Enchanting Darjeeling and Sikkim

All inclusive trip starting from USD 2799*
Cycling and Hiking :
Get enchanted by the beauty of Darjeeling and Sikkim! Both destinations are on the bucket list of many, one of them is noted for its scenic beauty, forests, quaint houses, friendly people and the surrounding mountains. The other is notable for its biodiversity, cleanliness, greenery, and is a host to Kanchenjunga – the highest peak in India and the third-highest in the world!

If you are a fan of Buddhist and Victorian heritage, this tour is certainly for you. With its pristine nature and beautiful wildlife, this Cycling Tour is bound to make you sit back in wonder and fall in love with the outdoors. Along the way, we make time to visit hidden waterfalls that are beyond words to describe. Hop onto the saddle, and experience – enchanting Darjeeeling and Sikkim!

Day 1: Siliguri - Bagdogra Arrival
Arrive at Siliguri and meet the tour leader to discuss the next few days over a meeting at Siliguri Hotel (lookout for a note in the reception or speak to the front office about it). You will be introduced to Travel with Tapesh team today along with your bikes.
Cycling Distance: None
Overnight stay in Siliguri

Day 2: Siliguri to Kurseong
Breakfast at 7 am and we shall start our ride at 8 am. Today is our first day of the ride, we will leave Siliguri early to ride towards Kurseong via Sukna forest. We take the Toy train route for easy pedalling and stunning views. In the evening we can go to the famous Tourist Lodge’s restaurant to try some delicious momos and enjoy the sunset.
Cycling Distance: 45 km
Maximum Altitude/ Elevation: 1466 m
Elevation Gain: 1400 m
Overnight stay in Kurseong
~ Uphill all Day ~

Day 3: Kurseong to Darjeeling
We will start our day with a quick visit to Eagle Crag viewpoint at Sunrise for those who are interested to take beautiful pictures. After a sumptuous breakfast at 7 am, we shall begin the day’s ride at 8 am. We will take a short drive to reach Old Cart/ Military Road to start our day's ride towards Darjeeling. We will be taking the Chatakpur forest trail before crossing a picturesque village that got its name from a 100-year-old chimney, which was built by the British at the time of WWI. The chimney is 24 ft. in height and a point of attraction amongst travellers. We will also do an off-road ride through the thick forests of Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary and finally, we shall reach Darjeeling late afternoon. A small orientation walks and a free evening to wander around and enjoy Darjeeling.
Cycling Distance: 32 km
Maximum Altitude/ Elevation: 2285 m
Elevation Gain: 868 m
Overnight stay in Darjeeling
~ Slight Uphill but mostly Undulating through Tarmac & Gravel roads ~

Day 4: Darjeeling and around
Early morning visit to Tiger Hills for the majestic views of the Himalayas (depending upon weather conditions). After returning to Darjeeling, we shall visit HMI and its Historic Mountaineering Museum. The rest of the day is free to explore at your own pace. Our leader has wonderful optional activities in store for you, do check with him/her for options.
Optional Activities: Visit Tathagata Farms and get a session on Teas of Darjeeling including lunch.
Cycling Distance: None
Overnight stay in Darjeeling

Day 5: Darjeeling to Okhrey via Sombrey
Today after an early breakfast we will drive out of Darjeeling to reach Jorethang, we’ll have to present our IDs at the entry gates of Sikkim, after a - snack lunch we’ll begin our ride to Sombrey next to River Rangeet, through villages and scenic landscapes. After reaching Sombrey, we will be hopping on to our coach to reach our destination - Okhrey, a beautiful small village at the height of 2400 meters above sea level, that offers intense serenity, beautiful flora, and thrilling views of the Himalayan mountains. It is also the gateway to the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary and a paradise for bird watchers.
Cycling Distance: 32 km
Maximum Altitude/ Elevation: 2480 m
Elevation Gain: 1800 m
Overnight stay in Okhrey
~ Uphill all Day ~

Day 6: Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary ride
Post breakfast, we’ll be visiting Barsey Rhododendron sanctuary which will include walking and riding. The Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary lies in the southwest corner of the West Sikkim district. Spreading over 104 sq. km, across the razor-sharp Singalila Range, which forms the natural international border with Nepal. This is a place, you must visit during the Rhododendron flowering season. Post lunch, the day is to relax in Okhrey and we can go for a walk around to experience this wonderful village or a quick visit to a local monastery (if interested).
Cycling Distance: 22 km
Maximum Altitude/ Elevation: 3048 m
Elevation Gain: 568 m
Overnight stay in Okhrey
~ Undulating throughout ~

