Adventures in Darjeeling and Sikkim on a Royal Enfield. Starting from the plains in the north eastern India town of Siliguri in West Bengal, this motorcycle tour takes in the eastern Himalayan foothills of Darjeeling (2,800m.) following Darjeeling’s famous Toy Train.
Riding through famous tea gardens – once summer retreats for the British Raj, the ride takes us through the small Hill Station of Kourseong, winding uphill to Darjeeling town. Ahead of us lies Sikkim’s Himalayan kingdom of mystical Buddhist monasteries, high altitude lakes and beautiful Orchid Gardens.
Tour Start & Finish at IGIA, Delhi
Tour Duration 12 days
Tour Months Mar to Apr, Oct to Nov
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In the hills we get a taste of Lepcha lifestyle, the largest Mongolian community in Sikkim, and the Limbus, a Nepali Kirati tribe. Our journey takes us high into the north of Sikkim from the state capital Gangtok into The Great Himalayan Range in the shadow of Kangchenjunga the world’s 3rd highest mountain. We visit Rumtek, seat of HH The Karmapa Lama and the pretty hill station of Kalimpong, once the stop-over for the HH The Dalai Lama whilst fleeing Tibet.
Tea gardens – Ging Tea House Stay
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Tiger Hill sunrise
Culture & Customs
Lepcha villages & Tibetan Lodges
Hill tribe life – Naong, Chang & Mon Tribes
Cardamom fields – largest producer in India
Festivals in March and September
Cuisine delights – thukpa, thanthuk and momo
Kanchenjunga National Park
Yumthang -Valley of flowers
Khechodphelri Lake – Pilgrimage site
Rumtek Monastery – Home of Karmapa Lama
Tashiding Monastery – 17th C. Nyingma Monastery
Pema Yangtse Monastery – 2,085m Khanchendzonga view