RIDE TO THE FABLED LAND
Sikkim is a land of hidden treasures. Set in the lap of Eastern Himalayas, it is home to lush green forests, snow capped mountains, rich wildlife, beautiful lakes, countless waterfalls and streams.
Ride through the winding roads with a spectacular view at every corner, as you traverse your way through the old silk route. Witness the awe inspiring and majestic landscapes and vistas, explore the local culture, diverse tradition and rich history of the land, experience the rush of riding through winding roads and lose yourself in the serenity of the Gurudongmar lake.
Rs 39,900 / guest
WHERE : Gangtok - Lachung - Yumthang Valley - Lachen - Gurudongmar Lake - Gangtok - Nathu La - Gangtok
DISTANCE : 700 kms (approx) over 6 riding days
DATES : 23rd September 2017 - 30th September 2017 (8 days)
DIFFICULTY LEVEL : 8/10
See what it's like to ride to Sikkim with the Circus
Pictures from the Ride to the Fabled Land- Sikkim
Ride to India's second highest lake- Gurudongmar Lake
Ride to the beautiful Valley of Flowers & Yumthang Valley
Scale the famous Nathu La Pass on the Chinese Border
Feel the exhilaration of riding alongside magnificent glaciers
Experience the rich history and culture of the beautiful state of Sikkim in its purest form
Spot wild yaks and exotic Himalayan Birds in the high valleys
Try your luck at the Gangtok Casino!
Accommodation throughout the trip in well appointed hotels on double sharing basis
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner throughout the trip
Tea & Coffee during the ride on all riding days
Support vehicle throughout the trip for luggage
Pick-up and drop from and to Bagdogra Airport at a fixed time
1 local tour guide throughout the trip
Experienced Tour Captain
Goodie bag with custom-made goodies
First aid provider with NOLS certification
All permit and entry fees (for Indians)
Traditional Sikkimese welcome at Gangtok
Motorbike rental charges. Additional Rs 11500 for Royal Enfield 350 cc motorbikes + Rs 5000 refundable security deposit
Flight costs to and from Bagdogra Airport (or any other means of transport taken)
Beverages other than tea and coffee during the ride on riding days
Bottled water throughout the trip
Any food other than those mentioned under inclusions
Personal expenses of any kind
Personal insurance and fuel throughout the trip
Anything that is not explicitly mentioned under inclusions
DAY 1: BAGDOGRA AIRPORT TO GANGTOK TAXI PICK-UP (23rd Sept, 2017)
The day has arrived! You are about to commence on a 8-day adventure tour which will be a ride of a lifetime!
Arrive at Bagdogra Airport from your respective city and country today. We will arrange your pick-up from the Airport at 3 PM to your hotel at Gangtok.
The 125 kms trip from Bagdogra to Gangtok should take you not more than 4.5 hours.
You will meet the Travelling Circus Crew and your local hosts at Hotel 100 Petals at Gangtok.
We have an informal welcome dinner party starting 8 30 PM, before calling it a day and getting a good night's rest.
*Breakfast and lunch and beverages today are not included in the Tour price
*Pick-up from the Airport will be arranged for everyone joining the tour only at the stipulated time. Please make arrangements to reach the Airport before 3 PM
DAY 2: AROUND GANGTOK (60 kms) (24th Sept, 2017)
It is a relaxed start to the day. You will wake up to some of the most beautiful views of distant mountains from your room today! We meet for breakfast, which is followed by a briefing of the Tour by your Road Captain.
The motorbikes will be brought to you at the Hotel. Meet and make friends with the machine that will be your most beloved partner for the next few days!
At 2 PM, we have a short prayer ceremony and hoisting of the Bhuddhist Flags to your bikes. We then leave for a recce ride around Gangtok town, in order for you to get used to your motorbike. If you need any adjustments made to your bike, our mechanic will do the same for you after returning to the Hotel.
