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The nature, culture, and wildlife of Sikkim make it the perfect place for photography. Although it is not as good for photographing wild animals as Africa, there are many birds, butterflies, and even the rare snow leopard, shapi, and blue sheep, among other things. The mountainous terrain of Sikkim provides ample opportunity for hobby or commercial photography, with excellent landscapes and nature. There are so many customs, traditions, and costumes in Sikkim that people must wear. They also wear masks at certain times specially during festival. In addition to snowy mountain peaks and the country’s 4000 species of flowers, photographically interesting landscapes can be taken.
Duration for photography does not extend long as Sikkim is a tiny area with rich biodiversity, nature and culture. It is one of the safest and friendly place on earth.
Photo tour program in Sikkim
Sikkim Cultural and Festive Tour Itinerary
(Duration of the tour 15 Days)
Destination covered: Gangtok | Changu | Dzongu | Pastanga | Ravangla | Pelling
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Pay heed to tour leaders or instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound experience.
Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the tour.
Avoid roaming during the night.
Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the tour.
Our representative will receive the groups at the Bagdogra Airport and will escort them towards Gangtok. On reaching Gangtok the groups will be transferred to hotel. Evening will be free and the groups can spent their time on self leisure.
The groups will start their day will Gangtok City Tour.
The places which will be covered on this City Tour will be Handicraft and Handlooms Center, Flower Exhibit Center, Gangtok Ropeway and Namgyal Institute of Tibetology.
Today the groups will visit Enchey Monastery to witness the beginning of Guda Chaam (Dance).
Being the first day of the Chaam the monks practices the dance and normally they do not cover their faces with the mask.However, it is interesting to watch the synchronize dances of the monks to the beats and tunes of orchestra.
Early morning the group will drive towards Rumtek Monastery to witness the Kagyed Chaam (Dance).
Today being the main event, the Chaam (Dance) is performed by the monks in Chaamgo (Dancing Dress) and masks.
During the Chaam (Dance) the groups will witness its different forms and these are Rol‐Chaam, Shyak, Namding, Thakshobalap, Hdur, Thoma Tshoglen, Sawa‐Chaam, Shanag (Black Hat).
The day starts with morning drive towards Phodong Monastery to witness the final day of monastic festival. The day is engaged in prayer and worships which are performed by Gurus. On this day large numbers of people gather to receive blessing and offering.
Evening will be free and groups can enjoy time on self leisure.
The groups will drive towards Changu Lake early in the morning.
On reaching Lake the groups will engaged themselves taking photograph of the lake and its vicinity.
Thereafter, the groups will return to Gangtok and while returning they will visit Ganesh Tok and Tashi ViewPoint.
The groups will leave Gangtok for Dzongu and on the way they will visit Kadi Lungchok. Upon arriving at Dzongu the groups will be transferred to Home‐stays.
During the stay in Dzongu they will also participate in the important festival of Lepcha community known as Naambun Naamaal.
While staying in Dzongu the groups will visit Tingvong village.
On reaching the village the groups will be able to take the photographs of Mt. Kanchendzonga (third highest peak of the world). Besides, this they will also be able to photograph people, culture and the village lifestyle. In addition to this the group will also visit Passingdang Monastery.
Today the groups will engage themselves to witness and participate in the Naambun Naamaal festival.
This festival is marked by a colorful fest at Namprikdang which offers a wide range of cultural diversity and various cultural events.
On reaching Pastanga groups will receive a traditional welcome and after that they
will be transferred to home‐stays respectively where they will take rest for the day.
While staying at Pastanga the groups will be able to photograph people and culture, centuries old traditional houses and understand the rural way of lifestyle.
Besides this groups can also participate in cultural show as well as taste local delicacies and beverages.
En route they will visit Smadruptshe and on reaching Ravangla they will also visit Buddha Park and Karma Thekchen Monastery as well as Ralong Monastery and Bon Monastery.
After that they will be transferred to hotel at Ravangla and will rest for the day.
On reaching Pelling the groups will be transferred to hotel.
After that in the afternoon the groups will visit Pemayangtshe Monastery and Sanga Chelling Monastery.
Evening will be free and the groups can enjoy time on their own.
The final day of the tour will be engaged on visiting historical and religious place in and around Pelling.
The places covered in this tour will be Rabdenste Palace Ruins, Kechopari Lake, Norbugang and Dibdi Monastery.
End of photography tour of Sikkim Cultural and Festival Bonanaza and the groups will be transferred to Bagdogra Airport to board the plane for further onwards journey.