7 days in Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

7 days in Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

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7 days in Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad
Fly + taxi:  10​h
1
Gangtok
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Pelling
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Darjeeling
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Hyderabad

3
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Golden Tips or Lal Bazar. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mayfair Gangtok Casino Mahjong and Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiv Mandir, contemplate the waterfront views at Teesta River, and look for all kinds of wild species at Deorali Orchid Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gangtok trip planner .

Hyderabad to Gangtok is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pelling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trip

Teesta River
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Teesta River ©
Teesta River
Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary
Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary ©
Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary

1
night
Pelling

Pelling ©
The small hill station of Pelling draws visitors with its impressive nature and abundance of hotels and resorts.
On the 6th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Rimbi Water Falls, admire the landmark architecture of Sangacholing Monastery, then take in the dramatic scenery at Sangay Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Pemayangtse Monastery.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Pelling trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Gangtok to Pelling in 4.5 hours. In October in Pelling, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Pelling

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pemayangtse Monastery
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Rimbi Water Falls ©
Rimbi Water Falls
Pemayangtse Monastery ©
Pemayangtse Monastery
Sangacholing Monastery ©
Sangacholing Monastery

2
nights
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 7th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahakal Temple, examine the collection at Everest Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, and finally stroll through Tinchuley Village.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Darjeeling trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Pelling to Darjeeling in 4 hours. October in Darjeeling sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Tinchuley Village ©
Tinchuley Village
Mahakal Temple ©
Mahakal Temple
Himalayan Tibet Museum ©
Himalayan Tibet Museum

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