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I started Little Roots Travel because I believe based on my own childhood travels with my parents, the exposure to different geographic regions and culture helped me both as an individual and a designer, to respect and be open to how other people live. I travel a lot with my own kids, aged 7 & 8 years and I know from experience how challenging it is to travel with little ones. I want to encourage parents with small children to travel and hence focus on group family excursions. Food,  fun activities and importantly a little time to yourself is a key part of my agenda.

The destinations on the tour have been chosen to give you a glimpse into the varied geographic and cultural lifestyles that prevail in the region in a way that is interesting for adults and children alike.

Dzongu is a reserve for the aborigines of Sikkim – The  Lepcha, and being only recently opened to visitors, it is  a great place to find untouched virgin forests and sparkling clear rivers!

Gangtok and Kalimpong are very old trading towns and  were a part of the legendary silk route. Explore them with  a local.

We have included some activities that are off the beaten path but will provide you with memorable experiences-like walking through cardamom fields for a picnic lunch by the river, a traditional meal at the home of a local and a peep into a Lepcha settlement.

 

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Itineraries

Day 1

Date : April 14, 2019

Time : 11:00 am

Airport - Gangtok

Pakyong Airport to Gangtok. Driving time approximately 2 hours(28 kms) Or Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok. Driving time approximately 4.5 hours (125 kms) Your driver will receive you at the airport. Arrive into Gangtok and check in. The hotel is centrally located and dinner will be arranged there. You can take a walk to the bazaar near by to get a feel of the place. Dinner is included in the cost for this day.

Day 2

Date : April 15, 2019

Time : 9:00 am

Gangtok local exploration

Walk/drive as preferred up to the Palace Ridge Road via the Cottage Industries School where one can view traditional wood carving, carpet and textile weaving. Move on to the Flower Exhibit Centre renowned for its cymbidium orchids. Visit Tsuklakhang Royal Chapel on the Palace Compound. Proceed for a Tour of the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and Dro-Drul Chorten via the Gangtok Rope way. Return to Hotel by evening. Lunch and dinner for this day is not included as we felt you might like to explore on your own and choose. We will provide you with options.

Day 3

Date : April 16, 2019

Time : 8:30 am

Gangtok to Dzongu

After breakfast depart for Dzongu, North Sikkim (66 kms / approximately 3 hours). Part of the road is a jungle road so it might take half an hour more. En route you can stop by the Himalayan Zoological Park. The view of the Kanchendzonga Range on a clear day is excellent. Take a beautiful walk inside to view some indigenous species of animals in their natural habitat. After lunch, relax or do a hike to the local monastery of Hee Gyathang about a 30 minute walk one way. Kids will have the option of playing badminton or indoor games with supervision while you enjoy the walk. Dinner at the resort included in cost.

Day 4

Date : April 17, 2019

Time : 9:30 am

Dzongu explorations

After breakfast depart for an excursion to a nearby riverside. The route is good to walk in most parts and makes for an easy hike. We will arrange for a fresh cooked meal at the riverside with produce from the nearby farms and some foraging in the woods! En route visit some interesting sites and learn more about the Lepcha way of life. Carry cash to make purchases. Extra set of clothes for the kids and yourself. Evening at leisure in the resort. Dinner has been planned here. Lunch and dinner for this day is included in the cost.

Day 5

Date : April 18, 2019

Time : 9:30 am

Dzongu explorations

After breakfast you have the option of doing some more extended walks, easy and accessible, as Dzongu roads are largely free of traffic. Or Visit a sulphur hot spring, where we prepare a fresh meal at the site itself. Here you will have the opportunity of doing a hike to this location from a point where one can leave the vehicle. The walk is beautiful and passes through some lovely cardamom fields and a rich lush landscape! Carry extra clothes for kids. Full day excursion and return to the property by late evening. Evening at leisure in the hotel where dinner has been planned for you. Lunch and dinner for this day is included in the cost.

Day 6

Date : April 19, 2019

Time : 8:30 am

Dzongu to Kalimpong

Exit from Sikkim for the old and quaint town of Kalimpong in West Bengal (110 kms / approximately 4 hours). There are patches of poor condition roads. Arrive for a late lunch. Afternoon is free to rest and if interested you can take a walk to town early evening. An activity for the kids has been planned for the evening. Lunch and dinner for this day is not included as we felt you might like to explore on your own and choose. We will provide you with options.

