You will reach to the rugged and dramatic terrain of Sikkim Himalayas, which will offer you sure and exciting biking trails. Know the beauty of the countryside, flora and fauna and lifestyle of the Sikkimise people. Set out for biking from Siliguri, and drive to Samthar plateau. Proceed towards Himalayan Treks, can be best experienced on bikes as you meander through lush green hills and dales.
Mountain biking in Sikkim is an enthralling activity which has enticed many tourists by its thrills.While passing ahead, view the natural treasures and witness the Lepcha temple, which is 100 years old. Continue biking to Gumpa Dara, at an altitude of 2000 meters. You will reach Kalimpong, where you trail through tarmac surface.
Set out with your bike to travel towards Sikkimese village of Biksthang Chuchen. Around 66 km from Biksthang, there lays Hillay. Explore the woodlands and farmlands, lovely river valley, and tiny villages.
Climb high up to 3050 m through Rhododendron sanctuary. You will be stopped by a river valley, at 1450 m, continue biking to Pelling. Wander around the Pamayangtse monastery and Sanga-Choling Monastery. Stop by an absorbing place on the way, holy Khichepheri Lake, forests waterfalls and farmlands are found along the way.
Adventure lovers can take pleasure in mountain biking in any season. Till now several tourists have enjoyed riding bikes during monsoon in slushy dirt road.Traveling around in Sikkim on bikes is a thrilling way to have fun on your holiday. The countryside, wilds, the countryside offers interesting test to the mountain bikers.
The Buddhist monasteries in an exotic area of Sikkim, offer to view lush tea gardens and exciting winding trails for biking. Darjeeling has been a very popular hill station since the empirical British Raj.
Biksthang Chuchen: Set nearby Pelling, is the small village of Biksthang. It is also familiar as Chuchen and Mangalbaray. This place has peaceful, serene and calm natural environs.
Pamayangtse monastery: Located in the Pemayangtse town of Sikkim, only 140 km from Gangtok, this monastery is one of the ancient monasteries in Sikkim. Pemayangtse Gompa comprises excellent collection of ancient Buddhist antique idols, scriptures and sculptures.
Sanga-Choling Monastery: Established in 1697, Sanga Choeling defies ˜the island of esoteric teaching. It is one of the oldest gompas in Sikkim. Caught by fire, this gompa was rebuilt and now it has some of the original clay statues.
Hillay: Placed at an elevation of 2700 m, this place has a famous Buddhist monastery which is worth visiting. Another main attraction is The Rhododendron Sanctuary.
How to get there
By Air: The closest airport is Bagdogra near Siliguri which lays only 125km away from Gangtok. Bagdogra is linked with cities like Delhi and Kolkata.
By Road: Sikkim can be reached through northern areas of West Bengal. Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Siliguri are directly connected to Gangtok and other cities of the state. Avoid traveling during the monsoon seasons. Temporary problems may occur in monsoon.
By Rail: The nearest Railways Station is New Jalpaiguri 88 km from Darjeeling.Trains from the major cities of country are received here.
Best time to visit: November to April
- Foreign tourists need to receive Inner Line Permits to enter any part of Sikkim.
- Avoid compromising on quality of your vehicle.
- Keep certain points in mind, before your ride on bikes.
- Leather articles are forbidden to be carried inside the temple.
- Keep quiet to cherish the close propinquity to the natural habitats.
Things to Carry
- Bring couple of warm clothes no matter in what season you visit.
- Carry necessary medications such as inhalers, bee-sting kits, insulin etc.
- The equipments will be required are:
- Cycle, Cycle Helmets, Rucksack, Sleeping Bag, Mat, Torch Water Bottle, Emergency Ration, Medical Kit, Tents, etc.
Do-drul Chorten in Sikkim: It is one of the most important Chortens of Sikkim. The exquisite and sacred chorten was built in 1945 by Trulshik Rimpoche. There are two big idols of Guru Padmasambhava or Guru Rimpoche.
Hanuman Tok in Sikkim: Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, this temple is set at an altitude of 7500ft. It has the power of fulfilling your wishes.
Tibetan Refuge Camp of Darjeeling: It is a fascinating place and a hoarded wealth which develops conventional artifacts, jewellery and carpets for tourists and visitors.
Lloyds Botanical Garden of Darjeeling: This place has a good collection of Himalayan fauna for punters. Horse racing is done at Lebong. Lebong is the littlest and loftiest racetrack in the universe.