In the evening, our local host will take you on a tour of the famous MG Marg of Gangtok. Drink the local brew, try your luck at the casino, shop for local artefacts, or just stroll on one of the most vibrant streets of India!
We return to the Hotel for dinner and call it a day early.
DAY 3: GANGTOK TO LACHUNG (110 kms) (25th Sept, 2017)
The day is here! We begin our ride to North Sikkim today at 8 AM. We first ride towards Eastern North Sikkim to the small sleepy town of Lachung. Lachung is the town that serves as the opening to the famous Rhododendron Sanctuary and the Yumthang Valley. The ride today is a combination of slight off-roads and a constant ascend towards the higher valley. The 110 km ride should not take more than 5.5 riding hours.
Not a very tiring day, but we call it a night early, in order to be able to start early towards Yumthang Valley and then westwards to Lachen.
DAY 4: LACHUNG TO YUMTHANG VALLEY TO LACHEN (100 kms) (26th Sept, 2017)
We start at 8 AM after a sumptuous breakfast towards Yumthang Valley through the Rhododendron Sanctuary. The ride today has many water crossings, but keeping us company through them all is the views of the most magical landscapes and snow-capped mountains. We bet you would stop at every corner to capture pictures and videos!
The 25 km ride to Yumthang should not take more than an hour. We stop for chai at Yumthang before retracing our journey back to Lachung and further till Chungthang. From here, we deviate to the right towards the high-altitude town of Lachen, the gateway to the most beautiful and sacred Gurudongmar Lake.
DAY 5: LACHEN TO GURUDONGMAR LAKE TO LACHEN (135 kms) (27th Sept, 2017)
One of the biggest highlights of motorbiking to Sikkim has to be the treacherous climb to the second highest lake of India- Gurudongmar Lake (Altitude 5183 metre) . The ride to Gurudongmar Lake is one of the most beautiful and challenging ones, considering the sleep increase in altitude and high speed winds. You will ride on roads that have huge glaciers standing high next to you, and with every kilometre you ride, you get closer and closer to that very glacier. After a final 1 km uphill climb over a mountains, the lake is visible to you, in all its glory. You will see three elements in one place. A glacier feeding the lake, and the lake opening up to Teesta River. This is a sight like no other.
The 70 odd km ride one way to Gurudongmar Lake could take between 3-4 hours to reach. We begin our ride back before the high-speed winds pick up closer to the lake, and come back to the peaceful shelter of our home in Lachen.
DAY 6: LACHEN TO GANGTOK (110 kms) (28th Sept, 2017)
We start our day early in order to get to spend time in the happening city of Gangtok today. We retrace our route back to Chungthang and further to Gangtok. The ride should take less than 5 riding hours.
You are free to explore Gangtok, shop for goodies at the Market, or relax in the hotel this evening. It's free day! We can give you maps of places to explore and things to do around Gangtok too.
DAY 7: GANGTOK TO NATHU LA TO GANGTOK (120 kms) (29th Sept, 2017)
The second highlight day! Nathu La. Today, we ride as close as is possible to the Chine Border! The ride is a short 60 kms ride to Nathu La from Gangtok town, and we should reach Nathu La Pass border in less than 3 hours.
A short trek up to the cafeteria, a hot chai, and we get to see the Indo-China gates that open up for people travelling on pilgrimage to Mansarovar. You might even be able to keep a foot inside China, but you ain't getting no passport stamp for it! :D
It's the last day of our tour today. Return to home-base in Gangtok, say adieu to your beloved motorbikes, and prepare for an evening of beer, fun & frolic, but not before giving us your video testimonials on how your ride has been!
DAY 8: GANGTOK TO BAGDOGRA AIRPORT TAXI DROP (30th Sept, 2017)
You bid goodbye to the Travelling Circus Crew and your local hosts, and begin your journey back to Bagdogra Airport in our taxi at 10 AM.
Take nothing but memories, Leave nothing but footprints