Dec. 1, 2022
Bored of this lengthy lockdown! How about an adventurous trip to Darjeeling and Sikkim? To get bewitched by the exciting nature.
Darjeeling and Sikkim, are no doubt the most loving tourist destinations of the northeast. And offer the best as you step down in the cozy lap of the enchanting Himalayas.
"The Queen of Hills" Darjeeling holds nature, culture, and ethnicity altogether in a marvelous way. And witnessing the charm of Darjeeling is a blessing for nature sweethearts. The lovely cuddle doesn't end with nature only; you'll even see how locals celebrate livelihood with evergreen ecstasy.
And Sikkim, the Himalayan Paradise, though the smallest yet one of the most charming states of India. With clean roads, rich culture, green mountains, and unparalleled views of Kanchenjunga, this harmonious land always refreshes the tangled mind. A visit to this heavenly state at any time will surely appease your lofty thrills and melt your heart away.
So, get your backpack, and sink in the spacious nature of the Himalayan hills. Run through the pines, roll over the fields, touch the chilly rivers, and relish the natural bliss. Feel adventures, do adventures.
Best adventurous things to do in Darjeeling for adventure lovers
White River Rafting in Teesta for a joyous adventure
As you make your way to Teesta, drown yourself in the mesmerizing valley and raft in the hills' cool water. It will give you a fantastic feeling of earthly heaven with beautiful bird songs, sweet fresh wind, and enchanting views of nature. You can even enjoy camping at Teesta with your buddies. And go on for a bonfire beside the river as the warmth gives an exquisite touch to the soul. Spending a night inside the tents would be a joyous experience. Touch the cold heavy flowing water of Teesta and make it an unforgettable moment of your life.
Trek upon the peaks observing the beautiful view from the top heights
Get ready for adventurous treks and venture through the beautiful trails for days with thrilling locations. Darjeeling offers many cascading trek routes for an adventurous journey; some of the most exciting ones are:
Come near the lofty peaks of Kanchenjunga and Everest. Get surrounded by the blooming rhododendron flowers at the height of 11,930 meters at the Sandakphu trek, popularly known as a 'Trekkers Wonderland.' The trek binds four massive peaks - Mount Everest, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu. And starts at the famous Singalila Ridge, a high ground that lies at the southern end of a long crest, which runs down from the Kanchendzonga range.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Duration: Around five days
Trek to Tonglu:
Tonglu is one of the top peaks in this area, situated in the Singalila Ridge. Being located at an altitude of 10.130ft, it offers most of the spectacular sights of this beautiful town. From here, the picturesque view of the third highest mountain, Kanchenjunga, and the highest one, Mount Everest, will surely leave you all amazed. Through a day trek to Tonglu, you'll have incredible experiences of landscape, wildlife, and culture.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Duration: Around 3 hours
Trek to Tumling
Located at 9600ft, Tumling is a refreshing zone, just 2km away from Tonglu. Trekking to this beautiful hilly region is relatively easier than other trails, as there is no steep uphill. This trek will lead you to the vast green meadows and beautiful rhododendron groves through some rustic villages. While trekking, you will get to see the summits of Kanchenjunga as well and meet a few beautiful hamlets on the way.
Difficulty Level: Easier
Duration: Around 4.30 hours
Cherish the culture and relish local foods
Here the sweet locals welcome tourists with smiling faces. While you are in Darjeeling, cherish the admirable beauty and the authentic local foods. Flow with cultural diversity, and of course, enjoy every precious moment. Stroll around Chowrasta and explore the surroundings, and buy local arts and handicrafts from the stalls. Discover as many hidden gems as you can and make it a worthwhile trip.
Paraglide along with the clouds upon the lush mountains
If the scenery from the mountains isn't good enough, then paragliding in Darjeeling is the best way to enjoy the picturesque views. If you do, then rest assured, you will be soaring through the clear blue skies while enjoying the mystic vistas of the snow-capped peaks. Embark on this adventure-filled day out with Darjeeling paragliding and get swayed by the views. The medium fly will be for 10-12 minutes, and the long flight will be for 20-25 minutes, depending on weather conditions.
