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    Hello fellow riders
    I have a solo trip planned for Sikkim around the 1st week of October. I was planning it on January but due to certain problem that could not happen. Now the duration is cut short to 4 days in Sikkim. So brothers can u suggest the best places to visit in those 4 days of my stay, and if permit is needed for those places?

    I would be riding from Bhubaneswar to GANGTOK solo .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rajesh_Ravi View Post
    Hi themilemuncher and fellow riders to Sikkim,

    I happen to see your itinerary to Sikkim in this post.
    We have similar plans of doing it. Can you please check and advise. I have went thru many travelogues to prepare this plan. I will coming from Chennai by train upto NJP.

    Other riders who have recently done the sikkim trip, please share your thoughts.


    Day 1 - Morning 10 AM take train to NJP
    Day 2 - Mid night reach NJP. Get the bike ready for next day ride.
    Day 3-Fri - Early morning reach Rongli check post for silk route permit. Continue to Zuluk. Halt
    Day 4-Sat - Nathang Valley, Kupup, Tsomgo lake and halt in Gangtok. Understand Nathula Pass permit is not provided in Rongli, so will skip it.
    Day 5 -Sun - Assume you already have permit thru travel operator, start early to reach Lachen or Thangu (as you suggested in your itinerary).
    Day 6 - Mon - Visit Gurudongmar Lake, thangu calley and halt in Lachung
    Day 7 - Tue - Visit Yumthang and Zero point and return to Gangtok
    Day 8 - Wed - Halt or Visit Ravangla, Yuksom and Namchi, halt. This day is completely flexible.
    Day 9 - Thu - Wed or thursday can be spare day or local sightseeing of Gangtok. Day 8 and 9 can be flexible for rest or local sightseeing or West sikkim visit or if Nathula Pass is not to be missed, will try that.
    Day 10 - Fri - Catch noon or night train to reach Chennai on Sunday morning or noon.


    I have quite a few questions. So apologize for troubling you.

    1. We are transporting the bike. So assume we will be all set to start in the morning, heard the Permit for the Silk route excluding Nathula Pass is very quick. Taking halt in Zuluk because all these planning started first by seeing the pictures of Zuluk. Is it ok to start this way?
    2. For the North Sikkim permits, do we need to be there or say if i book my stay in Gangtok in advance and share all documents, can they collect the permits for me in advance? If i need to get it in person 1 or 2 day is required right?
    3. We are 2 bikes and 3 people, flexible for any month, so from a biker point of view, which are the best months to travel?
    4. Our priority in East and North Sikkim, so if there will be delays in permit we can always exclude the west sikkim/south plan and continue. But Friday we need to start back to Chennai. Do you think this itinerary is feasible.
    5. What special attention required in a biker point of you? for the bike, riding time, things to carry.
    6. Suppose if we go directly to Gangtok on Friday, again can the tour operator or hotel can arrange permit for East or North sikkim before we reach there? Or if we need to be in person, it the offices are open late on friday and Saturday. Assume we will reach Gangtok only by noon.
    7. Do you have any contact is gangtok to arrange for permits or if you went and got it in person, please provide the process.
    8. Suggest the accommodations, based on your experience. If possible with price.
    9. Last question, If by any chance can these be done SOLO. Are permits provided. I don't want to go all the way up there and just visit Gangtok and come back :-)

    Await your response and feel free to add any additional suggestions.
    Brother, I plan on visiting Sikkim around October first week this year. I would be riding solo and would be staying at about 4 days there. If you get any heads up about the permit for solo riders could you please message me in private or update it here? I would be riding from Bhubaneswar, Odisha to Sikkim. And what are the best places to visit in both north and east Sikkim.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anuvav Routray View Post
    Brother, I plan on visiting Sikkim around October first week this year. I would be riding solo and would be staying at about 4 days there. If you get any heads up about the permit for solo riders could you please message me in private or update it here? I would be riding from Bhubaneswar, Odisha to Sikkim. And what are the best places to visit in both north and east Sikkim.?
    Sure bro :-) will keep you updated. I have been waiting for some info for the past 3 months. I posted the query in various other places also. Will keep you updated in this post.

    Regarding the places to see in east and north. all these planning started after seeing a post on Zuluk. So Zuluk is a must in the East. Other places in East are Nathang Valley, Kupup, Tsomgo lake. All these require permits.

    In the North, Gurudongmar Lake is the inspiration. Other places to see are thangu valley, Yumthang and Zero point. Again all these require permits.

    Thru the travelogues understand we can get permits for north sikkim directly in Mangan and does not require to wait in Gangtok. For East, it will be either Gangtok or at the Ronglu check post.

    Hope this helps....

    FYI - All the above are based on reading thru travlogues of Sikkim.

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    Every little bit of information helps brother. And thank you for taking some time to update the thread, it was helpful and I was able to get a rough outline of the trip from here as well as got some ideas of the permits. Unfortunately for me, I won't be able to visit the northern part of Sikkim...4 days won't be enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anuvav Routray View Post
    Every little bit of information helps brother. And thank you for taking some time to update the thread, it was helpful and I was able to get a rough outline of the trip from here as well as got some ideas of the permits. Unfortunately for me, I won't be able to visit the northern part of Sikkim...4 days won't be enough.
    Cool...Have a nice ride and post your travelogue for sure.

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