“To walk in a Rhododendron forest with a canopy 40 or 50 feet overhead in bloom is spectacular. Then there are all the spring perennials such as primroses, cardiocrinums and arisaemas growing at the edge of the woods that stopped me in my tracks.” – Greg Graves, PHS tour escort
Explore the spectacular landscapes and flora of Sikkim and the Darjeeling Himalayas! See tea plantations around Darjeeling – of British Hill station fame – and the foothills of the Himalayas. Visit botanic gardens and orchid gardens, then head to Sikkim which is filled with Old World charm. Learn about the art and heritage of the Tibetan culture of Sikkim. Then drive toward the higher Himalayas through narrow valleys and winding mountain roads, where waterfalls leap into deep gorges, en route to Lachung. This will be our base to explore two spectacular natural areas, the Yumthang “Valley of the Flowers” and the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary which blooms during April and May. Our route is within sight of Kanchenjunga, at 28, 169 feet, the 3rd highest peak in the world. We’ll also explore the Thangu Valley which is carpeted with alpine flowers in May, and Tsomgo Lake, a glacial lake in eastern Sikkim.
Discover the foothills and mountains of Himalayan India with tour escort, Greg Graves, and Alister Adhikari.
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