9 days in Darjeeling, Sikkim & Kalimpong Itinerary

9 days in Darjeeling, Sikkim & Kalimpong Itinerary

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9 days in Darjeeling, Sikkim & Kalimpong Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
1
Darjeeling
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Lachung
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Kalimpong
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Pelling
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tinchuley Village and Parasailing & Paragliding. Mahakal Temple and Japanese Peace Pagoda will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, examine the collection at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and explore the galleries of Ava Art Gallery.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Darjeeling tour planning tool .

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. In March, daytime highs in Darjeeling are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lachung.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Tinchuley Village ©
Tinchuley Village
Mahakal Temple ©
Mahakal Temple
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Tue), admire the verdant scenery at Yumthang Valley, then appreciate the views at Yume Samdong (Zero Point), and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bhim Nala Falls.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lachung trip planner .

You can drive from Darjeeling to Lachung in 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Kalimpong.

Things to do in Lachung

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Yume Samdong (Zero Point) ©
Yume Samdong (Zero Point)
Bhim Nala Falls ©
Bhim Nala Falls
Yumthang Valley ©
Yumthang Valley

1
night
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 27th (Wed): make a trip to Deolo Hill, engage your brain at Kalimpong Science Centre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tharpa Choling Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mangal Dham, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang Monastery.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kalimpong trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Lachung to Kalimpong in 5.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Kalimpong are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pelling.

Things to do in Kalimpong

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums
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Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang Monastery ©
Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang Monastery
Kalimpong Science Centre ©
Kalimpong Science Centre
Mangal Dham Pranami Temple ©
Mangal Dham Pranami Temple

1
night
Pelling

Pelling ©
The small hill station of Pelling draws visitors with its impressive nature and abundance of hotels and resorts.
On the 28th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Rabdentse Ruins, then admire the sheer force of Kanchenjunga Falls, and then snap pictures at Singshore Bridge Bungee Jumping.

Make your Pelling itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Kalimpong to Pelling in 4 hours. In March in Pelling, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gangtok.

Things to do in Pelling

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kanchenjunga Falls ©
Kanchenjunga Falls
Rabdentse Ruins ©
Rabdentse Ruins

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 Climbing Tours. Popular historic sites such as Nathula Pass and Enchey Monastery are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of MG Marg, don't miss a visit to Hanuman Tok, and identify plant and animal life at Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gangtok tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Pelling to Gangtok by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Outdoors Tours
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MG Marg ©
MG Marg
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary ©
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
Enchey Monastery ©
Enchey Monastery

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