8 days in Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

8 days in Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

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8 days in Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Gangtok
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yuksam
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Darjeeling
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Pune

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.
Get outdoors at Tsongmo Lake and Banjhakri Water Falls. Get some historical perspective at Nathula Pass and Ranka Monastery. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of MG Marg, look for all kinds of wild species at Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Himalayan Zoological Park, and make a trip to Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Gangtok driving holiday planning app .

Pune to Gangtok is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yuksam.

Things to do in Gangtok

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Nathula Pass ©
Nathula Pass
Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
MG Marg ©
MG Marg

2
nights
Yuksam

Yuksam ©
On the 26th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Coronation Throne Of Norbugang, contemplate the waterfront views at Khecheopalri Lake, then admire the sheer force of Kanchenjunga Falls, and finally snap pictures at Singshore Bridge Bungee Jumping. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Pemayangtse Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tashiding Monastery, then explore the ancient world of Rabdentse Ruins, and finally admire the striking features of Sangacholing Monastery.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yuksam tour planner.

Traveling by car from Gangtok to Yuksam takes 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Yuksam

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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 (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kanchenjunga Mountain, and then examine the collection at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Jhandi Dara Sunrise Point, experience rural life at Happy Valley Tea Estate, then admire the natural beauty at Lloyd Botanical Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Darjeeling planning site .

Traveling by car from Yuksam to Darjeeling takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darjeeling

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

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