Situated at the eastern of the Himalayan foothills, the distant former kingdom of Sikkim is a truly stunning area. With more jagged, steep foothills than Kumaon, its valleys are deep and impressive and Buddhist and Lepcha villages cling to the hillsides like a colony of limpets.
The walking is a little more vigorous than in Kumaon but nt less beautiful, exciting nor rewarding. Here one may step out of the modern world for 3 – 6 days, again walking from village to village, joining ceremonies in village temples and partaking in traditional Sikkimese life that would otherwise be impossible. This walk allows you glimpses of a lifestyle and the warm hospitality of the Sikkimese that others rarely get to see.
The village houses have been brilliantly spruced up to provide proper comfort without compromising their authenticity. Some have balconies with views over fields and valleys, whilst others are deep in the forest, but all are perfectly hosted and catered, again with a roving chef who will introduce you to the delicious intricacies of Sikkimese cuisine. Seeing and listening to young Buddhist monks chanting away in a monastery that slowly emerges from the early morning mist is an extraordinary humbling experience.
For reservations please contact your tour operator, your local travel agent, or the hotel direct.
Get up early to attend early morning prayers at a remote monastery.
Open: October to Mid of Mayp
By air to Bagdogra followed by a 4-5 hour drive to your village house.
By road (3-4 hours) from Glenburn Tea Estate and Darjeeling.