Sikkim By Cycle

Cycling amidst the dramatic landscape of Sikkim
[ 9Days / 8Nights ]

The sheer joy of travelling comes from experiences and the best way to craft memories is to pedal around the most scenic and adventurous off-beaten places like Sikkim. Cyclomania in India presents the perfect blend of ecstasy and adventure with guided cycle tours in India. We are renowned for our tailor-made and action-packed bike tips in India that will surely check everything off from your bucket list. From calming spots to thrilling routes and from lively cultural experiences to the enchanting wilderness, everything can be encountered with our tailored cycling tour in Sikkim. The cycling expedition allows you to witness the beauty of Mother Nature in its unadulterated form. From beautiful valleys to starlit skies, every moment spent during the Sikkim bike tour will create a memory for a lifetime.

The marvellous destination is considered the jewel of the North East. From rolling greens, and mesmerizing Himalayan Vista to enchanting monasteries and dramatic waterfalls, the list of attractions is endless which makes Sikkim one of the most favourable destinations for bike tour in India. The beautiful state weaves a wholesome experience by combining the most delightful aspects of culture, nature and hospitality. The embodiment of beauty is best explored at a pedalling pace. If you are searching for one of the best bike trips in India, the melange of exciting opportunities at Sikkim won’t disappoint you.

To indulge in the surreal beauty of North-eastern India, we have thoughtfully crafted a 10-days itinerary for a cycling tour in Sikkim. Nestled between Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal, Sikkim is a state known for its azure rivers, serene lakes, lush green meadows and mountain views. Also knowns as the kingdom of mountains, this state flaunts its unique beauty in the amalgamation of culture and nature. To explore the harmony, we begin the Sikkim bike ride from the capital city Gangtok, where forests of rhododendrons and oaks seem to create warm and welcoming vibes. The least populous Indian state offers a rich variety of tourist attractions including the third highest mountain peak on Earth, Kanchanjunga and breath-taking sceneries of alpine meadows, Shimmery glacial lakes, Temi tea gardens and attractive paddy fields complementing the serenity of tiny villages throughout the state. Another key highlight of this bike trip to Sikkim is its close connectivity with Darjeeling, which boasts the highest railway station in India. To make your trip perfect, we would guide you to reach there and enjoy a ride on the toy train. The captivating destination of Darjeeling has gorgeous sights all around. To take these memories back home we will also make a halt for souvenir shopping.

Bike ride in Sikkim is moderately challenging. The gorgeous locations have some not-so-gorgeous routes which addto the adventure part of the itinerary. Especially rolling down the trails in North Sikkim creates a bit of a challenge, due to lack of infrastructure. Although the panoramic vista you get after completing a day full of challenging rides fills you with a sense of achievement. Overall, it is going to be a mesmerizing experience crafted by the harmony of culture, nature and wilderness. Take a look at the itinerary and book your slot for a fixed departure or private cycling tour in Sikkim.

Day: 1 - Bagdogra – Gangtok

You are expected to land at the Bagdogra International Airport. From here onwards the tour begins and you will be escorted to Gangtok in a private cab. You will be driving on NH 31 and the journey would take more than 4 hours to complete, which means you get ample time to enjoy the scenic gorge of Himalayan peaks. The zig-zag road is in good condition and offers plentiful opportunities to leave the tourists in awe. Leaving the Bagdogra traffic behind, you will be driving across the thick forests of Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary which is followed by breath-taking views at the Tista river. Don’t settle for the angelic views you encounter during this 4 hour journey, the best ones are still saved. After exploring the awe-inspiring sights on zig-zag roads you will reach Gangtok and check-in at a pre-booked hotel. You will spend the evening chatting with fellow cyclists. While having dinner you will get a brief about the upcoming tour and other important details.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at Netuk House/ Similar

Meals: Dinner

Cycling: no cycling

Visit: as per program

Route Weblink:

