9 days in Kolkata (Calcutta), Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

9 days in Kolkata (Calcutta), Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

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9 days in Kolkata (Calcutta), Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
2
Gangtok
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Darjeeling
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

2
nights
Kolkata (Calcutta)

Kolkata (Calcutta) ©
Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
Kolkata (Calcutta) is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, parks, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Victoria Memorial Hall, steep yourself in history at Sri Sri Iswar Madan Mohan Jew, take in the views from Howrah Bridge, and look for gifts at Kumortuli.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kolkata (Calcutta) online visit planner .

Mumbai to Kolkata (Calcutta) is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in December; daily highs in Kolkata (Calcutta) reach 79°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Victoria Memorial Hall ©
Victoria Memorial Hall
Dakshineswar Kali Temple ©
Dakshineswar Kali Temple
Howrah Bridge ©
Howrah Bridge

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.
Gangtok is known for nature, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, wildlife, and casinos. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Nathula, wander the streets of MG Marg, don't miss a visit to Hanuman Tok, and take in the views from Deorali Butterfly Bridge.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Gangtok itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Gangtok by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Nature Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Nathula ©
Nathula
Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
MG Marg ©
MG Marg

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Tiger Hill, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Ghoom Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda, don't miss a visit to Batasia Loop, then examine the collection at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahakal Temple.

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You can drive from Gangtok to Darjeeling in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in December, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Tiger Hill ©
Tiger Hill
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©

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