took us around 2 hours drive to reach the location. Gurudongmar Lake is the highest lake in India. It is believed to be a sacred lake among the locals and they often offer prayers at this lake. This lake is at an altitude of 17800ft and hence you might have some breathing issues here. (If you feel you might face beathing issues you can carry camphor with you and smell it regularly)

Gurudongmar Lake

From Gurudongmar Lake we went to Kala Patthar. You have to cross the Chopta valley to reach Kaala Patthar. This place is famous for its beautiful landscape of black mountains covered in white snow. One of the best places to visit in sikkim, has snow all year round and the splendid route to kaala patthar should be on every photo enthusiasts itinerary. As this place is not as high altitude as Gurudongmar lake, you can stay here for a longer time and click some pictures and also have some hot Maggie or momos and tea. These places are in the border lands and maintained by the Government authorities, hence the entry might be restricted at times. 

After our visit to Kaala Patthar, we directly left for our next stop, Lachung. On the way to Lachung we stopped for lunch at Lachen, at the same hotel where we had stayed the last night. After crossing several waterfalls and mountains we finally reached Lachung by evening and checked into our hotel where we were going to stay for the next night. As we didn’t have much to do and also the temperature was 4 degree Celsius, we had an early dinner and slept early as we had to again start real early the next morning. 

My stay at Lachung

The next morning we started for our next point which was Yumthang Valley and Zero Point. For which we again had to travel for 2 hours to reach the place, before that we stopped at the house of an old lady serving hot Maggie and bread jam for breakfast.

Breakfast at Lachen

Zero point is the last point of land of India after which you can actually see the China land. It is covered with snow all year round and you can click some Instagram worthy pictures here in the snow capped mountains. You can enjoy some steaming momos and Maggie here.

Zero Point

Just below Zero point is the Yumthang Valley, this valley with the river Teesta on one side and magnificent Himalayan range on the other side is one of the places that one should visit once in his lifetime. If you are visiting Yumthang Valley during the spring season you can see the whole valley full of flower blossoms. After a good time basking in the sun in Yumthang we moved forward for a quick snacks in India’s highest dosa point, which is again maintained by the Indian Army. After our snacks we left for Gangtok as we wanted to reach early before sunset and visit MG Marg for some shopping.

Yumthang Valley
Yumthang Valley

We reached Gangtok at around 6 PM and crashed into our bed, so that we could take a short nap and visit MG Marg in the evening. The taxi driver dropped us at Vajra taxi stand, the same place from where we started our journey. So with this we have completed half of our Sikkim trip and in the nest blog I shall tell you about our journey to South Sikkim.

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