SIKKIM (8 days, 7 nights)

View of Snow-capped hills in Sikkim

OVERVIEW

The state of Sikkim on the North-East of India shares a border with three
neighbouring countries: Bhutan, Nepal and China. Sikkim is known for its dramatic landscapes, alpine meadows and is home to India’s highest peak, The Kanchenjunga, which is a part of the Himalayas.

This 8-day tour starts with your arrival at Bagdogra Airport, followed by a five-
hour drive to Dzongu, where you enjoy nature through long walks, day tours, treks and hikes. You take in some of the most breath-taking views of snow- capped mountains. You also take a drive to Lachen, through mountains and rivers, visit the Gurudongmar lake near the India-Tibet border which is one of the highest lakes in the world at an altitude of over 17500ft. You also spend some quiet time at the Phodong monastery in Lachung, perhaps even visit the legendary seven sisters’ waterfall, take a dip in a hot spring at Yumthang valley (if weather permits) and a drive up to zero points, the end of the civilian road of the east. Dining at the Tsongmo lake and a drive towards the Nathula pass complete the entire Sikkim experience.

Sample Program:

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Munlom, Dzongu (135 km, 5 hrs) 

• Arrive at the Bagdogra Airport where a taxi awaits to drive you to Dzongu (5-hour drive with a possibility for a food/refreshment/restroom stop before setting out).

• Check in to your residence in Dzongu to have dinner there.

Day 2: Explore Dzongu, nature and activities

• Breakfast at the residence.

• Choose from a variety of possible activities for this day: hikes and day walks, treks, day tours and sight seeing.

Day 3: Lachen, North Sikkim (64 km, 3-hour drive)

• Check out of your residence early morning and head north to Lachen.

• Drive through some beautiful countryside: mountains and rivers.

• Stop over for tea or lunch along the way.

• Arrive in the afternoon and check into your residence at 8,838 feet!

• Use the rest of the day to explore Lachen town.

Day 4: Day Trip to Gurudongmar Lake (65 km, 3 hours)

• Early breakfast at your residence.

• Drive to Gurudongmar, a sacred lake near the India-Tibet border.

• Drive back to Lachen for the night.

• Dinner at your residence

Day 5: Lachung (47 km, 2 hrs)

• Start your day with an early breakfast and check out of your residence.

• Set out on your drive for Lachung. The drive is approximately 2 hours.

• Check in to your residence in Lachung. Lunch at the residence.

• Post lunch, take a walk around and enjoy the scenic village.

• Explore the places in and around. Some of the recommended places are Tashi view point, Kabi, Phodong Monastery, Mangan and the Seven Sisters Waterfall.

• Head back to the residence for the night.

• Dinner at the residence.

Day 6: Yumthang valley, Zero point, Gangtok (102 km, 4 hours)

• Check out of your residence after an early morning breakfast.

• Take a drive to Yumthang valley.

• Explore the valley and then head to the hot springs [if the weather permits].

• Drive to Zero point.

• Head to Gangtok and check in to your residence for the night.

• Dinner at the residence

Day 7: Nathula pass through Tsongmo Lake (57 km, 2 hrs)

• Start your day early right after breakfast and check out of your residence.

• Head east towards the Chinese border.

• Drive by Tsongmo Lake.

• Perhaps have lunch at one of the small stalls and take a walk around the lake.

• A picturesque drive to Nathula pass.

• Head to Gangtok for the night.

• Dinner at the residence.

Day 8: Departure (123 km, 5 hrs)

• After breakfast at your residence, depart for the drive to the plains of Bagdogra, where your airport is

• The drive time is approximately 5 hours so plan your schedule accordingly.

 

 

MEGHALAYA (7 days, 6 nights)

Krang Shuri Waterfalls in Meghalaya

OVERVIEW

Meghalaya is one of the seven sister states of North east India. The name Meghalaya
literally translates to ‘abode of clouds’. This state was known as ‘The Scotland of the East’ during the British rule. It is known for its pine fresh mountains that are set on rocky cliffs. Being one of the wettest states in India, the rainfall in this region creates impressive waterfalls along the caves.

This tour of Meghalaya starts off at Shillong, the capital of the state. The city of Shillong itself has a lot to offer. One can easily spend a day or more exploring it or head to Elephant
falls, Shillong’s peaks and even visit the Air force museum.

