The Eastern Himalayas SUV tour (16D/15N)
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Tough
Min Group Size Small Group
To travelers, Sikkim is synonymous with Zuluk and Gurudongmar Lake but the state has so much to offer – from a culture rich capital city of Gangtok to the breathtaking views from the Buddha park. During our Sikkim SUV tour, we take you around exciting destinations along some of the most adventurous roads you’ve ever driven on!
Darjeeling is a prominent tea producing region and supplies great tea the world over. Experience living in this small town as you cover the vast expanses of tea estates surrounded by majestic hills all around.
A lively MG road, rock concerts, and fashionable people is what Gangtok is known for! Spend time in this lively city, explore the sights, shop in the bustling MG Road, and ride the cable car offering panoramic views of the city
Lachung and Lachen, part of Northern Sikkim, are the gateway to the mountains and during winters, the snowed-in roads provide a source of adventure for thrill-seekers from all over India.
Ravangla and Yuksom give you unbeatable views of Kanchenjunga, often from your hotel rooms. Walk around these small towns and indulge in the local culture of the place as you dine with locals.
**All tariffs are per person**
Total miles for this adventure ~ 800
Driving Days – 9
Road Conditions – Mix of tarmac, broken tarmac, and dirt roads
SUV’s we provide
- Stay for all dates on twin sharing basis
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on all dates
- Daily tea, coffee, cold drinks, and packaged water
- Well-trained professional driver
- Services of English speaking guide
- Moto Overlanders trip leader
- Cost of SUV rental and fuel
- All transfers
- Permits, road tolls, and parking fees
- Goods & Services Tax for all services rendered
- Single room accommodation – $800
- Children less than 7 years old – $1,000
- Your flights, visa, etc
- Any additional meals
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Single room accommodations
- Alcohol, cigarettes, and personal items
- Early check-in or late checkout at the hotels
- Camera/video fee, entry fee at monuments
Arrive in Siliguri
The first day of the tour is for you to reach Siliguri and check in to your hotels. Today you will spend time with your tour leader who will answer any questions you might have and introduce you to the tour.
Stay in Siliguri
After a hearty breakfast, you will take a small drive around the city to get used to the traffic in India. It will be an interesting experience as you figure out the road rules, unsaid rules and dynamics of our roads. After your driving experience, we have lunch and then you have the rest of the day to yourself. You can choose to rest, drive around the city or go shopping. But we recommend you to rest as much as possible.
Siliguri to Darjeeling
It’s the beginning of our trip as we head towards Darjeeling, famous for producing some of the best tea in the world. It was once a summer resort for the British Raj and is famed for black tea grown around the slopes dotting the region. We drive through lush green landscapes, stunning tea estates and enjoying freshly made tea along the way.
Darjeeling to Gangtok
This day takes us away from West Bengal and to the capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok. It is the cultural, economic and art capital as well known for its exciting Christmas concerts. The drive is short and by lunch we should be able to check into our hotels. Post that, we meander along the popular MG road, tasting local food and shopping.
Stay in Gangtok
Lots of places to see nearby and a terrain that you will love to drive around. Visit the Tsomgo lake, Rumtek monastery, Baba Mandir, and many other lovely sights.
Gangtok to Lachung
We travel higher into the Himalayan range, to a rustic village Lachung. Located close to the Tibetan border, Lachung is located at an elevation of 9,600 feet and was once a trading post between Sikkim and Tibet. British explorer, Joseph Dalton Hooker, called Lachung the most picturesque village in Sikkim!
Lachung to Lachen
We travel towards the West of Lachung to the village of Lachen, located at 9,000 feet. The villages of Sikkim provide you insights into how the locals live, in remote regions surrounded by heavenly landscapes and stunning views of the Himalayan mountains.
Stay in Lachen
We spend the day in Lachen, relaxing and exploring the village. There are some short off-trail drives we can explore and the schedule for the rest of the day is flexible.
Lachen to Phadamchen
We head down to Phadamchen for the next part of the drive. This is one of the most exciting trips as we head down the head-spinning section of Zuluk, known for its twisties and the gateway to Nathang Valley.
Stay in Phadamchen
We spend the day in this tiny hamlet, exploring the nearby destinations. A short trip out of the village takes us to a couple of monasteries, down the twisties, and then back up again to get back to our hotel.
Phadamchen to Ravangla
Ravangla is a small tourist town located at an altitude of 8.000 feet in towards Western Sikkim. Ravangla is one of the few places in Sikkim which offer undisturbed views of the Greater Himalayas (Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Pandim, Mt. Sinialchu, Mt. Kabru).
Stay in Ravangla
First thing in the morning, we headed to The Buddha Park, a Buddhist temple offering panoramic views of Mount Kanchenjunga! Located on a small hillock, the Buddha Park is a must-do experience full of gorgeous winding roads, amazing landscapes, and roadside cafes selling yummy local food.
Ravangla to Yuksom
We continue our journey towards the westernmost part of Sikkim, to the village of Yuksom located as the base of the might Kanchenjunga. A calm and peaceful place, this is a base camp for many trekking trips in the region. The quaint village can be covered on foot.
Yuksom to Kalimpong
It’s time to leave Sikkim and start our drive back towards Siliguri. But on the way we stop at Kalimpong, a small hill town located at the foothills of the Himalayas. Perched on a ridge above the Teesta River, it’s home to colonial-era buildings like MacFarlane Memorial Church, named after a Scottish missionary.
Kalimpong to Siliguri
The tour is almost over and time to head back to Siliguri. After breakfast in Kalimpong, we travel along the Teesta river to head back into Siliguri. If you have a flight to catch, we drop you to the airport. Else you can choose to relax or visit the city markets.
Depart from Siliguri
This is the last day of the tour. Post check out, we will escort you to the airport.
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Every tour is personally delivered by both our trip leaders, who will be your tour guides and trip leaders respectively. Here is an intro to our team
Our partners have options of Toyota Innova, Mahindra XUV, Renault Dusters, Mahindra Marazzo.
We encourage our guests to experience the local cuisines of the destinations we travel to. In remote areas, we might not get options for eating different cuisines. We will ensure you get wholesome, tasty and hygienic food wherever we go. If you are from outside India, here’s a guide to get you going.
Sikkim is a mountainous state, so most roads are a bit narrow with no dividers. The road condition will be a mixture of tarmac, dirt roads, and rocky roads due to the weather conditions and altitude. But you will love traveling through the state as its ever-changing landscape is stunning, with plenty of sights to see.
Well, we will provide you with bottled water throughout the tour.
We try to blend in homestays, hotels, and resorts in each destination to balance comfort with the local experiences. All your accommodations will be clean, hygienic, comfortable and safe.
While riding, we should have access to public toilets/hotel toilets. But there will instances where there are none and you will have to answer nature’s call in nature.
Different countries and companies have their own policies, but you should pick one that covers you for your entire period of travel. The policy should also cover you for riding motorcycles, unexpected curtailment of the holiday, medical expenses arising overseas, loss or damage to luggage & property and personal liability claims against the participant and emergency evacuation. We highly recommend this for foreign citizens.
We carry a basic first aid box with us and encourage you to carry your own medicines as well. In case of an emergency, we take you to the closest available medical center. We would also request you to share any pre-existing medical conditions and allergies, if any with us.