9 days in Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

9 days in Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

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9 days in Darjeeling & Sikkim Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
1
Darjeeling
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Pelling
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Lachung
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Gangtok
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tinchuley Village and Mahakal Temple. Everest Museum and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Ghoom Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, take in the awesome beauty at Observatory Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, and identify plant and animal life at Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Darjeeling vacation 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. December in Darjeeling sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pelling.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Tinchuley Village ©
Tinchuley Village
Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
Pelling

Pelling ©
The small hill station of Pelling draws visitors with its impressive nature and abundance of hotels and resorts.
On the 23rd (Mon), admire the sheer force of Kanchenjunga Falls.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Pelling trip planner .

You can drive from Darjeeling to Pelling in 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Lachung.

Things to do in Pelling

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Kanchenjunga Falls ©
Kanchenjunga Falls

2
nights
Lachung

Lachung ©
Perched high in the Himalayas, Lachung offers quintessential mountain scenery and small-village hospitality, making it one of India's most beloved destinations.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Yumthang Valley, take in the dramatic scenery at Naga Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lachung Monastery, then admire the sheer force of Bhim Nala Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lachung Monastery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Lachung road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Pelling to Lachung in 7.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gangtok.

Things to do in Lachung

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Naga Falls ©
Naga Falls
Yumthang Valley ©
Yumthang Valley
Bhim Nala Falls ©
Bhim Nala Falls

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Maenam Hill. Discover out-of-the-way places like Climbing Tours and Shiv Mandir. Change things up with a short trip to Ralong Monastery in Ravangla (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through MG Marg, take in the awesome beauty at Shanti Viewpoint, hunt for treasures at Lal Bazar, and make a trip to Nathula.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Gangtok day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lachung to Gangtok takes 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gangtok

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ravangla
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MG Marg ©
MG Marg
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ralong Monastery ©
Ralong Monastery

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