11 days in Darjeeling, Gangtok & Meghalaya Itinerary

11 days in Darjeeling, Gangtok & Meghalaya Itinerary

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11 days in Darjeeling, Gangtok & Meghalaya Itinerary

Mumbai (Bombay)
Fly + taxi:  6​h
Darjeeling
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Gangtok
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
Shillong
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Mumbai (Bombay)

2
days
Darjeeling

Darjeeling ©
The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): gain insight at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Chowrasta, then view the masterpieces at Ava Art Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kanchenjunga Mountain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ghoom Monastery, and then get great views at Tiger Hill.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Darjeeling tour planner

Mumbai (Bombay) to Darjeeling is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gangtok.

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Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Kanchenjunga Mountain ©
Kanchenjunga Mountain

2
days
Gangtok

Gangtok ©
Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage.
On the 28th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Nathula Pass, then explore the activities along Tsomgo Lake, and then take some stellar pictures from Ganesh Tok View Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Banjhakri Water Falls, then hunt for treasures at Lal Bazar, then stroll through Himalayan Zoological Park, and finally wander the streets of MG Marg.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Gangtok trip itinerary builder website

You can drive from Darjeeling to Gangtok in 2 hours. December in Gangtok sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Shillong.

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Tsomgo Lake ©
Tsomgo Lake
Nathula Pass ©
Nathula Pass
MG Marg ©
MG Marg

6
days
Shillong

Shillong ©
Established as the capital of Assam by the British, the hill station of Shillong today serves as the capital of Meghalaya, created in 1972.
Take a break from the city and head to Elephant Falls and Umiam Lake. Do some cultural sightseeing at Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures and Police Bazar. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shillong: Umiam Lake (in Nongpoh) and Cherrapunjee (Mawsmai Cave & Nohkalikai Falls). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Ward's Lake, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, make a trip to Shillong View Point, and step off the mainland to explore Lumpongdeng Island.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Shillong journey planning site

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Gangtok to Shillong in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

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Mawsmai Cave ©
Mawsmai Cave
Elephant Falls ©
Elephant Falls
Umiam Lake ©
Umiam Lake

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