12 days in Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

12 days in Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

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12 days in Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

Start: Pune
Drive:  49​h 15​min
1
Zuluk
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Gangtok
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Namchi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pelling
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Darjeeling
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Pune

1
night
Zuluk

Zuluk ©
On the 12th (Tue), get great views at Thambi View Point.

For photos and tourist information, use the Zuluk online trip builder .

Pune to Zuluk is an approximately 47.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gangtok.
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Thambi View Point ©
Thambi View Point

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.
Attractions like Tsongmo Lake and Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Nathula, take in the views from Deorali Butterfly Bridge, make a trip to Flower Exhibition Centre, and wander the streets of MG Marg.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Gangtok trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Zuluk to Gangtok takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Namchi.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Nathula ©
Nathula
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple ©
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple

1
night
Namchi

Namchi ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire the striking features of Ngadak Monastery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Samdruptse Hill, pause for some photo ops at Siddheswar Dham, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Char Dham, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saibaba Temple.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Namchi road trip planning site .

Getting from Gangtok to Namchi by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November in Namchi, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pelling.

Things to do in Namchi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Samdruptse Hill
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Saibaba Temple ©
Saibaba Temple
Char Dham ©
Char Dham
Samdruptse Hill ©
Samdruptse Hill

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 17th (Sun): take in the views from Singshore Bridge Bungee Jumping, then admire the sheer force of Kanchenjunga Falls, then explore the ancient world of Rabdentse Ruins, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Pemayangtse Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Tashiding Monastery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Khecheopalri Lake, and then make a trip to Pemayangtse Gompa.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Pelling trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Namchi to Pelling by car takes about 3 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Pelling

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Chowrasta, get to know the resident critters at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guru Sakya Monastery, get great views at Tiger Hill, then identify plant and animal life at Tinchuley Village, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Darjeeling trip planner.

Getting from Pelling to Darjeeling by car takes about 3.5 hours. In November in Darjeeling, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Chowrasta ©
Chowrasta

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