MONTH-LONG WORKATION IN THE HILLS OF SIKKIM

Sikkim, the second smallest state of India is a wonderful gem hidden in the Eastern Himalayas. From emerald green valleys to pristine waterfalls to holy snow-covered peaks, Sikkim transports a traveler to another world. Come and discover peace and tranquility together with hearty mountain hospitality as you work from here.
28 DAYS | 27 NIGHTS
28 D | 27 N
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MONTH-LONG WORKATION IN THE HILLS OF SIKKIM
Location : Sikkim

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DAY 1
Pick up from Bagdogra Airport – Gangtok (125 km/ 5 hrs)

We suggest you begin your travel on a Saturday or a Sunday. We will pick you up from Bagdogra airport/NJP railway station and drive you to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. The drive on NH 10 is picturesque, with the playful Teesta River as your constant companion for the entire journey. Stop at small eateries at Kirney or Melli to sample some ethnic Nepali food or indulge in thukpas or momos which are found aplenty. 

You will be driven to Gangtok where you will check into your accommodation for the month. Your arrival starts with a warm welcome by the hosts who will present you with a khada (silk scarf); this traditional gesture is bestowed upon guests as a sign of honor. Enjoy a scrumptious home-cooked dinner and get to know the homestay owners. Do not forget to ask for your Wi-Fi password and retire early to set up your workstation the next day.
DAY 2
Monday): Work from stay

The locals love an early morning start and you will too as you slowly accustom to waking up in the hills. Mornings are excellent for leisurely walks and breathtaking views of the mesmerizing Mt. Khangchendzonga. Have a hearty breakfast and get down to business. 

During free hours, you can take a stroll down the market and interact with the locals; coffee shops are really good hangout places to rub shoulders with the local crowd. For café suggestions, get in touch with our TourGenie consultants.

DAY 3
(Tuesday): Work from stay
DAY 4
(Wednesday): Work from stay
DAY 5
(Thursday): Work from stay
DAY 6
(Friday): Work from stay
DAY 7
(Saturday): Go on a monastic day tour (optional)

Highlights: Banjhakri Falls, Lingdum Monastery, and Old & New Rumtek Monastery. 
After a good breakfast, get ready to visit the most captivating monasteries of East Sikkim. En-route stop at the beautiful Banjhakri Falls and click a snap or two. 

The next stop will be Ranka Monastery located about 20 km outside Gangtok. The road traverses along terraced fields, small rickety bridges, and small streams to reach this sprawling complex situated on a forested hill. The monastery is adorned with beautiful murals and vivid colored panels and is a fine example of Tibetan architecture belonging to the Zurmang Kagyu sect of Buddhism. Take in the sights and smells by spending a few quiet minutes on the premises before you set out for your next stop.

Rumtek Monastery is arguably the largest and most significant monastery in East Sikkim. This monastery too is situated on a hilltop and is a 30-min drive from Lingdum monastery. Also known as the Dharma Chakra Centre, Rumtek Monastery is the seat for the Kargyu sect of Buddhism. The 9th-century monastery has an intricately decorated prayer hall and houses a famous golden stupa, 1001 golden Buddha statues, and innumerable thangka paintings. A breathtaking view of the whole Gangtok town waits for you when you scale the top of the monastery. Take a zillion pictures and don’t forget to ask the friendly lamas (monks) for stories about the monastery.

Return back to Gangtok by afternoon. Take a quick siesta and set off to the heart of the town to indulge in some exciting local food. For restaurant suggestions, get in touch with our TourGenie consultants.
DAY 8
(Sunday): Day trip to a frozen lake and an unusual temple (optional)

Highlights: Tsomgo Lake, Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir

It’s time to make the upward climb to view the natural wonders of the East Sikkim Himalayas today. What is a trip to Sikkim without experiencing snow? If you are here between December and April, then a visit to the famous Tsomgo Lake is a must.  You will capture the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. The lake is situated at 12000 ft above sea level and spans 1 km in length and almost 50 feet in depth. It is considered sacred by the local people. Take a walk, have a snow fight, ride a yak or take the ropeway, there is plenty to do here. This lake serves as a very pretty backdrop for trip pictures so don’t forget to fill your Instagram page.

After you’ve had a fill of its beauty, you’ll be taken to Baba Mandir, a shrine dedicated to Harbhajan Singh, a soldier of the Indian Army, whose presence is still believed to be felt to this day. You will be very close to the Indo-China border and movement is limited due to it being a restricted area.

Return back to Gangtok by evening and relax at your accommodation.  
DAY 9
(Monday):  Work from stay

It will be back to work for a week again, only to be looking forward to what the weekend has in store for you.
DAY 10
 (Tuesday) : Work from stay
DAY 11
(Wednesday) : Work from stay
DAY 12
(Thursday) : Work from stay
DAY 13
(Friday) : Work from stay
DAY 14
(Saturday): Teenjurey Hike (optional)

Get ready for a wonderful hike today. After having your breakfast, you will be heading to Phambong-Lho Wildlife Sanctuary, spread across 5 km. The Teenjurey hike within this sanctuary takes 2.5 hours to complete. The hiking trail runs through a forest of magnolia, maple, and pine. The forest is also home to deer, leopards, red pandas, and many colorful birds. Enjoy the freshness of the surroundings as you proceed to the highest point at 2433 m (7980 ft) of the sanctuary. From the watchtower at Teenjurey top, you can see a fascinating view of Gangtok town and Teesta Valley on one side and the towering Khangchendzonga peak on the northern horizons.

