5 days in India Itinerary

5 days in India Itinerary

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5 days in India Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
1
Darjeeling
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
2
Namchi
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Lachen
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Lachung
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Gangtok
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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hours
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.
On the 1st (Mon), stroll through Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda.

For maps and other tourist information, read Darjeeling road trip planning site .

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. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in April; daily highs in Darjeeling reach 37°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Namchi.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

1
night
Namchi

Namchi ©
On the 2nd (Tue), stroll through Samdruptse Hill, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tendong Hill, then pause for some photo ops at Siddheswar Dham, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Char Dham.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Namchi trip planner .

You can drive from Darjeeling to Namchi in 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Namchi are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lachen.

Things to do in Namchi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Samdruptse Hill
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Tendong Hill ©
Tendong Hill
Char Dham ©
Char Dham
Samdruptse Hill ©
Samdruptse Hill

1
day
Lachen

Lachen ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Chopta Valley.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lachen online trip builder .

You can drive from Namchi to Lachen in 6 hours. Traveling from Namchi in April, things will get much colder in Lachen: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lachung.

Things to do in Lachen

Parks Nature
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Chopta Valley ©
Chopta Valley

1
night
Lachung

Lachung ©
Perched high in the Himalayas, Lachung offers quintessential mountain scenery and small-village hospitality, making it one of India's most beloved destinations.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lachung Monastery, admire the sheer force of Naga Falls, then admire the sheer force of Bhim Nala Falls, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Yumthang Valley.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lachung travel route site .

You can drive from Lachen to Lachung in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Lachung

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Yumthang Valley ©
Yumthang Valley
Bhim Nala Falls ©
Bhim Nala Falls
Naga Falls ©
Naga Falls

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Nathula Pass, contemplate the waterfront views at Tsongmo Lake, and then take a stroll through MG Marg.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gangtok tour planning site .

Traveling by car from Lachung to Gangtok takes 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gangtok

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

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