Day 7: Okhrey to Dentam
Today is a long ride day, we will try to reach Dentam by late afternoon. The ride is undulating past villages and many waterfalls. Enjoy the life of people in the countryside.
Cycling Distance: 70 km
Maximum Altitude/ Elevation: 2446 m
Elevation Gain: 996 m
Overnight stay in Dentam
~ Uphill all Day~

Day 8: Dentam to Pelling
Post breakfast we will ride to Pelling to get the closest view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the ride is mostly uphill, and we will cross many waterfalls and small villages. Post lunch, we will visit Pemayangtse Monastery (founded in 1705 A.D) - one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim.
Cycling Distance: 28 km
Maximum Altitude/ Elevation: 1964 m
Elevation Gain: 973 m
Overnight stay in Pelling
~ Undulating throughout ~

Day 9: Pelling and around
Today we start late and ride around Pelling town, make a visit to Rabdentse ruins aka Sidkeong Tulku Bird Park, where the remains of the second capital of the kingdom of Sikkim are found. Amidst the dense forests that carpet the hills near Pelling, up and down a winding path with chestnut trees and past an enchanting lake. Comes the old stone Chorten, which marks the beginning of the walkway up to the main grounds of the ruins. Upon crossing the gateway to the capital, what lies before you is the centre of authority and residence of rulers of the past. Remains of well laid out stone structures with steps for elevation in different areas, serve as evidence of the erstwhile palace. The antique nature of the ruins can be judged from their architectural style and quite simply from their moss-covered stones. The main structure is said to be the royal quarters and it has two large living spaces and an open stone courtyard that leads to the Three Chortens, where the royal family is said to have offered prayers. Standing on an elevated area of the living quarters, there is a clear view of the Pemayangtse Monastery. On the opposite hill, if you look a bit further, you can also see the Sangak Choeling Monastery.

Moreover, the palace grounds also give you a spectacular view of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges and the famed Mt. Kanchenjunga. Visit a local bakery and take the afternoon to wander around Pelling and prepare for tomorrow’s ride.
Cycling Distance: 15 km
Maximum Altitude/ Elevation: 2045 m
Elevation Gain: 180 m
Overnight stay in Pelling
~ Undulating all throughout ~

Day 10 – Pelling to Tashiding
Today we will have an early start, we will visit Khecheopalri Lake en route, revered by Hindus and Buddhists, the lake is said to have wish-fulfilling powers. We will ride till Yuksom, a place of historical importance where the first King of Sikkim was crowned in the 17th century. After having lunch in Yuksom we will be driving to Tashiding.
Cycling Distance: 40 km
Maximum Altitude/ Elevation: 1950 m
Elevation Gain: 1082 m
Overnight stay in Tashiding
~ Mostly Downhill and Undulating ~

Day 11 – Tashiding to Ravangla
After breakfast, we drive for around 10 km to our starting point, and then it’s another - undulating ride day. We should be reaching Ravangla in time for lunch, followed by a visit to the - Buddha Park and the rest of the day is free to explore or relax.
Cycling Distance: 40 km
Maximum Altitude/ Elevation: 3048 m
Elevation Gain: 950 m
Overnight stay in Ravangla
~ Undulating all throughout ~

Day 12 – Ravangla to Gangtok via Temi tea garden
Today is the last day of riding, after an early start we will be riding (mostly downhill) through some scenic views to Temi tea garden, which is one of the most beautiful tea estates in the country. We will continue to ride till Singtam and from there we will drive a couple of hours to Gangtok. Post check-in, you have some free time to enjoy a stroll at the Mall road.
Cycling Distance: 30 km
Maximum Altitude/ Elevation: 1650 m
Elevation Gain: None
Overnight stay in Gangtok
~ Mostly Downhill ~

Day 13 – Gangtok sightseeing
Wake up at ease and post breakfast, we’ll drive around Gangtok for some local sightseeing. After sightseeing, you are free for the day till we meet for our last dinner (meal) – together as a group. Reminisce about the Cycle Tour and appreciate the past few days of Adventure.
Cycling Distance: None
Overnight stay in Gangtok

Day 14 – Departure Day
All good things must end, bid adieu to the Team, the fellow Group members, and you may check out by 11: 00 am.
Group Size: 4 to 16 Participants
Min. Age: 12 Years
Difficulty Level: Moderate

This Tour is mainly on tarmac and gravel roads. A support vehicle will accompany the group to support carry luggage and any participant in case of exhaustion, fatigue, or injury. Roads are well made at most of the locations and are primarily plain and undulating roads all the way. The routes we take pass through serene forests, villages, rivers, etc.

