8 days in Eastern India Itinerary

8 days in Eastern India Itinerary

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8 days in Eastern India Itinerary

Bhopal
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
Darjeeling
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Gangtok
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
Puri
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
Bhopal

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 14th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Jhandi Dara Sunrise Point and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Garden. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Happy Valley Tea Estate, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ghoom Monastery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tinchuley Village, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Darjeeling tour itinerary builder tool

Bhopal to Darjeeling is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gangtok.

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Happy Valley Tea Estate ©
Happy Valley Tea Estate
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Tinchuley Village
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©

2
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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 17th (Tue), admire all the interesting features of Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kyongnosla Waterfall, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tsomgo Lake.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gangtok trip maker tool

Getting from Darjeeling to Gangtok by car takes about 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

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Tsomgo Lake ©
Tsomgo Lake
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology ©
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

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day
Kolkata (Calcutta)

Kolkata (Calcutta) ©
Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
On the 19th (Thu), stop by Biswa Bangla Krirangan, then see the interesting displays at Victoria Memorial Hall, and then make a trip to College Street (Boi Para).

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Gangtok to Kolkata (Calcutta) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Gangtok in April: high temperatures in Kolkata (Calcutta) hover around 42°C and lows are around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puri.

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Victoria Memorial Hall ©
Victoria Memorial Hall
College Street (Boi Para) ©
College Street (Boi Para)
Biswa Bangla Krirangan ©
Biswa Bangla Krirangan

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Puri

Puri ©
An important place of Hindu pilgrimage, Puri features a wealth of holy and historic sites that draw in believers and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take a stroll through Raghurajpur Artist Village, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jagannath Temple, and then stroll through Swargadwar Beach. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Balukhand Wildlife Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Puri Beach.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Puri in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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Puri Beach ©
Puri Beach
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Swargadwar Beach
Raghurajpur Artist Village ©
Raghurajpur Artist Village

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