5 days in Gangtok & Darjeeling Itinerary

5 days in Gangtok & Darjeeling Itinerary

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5 days in Gangtok & Darjeeling Itinerary

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

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Mon), gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, take a stroll through MG Marg, browse the eclectic array of goods at Lal Bazar, then stop by Golden Tips, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bakthang Waterfalls. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Kyongnosla Waterfall, then explore the activities along Teesta River, and then try your luck at Mayfair Gangtok Casino Mahjong.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Gangtok road trip planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Gangtok is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Teesta River
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MG Marg ©
MG Marg
Teesta River ©
Teesta River
Bakthang Waterfalls ©
Bakthang Waterfalls

2
nights
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.
On the 18th (Wed), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stop by Life and Leaf Fair Trade Shop, then identify plant and animal life at Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the pleasant sights at Orange Valley Tea Estate, and finally explore the galleries of Ava Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Darjeeling trip planner .

You can drive from Gangtok to Darjeeling in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary
Ava Art Gallery ©
Ava Art Gallery

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