12 days in West Bengal & Sikkim Itinerary

12 days in West Bengal & Sikkim Itinerary

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12 days in West Bengal & Sikkim Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
1
Darjeeling
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Pelling
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kalimpong
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Gangtok
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Ahmedabad


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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 20th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Ava Art Gallery and then take in nature's colorful creations at Barbotey Rock Garden. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kanchenjunga Mountain, then meet the residents at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, then deepen your understanding at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find photos and more tourist information, use the Darjeeling road trip planning tool .

Ahmedabad to Darjeeling is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Ahmedabad in October, you will find days in Darjeeling are little chillier (36°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Pelling.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Tiger Hill ©
Tiger Hill
Kangchenjunga ©
Kangchenjunga

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 23rd (Tue): delve into the distant past at Rabdentse Ruins, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kanchenjunga Falls, then take in the views from Singshore Bridge Bungee Jumping, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sangacholing Monastery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tashiding Monastery, explore the activities along Khecheopalri Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pemayangtse Monastery, and finally make a trip to Pemayangtse Gompa.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Pelling day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Darjeeling to Pelling takes 1.5 hours. In October in Pelling, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kalimpong.

Things to do in Pelling

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Kalimpong Cactus Nursery, pause for some serene contemplation at Kalimpong Roman Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Gouripur House, admire the landmark architecture of Crookety House, then take in the exciting artwork at Kalimpong Arts & Craft Centre, and finally don't miss a visit to Deolo Hill.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kalimpong online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pelling to Kalimpong takes 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kalimpong can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Kalimpong

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Kalimpong Roman Catholic Church ©
Kalimpong Roman Catholic Church
Deolo Hill ©
Deolo Hill
Kalimpong Arts & Craft Centre ©
Kalimpong Arts & Craft Centre

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.
Gangtok is known for nature, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, wildlife, and casinos. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Nathula Pass, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ranka Monastery, explore and take pictures at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, and don't miss a visit to Flower Exhibition Centre.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Gangtok trip maker app .

You can drive from Kalimpong to Gangtok in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Gangtok

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

3
nights
Kolkata (Calcutta)

Kolkata (Calcutta) ©
Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
Step out of Kolkata (Calcutta) with an excursion to Belur Math in Belur--about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Victoria Memorial Hall, make a trip to Mother House, explore and take pictures at Eden Gardens, and take in the views from Howrah Bridge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kolkata (Calcutta) travel route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Gangtok to Kolkata (Calcutta) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, daily temperatures in Kolkata (Calcutta) can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Belur Math
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Dakshineswar Kali Temple ©
Dakshineswar Kali Temple
Victoria Memorial Hall ©
Victoria Memorial Hall
Howrah Bridge ©
Howrah Bridge

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