5 days in Kolkata (Calcutta), Darjeeling & Shillong Itinerary

5 days in Kolkata (Calcutta), Darjeeling & Shillong Itinerary

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5 days in Kolkata (Calcutta), Darjeeling & Shillong Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
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Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
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Darjeeling
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
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Shillong
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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Kolkata (Calcutta)

Kolkata (Calcutta) ©
Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dakshineswar Kali Temple, stop by Kumortuli, then examine the collection at Victoria Memorial Hall, and finally make a trip to Mother House. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then snap pictures at Howrah Bridge, and then get engrossed in the history at Kolkata Tram Museum Smaranika.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Kolkata (Calcutta) online route planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Kolkata (Calcutta). March in Kolkata (Calcutta) sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

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Victoria Memorial Hall ©
Victoria Memorial Hall
Dakshineswar Kali Temple ©
Dakshineswar Kali Temple
Howrah Bridge ©
Howrah Bridge

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): make a trip to Batasia Loop, then take some stellar pictures from Tiger Hill, and then identify plant and animal life at Chattakpur. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, then see the interesting displays at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Darjeeling trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Darjeeling in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in March; daily highs in Darjeeling reach 35°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Shillong.

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Tiger Hill ©
Tiger Hill
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©

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Shillong

Shillong ©
Established as the capital of Assam by the British, the hill station of Shillong today serves as the capital of Meghalaya, created in 1972.
On the 5th (Thu), make a trip to Shillong View Point, then admire the sheer force of Elephant Falls, and then explore the activities along Umiam Lake.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Shillong day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Darjeeling to Shillong takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March in Shillong, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

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Elephant Falls ©
Elephant Falls
Umiam Lake ©
Umiam Lake
Shillong View Point ©
Shillong View Point

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