5 days in West Bengal & Sikkim Itinerary

5 days in West Bengal & Sikkim Itinerary

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Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 1 night
2
Darjeeling
— 1 night
3
Gangtok
— 2 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): examine the collection at Victoria Memorial Hall, don't miss a visit to Park Street, thentake an in-depth tour of Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar), and finally explore the world behind art at Gallery Kolkata. On your second day here, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, look for gifts at Kumartuli, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dakshineswar Kali Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kolkata (Calcutta) travel route planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Kolkata (Calcutta). In October, daytime highs in Kolkata (Calcutta) are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) 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
Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar) ©
Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar)

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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 10th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple, thenbrowse the exhibits of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, thenget to know the resident critters at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Darjeeling online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Darjeeling in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Darjeeling when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in October, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gangtok.

Things to do in Darjeeling

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Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

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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 11th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Kyongnosla Waterfall, make a trip to Nathula, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tsongmo Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Hanuman Tok, thendeepen your understanding at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, and then wander the streets of MG Marg.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Gangtok trip builder app.

You can drive from Darjeeling to Gangtok in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gangtok

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Nathula ©
Nathula
MG Marg ©
MG Marg
Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake

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