11 days in Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

11 days in Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Gangtok
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Lachung
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Zuluk
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Pelling
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Darjeeling
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Mumbai

2
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 19th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Banjhakri Water Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of MG Marg, explore the activities along Tsongmo Lake, and then steep yourself in history at Nathula.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gangtok online tour itinerary planner.

Mumbai to Gangtok is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lachung.

Things to do in Gangtok

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lachung Monastery, admire the sheer force of Naga Falls, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Bhim Nala Falls, and finally take in the natural beauty of Yumthang Valley.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lachung online day trip planner.

Getting from Gangtok to Lachung by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Zuluk.

Things to do in Lachung

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Yumthang Valley ©
Yumthang Valley
Naga Falls ©
Naga Falls
Bhim Nala Falls ©
Bhim Nala Falls

1
night
Zuluk

Zuluk ©
Enveloped in misty clouds, the remote village of Zuluk on the hilltops of East Himalayas aims at leaving its visitors completely awestruck.
On the 23rd (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Thambi View Point.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Zuluk day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Lachung to Zuluk takes 7 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Zuluk can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Wed) before leaving for Pelling.
Highlights from your plan
Thambi View Point ©
Thambi View Point

2
nights
Pelling

Pelling ©
The small hill station of Pelling draws visitors with its impressive nature and abundance of hotels and resorts.
Visit Ralong Monastery and Pemayangtse Monastery for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Kanchenjunga Falls and Khecheopalri Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Pelling side-trips: Yuksom (Coronation Throne Of Norbugang, Tashiding Monastery, &more). There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Rabdentse Ruins and make a trip to Pemayangtse Gompa.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Pelling trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Zuluk to Pelling takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Zuluk in April, expect nights in Pelling to be much warmer, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Pelling

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Yuksom, Pemayangtse Monastery, Ralong Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Ralong Monastery ©
Ralong Monastery
Pemayangtse Monastery ©
Pemayangtse Monastery
Dubdi Monastery ©
Dubdi Monastery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Himalayan Tibet Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda. Here are some ideas for day two: deepen your understanding at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, see the interesting displays at Everest Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Observatory Hill, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple, and finally view the masterpieces at Ava Art Gallery.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Darjeeling trip planner.

Getting from Pelling to Darjeeling by car takes about 3.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You will leave for home on the 29th (Mon).

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
Mahakal Temple ©
Mahakal Temple
Himalayan Tibet Museum ©
Himalayan Tibet Museum

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