Day 1: Arrive in Bagdogra Airport/ NJP by 1 pm in the afternoon. Make your way to Darjeeling More in Siliguri (About 10 km from Bagdogra and NJP both). Once you reach, a Tata Sumo will be waiting for travellers to take them to Gangtok. Reach Gangtok post 6 pm and settle in the hotel for the night.
Day 2: This day is solely dedicated to Gangtok local sightseeing.
Points covered: Rumtek Monastery, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Tashi view point, Hanuman & Ganesh Tok, Jawaharlal Nehru botanical garden, Flower Exhibition Centre.
Day 3: We will be going on a 1-day North Sikkim excursion.
Points covered: Nathula Pass (India - China border), Baba Mandir, Tsongmo Lake.
Day 4: We will be continuing our foray into North Sikkim for the next two days. With our packed bags, we will first be heading to one of the twin villages - Lachen. Settle into our guesthouse for the day.
Day 5: We will start our day early to reach Gurudongmar Lake, clocking in at a height of about 17,000 feet. Legend has it that a part of this lake remains uncovered in the tough winter months. Guru Padmasambhava (Founder of Tibetan Buddhism) touched a part of a lake to provide a source of water during the harsh winters.
(Note: The lake is at a high altitude, which means it's prone to heavy snowfall in the winter months. if the roads leading to the lake are blocked, we will be taking a detour and visiting Chopta Valley instead. Also, if we are allowed to visit the lake, being at a high altitude, travellers might experience dizziness & small bursts of headaches. Hence, it is advisable to not spend more than 20 minutes at the lake. Also, hydration is the key to beat high altitude sickness).
Post this, we will heading for Lachung. The rest of the day is free to do some local sightseeing. Chat up with the local community - Lachungpas.
Day 6: First, we will be heading for Yumthang, fondly known as Sikkim's "Valley of Flowers". Granted there won't be any flowers in the winter season, but the beauty of the Lachung peak is nonetheless breathtaking. If time permits, we will also be visiting Zero point, meaning there is no road beyond this point. The End.
We will start our return journey back to Gangtok & reach by evening.
Day 7: After breakfast, we will be leaving for Pelling, in the Western part. You will see the topography change. From a snowy terrain to forests and river streams. After settling into our guesthouse, we will be covering local points.
Points covered: Kanchenjunga Falls, Rimbik Falls, Sewaro Rock Garden & Khechopalri Lake, Singshore bridge, Pemyangtse Monastery, Rabdentse Ruins.
Day 8: Early morning, we will set off for Guwahati, which would take about 4 hours. The trip to Meghalay - Abode of Cloud starts from here.