12 days in Bhutan, Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

12 days in Bhutan, Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

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12 days in Bhutan, Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

Jaipur, India
Fly + Drive:  7​h
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
Darjeeling, India
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Gangtok, India
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
New Delhi, India

2
days
Thimphu, Bhutan

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, identify plant and animal life at Motithang Takin Preserve, ponder the world of politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), then appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, and finally cruise along Dochula Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Choki Traditional Art School, examine the collection at Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, then make a trip to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), and finally make a trip to Bhutan Post Office Headquarters.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Thimphu day trip website .

Jaipur, India to Thimphu is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Jaipur in March, things will get colder in Thimphu: highs are around 20°C and lows about 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Darjeeling.

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Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) ©
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)
Motithang Takin Preserve ©
Motithang Takin Preserve

3
days
Darjeeling, India

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park and Kanchenjunga Mountain. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Japanese Peace Pagoda and Chowrasta. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Darjeeling: Sangacholing Monastery (in Pelling) and Tashiding Monastery (in Yuksam). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, make a trip to Batasia Loop, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pemayangtse Monastery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Barbotey Rock Garden.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Darjeeling online route planner .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Thimphu to Darjeeling in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gangtok.

Things to do in Darjeeling

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Sangacholing Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery, Tashiding Monastery
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Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Kanchenjunga Mountain ©
Kanchenjunga Mountain
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

6
days
Gangtok, India

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at MG Marg and Rumtek Monastery. Get some historical perspective at Nathula Pass and Enchey Monastery. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Tsomgo Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ranka Monastery, take in the dramatic scenery at Banjhakri Water Falls, and try to win big at Mayfair Gangtok Casino Mahjong.

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Traveling by car from Darjeeling to Gangtok takes 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Gangtok can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

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Sikkim
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Tsomgo Lake ©
Tsomgo Lake
Nathula Pass ©
Nathula Pass
Gurudongmar Lake ©
Gurudongmar Lake

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