13 days in Darjeeling, Sikkim & Kalimpong Itinerary

13 days in Darjeeling, Sikkim & Kalimpong Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Mumbai
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 30 min
1
Darjeeling
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Gangtok
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Lachung
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Gangtok
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Kalimpong
— 2 nights
Drive:  22 h
End: Mumbai

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tinchuley Village and Barbotey Rock Garden. Kids will enjoy Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park and Batasia Loop. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Observatory Hill, take an in-depth tour of Himalayan Tibet Museum, pause for some photo ops at Dali Monastery, and identify plant and animal life at Snow Leopard Breeding Centre.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Darjeeling trip itinerary 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. Traveling from Mumbai in March, things will get slightly colder in Darjeeling: highs are around 35°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Gangtok.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
Tinchuley Village ©
Tinchuley Village
Batasia Loop ©
Batasia Loop

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Flower Exhibition Centre and then take in the views from Deorali Butterfly Bridge.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gangtok online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Darjeeling to Gangtok by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lachung.

Things to do in Gangtok

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Nathula ©
Nathula
Hanuman Tok ©
Hanuman Tok

2
nights
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 24th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lachung Monastery, admire the sheer force of Naga Falls, then admire the sheer force of Bhim Nala Falls, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Yumthang Valley.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lachung trip planner.

You can drive from Gangtok to Lachung in 4.5 hours. On the 26th (Tue), you'll travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Lachung

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Yumthang Valley ©
Yumthang Valley
Naga Falls ©
Naga Falls
Bhim Nala Falls ©
Bhim Nala Falls

1
night
Gangtok

Gangtok ©
On the 26th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, then take some stellar pictures from Ganesh Tok View Point, and then wander the streets of MG Marg.

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Traveling by car from Lachung to Gangtok takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kalimpong.

Things to do in Gangtok

Wildlife Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary ©
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
Hanuman Tok ©
Hanuman Tok
Flower Exhibition Centre ©
Flower Exhibition Centre

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Wed), gain insight at Dr. Graham's Homes. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Pine View Nursery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tharpa Choling Monastery, then explore the engaging exhibits at Kalimpong Science Centre, and finally don't miss a visit to Deolo Hill.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Kalimpong journey maker app.

You can drive from Gangtok to Kalimpong in 2.5 hours. March in Kalimpong sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kalimpong

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kalimpong Science Centre ©
Kalimpong Science Centre
Mangal Dham Pranami Temple ©
Mangal Dham Pranami Temple
Deolo Hill ©
Deolo Hill

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