9 days in Darjeeling, Kalimpong & Gangtok Itinerary

9 days in Darjeeling, Kalimpong & Gangtok Itinerary

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9 days in Darjeeling, Kalimpong & Gangtok Itinerary

Start: Darjeeling
1
Darjeeling
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kalimpong
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Gangtok
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Darjeeling

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parasailing & Paragliding and Tinchuley Village. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, experience rural life at Badamtam Tea Estate, get great views at Tiger Hill, and take in the pleasant sights at Orange Valley Tea Estate.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Darjeeling trip itinerary planning tool .

In December, daytime highs in Darjeeling are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kalimpong.

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Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary ©
Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary

3
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 23rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Deolo Hill, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lord Buddha Statue & Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Char Dham, and finally go for a walk through Tarey Bhir. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Durpin Dara Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangal Dham, then deepen your understanding at Dr. Graham's Homes, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tharpa Choling Monastery.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kalimpong trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Darjeeling to Kalimpong in 2.5 hours. In December in Kalimpong, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Gangtok.

Things to do in Kalimpong

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Namchi
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Durpin Dara Hill ©
Durpin Dara Hill
Char Dham ©
Char Dham
Dr. Graham's Homes ©
Dr. Graham's Homes

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Climbing Tours and Maenam Hill. When in Gangtok, make a side trip to see Doling Gompa in Ravangla, approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Nathula, take a stroll through MG Marg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiv Mandir, and don't miss a visit to Gonjang Monastery.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Gangtok tour builder app .

Traveling by car from Kalimpong to Gangtok takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

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Ravangla
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Nathula ©
Nathula
MG Marg ©
MG Marg
Gonjang Monastery ©
Gonjang Monastery

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