Morning drive to Lachen, a recent additions to the tourist map of Sikkim. At an altitude of 9000 feet, Lachen is about 6 hours drive from Gangtok. The village comprises of barely 150 houses, earlier inhabited only during the winters by their owners who spend the summers on the alpine pastures along the Tibet border tending to their flock of yaks. Overnight at Lachen.

Destinations: Cochin-Munnar-Thekedyl

Duration: 05 nights/ 06 Days

Day 1 :
Reach NJP / Bagdogra in the morning. Reception and breakfast in Siliguri. Drive to Gangtok after breakfast. Evening free for a walk around the market area.

Day 2 :
Morning drive to Lachen, a recent additions to the tourist map of Sikkim. At an altitude of 9000 feet, Lachen is about 6 hours drive from Gangtok. The village comprises of barely 150 houses, earlier inhabited only during the winters by their owners who spend the summers on the alpine pastures along the Tibet border tending to their flock of yaks. Overnight at Lachen.

Day 3 :
Start early in the morning for Thangu (30 km). At an altitude of 13,000 ft, the valley is carpeted with alpine flowers that are replaced by snow from October through March. Continue your journey to Chopta Valley (13,200 ft). Just a 20 minutes drive from Thangu, this valley provides one of the few accessible places in Sikkim where a visitor can actually walk over frozen rivers. The riot of colors during spring is in sharp contrast to the serene white of the winter in this place. Continue further to Gurudongmar Lake. The blessed water of this lake is believed to posses the miraculous power of granting children to issueless couples. Situated at an altitude of 17,100 feet, this is one of the highest tourist spots in the world. The lake freezes over during winters except at one spot which the devout believe has been specially blessed. Interestingly, the myth of Gurudongmar is believed as reverentially be the Sikhs as by the local Buddhists.(Foreign tourists are not allowed to visit Gurudongmar. They have to return from Lachen).

Day 4 :
Drive to Gangtok. Reach Gangtok in the afternoon. Evening at leisure at Gangtok.

Day 5 :
Full day excursion to Nathula Pass- the Indo-China Border at 14000ft, Tsongo Lake at 12000ft. (Nathula pass is open for tourists only on specified dates. On other days the tour will be limited to Tsongo lake). Back to Gangtok in the afternoon. Free evening for marketing of traditional handicrafts. (ONH: Gangtok)

Day 6 :
Return to NJP / Bagodgra airport as per onward / return journey schedule. Tour concludes.

 
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