12 days in Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

12 days in Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

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12 days in Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

Start: Lucknow
train + taxi:  19​h
1
Darjeeling
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Pelling
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ravangla
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Gangtok
— 4 nights
taxi + train:  19​h 45​min
End: Lucknow

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.
Family-friendly places like Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park and Batasia Loop will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tiger Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and get to know the fascinating history of Chowrasta.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Darjeeling online trip itinerary planner .

Lucknow to Darjeeling is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Darjeeling when traveling from Lucknow in December, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Pelling.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Batasia Loop ©
Batasia Loop
Tea Garden ©
Tea Garden

2
nights
Pelling

Pelling ©
The small hill station of Pelling draws visitors with its impressive nature and abundance of hotels and resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the activities along Khecheopalri Lake, admire the sheer force of Kanchenjunga Falls, and then admire the landmark architecture of Sangacholing Monastery. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Singshore Bridge Bungee Jumping, don't miss a visit to Pemayangtse Gompa, then explore the ancient world of Rabdentse Ruins, and finally make a trip to Tashiding Monastery.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Pelling travel planner .

Drive from Darjeeling to Pelling in 3.5 hours. December in Pelling sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ravangla.

Things to do in Pelling

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tashiding Monastery
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Kanchenjunga Falls ©
Kanchenjunga Falls
Khecheopalri Lake ©
Khecheopalri Lake
Rabdentse Ruins ©
Rabdentse Ruins

1
night
Ravangla

Ravangla ©
Ravangla remains one of Sikkim's must-see destinations, offering unobstructed views of the snowy peaks of the Greater Himalayas.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): walk around Buddha Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Samdruptse Hill, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ralong Monastery.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ravangla attractions planner .

Drive from Pelling to Ravangla in 2.5 hours. In January in Ravangla, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Gangtok.

Things to do in Ravangla

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Buddha Park ©
Buddha Park
Samdruptse Hill ©
Samdruptse Hill
Ralong Monastery ©
Ralong Monastery

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tsongmo Lake and Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Nathula, do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Himalayan Zoological Park, and take some stellar pictures from Ganesh Tok View Point.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Gangtok trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Ravangla to Gangtok takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Rumtek Monastery Sikkim
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Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Nathula ©
Nathula
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple ©
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple

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