Mawlongbna, which is just 80km away from Shillong is known for its adventure sports. The different activities it has to offer is perfect for adrenaline junkies. If adventure activities are not in one’s forte, you can always enjoy the view of the lake or maybe even read a book in the meantime.

Cherrapunjee, which is an hour’s drive away, is known for its beautiful waterfalls and caves. One can also try zip lining at Mawkdawk which is Enroute Cherrapunjee. Drive up to Nongrait and hike up to the Jingkieng Nongrait which is famously known as the double- decker living root bridge. This bridge is among the few living root bridges in the world and is 180 years old.

Head up to Shongdeng from Cherrapunjee, which is at the Bangladesh border, where one can go snorkelling and kayaking in crystal clear water. A visit to Krangsuri falls which is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state completes the entire journey.

Sample Program:

Day 1: Arrival at Guwahati and Transfer to Shillong (110km)

• Your transport will pick you up from Guwahati airport and transport you to Shillong.

• On arrival check in to your residence.

• If there is enough daylight and if you are up for it, you can head out and explore Shillong.

• Dinner at the residence.

Day 2: Shillong, East Khasi Hills

• Breakfast at the residence

• Use the day to explore Shillong town.

• Try Cafe Shillong for lunch.

• Ride to Elephant falls, a dramatic, multi-tiered waterfall in a picturesque surrounding, with an easy walking trail and stairs.

• Visit Shillong Peak and get a majestic view of the capital

• Visit the Air Force Museum, a great place to get knowledge about the country’s defence forces, mainly the Indian Air Force, its brave flying warriors and defence history, that displays missiles, rockets, miniature models of aircraft, and uniforms worn by the air force pilots.

• Dinner at the residence

Day 3: Mawlongbna, East Khasi Hills (79 km)

• Relaxed breakfast at your residence and head to Mawlongbna the Traveller’s Nest, for a day of activities,* canyoning, swimming, kayaking and zip lining, which are famous at this venue.

• If you are not keen on canyoning, then you can sit by the lake-side and read a book.

• Take a short guided walk to the west of the area where the fossils are found, takes you unsuspectingly into a land where legend and folklore come alive.

• Lunch at the village and then drive back to Shillong.

• Spend the rest of the evening at Heritage Club (food and drinks)

• Dinner at your residence

*Knowledge of swimming is not required for canyoning as you will be wearing a life vest.

Day 4: Cherrapunjee, East Khasi Hills (54 km)

• Breakfast at the residence check out and head to Cherrapunjee.

• On your way to Cherrapunjee, you can stop at Mawkdawk which is the halfway point for a tea break. If you are interested in zip lining, Mawkdawk has some very long lines that you could try.

• Spend the day taking in the breathtakingly beautiful and serene landscapes of Cherrapunjee.

• Explore the many waterfalls and caves in Cherrapunjee like the Seven Sisters Falls also known as Nohsngthiang Falls which form a seven-segmented waterfall, Thangkharang Park, Mawsmai falls.

• Stop for lunch at a local restaurant or try Orange Cafe.

• Post lunch, head to Nokhalikai Falls (highest waterfall in India and 5th highest in the world), Mawsynram, Mawsmai cave and garden of caves if time permits.

• Dinner at your residence.

Day 5: Nongriat, East Khasi Hills (20 km walks)

• Early breakfast at your residence and head to Nongriat and set out by foot to visit the Jingkieng Nongriat, famously known as Double Decker.

• Spend the day exploring the Living Root Bridge nearby. The Living Root Bridge was formed out of the living roots of a tree that have been carefully guided across a river and is 180 years old.

• Dinner at the residence.

Day 6: Shnongpdeng and Krangsuri (Total 213 km)

• Have an early breakfast at the residence check out and head out for a day of snorkelling, zip lining

• and kayaking on the crystal-clear waters of the Shnongpdeng, from where one can see the border line of Bangladesh and India.

• Have lunch at the village and head to Krangsuri falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the district. You will get to see as the water drops in multiple streams, the falling stream breaks into water droplets forming a blue pool at the base. The crystal-clear blue water mass adds to its beauty. Over and above, you often see a rainbow forming on the water droplets before they plunge into the ‘blue’.

