Walking the Hills of Sikkim & Darjeeling

Group tour with Kabir Pradhan & Saurabh Bhandekar
15 to 29 November 2024

Sikkim and the Darjeeling hills are lands of soaring Himalayan peaks and stunning views, quaint farming villages and lively market towns. Traditional lifestyles and livelihoods are widespread. Unusually for India, population density is low and protected forest coverage is high. This makes it something of an outlier in a country which is seeing rapid population growth and urban development.

Accompanied by Saurabh Bhandekar and guided by North East India native Kabir Pradhan, we explore this unique region on foot, with day walks through a variety of landscapes including forests, pastoral land and farming hamlets. Each night we return to comfortable accommodation, ranging from heritage hotels to farmstays and tea planters’ bungalows. Along the way we learn about the numerous ethnic groups who call this region of India home, including Tibetans, Nepalis, Bengalis, Lepchas and Bhotias.

We travel in November, when flowers are in full bloom, the air is clearest and mountain views at their best. With favourable conditions we are afforded regular views of the main Himalayan range, including of Khangchendzonga, the third highest mountain in the world (as below, seen from Darjeeling). As is always the case with our hosted tours, there is good food, unique accommodation and the company of like-minded travellers. The tour runs for 14 days and is limited to 12 people.

Praise for the 2023 tour

Thank you for your expert knowledge – you have made my first trip to India one of the highlights of my life.
Alison L.

The complete team was fantastic. Very knowledgeable, capable, compassionate and respectful. A joy to be around. Thank you for a wonderful experience and one that will stay with me forever.
Pamela C.

A wonderful walking tour of Sikkim & Darjeeling. The food, the accommodations, the walks, the guides, the drivers. Everything I expected to see and do, I did. I felt totally safe at all times and would highly recommend to family and friends.

Gabrielle R.

Please get in touch with Saurabh for more information about the fitness requirements/walking and to receive the full itinerary – travel@indiaunbound.com.au

Image credit: Monica Chapman and Lincoln Harris