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 Bagdogra, West Bengal, India
Tour Duration 12 days
Tour Months Mar to Apr, Oct to Nov
See Terms for complete list of Includes and Excludes.
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.
Sights to Behold
Tea gardens – Ging Tea House Stay
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Tiger Hill sunrise – Orchid Gardens
Culture & Customs
Lepcha life – Lama Lodges
Naong, Chang & Mon Tribes
Cardamom fields – Thukpa & momo
National Park & Nature
Kanchenjunga National Park
Yumthang -Valley of flowers
Khechodphelri Lake – Pilgrimage site
Rumtek Monastery – Karmapa Lama
Tashiding Monastery – 17th C. Nyingma Monastery
Pema Yangtse – Khanchendzonga view
Day 1 - Get yourself to Siliguri
Day 2 From the Plains to the Hills
Day 3 Tour locally in Darjeeling
Day 4 The uphill ride to Gangtok
Day 5 A circular ride to Rumtek Monastery
Day 6 We ride north to Singhik
Day 7 – 8 Ride further north to Lachung
Day 9 Further north to Yumtang village
Day 10 A morning we ride to Thangu
Day 11 We head for western Sikkim
Day 12 Visit the Tashiding Monastery
Day 13 Ride to Revangala
Day 14 Back to Siliguru
We wish you well on your journey and thank you for riding with Freespirit.
Tour Prices Include…
Motorcycle including fuel, oil, maintenance & spares.
A Jeep as a support vehicle with driver.
Royal Enfield mechanic and spares where required.
Road Captain/Tour Guide.
All domestic transfers.
All hotel accommodation for the Tour dates (unless otherwise arranged).
All meals whilst at a hotel / lodge / camp. Typically Breakfast and Dinner.
Restricted Area Permits, where required.
Road Book notes and area maps, with en-route contact details.
First-Aid Boxes are carried in the support vehicle and with the Tour Guide.
Expedition Luggage: 2 Panniers, Tank Bags (by request) and 1 Holdall for accumulated stuff*.
*Luggage can be carried in the support vehicle.
Tour Prices Do Not Include…
International Flights / Excess baggage charges.
International Airport departure taxes, airline fuel surcharges.
Visa (Passports must be valid for at least 6 months.)
Personal Travel Insurance.
Lunch. Lunch is usually a “Road Experience” and is either paid for by yourself or a ‘group kitty’.
Entrance fees to national parks, monuments and sites of historic interest.
Hotel bar and snack bills, bottled drinking water.
Vaccinations and medicine.
Laundry service, tips, room service, porters, telephone and fax calls.
Single Accommodation supplement for each tour day is £70.