8 days in Darjeeling, Tawang & Shimla Itinerary

8 days in Darjeeling, Tawang & Shimla Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Doha
Fly + Drive:  9 h 45 min
1
Darjeeling
— 1 night
Drive:  9 h 45 min
2
Tawang
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  19 h
3
Shimla
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Doha

1
night
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 21st (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Barbotey Rock Garden, get engrossed in the history at Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Ghoom Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Tinchuley Village. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Himalayan Tibet Museum, then see the interesting displays at Everest Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Darjeeling journey planning website.

Doha, Qatar to Darjeeling is an approximately 10- hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Doha to Darjeeling is 2.5 hours. In September, Darjeeling is slightly colder than Doha - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Tawang.

Things to do in Darjeeling

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

1
day
Tawang

Tawang ©
A strong sense of Buddhist spirituality and dramatic mountain scenery combine to create a memorable atmosphere in Tawang, a Himalayan town best known as the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gorichen Peak, then contemplate the long history of Jaswant Garh War Memorial, then pause for some photo ops at Tawang War Memorial, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tawang Buddhist Monastery.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tawang tour website.

You can drive from Darjeeling to Tawang in 22 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Shimla.

Things to do in Tawang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Gorichen Peak ©
Gorichen Peak
Tawang Buddhist Monastery ©
Tawang Buddhist Monastery
Jaswant Garh War Memorial ©
Jaswant Garh War Memorial

3
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Annandale Army Heritage Museum and Kali Bari Temple. Tara Devi Temple and Kotkhai Palace will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Shimla to Shoghi to see Hanuman Temple about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: go for a walk through Shimla Heritage Walk, walk around Annandale Ground, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sankat Mochan Temple, and examine the collection at Prantika.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Shimla online sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Tawang to Shimla with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hanuman Temple, Tara Devi Temple
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Annandale Army Heritage Museum ©
Annandale Army Heritage Museum
Tara Devi Temple ©
Tara Devi Temple
Kali Bari Temple ©
Kali Bari Temple

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