Monastic Tour

Sikkim nearly has about 200 Buddhist Monasteries of Nyingma and Kagyud order, where it has been greatly influencing the culture and lifestyle of the people, while demonstrating the ritual and practices originating in Tibet. These monasteries are adorned with priceless manuscripts, scriptures and literatures and thankas painted on rare silk and brocade with the touch of gold. Each monastery has the traditional architecture, carved and painted woodwork and icons of silver and gold. Above all some of these monasteries are very old with historic importance to the place.

Season: March to May and September to November
Duration: 09 Days and 08 Nights
 Places Covered: Important Monasteries at Sikkim

Trip Details

What is Included:

• Service of English speaking guides, arrival and departure transfer, vehicles, full tour services.

• All prevailing taxes like luxury taxes and boarding taxes and meals in all hotels.

• Road taxes, toll taxes, driver’s allowances, parking etc.

• Boarding and meals with breakfast, lunch and dinners at luxury hotels while during the tour. While during trek boarding and meals in camps and mountain lodges. All the meals include breakfast lunch and dinner.

What is not included:

• Any items of personal nature like walking sticks, clothings, sleeping bags, prescribed medicines, alcoholic drinks, phone calls, laundry, additional meals, passport and visas, flight and airport charges, excess baggage, insurances, vaccinations, inner line permits or special permits.

MONASTIC TOUR  Duration: 09 Days 08 Nights

Day 01:

Bagdogra – Yuksom (1780 meters)
Arrival at Bagdogra and then drive to Yuksom the first Historic capital of Sikkim. According to historical records, the first King (Chogyal) was coronated by three Tibetan Buddhist.monks here at a place called Norbugang, where one can still see the stone seats and footprints of the Head Monk.
(Overnight stay in Yuksom)

Day 02:

Visit Monasteries and places of interest
Shortly after breakfast we go to visit Dubdi Buddhist Monastery and Coronation Throne. Dubdi Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, which was presumably build in 1700 A.D. Coronation Throne is the place where first King (Chogyal) of Sikkim was coronated. After Lunch; we drive towards Tashiding to visit Tashiding Monastery, which is famous for its Bhumchu Festival,
celebrated with devotees coming from far and near to get the blessing of the holy water. We drive back to Yuksom. (Overnight stay in Yuksom)

Day 03:

Yuksom – Pelling (2000 meters)
We drive to Pelling via Khecheopalri Lake, which is considered a holy lake by both Hindus and Buddhists. (Overnight stay in Pelling)

Day 04:

Visit Monasteries and places of interest
Shortly after breakfast we go to visit Sanga Choling Monastery situated on a ridge. The monastery was built on 1697 A.D. and is considered one of the oldest in Sikkim. After Lunch ; we go to visit Pemayangtse Monastery and Rabdentse Ruins. Pemayangtshe Monastery was founded in 1705 A.D. Rabdentse Ruins was the second capital of Sikkim. (Overnight stay in Pelling)

Day 05: Pelling – Rabongla
We drive towards Rabongla. We visit Bon Monastery and Ralong Monastery. (Overnight stay in Rabongla)
Day 06:

Rabongla – Gangtok
We drive towards Gangtok the present capital of Sikkim. On the way we visit Temi Tea Garden, only a tea garden in Sikkim. We also visit Samdruptse which means the “Wish FulFilling Hill” on which stands a 135 feet statue of Guru Padmasambhava. (Overnight stay in Gangtok)

Day 07:

Visit Monasteries and places of interest
Starting early in the morning we proceed towards North to visit Phodong and Labrang Monastery. On the way back, we may visit other places of interest as-well or directly proceed to visit Chorten Monastery and Research Institute of Tibetology . After Lunch; we go to visit Enchey Monastery
an important seat of the Nyingmapa Order built nearly 200 years ago on a site blessed by Lama Druptok Karpo, a tantric monk known for his power of flying. If time permits we may visit other places as-well. (Overnight stay in Gangtok)

Day 08:

Gangtok – Kalimpong
Starting early in the morning we drive towards Kalimpong which on the way we go to visit Rumtek Dharma Chakra (Rumtek Monastery). After lunch at your Hotel in Kalimpong, we go to visit various places of interest, monasteries. We also visit Mangal Dham a Hindu Temple and a Christian Chruch
built in a style of Tibetan Monastery. (Overnight stay in Kalimpong)

Day 09: Kalimpong – Bagdogra
Drive to Bagdogra for your journey back home.

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