14 days in Darjeeling, Sikkim & Bhutan Itinerary

14 days in Darjeeling, Sikkim & Bhutan Itinerary

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14 days in Darjeeling, Sikkim & Bhutan Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
1
Darjeeling, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Pelling, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Gangtok, India
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Lachung, India
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Punakha, Bhutan
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
6
Paro, Bhutan
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: New Delhi, India


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2
nights
Darjeeling, India

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.
Darjeeling is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, museums, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, get great views at Tiger Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Chowrasta.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Darjeeling visit planner.

New Delhi to Darjeeling is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, Darjeeling is slightly colder than New Delhi - with highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pelling.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tiger Hill ©
Tiger Hill
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

2
nights
Pelling, India

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 27th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Rabdentse Ruins, take in the dramatic scenery at Kanchenjunga Falls, and then don't miss a visit to Tashiding Monastery. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Khecheopalri Lake, then admire the landmark architecture of Sangacholing Monastery, then don't miss a visit to Pemayangtse Gompa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Pemayangtse Monastery.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Pelling day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Darjeeling to Pelling takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Pelling can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gangtok.

Things to do in Pelling

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Gangtok, India

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: explore the activities along Tsongmo Lake, don't miss a visit to Nathula Pass, wander the streets of MG Marg, and explore and take pictures at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Gangtok trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pelling to Gangtok takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Lachung.

Things to do in Gangtok

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rumtek Monastery
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Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Nathula Pass ©
Nathula Pass
Rumtek Monastery ©
Rumtek Monastery

1
night
Lachung, India

Lachung ©
Perched high in the Himalayas, Lachung offers quintessential mountain scenery and small-village hospitality, making it one of India's most beloved destinations.
On the 1st (Sat), admire the verdant scenery at Yumthang Valley, then appreciate the views at Yume Samdong (Zero Point), then admire the sheer force of Bhim Nala Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Lachung Monastery.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Lachung travel route app .

Getting from Gangtok to Lachung by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Punakha.

Things to do in Lachung

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Yume Samdong (Zero Point) ©
Yume Samdong (Zero Point)
Yumthang Valley ©
Yumthang Valley
Bhim Nala Falls ©
Bhim Nala Falls

1
day
Punakha, Bhutan

Punakha ©
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi L'hakhang Temple, don't miss a visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong, and finally take in the views from Punakha Suspension Bridge.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Punakha trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Lachung to Punakha takes 15.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Paro.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Chimi L'hakhang Temple ©
Chimi L'hakhang Temple
Punakha Suspension Bridge ©
Punakha Suspension Bridge

4
nights
Paro, Bhutan

Paro ©
A charming historic town with many sacred sites cradled in a verdant valley, Paro offers a scenic base to explore the important Buddhist attractions and pristine nature around it.
Get out of town with these interesting Paro side-trips: Thimphu (Kuenselphodrang, Changangkha Lhakhang, & more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang, and examine the collection at National Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paro tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Punakha to Paro by car takes about 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Paro can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Thimphu
Highlights from your plan
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) ©
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
Photography Tours
Kuenselphodrang ©
Kuenselphodrang

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