Tour Code: KP01
Nestled in the Himalayas, the mountainous state of Sikkim offers a unique Indian experience like none other. Khangchendzonga ( the third highest peak in the world) forms a natural border with Nepal on the west, while the highlands to the north and the east borders Tibet (China) and Bhutan. This distinctive geography makes Sikkim a natural home to the six major tribes that inhabit it, namely the Bhutias, Lepchas, Limboos, Chettris, and Gurungs. Buddhism though is the predominant religion, having a long history attached to it.
With cultural diversity comes culinary diversity and with craggy terrains comes a wide range of growth regions, all in all leading to delicious agro-biodiversity. Like its neighbor Bhutan, the state of Sikkim has strived to become 100% organic this year. Come with us and celebrate the food traditions and the local food of this organic region.
Come, join us, on this Sikkim food tour.
Drive time: 3.5 hours
After breakfast we go for a ride on the Darjeeling Hill Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage site, recreating the glory days of the British Raj and catching glimpses of the Khangchendzonga. On completing the ride we drive down to Kurseong to visit Makabari tea estate, an organic tea estate producing some of the finest quality of Darjeeling teas. Walk through the verdant tea gardens to understand how tea is grown and picked, followed by a tea tasting session. Have a picnic lunch in the garden after which we drive back to Darjeeling.
Shortly after breakfast, we depart to the picturesque village of Darap in West Sikkim. Darap is a hotbed of cultural diversity with Limboo, Bhutia, Gurung and Rai tribes coexisting in harmony. Gently sloped terraced fields with panoramic views of snow-capped mountains welcome you to the village. It is an ideal place to experience the rural Sikkimese way of life.
Drive Time: 7 hours
In the early evening, we learn how to prepare Churpi,a local soft cheese, used in many of their dishes. The later half of the evening, we warm up around a fire and sip local millet beer, known as Chang, out of traditional wooden casks called Tungba. Supper will involve a fermented spinach soup called Gundruk, followed by Churpi and other farm vegetables.
From Yuksom we drive on to Kewzing. For dinner we will have some special delicacies made out of pork: Gyari – a pork stew using local spices and Gyuma – a local sausage prepared out of Pork mince.
For breakfast, we will have Gyathuk, a local broth made of vegetables and handmade noodles, learn hands-on how to prepare this broth with your hosts. After breakfast, we set out to explore the village and the scenic fields where they grow a variety of vegetables and crops. We will learn how to prepare distilled alcohol out of corn. From here, we trek uphill through a mixture of forest and open fields to the Bon monastery.
In the evening we learn to make Momos or Tibetan dumplings.
From Rumtek we drive a bit further to the Lepcha village of Ray Mindu. Over here we will have a traditional Lepcha lunch after which we walk around the village to experience the lifestyle of this unique tribe. The Lepchas are believed to be the original inhabitants of Sikkim. Being animists they have a very close association with nature, which in turn, reflects the tremendous diversity of their food.
In the evening, we will visit the fresh market in Gangtok to see the diversity of fresh vegetables and other items sold there.
Accommodation: Chumbi Residency or similar
Drive Time: 3.5 hours
Drive Time: 5 hours
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Cost includes accommodation on a twin sharing basis in hotels/ homestays mentioned in the itinerary
Note: In Kewzing, the toilet and bathroom will not be attached to the room, but will be outside the room.
All meals from lunch on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 8
All transfer and sightseeing using an SUV
Knowledgeable guide through the trip.
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