Take a Toy Train ride and get amazed by the excellent surroundings
This lush green toy train pathway offers exceptional natural beauty to observe every nook and corner accurately. You will get enchanted by the gorgeous outlooks while going through dense forests, endearing flower lines, and local villages. Here the Batasia Loop is quite famous and one of the most picturesque train routes in the whole of Darjeeling. The mesmerizing atmosphere from the Hill Cart Road (NH 55) gives every visitor a thrilling experience almost never forgettable.
Explore the exotic beauties in the Nightingale Park
The Nightingale Park, earlier known as 'The Shrubbery', is an old remnant of the British reign. Situated in the enchanting hill station of Darjeeling, this park serves as a relaxing stoppage, and you can rest amidst the tiredness of several wonders. Come to this public park area and relish the gorgeous beauty of the surroundings. It's a frequently visited spot by tourists and locals; there is even a giant statue of Lord Shiva and a musical fountain that adds a great view of the scenery.
Watch the mesmerizing Sunrise in the Tiger Hill
Witnessing the mesmerizing Sunrise through the peaks of Tiger Hill is one of the most exciting activities to do in Darjeeling. Tiger hill is also one of the best places to explore nature in its flowing way. Standing at an elevation of 2600 meters, this mountain peak gives an enchanting view of Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga together. Being the highest spot of Darjeeling, Tiger Hill offers one of the most beautiful spectacles, no doubt.
Roam around the beautiful lush green Tea Gardens
Roaming around the lush green tea gardens is a great fun activity to do in Darjeeling. You will definitely like the astonishing views of the sloppy surroundings. From around, you can buy fresh packaged tea and try a cup and relish the soothing scenery. While finally here, inhale the pure breeze and enjoy the vast beauty of the lush green tea estates.
Calm Your Mind amidst the spiritual tranquility
Sensing spiritual serenity is as adventurous as taking a deep dive into the vast sky. The Peace Pagoda and the Ghoom Monastery are just the places to attain tranquility amidst our daily hustles. Here people hailing from various cultures, and sectors of society attain unity, harmony, and peace together. Several rare manuscripts are also present within the premises to leave you spellbound by the beautiful architecture.
Haunt around the historical places and sense the century-old architectures
Roam around the century-old architecture, reckon the history within, and create an adventurous moment. In Kurseong, Dowhill, being one of the well-known British remnants, attracts tourists from across the states. Witness the haunted history of Downhill and add a chapter to your thrilling diary. Here you can also retreat among the various wonders in its small space with tea gardens, lush green forests, and close views of the mountains.
Best adventurous things to do in Sikkim for adventure lovers
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is the best for you, the adventure lover. If you are passionate about trekking and hiking. This adventurous trek is about 90 kilometers long, and it takes around nine to10 days to complete the trek. The route starts from Yuksom and then up to Bakkhim. During the whole journey, enjoy the spectacular view of the Himalayan range that stays with you forever. This base camp trek, though quite challenging but will remain a remarkable one in your whole life journey.
Paragliding in the charming Gangtok valley
A bird's eye view is one of the best ways to relish the mesmerizing view of the land. And Paragliding above the sky is just the one to enjoy the various sights through every nook. There are several breathtaking spots in Sikkim where you can go for Paragliding and experience the state through a bird's eye.
With clean and green roads, lush green tea gardens, valleys, high altitude lakes, green mountains, rhododendron groves, winding rivers, waterfalls, beautiful architecture, and unparalleled views of Mt. Kanchenjunga Sikkim looks even better from the sky.
Camping and Rafting in Teesta River
Dive for a wonderful experience spending the night in tents at Teesta river, Triveni. Camping and Rafting in the Teesta River are the most popular activities to do in Sikkim. Teesta serves as a significant river in Sikkim. From its origin Lhamo Lake, Teesta flows through the entire state, and it is the lifeline of the whole of Sikkim. Its vast expansion around here offers plenty of opportunities for rafting. If you are in Sikkim, never miss camping around Teesta and feeling the thrilling weather.
Location: Created from Lhamo Lake and flows through the entire Sikkim.
Price: Rs. 900/- per person.
Interested, contact us to book your rafting in Teesta right away, and we will take care of the rest for you. Adventure doesn't get better than this.
Ride through the silk route, Zuluk
Ride through the rugged terrain of the Silk Route, the lower Himalayas in East Sikkim of Zuluk, and have a thrilling experience. It's a small hilly village that is famous for the historic Silk Route from Tibet to India. Nowadays, it is fast growing as a new tourist destination for its beautiful sights. During winter, the beautiful surroundings and zigzag roads of Zuluk get snow-capped and make it all unique and adventurous.