Terrain/ Riding Conditions
●  75% Tarmac and 25% Gravel (best suited for MTB)
●  Full vehicle support on cycling days
●  Riding distances are approximate
●  4 – 6 hours cycling in a day depending on riding conditions and riding capability

Physical Fitness
Even though this is not an exhaustive trip, it is necessary to be physically fit and active to appreciate this Tour’s experience. The ride is open to all amateur and seasoned cycling enthusiasts who are physically fit to endure and enjoy riding in the valley. There shall be mostly straight roads along the entire route with small undulating roads. Hence, we only recommend riders who are physically fit and have essential cycle riding capability.


Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas/ mountains. Though we are always observant about the changing climate, no one can guarantee rain or the sun. Do understand that your safety is of utmost importance to us. We will not proceed further from the destination if the weather is not favourable, especially while cruising through the river.

Accommodation is included in all destinations as per the itinerary; if arriving early or staying extra at the end of the Tour, let us know if you need suggestions. Most of the hotels we use are Family-run/ experiential stays with quality service while adhering to Covid-19 guidelines.
Trip cost is on ‘double-sharing’ and 'twin-sharing'.
Single supplement is available at extra cost. (Please do inform us in advance)

We make sure all the food we offer/ recommend is freshly cooked, and you get to experience a hint of the local delicacy.
Packed Lunch/Lunch in a Local restaurant, Fruits and Water will be provided when riding.
Please let us know any special dietary requirements at the time of booking.

As our initiative towards Responsible and Sustainable Travel, we will provide filtered/ purified water during the ride days and while cruising to reduce plastic usage. Water shall be provided to all participants when riding to prevent excessive use of plastic. Soft drinks and other beverages during meals are not included. Beer and alcohol are available only at specific destinations but are NOT included in the price.

We use an experienced airconditioned chauffeur for this tour for your comfort and safety; airport pick-up and drop isn’t included in the tour cost. Check with us before your arrival or departure if you want us to have transport services which will be charged separately. Email us at or call/ WhatsApp us on +91 9166450027

NOTE: We shall be using a SUPPORT VEHICLE for the entire Tour. If the PARTICIPANT does not wish to continue by Cycle, he/she may sit inside the VEHICLE. The plan, activities, ride, route, and other aspects of the TOUR is subject to change, and the LEADER holds authority to do so.

NO HELMET NO RIDE - Wearing a helmet is required on all our Biking Adventures and is non-negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet, you will not be allowed to cycle. Your Team Leader is trained in First Aid and Emergency Rescue, but you must be responsible for your safety to a large degree while riding.

We use premium hybrid or MTB bikes in our tours.
You may bring your cycle, and you shall receive a discount (Check with us before the tour for the value). Our team will look after your bike, but we do not take any responsibility for any issue you might face during/ after the tour. Example: Your bike will be with us throughout the term, and many times, we will load it and unload it for your ride, and during this time, there can be the possibility of minor scratches/wounds. Our team will not be responsible for any such issues related to your bike.


NOTE: Participants may bring their pedals, padded - saddle covers, or other fittings/ accessories that can be attached to the bike.

Bike Repairs
Any Spares, Replacements, Overhauls on the personal bike is not included in the cost. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube is recommended. (Extra Spares expense as per actual for BYOB)
Essential spares and tools are carried by the Cycle Technician, though we cannot guarantee to have spares for every conceivable problem.


What to Bring
●  Relaxed shoes for walking/ Riding
●  Personal toiletries as required.
●  Refill Water Bottles
●  Personal medication
●  Riding Apparel and Clothes (according to Weather)
●  Riding Apparel includes Water/wind resistant jacket, padded Shorts/ trousers, Inner base layer, riding Jersey and riding Jacket/ Fleece, etc.

●  Cap
●  Sunglasses
●  Essential Bike Tools and Spares
●  Individual Bike-riding equipment – Gloves and Helmet
●  Mosquito Repellent

Team Leader
You will be led by a local Cycle tour guide, otherwise known as your Team Leader, and in cases of larger groups, we will add another Leader to the Tour. All our Team Leaders are well informed in the regions you will be passing, along with prior experience in leading Cycle Tours.

As per regulations, all our Accommodation and Equipment shall be sanitized and checked in advance to ensure a safe environment. Wherever meals were available, they would be prepared with care and hygiene. However, it is advisable to be responsible for your Health and Safety and carry a sanitizer.

●  Meals - 13 Breakfast, 10 Lunch

●  Accommodation – Hotel/ Resort, and Experiential Homestays
●  Team Leader/ Tour Guide
●  Cycle Technician
●  Sweep/ Support Vehicles
●  Refreshments during the ride
●  Basic First Aid

●  Any Beverages

●  Emergency evacuations
●  Break down
●  Any Private Expenses
●  Room Service Fees