8 days in Pune, Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

8 days in Pune, Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

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8 days in Pune, Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

Start: Pune
Pune
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
Darjeeling
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Lachung
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Gangtok
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Pune

2
nights
Pune

Pune ©
Pune has long enjoyed a reputation as a center of culture and commerce, with many dynastic rulers making the town central to their regional plans in the centuries before the British Raj.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati and Aga Khan Palace. Get a sense of the local culture at Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum and ISKCON NVCC Temple. There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Phule Market, buy something for everyone on your list at Amanora Mall, stop by Pratha - The Jewellery Studio, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasba Peth Ganpati Temple.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Pune. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Darjeeling.

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Phule Market ©
Phule Market
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum ©
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): experience rural life at Happy Valley Tea Estate, take in the awesome beauty at Kanchenjunga Mountain, then examine the collection at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda. On your second day here, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stroll through Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, and then get great views at Jhandi Dara Sunrise Point.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Darjeeling tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Pune to Darjeeling in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lachung.

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Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

1
night
Lachung

Lachung ©
Perched high in the Himalayas, Lachung offers quintessential mountain scenery and small-village hospitality, making it one of India's most beloved destinations.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Yumthang Valley and then look for all kinds of wild species at Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lachung online travel planner .

Getting from Darjeeling to Lachung by car takes about 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gangtok.

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Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
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Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary ©
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
Yumthang Valley ©
Yumthang Valley

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nights
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 (Sun), take a stroll through MG Marg, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tsongmo Lake, and then steep yourself in history at Nathula Pass. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Banjhakri Water Falls and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Gangtok trip planner .

You can drive from Lachung to Gangtok in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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MG Marg ©
MG Marg
Nathula Pass ©
Nathula Pass
Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake

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