8 days in Varanasi, Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

8 days in Varanasi, Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

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8 days in Varanasi, Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Varanasi
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h
2
Gangtok
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Darjeeling
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

2
nights
Varanasi

A sacred city for Hindus and thought by many to be the place where Buddhism formed as a religion, Varanasi leaves an imprint on the hearts and minds of visitors regardless of their creed, race, or religion.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Sarnath, admire the striking features of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple), then make a trip to Dasaswamedh Ghat, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ganges River, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Banaras Ghats.

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New Delhi to Varanasi is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Varanasi

Spas Tours Nature
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Walking tours
Ganges River
Ganges River
Sarnath ©
Sarnath

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.
Attractions like Nathula Pass and Ganesh Tok View Point make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Tsongmo Lake, wander the streets of MG Marg, admire the sheer force of Banjhakri Water Falls, and snap pictures at Deorali Butterfly Bridge.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Gangtok route maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Varanasi to Gangtok in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Deorali Butterfly Bridge
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Nathula ©
Nathula
Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple ©
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple

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 5th (Tue), get great views at Tiger Hill, don't miss a visit to Batasia Loop, then meet the residents at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Char Dham, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kanchenjunga Mountain, then examine the collection at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahakal Temple.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Darjeeling visit app .

You can drive from Gangtok to Darjeeling in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Char Dham
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Batasia Loop ©
Batasia Loop
Char Dham ©
Char Dham

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