11 days in Darjeeling, Sikkim & Kalimpong Itinerary

11 days in Darjeeling, Sikkim & Kalimpong Itinerary

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11 days in Darjeeling, Sikkim & Kalimpong Itinerary

Start: Indore
Fly + Taxi:  6 h
1
Darjeeling
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Pelling
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Gangtok
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Lachung
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
5
Kalimpong
— 1 night
Drive:  18 h 15 min
End: Indore

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Darjeeling trip planner .

Indore to Darjeeling is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Indore in May, expect nights in Darjeeling to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pelling.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda
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Chowrasta

2
nights
Pelling

Pelling ©
The small hill station of Pelling draws visitors with its impressive nature and abundance of hotels and resorts.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pemayangtse Monastery, then don't miss a visit to Pemayangtse Gompa, then explore the ancient world of Rabdentse Ruins, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Kanchenjunga Falls.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Pelling attractions planner.

You can drive from Darjeeling to Pelling in 1.5 hours. In May in Pelling, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gangtok.

Things to do in Pelling

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Pemayangtse Monastery
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Rabdentse Ruins ©
Rabdentse Ruins
Kanchenjunga Falls ©
Kanchenjunga Falls
Pemayangtse Monastery ©
Pemayangtse Monastery

3
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.
Get outdoors at Tsongmo Lake and Himalayan Zoological Park. Get some historical perspective at Nathula Pass and Rumtek Monastery. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through MG Marg, take in the dramatic scenery at Kyongnosla Waterfall, don't miss a visit to Hanuman Tok, and look for all kinds of wild species at Deorali Orchid Sanctuary.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Gangtok trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Pelling to Gangtok in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lachung.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Rumtek Monastery Sikkim
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MG Marg ©
MG Marg
Nathula ©
Nathula
Rumtek Monastery Sikkim ©
Rumtek Monastery Sikkim

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, take in the natural beauty of Yumthang Valley, and then admire the sheer force of Bhim Nala Falls. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Naga Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lachung Monastery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lachung Monastery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lachung online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Gangtok to Lachung takes 4.5 hours. You will leave for Darjeeling on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Lachung

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Yumthang Valley ©
Yumthang Valley
Bhim Nala Falls ©
Bhim Nala Falls
Naga Falls ©
Naga Falls

1
night
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.
For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kalimpong road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Lachung to Kalimpong takes 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Kalimpong

Parks Nature Historic Sites

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