5 days in Darjeeling & Gangtok Itinerary

5 days in Darjeeling & Gangtok Itinerary

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5 days in Darjeeling & Gangtok Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
1
Darjeeling
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Gangtok
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kanchenjunga Mountain, browse the exhibits of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, identify plant and animal life at Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the pleasant sights at Orange Valley Tea Estate, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stroll through Tinchuley Village, and then get great views at Tiger Hill.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Darjeeling road trip app .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Darjeeling is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Darjeeling, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Gangtok.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Kangchenjunga ©
Kangchenjunga

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 18th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Nathula Pass, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tsongmo Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Banjhakri Water Falls, and finally wander the streets of MG Marg.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gangtok trip maker .

Traveling by car from Darjeeling to Gangtok takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gangtok

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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Nathula ©
Nathula
MG Marg ©
MG Marg
Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake

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