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Trip Highlights
  • Snow capped mountains, steep valleys and Himalayan peaks
  • Beautiful monasteries, temples and magnificent statues
  • Become immersed in rich Tibetan Buddhist culture
  • Stunning Kanchenjunga mountain range
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Tea Trails of Sikkim Cycling Holiday

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What we love About Tea Trails of Sikkim Cycling Holiday

We love...Remarkable Natural Landscape
This unique ride introduces you to varying natural environments within the Sikkim region. From the delightful pine forests to the expansive, colourful tea trails and the rolling snow topped mountains, Sikkim is a truly beautiful region of India.
We love...Rich Indian Culture
Throughout your ride you will pass through small, traditional mountain towns and farms. Shepherds in their tribal uniforms will continue about their everyday lives as you observe the rich lifestyle that feels refreshingly detached from the city norm.
We love...Monastries and Temples
India's rich religious history is represented through the country's abundance of stunning, traditional monasteries and temples. You will ride past magnificent statues on your trip and stop at the historic 16th century Remtek Monastery, the largest in Sikkim.

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Day by Day

Day 1Arrival

Arrive before 2pm for the transfer to Gangtok and then get to know your fellow cyclists at the welcome dinner in Gangtok.

Day 2Gangtok
Total distance20kmTotal climb650m

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.

Day 3Gangtok to Martam
Total distance38kmTotal climb905m

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.

Day 4Martam to Temi Tea Garden
Total distance50kmTotal climb1450m

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.

Day 5Temi to Ravangala
Total distance21kmTotal climb2040m

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.

Day 6Ravangala to Yuksom
Total distance56kmTotal climb2215m

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.

Day 7Yuksom to Pelling
Total distance35kmTotal climb2080m

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.

Day 8Pelling to Darjeeling
Total distance55km

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.

Day 9Darjeeling

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.

Day 10Darjeeling to Kurseong
Total distance40km

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.

Day 11Departure

After breakfast its time to depart for your onward travel after an amazing trip.

Key Stats

11day holiday
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40km avg
Expect to ride an average of 40km per day
1450m avg
Expect to climb an average of 1450m per day

How's the Weather? in Sikkim

The WinterDecember to February
This is the coldest time to visit Sikkim but also the driest. January is the coldest month however, so long as the correct clothing is worn, riding can still be enjoyed.
The SpringMarch to April
April and May offer a beautiful spring climate to ride and it is considered high season. Temperatures rise before the monsoon season arrives.
The SummerMay to August
The Summer is very hot in India and riding is not advisable during this time, especially as monsoon rains follow from June to September
The AutumnSeptember to November
Likewise to the Spring, conditions are warmer during Autumn. October to November is our favourite time to ride as the air is crisp and can be cold as you climb, but the views are sensational at the same time.

Area InformationFor Sikkim

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.

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