Day: 2 Gangtok City

Headquarter of East Sikkim, Gangtok is situated at an altitude of 1650 meters which makes it an attractive holiday spot. We will start rolling around on our bikes from Gangtok. The trip begins by exploring the popular tourist hotspots which include snow covered peaks at Tashi Viewpoint, Hanuman Tok and Ganesh Tok. Hanuman Tok is the highest point in Gangtok city which records an altitude of 2180 meters. Before gaining the adrenaline kicking altitude, we would cover some more attractions like the Gonjang Monastery. The peaceful place is very close to Tashi Viewpoint which is famous for offering panoramic 180 degree view of Gangtok. It is not a well-known monastery, thus you get a great chance to get a peaceful glance of Buddhist learning and culture while dealing with a moderate rush. The front yard of the monastery is facing the East Himalayan range which gives a unique sense of peaceful vibes to the visitors. After getting enchanting in the serenity of the monastery we would be pedalling toward Tashi View Point to spot the mighty Kanchenjunga peaks.

Already feeling mesmerized with the thoughts of greenery, hills and greeting monks? There is more to the Gangtok sightseeing charm. We will turn our handlebars towards a beautiful temple situated on top of a hill. Despite the little steep, the place named Ganesh Tok is very well known for its hypnotizing views that will keep you busy for a while. From here, we will gain some more altitude and reach Hanuman Tok which is the highest point of Gangtok. The place of worship has legendary importance as well as the sweeping mountain views from this point are worth climbing. From here you get the best views of Mt. Kanchenjunga.

The daylong smooth ride around the city offers a great opportunity to prepare your body for the upcoming adventure. After cycling for around 25 kms on day 1 you get a hang of your bikes and get accustomed to the travel buddy for the rest of the week. After sightseeing, we will get back to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at Netuk House/ Similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 25km

Drive:

Visit: as per program

Cycling route map link:

 

Day: 3 Gangtok – Martam Village - Temi Tea Garden

After breakfast, we will leave the hotel and start pedalling towards Martam Village. The route is somewhat easy with mostly downhill roads which are covered with thick oak forests and spellbinding greenery. Before hitting Martam, we will turn our handlebars towards the peaceful ambience of the very famous biggest spot for Buddhist learning in Sikkim, the Rumtek Monastery. The beauty of this monastery makes your unforgettable tour as the path leading to the shrine here is made of silver and gold and studded with stunning precious stones.

After getting enhanced with the spiritual and historic importance of the place, we will be on our bikes once again to head towards Martam, where we get to explore the unadulterated beauty of Sikkim culture and hospitality. For a perfect glance of the countryside, Martam is a great choice. Surrounded by thick forests and paddy fields, the small village offers a unique chance to explore the beauty of wilderness as it is very close to the Wildlife Sanctuary, FambongLho. The abundance of flora and fauna at this place is experienced with an easy downhill ride. Rolling down for about 20 kms we will meet the half point at Sirwani Bridge, after which pedalling might feel like a bit of a challenge due to the slight ascends.

Following the trails, we will gain a height of 1500 meters and will reach the enchanting estates of Temi Tea Garden. Sparling across 440 acres, the tea estate offers a unique glance into the simple life of people living here. Tour of this place is quite refreshing as the air is filled with a lively aroma and the picture perfect views are surely a sight to behold. Day 2 of cycling is somewhat overwhelming as you will be covering a longer distance and gaining the elevation of 1500 meters would also be tiring for both your mind and body. So we would call it a day as soon as we reach Martam and take a tour of the tea estates the next morning.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at Cherry Resort/Similar

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activity: 60km

Drive:

Visit: as per program

Cycling route map link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38755680

Day: 4 Martam Village – Ravangla

After breakfast, we will continue touring the refreshing and world famous Temi Tea Garden. The sights of the lush green tea estate would surely blow you away, in case it is your first time touring a tea garden. You will see the serene lifestyle of the countryside and hundreds of humble workers looking just like heavenly angles with their traditional attire and broad smiles. “Nice view” are the only words that tourists manage to bring out of their mouths because of the spell binding views of lush green 400 acres tea estate. It’s not an exaggeration but the enchanting experience is for real. If you have never visited a tea garden before then narrow rails around the moist tea bushes at Temi Tea Garden would surely catch your sight.