Bungee Jumping at the astounding Singshore Bridge
Singshore Bridge is one of the amazing bridge extensions in Asia, and bungee jumping is just the right sport to make it an adventurous memory here. If you want to encounter the thrilling moments of hopping from a suspended scaffold, then this is a place you must visit. If you are a novice at bungee jumping, then the specialists will assist you with learning the strategies. Bungee Jumping is one of the best activities to do in Sikkim.
Tipsy Yak Ride in Changu Lake
Yak riding is quite a popular activity to do in Sikkim. The Changu Lake, also known as Tsomgo Lake, serves as a beautiful tourist destination and offers a unique experience, the chance to ride a Yak in soothing weather. You are bound to fall in love with the peaceful yaks while going for a safari around the lake. Make sure you never forget to have an incredible journey with the Yaks while you are in Sikkim.
Location: Located around 40 km from Gangtok, Tsomgo.
A cheerful trip at Yuksom
Formally referred to as the 'Gateway to Khangchendzonga, Yuksom is known for its gorgeous landscapes and snow-capped mountains and beautiful monasteries. Perched at an elevation of 1780 meters, Yuksom offers the best views of the Himalayan Mountains. On a trip to Yuksom, you can indulge yourself in several adventurous activities to get your adrenaline fix.
Thrilling road trip to Nathula
Located at an altitude of 4300 meters, Nathula is one of the highest motorable roads in the world, blessed with great scenic places and fresh mountain breeze. A sum of Rs200 and some other documents are required to enter here. It's 14100 ft above sea level, so many people face problems in breathing. Situated on the Old silk route, Nathula is a must exploring place in Sikkim, which will surely amaze you.
Experience the dazzling scenery of Lachung
Often compared to Switzerland, Lachung is famous for its picturesque beauty. Lachung is one of the gorgeous Himalayan villages lying in the lap of North Sikkim. This beautiful place is full of snow-capped mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling streams, and apple orchards. Located at a distance of Gangtok, Lachung is known for its monastery, the Lachung Monastery, apples, peaches, apricots, and beautiful rhododendron sanctuaries. You should never miss the chance to explore Lachung if you come to Sikkim.
Immerse in the flower-filled Yumthang
Known as the Valley of Flowers, beautiful Yumthang is home to more than twenty-four different species of rhododendron, the gorgeous mountain flowers. With its mesmerizing blend of various flora and fauna and scenic beauty, Yumthang is ideal for all nature lovers and photographers. Roaming to this Valley of Flowers to witness the heavenly beauty is one of the most positive things to do in Sikkim.
Get lost in the tranquil terrain of Pelling
Blessed with an abundance of nature and a serene ambiance, Pelling has too much to offer nature lovers. While in Sikkim, get lost in this beautiful terrain full of old monasteries, lush green forests, fascinating trekking trails, thrill-seeking waterfalls, and friendly people. Perched at an altitude of 1,900 m with breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga peak and the Himalayas, it is the second biggest tourist destination in Sikkim after Gangtok. The perfect time to visit Pelling is between December to April. So, get ready to explore the most popular tourist attractions in Pelling.
Best time to visit
The tourists mostly choose the summer between March and June to relax by the cool temperature, while most parts of the country get parched by the summer heat. And some travelers also prefer the winter months from October to February to feel the chilling wind. Monsoon is best to avoid but if you love rain, then go for it.
How to reach
Through Siliguri, a Small City in the foothills of Darjeeling, Darjeeling, and Sikkim are connected to the major cities of India through the roads. Several buses, taxis, and cabs are available from there to reach this hill town. And from Darjeeling, many taxis and cabs are available to depart for Sikkim.
New Jalpaiguri (NJP) near Siliguri is the nearest railway station to reach Darjeeling as well as Sikkim, which is well connected to the major cities of India. From there, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR), known as the 'Toy Train,' is available to venture through an unforgettable journey that leads to Darjeeling town. Buses and taxis are also available from there to reach Darjeeling and Sikkim.
Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport to reach Darjeeling, well connected to significant parts of the country. Many public vehicles are available from there to reach Darjeeling and Sikkim. The Pakyong Airport is the nearest airport to reach Sikkim, about 35 km away from the state capital, Gangtok.