11 days in Darjeeling, Gangtok & Kolkata (Calcutta) Itinerary

11 days in Darjeeling, Gangtok & Kolkata (Calcutta) Itinerary

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11 days in Darjeeling, Gangtok & Kolkata (Calcutta) Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
1
Darjeeling
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Gangtok
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: New Delhi

2
nights
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.
Darjeeling is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, museums, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, get to know the fascinating history of Chowrasta, make a trip to Batasia Loop, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kanchenjunga Mountain.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Darjeeling travel planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Darjeeling is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Gangtok.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Tiger Hill ©
Tiger Hill
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©

4
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.
Gangtok is known for nature, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, wildlife, and casinos. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Nathula, admire the sheer force of Banjhakri Water Falls, gain insight at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, and explore the activities along Tsongmo Lake.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Gangtok tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Darjeeling to Gangtok in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Rumtek Monastery Sikkim
Highlights from your plan
Nathula ©
Nathula
Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple ©
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple

4
nights
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.
Kolkata (Calcutta) is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, parks, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Victoria Memorial Hall, don't miss a visit to Mother House, snap pictures at Howrah Bridge, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kolkata (Calcutta) trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Gangtok to Kolkata (Calcutta) takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August in Kolkata (Calcutta), expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Tours Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Memorial Hall ©
Victoria Memorial Hall
Dakshineswar Kali Temple ©
Dakshineswar Kali Temple
Howrah Bridge ©
Howrah Bridge

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