6 days in Kolkata (Calcutta), Darjeeling & Gangtok Itinerary

6 days in Kolkata (Calcutta), Darjeeling & Gangtok Itinerary

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6 days in Kolkata (Calcutta), Darjeeling & Gangtok 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
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Gangtok
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​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 26th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Belur Math, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dakshineswar Kali Temple, then snap pictures at Howrah Bridge, then make a trip to Mother House, and finally make a trip to College Street (Boi Para). On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Victoria Memorial Hall, explore the different monuments and memorials at South Park Street Cemetery, then get a new perspective on nature at Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar), and finally take a stroll through Park Street.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kolkata (Calcutta) trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Kolkata (Calcutta). In December, daytime highs in Kolkata (Calcutta) are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Belur Math
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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.
On the 28th (Fri), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kanchenjunga Mountain, and then admire the natural beauty at Tea Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda, make a trip to Batasia Loop, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dhirdham Temple, and finally get great views at Tiger Hill.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Darjeeling road trip tool .

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. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December since evenings lows in Darjeeling dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gangtok.

Things to do in Darjeeling

#Parks, #Nature, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Batasia Loop ©
Batasia Loop
Tiger Hill ©
Tiger Hill

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the activities along Tsongmo Lake, make a trip to Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir, and then steep yourself in history at Nathula Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through MG Marg, make a trip to Flower Exhibition Centre, then don't miss a visit to Hanuman Tok, then take some stellar pictures from Ganesh Tok View Point, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tashi View Point.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Gangtok day trip tool .

You can drive from Darjeeling to Gangtok in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gangtok

#Nature, #Parks, #Neighborhoods
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Nathula Pass ©
Nathula Pass
Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir ©
Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir

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