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Sikkim Culture Explorer

This Sikkim Culture Explorer (SCE) tries to capture the charm & beauty of Sikkim's natural beauty before this mountain state starts to lose its cultural richness due to the onslaught of mass tourism. We will drive though rugged mountain roads, walk through lush verdant forests and rhododendron-covered hillsides, and visit some of the most revered and beautiful monasteries in Sikkim that are tended by red-robed Tibetan lamas.

Compared to the physically more demanding Sikkim Goecha Trek, the SCE has a predominant focus on culture and nature as we seek to take in the varied beauty of the land, its people, and a glimpse into their culture. Floral lovers will find delights in camping overnight at a rhododendron sanctuary while mountain lovers will be excited by the beautiful views of the Kangchenjunga massif and other beautiful peaks of Sikkim as seen from high viewpoints. The highlight of the trip could well be the journey to the relatively pristine and beautiful North Sikkim - where the high plains parallel that of the Tibetan plateau.

This trip to the remote and beautiful Himalayan state of Sikkim promises to be one unforgettable experience for all.

Highlights
  • Visit delightful former British hill station of Darjeeling
  • Panoramic views of the world’s 3rd highest mountain - Kangchenjunga as well as other beautiful peaks
  • Getting to know the engaging Sikkimese people, visiting famous monasteries and learning more about Tibetan Buddhism
  • Visit the alpine Lake Changu (Tsango)
  • Visit/camp in Rhododendron Forest Sanctuary in Western Sikkim
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Duration: 16 days
   
Dates: 01 -16 Mar 13
  20 Apr - 5 May 13
  01 -16 May 13
  31 Aug - 15 Sep 13
   
Maximum Altitude 4,000-m Changu Lake

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Day 1
Singapore - Calcutta - Siliguri
Day 2 - 3 From Siliguri, by jeep through mountain roads to Darjeeling, famous worldwide for its quality tea as well as final resting place of Tenzing Norgay, the 1st & most famous Sherpa Everester. Catch the famous sunrise of Kangchenjanga Range from Tiger Hill & visit other places of interest such as Himalayan Mountaineering Institute where there's an extensive exhibits on Mount Everest.
Day 4 - 14

Depart for Sikkim to start your culture and nature tour of this beautiful unspoilt mountain state. In western Sikkim, visit the highly revered Pemayangtse Monastery. Also visit the other famous monastery - Rumtek - as we drive to Gangtok, the capital city, and head north for a visit to the beautiful alpine Changu/Tsango Lake. The highlight of the trip will be up north in North Sikkim to the remote Yumthang Valley. The experience may well be more culturally interesting than Tibet itself ! If time permit, we may even do a half day whitewater rafting of the Teesta River (additional cost) as we make our way back, and end our adventure on a high note.

If we're lucky, we may be able to time our visit to coincide with the once-in-a-year Chham Festival where we get to see the famous Kagyet dance at the local monastery where we can watch lamas in ornate masks & costumes performing the masked dance drama. Do note the festival dates varies through different year and may not always be held during the period of our visit ( such as Y2002 ).

Day 15 - 16 Sikkim - Calcutta - Singapore

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NOTE : Sikkim is a restricted area within India and special endorsements are required in addition to a visa. Interested members are to submit their trip applications at least 1 month before departure date.

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