Sikkim and Bhutan in November

Chetan Kulkarni

Super User
Hi All,

I have the following plan in mind for Sikkim and Bhutan. The dates will be early November.

Day 1: Bagdogra to Pheuntsholing
Day 2: Get all permits and proceed to Thimpu. Sightseeing in Thimpu
Day 3: Thimpu to Paro via Dochu-La. Overnight at Paro
Day 4: Drive to Chele La and come back to India (Chalsa/Maal Bazaar)
Day 5: Drive to Gangtok. Local sightseeing and permits.
Day 6: Gangtok- Tsomgo- NathuLa-Gangtok
Day 7: Gangtok to Lachen
Day 8: Lachen- Gurugongmar- Lachung
Day 9: Lachung-Yumthang-Yumisangdong-Gangtok
Day 10: Gangtok to Pelling
Day 11: Pelling
Day 12: Return to Bagdogra

Need feedback on the plan and recommendations on Hotels/Drivers.

TIA,

Chetan
 

mousourik

Who Am I
Humble observations :

Day 2 - no idea about Bhutan, but seems a bit too ambitious as you want to finish Thimpu the day you reach

Day 5 - also ambitious on same ground

Day 6 - check dates as Nathula may not be open on all days

Overall, you seem to be travelling on all days except day 11. Keeping in mind that you'll come from Pune and want to finish as much as you can, still, perhaps, you won't be doing justice to yourselves and the places.

And, why not east Sikkim? Provides best views of Mt.K in Nov.
 

rahul2604

New Member
Your Bhutan leg is hectic and only car ride included.On day 2 you would arrive Thimpu around evening so maximum you can visit 1 or 2 sights.Permit process starts around 9:30 and can some time take 1 to 2 hour then again around 6 hour to reach Thimpu..If arriving earlier previous day from Bagdogra then do the permit formalities same day,this would save your time and you can start earlier next day.What i remember Thimpu to Dochula to Punakha to Paro is also a long drive.Drive to Chelela to Haa from Paro is a day trip.The most important thing you should remember that the permit you get at Phuetsoling is only for visit to Paro and Thimpu.For any other place you need a Restricted Area Permit obtain from Permit office,Thimpu.
Your Sikkim face is hectic but doable,most of the tourist who visit sikkim follow nearly same type of itinerary.
 

Chetan Kulkarni

Super User
Thanks guys. Will focus on Sikkim and make a more relaxed itinerary. If you have any recommendations for a 10-12 day Sikkim plan let me know.
 

mousourik

Who Am I
Day 1 : Bagdogra to Mankhim Top at Aritar
Day 2 : Zuluk, night stay - if AMS not an issue, then you may stay at Lungthung
Day 3 : Attempt for sunrise, sight-seeing, night stay at Nathang valley
Day 4 : Another attempt for sunrise, go to Gangtok via Tsomgo lake (Nathula most likely inaccessible from this side)
Day 5 : Gangtok sight-seeing
Day 6-8 : north Sikkim
Day 9 : Pelling
Day 10 : Sight-seeing, include Yaksum
Day 11 : morning sight-seeing, afternoon transfer to the plains
Day 12 : Return flight from Bagdogra, won't advise descent from the hills on the same day

But, how dare you skip our own Darj!:shock::gib::rip::snipe::sad::-#;):)
 
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Chetan Kulkarni

Super User
Day 1 : Bagdogra to Mankhim Top at Aritar
Day 2 : Zuluk, night stay - if AMS not an issue, then you may stay at Lungthung
Day 3 : Attempt for sunrise, sight-seeing, night stay at Nathang valley
Day 4 : Another attempt for sunrise, go to Gangtok via Tsomgo lake (Nathula most likely inaccessible from this side)
Day 5 : Gangtok sight-seeing
Day 6-8 : north Sikkim
Day 9 : Pelling
Day 10 : Sight-seeing, include Yaksum
Day 11 : morning sight-seeing, afternoon transfer to the plains
Day 12 : Return flight from Bagdogra, won't advice descent from the hills on the same day

But, how dare you skip our own Darj!:shock::gib::rip::snipe::sad::-#;):)
Super! Maybe I can add a day and include Darj :)

Any recommendations on Hotels/Drivers/Agencies?
 
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