11 days in Darjeeling, Kalimpong & Gangtok Itinerary

11 days in Darjeeling, Kalimpong & Gangtok Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
1
Darjeeling
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Kalimpong
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Gangtok
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tinchuley Village and Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Himalaya Gears and Ava Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple, go for a walk through Orange Valley Tea Estate, explore the world behind art at Himalayan Tibet Museum, and get in touch with nature with Hiking & Camping Tours.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Darjeeling online day trip 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. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Darjeeling, with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kalimpong.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Outdoors Shopping Historic Sites
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Tinchuley Village ©
Tinchuley Village
Mahakal Temple ©
Mahakal Temple
Himalayan Tibet Museum ©
Himalayan Tibet Museum

4
nights
Kalimpong

Kalimpong ©
Set high upon a ridge above the Teesta River and deep within the Himalayas, the bustling bazaar town of Kalimpong draws a strong contingent of visitors with its nearby attractions, temperate climate, and mountain scenery.
Step out of the city life by going to Samdruptse Hill and Army Golf Club. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Siddheswar Dham and Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang Monastery. Explore Kalimpong's surroundings by going to Namchi (Saibaba Temple & Char Dham). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Kalimpong Arts & Craft Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Durpin Dara Hill, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangal Dham Pranami Temple.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kalimpong trip planner.

Traveling by car from Darjeeling to Kalimpong takes 2.5 hours. In October in Kalimpong, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Gangtok.

Things to do in Kalimpong

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Namchi, Samdruptse Hill
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Saibaba Temple ©
Saibaba Temple
Char Dham ©
Char Dham
Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang Monastery ©
Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang Monastery

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mayfair Gangtok Casino Mahjong and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Teesta River. There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Lal Bazar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiv Mandir, stop by Handicraft Emporium, and look for all kinds of wild species at Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gangtok road trip planning tool.

Drive from Kalimpong to Gangtok in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gangtok

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Teesta River
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding
Teesta River ©
Teesta River

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