I visited Sikkim in November. During the 10 days trip, the first 6 days were spend traveling Sikkim and the last 3 days were spend in Darjeeling. The trip Costed us Rs. 35,000 per 3 persons excluding flight prices.
we traveled from Hyderabad and I will be sharing inputs based on my experience.
Booked my flight tickets before 3 months ( Hyderabad to Siliguri via Guhawati) fare was Rs. 3000. It took 4 hours to reach Siliguri with 1 hour of layover in Guhawati(Assam). Consequently, the return flight fare was also the same.
Day 1 – Siliguri To Gangtok(Sikkim capital)
Reached Siliguri and booked our entire package there at the taxi stand(Siliguri taxi stand ). The travel agent offered the package price at Rs. 45,000 for 3 people but we convinced him at Rs. 35,000 which included Stay and sightseeing for all 10 days and food only for 3 days. For the other days, we managed our food costs.
After all the booking formalities were done we left for Gangtok. Reached Gangtok in the evening it was 4 hours Journey from Siliguri. Explored the local market of Gangtok the MG Marg.
Day 2 – Gangtok to Lachung(North Sikkim)
Early morning at 8 ‘o’clock left for Lachung. It took a Complete day to reach Lachung as the distance was long. However, we enjoyed the sightseeing and road trip during the Journey. Reached Lachung at night had dinner and traveled to local places and went to the hotel.
Day 3 – Exploring Lachung
Lachung has beautiful Valleys to explore. Among many valleys, the Yumthang valley is most famous. At 7:00 am we left for Yumthang valley, the valley was absolutely the most astonishing place beautifully covered with Snow.
Day 4 – Lachen
Morning at 4 ‘o’Clock left for Gurudongmar lake from Lachen (the distance is 66 km ). The road to Gurudongmar lake was surreal. In other words, it made us feel like we were on an adventure on a different planet. It took a complete day at Gurudongmarg lake came back to Lachen at night.
Day 5 – Gangtok to Nathula pass best road trip
On day 5th went to Nathula pass (India-china border ). This route is among the best road trip in India. visited Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir and nearby places.
Day 6 – Pelling (West Sikkim)
On day 6th we left for Pelling (West Sikkim) covered all the famous places in Pelling and had a stay for one day. The skywalk to the Chenrezig statue was the best experience.
Day 7 – Pelling to Darjeeling
on day seventh, we left for Darjeeling reached there in the afternoon and checked in the hotel. After taking some rest we went for a movie and explored local places.
Day 8 -Exploring Darjeeling
went for tiger hills and nearby places.
Day – 9 Last day in the Darjeeling and certainly last day of the trip
Traveled to other famous places in Darjeeling and left for Siliguri.
Day 10 – Journey towards home.
Took a flight from Siliguri reached Hyderabad.
To conclude, the people of Sikkim were really good and welcoming. There are no fraudulent activities on tourists and the travel agents can be trusted.
For all these 10 days to reach different location they were different taxi drivers. They assisted us as really good and moreover, they guided us. They would pick up us from the hotel on time and Drop at the hotel. In addition to this, the schedule for the next day was told by the hotel manager.
Also, all these days during the trip for some locations, we had a Shared taxi. For other days the travel agent provided a Personal taxi.
The best time to visit Sikkim is from November to December In winter and March to May during the spring season.