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:  6​h
1
Darjeeling
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Pelling
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Gangtok
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Lucknow

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tinchuley Village and Ghoom Monastery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Japanese Peace Pagoda and Chowrasta. Go for a jaunt from Darjeeling to Singalila National Park to see Tonglu about 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Dzongri La, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, and see the interesting displays at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Darjeeling trip maker .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Pelling.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Dzongri La, Tonglu
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Tonglu ©
Tonglu
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

1
night
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 1st (Wed): admire the sheer force of Kanchenjunga Falls, don't miss a visit to Pemayangtse Gompa, then delve into the distant past at Rabdentse Ruins, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Pemayangtse Monastery.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pelling holiday builder site .

Drive from Darjeeling to Pelling in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gangtok.

Things to do in Pelling

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Pemayangtse Monastery
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Rabdentse Ruins ©
Rabdentse Ruins
Kanchenjunga Falls ©
Kanchenjunga Falls
Pemayangtse Monastery ©
Pemayangtse Monastery

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tsongmo Lake and Hanuman Tok. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nathula and Ranka Monastery. The adventure continues: take a stroll through MG Marg, enjoy breathtaking views from Tashi View Point, don't miss a visit to Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, and admire the sheer force of Banjhakri Water Falls.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gangtok trip planner .

Drive from Pelling to Gangtok in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gangtok

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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MG Marg ©
MG Marg
Nathula ©
Nathula
Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake

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