Sikkim/Darjeeling

A paradise of natural beauty

Sikkim/DarjeelingSikkim lies nestled - and almost hidden - between Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and Darjeeling in the Eastern Himalayas. This small but beautiful land is dominated by Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. Religion forms an integral part of the daily lives of the Sikkimese, and Kanchenjunga is revered as their protective deity. With 200 Buddhist monasteries dotted across the tiny land, the influence of Buddhism is everywhere. Even in the remotest hamlet, the fluttering of prayer flags are a constant reminder of the teachings of Lord Buddha. Until 1975, Sikkim was an independent kingdom ruled by Chogyals (kings). The history of Sikkim's Chogyals dates back to the sixteenth century, when the first Chogyal was consecrated by three holy men at Yoksom, in West Sikkim. In 1975, following a popular movement to abolish the monarchy, Sikkim became the 22nd state of the Indian Union.

Long a restricted area, Sikkim now welcomes a few visitors from around the world to share its rich heritage and natural bounty.

Darjeeling

Blessed with a cool and bracing climate, and a panoramic view of the Himalayas, the world renowned hill resort of Darjeeling is a welcome respite during the hot summer months.

Situated at 2134m above sea level, Darjeeling was acquired by the British from the Raja of Sikkim as a gift around a hundred and fifty years ago, and developed it as a rest and recreational center for their troops. Today the town retains many of the legacies of the British Government.

Darjeeling's population of about 100,000 is made up of people of many races and religions. Gorkhas, Bhutias, Lepchas, Sherpas. Yolmos and migrants from the plains have all made Darjeeling their home, and everyone lives in perfect harmony; at the shrine at Observatory Hill, you'll find Hindus and Buddhists offering prayers alongside each other. The official language is Gorkhali (Nepali), but Hindi and Bengali are also spoken, and almost everyone understands and speaks a bit of English.

Sikkim & Darjeeling Tour/Trek Programmes

Best Season Trip Days Places to visit Name of the Trip

Mar-May & Sep-Nov 11 Days Kureong, Darjeeling & Kalimpong Holidays Tours in Darjeeling

Mar-May & Sep-Nov 10 Days Gangtok, Pelling, Yoksum Holidays Tour in Sikkim Himalaya

Mar-May & Sep-Nov 16 Days Bhutan, Sikkim, Darjeeling Bhutan Darjeeling Sikkim Tour

Mar-May 09 Days Mangan, Lachung, Yumthng Holidays tour in Flower valley

Mar-May & Sep-Nov 20 Days Kanchenjunga base camp Kanchenjunga Panorama

Mar-May & Sep-Nov 08 Days Kanchenjunga base camp Horse Trail at Singalila Range

Mar-May & Sep-Nov 11 Days Kurseong, Darjeeling Sandakphu Trail

Mar-May & Sep-Nov 10 Days West Sikkim Dzongri Trail (In west Sikkim)

Mar-May & Sep-Nov 12 Days West Sikkim Goecha-La Trail Kanchenzunga Trek

Mar-May & Sep-Nov 15 Days Kanchenjunga base camp Kanchanjungha Wilderness trek