Sikkim-Darjeeling Homestay Hop Itinerary
Dates : January 2020
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DAY 1: BAGDOGRA to RAVANGLA
Arrive at Bagdogra Airport and we will pick you up. The drive from Bagdogra to Ravangla will be roughly 4-5 hours. Your hosts at Ravangla for the next two days will be Mr.Sanjeev Rai and Mrs.Priya Rai. Dinner will be at our homestay with some Tongba (the local barley drink of the region).
Distance : 130 kms
DAY 2 : AROUND RAVANGLA
We will dedicate this day to exploring the wondrous countryside of Ravangla. From the homestay, located amidst the wilderness surrounded by a fish farm, local vegetation, and bamboo thickets, we will drive to Seven Mirror Lake, Dorling Monastery, Bon Monastery, Buddha Park, all the way to Rabong Monastery for a view of the journey ahead. All meals will be at our homestay.
DAY 3 : RAVANGLA to YUKSOM via TASHIDING
We’ll spend the morning with the homestay host Mr.Sanjeev Rai, an avid birder and naturalist. He will take us on a short hike to view Mt.Kanchendzonga at sunrise. For the curious ones who wish to know about his home and surrounding plantations and farm, he will help you get familiarized with the biodiversity surrounding the region. After lunch, we will drive to Yuksom. An amazing pitstop at Tashiding Monastery (the holiest and most sacred monastery in Sikkim) on the way will be your first introduction to the Buddhist pilgrimage trail we will be visiting on this journey. Your host in Yuksom is Mrs.Buddha Rani Limboo. Dinner will be at our homestay.
Distance : 55 kms
DAY 4 : YUKSOM to KHECHEOPALRI
Yuksom is a model village for sustainable eco-tourism. Mrs.Limboo’s homestay is surrounded by a garden that deserves your attention. From ground apples to Magnolia trees, you’re surrounded by a meticulously maintained garden which she will be happy to give you a tour around. Everything we eat here is homegrown. After breakfast we’ll leave for a tour of Yuksom which was once the first capital of the erstwhile Sikkimese Kingdom. We will visit the Coronation Throne of Norbugang, and Dubdi Monastery (two more spots on the Buddhist Pilgrimage trail in Sikkim). By lunchtime, we will drive to Khecheopalri Lake, stopping at Kanchendzonga Waterfall on the way.
Your host at Khecheopalri is Latup Tsering Bhutia. He’s the proud owner of a humble home located inside the Khecheopalri forest, a 7 minute walk from the road. Khecheopalri lake is another spot on the Buddhist Pilgrimage trail here. Another highlight of the trip is Latup’s homemade wood-fire oven pizza, which we will devour for dinner with some locally brewed Tongba.
Distance : 30 kms
Day 5 : KHECHEOPALRI to MARTAM via PELLING
After breakfast, we will drive through Pelling, a bustling town that offers unparalleled views of the Kanchendzonga massif. Pelling is also home to Pemayangtse Monastery, Sanga Choeling Monastery, the Rabdentse Ruins, and not to forget, a brand new skywalk. The first three sights in Pelling will conclude all the spots in the Buddhist Pilgrimage trail in Sikkim. At the end of the day we will drive to Mr. Ganesh Chettri’s homestay amidst the cardamom plantations in the village of Martam. Dinner with Tonbga will be had at our homestay. Distance : 55 kms
DAY 6 : MARTAM to DARJEELING
Martam is a quaint little village where the village community has collaborated to give travellers a real flavor of the region. After breakfast, volunteers from the village will take you on a village walk through the fruit orchards and cardamom plantations. They will be happy to talk about their culture and the place they belong to. You will be offered locally cooked lunch during the village walk. Late in the afternoon we will leave for Darjeeling where the cosy home of Mr and Mrs.Joshi awaits you at the heart of this gorgeous and historic hilltown. We will enjoy an elaborate home-cooked dinner in Darjeeling.
Distance : 63 kms
Day 7 : AROUND DARJEELING
Interestingly, on a clear day, you can get a view of the Kanchendzonga Massif from the loo with a view at this homestay in Darjeeling. We would highly recommend waking up for sunrise for a magical view of the Kanchendzonga. After breakfast, during the first half of the day, we will go for a short town tour of Darjeeling. The remainder of the day is a free roam and you can go out to experience the town at your own leisure. Lunch and dinner are on you on this day.
DAY 8 : DARJEELING to BAGDOGRA
After breakfast at the Joshi’s, we will drive to Bagdogra from Darjeeling and drop you at the Airport.
Distance : 75 kms
• Please carry all personal medication (if any)
• We will be staying at local homestays only during this trip
• Trip cost does not include any cost arisen due to any unforeseen circumstances such as natural disaster like landslides, roadblocks, etc
• Cost of lunch and dinner for the final day in Darjeeling are not included. Other than that all meals are covered
• Cost does not include cost of snacks consumed during the trip
• We are doing some short hikes on this trip
• Two of the homestays are a short 5 to 7 mins hike away from the motorable road. Please only carry luggage that you can manage to carry yourself
• We will stay at homestays run by locals and the rooms will be on twin or triple sharing basis. You'll be allotted a room according to your comfort
• Try reaching Bagdogra by 1 pm on day 1 since we have a long drive to Ravangla after that. If you reach early we will wait at the airport with other travellers till the last one arrives, which won't be post 2 pm
• Your departing flight from Bagdogra should be post 3pm on the final day