After soaking all the nature painted drama at Temi Tea Garden we will be rolling once again to encounter another scene that is right out of painting on our way to Ralang Monastery. The route is an easy downhill ride that offers a strange peaceful vibe as we are rolling down from Damthang and moving towards our next stop Ravangla. Midway, we will take a detour of just 6 kms to indulge in the crisp air of spirituality at the Buddhist Pilgrim Ralang Monastery. The place greatly depicts the importance of art and culture in the bygone era. Even if you are not an avid artist, still you will feel this urge to unwind and just cherish the stunning collection of Thangka paintings in the monastery.

The beauty at this place thrills your soul as the view here is unmatched. The fascination comes from the flowers of the valley which seem like offering you a warm welcome. From this spot, you get an unobstructed view of the Great Himalayas, Mt. Kanchenjunga, along with Mt. Sinialchu, Mt. Kabru and Mt. Pandim. Your search for authentic Tibetian architecture can end with the beautiful monastery, where we would spend quite some time before rolling down to Ravangla to call it a day.

Details:-

Accommodation:Overnight at Mt. Narsing Village Resort /Similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 23km

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: :https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38755898

Day: 5 Ravangla – Yuksom

After breakfast, we will leave the hotel and turn our handlebars towards a beautiful village Tashiding. The first half of the ride is pleasantly amazing because of an easy downhill track, however, after crossing the village Legship pedalling becomes somewhat adventurous as we have to reach on top of a hill at Tashiding hamlet to explore the most sacred Gompa of Buddhism. In this monastery, they put sacred holy water in a vase and keep it for a year. At the annual Bumchu festival, the monks check the level of the water to predict the future. The place has been a centre of worship for locals of Sikkim. Walking around offers a different feeling altogether because of the chilly air and panoramic views. Everything about this Gompa ensures a rejuvenating experience, after which we will continue biking to reach the next stop Yuksom which is filled with views of snow-capped mountains and also has a rich history as it is the ancient capital of Sikkim.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at The Tashighang Resort / Similar

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Cycling:60km

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: :https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38633710

Day: 6 Yuksom – Pemayangtse

The gorgeous landscape of this small town is also known as the ‘Third Eye of Sikkim’ or ‘Gateway to Kanchenjunga’. The town is situated at an altitude of 1780 meters and works as a base camp for trekking to the Mt. Kanchenjunga. The town boasts many monasteries that hold both religious and historic importance. Besides, in the town we get to a picture perfect scenery of stunning lakes which are quietly resting inside forests. Very close to the town is the Kanchenjunga National Park. Situated at a high altitude, the national park boasts untouched beauty which is far from human interventions. The place is home to different species of birds and here you get to see the most beautiful snow leopards, sloth bears and other Himalayan animals.

The tour of Yuksom is incomplete without visiting the Khecheopalri Lake, which is the largest lake in Sikkim. It is believed that the lake always has clean and pristine water which is kept intact by nature itself. You won’t find a leaf or anything floating on the surface of this lake which is believed to have powers to fulfil your wish. After visiting the lake, and maybe after sharing our wish list by the side of the lake, we will be back on our bikes Pemayangtse for overnight stay and dinner.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at Norbu Ghang Resort/ Similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 40km

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: : https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38633716

Day: 7 Pemayangtse – Darjeeling

On day 7, we will be riding our bikes one last time to encounter another small section of the beauty of the pristine state of Sikkim. About 2km from the Pelling town is located a unique spot to witness the prime beauty of Sikkim, i.e. Pemayangtse Monastery. A reflection of rich architecture and Buddhist faith, this places some enthralling views of the majestic Himalayas. Nestled quietly in a three story building, the monastery is regarded as a perfect place to find inner peace. Breathe in the clean air and meditate here for some time and we bet the experience would be one of a kind.

