India: Sikkim: A Village Walk
Sikkim owes its extraordinary beauty to the mountains that form its topography and the rains that make it so lush and fertile.
After completing customs and immigration formalities at Kolkata International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Guestrooms are spacious and elegantly furnished, and you will have the remainder of the day to relax and recover from jetlag.
You will be collected from your hotel this morning and driven to the airport in time to meet your early afternoon flight to Bagdogra.
You will be met upon arrival by your escort, and transferred to your first village house located on a farm near Rinchenpong in South Sikkim, a virtually untouched and beautiful Himalayan town situated at an altitude of 5,567 feet.
This evening, you will have an introductory briefing with your accompanying guide, followed by drinks and snacks served around the fire. Tonight, enjoy your first taste of traditional Sikkimese cuisine, largely based on dumplings, rice, lentils, vegetables, and wildflowers, and drawing on recipes from Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet, in addition to India.
Rise this morning for a tour of the property with the owner. After breakfast, today’s walk begins with a gentle climb along a lush jungle trail, passing a few isolated houses and hamlets (mostly belonging to Nepali immigrants) along the way, and offering stunning views of the Himalayas.
You’ll arrive late this afternoon at your next village house, which is a bit more modern than the previous, featuring fantastic views of the Kanchenjunga massif.
Weather permitting, rise early this morning for a fabulous sunrise with Kanchenjunga in the background, after which you’ll visit Rinchenpong Monastery to participate in the early morning prayers before a fresh breakfast at the village house.
Begin your descent via the Rinchenpong Monastery and along a steep ridge, as you continue on to the village of Radhu Khandu. En route, you’ll break for a picnic lunch on the ridge of Durpin Darra, overlooking the surrounding mountain ranges and valleys crossed by rivers at an altitude of 4,599 feet. You’ll also stop for afternoon tea in the charming village of Hee, enjoying a 180° view of the Himalayas.
Upon arrival, settle into your village home, a traditional wooden house perched on a terraced hillside, and spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring the village before dinner this evening.
After breakfast this morning, you’ll take a brief walk around the village with the friendly owner of the village house, after which you will continue uphill to the enchanted lakes, a series of three beautiful lakes ascending along the side of a mountain.
Following a large picnic lunch, you will visit a local cave which the locals consider to be a home to various holy spirits. Head back to Radhu Kandu this afternoon, leaving time to relax before tonight’s dinner.
You will walk 20 minutes down to the road head after breakfast this morning, from where you will be transferred to the Bagdogra Airport in time to meet your flight to Kolkata.
On arrival at Kolkata airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to The Oberoi Grand, where you will have guestroom access until your transfer to the airport this evening to meet your flight home or to continue on to your next Willing Foot destination.
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