The Himalayan expeditions happen to be some of the most attractive lures among the majority of trekkers and mountaineers across the world. The Indian states of Sikkim and West Bengal offer some of the finest trekking and mountaineering Himalayan expeditions East India.
The Darjeeling Singalila trekking range was officially incorporated into the trekking map in the early 20th century. The trek starting in Darjeeling and finishing at Phalut was a well used trail ever since the times when the British resided here in bungalows at Jorepokhari, Tanglu, Sandakpu and Phalut. However, during that era, trekking was more of a family picnic in the woods. Later, with a little variation introduced, this very trek took a new turn. In fact Darjeeling is considered to have had the first organized trek route in India. This trek offers a host of natural splendors with several beautiful varieties of orchids, rhododendrons, magnolias, bamboo and other species of rare vegetation. Finally the awe inspiring view of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Lhotse and Kangchenjunga from the vantage point of Sandakphu (58 km) as you trek along the ridge to Phalut makes for one of the most memorable expeditions in Himalayas.
On your Himalayan expeditions East India, short excursions to Mirik, the land of oranges, and the charming city of Kalimpong, known for its orchids and curio shops, can be equally rewarding. Also Kurseong is a nice touring option as it offers a panoramic view of the Gangetic delta from Eagle’s Crag. Located around 26 km from Darjeeling, Takdah is well known for its beautiful nurseries and the best-flavored tea in the world.
Himalayan expeditions in India offer a special trekking experience in Sikkim. Go for any of the four trek routes, namely, Monastic Trek, Rhododendron Trek, Kanchenjunga Trek and Coronation Trek. River rafting in the rough waters of the Teesta and the Rangit can be extremely exciting. Kayaking can be arranged for special groups on the Teesta and Yak safari are arranged from Dzongri onwards. Presently in the northern and western parts of Sikkim, mountain biking has caught up as a popular sport. Also gliding can be opted for in Jorethang, in west Sikkim, and certain parts of north Sikkim.
The Sikkim trek actually takes you up to Geocha-la at 5000 meters, overlooking the eastern face of the spectacular Mt. Kanchenjunga, third highest peak in the world. A drive will take you to Yuksom to experience the adventure thrills on the foothills of the great Mt. Kanchenjunga. The trek commences through deep sub-tropical forests and passes through vast pastures and eventually reaches the alpine region.
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