8 days in Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

8 days in Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

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8 days in Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

Start: Lucknow
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 45​min
1
Darjeeling
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Pelling
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Gangtok
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Lucknow

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.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Batasia Loop, examine the collection at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, don't miss a visit to Samthar Plateau, then take in the pleasant sights at Orange Valley Tea Estate, and finally get great views at Tiger Hill.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Darjeeling visit planner .

Lucknow to Darjeeling is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Darjeeling when traveling from Lucknow in December, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pelling.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Batasia Loop ©
Batasia Loop
Tiger Hill ©
Tiger Hill

2
nights
Pelling

Pelling ©
The small hill station of Pelling draws visitors with its impressive nature and abundance of hotels and resorts.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the activities along Khecheopalri Lake, admire the sheer force of Kanchenjunga Falls, and then admire the landmark architecture of Sangacholing Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Singshore Bridge Bungee Jumping, then don't miss a visit to Pemayangtse Gompa, then explore the ancient world of Rabdentse Ruins, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tashiding Monastery.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Pelling attractions app .

You can drive from Darjeeling to Pelling in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Gangtok.

Things to do in Pelling

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tashiding Monastery
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Kanchenjunga Falls ©
Kanchenjunga Falls
Khecheopalri Lake ©
Khecheopalri Lake
Rabdentse Ruins ©
Rabdentse Ruins

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.
Kids will enjoy Tsongmo Lake and Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Nathula, make a trip to Hanuman Tok, deepen your understanding at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, and take a stroll through MG Marg.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gangtok trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Pelling to Gangtok by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gangtok

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Nathula ©
Nathula
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple ©
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple

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