About Us Participation Facts Directions Gallery SIKKIM VILLAGE HOME STAY PROGRAM 2017 16500.00 Report at New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal - Reporting Dates: 20, 22, 26, 30, April & 4 May, 2017 9D/8N at Rs.16500 Food, Accommodation, Transport & Guidance Start Date 2017 20 Apr End Date 2017 12 May Schedule & Seats NAME OF THE PROGRAM CORRDINATOR / FD: Prasad Gogate (Co-ordinator) CONTACT NUMBER: 022-24126004 EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org COMPLETE POSTAL ADDRESS: 2, Regent Chamber (Nanumal Niwas), Jerbai Wadia Road, Near Tata Hospital, Parel, Mumbai – 400 012. Tel. No.: 022-24126004 * About Program: • Embarking on a journey of India’s remote state of Sikkim is a tumultuous but rewarding one. The infinite variety of its geographic setting, its topography, its varied flora and fauna and avian life, the history of its people and the variety of its ethnic communities and their rich heritage of ancient traditions and lifestyles, its festivals and crafts make it a travelers wonderland that’s just begging to be discovered afresh. Sikkim is surrounded by Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and State of West Bengal. It has a small stretch of rugged land just 115 km by 65 km. By travelling a few hours within Sikkim one can traverse from sultry tropical to temperate and then to alpine climate and from almost sea level to 18000 ft. It also hosts the third highest peak in the world, Mt. Kangchendzonga. Sikkim has only 0.2% of area of India but has 26% of its biodiversity – species of flora and fauna – wild animals like marmots and the red panda, a wide range of flora from primulas to orchids. The pristine and unspoiled natural beauty includes alpine landscapes and thick luxuriant tropical forests, rivers in torrents and peaceful lakes – a true Shangrila and a veritable kaleidoscope. To create a love for the countryside and provide an avenue of returns to the rural folk, we at YHAI Maharashtra have decided to initiate village home stay programmes in Sikkim. We find this as a win-win situation because the tourist gets an authentic feel of the area, away from the hustle-bustle of other pockets in the state thronged by tourists, while for the villager; life becomes a bit more sustainable. To start with, only two villages have been selected for the excursion programme. Out of the eight nights of the programme, four will be spent in two beautiful villages, Kitam and Tingvong of Sikkim. The Panchayats (Local self government bodies) of the both the villages have approved the plan and are eager to host tourists. Villagers will try to prepare separate room with toilet for the home stay. A group of family / 2-3 persons will be the guest of one family. Host villager will look after their guest and also provide food to them. The designated Village Guide will provide information about the village and surrounding places to the guests. For the evenings, villagers will perform a traditional cultural programme for the tourist friends. This will develop personal bonding between host villager and the guest Youth Hosteller. * Duration: 8N/9D * Reporting Point: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal * Program Includes: Food, Accommodation, Transport & Guidance * Day Wise schedule: Day 1- Reporting at New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Rly. Station at 10 am & proceed to Pelling for night stay. Day 2- Local sightseeing by vehicle & night stay at Pelling. Day 3- Proceed to Kitam village for night stay via sightseeing of Rabangla and Namchi. Day 4- Bird watching at Kitam Bird Sanctuary in pre-lunch session. Interaction and experience sharing with local villagers and cultural programme in the evening. Day 5- Proceed to Tingvong village. Interaction and experience sharing with local villagers and cultural programme in the evening. Day 6- Village excursion, visit to nearby places of interest. Day 7- Proceed to Gangtok. Local sightseeing after lunch. Day 8- Free day for local sightseeing and shopping; or visiting Nathula Pass (optional)* Day 9- Sikkim Program concludes after breakfast. * Day 8 – The visit to Nathula pass (which requires a special permit) is optional at own cost (Rs.1400 per head approx). Please note that the Nathula pass is closed for tourists on Mondays and Tuesdays. Fees: Rs. 16,500/- per head, which will cover travelling by jeep/bus, dormitory accommodation at camps, simple nutritious vegetarian food, guidance, insurance. You will, however, have to bear to and fro travel expenses from your hometown to reporting place at Pelling & check out from Gangtok. * Who can Participate: Any member of the Association who is physically fit can join the programme * How to Participate: • Members desirous to join this programme may contact YHAI Maharashtra State Branch TEL: 022-2412 6004 (11.00 to 18:00 on week days) and Apply on prescribed Registration Form (download link), supported by Medical Certificate (download link).Make a Cheque/Demand Draft (for out station participants) of Rs 16,500/- in favor of “YHAI-Mah State Branch”, payable at Mumbai and send by post to : YHAI, MAHARASHTRA STATE BRANCH 2, Regent Chamber/ Nanumal Niwas, Jerbai Wadia Road, Near Tata Hospital, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012 Now Fill up the Registration Form & Medical Form and send it to our YHAI Mah State Br. Office address mentioned above along with seven (7) photographs & Cheque/DD. * Cancellation Policy: In case you are unable to join this programme, you will get refund as per policy of YHAI, MSB provided your written request is received directly at Youth Hostels Association of India, Maharashtra State Branch office before2nd March, 2017. No refund application will be considered thereafter. Any unforeseen event / strike or natural calamity will not be considered as cause of cancellation. * Food & Supplies: Simple and nutritious vegetarian food will be provided. Drinking water will be provided at each place. * Accommodation Facilities: Accommodation will be provided in the Village Home / Hotels. * Safety & Security: Extensive and painstaking preparations have gone into the planning of the excursion programme for your safety. Our volunteers have visited the area to check all details. While every care has been taken to ensure safety, the Youth Hostels Association of India and its representatives cannot be held responsible for any accident, illness and such other unforeseen eventualities. Deviation from the set route of the programme is not permitted. If Participants desire to join any other activity they may do so at their own responsibility and risk only after finishing the programme. * How To Reach: • By Air- Bagdogra Air Port is well connected to other cities & New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is 12 km away from Bagdogra Air Port. By Rail – New Jalpaiguri is well connected by rail with other major cities of India. Regular trains are available from Sealdah Rly Stn. (Kolkata) / Howrah Rly. Station. * What participants should along: Small sack, Shirts / T-shirts, Tracksuit or full-pants, sun cap, Sweater, Woolen socks/hand gloves/monkey cap, Good quality shoes and Bathroom slippers, socks, torch, umbrella, water bottle, soap, towel, medicines (which you normally use at home) No Map detail.