8 days in Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

8 days in Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

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8 days in Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
1
Darjeeling
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Pelling
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Gangtok
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: New Delhi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): meet the residents at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park and then see the interesting displays at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Himalayan Tibet Museum, experience rural life at Happy Valley Tea Estate, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kanchenjunga Mountain, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Garden.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Darjeeling trip itinerary planner.

New Delhi to Darjeeling is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in May; daily highs in Darjeeling reach 38°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pelling.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Kanchenjunga Mountain ©
Kanchenjunga Mountain
Batasia Loop ©
Batasia Loop

3
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 30th (Wed): explore the activities along Khecheopalri Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kanchenjunga Falls, and then admire the landmark architecture of Sangacholing Monastery. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Singshore Bridge Bungee Jumping, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pemayangtse Monastery, then make a trip to Pemayangtse Gompa, and finally explore the ancient world of Rabdentse Ruins.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Pelling trip planner.

Drive from Darjeeling to Pelling in 2 hours. May in Pelling sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gangtok.

Things to do in Pelling

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

2
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.
Gangtok is known for nature, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, wildlife, and casinos. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Tsomgo Lake, take in panoramic vistas at Tashi View Point, make a trip to Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir, and take a stroll through MG Marg.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gangtok trip planning website .

Getting from Pelling to Gangtok by car takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Nathula Pass ©
Nathula Pass
Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir ©
Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir

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