• Head to Shillong.

• Dinner at your residence.

Day 7: Departure (3 hours to the airport)

• Have breakfast at your residence and leave for Guwahati Airport.

• On the way down to Guwahati stop at Nongpoh for a coffee.

 

 

MEGHALAYA- 5 days, 4 nights

Nohkalikai Falls in Meghalaya

OVERVIEW

This 5-day, 4-night tour starts off at Cherrapunjee, also known as Sohra. It is a high-altitude town in the northeast Indian state of Meghalaya. It is known for its living root bridges, made from rubber trees and waterfalls that plunge from forested cliff tops. It is also known for its breathtakingly beautiful and serene landscapes. The double-decker living root bridge near Cherrapunjee and the rainbow
falls, the seven sisters’ waterfalls, Thangkharang Park, Mawsami caves, Arwa caves, Diathlen falls are just a few among the many places one can explore around Cherrapunjee. You also visit Dawki and Shillong which are known to offer some of the most beautiful views, some of the most amazing waterfalls and mountain peaks, and also a wonderful Air Force museum.

Sample Program:

Day 1: Arrival at Guwahati and transfer to Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya (148 km)

• Your vehicle will be waiting for you at the airport and will take you directly to your destination Cherrapunjee.

• Stop on the way at Nongpoh for a refreshment break.

• Photo stop at Umiam Lake and relax for a while.

• Check in to your residence on arrival

• Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

• Dinner at your residence.

Day 2: Trek to Double Decker Bridge, Cherrapunjee (21 km)

Use the day to explore the famous Double Decker Bridge which is an innovative way of using nature’s abundance for connectivity. The bridges are man made by weaving in the aerial roots of rubber trees around a betel tree trunk placed across a stream. The roots kept growing out and entwining the trunk and the bridge is elongated to the desired place taking about 10-15 years to complete.

Itinerary:

• Early breakfast at your residence

• Start your trek upon arrival.

• Meet your guide at the start point

• Enjoy the serene beauty at the bridge

• Trek up to Rainbow Falls and have tea and noodles at a local shop

• Head back to the start point at the time advised by your guide

• Drive back to the residence

Day 3: Cherrapunjee, East Khasi Hills (81 km)

• Early breakfast and check out from your residence.

• Cherrapunjee is blessed with many waterfalls and caves which highly attracts tourists all year round.

• One of the most photogenic waterfalls in Meghalaya is the Nokhalikai falls which is the highest in India and 5th highest in the world.

• Suggested places to visit: The Seven Sisters Falls also known as Nohsngthiang Falls which form a seven segmented waterfall, Thangkharang Park, Mawsmai caves, garden of caves, Arawa caves, Dianthlen falls Nokhalikai Falls

• Post lunch, head to Mawlynnong and check in the place of residence.

• Dinner at your residence.

Day 4: Mawlynnong and Dawki (116 km)

• Early breakfast and check out from your residence.

• Explore Mawlynnong. Explore Mawlynnong, a small village in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. It is often referred to as ‘God’s Own Garden’ and has been acclaimed as “the cleanest village in Asia” in the year 2003.

• This is a small town in Jaintia Hills nestled around clear and beautiful Umngot River.

• Spend half of the day exploring Mawlynnong village and the Living Root Bridge.

• Have lunch at the village and then head to Dawki. The road leading to Dawki is a thrilling experience passing through deep gorges and ravines. Dawki is a centre of trade between the 2 countries – India and Bangladesh as it is located in the border.

• Spend the afternoon at Dawki. You could consider boating on the clear waters of the Umngot river.

• Head to Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, in the evening. Shillong is the home to numerous waterfalls, exciting mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes, breathtakingly beautiful golf course and museums. Apart from the natural beauty, Shillong also acts as the gateway to Meghalaya, the state famous for heavy rainfalls, caves, tallest waterfalls, beautiful landscapes and amazing people and culture.

• Check in to your residence on arrival.

• Dinner at the residence.

Day 5: Depart Today (Shillong – Guwahati:118 km) Itinerary:

• Breakfast at your residence and check out

• Head to Guwahati airport

• You can stop at Nongpoh for coffee and loo break on the way down.

• Have a safe flight back!