36 days in Darjeeling & Kalimpong Itinerary

36 days in Darjeeling & Kalimpong Itinerary

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36 days in Darjeeling & Kalimpong Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 30​min
1
Darjeeling
— 19 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kalimpong
— 15 nights
Drive:  44​h
End: Mumbai

19
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Darjeeling: Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary (in Gangtok), Tashiding Monastery (in Yuksom) and Castleton Tea Garden (in Kurseong). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Tiger Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pemayangtse Monastery, trek along with Hiking & Camping Tours, and experience rural life at Happy Valley Tea Estate.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Darjeeling route builder .

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. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in November; daily highs in Darjeeling reach 34°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kalimpong.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Pemayangtse Monastery, Castleton Tea Garden, Tashiding Monastery, Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary
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Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Tiger Hill ©
Tiger Hill
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©

15
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kalimpong: Namchi (Siddheswar Dham, Char Dham, & more), Khecheopalri Lake (in Pelling) and Aritar (Phushrey Lake & Nathang Valley). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rumtek Monastery Sikkim, don't miss a visit to Samdruptse Hill, take in the dramatic scenery at Changey Waterfall, and take in nature's colorful creations at Pine View Nursery.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kalimpong planning site .

You can drive from Darjeeling to Kalimpong in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Kalimpong can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kalimpong

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Namchi, Aritar, Lava, Rumtek Monastery Sikkim, Bengal Safari
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Khecheopalri Lake ©
Khecheopalri Lake
Rumtek Monastery Sikkim ©
Rumtek Monastery Sikkim
Deolo Hill ©
Deolo Hill

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