Bagdogra -> Gangtok-> Lachen -> Lachung -> Gangtok -> Zuluk -> Pelling -> Bagdogra
These places, mostly cover the entire Sikkim as mentioned below:
East Sikkim: Gangtok (Capital of Sikkim), Zuluk, Padamchen
West Sikkim: Pelling
North Sikkim: Lachen, Lachung
South Sikkim: Ravangla
MY ITINERARY FOR THE TRIP (From Bangalore)
Day 1: Fly to Bagdogra Airport and transfer to Gangtok
Day 2: Gangtok to Lachen
Day 3: Visit Gurudongmar Lake, Chopta Valley, Kala Pathar in Lachen and transfer to Lachung
Day 4: Visit Zero Point, Yumthang Valley in Lachung.
Day 5: Lachung to Gangtok
Day 6: Visit Tsomgo Lake, Old Baba Mandir in Gangtok, Elephant Lake, Tambi viewpoint and transfer to Zuluk/Padamchen.
Day 7: Zuluk/Padamchen to Pelling via Ravangla Buddha Park.
Day 8: Pelling sightseeing.
Day 9: Back to Bangalore
BUDGETING FOR THE TRIP:
The budgeting for the trip varies depending on the kind of hotels, transport you're choosing, where you are flying from and also the places you consider visiting.
- Flights (Bangalore <-> Bagdogra): INR 10,000 per person
- Accommodation: Keep aside at least INR 4000/day for a comfortable stay.
It should cost you around INR 1000 to 5000/day. The Sum varies depending on the kind of the transport (Shared/Private) and the car type you're choosing. I suggest opting for a bigger car as the roads are in very bad condition especially in the regions of North Sikkim.
If you are opting the package tour, most of the permit gets covered in transportation cost except for the below which you will need to pay to the driver on the spot.
Kala Pattar: INR 3000/Vehicle
Zero Point: INR 3000/Vehicle
Mt Katao: INR 3000/Vehicle
Nathuala Pass: INR 3500/Vehicle
- Food + Miscellaneous: INR 5000
DETAILED ITINERARY: (ACCOMMODATION, MAJOR ATTRACTIONS, AND TRANSPORT)
Day 1: Bagdogra Airport, West Bengal to Gangtok, Sikkim
Altitude: 5500 Feet
Distance: 120 KMS
Duration: 4-5 HRS
We started our journey from Bangalore at 12 pm and arrived at Bagdogra Airport by 4.30 pm (Inclusive of 30 minutes delay at Bagdogra airport). Since everything was booked in advance, we didn't have to waste time anywhere finding a cab and bargaining on the spot. I had planned our entire trip with the help of Travel Triangle (https://traveltriangle.com/) which made transportation, permits, and accommodation hassle free for us.