Antudanda Sunrise View Trek
Situated between the alleviation ranging from 140m to 3,636m above the sea level, Illam is one of the untouched destinations for tourists. Famous for tea production, Illam is a small hill town with pristine landscapes of sloped tea gardens, mountain streams, dense natural forests, holy sites and a unique culture. It offers a brisk walk in the tea garden, tranquil picnic and sightseeing stops, short treks along gentle slops, or a trudge into the nearby woods. The best time to visit time Illam is between October - December or from April - February. However, the subtropical climate of Illam ensures good weather throughout the year. Illam district is bordered by Jhapa in the south, West Bengal of India in the east, Panchthar in the north and Morang and Dhankutta districts in the west. The district lies to the south of Mahabharat range and west of the Shangrila range. The district is regarded as one of the richest districts in Nepal in terms of its cultural diversity, natural landscape, and flourishing cash crops sector. Besides, it is also popularly known as the place of botanical and anthropological research. Brahmins and Chhetris are the dominant ethnic groups living in the area. One can find a Lepcha museum at Aantu. No doubt, Illam reflects rich cultural and social heritages of people living in harmony.
Shree Aantu (2,328 m) offers spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset over the eastern Himalayas. Situated at a distance of 3 hr. drive from Illam Bazaar, Shree Antu also offers home-stay facilities. Similarly, Maipokhari is another attraction of this trek. Popularly recognized as a religious and historical spot, Maipokhari (2,121m), a pristine lake surrounded by dense forest of fir, juniper, birch, pine and a variety of flora and fauna is considered as the sacred abode of Goddess Bhagawati. In the same way, Kanyam and Fikkal hold good recognision for making Illam famous for tea production across the country. Likewise, Siddhi Thumka (1,800 m) has also gained its fame for offering excellent views of sunrise and sunset from its height. It is about 3 hrs. trek from Illam Bazaar. Chhintapu (3,353 m) is another attraction of Illam. It is the second highest peak in Illam district. It is also rich in terms of floral and faunal diversity. It is the home of 11 varieties of rhododendron, rare herbs, endangered species of animals like the musk deer and red panda. Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world can also be clearly viewed from Chhintapu. The temples and pilgrimage sites such as Gajur Mukhi, Sanu Pathibhara and Mai beni have also added additional decoration to Illam. Similarly, Mangmaling and Sandakpur are also the names to be pronounced when we talk of Illam tourism.
This small but beautiful destination can be reached directly from Kathmandu by bus. We can also use aero plane up to Bhadrapur from Kathmandu and take bus or car from there. Besides, Illam can also be reached via. Pashupatinagar, the Nepal- India boarder of Illam district.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu(1320m):
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Upon arrival, our representatives will receive us and then transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Nagarkot:
We spend full day for sightseeing in Kathmandu. After having breakfast in the hotel, we go to visit Pashupatinath temple and then to Baudanath. We will have lunch at Baudanath. After lunch, we go to Swayambhu and then to Krishnatemple at Patan. Finally, we go to Nagarkot via. Bhaktapur. In the evening, we woul enjoy beautiful sunset view from the resort at Nagarkot.
Day 3: Kathmandu - Bhadrapur - Illam:
Having viewed the beautiful sunrise view at Nagarkot, we drive to TIA and take our flight to Bhadrapur, or we can drive directly to Illam from Kathmandu. It would be our pleasure to observe stunning green teagardens on the way. We would take tea break and snacks at Fikkal. In the evening, we would go around Illam Bazaar. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 4: Illam Bazaar - Maipokhari - Illam Bazaar:
We take our early drive to Maipokhari from Illam Bazaar. It is a distance of one and half hour normal drive. We observe Maipokhari area for 2-3 hours. We would taste fresh home made tea at Maipokhari. Besides, we will also visit tea factory on the way to Illam Bazaar. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 5: Illam Bazaar- Shree Antu:
We go early in the morning to view stunning sunrise from Antu Dada. We will also pay our visit to Lepcha museum at Antu Dada. Besides, we would interact with the local people to have in depth knowledge of the local culture and tradition.
Day 6: Shree Antu - Bhadrapur or Shree Antu - Kathmandu:
After having breakfast at Shree Antu, we drive down to Bhadrapur if we are flying to kathmandu. If we are driving to Kathmandu, we take early bus from Shree Antu to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will go to hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 7: Kathmandu - Dhulikhel:
Having breakfast in the hotel, we drive to Dhulikhel. Lunch will be served in a hotel at Dhulikhel. We go for short trek or hike around Dhulikhel. Overnight in a hotel at Dhulikhel.
Day 8: Dhulikhel - Kathmandu:
We take our early drive to Kathmandu from Dhulikhel after having breakfast at Dhulikhel. Lunch will be served in Kathmandu. In the afternoon, we would go for shopping. Farewell dinner will be served in the evening.
Day 9: Back home destination.
Note: The departure schedule can be changed on any unavoidable circumstances such as weather hazards, trail slides, and avalanches.
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