Apart from peaceful vibes, the place also boasts artistic splendour through the hundreds of years old statues, paintings and beautiful Tibetan designs adorning the doors and windows. From here onwards, the ride has mostly descending tracks. Rolling down the hills, we will be at the scenic hill station Darjeeling in no time. Famous for the historic toy train and mesmerizing tea plantations, this hill station features a unique amalgamation of the cultivation of the British-era along with Hindu and Buddhist culture.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at Dekeling Resort and Hotel/Similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 55km

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: : https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38633729

Day: 8 Darjeeling – Tiger Hill - Darjeeling

Day 8 marks truly memorable moments as we will rise early to reach Tiger Hill from where we get to experience the splendid views of the sunrise. Lying at a height of 2590 meters above sea level, Tiger Hill is merely 13 kms away from Darjeeling Hill station. Due to the curvature of the earth, Mt Everest is visible, and the place is also popular to experience the breath-taking views when sunrays illuminate the Kanchenjunga peaks right before sunrise. Coming back from Tiger Hill, we will continue the tour by making a stop at the Ghoom Monastery and taking the toy train ride at Darjeeling Himalayan Railway which is marked as a UNESCO world heritage. After which we cover some more hotspots around the hill station and do some souvenir shopping from the popular street markets.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at Dekeling Resort and Hotel/Similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: no cycling

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: :

Day: 9 Darjeeling – Bagdogra

Tour ends after breakfast and you will be escorted to the Bagdogra airport with memories of an adventurouscycling tour in Sikkim which you would never forget.

Details:-

Accommodation: no accommodation

Meals: Breakfast

Cycling: no cycling

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: :

For more details about the dates and schedules, leave your queries on the email address given below.

2 To 5 guests: 2150 USD per person on double sharing basis.

6 to 10 guests: 1850 USD per person on double sharing basis.

Single supplement: 650 USD per person on single sharing basis.

Inclusions

Bikes: Trek, Merida, Giant

Bike Hire: Includes on Tour Cost. You may bring your own bikes, but in this case let us know in advance. Other equipment provided: Pedals, helmet, water bottles.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is offered at all locations. Most of the hotels are Culture Resort, Eco Resorts & family run hotels - all with a common line of quality in service. Our costs are based on 'twin-sharing' foundation. For those who wants single room, we offer single room, but at extra cost.

TERRAIN

The landscape includes flatlands, mountains, backwaters and village streets.

CLIMATE

The variety of the regional features of this country has led to a corresponding variety in environment. The Great Varies have awesome environment throughout the year, while the flatlands are warm and moist. The common level of yearly rain fall is superb in Kerala, Sikkim and some of the Northern Eastern Declares of Native India, when compared to other Native India. July to Aug is the monsoon season, with heavy downpours. It is always recommended to check weather and temperature at websites.

TRANSPORTATION/SUPPORT VEHICLES

All transport is involved in the cost. We provide backup vehicle at all times during cycling trip. The vehicle can be used to boat your baggage & yourself as required.

FOOD

Food is a very essential part of these trips. We make sure that the meals we offer is method delicious, unless you ask for dull meals. You are also permitted the choice of veggie or non-vegetarian meals. We suggest that you consume only the canned standard water. Please make sure that the container is enclosed.

WHAT TO BRING
  • Footwear
  • Bike shoes
  • Sun cream lotion
  • Relaxed shoes for walking
  • Shoes for other sightseeing
  • Socks
  • Clothing

In Indian, the conventional of outfit is more traditional. We counsel you to prevent very short shorts/skirts and limited tops/tanktops when viewing small non-urban places, temples, mosques or other sacred sites as this may limit your access.

