Sikkim, a less explored region, is a popular destination for trekking and mountaineering enthusiasts. It is an ideal venue for several mountain adventure sports, including mountain biking, which has been recently introduced in Sikkim and the state is fast becoming a favorite destination for mountain bikers.
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In Northern India this unique cycling holiday explores the smallest and most diverse state – Sikkim, so rich in culture and heritage. The main peak of the Himalayas in Sikkim is Kanchenjunga; standing tall at over 8,500 metres it is the third highest mountain in the world. Although we do not attempt to ride to the top of this peak, yet we experience the breathtaking views of this majestic peak throughout the trip. During our tour we cycle from the lush sub-tropical rain forests right into the highest terrain of the earth on an exploration that takes us through picturesque meadows, rural villages and along impressive hillsides. Along the way we visit the gorgeous monasteries of Rumtek, Pemayangtse, and Dubdi. We also get the opportunity to visit the sacred Kachiuri Lake as well as the bustling town of Gangtok, the new capital of Sikkim.
We finish our journey with a ride to Darjeeling. Here we set our alarm clocks for ‘very early’ visit to the superb Tiger Hill to view it at sunrise. We may also have a glimpse of the Everest from here.
Please note: You can use this itinerary as a guide to fully customise this tour as per your budget and requirements. Flexible options include travel dates and duration, places visited, activities and experiences, hotel category (star/rating) and any specific requirements that you may have.
Arrive at the international airport of Delhi. After traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) transfer to the hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is free. Overnight Hotel
Delhi – Bagdogra (By Flight) – Gangtok (120 kms/04 hrs) We are transferred to Delhi airport for our flight for Bagdogra. Upon arrival there we drive to Gangtok. We have time in the evening to explore the city and wander around the market. Overnight Hotel
Sight-seeing of Gangtok (No cycling) Today’s programme comprises sight-seeing visits to Namgyal institute of Tibetology, the Royal Chapel and Enchey Gompa, the Buddhist monastery. No cycling today. Overnight Hotel
Gangtok to Martam Village (Cycling 38 kms approx.) Today we cycle to Martam Village, passing through the paddy fields and small hamlets. En-route, we visit the Rumtek Monastery. Overnight Hotel
Martam to Ravangla via Temi Tea Garden (66 kms approx.) Today is another great route as we head to Ravangla via Temi Tea Gardens close to Damthang. The first part of the day is a fantastic ride passing through the small terraced villages of Sirwani and Sang. Overnight Hotel
Ravangla to Yuksom (50 kms approx.) Today we continue cycling from Ravangla to Yuksom, via Tashiding monastery. In the evening we visit Dubdi Monastery that Yuksom is famous for. Overnight Hotel
Yuksom to Pelling (35 kms approx.) Today is a short day ride but challenging as we head to Pelling. The road will roller coaster past little villages which are interesting and picturesque. Overnight Hotel
Pelling to Rinchenpong (42 kms approx.) Today we head towards Pemayangtse Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the region. From there we cycle towards Rinchenpong via Dentam. Overnight Hotel
Rinchenpong to Nayabazar & transfer to Darjeeling (35 kms approx.) Today we enjoy a relatively short cycling trip to Nayabazar from where we are transferred to Darjeeling to enjoy a free evening. Overnight Hotel
Sight-seeing of Darjeeling (No cycling today) Today in our sight-seeing programme of Darjeeling we visit Tiger Hill, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, zoological garden and the Tea Garden. Overnight Hotel
Darjeeling to Kurseong via Old Military Road (36 kms approx.) This morning we cycle to Kurseong, a small town where our accommodation for the night is a Colonial House converted into a hotel. En-route we visit Ghoom Monastery, the oldest in this area. Overnight Hotel
Kurseong to Bagdogra to Delhi (No cycling) Today after breakfast we are transferred to Bagdogra to board the flight for Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer and check into the hotel. We have rest of the day free to explore the bazaar. Overnight Hotel
The tour ends in Delhi this morning and after breakfast we are transferred to the international airport of Delhi to board the flight back to our respective destinations.
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Suitable for families with young children
Highest Point (Max altitude)
Fairly easy 5-6 hours of activity per day. May include some uphill sections, reasonable fitness recommended.
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