8 days in Eastern India Itinerary

8 days in Eastern India Itinerary

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8 days in Eastern India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
1
Darjeeling
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kalimpong
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Gangtok
— 3 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.
On the 19th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Kanchenjunga Mountain, make a trip to Batasia Loop, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Jhandi Dara Sunrise Point and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Darjeeling journey 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 slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in May; daily highs in Darjeeling reach 38°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kalimpong.

Things to do in Darjeeling

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Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Kanchenjunga Mountain ©
Kanchenjunga Mountain
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

2
nights
Kalimpong

Kalimpong ©
Set high upon a ridge above the Teesta River and deep within the Himalayas, the bustling bazaar town of Kalimpong draws a strong contingent of visitors with its nearby attractions, temperate climate, and mountain scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangal Dham, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saibaba Temple, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tendong Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Deolo Hill, explore and take pictures at Dr. Graham's Homes, then admire the natural beauty at Kalimpong Cactus Nursery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang Monastery.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kalimpong trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Darjeeling to Kalimpong in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Kalimpong are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Kalimpong

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Side Trip

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Kalimpong Cactus Nursery ©
Kalimpong Cactus Nursery
Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang Monastery ©
Mangal Dham ©
Mangal Dham

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), contemplate the long history of Nathula Pass, don't miss a visit to Hanuman Tok, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tsongmo Lake. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary, then take some stellar pictures from Ganesh Tok View Point, then don't miss a visit to Flower Exhibition Centre, and finally take a stroll through MG Marg.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gangtok trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Kalimpong to Gangtok takes 2.5 hours. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gangtok

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Nathula Pass ©
Nathula Pass
Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
MG Marg ©
MG Marg

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