We will serve packed lunch at Teenjurey. Spend a leisurely hour at the top of the hill and take some splendid photographs before coming back to Gangtok in the afternoon.
DAY 15
(Sunday): Taking it slow

You will surely be exhausted after the trek on the previous day. Explore the town for a change of pace. Catch a good brunch in the heart of Gangtok town- MG Marg. There are some amazing eateries that offer Korean, Chinese, Tibetan, as well as continental cuisine. The shopping precinct is also dotted with bakeries that make lip-smacking creations that you can enjoy with a hot beverage.

You can choose to visit the Khangchendzonga Shopping Complex (locally called Lal Bazaar) to hunt for souvenirs or local shopping. 
DAY 16
(Monday): Work from stay

On special request, some evening entertainment can be arranged like a bonfire with local beverages like Chaang, a special dinner, or a night drive. Contact our staff or hosts for more details. 

DAY 17
(Tuesday): Work from stay
DAY 18
(Wednesday): Work from stay
DAY 19
(Thursday): Work from stay
DAY 20
(Friday): Work from stay
DAY 21
(Saturday): A day tour to South Sikkim (Optional)

Highlights: Samdruptse, Char-Dham, Tathagata Tsal 

Today, you will be starting from Gangtok and be driven to Namchi in South Sikkim, which is roughly a 1.5-hour drive. Namchi is a famous hotspot for pilgrims as it’s dotted with many monasteries and temples. The structures are really spectacular. Your sightseeing tour will include Samdruptse Hill and Char Dham.

Samdruptse Temple houses a huge statue of Guru Padmasambhava, which is a true man-made wonder. The hill offers views of the magnificent Mt. Khangchendzonga. It is believed that the hill is a dormant volcano and only prayers can hold it from erupting. That's why the local monks offer their reverence and devotion to it. 

The four most revered ‘dhams’ of the Hindus (Badrinath, Jagannath, Dwarka, and Rameshwaram) have been replicated in the Char Dham complex to benefit devotees and tourists. The 108-feet-high statue of Lord Shiva in a sitting posture marks the location of the main temple.

You will then be driven to Ravangla to visit the world-famous Tatagatha Tsal or Ravangla Buddha Park which hosts a 130-feet-high statue of a seated Buddha as its centerpiece and offers a meditation center too.
DAY 22
(Sunday): Nature walk, some mountain biking, and lunch with the lamas (optional)

Highlights: Bhusuk Bridge, Pabyuik Monastery

After a good breakfast, head towards Bhusuk, a small village located about 6 km away from the heart of Gangtok.  As you get there, the Bhusuk bridge welcomes you as a base for the nature trail. The trail is around 6 km in total and is quite rustic. You have a choice of taking a hike or try your hands at some mountain biking along this stretch. 

The end of the trail is also the beginning of an uphill road taking you to the tranquil Pabyuik Monastery. We will drive you to the top of the hill where you can again take in the sights and sounds of the twin monastery buildings. You can choose to spend the day with the monks. This includes a walk around the monastery premises, which includes a small school for the monks aged 8 years and older and also a meditational complex for women (Annyes). There is a short 1.5 km trail from the complex that leads to a viewpoint that gives a bird’s-eye view of Gangtok, Mt. Khangchendzonga, and the Pakyong airport. Enjoy a wholesome lunch along with the monks.
Drive back to your stay by late afternoon and spend the evening at leisure.
DAY 23
(Monday) : Work from stay

Another work week begins. Take the required breaks to appreciate the views from your window and go on evening walks to enjoy the natural freshness of the mountain air.
DAY 24
(Tuesday): Work from stay
DAY 25
(Wednesday): Work from stay
DAY 26
(Thursday): Work from stay
DAY 27
(Friday): Work from stay
DAY 28
(Saturday): Drop at Bagdogra Airport (125 km/ 5 hrs)

After breakfast, bid a bittersweet farewell to the hills as you head towards Bagdogra airport. 
INCLUSIONS

  • Meet & greet upon arrival
  • All applicable transfers & sightseeing as per  the  itinerary (vehicle will not be at your disposal)
  • Accommodation in the hotel/ homestay/similar for the duration mentioned in the  itinerary
  • Daily Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Daily evening snacks
  • Wi-Fi
  • All permits, road taxes, parking charges, and driver allowance

EXCLUSIONS

  • Sightseeing entry fees, guide charge, camera fee, any up-gradation charges
  • Cost  for airfare, train fare, or any other internal fare
  • Personal expenses such  as laundry, soft drinks, porter tip, etc
  • The difference in cost arising due  to a change in fuel price
  • The difference in cost arising due to extra usage of vehicles other than scheduled mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the ‘PACKAGE INCLUSIONS’ section

ENTRY POINTS
  • Bagdogra airport (IXB)
  • S.N.T. (Sikkim Nationalised Transport)
  • SNT Bus Stop Gangtok(S.N.T)
PARTNERS
ADDRESS:
  • Near Co-Operative, Middle Sichey Gangtok, East Sikkim, India, 737101

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