Arrive before 2pm for the transfer to Gangtok and then get to know your fellow cyclists at the welcome dinner in Gangtok.
Your first cycle in India will be a warm up ride, taking you around Gangtok, where you’ll stop off at the orchid sanctuary and Enchey monastery.
The day will start with a descent to the historic Remtek Monastery. Built in the 16th century, it is the largest in Sikkim. Enjoy the history of this sacred place before continuing the ride into Martam.
The descent continues, 24km and 1000m to be precise, leading you to the Sirwanr Bridge over the Teesta River. What goes down must come up, so it’s time for a climb to the Temi Tea Garden. A true Indian staple, this vibrant green area covers 435 acres. Temi Garden tea is renowned for it’s scent and high quality so enjoy a cup on arrival.
Today’s route takes you along undulating roads and includes a climb to Damthang (2051m). From here there is a mixture of up and down riding through to Ravangala (2040m) a scenic mountain town with stunning views. This afternoon, you’ll learn about the Indian heritage and culture, enjoying magnificent statues and paintings at Buddha Peace Park.
It’s time to leave Ravangala and freewheel down to Legship, then cycle uphill to Tashiding. You’ll stop off at a 17th century monastery, host of the ‘Bumchu’ festival. Bumchu is an ancient annual festival where the amount of water in a barrel will determine how prosperous the year will be. Tonight’s hotel in Yuksham has panoramic views of the Kanchenjunga mountains.
You will cycle through forests, past hamlets and the Kanchenjunga waterfall. The continuous slopes will take you through luscious pine forests with wild flowers to Pelling (2080m). Soak in the towns best asset, it’s stunning views of the Kanchenjunga and other mountain ranges.
Prepare for some smooth, downhill cycling on tarmacked roads. With few hills and little gradient, it’s perfect for you to fully immerse yourself in the amazing landscape, take a break and stop for photos as you please.
Today you have a well deserved rest day. There is plenty to do in Darjeeling, whether you choose to indulge in a spot of tea shopping or take a ride on a steam train. Discover the Tibetan Self Help Centre or Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.
The final day’s cycling will begin in Toong Soong, a former residential area of Darjeeling. You’ll be able to see Kalimpony across the valley. Cycle along Hill Cart Road and the Old Military Road. When you get back to the hotel, enjoy the tea bar and get ready for tonight’s farewell dinner.
After breakfast its time to depart for your onward travel after an amazing trip.
A window into the Himalayas, Sikkim’s vibrant green mountains are the antithesis of India’s cities. Tibetans and Hindus share this mystical land in one of the most remote communities in India. Get a feel for this off the beaten track destination by riding the tea plantations and foothills of the mountains.