16 days in Sikkim, Darjeeling & Bhutan Itinerary

16 days in Sikkim, Darjeeling & Bhutan Itinerary

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16 days in Sikkim, Darjeeling & Bhutan Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru, India
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Gangtok, India
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Pelling, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Darjeeling, India
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Lachung, India
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Punakha, Bhutan
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
6
Paro, Bhutan
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru, India


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4
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, enjoy breathtaking views from Tashi View Point, don't miss a visit to Hanuman Tok, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rumtek Monastery.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Gangtok online visit planner .

Bengaluru to Gangtok is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pelling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Rumtek Monastery Sikkim
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Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Nathula ©
Nathula
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple ©
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple

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 23rd (Thu): delve into the distant past at Rabdentse Ruins, don't miss a visit to Pemayangtse Gompa, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kanchenjunga Falls, and finally take in the views from Singshore Bridge Bungee Jumping. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Pemayangtse Monastery, make a trip to Tashiding Monastery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Khecheopalri Lake, and finally admire the striking features of Sangacholing Monastery.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Pelling online travel planner .

Drive from Gangtok to Pelling in 2 hours. In May in Pelling, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Darjeeling.

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
Khecheopalri Lake ©
Khecheopalri Lake

3
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: meet the residents at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, don't miss a visit to Samthar Plateau, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kanchenjunga Mountain, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Darjeeling trip builder .

Drive from Pelling to Darjeeling in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lachung.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Kangchenjunga ©
Kangchenjunga
Batasia Loop ©
Batasia Loop

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Yumthang Valley, then take in the awesome beauty at Yume Samdong (Zero Point), then admire the sheer force of Bhim Nala Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lachung Monastery.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Lachung using our trip planner.

You can drive from Darjeeling to Lachung in 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Punakha.

Things to do in Lachung

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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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 29th (Wed): 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 don't miss a visit to Punakha Suspension Bridge.

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You can drive from Lachung to Punakha in 15.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paro: Thimphu (Motithang Takin Preserve, Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), & more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Taktsang Palphug Monastery, see the interesting displays at National Museum, and steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest).

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paro trip planner .

You can drive from Punakha to Paro in 2 hours. In May in Paro, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Thimphu
Highlights from your plan
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) ©
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Motithang Takin Preserve ©
Motithang Takin Preserve

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