  • A hotter set of outfits (Fleece, Coat, hat and gloves) are required for visits going through Munnar and other thin air places.
  • Water resistant jacket.
  • Bike riding equipment like safety gloves and shorts.
Others
  • Torch
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Eyewear, cap
  • Sun lotion of spf at least 35
  • Individual Bike riding equipment like bar finishes, pedals, chairs and headgear
  • Helmets for riding a bike
HEALTH

Water is higher risk; hence we suggest that you drink only nutrient water in bottles during your trip. A cage of standard nutrient water is always focused for in the start of the vehicle during trips as an urgent evaluate. Despite the high requirements, it is worth providing basic OTC medications for disappointed tummies, complications, pest attacks etc. Indian is a financially creating democratic republic and has worked very hard to control illnesses. Sufficient medical care is available in the major inhabitants' facilities, but is usually limited in the non-urban areas of the country. Many western worlds are utilizing the state-of-the-art healthcare services available in Indian. The cost of treatment is much less expensive here in comparison to the same features available in innovative nations.

The most important cause of sickness of tourists in Indian is food and water-borne illnesses. Malware, bacteria, or harmful bacteria can cause diarrhea. Attacks may cause simple diarrhea and throwing up, high temperature, or, in extraordinary instances, liver organ damage (hepatitis). Malaria is a avoidable disease that can create trouble if neglected. One can prevent disease by taking recommended anti-malarial drugs and defending against insect attacks. The areas you will be passing are Malaria-free. Make sure that your insurance provider includes illnesses and injuries overseas.

PRECAUTIONS
  • Bring all the important medications and OTC medications. Do not ignore to have the brands as well as the general titles of the medications one needs to have.
  • Use a sun hat when revealed.
  • Consume a lot of liquids. Don't drink tap water. Use only bottled water which is always kept in the back of your automobile.
  • Bring your personal medical kit and pest resilient.
  • To avoid fungus and parasitic attacks, keep legs clean and dry, and do not go without shoes.
  • Do not eat food bought from road providers.
  • Do not drink drinks with ice.
  • Do not eat milk products unless it is known that they have been pasteurized.
  • Prevent managing creatures (especially apes, pets, and cats) to avoid attacks and serious illnesses.
MEDICAL INFORMATION UPDATE

Details given above are liable to change every now and then and one should contact the Native India tasks of the specific country or the government vacationer offices for more details.

SHOPPING

You will get possibilities en-route to do a bit of purchasing. However unless particularly requested for, our guide will not suggest any particular store. Neither we nor our driver/guides take any percentage on purchasing.

SPENDING MONEY

Every visitor will have different cash specifications and varying personal costs. Please assess your own spending routines while enabling for beverages, purchasing and falling. Also keep aside cash for extra costs like:

  • Foods which are not included
  • Emergencies
  • Optionally available activities /additional sightseeing
  • Shopping/Souvenirs
FOREIGN EXCHANGE

As Indian currency value tend to go up and down, make reference to the following website for daily return rates: www.xe.com.

AIRPORT TAXES

There is no airport terminal or leaving taxation from any airport terminal of India.

Tour Cost Includes:
  • Hotel Based on Twin Sharing
  • Bikes for complete Tour
  • All Meals as mentioned above in itinerary
  • Lunch in Midway restaurant/City Restaurant or Pack Lunch
  • Expert Cycle Guide / mechanic throughout the tour
  • Back up AC vehicle for complete tour
  • Fresh Fruits/Snacks (Only Cycling Part)
  • Inner Line Permit
  • Unlimited water during cycling (Only Cycling Part)
  • All road and transport taxes
  • All Airport and Hotel Transfers
  • Driver Allowance
  • Toll and Parking charges
  • 5% Government Taxes
Tour Cost Excludes:
  • Any Domestic or International flight tickets
  • Monument or Sightseeing entry fees
  • Still/Video camera fees
  • Tips and Gratitude
  • Travel insurance
  • Any Hard and Soft Drink
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