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Cycle India: Darjeeling and Sikkim

India

  • Duration: 12 days
  • Cycling
  • Fit
  • March - May, September - October

About this Adventure

Experience the stunning mountain scenery and relatively mild climate on a cycle challenge through West Bengal in the North-East corner of India. This challenge takes you from the plains of Bengal to the mountains of Darjeeling and the mysterious Buddhist kingdom of Sikkim

Quick Facts

The tour starts with a couple of days of relatively flat going, which work as a fine warmup. After that, you get two days of cycling in the foothills, a rest day, and then three days of cycling in the mountains around Darjeeling. The going is mostly along quieter roads, but there are some busier sections, which the guides and accompanying vehicles will help you to negotiate. You start in the flat lands of the plain of Bengal, close to the border with Bangladesh. You'll be surrounded by fields of rice and jute. This takes you to the bustling town of Cooch Behar, which was its own state until 1949, and formed an important centre for the East India Company and British Colonial trade, and has among other sights, the incomparable Cooch Behar Palace, built in 1887 in exquisiste Italianate style. From here, we cycle to the very foot of the Himalaya at the small town of Chalsa, set amidst rivers, forests, and tea gardens. The going gets quite tough, as we go up through the Gorumara National Park, up to the small mountain village of Lava. The elevation gain for this day is an imposing 1800m. The next day we cycle more gently, and mostly downwards along river valleys to Kalimpong. This town is rich in history, and lies at a considerable elevation (1200m) above the Teesta River, and close to the border of the state of Sikkim. It's famous for its Himalayan assemblage of flowers. It is also a well-known centre of Buddhism, and has a number of temples and other sights to visit on your day off. After Kalimpong, we descend 800m to the Teesta river , and enter the state of Sikkim. Since Sikkim is its own state, you'll need to have your passport handy, to get it stamped as you enter and leave. This state is one of the smallest, least populous, and most mountainous in India. The skyline is dominated by the aspect of Kangchenjunga, third highest mountain in the world and overlord of a huge massif and a National Park. We followmassive river valleys in the foothills of this massif, taking first the Rongpo River, via Sombarey along rather rough roads to the overnight stop at Kaluk. The views of the Himalaya are magnificent from here. The next day is small in distance, but includes a very steep incline on rather rough road. The last half of this day involves an ascent of nearly 700m. This takes you to Pelling. From there is a long, pleasant stretch of downhill - time to catch your breath as you go along the Rongpo river. The final part of the tour is a massive 1800m ascent out of Sikkim and up to Darjeeling.

Itinerary

We normally run this trip as a 12 day trip, if you would like to organise a bespoke event to suit your individual needs, please just give us a call, 017683 71289.
A typical itinerary looks like this:


Day 1 Arrive in Siliguri. Meet guides; equipment check, trip briefing.
Day 2 Cycle from near the Bangladesh border to Koch Bihar: 69km
Day 3 Koch Bihar to Chalsa: 73km
Day 4 Chalsa to Lava: 60km
Day 5 Lava to Kalimpong: 37km
Day 6 Kalimpong tour
Day 7 Kalimpong to Kaluk: 79km
Day 8 Kaluk to Pelling: 35km
Day 9 Pelling to Darjeeling: 69km
Day 10 Day in Darjeeling
Day 11 Transfer to Bagdogra; Return to Calcutta
Day 12 Return to London

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members' fitness, weather conditions or for any other reason

Inclusions

  • Professional Event Organisation
  • Accommodation: hotels and lodges
  • All transfers and baggage transfers
  • Support Vehicle
  • Cycling guide
  • Breakfasts on tour
  • First Aid Kit

Exclusions

  • Personal trip Insurance
  • Cycles (cycles for hire available)
  • Flights to Bagdogra, India

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