you always dreamt of driving through the Eastern Himalayan State of Sikkim in
your prized Audi or Mercedes to take a look at the beautiful Kanchenjunga range
up close? Here is your chance to make that dream come true as Cougar
Motorsport, India’s pioneering luxury self-drive experiences provider,
announces the inaugural edition of the Sikkim Chapter of its signature event
‘The Himalayan Dash’.
be held from 6th May to 14th May, The Himalayan Dash Sikkim 2022 will allow its
participants a rare opportunity to drive across all four districts of Sikkim
over a period of 9 days.
participation charges on twin/double occupancy basis for The Himalayan Dash
Sikkim 2022 are INR 125,000 plus GST @5% per person. Bookings are open for a
maximum of 10 vehicles and 20 guests. For further details, please visit
route for The Himalayan Dash Sikkim 2022, covering Pelling, Lachen, Gurudongmar
Lake, Lachung, Yumthang Valley, Gangtok, Nathu La&Zuluk, will allow
participants to enjoy ancient monasteries, stunning mountain ranges and
spectacular landscapes dotted with waterfalls, lakes and meadows. During this
journey of a lifetime, they will also experience the biodiversity of India's
greenest and most environmentally conscious state, also referred to as
Drenjong, or “valley of rice” and Nye-mae-el, or “paradise".
Himalayan Dash Sikkim 2022 will commence from Siliguri where the pre-drive
briefing session will be held on Day 1 of the expedition. On the second day,
the participants will drive to Pelling where they can explore the 17th century
Buddhist Sanga Choling Monastery with a glass Sky Walk to the gigantic 137 feet
statue of Avalokitesvara, the Pemayangtse Monastery and the Rabdentse Ruins. On
Day 3 of The Himalayan Dash Sikkim 2022, the participants will continue
exploring Pelling along with a drive to Darap village. Other major attractions
that are planned to be explored on this day include Rimbi Waterfall,
Khecheopalri Lake, Kanchenjunga Falls and Yuksom, which was the first capital of
4 of The Himalayan Dash Sikkim 2022 will start with a drive to the Buddha Park
near Ravangla in South Sikkim. From here, the participants will move to Mangan
in North Sikkim and then to Chungthang, situated at the confluence of the
Lachen and Lachung rivers that combine to form the Teesta. The day will end
with the convoy’s arrival at Lachen. The next day, which will be the fifth day
of the expedition, will be extra special as the participants will drive to
Gurudongmar Lake, which is one of the highest lakes in the world. After
feasting their eyes on this wonder of nature, the guests will return to Lachen
and continue to Lachung.
Day 6, the convoy will move towards Yumthang valley, which is often called the
Sikkim Valley of Flowers as it is home to over 24 species of the rhododendron
flower. From there, the participants will drive to Yumesamdong, also called
‘Zero Point’ as there is no motorable road beyond it. Thereafter, they will
return to Lachung before moving on to Sikkim’s capital Gangtok.
seventh day of The Himalayan Dash Sikkim 2022 will be a rest day, allowing the
guests to explore the various attractions of Gangtok. The next day, the
participants will drive to Tsong Mo Lake and then to Nathu La, a pass on the
Dongkya Range at an elevation of 14,250 ft that separates Sikkim and Tibet.
Thereafter, the guests will visit Baba Mandir before heading down to the
Nathang Valley on the Silk Route to Zuluk. From there, the convoy will exit
Sikkim and arrive at Kalimpong in West Bengal.Day 9, the last day of the
magnificent expedition, will start with a tour of Kalimpong, followed by a
drive to Darjeeling and onwards to Siliguri, where the guests will bid adieu to
their new friends and go back home with their hearts full of unforgettable experiences
the past, The Himalayan Dash was organized in Ladakh and it brought together
like-minded business owners, senior executives, high ranking professionals and
other owners of premium cars and SUVs, who share a common passion for driving. The
Sikkim Chapter of The Himalayan Dash has been launched this year after
approaching the Tourism & Civil Aviation Department of the Government of
Sikkim and in consultation with Sikkim Tourism.
organizers have arranged for night stops at the best accommodation available
enroute, including heritage stays at erstwhile residences of the Royal family
of Sikkim. The stays on this trip will include Courtyard by Marriot in
Siliguri, Elgin Mount Pandim in Pelling, Apple Orchard Resort in Lachen, Yarlam
Resort in Lachung, The Elgin Nor-Khill in Gangtok and the Elgin Silver Oaks in
convoy will be led by Cougar Motorsport’s Founder Ashish Gupta. An ex-banker
and ardent motorist, Ashish is the first certified Land Rover Lead Instructor
in the countryand has also attended Instructor training programs on terrains
including Mud & Ruts (UK), Ice & Snow (Sweden), Sand (Dubai) and Rock
Crawl (USA). Moreover, since 2013 his company is responsible for conducting the
Land Rover Experiences in India. Cougar Motorsport is also the organizer of the
Rainforest Challenge (RFC) India, which is the toughest international off road
motorsport event in the country.
experienced team at Cougar Motorsport will ensure a hassle-free experience so
that participants don’t have to worry about logistical challenges. The
organizers are responsible for planning the route and itinerary to include the
‘must-see’ sights, coordination of the convoy, arranging local guidance and
support from experts, service support and liaison with the local authorities
Indian national holding a valid driving license can register for The Himalayan
Dash Sikkim 2022. Any four-wheeled vehicle, with either 2 wheel drive or 4
wheel drive capability, can be driven. All vehicles must have a private
registration and comply with the legal requirements of cars used on public
roads in India. It is compulsory for all vehicles to have a valid pollution
under control certificate and comprehensive insurance coverage policy.
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