Day 7

Date : April 20, 2019

Time : 9:30 am

Kalimpong explorations

A guided walk through Kalimpong and its quirky past! We will have a local take you on this journey. It is a great way to understand the history of this old town. Carry cash for shopping as the smaller stalls and shop won't accept cards. Evening at leisure in the hotel. Lunch and dinner for this day is not included so that you can choose from options provided.

Day 8

Date : April 21, 2019

Time : 8:30 am

Memories

After breakfast depart for the Bagdogra airport (78 kms / 2.5 to 3 hours).
  1. Accommodation in double/twin bedrooms.
    • Gangtok: Netuk House
    • Dzongu: Munlom Nature Resort
    • Kalimpong: Heritage home stay operated by Ourguest
  2. Breakfast on all days
  3. All major meals at Dzongu and dinner on the first day
  4. Activities as stated in the tour sheet above
  5. Local guides where required
  6. Transport via Toyota Innovas or similar SUVs
  7. Heritage walk in Kalimpong and Gangtok
  8. Two activities for the kids
  1. Airfare
  2. Porter fees, tips, laundry or camera charges
  3. Meals or drinks unless mentioned above
  4. Cultural activities unless mentioned above
  5. Insurance
  6. Telephone charge
  • Pricing Name
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  • Pricing Name: Adults on twin sharing
    Start: April 14, 2019
    Group (Min-Max): No size limit - No size limit
    price: 44,071.00 /Adult
  • Pricing Name: Children above 5 years
    Start: April 14, 2019
    Group (Min-Max): No size limit - No size limit
    price: 25,036.00 /Child
  • Pricing Name: Children below 5 years
    Start: April 14, 2019
    Group (Min-Max): No size limit - No size limit
    price: 10,000.00 /Child

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Since it is a limited number of travellers and we do have fixed costs, there is a cancellation charge.

If you cancel your booking 45 days prior to departure date, you will be charged 12% of your total booking amount.
If you cancel your booking 10 days prior to departure date, a 40% fee will be deducted from your advance payment.
Cancellation with less than 10 days from date of departure will be charged at 60% of your total booking amount.

Costs have been calculated on 6-7 adults traveling on twin sharing basis and 6-8 children. It will change depending on the number of people travelling and mode of transport if you wish to change it.

Yes, we do. The additional cost is to cover expenditure incurred for permits and entry fees that are higher for non-Indian travellers.

Yes. Clients must be insured to cover the costs of medical emergencies/ expenses incurred due to weather conditions, prevailing road conditions, political situations, natural calamities, change in flight schedule, mechanical malfunction, or any such unanticipated events or any acts of God.

In Gangtok and Kalimpong, the major restaurants, hotel and shops will accept credit cards but elsewhere you will need cash for transaction.

The hills will be pleasant during the day and cold at night. Carry at least one warm jacket and a thick scarf for yourself, and warm layers for the kids. Some clothes to play in the sand and water.

There might be a few mild showers so carry a waterproof jacket and good sturdy walking shoes are a must.

Sun cream, sun glasses, insect repellent, a cap, a pair of binoculars are recommended.

A valid photo Id (Aadhar card, Voter's Id or driving license. Passport with valid visa for foreign passport holders).

Carry cell phone and camera chargers.

In Gangtok, Kalimpong the major restaurants, hotel and shops will accept credit cards but elsewhere you will need cash for transaction.

Carry basic medicines and any medication that you might be using.

Yes. A good selection of locally sourced vegetables will be provided.

These are hill roads so road conditions in parts can be poor.

Accommodations have been planned in heritage home stays and a lovely forest lodge. Properties are comfortable and fall in the 3-star range.

In Kalimpong and Gangtok, there is 24 hour emergency care available at the hospital. In Dzongu, there is a primary health centre which can address minor issues and the hospital is located at Mangan, which is approximately 2 hours away.

Tips: hotel staff for a 3 night stay Rs. 200 – Rs. 250/- and driver for a week Rs.1000 – 1500/-.
Restaurant: a meal for 4 (Rs. 2500 to 8000/-).

April is a good time to visit Sikkim and Kalimpong. The weather in Gangtok and Kalimpong will be pleasant during the day and slightly chilly at night.
Dzongu is at a higher altitude. During the day, the minimum temperature will be 12 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature will be 21 degrees Celsius. Evenings will be cold. Carry a light jacket and a scarf during the day and a warmer jacket and thick shawl for the evening.

The hotel in Gangtok will provide Wi-Fi access on their premises but for elsewhere please carry your Wi-Fi hotspot or dongle. Some places you may not have access to Wi-Fi.