12 days in Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

12 days in Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

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12 days in Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
1
Darjeeling
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Namchi
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Lachung
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Gangtok
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Pelling
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h
End: Mumbai

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Barbotey Rock Garden. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, don't miss a visit to Batasia Loop, take in the awesome beauty at Observatory Hill, and identify plant and animal life at Tinchuley Village.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Darjeeling driving holiday site .

Mumbai to Darjeeling is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Darjeeling when traveling from Mumbai in May, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Namchi.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Nature Museums
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Tinchuley Village ©
Tinchuley Village
Observatory Hill ©
Observatory Hill

1
night
Namchi

Namchi ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Siddheswar Dham, take in the awesome beauty at Samdruptse Hill, take in the awesome beauty at Tendong Hill, then admire the striking features of Ngadak Monastery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saibaba Temple.

Before you visit Namchi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Darjeeling to Namchi in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Namchi are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Lachung.

Things to do in Namchi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Samdruptse Hill
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Tendong Hill ©
Tendong Hill
Samdruptse Hill ©
Samdruptse Hill
Saibaba Temple ©
Saibaba Temple

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Lachung Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lachung Monastery, take in the dramatic scenery at Bhim Nala Falls, then admire the sheer force of Naga Falls, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Yumthang Valley.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lachung trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Namchi to Lachung in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gangtok.

Things to do in Lachung

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

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Climbing Tours and Teesta River. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Tsongmo Lake, don't miss a visit to Hanuman Tok, take in the dramatic scenery at Banjhakri Water Falls, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Enchey Monastery.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gangtok trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Lachung to Gangtok takes 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pelling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Teesta River
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Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Teesta River ©
Teesta River
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary ©
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

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 31st (Fri): explore the activities along Khecheopalri Lake, admire the sheer force of Kanchenjunga Falls, then don't miss a visit to Pemayangtse Gompa, and finally admire the striking features of Sangacholing Monastery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pemayangtse Monastery, then explore the ancient world of Rabdentse Ruins, then snap pictures at Singshore Bridge Bungee Jumping, and finally make a trip to Coronation Throne Of Norbugang.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Pelling trip builder tool .

Drive from Gangtok to Pelling in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Pelling can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pelling

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Coronation Throne Of Norbugang, Pemayangtse Monastery
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Kanchenjunga Falls ©
Kanchenjunga Falls
Khecheopalri Lake ©
Khecheopalri Lake
Rabdentse Ruins ©
Rabdentse Ruins

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