18 days in Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

18 days in Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

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Fly to Bagdogra, Taxi to Pelling
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Pelling
— 3 nights
Drive
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Namchi
— 1 night
Drive
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Zuluk
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lachen
— 1 night
Drive
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Lachung
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gangtok
— 5 nights
Drive
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Darjeeling
— 3 nights
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Pelling

The small hill station of Pelling draws visitors with its impressive nature and abundance of hotels and resorts.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coronation Throne Of Norbugang and Dubdi Monastery. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sangacholing Monastery, make a trip to Pemayangtse Gompa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Phodong Monastery, and explore the ancient world of Rabdentse Ruins.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Pelling trip planning site.

New Delhi to Pelling is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. November in Pelling sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Namchi.

Things to do in Pelling

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Namchi

Namchi or Namtse is the district headquarters of the South Sikkim district in the Indian state of Sikkim. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Ngadak Monastery, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Samdruptse Hill, and then take in the awesome beauty at Tendong Hill.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Namchi holiday builder tool.

Drive from Pelling to Namchi in 3 hours. In November in Namchi, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Zuluk.

Things to do in Namchi

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Zuluk

Enveloped in misty clouds, the remote village of Zuluk on the hilltops of East Himalayas aims at leaving its visitors completely awestruck.
On the 6th (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Thambi View Point.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zuluk trip planner.

Drive from Namchi to Zuluk in 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Namchi in November; daily highs in Zuluk reach 23°C and lows reach 5°C. On the 7th (Sat), you're off to Lachen.
Highlights from your trip

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Lachen

Whatever you decide to do on your Lachen trip, you'll remember it by the unsurpassed beauty of its landscapes and vibrant local culture.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire the verdant scenery at Chopta Valley.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lachen online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Zuluk to Lachen in 7 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Lachen can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Lachung.

Things to do in Lachen

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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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 9th (Mon), take in the natural beauty of Yumthang Valley, take in the dramatic scenery at Naga Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bhim Nala Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lachung Monastery. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lachung Monastery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lachung trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Lachen to Lachung takes 2 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Gangtok.

Things to do in Lachung

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ganesh Tok View Point, Hanuman Tok, MG Marg, and other attractions you added. Step off the beaten path and head to Gonjang Monastery and Lal Bazar. The adventure continues: meet the residents at Himalayan Zoological Park, steep yourself in history at Kabi Lungchok, look for gifts at Handicraft Emporium, and admire the sheer force of Kyongnosla Waterfall.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gangtok online vacation planner.

You can drive from Lachung to Gangtok in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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Darjeeling

Queen of the Hills

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 16th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahakal Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Barbotey Rock Garden, then make a trip to Batasia Loop, and then take some stellar pictures from Tiger Hill.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Darjeeling online trip maker.

You can drive from Gangtok to Darjeeling in 3.5 hours. In November in Darjeeling, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Sikkim travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Waterfalls
Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas in northeast India, Sikkim revels in its abundance of beautiful nature, with a plethora of scenic lakes, waterfalls, and lush green valleys. Apart from adventurous treks through mountain passes and around pristine lakes, a vacation in Sikkim usually involves visitng Hindu temples and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. Rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, and mountaineering feature prominently on tourist agendas, with a visit to a hot spa providing the perfect way to relax after an exhausting day. Yak safaris and high ropeways provide interesting ways to see high-altitude cities and the surrounding nature, which includes the state's natural symbols: the noble orchid and the red panda. Bordering Tibet and sandwiched between Nepal and Bhutan, Sikkim is known for its diverse blend of cultures.