Gangtok is by far the cleanest hill station I have ever been to. Steep roads, beautiful landscape and friendly people will give you company throughout your journey in Sikkim. When I was visiting this beautiful state in northeast India, I covered the entire place in 6 nights and 7 days. And for you to explore the ‘hidden kingdom’ to the fullest, I have prepared an itinerary that tells you the things you need to do when in Sikkim. The best time to visit Sikkim is from March to June.
Bagdogra is the closest airport to Sikkim and Gangtok is four hours away from the airport. Sharing cabs are not easily available so you can either take a pre-paid cab that will cost you INR 1500 or a private cab that will charge you INR 2000. You can get in touch with Mon in advance and book his private cab by calling on +91-9775977770 (take my reference). Once you reach Gangtok and freshen up at your hotel, head to MG Road where you need to go to a travel agent to book your trip for Lachen, Lachung and Nathula Pass.
Travel agents have different packages that include your travel, stay and food for 2 nights and 3 days. You will have to take two different packages. One for Lachen and Lachung and the other for Nathula Pass. If you share the cab then you will be in a SUV with 10 people. It is extremely uncomfortable but the sharing cost comes out to be around INR 4500 for Lachen and Lachung which when compared to the private cabs (that costs somewhere around INR 20,000- INR 25,000 for a car). You will be staying in a home stay that serves all meals. The two home stays I stayed at were clean, safe (we were two girls) and served good vegetarian and non vegetarian food.
Day 2, 3 and 4
In Lachen you will be visiting Gurudonmarg Lake which is so beautiful that you wouldn’t want to leave the place. After staying the night at Lachen you will have to leave early morning for Lachung. In Lachung you will be able to go to Yumesamdong which is also known as Zero Point and Yumthang Valley. The fourth day you will be spending travelling back to Gangtok.
Leave early for Nathula Pass and return only by afternoon. There wouldn’t be much time left to go to far off places so I suggest that you go to the Flower Exhibition Centre. With more than 100 varieties of flowers, this place is small and beautiful. The exhibition centre opens at 9 am and closes at 5 pm.
On the last day, you could either go to east Sikkim or head to Pelling in west Sikkim. In east Sikkim you could go paragliding, learn how to make momos at the local restaurant, try the local beer – Hit, go karaoke or gamble at a casino. In Pelling you will see a gorgeous view of Mountain Khangchendzonga and can visit a few monasteries.
Take a stroll at the MG Road and try local Nepalese cuisine at ‘Humro Bhansa Ghar’ or have the most amazing desserts at ‘Baker’s Cafe’ and leave for the airport accordingly.